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AWA Studios, Magnetic, and Harlequin Deliver 8 New Digital Comics Today

ComiXology Delivers eight new digital comics for you today including the first round of collections from AWA Studios. You’ll also find new releases from Harlequin and Magnetic Press. Find all eight comics and get shopping here or check out the individual releases below.

Archangel 8

Written by Michael Moreci
Art by C.P. Smith
Colored by Snakebite Cortez
Cover by Jeff Dekal
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In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

Archangel 8

A Baby For The Boss

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Megumi Toda
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Jenny is at a loss. Finally getting a big opportunity for her career, she finds out she’ll have to work with Mike of all people. Jenny had once felt an instant connection with the tall, handsome billionaire. But it had all disappeared when their one-night stand led to a horrible misunderstanding the next morning. Now, trying to forget their past intimacy while working with Mike makes it increasingly difficult for Jenny to deny her feelings. She succumbs and they share another passionate night together. Jenny finds out she’s pregnant, but Mike can’t seem to get over the past…

A Baby For The Boss

The Contaxis Baby

Written by Lynne Graham
Art by Kanako Uesugi
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“A horrible woman who drove her boyfriend, Connor, to his death.” That’s the cruel reputation that haunts Lizzie. But worse still is the truth about Connor, which Lizzie refuses to reveal. With a heavy heart, Lizzie agrees to a friend’s invitation for a night out. There, she draws the eye of a Greek man named Sebastian. She spends the night with him…but little does she know, his true intention is revenge!

The Contaxis Baby

Hotell

Written by John Lees
Art by Dalibor Talajic
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Kaare Andrews, Keron Grant
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You won’t find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 late at night and you’re truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road: The Pierrot Courts Hotel – where many check in but few check out.

Hotell

Red Border

Written by Jason Starr
Art by Will Conrad
Colored by Ivan Nunes
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
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A young Mexican couple narrowly escapes the Juarez Cartel by fleeing across the border into Texas, only to be run down in the desert by the Cartel’s most brutal thugs. Rescued by a mysterious local who takes them to the safety of his family’s ranch, the couple soon realize their hosts have more than just skeletons in their closet. Trapped in a house of horrors beyond their wildest imagination, the army of assassins on their trail might be the least of their problems.

Red Border

The Collected Toppi Vol. 4: The Cradle of Life

Written by Sergio Toppi
Art by Sergio Toppi
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The fourth volume contains ten tales set in Africa, India, and Australia, presented in English for the first time: The Kokombo Dossier, Bwuma, my Son, Warramunga, M’Felewzi, and Pacific Island. Featuring a foreword by NYTimes and Eisner-winning author John Jennings.

The Collected Toppi Vol. 4: The Cradle of Life

The Resistance

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Colored by Lee Loughridge, Frank Martin Jr.
Cover by Rahzzah, Mike Deodato Jr.
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J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

The Resistance

Year Zero

Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Year Zero

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Review: The Resistance #3

The Resistance #3

In our new world of social media, life has become different. People who are normally introverts in person may find their voice behind a keyboard. People who cannot express their views in a normal setting find their platforms online. It is through this new medium, that the taste of celebrity can be intoxicating.

Some people use it for good, bringing attention to much-needed causes. Then there are those who use it for their own ignorance. Which makes you wonder how would superpowered beings operate in a climate like we have now? In the third issue of The Resistance, a hero must make a moral choice

We’re taken to the Swan Kirby Chase Powers Placement Agency, which is a one-stop shop for these newly superpowered people. We meet  James, one of the new super-powered beings. We also meet Hector Alvarez, the man who outfits all these “superheroes” and leads him to find his superhero name. We also get some background on James how his family abandoned him soon after finding out his new abilities. By the issue’s end, he senses there may be something he doesn’t want to be part of and becomes his own hero.

Overall, a powerful third issue, which gives readers a hero to root for. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is gripping. The art by the creative team of Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge, and Sal Cipriano is splendid. Altogether, a story that gives readers a new perspective.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge, Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: The Resistance #2

THE RESISTANCE #2

As with anything where those in power do not understand the masses, there’s always a gap of understanding. You can take what is going on with the racial disparities surrounding Black Lives Matter. Even now with social media and the media at large flooding screens everywhere with information, there still lies ignorance.

Many politicians are using it as part of their platform now but ignored it only a few months ago. That is an example as to why “cancel culture” is at an all time high, and looks to not be receding anytime soon. Misunderstandings against marginalized groups is nothing new, but at least they are now being heard. In the second issue of The Resistance, a world tries to understand these new super-powered beings.

We’re taken to Portland, Oregon, where one teenager whose parents died during the pandemic has to deal with his new life with his aunt and uncle, but an unfortunate symptom is he hears voices. We are also taken to the University of Virginia, where a young woman inherits super strength which is found in a fight with her boyfriend. We are also taken to Moscow, where one young man, who has been deemed an enemy of the state, overcomes his captors and escapes. Finally, we’re taken to the UN Security Council and the White House where the members are discussing protective measures and what defensive capabilities may be useful.l By the issue’s end, the head of the DIA is rescued by some of these super-powered beings, but for an unknown reason.

