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Find Avengers, Blade, X-Force, and More New Comics on comiXology

There are five new comics available now on comiXology. There’s four comics from Marvel and one from Harlequin. You can get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Avengers: Once An Invader

Written by Chuck Austen, Allan Jacobsen
Art by Scott Kolins, C.P. Smith
Cover by Scott Kolins

Collects Avengers (1998) #82-84, New Invaders (2004) #0, Avengers (1963) #71, Invaders Annual (1977) #1.

Who is the mysterious figure that claims to be Captain America, and what mission is he recruiting the super-soldiers of past wars to accomplish? As the new Invaders hit the battlefield, Namor the Sub-Mariner marshals his forces against a crucial island nation! But whose side will the Avengers come down on?

Avengers: Once An Invader

Blade: Black & White

Written by Chris Claremont, Marv Wolfman
Art by Gene Colan, Tony DeZuniga
Cover by Gene Colan

Collects Vampire Tales #8-9, Marvel Preview #3, 6, Blade: Crescent City Blues #1, Marvel Shadows And Light #1.

A war is raging, and he has a job to do; for Blade the Vampire Hunter, there are no shades of gray! Now, for the first time ever, the House of Ideas reprints the best of Blade in bold black and white from its legendary ’70s-era horror magazines – including VAMPIRE TALES and MARVEL PREVIEW!

Blade: Black & White

Identity Disc

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by John Higgins
Cover by Tony Harris

Collects Identity Disc #1-5.

Six of Marvel’s most violent and cunning villains – Sabretooth, Bullseye, the Juggernaut, Deadpool, Sandman and the Vulture – are forced to work together by a mysterious agent who somehow knows every dark and dirty secret in their violent lives. Their mission: to retrieve the nearly priceless Identity Disc – purported to contain the true identities, the home addresses and even the credit reports of every hero in the Marvel Universe!

Identity Disc

Rider On Fire

Written by Sharon Sala
Art by Matsuri Akino

Sonora is a DEA agent. While on a mission, she shoots a mafia boss. They’re now out for her life after what she’s done. In order to escape her pursuant, Sonora continues on her journey and ends up arriving at a small village. It is there that a man named Adam Two Eagles is waiting for her. It should be their first time ever meeting, but Sonora recognizes his eyes… He was the mysterious man who would appear in Sonora’s dreams every single night! Sonora and Adam are guided by a mysterious power as their fates become intertwined and begin to move as one!

Rider On Fire

X-Force: Famous, Mutant And Mortal

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Mike Allred
Cover by Mike Allred

Collects X-Force (1991) #116-129.

What happens when mutants become celebrities? Peter Milligan and Mike Allred offer this insightful, irreverent and wickedly entertaining deconstruction of the human/mutant dynamic – spiced with sex, drugs and death!

X-Force: Famous, Mutant And Mortal

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Tick tock. HBO’s Watchmen Gets a First Official Teaser

Tick tock.

Watchmen debuts this fall on HBO. Created by Damon Lindelof, Watchmen is a modern-day reimagining of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins‘ groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes. Starring Academy Award-winner Regina King, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Louis Gossett Jr.

Review: Doomsday Clock #1

And so here we are — the “big event” that all of DC Rebirth has been leading up to, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s eagerly anticipated/thoroughly dreaded (depending on your point of view) DCU/Watchmen mash-up, Doomsday Clock. The lines between the two formerly-separate fictitious universes were blurred, of course, in last year’s DC Universe Rebirth Special, and here they’re completely wiped out. We’ve known it was coming, now it’s arrived — and it wants five bucks a month from you for the next year as it plays out over the course of 12 issues. Should you do what it (and, specifically, DC) wants?

Lots of critics are answering that question with an emphatic “yes,” some no doubt charmed by the free pancake mix and maple syrup that preview copies of the book came packaged with (DC shrewdly, but wisely, calculating that many comics critics — like many comics creators — are fucking starving), while others seem to genuinely like the fruits of Johns’ and Frank’s “imaginations.” Allow me, then, to do what I’m best at and piss on everyone’s Corn Fla — err, pancake breakfast.

Granted, to say I wasn’t expecting much from Doomsday Clock would be putting things mildly, but I was genuinely taken aback by just how much I despised this thing. Frank’s art is certainly competent enough, I suppose, highly detailed but utterly devoid of personality, a triumph of style over substance, and Brad Anderson‘s colors are a reasonable enough computerized approximation of original Watchmen colorist John Higgins‘ singular palette, albeit with more gradations in regards to shade and hue, but hey, you know what they say about lipstick and pigs — and this story is one hell of an oinker.

