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Spend the holidays with Bill & Ted and Death Dealer spotlights Opus Comics’ Final Order Cut Off

On FOC Monday, November 21, for December 21 on sale, Opus Comics has a new BILL & TED special and the latest installment of our flagship title DEATH DEALER. Plus, a COVER GALLERY featuring the amazing covers we’ve had for the first five issues.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Holiday Special

Roll over Beethoven, the Wyld Stallyns have their own ode to joy to share with the world! John Barber (Back to the Future) and Butch Mapa (Marvel Action: Avengers) bring you this most triumphant message of peace, love, and misunderstanding. Plus, another bonus story featuring Rufus by Barber and Juan Samu!

$6.99 • 40 pages
OCT221846 Cover A – Butch Mapa
OCT221847 Cover B (1:5) – Beethoven Action Figure
OCT221847 Cover C (1:10) – Wayne Nichols

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #8

Critically acclaimed animation writer Mitch Iverson (Dota: Dragon’s Blood) and world-renowned artists Esau & Isaac Escorza and Luis Antonio Delgado (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin) chronicle the next chapter in our hero’s twisted life, where in order to atone for a terrible deed, he must literally go through Hell—both of them!

$4.99 • 32 pages
OCT221852 Cover A – Clara Tessier
OCT221853 Cover B – Frank Frazetta
OCT221854 Cover C (1:5) – Tyler Walpole
OCT221855 Cover D (1:10) – Dave Dorman
OCT221856 Cover E  (1:20) – Dave Dorman unbranded

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer Cover Gallery #1

Collected in one volume are the awe-inspiring and epic covers to the Death Dealer series. Artists include Simone BianchiFrank ChoGabrielle Dell’OttoDavid FinchJoseph Michael LinsnerDan PanosianPaul RenaudBill Sienkiewicz, and many more!

$4.99 • 40 pages
OCT221857 Cover A – Liam Sharp

Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer Cover Gallery #1

Review: Transformers: Best of Arcee

Transformers: Best of Arcee

When it comes to 80s cartoons, I can’t say that there were really any strong female protagonists. The exception being She-Ra, and even that franchise was marred with problematic representations. Then there were overtly sexualized female characters like Smurfette in The Smurfs.

As it was very rare to find any real character development in any of those characters mentioned. It was not until the Transformers movie, where we even saw character like Arcee, who can stand on her own. She not only was a fierce warrior but had a prolific story that carried on in comics. In Transformers: Best of Arcee we get to know more about this Transformers’ iconoclast.

In “An Uneventful Night”, Arcee gets in a friendly fight with her brothers , one in which she learns a n important lesson and saves Earth from a falling spaceship. In ”No Fair Fight”, Arcee delivers the a decisive blow in defeating Galvatron.  In “The Life Of Sideswipe”, Arcee and the rest of the Transformers find out an old ally has outlived his usefulness, giving him an honorable death.  In “Unforgivable”, Arcee flirts with a long time rival, showing her true intentions at the very end.  In “Aspects Of Evil Part 2”, Hot Rod and Arcee fight off an ambush from Galvatron as he attempts to steal the Matrix. In the last story ”Run”, we find out how Arcee and her brothers left Cybertron for Earth

Overall, Transformers: Best of Arcee is a fun set of stories which gives this character her proper spotlight. The stories by the creators are exceptional. The art by the creative teams are magnificent. Altogether, it’s a set of stories that will have fans wishing there was more.

Story: Mairghread Scott, John Barber, Simon Furman, Brian Ruckley
Art: Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Lee Griffith, Kei Zama, Art Wetherell, Umi Miyao, Beth McGuire-Smith
Color: Yamaishi, Josh Burcham, John-Paul Bove, Josh Burcham
Letterer: Tom B. Long, Glib, Jake M. Wood
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Transformers: IDW Collection Phase 3 Vol. 3

Transformers: IDW Collection Phase 3 Vol. 3

(W) John Barber, James Roberts (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Livio Ramondelli, Jack Lawrence
In Shops: Sep 28, 2022
SRP: $59.99

