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Preview: Shadowman #11

SHADOWMAN #11

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by KERON GRANT
Cover C by JOHN BIVENS
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE 

The final showdown!

At long last, Shadowman is unbound…and it couldn’t have come at a worse time! Finally free from the Boniface lineage after generations of torment, the loa that once shared its gifts with Jack Boniface must now be convinced to join his cause willingly…or else the Brethren will lay waste to everything Jack holds dear!

The conclusion to “RAG AND BONE” unleashes anarchy as Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION) build to a brutal breaking point that will change Shadowman’s fate forever!

SHADOWMAN #11

Preview: Bloodborne #8

BLOODBORNE #8

Writer: Ales Kot
Artists: Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson
Cover A: Daniel Warren Johnson
Cover B: Piotr Kowalski & Brad Simpson
Cover C: John Bivens
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: January 2, 2019

The horror and mystery continue in Bloodborne, the comic based on FromSoftware’s critically acclaimed video game hit – now an ongoing series by popular demand!

Ales Kot (Zero, Wolf, Generation Gone) with artist Piotr Kowalski (Wolfenstein, Sex) at last reveal the first atrocities of the Healing Church, in a blood-soaked climax that will leave Yharnam forever scarred by purging flame!

BLOODBORNE #8

Review: This Nightmare Kills Fascists

There has been an awakening in the public arena due to the 2016 American Presidential election. An election the world is still reeling from the ramifications. Artists, especially those who operate in the comic realm, were (and are) particularly incensed. This cognizance of international politics is very present in the excellent anthology This Nightmare Kills Fascists.

In “Diane The Hunter” the proliferation of violence on women is explored, as a pair of assailants, walk right into a “wolf trap”. In “Thermonuclear Hunger Strike,” a worst-case scenario of what the world will be under President Trump is played out, with an assassin taking apart the oligarchy that is left. In “The Pledge,” a young man despite his girlfriend’s pleas pledges a fraternity who is known for their misogyny and racism. During a hazing ritual they unleash an ancient evil. In “Dear Jane,” a woman who wakes up from a sleep undergoes a carefully constructed game, one that is the stuff of nightmares. In “Black Friday,” a man’s impulsive actions to leads to death of a stranger ad the one person he would kill for.

In “This Land,” America is reimagined as a country drawn along racial lines, literally. A family gets into a dangerous game of fox and hound, as a band of racist vigilantes chase them down, ending in the bloodiest way. In “Yellow,” a woman who has been emotionally abused by her husband over time, eventually hits turning point, one which she redefines her sense of self worth.  In “A Forest,” a man who was protesting deforestation, gets killed by something, not from this world. In “Devil Daddy,” a young lady who was raped by Satan himself, reclaims her power.

In “Long Division,” one woman who is helping to build the wall along the Mexican border, becomes part of it most horrific section, one where torture of American becomes legal. In “Thank God,” the evils of taking the Bible literally is played in this one high school. In “Do Unto Others,” the demagogue virtues of religious freedom is explored, ending up in just desserts. In “Fury From The Deep,” the dangers of fracking is brilliantly told and just how those who run in the industry has no limits on the evils they will do. In “Office Party,” a Senator who opposed heath care gets a Scrooge like visit, which leaves him not changed but horrified.

In “The Abyss Of Observation,” a writer’s observations about the Siege of Sarajevo, is played in dramatic fashion. In “The Price Of Fashion,” a young lady obsessions with clothes, proves deadly for one of her lovers. In “One In Heart and  mind,” a woman’s faith is shaken once she finds out exactly who her pastor is.

Overall, an engrossing anthology which pulls you into every page and highlights each artist and writer at the top of their game. The stories by each writer shows their depth at wielding a meaningful story while remembering to entertain. The art by each artist displays their synchronicity with each story providing readers with depth and warmth. Altogether, a book which means to stir the incendiary nature of every good human being. It not only does that but makes them aspire to higher.

Story: Vita Ayala, Justin Jordan, Ryan Ferrier, Michael Wernke, Erica Schultz, Forrest Helvie, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Ryan Lindsay, Matt Miner, Tini Howard, Christopher Sebela, John Bivens, Dave Ebersole, Joe Corrallo, Andrew Shaw, Eric Palicki, Fabian Lelay, Ryan Cady
Art: Eric Zawadzki, Crees Hyunsung Lee, Kelly Williams, Juan Castro, Claire Connelly, Joseba Morales, Yosam Cardenas, Soo Lee, Ariela Kristantina, Christian Dibari, Katy Rex, Matt Harding,  Jamel Jones, Sean Van Gorman, Don Cardenas, Fabian Lelay, Philip Sevy
Story: 10 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics Gives Readers Free First Issues of Cult Classic & Songs For The Dead

Vault Comics is giving readers free copies of Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #1 and Songs For The Dead #1 as free digital downloads.