Johns has clearly read Watchmen dozens, if not hundreds, of times over the years — but the entire point (hell, points) of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ seminal, transformative classic was just as clearly lost on him. Every page — in fact very nearly every panel — of Watchmen was layered with thematic, conceptual, even allegorical meaning, but if you’re a facile, “surface-level” reader? Hey, it’s just a clever super-hero “whodunit” with a decidedly dark tone. Issue one of Doomsday Clock makes it abundantly clear what sort of reader Johns is.

It makes it abundantly clear what sort of writer he is, as well — one whose abilities are dramatically limited by his reading skills. Nobody apart from the most continuity-obsessed, intellectually adolescent fanboys have ever even wondered  how you could cross over the DC and Watchmen “universes,” never mind what would happen once you did so, and for that reason I really can’t fathom how anyone apart from a continuity-obsessed, intellectually adolescent fanboy would find what’s going on in these pages remotely interesting : it’s 1992 (a 1992 where variations of the term “deplorables” are in common use, where a Brexit-type event has triggered to the collapse of the EU, and where there’s a wall along the US/Mexico border — even though President Goldenshower isn’t in office, Robert Redford is? Does anyone even edit Johns’ scripts for such basics as logical plausibility?) on “Earth-Watchmen,” and things are a mess with Adrian Veidt’s scheme exposed and the purported “world’s smartest man” the subject of a global manhunt. Rorschach is on the case, but they make it clear pretty quickly that this Rorschach isn’t that Rorschach (special points for tone-deafness on Johns’ part for putting a black guy in the costume made infamous by a racist, civil-rights-trampling, vigilante lunatic — again, where’s an editor when you need one?), and that his part in whatever the hell’s going on global meltdown-wise isn’t what it seems. In fact, he’s working for —- fuck it, spoilers and all that — who’s very much alive but — fuck it, spoilers and all that again — and they’ve got a plan to — by this point you already know I’m not really going to give any “big” details away. Then we wrap up with a scene of Clark Kent on “Earth-0” (or whatever it’s called these days) having a dream about his parents’ death that doesn’t jibe with what we’ve known before.

Now, plot twists were a key component of Watchmen, of course, but they were the icing on a damn deep and rich cake. Here, though, those twists are all that Johns and Frank are serving up. This is a cheap, “flashy” story dependent on “wowing” you with one surprise after the next — but again, those surprises will only be effective if you give a shit about this cash-grab premise in the first place, and no reason for the skeptical, or even merely curious, to “buy in” is ever offered by these low-rent “creators.”

Hell, truth be told, they’re like Trump in that I don’t think they know how to reach beyond a hard-core base. Watchmen was the comic you could give to people who don’t read comics, but in order to begin to understand Doomsday Clock you need to have been deeply invested in the intricate minutiae of DC product (let’s just call it what it is) for a couple of decades or more. If nine-panel grids and grumbled “hrrrmmm”s are enough to convince you that Johns and Frank are “honoring” the legacy of Moore and Gibbons, then I guess this’ll do in a pinch, but for anyone else? Say, somebody with a modestly-developed sense of discernment? This comic is as insulting to you as it is to Watchmen‘s creators, neither of whom were even given so much as a courtesy call to let them know this toxic sludge was about to slide down the pipeline.

Johns has made some public statements clearly designed to mollify concerned parties, saying that this series won’t be saddled with any “tie-ins” to other books because he doesn’t want to “dilute the Watchmen brand” (as if its very existence doesn’t do precisely that), and that he doesn’t intend to wrap things up with a Superman vs. Doctor Manhattan fight but, rather, with a “conversation” between the two of them — but that presupposes that he has anything worth saying about either character. Based on the evidence offered by Doomsday Clock #1, I’d say it’s painfully obvious that he doesn’t. I won’t be sticking around to find out, of course — and neither should you. So enjoy those pancakes, everybody — they sure taste better than the shit sandwich that came with them.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank Colors: Brad Anderson
Story: 0  Art: 4 Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Comics Finds Their Pride & Joy

Bestselling and Eisner-Award-winning writer Garth Ennis and artist John Higgins present the action-packed crime story, Pride & Joy, coming from Image Comics this May.

Still mourning the loss of his wife, Jimmy Kavanagh lives quietly in the backwoods of New England, raising his devoted daughter and resentful son. That is, until fate comes calling in the worst way and Jimmy’s criminal past threatens to destroy his family.

Pride & Joy (ISBN: 978-1-63215-801-7) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 4th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 10th, and will be available for $14.99.


Review: Jacked #2

Jacked 2Josh Jaffe is living the dream: from suburban schlub to superhero in one easy swallow of a shady Internet drug. This is where his nightmare starts. An unflinching humanity and surreal level of detail to this tale of a midlife crisis—with superpowers!

