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Preview: Archie 1955 #2 (of 5)

ARCHIE 1955 #2 (OF 5)

Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Tom Grummett, Bob Smith, Rick Burchett, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Ray Anthony-Height, Khary Randolph
On Sale Date: 10/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES from the writing team that brought you ARCHIE: 1941! Archie Andrews’ rise to music superstardom begins to take form and all of Riverdale is captivated with their new crowned prince of rock and roll—but the cost of fame is already starting to add up.

ARCHIE 1955 #2 (OF 5)

Archie’s star is rising in this advance preview of Archie 1955 #2!

ARCHIE 1955 #2 (of 5)

Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Tom Grummett, Bob Smith, Rick Burchett, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Ray Anthony-Height, Khary Randolph
On Sale Date: 10/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES from the writing team that brought you ARCHIE: 1941! Archie Andrews’ rise to music superstardom begins to take form and all of Riverdale is captivated with their new crowned prince of rock and roll—but the cost of fame is already starting to add up.

ARCHIE 1955 #2

Once & Future #1 Gets a Fifth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Once & Future #1, the anticipated original series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, and acclaimed colorist Tamra Bonvillain, has already sold out of its fourth printing at the distributor level.

Due to the historic levels of demand from retailers and fans alike, BOOM! Studios has fast-tracked the Once & Future #1 Fifth Printing Variant, featuring an all-new cover by an acclaimed artist Khary Randolph, arriving in stores on September 18, 2019. 

Once & Future #1 introduces readers to ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire, who must pull her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat when a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead. Now Bridgette and Duncan must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.

Once & Future #1 Fourth Printing

Every Issue of Excellence Heads Back to Print

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced that every issue so far of the all-new fantasy action series Excellence by Khary Randolph and Brandon Thomas with colors by Emilio Lopez and letters by Deron Bennett will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with its growing demand. Issues #1-3 will be available this August.

Excellence introduces Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to selflessly better the lives of others—those with greater potential. 

Now Spencer must follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?  

Excellence #1, third printing (Diamond Code JUN198683), Excellence #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUN198684), Excellence #3, second printing (Diamond Code JUN198685) hit comic shops on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 5.

Excellence #1, third printing
Excellence #2, second printing
Excellence #3, second printing

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

Review: Excellence #2

Excellence #2

Excellence #2 continues the entertaining tale that began in the first issue. Mixing action with emotion it keeps the story focused while still revealing so much more.

The issue revolves around Spencer Dales as he deals with his grandmother’s illness. Spencer is convinced there’s magic that can help her. But, the use of it breaks the established rules. While what follows is a bit cliche, writer Brandon Thomas delivers a story that stands out.

Excellence might be a spin on magic in the modern world but underneath it’s about family and expectations of a father for his son. Thomas infuses that with emotion as we’re again shown Spencer’s life through flashbacks that explain his current attitude. He’s brash and headstrong and a character we’ve seen so many times before. But, there’s still something fun about it all. There’s something we all can relate to and that’s due to the comic’s focus on family.

Thomas is also able to use the narrow plotline to still introduce us to Aegis and this new world. The comic does an excellent job of giving us new details so that we can learn more about the rules and this secretive organization. That introduction also includes a character who is most likely the main antagonist.

The art by Khary Randolph is fantastic. Along with colorist Emilio Lopez and letterer Deron Bennett, the visuals pop and stand out as unique. The characters and world presented stand out as both grounded and magical. New takes on a simple thing like an elevator makes the comic really stand out as unique. There’s thought put into it all. Every detail, especially in the character designs, helps tell the story and help fully realize the world.

Excellence #2 is a solid read. The issue adds depth to a fantastical world. It also makes sure to keep the series focused on an emotional connection we can all relate to. This is a series that’s a must get.

Story: Brandon Thomas Art: Khary Randolph
Color: Emilio Lopez Letters: Deron Bennett
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation:

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Excellence #1 is Excellent and Heads Back for a New Printing

Image and Skybound’s all-new fantasy action series Excellence by Khary Randolph and Brandon Thomas will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

Excellence #1 introduces Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to selflessly better the lives of others—those with greater potential. Now Spencer must follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?  

