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Impossible Jones is Coming in September from Karl Kesel, David Hahn, Tony Aviña, and Comicraft

A thief pretending to be a superhero? IMPOSSIBLE! That’s what IMPOSSIBLE JONES hopes people believe as she tries to convince citizens, cops—and fellow superheroes—that she’s New Hope City’s latest and greatest super-powered protector! But she’s also a damn good thief with no intention of giving up her criminal ways. You kidding—with these new powers? Pilfering and purloining have never been easier! Plus, cops don’t shoot at her, they gladly tell her exactly what they’re up to, and everyone’s happy to show her their security systems. But it’s a high-stakes, high-wire balancing act, and even shape-shifting superpowers can be stretched thin. One misstep and Jones will fall so far she’ll never bounce back…

Impossible Jones is written by Karl Kesel who provides the inks, pencils by David Hahn, colors by Tony Aviña, lettering by Comicraft. Out in September it’s edited by Nicole D’Andria, production by Joel Rodriguez, and published by Scout Comics.

Rob Liefeld and Larry Hama Team for a Snake Eyes: Deadgame #5 Cover

On July 7, 2021, Rob Liefeld will close out his run on the best-selling G.I. JOE title, Snake Eyes: Deadgame, from Hasbro and IDW! The fifth issue finale features an All-Star list of comic book legends providing inks and finishes to Rob’s penciled art. Not satisfied with just putting together an All-Star team, Rob decided to round out the cast by adding legendary artist and creator Kevin EastmanRyan OttleyEric Canete, and Karl Kerschl.

Not content with this unparalleled assemblage of All-Star talents, Liefeld wanted to take the event one step further. The Deadpool creator enlisted the Living Legend of G.I. JOE: A Real American HeroLarry Hama. Rob will ink over Larry Hama’s pencils for a special once-in-a-lifetime collectible cover event.

These artists join the already named list of All-Stars including Neal AdamsJerry OrdwayWhilce PortacioKarl KeselArt ThibertPhilip TanDan PanosianDan FragaEd PiskorMarat MychaelsJim RuggTom ScioliCory HamscherPaul ScottKarl Alstaetter, and Chance Wolf.

ComiXology Has a Packed Thursday with 16 New Releases from Marvel, Paperfilms, Yen Press, and More!

There’s a lot out this Thursday on comiXology. Check out all of the new digital releases now or check out the individual releases below.

An Invitation To Sin

Written by Sarah Morgan
Art by Mito Orihara
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Taylor has worked long and hard to make her comeback as an actress, and is dedicated to making her newest movie a success. Upon attending a party at the powerful Corretti family’s home to promote her film, she meets Luca, the troubled child of the family. He is handsome and sexy…but also a notorious playboy whom she would be sorry to get involved with! As she tries to leave, Luca suddenly pulls her in and they engage in a passionate kiss. However, unbeknownst to her, their hot steamy encounter had been captured on camera and would be leaked to the world…

An Invitation To Sin

Human Torch: Burn

Written by Karl Kesel
Art by Skottie Young
Cover by Skottie Young
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Collects Human Torch (2003) #1-6.

Johnny Storm is the youngest member of the world-famous Fantastic Four, with the powers and temperament of fire itself. Impulsive, restless and thrill-seeking by nature, the Torch doesn’t need to wait for the rest of the FF. He can get into trouble all by himself. Years ago, after gaining his powers, Johnny became the most popular student on his high-school campus. The Big Man on Campus until the Torch came along was Olympic-bound wrestler Mike Snow. The Snow/Storm rivalry reached a terrible climax when the two fought over a girl. Snow never wanted to see Johnny again – until now, years later, when a fellow firefighter dies before his eyes, inexplicably bursting into flames … like a Human Torch.

Human Torch: Burn

Incredible Hulk: Hide In Plain Sight

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Leandro Fernandez
Cover by Leandro Fernandez
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #55-59.