Is Jacked another male empowerment fantasy? Yup, you better believe, it, but writer Eric Kripke seems to wear what the series is on its sleeve. This is the male midlife crisis through the lens of superpowers. A mashing of Fight Club and Preacher with all of the ultraviolence as you might expect combining the two.

The series is absolutely male empowerment with Jaffe taking a pill to make all his issues go away. That pill allows him to have sex for longer, beat up individuals, and in general feel like a winner as opposed to how he normally feels. Still, even with that rather antiquated view, the story is still entertaining giving us an over the top superhero story for the midlife crisis set.

Part of the issue’s success is John Higgins whose art depicts the bloody glory as if tapping in to Vertigo releases of the past. The violence is ultra and over the top, reminding me a lot of Preacher.

This comic isn’t for everyone, and it’s very clear as to what it is. Having said that, the series and issue is entertaining in its over the top nature that you can’t take seriously. It’ll be interesting to see where it all goes and if Kripke has something to say as the series progresses, but for now this is a series that has no issue going over the top tip-toeing the line with silly. And due to that, it finds it’s sweet spot of entertaining.

Story: Eric Kripke Art: John Higgins
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Jacked #1

Jacked #1Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) teams up with Vertigo veterans John Higgins and Glenn Fabry to bring you a very Vertigo take on the modern superhero in this six-issue miniseries. Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man mid-midlife crisis, buys an online “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump. But to Josh’s surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power—but its cost is that it’s extremely addictive.

Though I feel like we’ve seen similar stories, Jacked #1 has a brutal honesty about it that feels fresh and realistic. There’s very much hiighs and lows in this first issue, and using that, Kripke has given a comic that just feels relatable.

The main character Jaffe is an out of work guy, laid off, going from interview to interview, whose marriage has fizzled, wife is the bread winner, and to relax he turns to internet porn. So simple, but feels like something a lot of folks can relate to, even if it’s just one aspect of that.

The use of a pill to give special powers and abilities is something we’ve seen in other stories like Limitless and others, but again, Kripke brings on those powers slowly in a way that’s subtle and again relatable. How many of us go to the doctor for a magic pill? Jacked feels grounded, which is one of its great strengths.

Joining Kripke is Higgins on art and the details he puts in creates a comedic element to the first issue. With the art taken another way, the comic would be much more depressing than it is. It’s interesting in how the art really creates the tone in many ways.

Jacked #1 is an interesting start and another new Vertigo series revitalizing that publishing brand. It’s a solid debut, and though many elements are familiar, the comic itself has a voice of its own. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

Story: Eric Kripke Art: John Higgins
Story: 8 Art: 7.7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Vertigo to publish Eric Kripke’s Amped

DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint announced that it will publish Amped from acclaimed television creator Eric Kripke.

In the Fall of 2015, Amped will be released as a six-issue monthly comic book miniseries. The story will follow Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but he gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. The story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life super hero.

Created and written by Kripke, Amped will feature interior art from John Higgins and cover art from Brian Bolland.

It was also announced that USA Networks that it’s adapting the story for a television series, one of numerous original series the network has recently announced.

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Preview: Razorjack


Writer/Artist/Colorist: John Higgins
Scripter: Mike Carroll
Full Color
Release: September 17th 2013



The Twist: an infernal dimension of molten pain, terror and screaming torment. Ruling over this dark domain is the queen of carnage: Razorjack, she who would bring extinction to the Human race!

All that stands in the path of her apocalyptic ambitions is a pair of rogue cops. Their investigations into a series of horrific serial murders uncover Razorjack’s horrific machinations, forcing the cracks ever wider between Earth and The Twist – and the death of Humanity ever closer!

This is the ultimate edition of RAZORJACK: restored, remastered and reworked for a whole new audience!


SDCC 2013: Titan’s New Projects

At San Diego Comic-Con, Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, announced a brand-new wave of creator-owned titles set for 2014! The new titles span a mix of established comics and novelist talent, as well as up-and-coming creators and artists from whom you’ll soon be hearing much more – such as Victor Gischler, Tazio Bettin, Pat Mills, Carl Potts, Larry Stroman, Lavie Tidhar, Paul McCaffrey and Des Taylor!

The new wave of titles includes assassin black-comedy Accident Man co-created by 2000AD legend Pat Mills with a cover by the incomparable Howard Chaykin; a brand-new chapter of long-running science-fiction gem Alien Legion, by fan-favorite creative team Carl Potts and Larry Stroman; ladies of literature action-adventure Adler by novelist Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey; adrenal grindhouse-flick Sally Of The Wasteland by Victor Gischler and artist Tazio Bettin, with cover by blazing Image stalwart Tim Seeley; and femme-fatale espionage caper Scarlett Couture by famed good-girl artist Des Taylor.

