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Review: Ordinary Gods #1

Ordinary Gods #1

The idea of gods living among us isn’t a new concept but it seems like one that has found a new wave of popularity. New comics, books, and television shows seem to have multiplied in recent years and each takes on the concept in its own unique way. Ordinary Gods #1 kicks off the latest example of that delivering two worlds that feel like they’re on a crash course.

Kyle Higgins delivers an opening chapter with Ordinary Gods #1 that packs in a lot. Not only do we get the “here and now” but also the background of the story and characters. Some of the progression of each is a little odd but on the whole by the end of the first issue everything is clear and the story has been set.

Higgins allows us to get to know some of the characters a bit, mainly focusing on the center of it all. That results in a slight disconnect and almost Terminator “come with me if you want to live” aspect to the debut. Mix that with a fairytale recounting of an uprising and banishing and Ordinary Gods #1 feels like an interesting blend of genres.

As I said, it’s not all smooth. The issues jumps back and forth between the setup and the now. It makes for some awkward transitions and it might have been better to focus on the setup and then transition into the present like an almost dream. It’s not bad but makes for a slightly choppy reading at times.

Felipe Watanabe‘s art is fantastic. Along with Frank William on color and lettering by Clayton Cowles, Ordinary Gods #1 has the difficult task of taking three settings and making them all work together. There’s the fantasy setting of the gods with each region having its own distinct personality that still needs to feel like the same world. Then there’s some action elements that feel right out of John Wick. Finally, there’s the focus of a young boy and his family in suburbia. And, impressively, it all works together for a look that feels like one world.

Ordinary Gods #1 is a solid debut that has a bit of a Terminator quality about it. A mystery person shows up to protect an individual who’s needed to lead the rebellion. It’s a concept we’ve seen many times before but the settings and characters make it all feel new and unique. It’s a solid start for a potentially very intriguing series.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Felipe Watanabe
Color: Frank William Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Trials of Ultraman #4 (of 5)

Trials of Ultraman #4 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In Iceland, the critics of the USP are uniting – and they finally have what they need to win the rest of the world over! But what are the dark consequences of their actions…and will Ultraman choose to save them from those consequences?

Or perhaps a better question to ask is – with opposition mounting, alliances fraying and trust disintegrating, can he?

Trials of Ultraman #4 (of 5)

Radiant Black #5 Sells Out and Gets a New Printing

The bestselling series Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa is being rushed back to print yet again—this time issue #5 has sold out completely at the distributor level. This reprint will feature new cover art by Costa which will pay homage to an iconic Invincible fight scene.

This latest issue in the popular superhero series introduces to the team the critically acclaimed colorist Natália Marques and fan-favorite artist Eduardo Ferigato alongside Higgins and Costa.

Radiant Red remains at large. Red needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of issue #4 left Lockport—and the world—reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone? Radiant Black #5 is an extra-length, explosively climactic conclusion to the first story arc of the series.

Radiant Black #5 second printing (Diamond Code MAY218586) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 21.

Radiant Black #5 second printing

Radiant #3 Heads Back to Print to Meet Demand

Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa is being rushed back to print yet again—this time issue #3 has sold out completely at the distributor level. This reprint will feature a new cover by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa.

This latest sellout hits the industry on the heels of the recent plot twist that sent tongues wagging about the series last week. Now any readers who slept on the series are snapping up the reprint issues and catching up on the story at record speed. 

In Radiant Black #3 fans get a peek behind the curtain at Nathan’s writing process. Or at least, his attempts at writing… If only he can shake the parents, superhero social media, and alien voices all vying for his attention and just focus on finishing this draft…

Radiant Black #3, third printing Cover A (Diamond Code APR218885) and Radiant Black #3, third printing Cover B 1:10 B&W (Diamond Code APR218988) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 23.

Radiant Black #4, second printing and Radiant Black #5 will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Radiant Black #4, second printing – APR218632
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover A Doaly – APR210322
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover B Diego Greco – APR210323
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Serg Acuña – APR210324

Eduardo Ferigato and Natália Marques Join Radiant Black in June

Artist Eduardo Ferigato and colorist Natália Marques will join Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa on the bestselling superhero series Radiant Black. The new team members will contribute their talents to the upcoming Radiant Black #5, on sale this June from Image Comics.

After Radiant Black #4’s heart-stopping cliffhanger the Radiant Black team isn’t done subverting readers’ expectations and will provide fans with an extra-length, explosive climax to the first story arc in issue #5.

Radiant Black #5 concludes the first story arc of the series—and yet Radiant Red is still out there at large. Red needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of last issue left Lockport—and the world—reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone?

