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Kakegurui and King Shark are your Two New Digital Comics Today on comiXology

There’s two new releases today on comiXology. You can grab them now or check them our below.

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler – #89

Written by Homura Kawamoto
Art by Toru Naomura
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With only four viable contenders remaining, Yumeko has the most votes in the Student Council President Election and should be sitting pretty. So why is she acting so strangely…? Read the next chapter of Kakegurui the same day as Japan!

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler - #89

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #6

Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils Scott Kolins
Inks Scott Kolins
Colored by John Kalisz
Cover by Francesco Mattina
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The Wild Games continue! King Shark vs. Queen Tiger! While they battle for supremecy, Defacer must try to undo her Oops from last issue!

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #6

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Review: Suicide Squad: King Shark #2

Suicide Squad: King Shark #2

Suicide Squad: King Shark #2 continues to be a funny, gory, and occasionally sexy good time from Tim Seeley, Scott Kolins, and John Kalisz. This book feels a lot like a quirky late-1980s DC comic thanks to appearances of supporting cast members from Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and of course, the titular Suicide Squad, but Seeley brings a modern sense of humor with one of the most annoying songs in recent memory acting as both a running gag and something driving the plot. The same philosophy extends to Kolins’ sturdy, almost deadpan figures that are an inch away from erupting into total violence. Kalisz also eschews the fancy digital effects and goes for bold, trippy tones especially any time mystical power or energy is involved. King Shark is a silly book, but it’s well-crafted and has some great world-building too.

Like in many of his previous DC efforts, like Nightwing and Grayson, Seeley excels at both excavating old concepts and characters from previous DC Comics as well as fleshing his own additions to this vast multiverse. The entire plot of Suicide Squad: King Shark revolves around a tournament of representatives of different species from cockroaches and sea worms to sharks and humans to see which one is the prime evolutionary force on the planet. It’s also connected to the idea of the Red and Parliament of Limbs from Jeff Lemire’s run on Animal Man, but Tim Seeley and Kolins give it a reality TV/shonen manga/pro wrestling flair. It’s fun to watch anthropomorphic animals beat the shit out of each other while King Shark and our POV character, Shawn Tsang (Aka my favorite character from Seeley’s Nightwing run.) work out their anger issues and try to stay one step ahead of Amanda Waller, who wants King Shark to kill for her not his species.

Tim Seeley, Scott Kolins, and Kalisz are quite creative with the fight scenes in Suicide Squad: King Shark #2 and make them weirder, and in many cases, grosser than your usual superhero fisticuffs. John Kalisz colors the hell out of some oozing fluids, and Seeley doesn’t make King Shark’s matchups a cake walk even if he isn’t fighting any recognizable DC characters. However, the highly problematic B’wana Beast is the host and in full sleazy drama-stirring mode. (The fact that Mr. Beast is problematic is commented on by the characters in a quick witted line from Shawn.) This combination of struggles at the tournament plus Shawn (And by extension, the reader) rooting for Man King to ensure that humanity isn’t shark or cockroach bait increases the tension as well as Amanda Waller and a team of seriously cool characters ready to retrieve King Shark from what she perceives as nonsense. Her interactions with King Shark’s divine father are seriously chilling as she doesn’t back down from a character who gets special big lettering font from Wes Abbott because he’s so powerful.

Suicide Squad: King Shark #2 is truly a delight. It’s a deep dive into some seriously underappreciated DC characters, both past and present, with a sense of humor and a brutal approach to fight scenes. Tim Seeley and Scott Kolins also find the gentle humanity in King Shark, and most of the time you’re laughing with and not at him and feeling bad at how he’s manipulated by so many forces, including his father, Amanda Waller, and Shawn Tsang. Maybe, one day he’ll find a human that he can actually trust, but it probably won’t be in this miniseries among the Real Housewives, er, Furries of the DC Multiverse.

Story: Tim Seeley  Art: Scott Kolins
Colors: John Kalisz Letters: Wes Abbott
Story: 8.4 Art: 7.9 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

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A Trio of New Releases are Available Now on comiXology

There’s three new releases available on comiXology now with a click of a button. Start shopping or check them out below!

