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Spider-Man’s Luck Runs Out against Doctor Octopus

Last week, the Beyond era of Amazing Spider-Man officially kicked off and fans witnessed the beginning of a new age that will see Ben Reilly taking over as the new and improved Spider-Man! Told over the course of 19 thrilling issues, this saga will be brought to you by a group of all-star comics talent known as the Beyond Board—Patrick Gleason, Saladin Ahmed, Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson, and Cody Ziglar. These incredible creators are ready to take Ben Reilly and the Spider-Man mythos beyond your wildest expectations!

Peter Parker may be out of commission but luckily, Ben Reilly is more than capable of taking his place. Equipped with gadgets and tech from the Beyond Corporation, Reilly has everything it takes to be the superior Spider-Man but he’ll finally meet his match in a devastating battle against one of the Spider-Man’s most feared enemies—Doctor Octopus!

It begins in Amazing Spider-Man #85 by writer Cody Ziglar and artist Paco Medina. It’s going to take everything Ben Reilly and the company that backs him has to stop Otto Octavius. But, in the Merry Marvel fashion and as with all respectable Spider-Stories, even if Spider-Man wins, he is going to lose. And he is going to lose BIG. Amazing Spider-Man #86 by writer Zeb Wells and artist Michael Dowling will deal with the aftermath of the fight and will be a comic that fans will remember for years to come. Ben Reilly has been shaken to the core, and you will be too. And find out if Peter Parker can step up and be Spider-Man again in Amazing Spider-Man #87 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Carlos Gómez. With NYC reeling from Doc Ock’s attack and Ben Reilly possibly down, it’s up to Captain America and Black Cat to see if Peter Parker is ready for action again. You may think you know where this story is going, but you do not.

Also coming in January will be Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond #1, a new one-shot written by Jed MacKay with art by C.F. Villa. This unlikely team up will see Mary Jane coming to the rescue of Black Cat after she’s been kidnapped. Mary Jane has never liked Felicia Hardy, and now she has to save her lif! But remember, this is the Black Cat we’re talking about. Things are never quite what they seem.

Kick Off the Next Era with Shang-Chi #1 and New Covers

On May 19th, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and rising star artist Dike Ruan continue their bold transformation of the Shang-Chi mythos in a brand-new ongoing series. To celebrate this exciting new chapter, Shang-Chi #1 has a collection of spectacular variant covers by superstar artists like J. Scott Campbell, Superlog, Junggeun Yoon, and Benjamin Su.

After the events of his last series, Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society but using an evil secret organization as a force for good won’t be easy. And it’s about to get a lot harder when Marvel’s biggest heroes start to question his motives! Each issue of the action-packed first arc will pit Shang-Chi against a different Marvel hero including Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine. In addition, the series will introduce new villains with sinister goals for Shang-Chi and his newfound family of warriors. The new series is perfect for longtime fans of the character and newcomers eager to learn more about Marvel’s greatest fighter! 

Get a First Look at Wonder Girl #1 by Joëlle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles

From her breakout appearances in Future State: Wonder Woman and Infinite Frontier #0, a young Yara Flor begins the search for her destiny and connection to the Amazons! In Wonder Girl #1 on May 18, acclaimed writer/artist Joëlle Jones makes a triumphant return to the character of Yara Flor!

Raised in the far-off land of Boise, Idaho, Yara has always felt something has been missing from her life—and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and with that prophesy comes the undivided attention of benevolent gods from pantheons beyond.

Danger lurks around every corner—but is this young hero ready for her journey? Find out in a debut issue you absolutely cannot miss—including the moments where Hera chooses Yara as her new champion and Yara receives her first golden, magical, gift from the gods!

Wonder Girl #1 by writer, artist and cover artist Joëlle Jones, with colors by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Clayton Cowles, arrives on May 18 with a variant cover by Bilquis Evely and Mat Lopes, a 1:25 variant cover by J. Scott Campbell and Sabine Rich, and a TEAM variant by Rafael Grampá!

Wonder Girl #1

Spawn’s Universe Reveals!

Beginning in June, Todd McFarlane officially releases the beginning of his new “world-building” universe. Nearly 30 years in the making, the highly anticipated Spawn’s Universe #1 is set to visually expand with a reveal of some of the stunning artwork by superstar artists Brett Booth, Jim Cheung, McFarlane and colorist FCO. McFarlane takes on the writing duties for this inaugural book that will be the launchpad to build a bigger multi-character, interconnected comic book universe based around his top-selling monthly Spawn comic.
 
Spawn’s Universe #1 will be available with several variant covers. Most prominently, featuring the extraordinary artwork of J. Scott Campbell, who will be doing a set of four covers, each depicting one of the major characters who will be making the biggest impact in all the 2021 comic titles McFarlane is unleashing. Additional variant covers will be created by McFarlane and a group cover by artist Brett Booth – with inks by McFarlane. More covers and incentives will be announced later. However, these initial six covers will set the stage for over a dozen high profile artists to add their depiction of Spawn and other fan-favorite heroes that will set the stage for three new monthly spin-off Spawn titles: King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, and The Scorched, all releasing nationwide in 2021.
 
