Marvel is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its 2099 imprint with Spider-Man 2099: Exodus, a thrilling limited series that revolutionizes the far-future setting for a new age! Written by Steve Orlando, the saga kicks off when a Celestial falls to Earth, providing a glimmer of hope to the grim dystopian world that fan-favorite hero Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O’Hara, must protect at all costs. Following Spider-Man’s mission, each issue of the series switches focus to a different team or character resulting in a thrilling journey that catches readers up to speed with the core elements of the 2099 mythos and introduces new heroes along the way such as 2099 versions of Black Widow, Loki, and Winter Soldier. And in August’s Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5, Orlando will team up with acclaimed artist Kim Jacinto, colorist JayDavid Ramos, and letterer Clayton Cowles to debut the new X-Men 2099! Joining classic X-Men 2099 characters such as Cerebra, Krystalin, and Bloodhawk will be new X-Men, some of who have adopted the names of their legendary predecessors. Check out action-packed new interior artwork and Jacinto’s design sheets that feature these new 2099 X-Men including Cyclops, Northstar, Phoenix, and more!
Spider-Man: Exodus #5 reveals that at the epicenter of the Celestial’s Garden is a mutant, somehow fallen from the stars. The nomadic X-Men fight to claim the Garden as their new home but will Spider-Man respect their claim? Or will he try to take the Garden for humans? And even if they can co-exist, what’ll Spider-Man and the X-Men do about the Cabal Sentinels breathing down their necks?
Be there on August 3 when mutantkind joins the 2099 revolution in Spider-Man: Exodus #5! It features covers by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Arif Prianto, Ken Lashley and Juan Fernandez, and Ron Lim and Israel Silva.
This January, your favorite artists will pay tribute to some of the greatest comic book covers in Marvel history with all-new Homage Variant Covers. Featuring new artwork from superstar artists David Yardin, Will Sliney, Mike McKone, Creees Lee, Philip Tan, David Nakayama, Pete Woods, Ken Lashley, Stephen Mooney, and Marvel’s Stormbreaker Peach Momoko, this exciting collection will allow fans to re-experience classic Marvel covers including takes on Wolverine, Spider-Man, Thor, and Hulk’s first appearances as well as other historic moments!
Check out all ten Homage Variant Covers now and pick them up when they grace the covers of your favorite series throughout the month of January!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #85 Homage Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO
VENOM #4 Homage Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN with colors by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
X LIVES OF WOLVERINE #1 Homage Variant Cover by WILL SLINEY with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #86 Homage Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE with colors by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
THOR #21 Homage Variant Cover by CREEES LEE with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #3 Homage Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN with colors by FEDERICO BLEE
HULK #3 Homage Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #5 Homage Variant Cover by STEPHEN MOONEY with colors by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
IRON MAN #16 Homage Variant Cover by PETE WOODS
X-MEN LEGENDS #11 Homage Variant Cover by KEN LASHLEY with colors by JUAN FERNANDEZ
The highly anticipated creation, PhenomX is heading to comic shops this Novemberfrom acclaimed actor, John Leguizamo. The first issue is an extra-length comic featuring cover art by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.
McFarlane and Leguizamo first met on the set of the 1997 Spawn movie, where Leguizamo delivered a memorable performance as Spawn’s arch-enemy, The Clown. In 2018, the two creators re-connected at New York Comic Con and made the decision to put their heads together.
PhenomX centers around the character, Max Gomez, who was wrongfully imprisoned and is desperate to regain his freedom. Max agrees to become a subject in an underground government experiment.
When the trial gives him phenomenal shape-shifting abilities, Gomez learns his new “freedom” requires surviving a superpowered war fought on the streets of NYC.
Fans have been anticipating Leguizamo’s Latin superhero since a crowdfunding campaign was announced in 2019 for his creator-owned project PhenomX. The all-Latino creative team launching Leguizamo’s new hero includesartist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez—author of the comic series La Boriqueña—as well as cover art by Jim Muñiz, José Marzán, Jr., and Juan Fernández.