Overall, a stellar second issue that adds high suspense to this already thrilling series. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is engrossing. The art by the creative team is magnificent. Altogether, a story that will keep you on your toes.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin Jr., and Rahzzah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Resistance #1

THE RESISTANCE #1

The show Smallville is probably one of the best fresh takes on a well-worn tale. Superman is probably one of the most prolifically adapted comic book adaptations of all time. DC Comics has had great success with him and Batman but has only recently started to explore the rest of their pantheon on television and movies.  What made the show so appealing was how he struggled with both growing up and having superpowers.

One of the biggest storylines throughout the show is the meteor shower that brought Kal El to Earth. It gave powers to hundreds of people, some who used them for good and some for bad. What that revealed is that everything is a choice. In the debut issue of The Resistance, a similar event happens like in Smallville but more catastrophic results.

We descend into a world where a virus much like COVID has ravaged masses, leaving world leaders at no intelligible way of conveying what is happening. As we meet one young child who suffers from this retrovirus that her parents seemingly have moments left with her before she passes. We go to Moscow and Beijing, where their political leaders frustrate and ruminate of how to self-quarantine, with no cure in sight. Eventually, riots break out worldwide, followed by months of panic and deaths, in surprisingly, jubilation, as a cure was never produced, but the virus simply stopped attacking. We meet Lisa, one of a pair of twins who survive the virus, but whose sister dies from unforeseen circumstances, but who has gained powers maybe because of it. America also gets a new president, an independent, whose claims seem more of a true center than real politicians on the surface, but is actually a plan for a fascist government. By the issue’s end, an important person in the president’s circle is taken by men in black masks, which can mean impossible times for the survivors.

Overall, an excellent debut issue, that re-contextualizes the times we are in and adding a superhero twist. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is relevant and is very well developed. The art by the creative team is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that will be relevant for a very long time.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin Jr., and Rahzzah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Read The Resistance: Reborns Episode 2 Now

The Resistance: Reborns explores the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake, causing a few thousand to suddenly manifest superhuman powers.

It features writing by J. Michael Straczynski, art by C.P. Smith, colors by Snakebite Cortez, and web conversion by Iliana Jimenez.

You can read the whole chapter below!

AWA Studios Announces a New Digital series The Resistance: Reborns from J. Michael Straczynski and C.P. Smith. Read it Here

AWA Studios/UPSHOT has launched The Resistance: Reborns, a new digital mini-series exploring the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global pandemic. You can read the full comic below.

The Resistance: Reborns spins out of the critically acclaimed series, The Resistance by title creator J. Michael Straczynski where “The end is the beginning” after a global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake, causing a few thousand to suddenly manifest superhuman powers. The first “episode” also features colors by Snakebite Cortez and converted for the web by Iliana Jimenez.

In The Resistance: Reborns, Straczynski explores the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global pandemic and features artist C. P. Smith. AWA Studios is giving newcomers and longtime fans alike a FREE exclusive look at how the characters introduced in The Resistance #1 received their powers.

The Resistance: Reborns, like all of their other UPSHOT comic series, is also available on popular webcomic platforms such as Webtoons and Tapas. You can read the first episode below:

Preview: Resistance #2 (of 6)

Resistance #2 (of 6)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $3.99

J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains for the 21st Century. As governments around the world put pressure on newly-superpowered individuals, a few of the so-called “reborns” band together to demonstrate they won’t take oppression lying down. Welcome to the Resistance. Hope you survive the experience.

Resistance #2 (of 6)

Read The Resistance #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato Jr. for FREE

AWA Studios is a new comic publisher with the first issue of a few of their series dropping in the last month. With COVID-19 spreading, AWA sped up their digital release of their comics with the first issues being free to read.

In The Resistance, J. Michael Straczynski returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

You can read the first issue below, for free.

AWA Studios Launches their Digital Program Early Due to COVID-19. Read The Resistance #1 Here.

With the spread of COVID-19, businesses are scrambling and changing their plans to meet a new landscape. Newly launched comic publisher AWA Studios is adjusting their digital program in hopes to keep interest for themselves and stores and make sure “readers will still have access to new and exciting comics over the coming months.”

The publisher is fast-tracking an upcoming initiative that was to launch next month. AWA has released The Resistance #1 digitally in an innovative vertical scrolling format (similar to WEBTOON or Tapas), for free on their website and across the web.

Given the timeliness of the story and the limited access to get the physical copy at retail due to COVID-19, J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato Jr.’s The Resistance #1 is the first of their stories to premiere in this new format, beginning with Part One this week. Other AWA comics are in the process of being released in a similar way.

AWA is encouraging retailers to embed the digital reader versions to build interest in the series and for consumers to buy them when things return to “normal.” This also will help fight piracy (AWA estimates The Resistance #1 has over 10,000 views so far) by delivering a better reading experience.

The Resistance #1 is available on the sites below or read it right here:

Preview: Resistance #1 (of 4)

Resistance #1 (of 4)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One, returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr., the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

Resistance #1 (of 4)
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