Cinderella’s Secret Royal Fling

Written by Jessica Gilmore
Art by Mayu Takayama
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After her parents’ divorce, Emilia lived with her father and his new family until she ran away from home at sixteen. One day, she receives a job offer to plan a summer solstice celebration in Armaria, a small country overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. While preparing for the celebration, Emilia meets a sexy and mysterious man named Ren in the castle’s courtyard. She hasn’t felt this electrified by a man in a long time, but her excitement is short-lived once she realizes that Ren is actually Duke Laurent, the ruler of Armaria!

Cinderella's Secret Royal Fling

Saint Young Men Vol. 13

Written by Hikaru Nakamura
Art by Hikaru Nakamura
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Jesus is weak against physical temptations, and Buddha is strict about household purchases. !Revelations! is a huge hit in the Heavens, so John packs himself into a hotel near Tachikawa Station to work on a new book. The holy figures take part in their own offline blogger meet-ups… We’ve got a whole lotta saintly young men hanging out in Tokyo right now! The mundane miracles just won’t stop happening!!

Saint Young Men Vol. 13

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #5

Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils Scott Kolins
Inks Scott Kolins
Colored by John Kalisz
Cover by Rain Beredo, Trevor Hairsine
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Defacer must form a partnership with the Man-King to ensure humanity isn’t overtaken by shark domination! But she’s kinda starting to like King Shark, and the avatar of all humanity kinda sucks!

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #5

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DC, Yen Press, and Titan COmics Deliver a Trio of New Releases on comiXology

There’s three new releases you can get on comiXology right now. Check out what you can get below and start shopping!

Dead Mount Death Play #71

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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Two days before the ultimate showdown, all the players of Shinjuku start to converge… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #71

Sea of Thieves #3: Champion of Souls

Written by Jeremy Whitely
Art by Rhoald Marcellius
Colored by Sakti Yuowono
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Has the Champion of Souls met finally met his match? The fearsome Skeleton Lord Greymarrow has seized the seas and sunk the mighty Blackwyche. With a lost crew and wrecked ship, Arthur Pendragon is imprisoned and alone in Shipwreck Bay, until a secretive stranger brings the fallen Champion the rarest treasure of all…

Sea of Thieves #3: Champion of Souls

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #4

Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils Scott Kolins
Inks Scott Kolins
Colored by John Kalisz
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King Shark takes on the Queen Tiger! (not to be confused with the Tiger King.)

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #4

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ComiXology Features Two New Releases with Goblin Slayer Side Story and Suicide Squad: King Shark

There’s two new comics from Yen Press and DC Comics available now on comiXology. Check out the releases below and get ready for the weekend with something new to read!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #60

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
When Goblin Slayer finally reaches the nest at the source of all this trouble, he finds a kind of goblin he’s never seen before there… Read the next chapter the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #60

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #3

Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils Scott Kolins
Inks Scott Kolins
Colored by John Kalisz
Cover by Rain Beredo, Trevor Hairsine
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Defacer must form a partnership with the Man-King to ensure humanity isn’t overtaken by shark domination! But, she’s kinda starting to like the King Shark, and the avatar of all humanity kinda sucks!

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #3

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ComiXology has a mix of new releases from DC, Yen Press, SOZO Comics, and Harlequin

There’s five new comics available today on comiXology. Choose between releases from DC, Yen Press, SOZO Comics, and Harlequin. Check them out below or start shopping now.

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #1

Written by Tim Seeley
Pencils Scott Kolins
Inks Scott Kolins
Colored by John Kalisz
Cover by Rain Beredo, Trevor Hairsine
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King Shark and unfortunate tagalong, The Defacer, are swept into a mystical tournament for totemic animal spirits, at the behest of King Shark’s father, the God of Sharks!