For years Crusher Creel has terrorized the world with his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches. Now, after being locked away in a secret underground prison, The Absorbing Man has gained the new ability to jump in and out of people’s minds. But what happens when the mind he jumps into belongs to the 800-pound monster known as the Incredible Hulk?

Incredible Hulk: Hide In Plain Sight

Incredible Hulk: Transfer Of Power

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Stuart Immonen, Scott Koblish
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects Incredible Hulk (1999) #44-49.

On the run…from the police…the government…clandestine forces with an agenda all their own…and the unbridled beast within, Dr. Bruce Banner knows the dread of the hunted. Now he faces the most unimaginable horror of all: a relentless, unkillable pursuer who knows all his weaknesses and will stop at nothing to bring him down.

Incredible Hulk: Transfer Of Power

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler – #84

Written by Homura Kawamoto
Art by Toru Naomura
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Kirari responds to Ririka’s request…but what happens when Yumeko joins in? Read the next chapter of Kakegurui the same day as Japan!

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler - #84

Le secret d’un père

Written by Yvonne Lindsay
Art by Naomi Watanabe
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Erin, une jeune veuve, dirige un hôtel tout en s’occupant d’un enfant en bas âge. Un jour, un millionnaire du nom de Sam vient séjourner dans son établissement. Alors que ce beau client fascine Erin, il a néanmoins un plan derrière la tête. Ignorant les réelles intentions de Sam, Erin reçoit une lettre contenant un étonnant message : en raison d’une erreur à la clinique de fertilité, le père de son enfant n’est pas celui qu’elle croit, et ce dernier a bien l’intention de se battre pour obtenir sa garde ! Erin est alors loin de se douter que le père de son enfant n’est autre que Sam !

Le secret d'un père

Missing Persons #2

Written by Liam Johnson
Art by Bernardo Vieira
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DB Cooper is a man out of time. Indebted to those who ripped him from time, he’s reluctantly agreed to rob a bank alongside a ragtag team of fellow time-displaced bandits. However, with infamous Al Capone acting as enforcer to keep them all in line, Cooper begins to fear his death is inevitable.

Missing Persons #2

Mystique Vol. 1: Dead Drop Gorgeous

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Jorge Lucas
Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner
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Collects Mystique (2003) #1-6.

Mystique the sultry mutant shapeshifter, who has stood against the X-Men in battle after battle, is offered the chance at a new life when Professor X recruits her to complete a dangerous mission in Cuba. Can this former mutant-rights terrorist who can disguise herself as anyone on the planet be trusted? In this story of international intrigue and redemption, the sexy Mystique may surprise everyone, including herself.

Mystique Vol. 1: Dead Drop Gorgeous

So I’m a Spider, So What? #51.1

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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Hooooly snikeys! The Demon Lord blocked off my teleport option, so I’m just running and running and running…where’s a miracle when you need one?! Read the next chapter of So I’m a Spider, So What? at the same time as Japan!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #51.1

The Case Study of Vanitas #51

Written by Jun Mochizuki
Art by Jun Mochizuki
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As blows are exchanged, a decisive difference between the combatants gradually becomes clear. Read the next chapter of The Case Study of Vanitas at the same time as Japan!

The Case Study of Vanitas #51

Twilight Experiment #1 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti Art and cover by Juan Santacruz Writers Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (Hawkman, THE Monolith) reunite with artist Juan Santacruz (The Resistance) for Twilight Experiment, a dramatic new 6-issue miniseries dealing with themes of heroism and loss. Decades ago, a handful of brave volunteers sacrificed their humanity in the hope of one day saving their world from a future cosmic event. They failed. This is the story of their children, who, in the twilight of humanity, must find the courage to fulfill their parents’ destiny! Serenity, once the greatest champion humanity had ever known, died defending the world and people she loved. She left behind more than a legacy of heroism ? she left a great secret. For eight years, her son Michael has been stranded on a space station orbiting Earth. Raised by a computer program, possessed of strange powers and a hypersensitivity to light, Michael has longed for the day he would join the human race. That day is today!

