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Get a look at Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s Void Rivals #1

Skybound has unveiled a new look and the impressive slate of variant covers for Void Rivals #1, the debut issue of the hotly anticipated new comic book series from the iconic Oblivion Song team of Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici, along with colorist Matheus Lopes and letterer Rus Wooton.  

The upcoming series will introduce an all-new shared universe with a surprise that readers will have to wait to uncover until the debut issue arrives in comic book shops on June 14, 2023. 

In Void Rivals, war rages around the Sacred Ring, where the last remnants of two worlds have collapsed around a black hole in a never-ending war. However, when pilot Darak and his rival Solila both crash on a desolate planet, these two enemies must find a way to escape together. But are they alone on this strange planet? And what dark forces await that threaten the entire universe?   

Void Rivals #1 (Diamond Codes listed below | $3.99) will feature a main cover by De Felici, along with an impressive lineup of variant covers by some of the top artists in the industry today that will reveal more about these new characters and their worlds.  

The issue will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 14. 

The full list of covers is below: 

  • Void Rivals #1 Cover A by Lorenzo De Felici (APR230038)  
  • Void Rivals #1 Cover B by Ethan Young (MAR238214) 
  • Void Rivals #1 Cover C (1:10 Copy Incentive) by Matteo Scalera (MAR238215) 
  • Void Rivals #1 Cover D (1:25 Copy Incentive) by Karen S. Darboe (MAR238216) 
  • Void Rivals #1 Cover E (1:50 Copy Incentive) by Jim Cheung & Jay David Ramos (MAR238217) 
  • Void Rivals #1 Cover F (Blank Sketch Cover) (MAR238218) 
  • Void Rivals #1 Cover G (1:100 Copy Incentive) by Daniel Warren Johnson (MAR238219). Note: This is a Spoiler Variant, and Skybound will not reveal the cover art until the release of Void Rivals #1 on June 14, 2023. 

Disney Villain Hades Heats Up New Comic Series!

Dynamite has announced a new spotlight on another iconic Disney Villain, as writer Elliott Kalan sets Hades out on his very own Greek mythological quest this June, as the Lord of the Underworld is finally taking center stage!

First appearing in the 1997 classic Hercules during the celebrated “Disney Renaissance” era, the character of Hades rose above standard villainous fare as yet another fan-favorite in the Disney filmography. The character’s comedic wit and signature appearance stuck with fans immediately. Now it’s time to heat things up with his foray onto the comic book page!

Writer Elliott Kalan is no stranger to comedy, with contributions to Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Daily Show, and comics like Spider-Man and the X-Men that have spawned huge memes constantly shared among fans. He’s bringing that same comedic energy, which he cites as flowing through both his sweat and blood, to this series. Artist Alessandro Ranaldi joins him with a kinetic style and approach to characters that will feel both right in line with the Disney blueprint, yet with a new layer all his own.

In Kalan’s new tale, Hades doesn’t get an invite to the weekly brunch at Mount Olympus — which obviously calls for the complete and total destruction of his fellow deities.

In his mission to make that happen, he must get his devilish hands on the legendary Golden Fleece of Colchis. Because the Fleece happens to be guarded by a dragon and legion of soldiers, the lord of darkness therefore has to round up a ragtag party of minions and allies to accomplish his epic quest.

Readers will meet the spider-girl Arachne, emo singer Orpheus, the childlike brute of the Minotaur, and even winged Icarus. A mismatched group like this is bound to not get along, especially when led by the overconfident and arrogant Hades.

Disney Villains: Hades issues will feature a range of gorgeous covers depicting the titular tempestuous god in all his glory. Karen S. Darboe, Jae Lee, Trish Forstner, Francesco Tomaselli, and Alessandro Ranaldi all have variants for the first issue.

