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Valiant Reveals the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Variant and Pre-Order Edition Bundle!

Valiant has released a first look at Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1, the FIRST ISSUE of a PULSE-POUNDING NEW ONGOING SERIES by acclaimed writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson and legendary comic artist Ken Lashley – including a new cutting-edge innovation in comic publishing, the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Cover Variant!

Following in the footsteps of Valiant’s ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Cover Variant will be printed via a special multi-colored process on a carefully devised pane of glass, with artwork by superstar creator Doug Braithwaite!

Retailers, take note: the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Variant Covercan be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1. There is no limit per store. Orders will open in late August through Diamond Comics.

But that’s not all! Valiant has also announced the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1-8 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – eight massively expanded issues packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, plus exclusive covers by renowned artist Ken Lashley! This bundle can only be obtained by pre-ordering all eight issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of October 22nd, 2018 – no more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 is out November 14th featuring covers by Felipe MassaferaDavid MackStaz JohnsonDoug Braithwaite, and Ken Lashley!

Valiant Reveals Go Beyond With Four New Series Launching Out of Harbinger Wars 2

Valiant has announced “Beyond” – a new wave of series that will carry the publisher onward toward 2019! Born from the aftermath of Harbinger Wars 2, the most ambitious crossover event ever attempted by Valiant, Beyond will round out the end of 2018 and drive forward into the New Year with an invigorating slate of exciting new stories, both from returning talent and rising stars alike:

  • Faith: Dreamside #1 by Jody Houser and MJ Kim in September 2018
  • Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 by Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, and Ken Lashley in November 2018
  • Livewire #1 by Vita Ayala and Raúl Allén with Patricia Martín in December 2018
  • Incursion #1 by Andy Diggle and Doug Braithwaite in February 2019

Complete details are below:


Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MJ KIM


Even before Faith “Zephyr” Herbert gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of Los Angeles, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which the Valiant Universe has never seen… and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Dr. Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!

This fall, uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser (FAITH, Star Wars: Thrawn) and rising star MJ Kim (FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1) continue the adventures of the high-flying icon Nerdist called “a superhero done right!”





Before a weapon is deployed in battle, it must be designed, refined, field-tested. Bloodshot was no exception.

In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined – and it was up to one enterprising employee, the “Memory Weaver,” to ensure he did what he was told. But a memory is a tricky thing…and the man Bloodshot used to be won’t let go of his past so easily…

Critically acclaimed writing duo Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (Cable) team up with distinguished artist Ken Lashley (Black Panther) to open a door once closed and reveal answers to questions that Bloodshot himself would never think to ask!



Written by VITA AYALA


Once, Amanda McKee, the technopathic psiot known as Livewire, knew her purpose. She wielded her machine-manipulating powers to benefit the HARBINGER Foundation…until the true depths of her mentor’s cruelty were revealed. She brought UNITY to the world’s most formidable superpowered beings…until a battle between team members dissolved the group for good. She gave hope and guidance to a ragtag band of SECRET WEAPONS…until the U.S. government marked them for death and set her down a path of no return. Now, in the wake of the worst disaster the country’s ever faced – one that was directly caused by her hand – Livewire must decide for herself what kind of hero she will be…if she’ll be one at all.

From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!



Written by ANDY DIGGLE


Beyond the margins of human reason, there lies a realm known as the Deadside – where the souls of the dearly departed linger, and where gruesome terrors lie in wait to strike out at us from the dark. But our Deadside isn’t the only deadly dimension of its kind, and another – belonging to an alien world – is about to collide with Earth’s. With the very nature of our reality at stake, who will stand against the tide of unearthly terrors at our doorstep?

From celebrated writer Andy Diggle (SHADOWMAN) and legendary artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) comes a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across multiple dimensions!


Review: Black Panther: Shuri – The Deadliest of the Species

The movie, Black Panther, has been more than bright spot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has proven itself to be a little more than a watershed moment. As fans worldwide took to the streets in masses, and watched this movie, even if they weren’t comic book fans. The one thing that made the movie great, is what makes Orange Is The New Black, required viewing, as it focused on the people that comprise the place and not on one single character. This is what made the movie stand taller than any other heroes solo movie debut, as it gave the main character, the gravitas and humanity to make the viewer appreciate the journey T’Challa was on.

