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Kurt Busiek’s Backlist Catalog to be released by Image Digitally in August

A bevy of bestselling backlist titles from the legendary, award-winning writer Kurt Busiek will be made available digitally from Image Comics this August. The titles will include Astro City with art by Brent Anderson and others, Arrowsmith with art by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, The Wizard’s Tale with art by David Thorn WenzelShockrockets with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger, and Superstar: As Seen on TV with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger.

About Astro City
Originally published by Image, Astro City is a multiple Eisner and Harvey award winning superhero anthology written by Busiek with art by Brent Anderson and covers and character designs by Alex Ross. Set in a city that’s home to superheroes, villains, monsters, mad scientists and more, it tells stories from a variety of perspectives, illuminating what it’s like to live amid such marvels.

Astro City

About Arrowsmith
A high fantasy series written by Busiek with art by Pacheco, set in an alternate history where wizardry and the creatures of myth have been part of the world since the time of Charlemagne. The beloved series tells the story of a young man caught up in World War One, dealing with dragons, trolls and more.

Arrowsmith

About The Wizard’s Tale
Master storytellers Busiek and Wenzel channel a Terry Pratchett sense of whimsy with the supposed-to-be-evil wizard Bafflerog and his companions in this delightful fantasy series. Readers join Gumpwort, an enchanted toad who was once a wizard himself, and Muddle, the third son of a woodcutter who’s convinced he’ll one day be king—as they make a journey that may mean the end of everything.

The Wizard’s Tale

About Shockrockets
Busiek and Immonen take readers 60 years in the future. Here, Earth is protected by an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aircraft—built from a fusion of modern and alien technology—called Shockrockets. Controlled by elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect Earth after a devastating invasion from space. In a freak moment of chance, a tech-obsessed youth named Alejandro Cruz becomes the newest Shockrockets pilot. But could he be in over his head?

Shockrockets

About Superstar: As Seen on TV
With the public behind him, he can work miracles—without them, he’s nothing! Busiek and Immonen introduce Superstar, a superhero whose power is tied to his fame: The more popular he is, the more powerful he becomes. He’s made a deal with his father, an international media tycoon, to help boost his profile as an influencer and keep powerful enough to save the world. But is the price of fame worth becoming just another “property” in his father’s portfolio?

Superstar: As Seen on TV

These titles will be available at ComiXology on Wednesday, August 4 and then on Apple Books and Google Play shortly thereafter.

Preview: Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #1

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #1

writer: Kurt Busiek, Mark Russell, Amanda Deibert
artist: Benjamin Dewey, Bob Q, Cat Staggs
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Emanuela Lupacchino (B), Phillip Tan (C), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (D), Phillip Tan (RI/Line Art), Emanuela Lupacchino (RI/Line Art), Phillip Tan (RI/BW), Gracie the Cosplay Lass Cosplay Variant (RI/Virgin), Emanuela Lupacchino (RI/BW), Lucio Parrillo (RI/BW)
FC | 40 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $4.99 | Teen+

Dynamite proudly presents a prestige project by the world’s greatest storytellers! Red Sonja, like you’ve NEVER seen before…all presented in beautiful black, white, and red!

KURT BUSIEK (Astro City, Marvels) and BENJAMIN DEWEY (King In Black: Namor) take you to The Mountains Of Night, a foreboding haunt where the She-Devil With A Sword seeks a precious, priceless item…

AMANDA DEIBERT (Wonder Woman) and CAT STAGGS (Smallville) wind you through a mysterious adventure of crimson and ebony…

MARK RUSSELL (Red Sonja) and BOB Q (Red Sonja) return to put their final stamp on their classic Red Sonja series, with a coda that will leave you breathless…

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #1

Preview: The Marvels #3

The Marvels #3

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Alex Ross
32 PGS./Rated T
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In the jungles of Southeast Asia, in the days before the Fantastic Four…Reed Richards and Ben Grimm are on a secret government mission – hunting monsters! And what they find will shape the world to come in ways they can’t even guess at. This issue exposes the secrets (well, some of them) behind this sweeping new series! Also featuring the Winter Soldier, the Red Guardian, Warlord Kro of the Deviants, the Shi’ar and more! (And when we say “more,” we’re not kidding!)

The Marvels #3

Preview: The Marvels #2

The Marvels #2

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciler: Yildiray Cinar

Aero. The Punisher. The Black Cat. Melinda May. The Terrible Tinkerer. And more. There’s an aftermath in Manhattan, after the explosion in our first issue – and a crisis in the nation of Siancong as things go from bad to worse. And amid all that, meet Kevin Schumer, an ordinary guy with some big secrets – and see more of the mysterious Threadneedle and the role he’ll play in our building epic. Marvel’s most wide-ranging thriller continues, from Kurt (MARVELS) Busiek and Yildiray (X-MEN) Cinar. And you’ll never guess where we go next.

