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Clementine Debuts and Rick Grimes Returns in Skybound X #1

Image and Skybound have revealed a first look at Skybound X #1, featuring two of the biggest The Walking Dead stories ever – the first comic book appearance of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and the return of “Rick Grimes 2000 “(which originally debuted in the now-iconic The Walking Dead #75). The debut issue of this hotly-anticipated weekly event series debuts in July, featuring superstar creators Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, James HarrenChris Dingess, and Matthew Roberts.

In addition to new The Walking Dead stories, this extra-length issue features all-new stories from some of Skybound’s most acclaimed series ever, including Ultramega and Manifest Destiny.

If you want to know what to expect in Skybound’s next 10 years, it all starts here with a celebration of the past, present…and the FUTURE!

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:

  • 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)

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) 

Preview: Batman: Black & White #6

Batman: Black & White #6

Written by: Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet, Brandon Thomas, Scott Snyder
Art by: James Harren, Elsa Charretier, Khary Randolph

The final issue of the acclaimed revival of Batman Black & White is here, and readers won’t want to miss this deep dive into the new horrors of Gotham and ordinary citizens inspired by Batman. • Iconic Batman scribe Scott Snyder reunites with his All-Star Batman collaborator John Romita Jr. to tell the story of a man who has been documenting Batman’s history in Gotham for a very long time-and now, he has something to say about the Dark Knight’s legacy. • Eisner Award nominee and the artist behind Batman: Universe and Future State: The Next Batman, Nick Derington writes and draws an epic tale introducing us to two gangs whose power struggle in Gotham has been going on longer than the history of the city itself. • The acclaimed creative team behind Infinite Loop, Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, team up once more for their DC Comics writing debut with a frightening story of psychological horror and the Dark Knight! • The fan-favorite co-creators of Rumble, writer John Arcudi and artist James Harren, spin a tale of Clayface and the evils lurking beneath the surface of the stories we love the most. • The powerhouse creative team of writer Brandon Thomas and artist Khary Randolph tell a story about one of Gotham’s most impoverished neighborhoods, and how it ends up being exploited by villains like the Mad Hatter!

Batman: Black & White #6

A new Ultramega Debuts in Ultramega #4

Image and Skybound is pleased to unveil a  new variant cover and first look at interior art from Ultramega #4 by James Harren. This key upcoming issue continues the smash-hit series—which has sold out of every issue so far—with the first appearance of a new Ultramega.

Harren is the creator, writer, and artist of Ultramega, with Eisner award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. In the world of Ultramega, a cosmic plague has spread and transformed everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega—three individuals imbued with incredible powers—hold the line against this madness.

Now, it’s the FIRST APPEARANCE of a new Ultramega… but with great power comes incredible horror and violence. It’s the NEW Ultramega vs Kaiju King for the future of humanity!  

This extra-length issue, features 46 story pages and powerful new variant covers from superstars Paul Pope and Mike Spicer, a Pride variant by Kris Anka, and B&W incentive versions of Harren, and Pope and Spicer’s, covers. 

Ultramega #4 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Cover A by Harren (Diamond Code APR210344) 
  • Cover B by Pope & Spicer (Diamond Code APR210345) 
  • Cover C by Pope & Spicer B&W 1:5 incentive copy (Diamond Code FEB218442) 
  • Cover D by Harren B&W 1:10 incentive copy (Diamond Code FEB218443) 
  • Cover E Pride Variant by Anka (Diamond Code MAR219152)  

Get a New Look at Skybound X including New Covers and Clementine!

On Friday at Skybound XpoImage Comics and Skybound teased an early look at the first comic book appearance of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and revealed jaw-dropping cover art from the hotly anticipated Skybound X weekly comic book event. Superstars including Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, Donny Cates, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, James Harren, and Daniel Warren Johnson will contribute stories to this five-issue limited series launching on Wednesday, July 7.

These freshly unveiled covers  include the main cover to Skybound X #2 spotlighting “Rick Grimes 2000” by Cliff Rathburn; the main cover to Skybound X #4 by Charlie Adlard featuring the Rick Grimes vs Negan battle you never expected; and the Skybound X #5 variant by Chris Schweizer bringing fans a behind-the-scenes look at The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton!

If you want to know what to expect in Skybound’s next ten years, it all starts here with a celebration of the past, present… and the FUTURE! Each issue features a chapter of “Rick Grimes 2000,” the unforgettable story originally introduced in The Walking Dead #75, that reunites the Invincible team of Kirkman and Ottley! Plus, the first appearances of Everyday Hero Machine Boy, Sea Serpent’s Heir and more in this celebration of hit series like Excellence, Manifest Destiny, Ultramega, Assassin Nation, and more!

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:

  • 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 #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 Vuong & Kniivila (Diamond Code MAY210044)
     
  • 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 #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 #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)

Image and Skybound Preview Ultramega #3 and Variants

Image Comics and Skybound unveiled a first look at Ultramega #3 interior pages, plus new covers from Ryan Ottley and Frank Martin, and Afu Chan.

Chan’s cover is one of Skybound’s special edition covers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. All proceeds from the sales for AAPI Heritage Month variant covers will be donated to CCED, a Los Angeles-based volunteer organization that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.  

James Harren is the creator, writer, and artist of Ultramega, with Eisner-award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. In the world of Ultramega, a cosmic plague has spread and transformed everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega—three individuals imbued with incredible powers—hold the line against this madness. Their battles level cities and leave untold horror in their wake. Now, the final reckoning approaches for the Ultramega… but is this a war they can even win?