Presenting the final phase of IDW’s Transformers universe in recommended reading order, including one-shots, crossovers, and event series! Kup, Blackrock, Mayday, and Action Man join forces with the likes of Optimus Prime, Sgt. Savage, and more to unravel the secrets of the newly formed shared universe. The team has the Talisman, a mysterious object with fantastic powers that dates back to when Transformers first visited the Earth. Now they just need to figure out why their enemies want it so bad! Collects Revolutionaries issues #5-8 by John Barber, Fico Ossio, Guido Guidi, Agnes Garbowska, and Ron Joseph; Transformers: Lost Light issues #8-12 by James Roberts, Priscilla Tramontano, Jack Lawrence, Alex Milne, and Andrew Griffith; Transformers: Optimus Prime issues #7-10 by John Barber, Priscilla Tramontano, Casey W. Coller, Kei Zama, and Livio Ramondelli; Transformers Annual 2017 by John Barber and Priscilla Tramontano; and Transformers: Salvation by John Barber and Livio Ramondelli.

Transformers: IDW Collection Phase 3 Vol. 3

Incendium Launches Opus Comics into the Direct Market. Get an Exclusive look at Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer covers

Opus Comics

There’s a new comic line to keep an eye on. Incendium has announced its publishing arm, Opus Comics, will be releasing comic books in the direct market, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Opus and Diamond also announced that the publisher will implement a new Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) program, effective with products scheduled to go on sale on May 4 and now carrying an FOC Date of Monday, April 11.

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 and Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 are the first titles from the new publisher, making its retail debut in May. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 4, Death Dealer #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 11. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 18, Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 25.

The first titles in the lineup, hitting shelves in May and June 2022, include the new Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer comic series and the Bill & Ted Roll the Dice miniseries, plus the music-based titles Disturbed: Dark Messiah and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet.

This marks a new stage for the production company, which has been selling comics, toys, games, and collectibles for 15 years, with an emphasis on creating merchandise for the heavy metal music scene. Driven by the company motto of “Myths, Monsters, and Metal,” the brand embraces ’80s and ’90s counterculture with a contemporary twist.

Incendium was founded in 2006 and initially established as a creative service business for the music industry, with clients including Iron Maiden, for which it produced comics, music videos, toys, and more. Incendium grew into a multifaceted production company, remaining independently owned. The company moved into comics with Eternal Descent in 2010, an original series that explores a radical take on the heavy metal music genre with axe-wielding metal masters in a dark fantasy world.

Over the years, the company has been involved in many unique productions, creating video games, animation, comics, music, and more. Incendium also moved into physical manufacturing of toys and collectibles for a number of clients and developed a pipeline for a line of 5” fully articulated “Figbiz” action figures, an homage to the ’90s toys Leon collected as a child.

During the pandemic, Opus Comics started working more with bands as tours and releases were delayed and musicians had more time and opportunity to explore narratives based on their music IP. This led to collaborations with popular metal and rock bands like Evanescence, Exodus, Cradle of Filth, Disturbed, and many more making their comic medium debut with Incendium. In this vein, the team behind Opus Comics always looks to push boundaries with stories exploring genre fiction, especially fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, be it with existing legendary properties or original ideas.

CEO Llexi Leon is joined at Opus Comics by Executive Editor Denton J. Tipton, who spent the past decade rising through the editorial ranks at IDW Publishing, most recently in the position of Managing Editor. R.G. Llarena has also come aboard as International Editor for Opus Publishing. He spent several years working as a freelance writer for both the American and Mexican comic book markets.

Opus Comics will be debuting Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 on June 14th, 2022, a four-issue miniseries set after the events of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The series is written by James Asmus with art by Wayne Nichols, and will also have a backup story featuring the origin of villain Chuck De Nomolos, written by John Barber with art by Andrew Currie. In addition to putting new Bill & Ted comics on the racks every month from June, Incendium also makes official Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey merchandise, including FIGBIZ toys and playsets, art prints, apparel, and accessories.

The first issue of Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer debuts May 4, embarking on a brand-new adventure through the worlds of Frazetta, introducing readers to extraordinary characters and places envisioned by the “Godfather” of fantasy art. This first title, authored by animation writer Mitch Iverson and illustrated by celebrated artist Stefano Martino, begins a major launch of comic books building towards an entire multiverse of stories inspired by Frazetta’s most famous creations. This is the start of a decade-long partnership between Frazetta Girls and Incendium, spanning comics, toys, games, and more across physical and digital collectibles.