Twilight Experiment #1 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #2 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The futuristic new miniseries continues! Ghosts of the past haunt paramedic Rene Doyle as she sets out in search of her father, who disappeared nearly a decade ago. But even if he’s alive, will he have the answers to the unexplained events in her life? Meanwhile, Twilight faces his last training session aboard the orbital space station!

Twilight Experiment #2 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #3 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The Righteous has returned! After eight years in a coma imprisoned by an alien race, the most destructive force Earth has ever produced is awake ? and he wants to unite the world beneath his hand! Plus, what connection is there between Twilight and Rene?

Twilight Experiment #3 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #4 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz Thought to be dead, the Righteous has escaped from a Viridian prison and resumed his bid for world domination. Plus, Michael comes face to face with the man who murdered his mother ? but will he share her fate?

Twilight Experiment #4 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #5 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The penultimate chapter of the thrilling miniseries! The Righteous issues a warning to the world: live in peace or die! And in the parallel world of Veridian, the devastating anomaly is reaching critical mass. Will Rene and Twilight be able to avert a pandimensional disaster?

Twilight Experiment #5 (of 6)

Twilight Experiment #6 (of 6)

Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Juan Santacruz
Colored by Jose Luiz Roger
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art and cover by Juan Santacruz The climactic conclusion of the TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT saga, as the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance! The new hero Serenity must succeed where her predecessor failed, even as Twilight battles the Righteous, the man who killed his mother. If these two young heroes fail, two worlds die!

Twilight Experiment #6 (of 6)

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ComiXology Features 13 New Digital Comics including Fantastic Four as well as Gatecrasher from Palmiotti, Waid, and Conner!

It’s a packed Thursday at comiXology with thirteen new digital comics available right now. Start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #67-70, 500-502.

Doctor Doom, the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known, and the most personal and persistent nemesis the Fantastic Four has ever encountered, rises again! But this time, something is different about the Lord of Latveria, as his strategy strikes at the heart of the first family of super heroes, forcing Reed Richards to contemplate doing…the unthinkable!

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Tom Feister, Tony Harris
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #503-508.

It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: Now that their arch enemy Doctor Doom had seemingly perished, the Fantastic Four would journey into his nation of Latveria, disassemble its war machine and set its oppressed citizens free. But what appeared a black and white situation quickly turns a murky shade of gray, and Reed Richards and his family find themselves besieged on all sides, both by those they thought of as their allies, and by the very people they were trying to save!

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #509-513.

Having embarked on the ultimate journey, Reed, Sue and Johnny must contend with the defenses of the afterlife – and storm the gates of Heaven itself to rescue their fallen teammate. They’ve faced the destroyer of everything, Galactus. Now, they face the creator of everything, as the Fantastic Four are reunited in the Hereafter. Plus: The FF have a lot to answer for in the aftermath of their authoritative action in Latveria – and when you’re trying to regain the trust of cynical New Yorkers, is associating with a certain misunderstood wall-crawler really a wise move?

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Written by Karl Kesel, Mark Waid
Art by Paco Medina, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paco Medina
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #514-519.

Manhattan is cut off from the rest of the world by a fleet of miles-high alien spacecraft -and that’s just the beginning! With the Avengers in disarray, New York reluctantly turns to the disenfranchised Fantastic Four, the only heroes in town, to save them – but where to even start? And which member of the team will make a decision that will radically change the Fantastic Four for some time to come? Plus: Witness the genesis of an all-new, all-twisted Frightful Four!

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Join the galaxy’s newest unique hero as he discovers villains beyond belief, worlds beyond imagination and women beyond his means! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Let other guys duke it out over truth and justice? Gatecrasher’s fighting for the fate of the entire friggin’ UNIVERSE. There’s only one thing our hero can do to save the world?but the permanent cost to both him and the Split-Second Squad will be staggering! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Graduation day, and Alec Wagner wants only one thing. The valedictorian slot? An Honor Society scholarship? A bright future in computer software? Are you kidding? He wants to party like it’s his last day on Earth ? and if certain forces have their way it may well be! Chicks, booze, fast cars, faster women… hey, is the room spinning, or is it just Alec? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Joe Linsner
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Fourth down and half-naked! A showdown on the fifty-yard line and Hazard’s wardrobe is only the first thing to go! Meanwhile, our hero finally learns why everyone in the universe is gunning for him-and the answer will change his life forever! Plus, will ex-girlfriend Mia finally squeeze Alec’s head until it pops? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D’honneur

