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DC Delivers a Surprise Digital Release of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red With First Chapter by Stjepan Šejić and Gabriela Downie

DC has announced the launch of its newest Digital First series, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red! Publishing each Friday and spanning 14 chapters, this digital series is an anthology of standalone stories told in the vein of the classic Batman: Black & White. The first chapter is available for purchase now on participating digital platforms, including readdc.comComixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.

Each chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will be told in traditional black and white with the color red utilized in unique ways throughout each of the individual stories. The debut chapter of the Digital First series is “Harleen: Red” by writer/artist Stjepan Šejić with lettering by Gabriela Downie. Set in the world of Šejić’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel Harleen, this story hints at a “red” that will have meaning only to Harley Quinn!

Future chapters will feature a fan-favorite lineup of talent, including Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini; the team of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin; Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez; Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra; Erica Henderson, Daniel Kibblesmith, and more to come throughout the run. And Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is also the DC writing debut for several acclaimed illustrators! Artists Mirka Andolfo, Dani, Joe Quinones, and Riley Rossmo are all developing chapters written in their own voice, paired with art in their distinct styles.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red’s first chapter, with story and art by Stjepan Šejić and lettering by Gabriela Downie, is available now. Subsequent digital chapters of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will publish weekly on Fridays through its 14-chapter run. Andolfo’s story will publish July 3, Ahmed and Rodriguez’ collaboration will publish on July 10, and Seeley and Ferreyra’s chapter will publish on July 17 to round out the first month of the series.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red promo art is by Jorge Jiménez.

Preview: Road to Empyre: The Kree/Skrull War #1

Road to Empyre: The Kree/Skrull War #1

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Mattia De Iulis, Javier Rodriguez (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

EMPYRE IS COMING!

The build-up to Marvel’s massive event series of the spring begins here-but in actuality, it began a millennia ago, with a challenge on the moon! In the wake of INCOMING, everything has changed for the Kree and the Skrulls. And out in the cold on Earth, the Warner family (MEET THE SKRULLS) need to work out what has happened and what it means for the future of their family and their race! And that means educating their kids on just how the Kree and the Skrulls first went to war!

Road to Empyre: Kree/Skrull War #1

Marvel Celebrates 45 Years of Giant-Size X-Men #1

In 1975, writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum changed the comics landscape forever with Giant-Size X-Men #1. This special issue marked a new genesis for the team, introduced iconic Marvel characters like Storm and Nightcrawler, and set the X-Men on the path to becoming the cultural powerhouses they are today. Now, 45 years later, Marvel Comics is honoring this landmark issue in an extraordinary way with the help of 37 of the industry’s top artists. Each pulse-pounding page of this unforgettable issue will be re-envisioned by artists such as Alex Ross, Carmen Carnero, and Mark Brooks. This diverse group of talent have joined together to pay homage to this comic book masterpiece by redrawing Cockrum’s original art in their own unique styles.

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 is written by Wein and features art by Alex Ross, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Samnee, Marcus To, Siya Oum, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Carmen Carnero, Bernard Chang, Aaron Kuder, Takeshi Miyazawa, Juann Cabal, Gurihiru, Mark Brooks, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Valerio Schiti, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Lolli, Ema Lupacchino, Carlos Gómez, Iban Coello, R.B. Silva, Ramon Rosanas, Joshua Cassara, David Baldeón, Marcelo Ferreira, Javier Garrón, Rod Reis, Javier Rodríguez, Marco Checchetto, Jen Bartel, Mike Del Mundo, Rahzzah, Pepe Larraz, and Mike Hawthorne, It features a cover by Adi Granov.

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 #1 goes on sale May 27th but you can get your first look at this milestone issue in this special announcement trailer featuring Editor Jordan D. White and Assistant Editor Annalise Bissa!

Celebrate the Return of Earth X with Marvel’s X Variants

From the creative minds of comic legends Alex Ross and Jim Krueger, Earth X introduced readers to a fascinating future where everyone was gifted with superpowers. Now, decades later, Ross and Krueger are reuniting for a prequel to their classic epic in January’s Marvels X. To celebrate the return to this strange world, some of the industry’s best artists have crafted Marvels X variant covers featuring bold reimagined versions of your favorite characters! Keep your eyes peeled for these Marvels X variant covers and more throughout the month of January!

CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 MARVELS X VARIANT by ALEX GARNER – NOV190880

DEADPOOL #3 MARVELS X VARIANT by DAVID YARDIN with colors by MORRY HOLLOWELL – NOV190889

DR. STRANGE #2 MARVELS X VARIANT by OLIVIER VATINE – NOV190876

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 MARVELS X VARIANT by SKAN – NOV190749

IRON MAN 2020 #1 MARVELS X VARIANT by CHRISTIAN WARD – NOV190762

SPIDER-MAN #5 MARVELS X VARIANT by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ – NOV190911

THOR #1 MARVELS X VARIANT by RYAN BROWN – AUG199023

VENOM #22 MARVELS X VARIANT by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER – NOV190904

X-FORCE #5 MARVELS X VARIANT by GREG LAND with inks by JAY LEISTEN and colors by FRANK D’ARMATA – NOV190822

Preview: History of the Marvel Universe #2 (of 6)

History of the Marvel Universe #2 (of 6)

(W) Mark Waid (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) Steve McNiven
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $4.99

From the dawn of the 20th century to the first meeting of Mr. Fantastic and Doctor Doom, learn the secrets of Marvel’s history! Who was John Steele? Which Western gunslinger helped inspire the first Heroic Age? All this and more – revealed!

History of the Marvel Universe #2 (of 6)

Preview: History of the Marvel Universe #1

History of the Marvel Universe #1

History of the Marvel Universe #1 is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe. Not quite a comic, the first issue is much more like classic guidebooks and character encyclopedias than anything else.

Written by Mark Waid, History of the Marvel Universe #1 is the recounting of the timeline of the Marvel Universe from the formation of it to the late 1800s.

Beginning with the end of the universe, it’s last two survivors discuss what was. We’re taken back to the Big Bang and from there the history of what we know as the Marvel Universe. A lot of ground is covered delivering a timeline of key characters and events explaining everything quickly enough for fans to connect the dots. It’s not heavy enough you’ll be satisfied and maybe driven online to learn more. Waid packs in a ton though. The comic flows nicely and presented in an easy to understand fashion.

Javier Rodríguez on art is tasked with packing all of that in. Álvaro López helps on ink and the result works really well. Again, there’s a lot here so the panel layouts and how it’s handled is impressive. There’s a mix of layouts to handle the needs of history resulting in a visually interesting read. Joe Caramagna‘s lettering is key too as the “story” is told through caption blocks instead of speech bubbles. That also sees a lot packed in on each panel but it never feels cluttered.

The comic is a must for Marvel fans. It feels like a throwback to the guides of the past and takes us through a pretty definitive take on the history of the Marvel Universe. Whether this will become the “bible” is unknown but as a fan, it feels like one I can subscribe to.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Javier Rodríguez
Ink: Álvaro López Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: History of the Marvel Universe #1 (of 6)

History of the Marvel Universe #1 (of 6)

(W) Mark Waid (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) Steve McNiven
Rated T
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

ALL-NEW STORY BY LEGENDARY CREATOR MARK WAID! Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe – in one lavishly illustrated series! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE chronicles completely, for the first time, everything that was, is or will be! Lushly illustrated text tells the complete story of the Marvel Universe, revealing previously unknown secrets and serving as the ultimate reference book for Marvel fans! Witness the greatest tale ever told – and be prepared for some shocking revelations!

History of the Marvel Universe #1 (of 6)
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