Suicide Squad: King Shark (2021-) #1

Dead Mount Death Play #69

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #69

engagée : nounou mariée

Written by Cara Colter
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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La nounou Dannie part avec les petits enfants à sa charge pour passer du temps avec leur oncle Joshua pendant que les parents des enfants sont en vacances. Joshua est le célèbre PDG d’une entreprise de renommée internationale… et c’est un playboy. Au début, Dannie résiste à la tentation avec un seul sourire, mais sa résistance devient vite plus dure. Ce n’est pas à cause de son attrait en tant que célibataire le plus sexy du monde. C’est parce qu’elle apprend qu’il est déterminé à surmonter une profonde tristesse qui le retient…

engagée : nounou mariée

Guardy Girls #2

Written by D-KEY
Art by D-KEY
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Guardy Girls #2

Shock Marriage For The Powerful Spaniard

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Elly Okuyama
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After the death of her mother, Sofia works as a live-in nanny while going to school. Rafael, a temporary gardener hired at the mansion where she works, is somewhat elegant, but pushy. Although he pushes her around, her heart begins to soften to his free and easy-going charm. Until one day, when he says, “Your father is a very wealthy man. His large firtune and his company are yours.” He had been posing as a gardener in order to observe Sofia’s character. And in order to save her dying father’s company, he offers her a 1-year contract marriage…!?

Shock Marriage For The Powerful Spaniard

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Review: Syphon #1

Syphon #1

When a fast-living EMT is entrusted with the power to sense and siphon pain from others, Sylas is presented with a new purpose: to ease the misery of those around him. But the more he uses this gift, the more it curses him with carrying the burdens of others’ pain. And it soon attracts the attention of mysterious forces who covet the power for themselves, forcing Sylas to decide whether he will continue his mission or revert to his old ways. Syphon #1 kicks off an interesting new series with a dip in fantasy and noir.

Syphon #1 is a promising debut issue from Mohsen Ashraf and Patrick Meaney that merges fantasy with the modern world. Sylas is a hard-working EMT striving to make a difference in a cold, hard world. Yet, that principled work ethic and morality may prove to be his undoing. Something unnaturally empathic has chosen Sylas to be its next host.

The debut is a good one teasing a new world and mythos to explore. We can see Sylas’ slide as this mysterious power takes its root and the pain of others begins to weigh on him. His life begins to suffer and we see the impact in his relationships.

The debut issue is brimming with spectacular artwork from Jeff Edwards. The art is used heavily to hint and tease at the supernatural origin of the power Sylas is given. Along with John Klasiz’s color, the art does an interesting job of balancing the dark nature of the pain Sylas deals with and a neon glow that goes along with his newfound power.

Syphon #1 is a good start mixing a few genres and delivering nice artwork. It’s a debut that does an excellent job of teasing what’s to come through the artwork and giving us a quick run-through of the burden that gets our main character to the next part of his journey.

Story: Mohsen Ashraf Written: Patrick Meaney, Mohsen Ashraf Art: Jeff Edwards Colors: John Kalisz
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Syphon #1 (of 3)

Syphon #1 (of 3)

(W) Patrick Meaney, Mohsen Ashraf (A) Jeff Edwards, John Kalisz
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When a fast-living EMT is entrusted with the power to sense and siphon pain from others, Sylas is presented with a new purpose: to ease the misery of those around him. But the more he uses this gift, the more it curses him with carrying the burdens of others’ pain. And it soon attracts the attention of mysterious forces who covet the power for themselves, forcing Sylas to decide whether he will continue his mission or revert to his old ways.

Comic book documentarian PATRICK MEANEY (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, The Image Revolution) teams up with artist JEFF EDWARDS (G.I. Joe) with a story by MOHSEN ASHRAF for a creator-owned noir fantasy.

Syphon #1 (of 3)

Review: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

I don’t know a whole lot about Fortnite. I tried playing the game one evening but quickly gave up for a combination of reasons. I know the basics about the game but nothing of the characters and little about the world. So, I was intrigued to check out Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 and see how the two properties would crossover and how it’d read to someone who’s generally a blank slate to about half of the comic.