PhenomX #1 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms, including Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, November 3 (SRP $6.99):
PhenomX #1 Cover A by Muñiz – Diamond Code SEP210031
PhenomX #1 Cover B by McFarlane – Diamond Code SEP210032
This year, Marvel will commemorate the 10th anniversary of one of its brightest stars—Miles Morales! The young Brooklyn-based Spider-Man took the world by storm when he was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli’s in 2011’s Ultimate Fallout #4 and has skyrocketed to stardom ever since. The last decade has seen Miles star in both his own hit ongoing series as well as team books such as Champions and All-New Avengers plus major appearances in film, video games, and more. Marvel is proud to celebrate the character’s incredible impact this year with a series of variant covers crafted by the industry’s top artists including Mike Del Mundo, Javier Garrón, and Russell Dauterman. This stunning series of covers will showcase Miles in a variety of different iconic looks from his classic suit to the inspired collection of suits from the blockbuster PlayStation game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales designed by the Insomniac Games character art team and its talented artists. See him team up with heroes from throughout the Marvel Universe on the covers of your favorite ongoing series starting in September!
Check out the first group now and stay tuned for news about the other ways Marvel Comics will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Miles Morales this year!
AVENGERS #48 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
BLACK PANTHER #2 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by KEN LASHLEY with colors by JUAN FERNANDEZ
CAPTAIN MARVEL #32 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by DAVID NAKAYAMA
MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #30 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRÓN
DAREDEVIL #34 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TBA
SHANG-CHI #4 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
BLACK WIDOW #11 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER EJIWA “EDGE” EBENEBE
IRON MAN #12 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by RAHZZAH
SPIDER-WOMAN #15 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by BENGAL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by SARA PICHELLI with colors by TAMRA BONVILLAIN
DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #1 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by MIKE DEL MUNDO
FANTASTIC FOUR #36 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TBA
MOON KNIGHT #3 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by GREG LAND with colors by FRANK D’ARMATA
BLACK CAT #10 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by DIKE RUAN with colors by DAVE MCCAIG
THOR #17 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TODD NAUCK with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
WOLVERINE #6 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by PHIL JIMENEZ
NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN #6 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
There’s been a string of anthology releases with a “color” theme about them. Black, white, and red has been a popular combo. Then there’s also blue and red. There’s the “blood” direction that Marvel has gone as in “black, white, and blood”. Carnage: Black, White, and Blood #1 is the latest anthology that focuses on the ruthless killer.
With a trio of stories the anthology is an interesting one delivering three very different adventures. The first is a very tradition superhero affair with Carnage drifting off to another life. The second takes place in the Wild West with a lawman on the hunt for Carnage. The final is a brilliant choose your own adventure story.
Each has their strengths and weaknesses and each are intriguing takes on the character. There’s still some underlying themes with each, specifically how much of a force of nature the character is and how uncontrollable Carnage is as a symbiote. There’s some stumbles in a few of the stories but it’s an entertaining read, especially the roleplaying like choose your ow adventure, an entry I’d love to see more of.
The art delivers on the chaos as well with visuals that match the death and destruction within the comic. There’s some solid work, especially with the western, that really fits the stories they’re telling and the use of minimal colors makes things interesting. With such a focus on “blood”, it’d be easy for the comic to overdo the red but it’s done at a level that doesn’t distract.
Carnage: Black, White, and Blood #1 is an interesting comic. If you’re a fan of the character, go for it. It’s entertaining and has some interesting takes. For those new, there’s not enough that really jumps out. It’s good one-and-done stories that has some “fun” with a despicable character.
Story: Tini Howard, Benjamin Percy, Al Ewing Art: Ken Lashley, Sara Pichelli, John McCrea Color: Juan Fernandez, Mattia Iacono Letterer: Joe Sabino Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
A Wave Blue World is kicking off 2021 by showing thanks to retailers who have supported them by ordering their books, backing their Kickstarters, or signed up for their monthly newsletters.
AWBW will be sending supporting retailers 2 limited edition copies ofThe 27 Run: Crush #1 Premier Edition featuring an exclusive cover by artist Leo Colapietro. The exclusive is limited to a print run of 300.
Crush is the follow-up to 2018’s original mechs vs. monsters graphic novel The 27 Run. The sequel introduces a new hero, Beti, and her telepathic dog, E.K., as they face off against 27 towering monsters in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Created and written by Justin Zimmerman, the series features art by Ethan Claunch and Russell Brown, colors by Fran Gamboa, and lettering by Thomas Mauer.
The regular edition of The 27 Run: Crush #1 Premier Edition hits retail shops onJanuary 13, 2021 with a cover by Ken Lashley and Juan Fernandez. A hardcover collected edition will be released on March 10 featuring cover artist Robbi Rodriguez.
