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Preview: Wonder Woman #776

Wonder Woman #776

Written by: Jordie Bellaire, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan
Art by: Jill Thompson, Paulina Ganucheau

They may look innocent, but the faeries of Elfhame have it in for Wonder Woman! What did Diana do to incur their wrath? Well, it may have something to do with the Roman god who has turned the Sphere of the Gods upside down in pursuit of power. Someone must pay for the damage they’ve caused, and Ratatosk could be the first if Diana doesn’t find him in time! Back on Themyscira, in the days of Diana’s youth, the missing historical texts are close to being completed, but at what cost? Is knowledge of the Amazons’ past worth all this trouble? Find out as the culprit behind it all reveals themselves and shares a truth that will change Diana’s childhood forever!

Wonder Woman #776

Review: Superman: Red and Blue #1

Superman: Red and Blue #1

I’ll admit it, Superman isn’t the most exciting character to me. I find he’s one that runs hot or cold with little in-between. There’s been great stories and great runs but he’s generally not a character I get excited to read about. But, I love anthologies. So, getting to sit down with Superman: Red and Blue #1 to see what such varied creators would do had me intrigued. And, I was not disappointed. This is another homerun of an anthology for DC Comics, and one the delivers an emotional punch.

Superman: Red and Blue #1 features such varied talent as John Ridley, Brandon Easton, Wes Craig, Dan Watters, and Marguerite Bennett on writing. Clayton Henry, Steve Lieber, Wes Craig, Jill Thompson, and Dani provide the art. Jordie Bellaire, Ron Chan handle some of the colors, while Dave Sharpe, Clayton Cowles, and Troy Peteri handle the lettering. I wanted to give the creators behind this their due because it’s a hell of an anthology. Every story is fantastic. The art is top-notch. The colors are used amazingly well, and the lettering is tight. This is a comic that knocks it out of the park.

But, what surprised me the most about Superman: Red and Blue #1 is how much it got to me. It’s stories made me think and delivered a bit of a punch. It’s impressive. Really impressive. DC has let their creators do what they do and it appears without fear. The stories range from lessons about childhood friendship, to condemnations of capitalism. There’s a story that tackles the failures of DC’s heroes (like Superman) from stopping the drug trade making them complicit in the deaths due to it. And, there’s a story of inspiration. Each story has highs and lows and are so unique with something to say about the character or what he represents. It’s an inspiring and thought-provoking comic.

Superman: Red and Blue #1 continues DC’s sparsely colored comics focused on red and blue like the title says. There’s also whites, blacks, and some gray thrown in but the various stories look beautiful and varied in their styles. There’s also a brilliant comic focused on colors themselves delivering a dive into what each represents.

The anthology is an inspiring endeavor and sets up such a high bar for what’s to follow. I went in knowing Superman: Red and Blue #1 was full of talent but how daring some of these stories are was not expected. To finish reading some of them a little choked up was

Story: John Ridley, Brandon Easton, Wes Craig, Dan Watters, Marguerite Bennett
Art: Clayton Henry, Steve Lieber, Wes Craig, Jill Thompson, Dani
Color: Jordie Bellaire, Ron Chan
Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Clayton Cowles, Troy Peteri
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #1

Superman: Red & Blue #1

Written by: Marguerite Bennett, Dan Watters, Wes Craig, Brandon Easton, John Ridley
Art by: Jill Thompson, Wes Craig, Steve Lieber, Clayton Henry

This new series presents fresh new visions of the Man of Steel in his two signature colors of red and blue! Around the world, everyone knows that when they see a red and blue streak in the sky, it’s not a bird…it’s not a plane…it’s Superman.

To start things off, Academy Award-winning writer of Future State: The Next Batman John Ridley joins artist Clayton Henry (Batman/Superman) to tell a story of Clark Kent as he confronts a villain who still haunts him, in a story that shows what Superman can mean to a whole country. Then, Brandon Easton (DC Future State’s “Mister Miracle”) and Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen) take readers to the streets of Metropolis to show how one hero can mean so much to an individual in pain. Plus, writer/artist Wes Craig (Deadly Class) tells a tale of Superman’s early days and the man who inspired him to become the hero he is today! And Marguerite Bennett (Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman) and artist Jill Thompson give us a tale of teenage Clark Kent, while Dan Watters and Dani, the team behind Coffin Bound, bring us an outlandish fable about what happens when all colors are stolen!

