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Preview: Invincible Red Sonja #4

Invincible Red Sonja #4

writer: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
artist: Moritat
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Celina (C) Frank Cho “Outrage” (D), Dominica Cosplay Variant (E), Carla Cohen (RI-F), Amanda Conner (RI-G/Line Art), Dominica Cosplay Variant (RI-H/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-I/ Line Art), Carla Cohen (RI-J/Virgin), Amanda Conner (RI-K/Line Art Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-L/Line Art Virign)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

This issue is all out action as the Grim Reaper descends upon the kingdom of Erkhara in response to Red Sonja’s actions, dangerously destabilizing the realm, and as for Sonja herself? Let’s just say those glowing eyes of hers in issue #1 are a clue!

AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and MORITAT continue to reveal an epic which will stand the test of time!

Invincible Red Sonja #4

Preview: Invincible Red Sonja #3

Invincible Red Sonja #3

writer: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
artist: Moritat
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Celina (C) Frank Cho “Outrage” (D), Dominica Cosplay Variant (E), Carla Cohen (RI), Amanda Conner (RI/Line Art), Dominica Cosplay Variant (RI/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/ Line Art), Carla Cohen (RI/Virgin), Amanda Conner (RI/Line Art Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/Line Art Virign)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

JIMMY PALMIOTTI, AMANDA CONNER and MORITAT get their sadism on as the huntress becomes the hunted! Sonja’s on the trail of the Crown of Erkhara and the scoundrel who pilfered it, but her quest is complicated by a bounty on her head and a wave of assassins eager to collect! Heavy is the head that wears the bounty, as the She-Devil with a Sword is about to find out!

Invincible Red Sonja #3

Z2 Comics and Anthrax’s Among the Living is Out in July

Since the first announcement of the upcoming graphic novel inspired by the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album, the project has remained one of the most anticipated releases of the year. It’s been announced that the Among the Living graphic novel will be released in stores everywhere on July 6! In an effort to support the comic book specialty market, which had been hardest by the COVID-19 health crisis of the past year, Anthrax and Z2 shipped a surprise limited number of copies early, with stores able to put out for sale this week!

The project pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums with all four members of the classic Anthrax lineup contributing!

An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and written by Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Blondie: Against the Odds) and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey BelladonnaFrank BelloCharlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers, artists, and other rock legends in a tribute to their landmark 1987 album, featuring covers by JG JonesEric Powell, and a preorder variant from Charlie Benante. Additional interior art and chapter breaks by SawbladeBrian Ewing, and Josh Bernstein.

Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike, and features art by longtime Dredd artist Chris Weston.

The full lineup can be found below:
1- Among the Living 
Writer: Brian Posehn
Artist: Scott Koblish and Alladin Collar

2- Caught in a Mosh 
Writer: Gerard and Mikey Way
Artist: Darick RobertsonPhillip Sevy and Alladin Collar

3- I Am the Law (featuring Judge Dredd)
Writer: Scott Ian
Artist: Chris Weston and Alladin Collar

4- Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
Writer: Rick Remender and Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown

5- A Skeleton in the Closet 
Writer: Corey Taylor
Artist: Maan House

6- Indians 
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Freddie Williams II and Andrew Dalhouse

7- One World  
Writer: Frank Bello
Artist: Andy Belanger and Tatto Caballero

8- A.D.I./Horror of It All
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Dave Johnson

9- Imitation of Life
Writer: Rob Zombie
Artist: Erik Rodriguez and Steve Chanks

ComiXology Has a Packed Thursday with 16 New Releases from Marvel, Paperfilms, Yen Press, and More!

There’s a lot out this Thursday on comiXology. Check out all of the new digital releases now or check out the individual releases below.

