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Fables Returns with Fables #151 and Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham

Once upon a time, fans met the characters of Fabletown, the hidden city populated by legendary heroes and villains of fairy tales and folklore. Now, in celebration of its upcoming 20th anniversary, the bestselling series Fables is picking up where it left off—and expanding into the DC Universe. To celebrate 20 years, two new releases featuring the Fables world has been announced.

First, on sale in September, Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham sees Fables’s infamous sleuth Bigby Wolf go head-to-head with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, in this six-issue spinoff miniseries from DC Black Label. Written by Bill Willingham with pencils by Brian Level, inks by Jay Leisten, and colors by Lee Loughridge, this crossover detective story will delight fans of both Batman and Fables—or fans who just love a good noir mystery.

Then, on sale the first week of May 2022, the main story line continues with Fables #151—just in time for the 20th anniversary of Fables #1. Fables #151 is the first installment of “The Black Forest,” a 12-issue arc that picks up where the story left off in Fables #150, and is also a perfect jumping-on point for new readers. The series also reunites the core creative team, with pencils by Mark Buckingham, inks by Steve Leialoha, colors by Lee Loughridge, and letters by Todd Klein.

Bill Willingham’s return to DC will also include Cursemas, a 48-page standalone holiday special featuring the Justice League.

The Inkwell Awards Announces Artists For the Ivan Reis Spotlight Challenge

The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, has released the list of 24 artists participating in its fifth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight. This year’s Challenge features artist Ivan Reis‘ take on DC’s iconic super-team The Justice League from the cover art to DC‘s Man of Steel (2018) as originally inked by Ivan‘s partner Joe Prado. The artwork will be auctioned afterward for fundraising.

The artists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Gerry Acerno
  • Greg Adams
  • Brian Atkins
  • Keith Champagne
  • Kevin Conrad
  • John Dell
  • Michelle Delecki
  • Anthony Fowler Jr.
  • Scott Hanna
  • Christopher Ivy
  • Jay Leisten
  • Criss Madd
  • Jose Marzen Jr.
  • Mark McKenna
  • Jason Moore
  • Andrew Pepoy
  • Jack Purcell
  • Rodney Ramos
  • Ryusei Sawada (Kubert School 2020 Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship recipient)
  • Mike Sellers
  • Mark Stegbauer
  • LeBeau Underwood
  • Keith Williams
  • Walden Won

According to founder/director Bob Almond, the Spotlight Challenge, which grew out of its more inclusive, original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge, showcases other contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a more limited scale with veteran published inkers who may or may not have participated in other challenges. The previous four pencilers were Jim Lee, Neal Adams, Erik Larsen, and David Finch.

The Challenge Spotlight furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Blue-lined art files featuring a tightly penciled Ivan Reis Justice League pinup are sent to the artists to finish in ink. Each inked page will be signed by Reis and the inker, and include a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Almond. All pages will then be auctioned off at a later date as a fundraiser. Fans will be able to see the difference in the penciled and inked versions to better understand how much inkers contribute to the artform.

Earl Preview: King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Written by Peter David
Art by Greg Land
Inks by Jay Leisten
Colors by Frank D’Armata
40 PGS. /Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Knull, the KING IN BLACK, has set his sights on Earth – but as avid Marvelites already know, his hand has been at work at the edge of the Marvel Universe for years! IN THIS SERIES, witness one of Knull’s earliest attempts at birthing life from the darkness of non-creation! From superstar creators PETER DAVID and GREG LAND comes a titanic tie-in tale to this year’s winter epic KING IN BLACK!

King in Black: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

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

Review: Symbiote Spider-Man

Spider-Man is back in black in this story that takes place before Spider-Man figured out his suit was a symbiote alien.

Story: Peter David
Art: Greg Land, Iban Coello
Color: Frank D’Armata
Ink: Jay Leisten
Letterer: Joe Sabino

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores on November 12! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Hulkverines #3

Hulkverines #3

(W) Greg Pak (A) Ario Anindito (CA) Greg Land, Frank D’Armata, Jay Leisten
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THREE HULKVERINES – BUT ONLY ONE WEAPON H!

