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Today’s New Digital Comics Include Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Daredevil, and Marvel MAX

ComiXology has seven new digital comics from DC and Marvel for you today. There’s a mix of new and classic comics all available at the touch of a button.

Check out the full list of what’s available or each issue below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils V Ken Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
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The final showdown between Aquaman and Scorpio!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Joe Quinones
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Deathstroke and Robin face down Firefly, but can the two stand the heat after the firebug gets the upperhand? And who’s hired Deathstroke to take down the Dark Knight?

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Written by Chuck Austen, John Ney Rieber
Art by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Jae Lee
Cover by John Cassaday
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Collects Captain America (2002) #1-16.

Captain America gets the critically acclaimed Marvel Knights treatment! In the aftermath of 9/11, Captain America – already a man out of time – must adjust once again to a terrifying new global landscape. From the ruins of the World Trade Center to the horrors of a small town rocked by terrorism, the star-spangled super-soldier is forced to consider what it means to be the Sentinel of Liberty in an age of incomprehensible new threats. Meanwhile, the man named Redpath has his own American dream, and he orders his Extremists to cleanse the country by force. Only a true patriot, the living embodiment of the United States, can stop them. But when Captain America uncovers new truths about his decades trapped in the ice, the scale of the conspiracy may bring him to his knees!

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by David Aja, Michael Lark
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #82-93.

The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Paul Azaceta, Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, Marko Djurdjevic, Michael Lark, Alex Maleev, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Weeks
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #94-105.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark continue their explosive run! Everything Matt Murdock thought he’d gotten back teeters on the edge of a precipice, ready to shatter all around him, as he fights a battle on both fronts of his life — in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen! And with the post-CIVIL WAR fallout all around him, the price of being Daredevil just got even higher. Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Ed Brubaker, Ann Nocenti, Greg Rucka
Art by David Aja, Paul Azaceta, Michael Lark, Clay Mann, Tonci Zonjic
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #106-119 and #500.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark conclude their explosive run! The Hand is back in New York, and Lady Bullseye is in league with them! The Kingpin has also returned, forging a surprising pact with Daredevil to target the ninja cult — but what is the former crime boss’s true plan? Plus: An old friend brings Matt Murdock the last-minute appeal of a Marvel villain sitting on death row. What will he do when confronted with a convicted bad guy who’s completely innocent? Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Kano, Brian Denham, Nic Klein, Nick Percival, Javier Saltares
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing #1-4.

Biochemist Ted Sallis and his team are on a mission: To recreate the serum that spawned the world’s first super-soldier. But like the swamp itself, there are dangers lurking beneath the surface. Ted’s partner Eric, his girlfriend Ellen, the government, terrorists – everyone wants what Ted has, but what Ted doesn’t realize is that the swamp itself may want him! A radical re-imagining of the Man-Thing’s origin begins here, in a horror-tinged tale narrated by Digger, keeper of the Tower of Shadows!

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Bettie Page Returns in New Series from Karla Pacheco, Vincenzo Federici, Rebecca Nalty, and Becca Carey

Bettie Page is back and better than ever, with a new alternate history twist making her a true Hollywood star in the making – and suspect to a murder!

Writer Karla Pacheco brings her kickass skill and sensibilities to another iconic babe, building up a new yarn for Bettie that’s part pulp noir, part pin-up, stylized yet realistic. She’s joined by Italian artist Vincenzo Federici, who’s drawn the “Dark Angel” before. Rounding out the team are colorist Rebecca Nalty and letterer Becca Carey.

In this series, Bettie has moved from New York to Hollywood sometime around 1954. She’s transitioned into more minor acting working, with theater success and bit parts in B-movies. Though she’s still challenged navigating the sticky swamp of producers, perps, pumps, and pushers who call La La Land home and want a piece of the pie – and Bettie. The question is – does Bettie Page find trouble, or does trouble find her? Signing on for a supporting role in a “tastefully sensual” fantasy film set on an idyllic tropical island, she’s wrapped up in a new environment and colorful cast of characters. Until someone is murdered and a massive storm hits!