Excellence #1, second printing (Diamond Code FEB198894) hits comic shops on Wednesday, June 12. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 20.

Excellence #2 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code APR190138) and Excellence #2 Cover B by Sanford Greene (Diamond Code FEB198634) hits comic shops on Wednesday, June 19. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 27.

Excellence #1, second printing

Image and Skybound Entertainment Launch Visions of Excellence Variant line, Revealing the First Three Covers

Image and Skybound Entertainment have announced that the forthcoming Excellence by Khary Randolph and Brandon Thomas will feature a very special line of variant covers, “Visions of Excellence,” which will showcase the work of creators of color.

The initial “Visions of Excellence” variant covers will feature artwork by: Khary Randolph, Sanford Greene, and Juni Ba.

Excellence follows Spencer Dales, whose father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians that protect the world with unseen hands. When Spencer earns the right to join the Aegis, he’s given the chance to fight for a better future. But who will stand beside him?

Excellence ignites a generational war in this action-fantasy series, committed to one truth above all others—Excellence is Real.

Excellence #1 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code MAR190016) and Excellence #1 Cover B by Randolph (Diamond Code FEB198633) will be available in stores on Wednesday, May 8. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, April 15.

Excellence #1 Variant

Excellence #2 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code APR190138) and Excellence #2 Cover B by Greene (Diamond Code FEB198634) will be available in stores on Wednesday, June 19. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, May 27.

Excellence #2 Variant

Excellence #3 Cover A by Randolph and Excellence #3 Cover B by Ba will be available in stores on Wednesday, July 17.

Excellence #3 Variant

The Blacksuperpower Universe Thrives Despite Entertainment’s White Privilege

Guest post by Kwanza Osayefo

There is an odd resistance to the concept of a world where only black people have superpowers. Yet, we’ve all accepted nearly 100 years of media in which only white men have superpowers.

Black representation in media hasn’t even reached levels that reflect actual demographics in the US – so opposition needs to chill out. There’s just one comic where only black people have superpowers.

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It’s weird that people take for granted that blerds have accepted casts of entirely white comics for the history of the medium, but when the characters are mostly black, some of those same people start feeling a way.

I created BLACK because I was inspired by seeing my face and culture represent in Milestone comics. Their absences meant young black kids today wouldn’t have that same acknowledgment of themselves as I did.


The White Kickstarter campaign from Kwanza Osayefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, and Khary Randolph ends Sunday, March 31 at 11:59pm EDT.

Below you can find the variant cover for White and first five pages of the series.

White #1 Kickstarter variant

Explore How America Reacts to a World Where Only Black People Have Superpowers in White

How does America react when only black people have superpowers? In the sure-to-be-controversial six-part comic book series White, co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph reunite for the sequel to their acclaimed graphic novel and Kickstarter sensation, Black.

How does a nation struggling with a history of racial inequality cope in a world where only black people have superpowers? Our story asks: In a time of supposed inclusion and diversity, how far will those in charge push back to retain the status quo?

Kwanza Osajyefo

In White, Theodore Mann, whose family exploited empowered blacks for centuries, is now President of the United States. Mann’s administration has exacted controversial measures to deal with the empowered he’s deemed terrorists and is stoking national tensions to win public support for Mann First, a cybernetically-augmented soldier program. The main person standing in the President’s way is X –  once known as Kareem Jenkins – who has become a symbol of resistance against the Mann Administration.

For White, the original Black creative team―Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Sarah Litt, Derwin Roberson, and Dave Sharpe―will return for the second part of a planned trilogy, and will be joined by inker Juan Castro. If funded by Kickstarter, White will be a 6-part, ad-free periodical comic book series. The first printing – with variant covers – will be exclusive to  Kickstarter backers. Comic book retailers will be able to order standard editions directly from Black Mask Studios after rewards are shipped.

The number of backers of White will unlock Kickstarter exclusive variants by comic book industry legends: Ashley A. Woods, Jamal Igle, Jeremy Love, ChrisCross, Sanford Greene, and Denys Cowan.

Issue one of White is estimated to be delivered to backers October 2019. The limited edition variant of the graphic novel and comic book shop retailer bundles will ship to backers in early 2020.

The White Kickstarter campaign is live as of March 4, 2019.

White
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