Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment’s Reaver by Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increasing customer demand for the new fantasy series.
The continent of Madaras once promised a new start for settlers, but 200 years after its discovery, the war rages on. Deep within this savage and untamed land, a darkness builds at that must be stopped at all costs.
To do so, the Imperials assemble six of its most despicable prisoners—a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer, and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and the Devil’s Son—the only ones who can stop the end of the new world. They are Hell’s Half-Dozen.
Reaver #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAY199081) will hit stores on Wednesday, August 14. It features a new cover by series cover artist Becky Cloonan. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, July 22.
A fantasy Dirty Dozen is the best way to describe Reaver #1. Created by Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs the first issue hits familiar beats but does so with a sense of style that makes it stand out.
Set in the fantasy world of Madaras, war has raged on after what was once a promising new land. The war isn’t going well for the Imperials who find out their enemy are using magic to anticipate their every move. To destroy this tool, a group of six prisoners is assembled for the deadly mission.
Jordan and Isaacs set up the first issue nicely giving the reader just enough information to enjoy the world and not getting bogged down in details. There could have easily been a slide in to too much fantasy detail. Instead, the world is more of a setting than anything else. The story is familiar too, which allows the reader to focus on just how the setting, and these characters, will make it stand out.
And it stands out pretty well. Reaver #1 is a fun start where each quirky character, and how they interact with each other, is the true draw. Each feels like a character class we might find in a roleplaying game. But, much like those games, the off the rails adventure they go on is the entertaining draw. How badly can things go wrong? How can they make it so? That’s the entertaining part of the first issue.
Isaacs’ art, along with color from Alex Guimaraes and lettering by Clayton Cowles, is solid. The design of each character tells the story of their history. There’s no need for lots of origins that distract. Instead, we get small detail of an outfit or body language to get a deeper idea of who these characters are.
The first issue is entertaining that’s reminiscent of the start of a roleplaying campaign. It goes in familiar directions but does so with a fun style about it that it’s clear it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Reaver #1 might not be a new concept overall but it delivers a fun debut that allows us to explore a new world while sitting back and enjoying the chaos.
Story: Justin Jordan Art: Rebekah Isaacs Color: Alex Guimaraes Letterer: Clayton Cowles Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:Read
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2019 marks the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on October 18th, 19th, and 20th. The Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes back comic superstars Marty Baumann, Steve Conley, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts, and Billy Tucci. Tickets are available now for purchase online.
Marty Baumann is an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer. He has contributed to some of the most popular, Oscar-winning animated films of all time. Marty has worked as an artist at Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios as an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Cars 2, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding. Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines, and newspapers, and illustrated children’s books, created logos, info-graphics, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, Universal Studios, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Nickelodeon, and many others. Recent projects include his role as concept artist for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the visual development of Sir Paul McCartney’s feature film, High in the Clouds.
Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His self-published Bloop is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can find his Ringo and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic The Middle Age on his website, tapas.io, Line Webtoon, and GoComics, and hard copies and digital collections can be purchased from his online store.
Justin Jordan broke into comics with the Image series The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. Since no one threw him back out after said break in, he has gone on to work on for nearly every major comics publisher. He’s writer on The Family Trade, Death of Love, and Spread at Image Comics, and is currently writing Reaver for Skybound and Urban Animal at Webtoons, along with numerous other things he can’t actually talk about yet. But they’re awesome. He is owned by a cat named Miss Thomas Waits.
Rafer Roberts first made a name for himself with his self-published, underground title Plastic Farm, published since 2001. More recently, he has found increasing mainstream exposure, with stories in the Dark Horse anthology, the Harvey-nominated Once Upon a Time Machine, the New York Times best-selling FUBAR anthology from FUBAR Press, and back-up stories in Valiant’s X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, and Unity. His work has see print in IDW’s Imaginary Drugs and Locust Moon’s Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream anthologies. He is currently writing Grumble for Albatross Funny Books, and penned the same publisher’s Free Comic Book Day issue, Grumble vs. The Goon.