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Reese est décidée à cacher ses pleurs et à partir sur une note positive. Sur les conseils de sa tante maintenant décédée, Reese est devenue une actrice populaire de soap-opéra. Cependant, dû au fait qu’elle soit tombée éperdument amoureuse d’Alex, l’homme qui l’accompagne à l’écran, elle décide de mettre définitivement terme à sa carrière d’actrice. Peu importe le nombre de fois où ils s’embrassent et s’étreignent, rien ne se passe une fois que les caméras s’arrêtent de tourner. C’est parce qu’Alex a une petite amie secrète. Et de toute façon, Reese sait que les relations entre acteur et actrice ne se finissent jamais bien. Mais, alors qu’elle se prépare à tout laisser derrière elle avec le sourire, Alex l’arrête et lui demande une faveur… Reese sera-t-elle capable de dire non à l’homme qu’elle aime ?

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D'honneur

THE ARGENTINE’S PRICE(colored version)

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Vanessa’s first love, first kiss and first heartbreak all came courtesy of Lazaro Marino. She’s the only daughter of a distinguished family in Boston, and when she was sixteen, she met Lazaro. He worked at her family’s mansion, and she fell in love with him at first sight. He was from South America, and two years older than her, and she was head over heels for him. However, their love did not last long. The night they first kissed, he suddenly vanished. Twelve years later, they’ll meet again, under circumstances she could never have imagined. But was their reunion just the beginning of his revenge?※This work is originally colored.

THE ARGENTINE'S PRICE(colored version)

Tilly Of Tap House

Written by Carol Wood
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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By day, Tilly works diligently at Doctor Tapper’s medical clinic as his assistant, and cares for three orphaned children by night. Her busy life is interrupted one day, when Doctor Tapper’s nephew Harry drops by.

Harry is handsome and capable. As a doctor himself, he takes over the clinic when Doctor Tapper takes ill. His fancy, new-fangled ways don’t sit well with the patients in the poor neighborhood.

As Tilly works closely with Harry, she finds herself torn between tradition and innovation, effectivity and kindness…

Tilly Of Tap House

Greek’s Last Redemption

Written by Caitlin Crews
Art by Karan Dan
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On her travels to Santorini, Holly met a man of unprecedented beautyt – Theo, a man of the Greek shipping industry – and was lovestruck. They fell for each other and got married in a flash, but Holly was tried of living fear of being a dumped by her playboy husband, so she confessed that she had gone to bed with someone else and left him. Now, after four years of separation, she is finally filing for divorce for one reason or another. But then Theo makes an unexpected proposal. She wants to reunite with him in Barcelona, where they spent a hot honeymoon…

Greek's Last Redemption

The Matriarch

Written by Robert Richardson
Art by Robert Richardson
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Career woman. Single mother. Superhero. Sherry Benning knew having a baby would change her life. She didn’t know it would change the world. As Leviathan City’s star super-heroine the Matriarch, Sherry tries to balance work and home-life against a backdrop of friends, foes, and potential love-interests; aggressive alien thoughts made manifest deep within the earth; an entire army of monsters and villains; and a secret so startling it could mean the end of the world as we’ve known it…and the beginning of something entirely new.

The Matriarch

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Marvel, Harlequin, and the Greatest Olympic Champion Highlight Today’s Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Jack Kirby
Cover by Jack Kirby
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Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.

The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine

Fury: Peacemaker

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.

Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.

Fury: Peacemaker

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

Written by Gail Whitiker
Art by Chieko Hara
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Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?

The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal

The Maid Of Lorne

Written by Terri Brisbin
Art by Kaishi Sakuya
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During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…

The Maid Of Lorne

Marvel Westerns

Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente
Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams
Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers
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Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.

Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.

Marvel Westerns

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.

Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!

Punisher: Very Special Holidays

Shanna, The She-Devil

Written by Frank Cho
Art by Frank Cho
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.

She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.

Shanna, The She-Devil

Zátopek

Written by Jan Novak
Art by Jaromir99
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Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.

Zátopek

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Review: Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

I’ve heard for so many years how great John Byrne’s Superman work was. He took over post-Crisis and redefined the character for the (then) modern age. Not an easy book to collect, with various out-of-print volumes. DC Comics has finally released a hardcover collecting the first part of Byrne’s work in Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1. I hold his X-Men, Fantastic Four and even his Alpha Flight stuff in pretty high regard. I’m not a huge Superman fan or DC fan. Would I feel the same way with Supes?

The story is one we’re all familiar with: A scientist on a doomed planet sends his only son across the universe to an alien planet in an attempt to save his life and to spare him from his home world’s destruction. Upon crash-landing on Earth, he’s found by your typical Earth couple who adopt him and raise him as their own and in doing so, he discovers his amazing abilities and decides to use those to help do the right thing and save others. From there, tales with Braniac, Darkseid, the Phantom Stranger and others round out the volume.

John Byrne’s Superman work ends up being pretty stellar to someone like me, who gets to read it for the first time so many decades later. For one, I feel that for one who doesn’t love the decompression of storytelling that everyone has embraced, the pacing is quite enjoyable. The Man Of Steel mini-series would take well over a year by the new standard if done today. I felt like Byrne understood the characters. He wrote a truly amazing Superman and put him through the ringer, so to speak.  And in saying that, Superman comes off truly relevant to the world he exists in. Art-wise, I have always enjoyed John Byrne’s pencils/art and so I knew what I was getting into with this. I knew that part would not disappoint.

Any problems? Mostly that I’m not a huge Superman fan. It feels odd to like this as much as I do. I’m sure a more traveled Superman/DC Comics fan could pick this apart but from what I know, this is one of the most sought-after comic book runs to get collected again. For me, it’s great to know that something that I’ve heard be so enjoyable actually held up over time, at least for me. This first volume maintains its look by having the art being done by Byrne and by Jerry Ordway in some spots. Terry Austin is one of the inkers involved with this and he’s probably the best inker Byrne worked with. The Adventures Of Superman issues are written by Marv Wolfman and also included. It’s great to see the other books of this era included.

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1 ends up collecting Byrne’s Man Of Steel mini-series, Superman 1-4, Adventures Of Superman 424-428, and Action Comics 584 through 587. Some extras included are some Who’s Who ‘87 entries. It has a cover price of $49.99 and feels totally worth the price. Also, if DC Comics had released this a few years ago, it would most-likely just have a plain hardcover design underneath the dust jacket. This collection has a very nice art-on-book cover under the DJ. DC Comics has started to put some real quality on the collected editions that get released. If you are a Supes fan, this is one for you.

Story: John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway Art: John Byrne, Jerry Ordway
Ink: Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, Karl Kesel
Color: Tom Ziuko Letterer: John Costanza, Albert DeGuzman
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: A definite read


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ComiXology Delivers 6 New Digital Comics from Marvel and Harlequin

It’s a new day and there’s new digital comics for you on comiXology. Pick from six new releases from Marvel and Harlequin. Check out the full list here or the individual issues below.

Fury/Black Widow: Death Duty

Written by Cefn Ridout
Art by Charlie Adlard
Cover by Charlie Adlard
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The murder of a US diplomat kicks off an international crisis that pulls in the likes of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as the Russian Mafioso. And caught in the middle of it all is Black Widow…but what part will she play in this conflict?

Fury/Black Widow: Death Duty

The Magnates Tempestuous Marriage

Written by Miranda Lee
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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When mining magnate Scott walks into his lawyers’ office, he immediately falls for Sarah and vows to put a ring on her finger as soon as possible. They get married just three months later. However, the confident businessman finds himself stumbling when it comes to his new bride.