Other high-profile titles in Opus Comics’ lineup include direct market releases of the Disturbed: Dark Messiah comic book series, written by Tim Seeley, and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet series. Incendium is also releasing collectible FIGBIZ action figures for every project related to the bands and their comic book storylines.

Preview: Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 3 Vol. 2

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 3 Vol. 2

(W) Mairghread Scott, John Barber, James Roberts (A) Various (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
In Shops: Apr 06, 2022
SRP: $59.99

Presenting the final phase of IDW’s Transformers universe in recommended reading order, including one-shots, crossovers, and event series!
The fate of Cybertron lies in the hands of Starscream and Windblade as each tries to win allies and support for control over the Council of Worlds. After the costly victory against the Titans, Iacon is in shambles and Starscream finds himself on shakier ground than ever. The key to his political (and likely literal) survival rests in the outcome of a very unlikely event: the trial of the Council’s first official war criminal-Chromia of Caminus!
Revolution is over-but the danger to Earth is just beginning. As Optimus Prime pulls Earth into the larger universe, he’s painted a target on it… and a new alien incursion begins when a corkscrew-shaped craft drills into our world! Plus, follow the adventures of the crew of the Lost Light! In the aftermath of Revolution, Rodimus and his crew are stranded with no ship-and no hope of escape!
Collects Transformers: Till All Are One issues #9-12, Transformers: Optimus Prime issues #1-6, and Transformers: Lost Light issues #1-7.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 3 Vol. 2

Around the Tubes

Batgirls #1

It’s a new week as we barrel into the end of the year. What stands out for you when it comes to comics in 2021? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Indiewire – Netflix Chief Teases Fincher’s ‘The Killer’: ‘Really Fun, Big Movie’ with Career-Best Fassbender – Can’t wait for this! The graphic novels are amazing.

ICv2 – John Barber Out as IDW EIC – 2022 is looking like it’s going to be rough for IDW.

The Mary Sue – Things We Saw Today: DC’s ‘Blue Beetle’ Jumps From HBO Max to Theaters – It going to theaters is a pretty big deal and sign of Warner Bros. expectations for it.

The Mary Sue – Robert Pattinson Modeled His Bruce Wayne After Kurt Cobain in ‘The Batman’ – Uh. He wears a lot of flannel?

Screenrant – Shaloman: The Jewish Superhero Nobody Remembers – Yeah, can’t say we remember this one.


Blog Critics – Animal Stories
Talking Comics – Batgirls #1
AIPT – Reign of X Vol. 7

Preview: Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Three Vol. 1

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Three Vol. 1

Written by John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Mairghread Scott
Art by Fico Ossio, Sara Pitre-Durocher

Presenting the final phase of IDW’s Transformers universe in recommended reading order, including one-shots, crossovers, and event series! The Revolution begins here! Explosions rip across Earth—and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly however—and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity as well, but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand? Plus, a wave of undead TITANS threatens Cybertron! Starscream will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but the Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon, and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate? Collects Revolution issues #0–5; the Transformers: Till All Are One, Transformers, Action Man, and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Revolution one-shots; Transformers: Till All Are One issues #5–8; and Revolutionaries issues #1–4.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Three Vol. 1

Preview: Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 12

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 12

(W) John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Priscilla Tramontano (CA) Marcelo Matere
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $59.99

Presenting IDW’s Transformers comics in recommended reading order!

All Hail Optimus! Backed by an army of zealous followers, Optimus Prime declares Earth to be a part of Cybertron’s Council of Worlds-but the Decepticons and the people of Earth won’t take it lying down! Meanwhile, on Cybertron, Starscream rules. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream’s secret police keep increasing the tension and destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established. All of this leads to one momentous event-Titans Return!