For such an iconic woman, a crop of all-star artists are contributing covers! Junggeun Yoon leads the pack, joined by Kano and of course the legendary Joseph Michael Linsner. Riki Le Cotey marks a first with a cosplay cover. The real-life Bettie herself is featured on two photo cover variants, one nice and one naughty. Plus a slick homage to Frank Miller from Stephen Mooney.

Preview: Firefly #15

Firefly #15

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist:  Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colorist: Francesco Segala
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
 
    Main Cover: Marc Aspinall
      Preorder Cover: Kano
Incentive Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson
Price: $3.99

A Browncoat at heart, Sheriff Mal Reynolds does have to admit that there might be one single perk to a government job: actually having the time to court Inara Serra, now that he doesn’t have to worry about things like dodging the government. But something’s fishy with the Blue Sun executives who have taken up residence in Mal’s sector…will investigating it mean walking away from Inara?

Firefly #15

Preview: Psi-Lords #8

PSI-LORDS #8

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by STACEY LEE
Cover C by ZU ORZU
Preorder Cover by SCOTT FORBES
On sale JANUARY 8 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Our cosmic heroes face a terrible choice… as one of the Quartet pays the ultimate price!

PSI-LORDS #8

Preview: Doctor Mirage #5 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #5 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover C by ANEKE
Preorder Edition Cover by VANESA R. DEL REY
On sale DECEMBER 11 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

How will this speaker of the dead keep her place in the land of the living?

What will Doctor Mirage have to sacrifice in order to discover the truth, in the haunting climax of DOCTOR MIRAGE’s critically-acclaimed 2019 miniseries!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #5 (of 5)

Preview: Livewire Vol. 2 Guardian

LIVEWIRE VOL. 2: GUARDIAN TPB

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover by STACEY LEE
$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 11th

Investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Livewire stumbles upon an OMEN facility where young psiots are taken and taught to control their powers.

Is this the safe haven Livewire’s dreamed of or is there something more sinister to this sanctuary?

One of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful heroes continues down her road to redemption with rising star writer Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and artist Kano (Gotham Central)!

Collecting LIVEWIRE #5–8, the “Guardian” story arc.

LIVEWIRE VOL. 2: GUARDIAN TPB

Review: Livewire #8

Livewire #8

In Livewire #8, wanted fugitive Livewire reveals that the Psiot Security & Education Program is the evil organization OMEN to the world!

Will Phoebe Daniels choose to defend OMEN or go with Livewire and fight?

Valiant‘s Livewire #8, written by Vita Ayala and featuring Kano‘s artistic talents, brings the second arc of the series to a close. Oh boy, what a close.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about this series is how Vita Ayala has yet to explicitly cast Livewire as a hero in her own book. Ayala has been able to explore the moral and ethical grey areas in what it means to be a hero; Livewire is determined to save a group of kids from a government sponsored program whether they want to be saved or not. With a comic so steeped in the question of choice and consequences, it’s refreshing to see Ayala step back from the traditional black and white, good and evil type of positioning in the comic and instead give us a story about fallible people trying to do what they think is right.

It allows the reader to form a much more intricate opinion free from the writer giving us a heavy handed hint about how we should feel, and the entire series has been stronger for the willingness to show both sides of the coin; that this is a tale about the redemption of Livewire (in her own eyes if not in the eyes of the world at large), but there’s also another layer to the redemptive aspect of the series. Just as this arc has also introduced Phoebe Daniels, showing her journey as she came of age as a young psiot in a world that wants to use kids like her as a weapon.

Livewire #8 is a great closing point for the current arc, while also serving as a starting point for the next four issues of the comic. Amanda McKee is a complicated character, and the way Ayala is writing this series brings that into stark focus as McKee has to deal with the conflict between her reputation and her ideologies. Which makes for a great between the lines tale as we read the action on the page.

Ayala’s talent shines through in how they handle this book, and the writer proves once again why this series should be considered one of Valiant’s best, and why you need to pay attention to the comics they write in the future.