On their first wedding anniversary, he receives a photograph of Sarah with another man… Hurt by the sudden change she notices in her husband and with suspicions of her own, she runs away from home.

Sarah stays away to be alone with her thoughts, but her body still longs for her husband…

The Magnates Tempestuous Marriage

Marvel Graphic Novel #61: Black Widow: The Coldest War

Written by Gerry Conway
Art by George Freeman
Cover by George Freeman
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The Black Widow discovers that her husband, the Red Guardian, may be alive! But before she can see him, the Russians demand that she betray America by stealing one of its most precious secrets!

Marvel Graphic Novel #61: Black Widow: The Coldest War

Marvel Graphic Novel #75: Daredevil/Black Widow: Abattoir

Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Joe Chiodo
Cover by Joe Chiodo
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When Black Widow disappears following the trail of a psychic and sadastic killer, Daredevil will have to find his partner before the killer strikes again.

Marvel Graphic Novel #75: Daredevil/Black Widow: Abattoir

Spider-Man Family: Itsy-Bitsy Battles

Written by Todd DeZago, Kevin Grevioux, Nate Piekos, Paul Tobin, Mark Waid
Art by Derec Aucoin, Ray-Anthony Height, Zach Howard, Karl Kesel
Cover by Salvador Espin
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Collects Spider-Man Family (2007) #7-9.

A heaping helping of timeless tales of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! First up, the Looter! This guy found a meteorite that gave him enhanced speed and strength, and the misconception that he’s a genius. (He’s actually dumber than dirt). So WHY is he such a pain to Spidey and the FF? Well, obviously it…oh, wait. I can’t tell you why. Read and find out! Also featuring Iron Man, Iceman, Nick Fury, Marvel Girl, Dr. Octopus and the Hulk!

Spider-Man Family: Itsy-Bitsy Battles

The Sheikh’s Forbidden Virgin Vol. 4: The Royal House of Karedes

Written by Kate Hewitt
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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Kalila is the princess of Zaraq, a small country in the Middle East. She’s been destined to marry the king of their allied country since she was a child. When she turns of age, it isn’t her groom who picks her up, but his younger brother, Prince Aarif. How could her future husband leave such an important task to someone else? Devasted by the thought of a life without love, Kalila runs away the first chance she gets and ends up lost in a sandstorm. Aarif chases after her, and the sight of him makes Kalila’s body tremble with passion. Sharing a tent, they must weather the sandstorm together…with Kalila’s heart dangerously shaken up!

The Sheikh's Forbidden Virgin Vol. 4: The Royal House of Karedes

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Preview: Marvel Vault of Heroes: Thor Vol. 1

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Thor Vol. 1

(W) Louise Simonson, Paul Tobin, Todd DeZago, Joe Caramagna (A) Rodney Buchemi, Jon Buran, Ronan Cliquet, Jeremy Freeman, Ron Lim, Scott Koblish, Kevin Sharpe, Terry Pallot, Amilton Santos (CA) Karl Kesel
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $19.99

THE MIGHTY THOR’s story begins here! See how the God of Thunder came to our world, and what awesome adversities shaped him into a champion of man in this collection of young-reader comic book stories.

Includes Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2008) #7, #11, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2010) #6, #13, #19, Marvel Adventures The Avengers #5, #15, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #10.

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Thor Vol. 1

Small Fish in a Big Con, Part 2: Swimming With the Big Fish

Read Part 1 if you haven’t yet!

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Now that I’d earned a spot at my biggest con yet, MSPSpringCon , I knew I needed to up my game, to shift my normal con plans. Part of this change was pretty obvious. I had to make sure I had enough product for the bigger crowd, so I ordered extra copies of each of my graphic novels. And then, thinking about it some more, I ordered more extra copies. I figured that I’d always be able to sell the extras later–if I had any extras–but that I didn’t want to run out on the first day of the con when I was in a different state.