Other Premier Editions due out this year from A Wave Blue World include Averee by Stephanie Phillips and Marika Cresta with an exclusive cover by Dave Johnson (February 2021), and The Orphan Kingby Tyler Chin-Tanner and James Boyle with an exclusive cover by InHyuk Lee (April 2021).
Story: Tony Isabella Art: Clayton Henry, Yvel Guichet Cover: Ken Lashley, Juan Fernandez
Color: Pete Pantazis Letterer: Josh Reed
Editor: Jim Chadwick Associate Editor: Harvey Richards
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
Black Lightning! Tobias Whale! Face to face for the first time! With Cleveland still recovering from last issue’s terrorist attack, the two archenemies will battle in the ruins of a secluded landmark for the future of the city. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yeah, it’s a trap. A trap designed to end Black Lightning once and for all!
At New York Comic Con, we found out what that was.
At their panel Sunday, Lion Forge announced “Catalyst Prime,” a new superhero universe with a killer amount of talent writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering, and diversity on the page and behind the scenes. But, impressively it’s also established and new talent alike working together to create this new world. That’s something that’s important for the company, to bring together old and new voices.
Along with the creative talent it was announced that Desiree Rodriguez is joining the company as an editorial assistant for the new line. Rodriguez is a freelancer for Nerds of Color who wrote this fantastic piece about being Latinx in comics.
Before the panel, I got to speak with Senior Editorial Manager Joe Illidge and got the details as to what we can expect.
Graphic Policy: It’s been months of teasing and hints and I know I’m excited to hear the details. What’s the scoop as to what Lion Forge has announced at New York Comic Con 2016?
Joe Illidge: We’re announcing the creation of a new superhero universe which will be under the title of “Catalyst Prime.” There will be seven monthly books and the line will launch in May of 2017.
GP: Who’s the talent that’ll be involved that you can announce?
JI: For the kick off book it’s going to be mainly written by Christopher Priest, co-written by myself with the art by Marco Turini, letterer Deron Bennett, and colorist Jessica Kholine. For the first ongoing series with a Black male lead, the writer is Brandon Thomas, artist Ken Lashley, letters by Saida Temofonte, and colorist Juan Fernandez. The second main book about an interracial duo, it’s co-written by David Walker and Dr. Sheena Howard, illustrated by Chuck Collins, and colored by Veronica Gandini. The third book is written by Joe Casey, illustrated by Damion Scott, lettered by Janice Chiang, and will be colored by John Rauch. The fourth book will be a team book written by Joe Casey with story consultation by Ramon Govea who created the concept, illustrated by Larry Stroman and Rob Stull, and colored by Snakebite Cortez. For the fifth title with a British male lead which is a science fiction thriller, it’ll be written by Joe Casey, illustrated by Jefte Palo who is well known for illustrating the Black Panther Secret Invasion storyline in which the Wakandans held back the Skrull invasion, it’ll be colored by Chris Sotomayor, and lettered by a legendary letterer. The letterer of the Hugo award winning Sandman Overture graphic novel, Todd Klein. The sixth title with a White male lead will be written by Alex De Campi, illustrated by Pop Mhan, and lettered by Deron Bennett. Deron Bennett is doing a bunch of DC “Rebirth” books. One prominent one is Batgirl. The seventh title with a lesbian lead character will be written by Amy Chu, illustrated by Jan Duursema, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and lettered by Deron Bennett.
GP: That’s impressive you can remember and name all of them. So what can you tell us specifically about the series?
JI: Well basically the whole universe is started from an asteroid heading to Earth and a private corporation called the Foresight Corporation, which produced our teaser memo, they send four astronauts on a suicide mission to stop the asteroid. What happens leads to the emergence of super humans on our world. After that, most of the books will take place one year after that.
GP: As far as the comics, how are they kicking off, a mini-series and then everything launches from there?
JI: It’s going to start with a one-shot co-written by Christopher Priest and myself, coming out the first week of May 2017. And then we’ll be rolling out the books from there, from May through December.
GP: That’s an amazing group of talent working on the comic that’s very diverse, what about the characters?