And speaking of talent, Kano is yet again on top form here. There’s another fight scene between the same combatants as last issue, though somehow the artist extraordinaire has recaptured the brutally intense fight scene from last issue and turned it up again in the arc’s finale. It’s a highlight of the comic, as are the layouts; even on a review pdf they were incredible, so I can’t wait to see how they look in print when I get my copy tomorrow morning.

Livewire is one of Valiant’s stronger series, and it’s one that has been gaining momentum in the quality department as Ayala crafts a fantastic tale about a very grounded and human superhero which makes for some great comics.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Kano
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Livewire #8

LIVEWIRE #8

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by PAUL RENAUD
Cover C by RAHZZAH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH with EMILIO LOPEZ
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 24th

Wanted fugitive Livewire reveals that the Psiot Security & Education Program is the evil organization OMEN to the world!

Will Phoebe Daniels choose to defend OMEN or go with Livewire and fight?

Find out in the climactic final issue of the second Livewire story arc, “Guardian”!

LIVEWIRE #8

Preview: James Bond 007 #9

James Bond 007 #9

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Eric Gapstur, Robert Carey
covers: Dave Johnson (A), Khoi Pham (B), Kano (C), Eric Gapstur (D)
Dave Johnson (RI-Virgin), Khoi Pham (RI-Virgin), Kano (RI-Virgin), Eric Gapstur (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

“THE HEIST”

Plan is set. Clock gets tight. Goldfinger bets big.

The modern 007 epic continues from GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, Hulkverines) and ERIC GAPSTUR (The Flash: Season Zero).

James Bond 007 #9

Review: The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5

In The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5, Toyo Harada is dead! 

The long-lost secret of Harada’s estranged son revealed! Harada’s final allies stand strong as they protect their master’s vision!

The penultimate issue of Valiant’s The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada shows how the members of Harada’s team are dealing with his demise and the fall of his dream. That Toyo Harada could be seen as a villain is a fairly obvious statement; he was the antagonist of much of the Harbinger series, after all. The opposite can also be said. Harada’s primary goal has always been to create a Utopian society. One where the problems and issues stemming from current governing systems can be avoided or corrected. One has to ask, in the face of this utopia, which he will do anything to achieve, is the world justified in declaring war against Harada?

Who is the villain in this story that has more grey areas than a certain book series.

Toyo Harada is the kind of character that doesn’t come around often, and when they do, they’re always divisively popular as they begin to make one question whether they are truly villainous or merely driven by their goals. Harada was often framed as the villain in Harbinger, though one can argue that was simply because of the side of the story we were following, rather than the character being evil (again, there’s the divisive aspect of the man – there are more times than not that I find myself agreeing with his goals, but not always his methods). As Alan Moore wrote in Watchmen “I understand. Without condoning or condemning, I understand.”

I wrote this in the review of the second issue, and felt it needed repeating. This is a book that lives in the moral grey areas, and I love it.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #5 opens with some poignant and at times heartbreaking moments. It features Harada’s allies as they each come to terms with his death in their own way. Stronghold’s thread reveals a little more about Harada’s past through the eyes of a young Stronghold. Sunlight On Snow’s scenes are an absolute highlight of the comic. They’re beautifully presented and are one highlight among a comic full of wonder.

I’ve already mentioned that artistically, The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5 is freaking awesome. With the talent of Cafu and Kano, who are joined by colourist Andrew Dalhouse, the expectations are obviously going to be high – and they’re more than met. When a series has so much potential as this one has, it’s easy to assume that maybe there’d be a fault to find – either with the art or with Joshua Dysart‘s writing. There isn’t. This book, indeed the entire series, is nigh on perfect.

It’s actually kinda hard to explain in words just how awesome this series is; both as a capstone to Dysart’s run with the character, but also as a standalone series about a man who knows he’s destined for greatness. The series as a whole has risen from strength to strength, and with one issue left, I’m already earmarking this as being an early favorite for my top comic of 2019.

Story: Joshua Dysart Art: Cafu and Diego Yapur
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
and Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but this is a book I’ll be buying when it hits the racks.

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