Superman: Red & Blue #1

Superman Takes Off in 2021 with a New Anthology, Superman: Red & Blue

In the spirit of DC’s iconic Eisner Award-winning Batman: Black & White anthology series, DC has announced Superman: Red & Blue, a new six-issue DC comic book mini-series presenting fresh new visions of the Man of Steel, featuring an incredible slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers creating comics pared back to Superman’s two signature colors of red and blue (magenta and cyan for the color nerds)!

Around the world, everyone knows that when they see a red and blue streak in the sky, it’s not a bird…it’s not a plane…it’s Superman!

To start things off in March’s Superman: Red & Blue #1, Academy Award-winning writer of DC Future State: The Next Batman John Ridley joins artist Clayton Henry to tell a story of Clark Kent as he confronts a villain who still haunts him, in a story that shows what Superman can mean to a whole country. Then, Brandon Easton and Steve Lieber take readers to the streets of Metropolis to show how one hero can mean so much to an individual in pain.

Plus, writer/artist Wes Craig tells a tale of Superman’s early days and the man who inspired him to become the hero he is today! And Marguerite Bennett and artist Jill Thompson give us a tale of teenage Clark Kent, while Dan Watters and Dani, the team behind Coffin Bound, bring an outlandish fable about what happens when all colors are stolen!

Superman: Red & Blue #1 (of 6), featuring 40 pages of stories by Marguerite Bennett, Wes Craig, Dani, Brandon Easton, Clayton Henry, Steve Lieber, John Ridley, Jill Thompson and Dan Watters, retails at $5.99 with a cover by Gary Frank and variant covers by Lee Bermejo and Yoshitaka AmanoSuperman: Red & Blue will ship monthly beginning on March 9 in DC’s Prestige Format binding.

The Kids Love Comics Pavilion Comes to Baltimore Comic Con Live

Kids Love Comics Pavilion

Baltimore Comic-Con is going virtual October 23-25 at BaltimoreComicConLive.Com, and once again offering the best in comics creators, panels, art, and cosplay. But BCC will once again host the biggest and best kids area at any comic convention-the Kids Love Comics Pavilion, featuring comics how-to’s, crafts, and other fun activities.

Both the main BCC channel and KLC channel will run simultaneously, so while the adults enjoy their programming, kids and aspiring artists can see and learn from a variety of graphic novel creators, all Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th.

Here’s the schedule for Kids Love Comics LIVE:

KIDS LOVE COMICS – SATURDAY SCHEDULE (All times EST)

10:00am The Cardboardasaurus Cartoon Puppet Party Kids Love Comics kicks off with a Puppet-Palooza, as Cardboardasaurus and his puppet pals watch a variety of cool retro cartoons!

10:30amCereal And Doodles Mark Mariano and Comic guests draw, doodle and discuss their favorite things while devouring bowls of fun-fortified cereal.

11:00amPacey Packer Unicorn Tracker John Gallagher interviews J.C. Phillipps for some Unicorn fun! It will be magical!

11:30am Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) interviewed by Jamar Nicholas (Leon the Mighty) The artist/writer behind the best-selling Amulet graphic novels discusses his art, and world creation.

12:00pm Making Manga with Misako Rocks! Rising manga star Misako Rocks!, author of the Bounce Back graphic novel, shares a drawing lesson as only she can!

12:30pm How-to-Draw with J. Robert Deans JR Deans, author of the hilarious Bear from AUNT chapter books and Shakes the Cow stories, shows how to draw his fun and furry characters


KIDS LOVE COMICS – SUNDAY SCHEDULE (All times EST) Hosted by the Kids Love Comics creators

11:00am Magnetic Press Presentation Comics overview from Magnetic Press Creators

(12:00pm hour hosted by Mark Mariano)

12:00pm InvestiGators Invent-A-Vest Drawing Challenge with John Patrick Green Best-selling author John Patrick Green takes a bite out of Baltimore, as he shows kids how to come up with their own cool inventive vests, just like Mango and Brash from InvestiGators!

12:20pm Jill Thompson reads Scary Godmother Jill Thompson, the graphic novel QUEEN of Halloween, reads from the frighteningly fantastic Scary Godmother GNs!

12:40pm Creative Crafts Challenges with Carolyn Belefski Curls artist and podcaster Carolyn Belefski offers up a look into creative crafts for kids with BIG imaginations!

