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Sex Gets Graphic… Novels

Image Comics has announced that the popular, provocative  superhero series Sex by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski has returned as an ongoing, original graphic novel series with Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger hitting stores in trade paperback this April. 

In this all-new Sex experience, readers will return to Saturn City and the continuing exploits of retired superhero and awkward civilian, Simon Cooke, as he attempts to uncover the illicit secrets of the so-called Illuminati that desperately wants to recruit him. Typically, this leaves his beloved city vulnerable to all manner of desperate depravity. Fans won’t realize how much they’ve missed Sex until they indulge in this latest adventure. 

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger (Diamond Code FEB190105, ISBN: 978-1534308770) will be available on Wednesday, April 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 11. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, April 30 and can be pre-ordered now. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger

Image Comics to publish Jesusfreak — an original graphic novel by Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra

Next spring, Image Comics presents Jesusfreak, an all-new, never-before-published and sure-to-be-controversial original graphic novel by writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra. Jesusfreak is a bloody, two-fisted tale of heroic historical fiction featuring a certain young Nazarean carpenter who is having some trouble finding his place within a world of ever-increasing violence. He knows he’s different… he just doesn’t know why. Image Comics will publish the original graphic novel as a 64-page, full-color hardcover retailing for $17.99 in comic book stores on March 20, 2019 and in bookstores on March 26, 2019.

An exclusive 16-page black-and-white ashcan preview of Jesusfreak, featuring a two-color cover, will be available for purchase for $1.00 at the Image Comics booth #1444 at New York Comic Con. Joe Casey and Benjamin Marra will attend the convention, which will be held at the Javits Center in New York City from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7.

Jesusfreak (ISBN: 978-1534311749) can be ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Review: MCMLXXV #1

Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

A glowing object. A voice over on the radio. Gang battles in the city. A lot of the elements from writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan‘s MCMLXXV might seem familiar but together they create a whole new modern mythology from the mythology of the past. Featuring a cab drive as the heroe, MCMLXXV is a mash-up of concepts and ideas brought together for something new that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

The issue begins with a rather mundane experience of picking up a far but delivers a voice over that’ll remind individuals of The Warriors and dovetails into a Ninja battle that’s very Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles. With gang battles like Big Trouble in Little China, and a glowing tire iron ala Mage (instead of the bat), the comic feels like it’s trying to be the Ready Player One of comics delivering winks and nods to classic franchises remixed in a way. That’s not bad at all as the comic without any of that is engaging and a hell of a lot of fun. Casey infuses a mystical adventure into it all too as we learn more through flashbacks that only makes the set up more excited to see where it goes from this debut issue.

Artist Ian MacEwan adds to it all with a artistic flair that matches the energy Casey’s writing brings. There’s over the top scenes and MacEwan captures that feeling with every single one. The humor of it all is enhanced too with the way a character is posed or a small detail that’s the punchline in a way. There’s some scenes that just nail it through a small detail like how a passenger reacts to the madness.

The comic is just a lot of fun no matter the level you read it on. It can be a simple action fantasy story staring a cabbie in a big city or it can be that and an amazing homage to so much fun that has come before. No matter which level you choose, MCMLXXV is modern fun.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Ian MacEwan
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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MCMLXXV Introduces a Tough-as-Nails Monster-Fighter of Mythic Greatness

Fan favorite writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan come together to weave modern mythology for a new generation in the forthcoming MCMLXXV launching this September.

In MCMLXXV, readers meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

MCMLXXV #1 (Diamond Code JUL180110) hits stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th.

The New Lieutenants of Metal Delivers Readers Into Greater Comic Glory

Image Comics has revealed preview pages from Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas’ forthcoming The New Lieutenants of Metal, which is set to launch this July.

Meet the New Lieutenants of Metal, a precision strike force ready to face any threat, and the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! Their names are legend: The Mighty Krieg, Vandenborg Riot, Manowarrior, Steppenwulf. Beset on all sides by a roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal are guaranteed to deliver you unto greater comic book glory.

The New Lieutenants of Metal #1 (Diamond Code MAY180033) hits stores on Wednesday, July 4th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, June 11th.

Review: X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming collects X-Men (1991) #70-79, X-Men/Dr. Doom Annual 1998, and Material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #18 by Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Jorge Gonzales, Bill Rosemann, Carlos Pacheco, Jeff Johnson, German Garcia, Mat Broome, Aaron Lopresti, and Martin Egeland.

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

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Review: Cable: The Nemesis Contract

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Cable!

Cable: The Nemesis Contract collects Cable (1993) #59-70 and Annual ’99 and X-Man #45-47 by Joe Casey, Karl Bollers, Michael Higgins, Terry Kavanagh, Jose Ladronn, Stephen Platt, Andy Smith, German Garcia, Alitha E. Martinez, Mark Pajarillo, and J.H. Williams III.