Together, the Hulk’s old foe the Leader and Weapon H’s own creator, Dr. Alba, have managed to do what the Weapon X program never could: capture and transform the two greatest fighters in the Marvel Universe. And now they’re heading straight for a nuclear power plant. It’s up to Clay to stop them – but what is one Hulkverine against two? The conclusion of the clash of the century!

Hulkverines #3

Review: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Everyone knows that Spider-Man’s infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom – but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit’s sinister secret?

Set during the original “Black Suit Saga,” this is an all-new tale that pits the wall-crawling wonder against that most mystifying of menaces…MYSTERIO!

In case you can’t get enough Spider-Man, this comic takes you back to when Peter Parker still wore the Venom symbiote (though he didn’t yet know that’s what the suit would inevitably become). I’ve read very little comics from that era featuring Spider-Man, so I was curious to see what this series had to offer readers like myself who are largely unaware of that time in Spidey’s life beyond the basics of him getting the suit and then losing the suit.

Written by Peter David, Symbiote Spider-Man #1 features Greg Land on pencils, inks by Jay Leisten and colours by Frank D’Armata. This is a comic that delights in its place in history, with the occasional editor’s note asterisk popping up to let us know where to seek information casually referenced in the comic’s pages, as well as more than a handful of jokes riffing on Spider-Man’s past (or future at this point in his life) that even readers like me are able to have a little chuckle at.

The comic visually blends a sense of the past with modern artistic sensibilities; it’s an approach that subtly lets the reader know that this isn’t NOW, but not explicitly when the comic takes place which means we won’t focus on the strange and wonderful timeline present in comic books where a man can be in his 30’s for twenty five years. There is a slightly edgier look to Peter in this issue, which fits seeing as how he is wearing the Venom suit, but there’s still enough of the Parker charm that shines through to remind you that this is still a Spider-Man comic.

If you’re looking to read a Spidey story free from the weight of continuity that also features an upcoming movie villain, you can’t go wrong with this. Symbiote Spider-Man #1 is a great diversion to your morning (or afternoon or evening), and one that’s worth reading for new or long time fans of the character.

Story: Peter David Art: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten Colours: Frank D’Armata
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Hulkverines #2

Hulkverines #2

(W) Greg Pak (A) Guiu Vilanova (CA) Greg Land, Frank D’Armata, Jay Leisten
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

SLASH AND GRAB!

The Hulk is already on Weapon H’s tail – but now Wolverine is involved. And he’s got an Adamantium-laced bone to pick with Weapon H. But they’re not the only monsters coming for Clay. The Leader and Dr. Alba meet at last – and the result will transform the course of Clay’s entire life. Weapon H veteran Guiu Vilanova returns with the second installment of a classic clash in the making!

Hulkverines #2

Review: Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen The Complete Collection Vol. 1

Kieron Gillen steers the X-Men through Fear Itself, Schism, and Regenesis! Plus, Beast and Abigail Brand must save S.W.O.R.D. when Peter Gyrich stages a coup!

Collecting S.W.O.R.D. #1-5, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #534.1 and #535-544, X-MEN: REGENESIS and UNCANNY X-MEN (2011) #1-3.

Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Steve Sanders, Billy Tan, Carlos Pacheco, Terry Dodson, Jorge Molina, Rodney Buchemi, Ibraim Roverson, Paco Diaz, Greg Land, Jamie McKelvie
Ink: Craig Yeung, Cam Smith, Dan Green, Nathan Lee, Rachel Dodson, Roger Bonet, Walden Wong, Jorge Molina, Paco Diaz, Jay Leisten
Color: Matthew Wilson, Andres Mossa, Frank D’Armata, Justin Ponsor, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jim Charalampidis, Jorge Molina, Dommo, Rex Lokus
Letterer: Dave Lanphear, Rob Steen, Joe Caramagna

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on March 5! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Geddon

Spider-Verse united them and Spider-Geddon threatens to destroy them. The Inheritors have escaped their prison and want their revenge.

Spider-Geddon collects Spider-Geddon #0-5 and Vault of Spiders #1-2 by Christos Gage, Clayton Crain, Jed MacKay, Javier Garron, Israel Silva, Travis Lanham, Dan Slot, Jorge Molina, Carlo Barberi, Todd Nauck, Stefano Caselli, Joey Vazquez, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Roberto Poggi, Jose Marzan, Jr., and David Curiel.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on February 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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