JI: The characters are diverse. Of the four astronauts, you have two women, one of whom is lesbian, one of whom is Black. The two men, one is Black and one is British. The other three are American. Then there’s also a Chinese woman who is part of mission control who is supervising the mission in space, but was not one of the four astronauts.
GP: That certainly is diverse. When putting the series together, was this a priority and thought through?
JI: It was thought through in the sense that the owner David Steward II, the President Geoff Gerber, and I are really committed to creating a universe that invites everyone. Diversity is a buzzword that has become obsolete because it’s been used for a lot of PR. Diversity should be intrinsic if you have an expanded mindset and worldview so when you’re going to creators they’re not all heterosexual, they’re not all Caucasian males. They might not all be from the United States. They’re from different industries. They have different political backgrounds. Diversity is automatic. But we want to create something new and exciting that doesn’t have a burden of decades of continuity. We want everyone to feel invited to this world and this world will evolve into a world that will more accurately reflect the demographics of the one that we live more than a lot of other fictional superhero comic universes.
GP: When it comes to the writers… there’s a habit lately that writers are pigeonholed into what they write based on the color of their skin or their gender, in November out of 13 female writers for the big two only one was writing a comic with a male lead as an example, are you breaking that mold?
JI: I am breaking that mold. The book that is going to have the latino teenager lead is going to be written by Joe Casey whom is neither Latino nor a teenager. But, Joe Casey has clearly been an advocate for variety in superhero comic books, in creator owned comic books. And frankly he’s the co-creator of America Chavez. To me, that right there, America Chavez is one of the most beloved Latinx characters of our time. So I’m comfortable with him writing a Latinx character considering he created one of the most popular ones right now.
GP: He’s shown he can do it.
GP: One of the things that caught my eye in your teases was a woman writing a male character, so it’s either Dr. Sheena Howard, Amy Chu, or Alex De Campi.
JI: What it is, the book that will be co-written by David Walker and Dr. Sheena Howard is an interracial team book written by a man and a woman featuring a man and a woman. That really came down to whom I feel David and Sheena are as people. Due to their academic backgrounds. Due to their vast social and cultural knowledge. Due to the fact they are both social crusaders, they are expertly qualified to tell this story.
Amy Chu is going to be writing a story about a Caucasian lesbian. Alex De Campi will be writing a story with a white American male lead. So you don’t have to keep these straight lines. Some of them won’t be straight for the sake of being straight. I really tried to see who were the best creators to tell these stories book by book.
GP: With the baggage that comes with continuity and years of stories, are you thinking through that as you put together this universe and series? A perfect example is Valiant that has continuity but you can read just one series, step into a new story arc, there’s clear starting points, or you can enjoy it all.
JI: Absolutely. No two books will be alike aesthetically. We want readers to be able to read a book and not feel like they are trapped or tricked into reading other books. If you read other books and you keep moving forward, you start seeing connected threads, and you get the benefit of the worldview of this entire thing. If you choose just one book, or two books, or four books, you can have individual experiences and as we look forward to the first crossover event, which will probably take place in 2018, that will be a story in of itself. If you choose to keep reading your book, you can do that. It’s very important for us that the reader not feel interrupted in the book, or books, that they like. It’s also important that when we collect these books we really want to engage the book market. We want to create volumes where a new reader can pick up any volume and get into that world. Whether it’s across titles or whether they pick up volume two of any series and we hope that they don’t feel like that have to pick up volume one but instead that they’ll want to pick up and read volume one.
It really comes down to characters. Characters are the underpinning of all stories. We want to create characters that the readers will care about. We want you to come along on the journey with these characters. So, by defining the characters, making them compelling, and making them relatable, is the ultimate way that we can invite readers, old and new, into the universe.
GP: Is the universe set in our world or slightly off? Do we get fake countries or ones that actually exist?
JI: It’s going to be our world geographically, all the identifications will match up to Earth. I look at this as the love child of Darwyn Cooke’s DC New Frontier and Vertigo Year One and the brilliance of Karen Berger in using Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Shade, the Changing Man, Black Orchid, and Kid Eternity as the foundation for a truly imaginative and impressive body of books. These will be super hero genre books, but they’ll also engage in other genres like science fiction, techno thriller, young adult, action adventure, teen adventure, social drama, so that is how I see it. For that to be the case, it had to take place in a world like ours.