At SDCC, Titan Comics made a splash with numerous launches including fantasy The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran by comics legend Jack Katz; new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins; the Eagle-Award-winning comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow; afterlife thriller Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier, artist P.J. Holden and colorist Jordie Bellaire; SF and fantasy anthology Monster Massacre; genre-mashing hormonal superhero Sharky by Dave Elliott and Alex Horley; and videogame tie-in Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil.

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SDCC 2013: Titan Comics Launches in July With New Line Rolling Out!

PrintTitan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, launches in July 2013 – with new titles released throughout the rest of the year and beyond!

The first wave comprises debut dinosaur spectacular Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by writer/artist Stuart Jennett; afterlife thriller Numbercruncher, by writer Si Spurrier, artist P.J. Holden and colorist Jordie Bellaire; B-movie comedy IT CAME! by Dan Boultwood; high-fantasy comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow, new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins – plus the completely remastered and relettered library of The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz!

The next wave, beginning in October begins with game-changing post-superheroic statement Death Sentence, by writer Monty Nero and artist Mike Dowling and classic fantasy epic Marada The She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton.

Titan Comics kicks everything off at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, showcasing brand-new comics and collections available for the first time exclusively at the show. You can find them at the Titan booth #5537 and at special events programming of which you can find out below.

A number of new collections will be available for the first time at SDCC, with creator signings to support:

  • Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM
  • John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM
  • Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM
  • Roman Dirge will be signing copies of Lenore: Purple Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM

Other collections available for the first time at SDCC include the Eagle-Award-Winning Barbarian comedy series Thrud the Barbarian, by Carl Critchlow, and Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil.

With the hotly anticipated first issue of Numbercruncher hitting stores on July 17, Titan Comics is offering SDCC attendees a FREE exclusive art card signed by Si Spurrier with every copy of Numbercruncher #1 purchased – only available at Titan booth #5537.

The full schedule of Titan Comics SDCC activity includes:


Portfolio Review: Titan Comics

Thursday July 18, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B

Steve White, Titan Comics Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Friday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

Panel: Roman Dirge REBUILT

Thursday July 18, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Room: 28DE

Earlier this year, Lenore creator Roman Dirge was almost killed in a Sunset Boulevard hit-and-run that left him lying in hospital with a shattered leg. After months of painful physical therapy, Roman is back – better, stronger… but not necessarily faster… – and is here to discuss his long road to recovery, his return to the drawing board with Lenore issue #8 and his fourth Titan Lenore collection:  Purples Nurples (which will be debuting at the show).

Signing: Lenore – Roman Dirge

Thursday July 18, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Autograph Alley AA04

Lenore: Purples Nurples – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creator Roman Dirge will be signing copies of his fourth Titan Lenore collection: Purples Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM – 5:30PM in Autograph Alley AA04.

FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013

Panel: Titan Comics – Launching at SDCC and Beyond!

Friday July 19, 12:00PM – 1:00PM, Room: 32AB

Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, offering the best original creator-owned comics, alongside new and classic graphic novels, launches this year at SDCC! With all the buzz that’s been generated by first-wave titles like Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy) and The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz, 2013 looks set to be the year of Titan Comics!

Meet the key players behind the new line, go behind-the-scenes of new titles with creators, see exclusive preview art and hear exclusive announcements about brand-new originated titles by new and world-renowned talent!

Guests include: Jack Katz (First Kingdom), John Higgins (Razorjack), Dave Elliott (A1, Monster Massacre, Sharky), Steve White (Titan Comics, Senior Editor) and more!

All attendees to the panel will receive a special limited edition double-sided poster: an IT CAME! 1950s themed cinema style poster, signed by creator Dan Boultwood, and a fantastic Numbercruncher image by artist P.J. Holden. (This limited edition poster is only available to panel attendees).

Signing: Monster Massacre – Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn

Friday July 19, 1:30PM – 2:30PM, Autograph Alley AA02

Monster Massacre Vol.1 & Sharky – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creators Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM – 2:30PM in Autograph Alley AA02.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art print by Mark A. Nelson with every copy of Monster Massacre purchased. (Limited to 50 – first come, first served)

Signing: The First Kingdom – Jack Katz

Friday July 19, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA07

The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran – available for the first time at SDCC! Creator Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA07.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art card by Jack Katz with every copy of First Kingdom purchased. (Limited to 100 – first come, first served)

Signing: Razorjack – John Higgins

Friday July 19, 4:00PM-5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA03

Razorjack – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creator John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA03.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition Razorjack patch designed by Sally Hurst & John Higgins with every copy of Razorjack purchased. Plus, get your photo taken with Razorjack herself!

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics

Sunday July 21, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B

Steve White, Titan Comics, Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Sunday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

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