An Invitation To Sin

Written by Sarah Morgan
Art by Mito Orihara
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Taylor has worked long and hard to make her comeback as an actress, and is dedicated to making her newest movie a success. Upon attending a party at the powerful Corretti family’s home to promote her film, she meets Luca, the troubled child of the family. He is handsome and sexy…but also a notorious playboy whom she would be sorry to get involved with! As she tries to leave, Luca suddenly pulls her in and they engage in a passionate kiss. However, unbeknownst to her, their hot steamy encounter had been captured on camera and would be leaked to the world…

An Invitation To Sin

Human Torch: Burn

Written by Karl Kesel
Art by Skottie Young
Cover by Skottie Young
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Collects Human Torch (2003) #1-6.

Johnny Storm is the youngest member of the world-famous Fantastic Four, with the powers and temperament of fire itself. Impulsive, restless and thrill-seeking by nature, the Torch doesn’t need to wait for the rest of the FF. He can get into trouble all by himself. Years ago, after gaining his powers, Johnny became the most popular student on his high-school campus. The Big Man on Campus until the Torch came along was Olympic-bound wrestler Mike Snow. The Snow/Storm rivalry reached a terrible climax when the two fought over a girl. Snow never wanted to see Johnny again – until now, years later, when a fellow firefighter dies before his eyes, inexplicably bursting into flames … like a Human Torch.

Human Torch: Burn

Incredible Hulk: Hide In Plain Sight

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Leandro Fernandez
Cover by Leandro Fernandez
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #55-59.

For years Crusher Creel has terrorized the world with his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches. Now, after being locked away in a secret underground prison, The Absorbing Man has gained the new ability to jump in and out of people’s minds. But what happens when the mind he jumps into belongs to the 800-pound monster known as the Incredible Hulk?

Incredible Hulk: Hide In Plain Sight

Incredible Hulk: Transfer Of Power

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Stuart Immonen, Scott Koblish
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #44-49.

On the run…from the police…the government…clandestine forces with an agenda all their own…and the unbridled beast within, Dr. Bruce Banner knows the dread of the hunted. Now he faces the most unimaginable horror of all: a relentless, unkillable pursuer who knows all his weaknesses and will stop at nothing to bring him down.

Incredible Hulk: Transfer Of Power

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler – #84

Written by Homura Kawamoto
Art by Toru Naomura
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Kirari responds to Ririka’s request…but what happens when Yumeko joins in? Read the next chapter of Kakegurui the same day as Japan!

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler - #84

Le secret d’un père

Written by Yvonne Lindsay
Art by Naomi Watanabe
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Erin, une jeune veuve, dirige un hôtel tout en s’occupant d’un enfant en bas âge. Un jour, un millionnaire du nom de Sam vient séjourner dans son établissement. Alors que ce beau client fascine Erin, il a néanmoins un plan derrière la tête. Ignorant les réelles intentions de Sam, Erin reçoit une lettre contenant un étonnant message : en raison d’une erreur à la clinique de fertilité, le père de son enfant n’est pas celui qu’elle croit, et ce dernier a bien l’intention de se battre pour obtenir sa garde ! Erin est alors loin de se douter que le père de son enfant n’est autre que Sam !

Le secret d'un père

Missing Persons #2

Written by Liam Johnson
Art by Bernardo Vieira
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DB Cooper is a man out of time. Indebted to those who ripped him from time, he’s reluctantly agreed to rob a bank alongside a ragtag team of fellow time-displaced bandits. However, with infamous Al Capone acting as enforcer to keep them all in line, Cooper begins to fear his death is inevitable.

Missing Persons #2

Mystique Vol. 1: Dead Drop Gorgeous

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Jorge Lucas
Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner
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Collects Mystique (2003) #1-6.

Mystique the sultry mutant shapeshifter, who has stood against the X-Men in battle after battle, is offered the chance at a new life when Professor X recruits her to complete a dangerous mission in Cuba. Can this former mutant-rights terrorist who can disguise herself as anyone on the planet be trusted? In this story of international intrigue and redemption, the sexy Mystique may surprise everyone, including herself.