After an internal problem at Diamond Comic Distributors delayed the release of Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #2 and Songs for the Dead #2 by one week, Vault Comics decided to offer digital copies of the first issues for free as a thank you to readers for their patience. Because of the delay, physical copies of both Cult Classic #2 and Songs for the Dead #2 will now hit store shelves on Wednesday, April 25th.

Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is the flagship series in a creator-owned, shared universe of interwoven stories published by Vault Comics beginning in 2018. Created and curated by writer Eliot Rahal, the Cult Classic universe will feature a wide array of today’s hottest new creators, including Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, John Bivens, Leah Williams, Katy Rex, Grace Thomas, Jenna Cha, Tim Daniel, Alejandro Aragon, Marissa Louise, and many more to be announced. Cult Clasic: Return to Whisper is written by Eliot Rahal, drawn by Felipe Cunha, colored by Dee Cunniffe, and lettered by Taylor Esposito, with cover art by Irene Koh.

Songs for The Dead is a cult-hit fantasy comic book series that follows Bethany, a minstrel with a heart full of adventure, a would-be hero determined to find a missing boy from the town of Llyne, and a friend to all woodland critters. But mostly the dead ones. Because Bethany is also a necromancer. Captured by the vile Lord Rolland, Bethany will make an unlikely friend, who is all-too-good at providing more corpses to raise. Songs or The Dead is written by Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron, illustrated by Sam Beck, and letterer Deron Bennett.

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #6

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6 (NEW ARC! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – PART 1)

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (DEC171902)
Cover B (Deadside) by RENATO GUEDES (DEC171903)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by JOHN BIVENS (DEC171904)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (DEC171905)
Bloodshot Icon Variant By JIM MAHFOOD (DEC171906)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 14th

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – PART ONE!

Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on Omen for the rescue attempt of a lifetime!

A wrenching new chapter for Valiant’s powerful series starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) leads Bloodshot to the precipice of loss, grief, and retribution – featuring fully painted interior art by sensational rising star Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!

Bloodshot Salvation #6 – “The Book of The Dead” Bargains for Life

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE BOOK THE DEAD,” an ALL-NEW ARC and TERRIFYING NEW JUMPING-ON POINT from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and explosive artist Renato Guedes!

On February 14th, Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga ratchets up the tension with a brand-new entry point launching Bloodshot, Shadowman, and Ninjak into a realm of unfathomable darkness to strike the ultimate bargain of life and death!

Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and negotiate a deal for her safety. Now, with only Bloodhound and the enigmatic hero known as Shadowman to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake a unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato GuedesJohn BivensDavid Lafuente, and Jim Mahfood!

Jeff Lemire & Renato Guedes Foretell “The Book of the Dead” in Valiant’s Bloodshot Salvation #6 in February

Valiant has revealed details about Bloodshot Salvation #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “The Book of the Dead,” an ALL-NEW ARC and TERRIFYING NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from writer Jeff Lemire and astonishing artist Renato Guedes! On February 14th, Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga kicks off the New Year with an astonishing new beginning as Project Rising Spirit’s walking weapon of war sets forth into the darkness to barter for life with the ruler of the land of the dead…

Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake a unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on OMEN for the rescue attempt of a lifetime!

Featuring appearances from Ninjak, Shadowman, Dr. Mirage, Bloodhound, Baron Samedi, and more, a wrenching new chapter for Valiant’s powerful monthly series starts here!

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato Guedes, John BivensDavid Lafuente, and Jim Mahfood!

Spread Plunges Ahead this July

Writer Justin Jordan, artist John Bivens, and colorist Felipe Sobreiro will launch a new story arc in their ongoing gore-iffic survival story this July.

Previously in Spread, Jack and Molly struggled to save No’s life as enemies new and old came at them from all sides.

In Spread #14, No and company have found a place where civilization seems to have survived and where safety can be found. Is it too good to be true? Also, starting this issue: a special four-part series of interlocking covers by co-creator KYLE STRAHM!

Spread #14 Cover A by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro (Diamond code: MAY160619) hits stores Wednesday, July 6th. SPREAD #14 Cover B by John Bivens and Felipe Sobreiro (Diamond code: MAY160620) will also be available Wednesday, July 6th.

SPREAD #14 A SPREAD #14 B

Preview: Dark Engine #5

Dark Engine #5

Story By: Ryan Burton
Art By: John Bivens
Cover By: John Bivens
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV140579
Published: March 4, 2015

THIS IS HOW THE WORLD BEGINS. Sym is trapped at the bottom of the ocean, the Enemy is on the move, and there is evil at every turn. But there is light in the darkness—the Inkface Ranger rises.

DarkEngine05_Cover

Preview: Dark Engine #4

Dark Engine #4

Story By: Ryan Burton
Art By: John Bivens
Cover By: John Bivens
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140640
Published: November 26, 2014

The engine has learned so very much, and now it’s ready to hatch in the brutal conclusion to DARK ENGINE’s opening arc.

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