GP: Since it is taking place in a world familiar to ours, there’s the debate as to whether comics should just be entertainment or if it should touch upon social justice issues being waged. Will the comics touch upon real world issues? From the characters and what you’ve described it sounds like social issues will be a natural thing for the series, but is it a goal and point?
JI: You know, we don’t see it as a hard agenda. It’s not something we’re going to beat the audience over the head with as far as the stories. When you’re talking about social justice, art has always been a vehicle for social justice.
GP: Comics always have.
JI: Exactly. We’re at a time where we are vulnerable in so many other areas. Our bodies are vulnerable. We’re being told what bathrooms we can use. We have political icons engaging in reprehensible behavior, xenophobia, and sexism. Art may be one of the last frontiers that is bullet proof. If you’re going to do a universe, and you’re going to engage the super hero and what the super hero can do, how can you not engage in social justice?
GP: How long has this been in the works?
JI: It’s funny, there has been different stages. I started working at Lion Forge in June and I really expanded it. The origins of the “Catalyst Prime” super hero universe starts with the owner of Lion Forge, David Steward II. As someone highly influence by Milestone, we are obviously simpatico on that front, myself being a Milestone alumni, Geoff Gerber the President of Lion Forge being an advocate for social justice, the three of us together really wanted this to be something special that would invite everybody. It started with the owner, but when I came in I took the nucleaus and put together a team of writers. We did a writers retreat where we all sat down in a room and spent a day and basically nurtured this universe to life and that kind of creativity, that imaginative osmosis, the results of that are really going to be seen in the books. You’re going to see us subvert some familiar archetypes. You’re going to see some characters of ethnic backgrounds that you never thought you’d equate with roles of power. We’re really looking to give you the kind of familiar things you want with super hero comic books, but we want to return fun and imagination to super hero comic books.
It feels like right now we’ve hit a critical mass in terms of cynicism, in terms of doubt, in terms of dissapointment, for the faith and investment of time we have given. I want this super hero unvierse be a return to fun and imagination and the consumer being rewarded for their time and love of this genre and this medium.
GP: With starting a comic line now, it feels like it’d be different because it’s no longer just print you’re dealing with. There’s digital, there’s mobile, there’s web, the avenues and distribution is so different. Is that in your thoughts in putting it together, looking at the big picture and how different people will interact differently with the material?
JI: Absolutely. It’s very important for us that anyone who wants to get our books will be able to get our books. Whether it is comic book stories in the direct market. Whether it’s book stores and collections in the trade market. Whether it’s digital. We have been looking at a lot of metrics and data in regards to digital comics. Some of those discoveries will impact how we put together and provide these books. And it’s very important to us that if you’re unfortunately living in a place that’s a comic store desert, you can still get the book. It’s important to us that if you feel there’s a local environment that’s not welcoming to you as a consumer that you can still get our book. It’s important to us that we engage in a discussion with retailers and consumers about pre-ordering so that we expand the vocabulary and help consumers get our books.
GP: Any final thoughts?
JI: It’s exciting for us to start this new thing. I think culturally that we are at a high point of the popularity and the agency of the super hero as a genre and so there’s no better time to start a new universe than right now. I firmly believe, and the creators that I’ve assembled, we all firmly believe that ultimately people want good stories. It’s not about what genre it is. It’s about good stories and good characters.
JT Krul – Story / V Ken Marion – Art / Juan Fernandez – Colors
Her perilous quest resumes!
As Ara continues her voyage across the seas, she comes to know more about her guide – Captain Boro. But, any bonding between them is interrupted when an ancient evil rises from the depths – intent on destroying them all. Boro’s men have heard many tales of the fabled mermaids, but when it comes to legends, sometimes the truth is far more terrifying than the myth!
Creator J.T. Krul, artist V Ken Marion, and colorist Juan Fernandez are proud to present the follow-up volume to Aspen’s smash hit series – JIRNI!
JT Krul – Story / V Ken Marion – Art / Juan Fernandez – Colors
Her perilous quest resumes!
Ara has returned—and has left more than her homeland behind, as her journey brings her to sea along with Boro and his band of pirates. However, what new wonders—and dangers—await Ara on their next stop? And will she be able to survive the experience? The world of Jirni explodes into uncharted territory as Ara’s epic story continues!
Creator J.T. Krul, artist V Ken Marion, and colorist Juan Fernandez are proud to present the follow-up volume to Aspen’s smash hit series – JIRNI!