Preview: Disney Villains: Scar #2

Disney Villains: Scar #2

writer: Chuck Brown
artist: Trevor Fraley
covers: Karen S. Darboe (A), Trish Forstner (B), Erica Henderson (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Gene Ha (E)
FC | 32 pages | Adventure | $3.99 | Teen

Eager vultures circle the diminished Scar. They offer him a path to the throne. They speak of a magic baobab fruit that will make him mightier than Mufasa himself. They will provide him with this fruit, in return for a horrible favor…

Disney Villains: Scar #2

Preview: Disney Villains: Scar #2

Disney Villains: Scar #2

writer: Chuck Brown
artist: Trevor Fraley
covers: Karen S. Darboe (A), Trish Forstner (B), Erica Henderson (C), Junggeun Yoon (D), Gene Ha (E)
FC | 32 pages | Adventure | $3.99 | Teen

Eager vultures circle the diminished Scar. They offer him a path to the throne. They speak of a magic baobab fruit that will make him mightier than Mufasa himself. They will provide him with this fruit, in return for a horrible favor…

Disney Villains: Scar #2

Robert Kirkman and Lorenze De Felici announce a stacked variant cover lineup for Void Rivals #1

Skybound has revealed the variant cover offering for Void Rivals #1, the debut issue of the new comic book series from the iconic Oblivion Song team of Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici, along with colorist Matheus Lopes and letterer Rus Wooton.

Void Rivals promises to introduce the world to an all-new shared universe with a surprise that won’t be revealed until the first issue arrives in comic book shops on June 14, 2023. 

Void Rivals #1 will feature a main cover by De Felici, along with an impressive lineup of variant covers by some of the top artists in the industry today that will reveal more about these new characters and their worlds, including 

  • Ethan Young (The Dragon Path) will draw the cover for the rotating cover B variant slot 
  • The series will feature three incentive variants: 
  • A 1:10 copy incentive for cover C, with issue 1 by Matteo Scalera (Batman) 
  • A 1:25 copy incentive for cover D, with issue #1 art by Karen S. Darboe (Bloodline: Daughter of Blade
  • A 1:50 copy incentive for cover E, with issue #1 art by Jim Cheung (Young Avengers) and colors by Jay David Ramos (Avengers
  • Cover F will feature a blank sketch cover 

In Void Rivals, war rages around the Sacred Ring, where the last remnants of two worlds have collapsed around a black hole in a never-ending war. However, when pilot Darak and his rival Solila both crash on a desolate planet, these two enemies must find a way to escape together. But are they alone on this strange planet? And what dark forces await that threaten the entire universe?   

Void Rivals #1 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 14.  

The Dimension X Rangers explode in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed an exclusive first look at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4, the penultimate issue of the highly anticipated sequel comic book series from acclaimed writer Ryan Parrott, fan-favorite artist Dan Mora, colorist Raúl Angulo, and letterer Ed Dukeshire. The sequel comic book series continues in the world of the hit crossover in the all-new adventure with fan-favorite teen fighting teams on March 29, 2023.

The penultimate issue heats up as the Mutant Rangers are in dire straits, but a familiar mentor brings new allies to turn the tide! But the battle also rages in Dimension X, where the hero and villain roles continue to blur as they fight old foes and unfamiliar monsters. The Mutant Rangers shouldn’t celebrate too soon though, as their worst enemy arrives in a monstrous new form!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4 features main cover art by Dan Mora and variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Kevin Eastman & Freddie Williams II with Andrew Dalhouse, Jordan Gibson, Taurin Clarke, Paolo Rivera, Simone di Meo, Karen S. Darboe, E.M. Gist, Miguel Mercado, and Goñi Montes.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #2 is a great second issue

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #2

Puberty is one of those things that most of us would like to forget. During that time, our bodies went through changes and we didn’t know how to handle it. We also started to develop crushes, emotions at times out of control. Even with education, we often didn’t necessarily understand why those things started to happen.

We realized years later it was our bodies growing into who we would be as adults. I always wondered how would it be for supernatural creatures? Would they deal with the changes as frantically as we did?  In Bloodline: Daughter Of Blade #2, Brielle starts to find out about her abilities and her father arrives at the worst possible time.

We find Brielle in the middle of fighting Whitney, as she suspects that she is a vampire, as things get heated, Brielle’s vampire side comes out, causing Whitney to flee. The next day art school Whitney realizes that Brielle may be a dhampyr, which propels her to ask if they could hunt monsters together. Everything is not what it seems as Whitney tricked her into  going into a vampire nest. By the issue’s end, her father shows up  as he easily scares most of them away but Brielle’s hunger arises just as the two meet.