Some of these changes were still obvious, but ones I’d been putting off. Before this point, I’d used a big piece of paper as my “tablecloth”, a piece of paper that I’d written my name and company on in marker. Talk about professional. I knew I needed something classier (and more durable) than that, so I ordered a table cloth. Weirdly, the first cloth they sent had my logo on it, just printed upside down. Luckily, they comped me a second cloth that was printed correctly. I didn’t know it at the time, but I could use the bad version for covering my table overnight at multiple day cons.

Now that I’d earned a spot at my biggest con yet, I knew I needed to up my game…

I also needed a better display (given that I’d only displayed my books laying down on the table, spread out like a fan). When I was at a comic signing for Free Comic Book Day, someone who was in marketing told me that I should have my comics displayed vertically, displayed in a better way for the customer to see it. This, again, seems obvious, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time as a writer and self-publisher, it’s that sometimes I need to make mistakes and then correct them with a solution that in hindsight seems obvious. Like any new trade, skill, or job, we can be overwhelmed when we start it and miss the fixes staring us right in our faces. At that FCBD, I’d luckily had a plastic shelving unit, one where the shelves pulled out of the frame, so I used those as containers holding my graphic novels then and figured it would be good enough to use at the con.

Finally, I printed out some new signs; at previous Mighty Cons, many creators told me that I was selling my graphic novels at too cheap a price. And they were right–I was selling the first trade for $5 and the second for $10, when the cover prices on both of those were $15. With those discount prices, I needed to sell about 50 copies to barely make a profit at the Mighty Cons, to cover the table cost, printing costs of the graphic novel, transportation, and then still only make a few extra dollars. They also rightly pointed out that I could charge even more than cover price, given that they were getting a signature and personalized message. I still don’t feel comfortable charging more than cover price, but I decided to charge cover price with one exception: the old edition of Act 1 would be $10 instead of $15. I figured that it would help to have a discount option, especially in the face of stiffer competition at the bigger MSPSpringCon.

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My table at Mighty Con
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My table at MSPSpringCon (still needs work but definitely going in the right direction)

Finally, I figured out lodging. I grew up right outside Minneapolis, and my family still lives there, so I was fortunate enough to have a rent-free place to lay my head. And, since the table at MSPSpringCon was free (a rarity at cons, something that happens because they vet the creators they want there instead of just selling the spaces), my whole trip would be pure profit (well, minus the cost of gas for driving). Still, most cons don’t come with that small of overhead.

All that was left was the waiting. And the Tweeting. And the Instagramming. These were things I would do anyway, but MCBA (the Midwest Comic Book Association, the organization sponsoring the con) wanted me to do this too.

The weekend of the con approached, and I drove to Minneapolis that Friday, the day before the con started, to set up. Compared to other tables, I didn’t have much to set up, but I still wanted to do it early and lay that worry to rest. When I was done setting up, there was one comparison to other tables that couldn’t escape my notice: they all used tablecloths to cover their wares overnight. I’d written earlier that I could use the first, misprinted tablecloth in this manner, but I didn’t know that until this moment. And I’d left that tablecloth at home. Still, like everything, I learned how to better myself and what to do next time for a stronger show.

I fitfully slept through the night and woke up so early that I decide to head to the con (at the MN State Fairgronds) about an hour earlier than I’d planned. Once I got there, I didn’t do much other than the last minute setting up that left me with still about an hour before the doors opened. Knowing that I don’t stray from my table much once the con starts, I took that opportunity to buy a few trades and–more importantly–scope out the competition/friendly family of creators. I had a good small conversation with Peter Krause, praising his work on Irredeemable (being a stereotypical rookie gushing praise, of course), meeting Karl Kesel, and seeing the booth for Dan Jurgens empty (the big names did seem to cut it close to opening time, but I suppose that’s the way I’ll eventually be too, once cons become less exciting and new).

Since it was pretty bad weather–overcast and going to rain the rest of the weekend–the con opened early so that customers didn’t have to stand outside and possibly get drenched. And, even with the rain, this con had a bigger crowd than any I’d seen so far as a creator. Of course, this was because the venue was bigger, the location was a denser city than Madison, and (most importantly) there were bigger names from the industry here than at Mighty Con.