This became even more prevalent as we found out who these people that surround him are and why they are connected to him, as they also make him who he is.  One of those people, is fan favorite, Shuri, the one person who makes T’Challa better and who is said to be smarter than Tony Starks, a distinguish which makes her even more iconic. The importance of the character can be seen in the thousands of little girls who dress up like her, but only comic fans knows she takes up the mantle. In The Deadliest Of The Species, we follow Shuri as she occupies the role of ruler and battle an outside invader.

T’Challa attends a mysterious meeting in which Namor has joined forces with Loki and Doom, to form a confederation of individuals whose interests align with each other, as soon as T’Challa finds out what is going on, him and Doom battle, one which leaves the Black Panther badly injured and with a loss of one of his Dora Milaje. T’Challa returns to Wakanda in a comatose state, leaving the country without a Black Panther, leading to Ramonda and Storm to nominate Shuri to temporarily inhabit the sovereign seat, one in which she must undergoes the same tests every other Black Panther must face. In the meantime, Storm desperate for T’Challa to return to her, enters the celestial plane, known as D’Jalia, in search of him, while facing demons along the way. On the horizon, Morlun has awaken from the other end of the continent, planning his attack on Wakanda, one that Shuri’s training is about to pay off. By book’s end, Shuri outsmarts Morlun , defeating him with her wit and brawn, and Storm is able to able to bring back T’Challa from the D’Jalia.

Overall, a story which finds one of the canon’s favorite characters in the forefront, and at her best and a story which the new movie borrows form heavily. The story by Reginald Hudlin is dramatic, well developed and shows why he is one of the more renowned authors in the Black Panther canon. The art by creative team is vivid and prominent. Altogether, an excellent book which showcases this influential character and why she is important to canon.

Story: Reginald Hudlin Art: Ken Lashley, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Review: X-Men: Gold Vol. 4 The Negative Zone War

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men: Gold Vol. 4 The Negative Zone War collects issues #16-20 and material from #12 by Marc Guggenheim, Luke Ross, Lan Medina, Ken Lashley, Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, Frank Martin, and Andrew Crossley.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores April 10. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW



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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80

Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Art: Brahm Revel
Color: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: Damian Couceiro
Cover B: Kevin Eastman, Tomi Varga
Retailer Incentive Cover: Tadd Galusha
Frankies Comics Cover: Francesco Mattina
Planet Awesome Cover: Eddie Nunez
Planet Awesome Cover: Kevin Eastman, Tomi Varga
KRS Comics Cover: Ken Lashley
Comics & Ponies Cover: Kevin Eastman
Editor: Bobby Curnow

“Invasion of the Triceratons,” Part 5 of 5. Lines have been crossed, and New York teeters on the brink of complete destruction! When the times comes, will the Turtles be able to defeat the enemy they dread to fight?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #5

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #5

Story: Tony Isabella Art: Clayton Henry, Yvel Guichet Cover: Ken Lashley, Juan Fernandez
Color: Pete Pantazis Letterer: Josh Reed
Editor: Jim Chadwick Associate Editor: Harvey Richards
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Black Lightning! Tobias Whale! Face to face for the first time! With Cleveland still recovering from last issue’s terrorist attack, the two archenemies will battle in the ruins of a secluded landmark for the future of the city. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yeah, it’s a trap. A trap designed to end Black Lightning once and for all!

Review: Black Panther Annual #1

This has certainly been a great month to be a Black Panther fan, hasn’t it? Between the Black Panther comics going strong and most importantly, the recently released film from Marvel Studios which has garnered well deserved critical praise and killer box office numbers. And the Black Panther train ain’t stopping anytime soon because for starters, Marvel has this annual issue of Black Panther which celebrates the past but look forward to the future with the help of past writers of the character such as the likes of Christopher Priest, Don McGregor and Reginald Hudlin.