Founder of Crusade Fine Arts, Billy Tucci is most widely known for his creator-owned, Eisner Award-nominated work on his modern-day samurai fable, Shi. Both a writer and an artist, he has worked for nearly every major publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and IDW. More recently, Tucci has provided the cover and interior art for DC’s Birds of Prey, Harley’s Little Black Book, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, written Appalachian Apocalypse! for Cave Pictures Publishing, and did covers for Dynamite Entertainment’sVampirella: Roses for the Dead, DC Comics’ Archie Meets Batman ’66, and Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Presents… titles. 2019 celebrates Shi‘s 25th Anniversary with the release of the Shi – Return of the Warrior” and Shi – Hotaru graphic novels accompanied by new Shi action figures, statues, and reprints. Billy’s also bringing about the return of Golden Age Icon Miss Fury for Dynamite Entertainment and the new creator-owned Zombie-Sama!, as well as Wonder Woman for DC Comics.
In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Castillo Studios, Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Matthew Clark (Injustice: Ground Zero), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joe Linsner (Red Sonja), Ron Marz (Turok), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), Mark Morales (Justice League), Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Andy Runton (Owly), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Billy Tucci (Shi), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Lee Weeks (Batman), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Workman (Riverdale), and Kelly Yates (Torchwood).
Just in time for fans anticipating Game of Thrones withdrawals, comes an all-new, dark fantasy series by Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs titled, Reaver. The new series is set to launch from Image Comics and Skybound this July.
The continent of Madaras once promised a new start for settlers, but 200 years after its discovery, the war rages on. Deep within this savage and untamed land, a darkness builds that must be stopped at all costs.
To do so, the Imperials assemble six of its most despicable prisoners—a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and the Devil’s Son—the only ones who can stop the end of the new world. They are Hell’s Half-Dozen.
Reaver #1 by Becky Cloonan (Diamond Code MAY190027) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 10. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 17.
(W) Justin Jordan (A) Denys Cowan, John Stanisci (CA) Eduardo Pansica In Shops: Mar 06, 2019 SRP: $2.99
It’s the epic finale! As Brimstone struggles to fight the Dark Multiverse beings who managed to come through from their “home office” to our world, the chance to lift the curse of Brimstone is offered! But with Annie’s life in the grip of the Salesman, Brimstone is forced to choose between his only family left and the sanity left in him.
(W) Justin Jordan (A) Denys Cowan, John Stanisci (CA) Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira RATED T In Shops: Feb 06, 2019 SRP: $2.99
Part one of the epic two-part series finale! After unleashing his raw dark-matter energy and melting Doctor Fate’s helmet, Brimstone’s newfound powers have alerted forces much darker than the ones he’s come across so far. As the home office opens its doors to finally enter into our reality, you’ll never believe the first fiery presence to step through!
(W) Denys Cowan, Don Hudson, Justin Jordan (A) Mike Perkins (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
In this thrilling new annual, Brimstone and Annie are called to help prevent a cult from bringing their god to life via a sacrificial ritual…by none other than John Constantine! Then, explore the origins of Wandering Jack. Plus, witness some of the supernatural deals the Salesman has made throughout the ages. (When you bargain with the devil, prepare to be burned, people!)
(W) Justin Jordan (A) Eduardo Pansica, Philip Tan In Shops: Jan 09, 2019 SRP: $2.99
With Joe completely taken over by Brimstone, will Annie be the next person to land in his line of fire? Reeling from her brother Joe’s loss, Annie finds herself in a dark place, which only gets darker when her serial killer suitor, Wandering Jack, crosses her path once more. Trapped in Jack’s mind games, Annie comes close to going over a fateful edge against another supernatural foe. But just when all seems lost, help arrives from an unlikely-and unholy-source.
(W) Justin Jordan (A) Eduardo Pansica, Philip Tan
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
It’s a supernatural smackdown as Brimstone faces the Lord of Order himself, Doctor Fate! Joe has completely lost control over Brimstone, and Brimstone uses the slip in Joe’s resolve to unleash his unrestrained Dark Matter power on the sorcerer. But what does Fate want with this sulfuric fury, and how does this help him with his larger plans for the magical community?
Lunella Lafayette is making friends across the Marvel Universe! Moon Girl and the Marvel Universe collects Lunella’s appearances in other series beyond her own including Venom #153, Monsters Unleashed #12, Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1, as well as The Moon Girl Marvel Legacy Primer and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #24 and #31.
The comics are by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, Mike Coasta, Justin Jordan, Robbie Thompson, Natacha Bustos, Ray-Anthony Height, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Michael Shelfer, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Alburquerque, Marco Failla, Tamra Bonvillain, Dono Sanchez-Alamara, Chris Sotomayor, and Mike Spicer.
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