Written by Christos Gage with concepts by Donald Mustard, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 has Batman dealing with a mysterious energy and being sucked into the world of Fortnite (I think). Where he winds up isn’t really explained and that’s part of the point of the comic. Batman is lost. He doesn’t remember his past and can’t speak. But, he’s able to think in words (weird if he can’t speak) and remembers his fighting abilities. This is good, since he’s soon attacked drawing him into battle against unknown foes.

Like Batman, the reader doesn’t get much of an explanation as to where he is or who’s battling. It favors those into Fortnite. But, the reader know little like Batman is a rather interesting direction to take the comic. Some readers will have more information than others and in this case it’s pretty clear which those are. It’s not a bad direction for the comic but there isn’t much I found to suck me in to where it’s going.

Batman fights mysterious people in crazy costumes. The actual fight doesn’t stand out a lot and Batman being in a weird location also doesn’t feel like anything that really pops. The world of Fortnite is presented as a chaotic mess of a thing and for someone on the outside, not in a way that I want to find out more about the game. So, I’m left with a ho-hum Batman story in a world that’s not all that interesting.

But, if you’re Fortnite player, the results are likely very different. The comic is packed with characters (I assume characters) from the game. It’s a chaotic battle which I assume is pretty accurate. It all comes together for a rather wacky battle royale.

The visuals are decent. With art by Reilly Brown the characters and world do pop. Nelson Faro DeCastro provides inks, John Kalisz handles the color, and Andworld Design does the lettering. The group come together for a world that’s a bright almost cartoonish contrast to Batman’s Gotham. The impressive part of the art is how many characters are unique. There’s a lot packed in when the action gets rolling and all of it stands out. There’s little that’s shorted with characters in the background and it’s impressive so much is worked in. While that’s impressive, the art doesn’t quite excite. There’s room for more dynamic choreography in the battle and while there’s some interesting moments, there’s a kinetic flow that doesn’t quite click. The battle is stiff in a way.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 is for fans of Fortnite. With downloadable content included and how the story is presented, it’s clear this is to get the video game players to check out comics and not comic readers to check out the game. There’s a good chance that the story comes together but as presented, there’s not enough for comic readers to really get sucked into the story. For Fortnite players, they might be more into it.

Story: Donald Mustard, Christos Gage Art: Reilly Brown
Ink: Nelson Faro DeCastro Color: John Kalisz Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Get an Early Look at Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4

The train keeps rolling for Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point, and with characters like Harley Quinn, Catwoman and even Snake Eyes mysteriously popping up on The Island, it’s anyone’s guess who will show up next! Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4 of this six-issue limited series is no exception, as DC’s deadliest assassin, Deathstroke makes his appearance on The Island, and here’s a first look!

Batman has broken free from the Loop and the endless cycle of combat. Now free to explore the island without limitation, the World’s Greatest Detective will discover secrets about the world of Fortnite never before revealed in the game or anywhere else. Just one thing…he’s not alone. Not only is he met by a rogue faction of Fortnite bandits who have ALSO escaped the loop–Eternal Voyager! Bandolette! Magnus! Fishstick! And a few others– there’s someone else trapped, someone who is trying to get free from the world of Fortnite …someone deadly. Will Batman recognize this familiar hunter-for-hire, and even more importantly, will he trust him? Just because Batman’s out of the Loop doesn’t mean the fighting is over!

Based on a story concept by series consultant and Chief Creative Officer of Epic Games, Donald Mustard, this six-issue limited series is written by Christos Gage, featuring pencils by Christian Duce, with inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro, and colors by John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #4 is by Mikel Janín, with a card stock variant cover by Dan Mora, plus a premium variant cover by Mustard (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99, with the card stock variant priced at $5.99. Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point also includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the events in the comic; Issue #4 includes a code for the “Deathstroke Destroyer Glider” in-game item. As a bonus, fans who redeem all six codes will unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit.

U.S. subscribers to the DC Universe Infinite digital service will receive the series and bonus codes included as part of their paid subscription. Bonus codes will not be available during the free trial period.

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