Overall, Bloodline: Daughter Of Blade #2 is a great second issue which shows not everyone has good intentions. The story by Danny Lore is exhilarating. The art by Karen S. Darboe, Cris Peter, and Joe Sabino is stunning. Altogether, it’s an issue and a story that will make fans re-watch the original Blade trilogy.

Story: Danny Lore Art: Karen S. Darboe
Color: Cris Peter Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Bloodline: Daughter Of Blade #1 introduces a potential fan favorite

Bloodline: Daughter Of Blade #1

Family is one of those things that we don’t have the luxury of forgetting. With friends, we can cut ties and have no reason to ever talk to them. Family is a little bit more complicated. As no matter the distance, you are bonded by blood.

This is where family history is almost as dramatic as a telenovela. Some family secrets can drive you over the edge. Then there are those secrets meant to keep someone safe. In the debut issue of Bloodline Daughter Of Blade, we find our protagonist who will soon realize that she is related to a famous superhero.

We meet Brielle Caulder, who goes from a kid who loves baseball  to someone who her teachers are intimidated by because of her intelligence, who are constantly in parent teacher meetings. Things suddenly change one day, when after going out with her mother, they are attacked by a vampire, and thankfully are able to vanquish them. She soon finds out vampires are everywhere and , including a new girl at school. By issue’s end, the man she knows of, as her father is on his way.

Overall, Bloodline: Daughter Of Blade #1 is an excellent debut issue which primes fans for what’s to come for the characters. The story by Lore is exciting. The art by the team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that introduces what will be a fan favorite.

Story: Danny Lore Art: Karen S. Darboe
Color: Cris Peter Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 kicks off with a fun debut

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1

When reading Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1, it’s hard to not think of a series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They’re both kids in high school fighting vampires while trying to balance a normal life. And like Buffy, there’s a bit of pop fun about the series and a bonus in that it adds a little more to the concept than we’ve seen before.

Written by Danny Lore, Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 is a fun start and its focus is what makes it really work. Brielle is your average girl… beyond that whole Blade being her dad. She’s grown up and now experiencing strange powers which is helpful because there’s vampires all around she needs to deal with. Then there’s Brielle’s mom… who also knows there’s vampires and is an ass-kicker herself!? Wait, what?

Lore switches up the formula we’ve seen so many times with Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 and it works really well. Instead of a teenage superhero gaining their powers and hiding them, the series folds in the parents early to create a different dynamic than we’re used to. It’s a surprising twist that makes the debut stand out from what could easily have been a standard concept. They mother/daughter relationship is what makes this debut so well in that it extends to school and an administration that’s a little hostile towards Brielle. It takes familiar concepts and ideas and twists them more than enough to make things really interesting.

The art by Karen S. Darboe with color by Cris Peter and lettering by Joe Sabino helps with the concept. The style is one that I’d expect more in a BOOM! comic than Marvel and it works so well for the story and focus. There’s a look to it that fits its youthful focus and it does an excellent job of going from 0 to 60 turning mother/daughter time into mother/daughter kicking ass time. There’s also a solid focus on the reactions of everyone from a look on their face to the body language to drive home what’s on their mind.

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 is a fun debut with some youthful energy and story decisions that makes it stand out. Instead of going the familiar route, it changes things up keeping readers on their toes. Blade and the Vampire Nation have been getting more of a focus lately and here’s to hoping this series continues the solid storytelling they’ve been delivering so far.

Story: Danny Lore Art: Karen S. Darboe
Color: Cris Peter Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Brielle Brooks is ready to slay on this Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 cover

After arriving on the scene earlier this year in Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/X-Men, Brielle Brooks, the daughter of Blade, will headline her own series this February! Announced at New York Comic Con, Bloodline: Daughter of Blade will reunite the character’s creators, writer Danny Lore and artist Karen S. Darboe, for a five-issue saga that serves as Brielle’s fascinating origin story and her thrilling journey to becoming Marvel’s next great antihero! Not only will readers witness Brielle develop shocking new vampiric powers, but they’ll also find out exactly where she stands with her iconic father and whether she’ll live up to his legacy or give in to her dangerous new hunger! Right now, fans can check out the cover by Ryan Stegman for the highly-anticipated debut issue!

Be there in February when Brielle Brooks discovers the truth about her lineage and embraces her dark destiny in Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1!

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1
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