Ultramega #3 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, May 19:

  • Cover A by James Harren – Diamond Code MAR210236
  • Cover B by Ryan Ottley & Frank Martin – Diamond Code MAR210237
  • Cover C by Ryan Ottley B&W 1:5 incentive copy – Diamond Code FEB218441
  • Cover D by James Harren B&W 1:10 incentive copy – Diamond Code FEB218444
  • Cover E by Afu Chan – Diamond Code MAR218079

Ultramega Continues to Show Off Its Might With Two New Printings

James Harren’s kaiju-action comic book series Ultramega continues its domination, with a third printing of issue #1 and a second printing of issue #2. Image Comics and Skybound will reprint both issues with new covers by Harren, available in full color and in black and white.

Harren is the creator, writer, and artist of Ultramega, with Eisner-award winning colorist Dave Stewart. In the world of Ultramega, a cosmic plague has spread and transformed everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega—three individuals imbued with incredible powers—hold the line against this madness. Their battles level cities and leave untold horror in their wake. Now, the final reckoning approaches for the Ultramega… but is this a war they can even win?

Ultramega #2 and Ultramega #1 reprints will be available in comic book shops on Wednesday, May 26:

  • Ultramega by James Harren #2, second printing Cover A by Harren – MAR218742 
  • Ultramega by James Harren #2, second printing Cover B 1:5 copy incentive – MAR218743
  • Ultramega by James Harren #1, third printing Cover A by Harren – MAR218744 
  • Ultramega by James Harren #1, third printing Cover B 1:5 copy incentive – MAR218745

Review: Ultramega #2

Ultramega #2

I was a bit mixed on the debut issue of Ultramega. There was a lot of it I liked but its over-the-top nature is what really stood out to me. The story was ok with some interesting concepts thrown in but overall, it was the story buildup before the credits of the film roll. Ultramega #2 is much of the same with an interesting world teased but not enough fleshed out.

Written and with art by James Harren, Ultramega #2 takes us to a world where kaiju are now worshipped and the former hero of Ultramega is now a bit frowned upon. We just accept this state of things going from giant battles of the previous issue to this apocalyptic land. We’re presented with factions that are rather typical and expected delivering a world that feels like its been seen before. None of it is bad but the story as a whole doesn’t jump out as anything really new or exciting.

There’s some small details that make the issue a bit memorable but the end result is a lot of good concepts that aren’t fleshed out enough much like the debut. The comic opens, for instance, with the creation of Ultramega and its kaiju nemesis not long after the creation of the universe. The how and why are left open but its other aliens introduced are just left out there. It glimpsed at something more that’s so far not delivered on. I fully expected it was a story being told by the new society setting up their new belief system. Nope, it’s just something presented. Much like the debut issue we’re delivered on a bit of a feint as well. The most interesting aspect of the second issue is really a fake-out for something else, setting up the conflict to come.

The art, like the first issue, is the more interesting aspect of the comic. There’s a kinetic and energetic feel about it. The designs are interesting and world really well thought out. It’s a look though we have seen before though and a style that’s not common but been there. There’s something interesting about it all though, and I’m not quite sure exactly what that is. There’s a pop sensibility that Harren brings infusing multiple influences to deliver a series that relies heavily on its visuals.

Ultramega #2 isn’t a bad issue but much like the first it left me wanting. There’s too much that’s left out there that readers just need to accept. Some explanation of the history and world would have helped the story and an opening that ties a bit more into the actual story would have helped as well. As is, the comic is a bit choppy as presented. Ultramega #2 does bring a pop-sense to the concept of kaiju which makes it stand out a bit from the other similar titles but the reliance on those visuals also seem to be holding the series back a bit.

Story: James Harren Art: James Harren Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Get an Early Look at Proctor Valley Road #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #3, the next issue of the star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, colorist Tamra Bonvillain and letterer Jim Campbell about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #3, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on May 12, 2021.

The girls are supposed to stay out of trouble…and away from the haunted stretch of Proctor Valley Road. But a stolen police car leads to the return of the Proctor Valley Bull and more danger than anyone could imagine…

Proctor Valley Road #3 features a main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and James Harren.

Proctor Valley Road #3

Ultramega #1 Powers Up for a Second Printing and Gets New Variants for Ultramega #2

James Harren’s new hit Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment comic book series Ultramega is rushing back to print on its debut issue. The kaiju-action series also revealed all four covers for issue #2: a stunning cover from Harren himself and a variant cover from Ian Bertram, both featured in a full color and black and white variant versions.

James Harren is the creator, writer, and artist of Ultramega, with Eisner-award winning colorist Dave Stewart. In the world of Ultramega, a cosmic plague has spread and transformed everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega—three individuals imbued with incredible powers—hold the line against this madness. Their battles level cities and leave untold horror in their wake. Now, the final reckoning approaches for the Ultramega… but is this a war they can even win?

Both the new Ultramega #1 prints and Ultramega #2 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, April 21.

  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #1 CVR A HARREN 2ND PTG – FEB218439
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #1 CVR B 5 COPY INCV 2ND PTG – FEB218440
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR A HARREN – FEB210217
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR B BERTRAM – FEB210218
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR C 5 COPY INCV B&W VIRGIN BERTRAM – FEB218355
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR D 10 COPY INCV B&W VIRGIN HARREN – FEB218356
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