Mystique Vol. 1: Dead Drop Gorgeous

So I’m a Spider, So What? #51.1

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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Hooooly snikeys! The Demon Lord blocked off my teleport option, so I’m just running and running and running…where’s a miracle when you need one?! Read the next chapter of So I’m a Spider, So What? at the same time as Japan!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #51.1

The Case Study of Vanitas #51

Written by Jun Mochizuki
Art by Jun Mochizuki
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As blows are exchanged, a decisive difference between the combatants gradually becomes clear. Read the next chapter of The Case Study of Vanitas at the same time as Japan!

The Case Study of Vanitas #51

Twilight Experiment #1 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti Art and cover by Juan Santacruz Writers Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (Hawkman, THE Monolith) reunite with artist Juan Santacruz (The Resistance) for Twilight Experiment, a dramatic new 6-issue miniseries dealing with themes of heroism and loss. Decades ago, a handful of brave volunteers sacrificed their humanity in the hope of one day saving their world from a future cosmic event. They failed. This is the story of their children, who, in the twilight of humanity, must find the courage to fulfill their parents’ destiny! Serenity, once the greatest champion humanity had ever known, died defending the world and people she loved. She left behind more than a legacy of heroism ? she left a great secret. For eight years, her son Michael has been stranded on a space station orbiting Earth. Raised by a computer program, possessed of strange powers and a hypersensitivity to light, Michael has longed for the day he would join the human race. That day is today!

Twilight Experiment #1 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #2 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The futuristic new miniseries continues! Ghosts of the past haunt paramedic Rene Doyle as she sets out in search of her father, who disappeared nearly a decade ago. But even if he’s alive, will he have the answers to the unexplained events in her life? Meanwhile, Twilight faces his last training session aboard the orbital space station!

Twilight Experiment #2 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #3 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The Righteous has returned! After eight years in a coma imprisoned by an alien race, the most destructive force Earth has ever produced is awake ? and he wants to unite the world beneath his hand! Plus, what connection is there between Twilight and Rene?

Twilight Experiment #3 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #4 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz Thought to be dead, the Righteous has escaped from a Viridian prison and resumed his bid for world domination. Plus, Michael comes face to face with the man who murdered his mother ? but will he share her fate?

Twilight Experiment #4 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #5 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The penultimate chapter of the thrilling miniseries! The Righteous issues a warning to the world: live in peace or die! And in the parallel world of Veridian, the devastating anomaly is reaching critical mass. Will Rene and Twilight be able to avert a pandimensional disaster?

Twilight Experiment #5 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #6 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The climactic conclusion of the TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT saga, as the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance! The new hero Serenity must succeed where her predecessor failed, even as Twilight battles the Righteous, the man who killed his mother. If these two young heroes fail, two worlds die!

Twilight Experiment #6 (of 6)

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ComiXology Features 13 New Digital Comics including Fantastic Four as well as Gatecrasher from Palmiotti, Waid, and Conner!

It’s a packed Thursday at comiXology with thirteen new digital comics available right now. Start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #67-70, 500-502.

Doctor Doom, the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known, and the most personal and persistent nemesis the Fantastic Four has ever encountered, rises again! But this time, something is different about the Lord of Latveria, as his strategy strikes at the heart of the first family of super heroes, forcing Reed Richards to contemplate doing…the unthinkable!

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Tom Feister, Tony Harris
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #503-508.

It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: Now that their arch enemy Doctor Doom had seemingly perished, the Fantastic Four would journey into his nation of Latveria, disassemble its war machine and set its oppressed citizens free. But what appeared a black and white situation quickly turns a murky shade of gray, and Reed Richards and his family find themselves besieged on all sides, both by those they thought of as their allies, and by the very people they were trying to save!

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #509-513.