Contained inside Spawn’s Universe #1 will be four different stories – Spawn, She-Spawn, Medieval Spawn, and Gunslinger Spawn –  highlighting different Spawn characters from the past and present. As well as the introduction of new villains. The acclaimed artists working on each of the chapters will be:
 
Jim Cheung – Spawn
Brett Booth – Gunslinger Spawn
Stephen Segovia – Medieval Spawnc
Marcio Takara – She-Spawn
 
SPAWN’S UNIVERSE #1, a 52-page, one-shot issue, will launch in June with a retail price of only $5.99.

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.

Early Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
(Variant Covers) Alex Ross, Art Adams, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, Dave Johnson, Alan Davis, Mike Del Mundo, Frank Cho, Rian Gonzales, Jeff Johnson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Joe Quesada, Khary Randolph, Ron Lim, Otto Schmidt, Walt Simonson, Superlog, Skottie Young, Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.

What’s the point of an eternal battle?

For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1

Detective Comics #1027 Gets Variants from Bermejo, Campbell, Coipel, Lau, and Quitely

Celebrating 1000 issues since the first appearance of Batman, Detective Comics #1027 is the blockbuster comic that’s a big as most graphic novels! Containing a gallery of tribute art from some of comics’ finest talents, stories from some of the biggest names in comics (including a hint at what’s to come for the future of both Gotham City and the DC Universe), this is a must-have book for fans of Batman, his allies and his enemies!

In the tradition of other landmark titles such as Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000, Detective #1027 will also feature a highly collectible series of variant covers, and DC has released a first look five of the ten “Friends and Foes” available for retailers to order. Numbering ten in total, these covers will showcase the Dark Knights allies and enemies that have been at the heart of Batman’s quest to protect the citizens of Gotham.

Enjoy this look at the main cover by Andy Kubert, in addition to these “Friends” variant covers by Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Olivier Coipel, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, and Frank Quitely! Next week, we’ll preview another five variant covers, featuring the evildoers of Gotham City.

Detective Comics #1027 arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, September 15, and sells for $9.99.

Preview: Black Cat #12

Black Cat #12

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Carlos Villa (CA) J. Scott Campbell
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Well, she did it this time. Black Cat stole an Iron Man armor from Iron Man, and he is NOT pleased.
• So she is on the run (fly, really) from Iron Man through Manhattan but also still on the run from the Thieves Guild. So it’s tough being Felicia Hardy right now.
• And it’s possible the armor wasn’t what she was stealing from Iron Man. Uh-oh.

Black Cat #12

Oblivion Song #25 Kicks Off a New Story Arc

Oblivion Song #25 by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, and colorist Annalisa Leoni will kick off an exciting new story arc of the critically acclaimed series this July from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment. It boasts both an eye-popping cover by J. Scott Campbell and a special origin story included in the issue drawn by Leoni. 

In Oblivion Song #25, Nathan Cole’s world has changed. Nothing could have prepared him for what has happened, what he’s had to do, and how it has affected him. Starting now, he embarks on a new journey with full knowledge of Oblivion and what caused the Transference! The fate of the Earth rests in his capable hands!

For fans hoping to catch up on the adventure before the new story arc begins, Oblivion Song Book One hardcover will be available on the same day, with the Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof: Oblivion Song #1 hitting shelves available the following week.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 8:

  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover A by De Felici (Diamond Code APR200105)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover B by David Finch & Leoni (Diamond Code APR200106)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover C by Arthur Adams & Leoni (Diamond Code APR200107)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR200108)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover E by Campbell (Diamond Code APR208101) 
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici Book One hardcover (Diamond Code MAR200100)

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 15:

  • Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof: Oblivion Song #1 (Diamond Code APR200113)

Preview: Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

(W) Ed Brubaker, Paul Dini, Tom King, Ann Nocenti, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer, Others (A) Cameron Stewart, Mikel Janin, Adam Hughes, Emanuela Lupacchino, Steve Rude, Jim Balent, Tula Lotay (CA) Joëlle Jones
In Shops: Jun 03, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Our gal Catwoman is turning 80 next year (and looking very good, if we meow say), and DC is celebrating with nothing less than with a huge soiree, invite only, packed with creators who mean the most to her and to whom she means the most! Stories featured in this 100-page spectacular include a tail-sorry, tale-that takes place at the end of the Brubaker/Stewart Catwoman run, in honor of artist Darwyn Cooke. Plus, Catwoman is caught by an exotic cat collector, runs into a wannabe thief trying to prove himself as her apprentice, encounters a mystery involving memorabilia from alternate continuities, and of course some Bat/Cat fun.

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular
Almost American
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