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Review: Catalyst Prime: Kino #1

Major Alistair Meath of Britain’s Royal Air Force sacrificed his life to save Earth from an approaching asteroid on the night of “The Event”. Seven months later, Meath has resurfaced as the colorful, kinetic energy-powered superhero KINO, but something is very wrong with the world. Britain’s MI6 is on the hunt for Meath, and the terrible secret behind his return is revealed in this mindbending thriller within the Catalyst Prime Universe.

Lion Forge‘s “Catalyst Prime” has given us a lot of familiar and new types of characters often playing off of comic history to deliver entertaining reads and create a new superhero universe. Written by Joe CaseyCatalyst Prime: Kino #1 is the latest entry and delivers the universes Superman-ish type character, or at least that’s what it seems at first glance.

It’s clear Casey is having fun with tropes and the genre in this series, and that’s evident from the two distinct stories he tells and the art delivered by Jefte Paolo, with color by Chris Sotomayor.

One half of the comic is Major Alistair Meath origin as Kino from his catastrophic space flight to his body being held for experimentation. That involves secret organizations and corrupt corporations. While that could be standard in some ways, what’s interesting is the comic splits about half way through.

Casey gives us a battle of Kino against an evil doppleganger in a style that’s retro in both the panels, but also the art and coloring. Even Todd Klein‘s lettering shifts to give a throwback vibe to it all. This split is what makes the comic really interesting presenting Kino no longer as the tool being fought over but instead the traditional hero along the lines of Superman.

It’s an interesting choice in presentation and gives a good idea as to who he would be as a hero. It’s clear that Casey is going to explore some traditional superhero tropes as the series moves forward.

The story is interesting but it’s that flip in art that’s really impressive. The comic feels like a modern take on a classic comic in every way but with a cool style about it all. I’d take a comic just of that any day of the week. Palo’s art is fantastic as a whole with character designs that are engaging and stand out. This is a case where the art make the comic.

A new entry in the Catalyst Prime world is great to see and this one is another unique one for the universe. A first issue that has me interested in seeing where it all goes and hoping we get more of that retro art.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Jefte Palo
Color: Chris Sotomayor Lettering: Todd Klein
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Cable: The Hellfire Hunt

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Cable!

Cable: The Hellfire Hunt collects Cable (1993) #1 and #48-58, Cable & Machine Man Annual 1998, Machine Man & Bastion Annual 1998 and Wolverine/Cable by Michael Higgins, Joe Casey, Karl Bollers, German Garcia, Ryan Benjamin, Ed McGuinness, Rick Leonardi, Martin Egeland, Stephen Platt, and Jose Ladrönn.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on November 28. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Catalyst Prime: Accell #4

L.A.’s newest super-fast superhero Accell returns home after a life-changing metaphysical experience, just in time to help a friend battle some personal demons. Too bad Accell has no idea new enemies are gathering to make his life a living hell, especially the crimelord known as Glazz.

I’ve been digging Lion Forge‘s “Catalyst Prime” universe as its introduced a new generation of heroes that while at times familiar, also are fresh, fun, and have an energy about them that makes reading feel like entertainment.

Writer Joe Casey has been delivering some of that energy with his take on the “speedster” superhero Accell and in the fourth issue we get a breather in a way as things align for what’s to come.

Catalyst Prime: Accell #4 is the calm before the storm as new characters are introduced and things pivot a bit as our hero must adjust to not doing the superhero thing for a bit. This is a pseudo “day in the life” type story as he hangs out with friends and play video games. But, what Joe Casey does so well, beyond making his world a well lived in one, is shows the flaws of someone who’s just starting off and doesn’t know what he’s doing.

While the action is minimal he does try to help an abused kid he finds online and has to learn beating up the bad guys isn’t always wanted or the answer. The fact it’s also not some big villain grounds the comic and creates a sense of realism to the world. Things are more complicated than that. Casey also adds in small details like trying to find an address and takes us through some of that process. It’s a world where the small details add up to become a big deal adding depth and changing what could easily be just another superhero to something special.

Artist Damion Scott’s art is the usual energetic blast with a visual style that borderlines on trippy psychedelic and creates a sense of speed and motion that provides the series a boost. It’s a great combination of writer and artist and Scott’s art is enhanced through the colors which are a treat. All together the art creates a youthful energy about it that emphasizes Casey’s writing.

Catalyst Prime: Accell feels like it continues to add to the superhero genre, something that’s tough to do and most importantly, when I’m done reading it I feel like I just had a lot of fun and can’t wait for the next issue.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Damion Scott
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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