Having embarked on the ultimate journey, Reed, Sue and Johnny must contend with the defenses of the afterlife – and storm the gates of Heaven itself to rescue their fallen teammate. They’ve faced the destroyer of everything, Galactus. Now, they face the creator of everything, as the Fantastic Four are reunited in the Hereafter. Plus: The FF have a lot to answer for in the aftermath of their authoritative action in Latveria – and when you’re trying to regain the trust of cynical New Yorkers, is associating with a certain misunderstood wall-crawler really a wise move?

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Written by Karl Kesel, Mark Waid
Art by Paco Medina, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paco Medina
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #514-519.

Manhattan is cut off from the rest of the world by a fleet of miles-high alien spacecraft -and that’s just the beginning! With the Avengers in disarray, New York reluctantly turns to the disenfranchised Fantastic Four, the only heroes in town, to save them – but where to even start? And which member of the team will make a decision that will radically change the Fantastic Four for some time to come? Plus: Witness the genesis of an all-new, all-twisted Frightful Four!

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Join the galaxy’s newest unique hero as he discovers villains beyond belief, worlds beyond imagination and women beyond his means! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Let other guys duke it out over truth and justice? Gatecrasher’s fighting for the fate of the entire friggin’ UNIVERSE. There’s only one thing our hero can do to save the world?but the permanent cost to both him and the Split-Second Squad will be staggering! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Graduation day, and Alec Wagner wants only one thing. The valedictorian slot? An Honor Society scholarship? A bright future in computer software? Are you kidding? He wants to party like it’s his last day on Earth ? and if certain forces have their way it may well be! Chicks, booze, fast cars, faster women… hey, is the room spinning, or is it just Alec? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Joe Linsner
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Fourth down and half-naked! A showdown on the fifty-yard line and Hazard’s wardrobe is only the first thing to go! Meanwhile, our hero finally learns why everyone in the universe is gunning for him-and the answer will change his life forever! Plus, will ex-girlfriend Mia finally squeeze Alec’s head until it pops? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D’honneur

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Reese est décidée à cacher ses pleurs et à partir sur une note positive. Sur les conseils de sa tante maintenant décédée, Reese est devenue une actrice populaire de soap-opéra. Cependant, dû au fait qu’elle soit tombée éperdument amoureuse d’Alex, l’homme qui l’accompagne à l’écran, elle décide de mettre définitivement terme à sa carrière d’actrice. Peu importe le nombre de fois où ils s’embrassent et s’étreignent, rien ne se passe une fois que les caméras s’arrêtent de tourner. C’est parce qu’Alex a une petite amie secrète. Et de toute façon, Reese sait que les relations entre acteur et actrice ne se finissent jamais bien. Mais, alors qu’elle se prépare à tout laisser derrière elle avec le sourire, Alex l’arrête et lui demande une faveur… Reese sera-t-elle capable de dire non à l’homme qu’elle aime ?

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D'honneur

THE ARGENTINE’S PRICE(colored version)

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Vanessa’s first love, first kiss and first heartbreak all came courtesy of Lazaro Marino. She’s the only daughter of a distinguished family in Boston, and when she was sixteen, she met Lazaro. He worked at her family’s mansion, and she fell in love with him at first sight. He was from South America, and two years older than her, and she was head over heels for him. However, their love did not last long. The night they first kissed, he suddenly vanished. Twelve years later, they’ll meet again, under circumstances she could never have imagined. But was their reunion just the beginning of his revenge?※This work is originally colored.

THE ARGENTINE'S PRICE(colored version)

Tilly Of Tap House

Written by Carol Wood
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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By day, Tilly works diligently at Doctor Tapper’s medical clinic as his assistant, and cares for three orphaned children by night. Her busy life is interrupted one day, when Doctor Tapper’s nephew Harry drops by.

Harry is handsome and capable. As a doctor himself, he takes over the clinic when Doctor Tapper takes ill. His fancy, new-fangled ways don’t sit well with the patients in the poor neighborhood.