The first story, “Back in Black,” is by Christopher Priest with art by Mike Perkins. However the story mostly concentrates on Everett K. Ross. Which I can only sum up as that it’d suck to be Ross because the guy despite moving on from superheroes, he gets sucked back in whatever business that involves T’Challa but gets more than he bargained for. The book concentrates on characters created by Priest for this story and as such, it can be seen as an extension of Priest’s own going he did for Marvel Knights around the late 90’s.

The story has a noir feel to it with great effect-helped the efforts of the artwork by Mike Perkins, who gave it a lot of shadows (and plenty of shading) and panels in trippy angles to give the idea of disorientation and the colors by Andy Troy do give it additional flair.  The story definitely comes off as Priest wanting to step back into the world of Black Panther one more time after being away for so long. And it’s a good story. Like I said, it’s a very noir kind of story and fits in with the world of Black Panther.

Now in comes Don McGregor‘s tale, “Panther’s Heart.” Which can also be seen as an extension of his run from many years back in the 70’s when it was still called Jungle Action. It’s probably the most emotional of the three stories once you read on and also benefits from people familiar with McGregor’s issues because it does feature a notable character from his run. Who is it? Well, I can’t say given the character is a surprise for new readers or old readers who haven’t read his run for so long.

I will say it is an emotional story with the art by Daniel Acuna helping much. He nailed the emotional expressions on every character’s face and the writing by McGregor is not very over the top and definitely paced himself regarding what T’Challa is feeling throughout the book. It’s a solid story and probably the best among this Annual issue.

And finally, we have Reginald Hudlin‘s Back to the Future Part II and no, Doc Brown is not in this nor does it involve T’Challa time traveling and leaving a Sports Almanac in the hands of a maniac. Though the thought of Black Panther punching Biff Tannen is a nice thought.

No, instead, it’s a continuation of a particular story penned by Hudlin called, well, “Back to the Future.” In this story, we have an alternate timeline where T’Challa and Ororo Monroe a.k.a. Storm had not been divorced. And instead, because of their marriage, Wakanda grew stronger and became a powerful nation. So much had happened that it offers a variety of things that would be enough to tell an interesting set of comics in their own right like Spider-Gwen has.

We have an older T’Challa telling one of his grand children Grace about everything that had happened since his marriage to Storm. Dude took on Doctor Doom and Magneto and won. It’s all a fascinating look at a future that could have been and honestly, I’d love to see stories evolve from this simple story especially given the last page that had me wondering, “Wait, what the hell happened with that and how?”

The art by Ken Lashley is very good as are the colors by Matt Milla that drive the art home, it all looks good and compliments the writing well enough.

It’s a solid annual issue that celebrates past runs of the title character and if you’re looking for a Black Panther fix after seeing the movie, you won’t be disappointed-especially if you liked either writer’s take on the character.


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Preview: Black Panther Annual #1

Black Panther Annual #1

(W) Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Don McGregor (A) Ken Lashley, Mike Perkins (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Three legendary BLACK PANTHER writers return to Wakanda! Don McGregor’s famous storyline “The Panther’s Rage” has become one of the most well-respected runs in comic book history. Now, the author who redefined Wakanda for a generation is back to expand the mythos! Bearing the heart-shaped herb that defines the Panther legacy, King T’Challa leaves his beloved country for a heart-wrenching mission in the streets of New York. Then: For half a decade, comics legend Christopher Priest made his mark on the Panther. The acclaimed writer returns with an all-new story – and with it, of course, U.S. State Department employee Everett K. Ross! And finally, no Panther history would be complete without Reggie Hudlin, author of more than 50 Black Panther stories, including the famed “Who Is The Black Panther?” Don’t miss the sequel to his “Black to the Future” story, featuring original artist Ken Lashley!

Review: Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Black Panther!

Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2 collects Black Panther (2005) #19-34 and Annual #1 by Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton, Manuel Garcia, Koi Turnbull, Marcus To, Francis Portela, Andrea Di Vito, CAFU, Ken Lashley, Larry Stroman, and Billy Tan.

Get your copy. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW


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Preview: X-Men: Gold #20

X-Men: Gold #20

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Lan Medina (CA) Ken Lashley
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• The X-Men’s victory against the might of Scythian has come at a cost…which might kill them all!
• How can the X-Men survive on a barren planet?
• You DO NOT want to miss the status quo-altering final page!

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