Despite the big crowd, though, I wasn’t doing any better than at Mighty Con in terms of sales. I was doing much worse, in fact. It took me about three hours to make my first sale; at Mighty Con, I would’ve probably sold 10 trades in that time, partly because of the limited competition, partly because I was a true local author at those cons, and (possibly) partly because of the reduced prices. By the end of the day, I’d sold four trades, and my spirits had sunk. I had brought 200 trades with me to the con, and it was clear that I only needed a sliver of that amount.

There were still a few good things to say about that day, though. First, MCBA knows how to treat their creators. They gave us a free lunch, one that had a lot of variety and tasted pretty good, especially for mass-produced meals. They also–after the con ended that day–had a free steak dinner social. While the food there was a little lackluster (steak especially suffers from being mass-produced), I got to meet a lot of fellow creators and see that my experience wasn’t too different from other small publishers and independent creators.

They too only sold a handful of trades but were able to look on it in a bright light. They talked about the exposure, something that was true: while only a few attendees purchased Rebirth of the Gangster, I talked to more people about my work that day than probably all of my cons added up to that point. And, you know what they say, sometimes it takes seven exposures to something to remember it, let alone buy something. I even think back to some of my favorite comics and other media, and I realize that it often takes me about a half year from the first time I hear about something to actually buy it, read it, play it, or watch it. So, trying to join the other creators, I focused on that silver lining.

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And, speaking of fellow creators, one of the best parts of the con (that Saturday and Sunday too) was meeting and talking to the other creator at my table, Jet Falco. He was friendly, knowledgeable (having been to more cons than I had), relaxed–something I needed, because I was getting more and more anxious as the day went on and my sales sputtered out–and he also had a pretty cool concept for his work, Dreamers Echo. His work is about a world where dreams have somehow disappeared, until the main character starts to be the first to dream in ages. I may even write a short story to contribute to his next volume: a cool way to keep building my writing chops, pay him back for his advice, and widen my audience.

The next day rolled around, and I slept more soundly. I was still nervous in the sense that I wanted to sell more trades, but I think having a quiet Saturday actually calmed my nerves in general. I didn’t have much to worry about, because I didn’t have to think about running out of trades, being so busy I couldn’t eat the free lunch, etc… And, maybe because of that relative relaxation, Sunday was a better day.

I was more personable, I was having more fun, and–from a business standpoint–I was selling more comics. Part of those sales were from attendees I saw the first day. They had to look around and really decide what was worth spending their hard-earned cash on, what fit in their budget and what didn’t. But some of these sales were from attendees who hadn’t heard my pitch before, and their immediate interest relaxed me even more. At the end of the day, while the con hadn’t met my original sales expectations, I was still pretty happy. Yeah, at this point, being a big fish in a big con might be more financially lucrative, but I had learned one thing. I was still a small fish in a big con, but I had proved I can swim with the big fish, even if they had bigger fins…for now.


CJ Standal is a writer and self-publisher.  He is co-creator of Rebirth of the Gangster, which has been featured in Alterna Comics’ 2017 IF Anthology; he has lettered the webcomic Henshin Man; and he has written for online sites like Graphic Policy and the now-defunct Slant.  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@cj_standal), Facebook, and visit his website: cjstandalproductions.com.

Review: The Avengers Vol. 2 World Tour

They stopped the Dark Celestials but what’s next for the Avengers? The team gets their house in order including a new headquarters but also take on the Winter Guard and Defenders of the Deep! Plus more about the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC!

The Avengers Vol. 2 World Tour collects issues #7-12 by Jason Aaron, Sara Pichelli, David Marquez, Ed McGuinness, Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert, Andrea Sorrentino, Cory Smith, Elisabetta D’Amico, Mark Morales, Scott Hanna, Karl Kesel, Justin Ponsor, Erick Arciniega, Matthew Wilson, and Giada Marchisio.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on March 19! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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