As Tilly works closely with Harry, she finds herself torn between tradition and innovation, effectivity and kindness…

Tilly Of Tap House

Greek’s Last Redemption

Written by Caitlin Crews
Art by Karan Dan
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On her travels to Santorini, Holly met a man of unprecedented beautyt – Theo, a man of the Greek shipping industry – and was lovestruck. They fell for each other and got married in a flash, but Holly was tried of living fear of being a dumped by her playboy husband, so she confessed that she had gone to bed with someone else and left him. Now, after four years of separation, she is finally filing for divorce for one reason or another. But then Theo makes an unexpected proposal. She wants to reunite with him in Barcelona, where they spent a hot honeymoon…

Greek's Last Redemption

The Matriarch

Written by Robert Richardson
Art by Robert Richardson
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Career woman. Single mother. Superhero. Sherry Benning knew having a baby would change her life. She didn’t know it would change the world. As Leviathan City’s star super-heroine the Matriarch, Sherry tries to balance work and home-life against a backdrop of friends, foes, and potential love-interests; aggressive alien thoughts made manifest deep within the earth; an entire army of monsters and villains; and a secret so startling it could mean the end of the world as we’ve known it…and the beginning of something entirely new.

The Matriarch

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Anthrax’s Among the Living Full Lineup Revealed

Among the Living

The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums, with the full creative lineup announced today.
 
An anthology narrated by the longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero and written by Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank BelloCharlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers, artists, and other rock legends in a tribute to their landmark 1987 album, featuring covers by JG JonesEric Powell, and a preorder variant from Charlie Benante

As previously announced, Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan-favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades-long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike, and features art by longtime Dredd artist Chris Weston.
 
The full lineup can be found below:

1- Among the Living 
Writer: Brian Posehn
Artist: Scott Koblish and Alladin Collar

2- Caught in a Mosh 
Writer: Gerard and Mikey Way
Artist: Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez

3- I Am the Law (featuring Judge Dredd)
Writer: Scott Ian 
Artist: Chris Weston and Alladin Collar

4- Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
Writer: Rick Remender and Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown

5- A Skeleton in the Closet 
Writer: Corey Taylor 
Artist: Maan House 

6- Indians 
Writer: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Freddie Williams II and Andrew Dalhouse

7- One World  
Writer: Frank Bello 
Artist: Andy Belanger and Tatto Caballero

8- A.D.I./Horror of it All
Writer: Brian Azzarello 
Artist: Dave Johnson

9- Imitation of Life
Writer: Rob Zombie 
Artist: Erik Rodriguez and Steve Chanks

This graphic novel event of the year will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores on May 12 and is available to preorder with your favorite retailer now. Exclusive deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged with special vinyl and more are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to Z2 preorders of the standard edition!

It’s Blondie: Against the Odds from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John McCrea, and Z2

Blondie: Against the Odds

Legendary New York fashion and music icons Blondie have announced their partnership with Z2 Comics to produce their first-ever graphic novel! Inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few “deep cuts,” this book is sure to deserve a place on the bookshelf of every music fan.

Blondie’s rise to international acclaim from the downtown Manhattan club scene is perhaps one punk rock’s greatest success stories. Their first-ever graphic novel will follow their rise from the streets of New York to the stages of the world, as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the team behind the most celebrated run on the beloved DC Comics character Harley Quinn, and pulling in Palmiotti’s own memories of his childhood spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene surrounded by folks like Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Fab 5 Freddie at venues like Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. With his insight and Amanda’s mutual love of the music and styles of the time, this will be an essential visual document for any music fan to treasure.

Blondie: Against the Odds is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and features art by John McCrea, as well as a cover by Conner and her longtime colorist Paul Mounts, and is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s website in limited quantities are the deluxe and signed super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, prints and more. The super deluxe edition will include the soon-to-be revealed archival box set, as announced last fall.