Collects Transformers #51-57, Transformers: Till All Are One #1-4, Titans Return #1, and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #56-57.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 12

Review: Star Wars Adventures: Rise of the Wookies

Star Wars Adventures: Rise of the Wookies

As a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, I was more than happy to find out that there was a film adaptation. I remember the first time I read the books that took me to Middle Earth. I was 8 years old and was enraptured in that world and those characters. Of course, the film adaptation I found at that age was the Ralph Bakshi film of 1970s which left much to be desired. It wasn’t until 2001, that I got to see something that resembled the books.

Peter Jackson imbued the love all we fans had for the series. 20 years later, and I am still in love with those movies, and have even more hope for the new Amazon series. My favorite of Peter Jackson’s movies from that series was The Two Towers as we see our heroes defend the people of Rohan against Sauran’s forces. In the 11th volume of Star Wars Adventures, we get Rise Of  The Wookies, where we see Chewie defend his home planet much like the Fellowship and Riders of Rohan.

In “Ghosts of Kashyyyk”, we find Chewie in the Millennium Falcon leading a Resistance squadron back to his home planet, Kashyyyk, where The First Order has set up a base. Chewbacca goes on a solo recon mission where he finds that First Order has some Wookies as captives which leads to him jailbreaking them and taking Storm Troopers as a prisoner. In our second story, ”Secret Agent Droids”,  our favorite droids, C-3PO, R2D2, and BB-8, thwart the First Order’s plans to block all communications from a desolate planet. In our third story, “Tales From Wild Space”, we meet a young upstart, Emil, who discovers a long lost library, who ends up getting mind-controlled, but not before he is rescued by his droid. In “Loyalty Test”, the First Order arrives on the planet, Vaddexa, where Hux and Kylo Ren, get to test each other’s loyalty. In “Squad Goals”, Poe and Rey, go on a training drill, one that tests Rey’s piloting skills. In The last story,” The Battle for Horizon Base”, Finn leads the charge against the First Order, who is trying to take over an important focal point, and eventually recruits more to the Resistance.

Overall, a fun romp throughout the Star War universe. The stories by John Barber and Michael Moreci are compelling. The art by the creative team is enchanting. Altogether, a set of stories that reminds you why you fell in love with these characters in the first place.

Story: John Barber and Michael Moreci
Art: Derek Charm, Jake M. Wood, Tom B. Long, Matt Herms, David Buisan, Arianna Florean, Charlie Kirchoff, Mario Del Pennino, Valentina Taddeo,
and Tony Fleecs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Reccomendation: Buy

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Review: Transformers vs. The Terminator

Transformers vs. The Terminator

As a child of the 1980s, I can truly say that television was in its heyday. We got to enjoy some of the best programming that many of us still revel in. It has gotten to the point where many of these shows are coming back in some form. You can look at the past few months, for evidence of this.

One of the best things about those television shows, especially the ones on ABC, was the crossover episodes. Usually, a crossover between similar shows made sense, which is why NBC’s Chicago franchises enjoy this flexibility. This is also why the Avengers movies are so enjoyable, seeing a cast of literally thousands come together after years of build-up. In Transformers vs. The Terminator, a crossover between two iconic franchises makes for an interesting story.

We’re taken to Los Angeles in 2029, where the war between humans and Skynet has taken a cease-fire, as the Decepticons are waging a war on Planet Earth, looking to conquer by any means necessary.  Skynet sends a Terminator back to 1984, a T-800, where he meets a young Sarah Connor, and who in this timeline, still is the key to defeating the enemy, the Decepticons. As he searches for the Autobot Base, it seems like he may be too late, as Megatron stands over his lifeless body, which is when the T-800 surprises them with suppression fire. This gives Bumblebee a chance to rescue Optimus, and give the Autobots an upper hand. Meanwhile, we find out Megatron is in search of Energon on earth, something he finds in multitudes at the Cyberdyne Systems plant, which leads to a standoff between the T-800 and the Autobots against the Decepticons.  By the book’s end, one villain falls while one hero looks for all Transformers to live peacefully, while T-800 accomplishes its mission.

Transformers vs. The Terminator is a fun story that meshes the best parts of both franchises. The story by the creative team is thrilling and relatable. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that asks the question of why there are not more stories like this.

Story: David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz
Art: Alex Milne , David Garcia Cruz, Jake Wood and Gavin Fullerton
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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