The Marvels #2

Review: The Marvels #1

The Marvels #1

The Marvels #1 is the beginning of a sprawling new epic spanning decades of Marvel history. Where Marvels focused on the view of the Marvel Universe from the average person’s perspective, The Marvels is another massive story from the perspective of the heroes.

And with a sprawling story, The Marvels #1 kicks things off in 1947 taking us through modern times. It’s a choppy delivery of short stories that clearly all will connect with each other at some point down the road. But, for now it’s setup and due to that, things don’t feel rather satisfying. While some moments leave an interesting mystery, others feel like they just hang there. Some storyline segments already connect, while others feel like they’re from a different series or issue. Writer Kurt Busiek delivers an interesting history but the execution is choppy without a solid flow to it. It’s a little frustrating as the debut issue hops from one focus to another with some not playing out long enough to feel satisfying.

The transitions between segments has issues as well. There just isn’t a flow between so many of them giving off a feel of a hard cut and transition instead of a natural experience. It’s hard and abrupt as we jump from one focus to another. An example would be the segment between Thor and Iron Man transitioning to Captain America’s story compared to Schumer’s story surrounded by the Punisher’s. There’s a bit of transition in the latter example and none in the former, though even the latter has issues.

Yildiray Cinar‘s art is decent. There’s a classic feel to it in many ways with a look that fits more in the 1980s than 2021. With color by Richard Isanove and lettering by Simon Bowland the issue’s art misses a dynamic aspect. There’s some sequences that could really pop but never quite stand out on the page. It’s not bad at all but there’s a classic style about it that readers will probably be split on. For an epic story, the art just doesn’t match it on that grand scale. For an opening statement, the art doesn’t deliver. Bowland’s lettering too has a retro feel about it at times. It handles the dialogue well with some creative choices but overall feel like something from years’ past.

The Marvels #1 is an ok start. There’s nothing inherently bad about it but it also doesn’t deliver the experience that’s set up. This is a grand story but the issue feels like a series of short stories that don’t connect in a cohesive way. The issues when they come together may be quite different when read together but this one is a bit of a snooze to start. It’s a jumble of concepts that never comes together.

Story: Kurt Busiek Art: Yildiray Cinar
Color: Richard Isanove Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.6 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Marvels #1

The Marvels #1

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $4.99

ALL-NEW, ONGOING SERIES!
Kurt Busiek (MARVELS, Astro City) is back, with the biggest, wildest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe, telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel’s very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. This first issue includes an invasion from orbit, a picnic in Prospect Park, super hero sightseeing in Manhattan, the All-Winners Squad in 1947, Reed Richards during his time in military intelligence, cosmic beings beyond space and time- and that’s only for starters. Featuring Captain America, Spider-Man, the Punisher, the Human Torch, Storm, the Black Cat, the Golden Age Vision, Aero, Iron Man and Thor, and introducing two brand-new characters, all beautifully drawn by Yildiray Cinar (X-MEN, Legion of Super-Heroes, IRON MAN) in the opening act of a thriller that’ll take us across the Marvel Universe…and beyond. Plus: Who (or what) is KSHOOM? It all starts here. And it goes…everywhere.

The Marvels #1

Preview: King in Black: Namor #5 (of 5)

King in Black: Namor #5 (of 5)

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Ben Dewey, Jonas Scharf (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The grand finale! As the Dark Tide threatens Atlantis, Namor, Attuma and Dorma make a desperate, dangerous attempt to save the undersea world – but even if they can manage it, it’ll come at a great cost. Learn the fate of Atlantis – of Attuma – of the Dark Tide – and the future of the Dark Tide as well. What will come out of THE KING IN BLACK for Namor and Atlantis? Watch it unfold here.

King in Black: Namor #5 (of 5)

The Marvels is a New Saga Spanning Decades featuring New Heroes and Villains

This April, one of the biggest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe finally arrives.

Written by Kurt Busiek with art by Yildiray Çinar and Richard Isanove, The Marvels #1 will kick off a fascinating new saga set in the spectacular 616 that spans decades and will range from grand adventure to intense human drama, from street-level to cosmic, and star everyone from Marvel’s very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. This sprawling story will play with the grand tapestry that is Marvel Comics in an exhilarating new way by diving headfirst into Marvel history to tying together unsolved mysteries, make brand-new connections between characters, and reintroduce long-dormant threats. Along the way, readers will be introduced to exciting new heroes and villains like Threadneedle, Warbird, and Kevin Schumer, and be reacquainted with new takes on classic characters such as Lady Lotus.