All Four Members of the Classic Anthrax Lineup Will Contribute to the Among the Living Graphic Novel

Last fall, Z2 Comics announced an upcoming graphic novel inspired by Anthrax, the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album. The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums. All four members of the classic Anthrax lineup will contribute to the upcoming graphic novel, with Frank Bello writing a chapter, and Joey Belladonna penning the foreword.

An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero, Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced. Artists include Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Charlie Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. As previously announced, Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan-favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades-long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike.

Among the Living

Preview: Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #4

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #4

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Amanda Conner

There was no way Harley was going to make it out of Gotham City without coming face to face with The Joker…and just as she’s taken all his money, he’s determined to take something that means even more to her! This will be the most harrowing gauntlet of Harley’s life, and she-and you-are not ready for it!

Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #4

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse That Laughs #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs

I’ve been vocal in my mixed feelings about Dark Nights: Death Metal. The main event has been mixed in quality and the one-shots, while they used to stand out, are now fumbling themselves. Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs is another stumble presenting four stories with few standing out and most being forgettable.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs opens with an introduction introducing the scary stories to follow. Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, the intro isn’t so much Cryptkeeper as it’s a tease. Juan Gedeon handles the art, Mike Spicer color, and Troy Peteri the lettering and the art is solidly entertaining. But, the tales the Robin Kings aren’t what’s presented, and sadly what is, is far less interesting. A nice introduction to lay out the concept of the comic but it actually hurts what’s really could have been accomplished with some text on the first page.

Patton Oswalt, Sanford Greene, David Baron, and Josh Reed to a twisted take on Zsasz in “Feeding the Beast”. Sadly, the story itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all. It feels like interesting ideas chopped together without a strong narrative. To say it’s a frustrating start is an understatement and the issue stumbles from there.

The Super-Pets get the spotlight in “The Super-Threats“. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the story is a Super-Pets spin on DCeased. Krypto returns from space to find a planet ravaged and all that remains are the Super-Pets. It’s a nice horror short story packed in well and filled with a little bit of humor to make it different and stand out from DCeased. Chad Hardin‘s art with color by Enrica Eren Angiolini‘s color is solid as the animals are filled with emotion as the story unfolds. There’s a slight coloring issue when one infected creature is described as having yellow eyes and red teeth and neither being present. Lettering by Carlos M. Mangual really stands out with the unique speech bubbles that makes the story really fun.

In “Hard-Traveled“, Earth has been taken over by Hal Jordon who’s used his power to bring order to the planet. Standing in his way is Green Arrow. Saladin Ahmed‘s story is interesting in concept but sadly doesn’t get enough pages to really stand out. But, it’s a comic I’d love to read. What does stand out is Scot Eaton‘s art. With Norm Rapmund on ink and Hi-Fi on color, the story builds to a Rocky vs. Apollo ending.

Much like the story leading into it, “The Fear Index” also suffers from not enough pages. Steel has to deal with a planet that has been enveloped by Scarecrow’s toxin. It’s a great idea that we’re mostly teased with. Written by Brandon Thomas, the story itself is the trailer for a film we want to see more of. The art by Thomas Mandrake is solid. With color by Sian Mandrake, it comes off as the twisted fear-induced visions you’d expect. It’s not the over the top trip that has been done before but it’s presented as unsettled. That’s helped by Deron Bennett‘s lettering which enhances the hallucinations from the fear toxin. It emphasizes the situation and world.

There are some things to like about Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs. The idea of an anthology telling stories in this twisted world has potential but few are given the space they’re needed to really be interesting. Instead, they all fall short as teases for something far more entertaining. Both the Green Arrow and Steel stories are worthy of their own one-shots and an entire line could be done like the other Dark Multiverse one-shots releases. But, as is, there’s not a lot here to get excited about.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Thomas
Art: Juan Gedeon, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, Thomas Mandrake
Color: Mike Spicer, David Baron, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Sian Mandrake, Hi-Fi
Ink: Norm Rapmund
Letterer: Troy Peteri, Josh Reed, Carlos M. Mangual, Deron Bennett
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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