(1:00pm hour hosted by John Gallagher)

1:00pm Max Meow Drawing Demonstration and Craft John shows you how to draw Max Meow (and anything!) using simple shapes. Plus – a special downloadable Max Meow papercraft!

1:20pm Halloween Graphic Novels Spotlight No tricks – just treats! John shares some of the BEST comics and graphic novels for the Halloween season!

1:30pm The World of Hilo with Judd Winick NYT-Bestselling author Judd Winick offers up his unique take on art, heroes, graphic novels, and more! From creating comics for publishers DC to Random House, Judd has a lot to say!

(2:00pm hour hosted by Chris Mariano)

2:00pm Alien Art with Dawn Griffin Zorphbert and Fred cartoonist Dawn Griffin offers up some otherworldly art lessons on drawing your own extra-terrestrials!

2:20pm Drawing Werewolves with Chris Flick Awooooo! It’s time to turn your friends (or yourself) into a werewolf, courtesy of furr-iffic comics artist Chris Flick!

2:40pm Let’s Make Paper Bag Puppets Create a puppet from your own imagination (and maybe a paper bag) with Chris Mariano, co-author of Claire Lost her Bear at the World’s Fair!

(3:00pm hour hosted by Jamar Nicholas)

3:00pm An Interview with Jerry Craft Jamar talks with Jerry Craft, Newberry-award winning creator of New Kid and the just-released Class Act graphic novels

3:30pm Imagination Aquarium: A Character Creation Exercise Jamar takes kids on a magical mystery tour of cartooning and ideas

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood #1

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #1

(W) Paul Cornell, Dean Motter
(A) Russ Braun, Dean Motter
(C) Jill Thompson
October 21, 2020
$4.99

The SNIFTER OF TERROR returns with an all-star snark-fest under a bloody new title! Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and Russell Braun (The Boys) reimagine Poe’s “Black Cat”––as a dog! In “Atlas Shrugged” (no relation), Mr. X creator Dean Motter settles the science vs. religion debate once and for all! Plus: prose, pix, and a jaunty cover by Scary Godmother’s Jill Thompson!

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD #1

The 2020 Harvey Award Winners Have Been Announced

The Harvey Awards

Ahead of the official ceremony later this week, the winners for the 2020 Harvey Awards have been announced. The award ceremony has gone virtual this year with the initial group of nominees announced in August and then the winners chosen by vote.

The 2020 winners are:

Book of the Year: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
Digital Book of the Year: The Nib edited by Matt Bors (thenib.com)
Best Children or Young Adult Book: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC Comics)
Best Manga: Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)
Best International Book: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)
Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel: Watchmen by HBO, based on Watchmen (DC Comics)

The Harveys will also be inducting Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), and the founding members of Milestone Media which includes Denys Cowan, Derek T. Dingle, Michael Davis, and the late Dwayne McDuffie into this year’s Harvey Awards Hall of Fame.

The virtual ceremony will be broadcast on October 9 at 4:50 pm as part of New York Comic Con’s Metaverse. The ceremony will be hosted by Vivek Tiwary and will feature Gene Luen Yang, Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, and Damon Lindelof.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Preview: Ash & Thorn #5

ASH & THORN #5

(W) Mariah McCourt
(A) Soo Lee
Cover: Jill Thompson
September 9, 2020
$3.99

Season finale! Things are looking bleak for Lottie, the old woman chosen as champion against the dark forces… and for the rest of the world, too. But when the going gets tough, the tough get baking. Never underestimate the power of the perfect pie to save the planet! Plus a selection of extra prose stories and illustrations.

ASH & THORN #5

Preview: Ash & Thorn #4

ASH & THORN #4

(W) Mariah McCourt
(A) Soo Lee
Cover: Jill Thompson
August 19, 2020
$3.99

Lottie and Peruvia have battled together to save the world—but now fate is drawing them apart. Will they fight the darkness together, or is the lure of evil just too…sexy?

Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations.

ASH & THORN #4

Preview: Ash & Thorn #3

ASH & THORN #3

(W) Mariah McCourt
(A) Soo Lee
Cover: Jill Thompson
July 29, 2020
$3.99

Things are getting weird for our old-lady Champions as they embark on a journey to the dreamworld to get a glimpse of their destinies. Will they like what they see? Or will their fates reveal more than they want to know?

Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations.

ASH & THORN #3
Almost American
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