Anyone. Anywhere. Any Time. Don’t miss Marvel Comics storytelling at its finest when The Marvels #1 hits stands on April 28th featuring a cover by Alex Ross.

ComiXology Features 7 New Releases Today from Marvel, Yen Press, and Harlequin

There’s seven new digital comic releases today on comiXology. You can get new comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press now. You can start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Avengers: Kang Dynasty

Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Anderson, Alan Davis, Kieron Dwyer, Manuel Garcia, Ivan Reis
Cover by Ariel Olivetti
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Collects Avengers (1998) #41-55, Avengers Annual 2001.

The warlord known as Kang the Conqueror returns – and this time he’s enslaving the entire Earth!

Avengers: Kang Dynasty

Un Si Petit Mensonge

Written by Nancy Warren
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Le fait que Jane porte une bague à son annulaire gauche n’est pas anodin. Du fait de son physique avantageux, ses collègues masculins lui courent sans cesse après, au point qu’elle décide de démissionner. Cette bague lui sert à présent d’excuse pour faire croire aux autres qu’elle est déjà mariée. Sa meilleure amie essaie de lui faire comprendre que c’est une mauvaise idée, elle lui demande d’ailleurs ce qui arriverait si elle tombait un jour sur l’homme idéal. Et en effet, Jane n’imaginait pas que le grand amour puisse frapper aussi vite à sa porte… Dans la nouvelle entreprise où elle a été embauchée, elle tombe amoureuse du PDG, alors même qu’elle a menti sur son statut marital. Elle prétend avoir un mari génial qui ressemble à Tom Cruise, et il est trop tard pour revenir sur ce mensonge !

Un Si Petit Mensonge

A Deal With Demakis

Written by Tara Pammi
Art by Richi Okada
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Lexi meets world-famous Greek tycoon Nikos Demakis after her ex-boyfriend, Tyler, loses his memory in a serious accident. Tyler has been dating Nikos’s sister, but Lexi is the only person he seems to remember. She quickly agrees to Nikos’s plan to help Tyler recover from his amnesia. Little does she know that Nikos’s real motivation is to break up Tyler and his sister, with the ultimate goal of gaining the CEO position at his company. What he doesn’t bank on is his uncontrollable desire for Lexi…

A Deal With Demakis

Marvel Visionaries: Jim Steranko

Written by Arnold Drake, Stan Lee
Art by Jim Steranko
Cover by Jim Steranko
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Collects Captain America (1968) #110, 111, 113, Uncanny X-Men #50-51.

A deep dive into the masterful work of Steranko including a classic Captain America adventure, guest-starring the Incredible Hulk, and an all-time great X-Men story.

Marvel Visionaries: Jim Steranko

So I’m a Spider, So What? #50.3

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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He’s just a nasty old guy nobody cares about, right…? WRONG!! This! Means! War! Read the next chapter of So I’m a Spider, So What? at the same day as Japan!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #50.3

Spider-Man: Quality Of Life

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Scott Sava
Cover by Scott Sava
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Collects Spider-Man: Quality of Life #1-4.

Spider-Man squares off against the lethal Lizard in this spectacular tale.

Spider-Man: Quality Of Life

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 1

Written by Garth Ennis, Peter Milligan, Greg Rucka
Art by Duncan Fegredo, John McCrea, Eduardo Risso
Cover by Glenn Fabry
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Collects Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #1-6.

In “The Thousand,” Garth Ennis and John McCrea tell the story of a man tries to reproduce the accident that granted the wall-crawler his amazing powers… with horrific results! Next Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso climb inside the mind of a soldier in the Kingpin’s army… who’s been called before the fat man to explain his mistake. Finaly, Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo spin the tragic tale of the villain known as the Rhino.

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 1

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Preview: King in Black: Namor #4 (of 5)

King in Black: Namor #4 (of 5)

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Ben Dewey, Jonas Scharf (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Black Tide’s wave of devastation now threatens Atlantis itself. Namor, Dorma and Attuma may be the undersea world’s only hope, but unless they can shake off their utter defeat from last issue, they don’t even stand a chance. And worse, the one possible weapon they could wield against the Black Tide is in Murmansk, thousands of miles away. It’s Atlantis’s darkest hour…

King in Black: Namor #4 (of 5)
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