Radiant Black #5 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Radiant Black #5 Cover A Doaly – APR210322
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover B Diego Greco – APR210323
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Serg Acuña – APR210324

Get a sneak peek at early interior pages from the issue below.

Radiant Black #5 Cover A

Radiant Black #4 Heads Back to Print

The bestselling Radiant Black #4 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out upon its release yesterday and left fans stunned after a jaw-dropping showdown between Radiant Black and his nemesis, Radiant Red. This pivotal issue is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the unending demand.

This second printing will feature an electrifying wraparound cover with artwork by Costa and Igor Monti.

It was always going to come to this, in Radiant Black #4: fans are front-and-center to a knock-down, drag-out fight—between Nathan and the mysterious Radiant Red—across the city of Lockport! After this fight, nothing will ever be the same again. For Lockport or for Radiant Black. 

In Radiant Black #5, fan-favorite artist Eduardo Ferigato and colorist Natália Marques will join Higgins and Costa for the extra-length, explosive climax to the first story arc.

Radiant Black #4, second printing and Radiant Black #5 will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Radiant Black #4, second printing – APR218632
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover A Doaly – APR210322
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover B Diego Greco – APR210323
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Serg Acuña – APR210324
Radiant Black #4, second printing

Preview: Trials of Ultraman #3 (of 5)

Trials of Ultraman #3 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It turns out that the forces aligned against the USP and Ultraman are far more widespread-and more organized!-than our heroes had ever suspected. If they’re going to survive, they’ll need a new ally of their own…and the man they’re looking at just so happens to be one of the most powerful and influential people in the world.
But what’s his history with the USP, and why does he seem to have his own hidden agenda?

Trials of Ultraman #3 (of 5)

Every Issue of Radiant Black Sells Out and Heads Back to Print

Every issue so far of the new hit series Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out at the distributor level, including Radiant Black #3. Image Comics will immediately rush all three issues back to print in order to keep up with the rapidly growing demand for the breakout series.

The third printings of Radiant Black #1 and #2 will feature new connecting cover art by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa, while the Radiant Black #3 reprint will boast a new cover by Cian Tormey and Matt Wilson.

Radiant Black #3 is a departure in tone for the series and shines a spotlight on the main character’s struggle with the creative process and the many life distractions he must overcome to focus on making progress with his manuscript. 

Since its launch, Radiant Black has been compared to Higgins’ previous work revitalizing the Power Rangers brand with his thirty plus issue run on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including the smash hit Shattered Grid, for a contemporary superhero mentality similar to the iconic Invincible series by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley. Kirkman himself calls Radiant Black, “the perfect superhero comic for anyone missing Invincible.”

Radiant Black #1-4 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 19:

  • Radiant Black #1, third printing cover A by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa (Diamond Code MAR218473)
  • Radiant Black #1, third printing cover B, 1:10 copy incentive B&W (Diamond Code MAR218493)
  • Radiant Black #2, third printing cover A by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa (Diamond Code MAR218474)
  • Radiant Black #2, third printing cover B, 1:10 copy incentive B&W (Diamond Code MAR218492)
  • Radiant Black #3, second printing cover by Cian Tormey and Matt Wilson (Diamond Code MAR218475)
  • Radiant Black #4 Cover A by Ferigato & Costa (MAR210216), Radiant Black #4 Cover B by Mason (MAR210217), and Radiant Black #4 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Doaly (MAR210218)

Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe court divinity with Ordinary Gods

On the heels of sales beast Radiant Black, Kyle Higgins courts divinity in an upcoming collaboration with The Flash’s Felipe WatanabeOrdinary Gods. This centuries-spanning epic sci-fi/fantasy series is set to launch from Image Comics on July 7.

This monumental new series of mythic proportions will debut with an extra-length first issue. Each issue will also feature stunning, wraparound cover art from such artists as Dave Johnson, Nicola Scott, Declan Shalvey, Rod Reis, Tula Lotay, Dan Panosian, and series artist Watanabe, all with colors by the Eisner Award-winning Matt Wilson.

The Luminary. The Prodigy. The Brute. The Trickster. The Innovator. Five gods from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the “War of Immortals.” At least, they were—before they were trapped, sent to a planet made into a prison, forced into an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation.

Ordinary Gods follows 22-year-old Christopher. He’s got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He’s in therapy. He’s one of the Five. Which means, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.

Ordinary Gods #1

Radiant Black Gets an Original Orchestra Track from Walking Dead Co-Composer Sam Ewing

This week’s Radiant Black #3 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa will treat fans to a creative departure for the series and focus on main character Nathan’s writing process. As a special treat for Radiant Black fans, Sam Ewing (co-composer on The Walking Dead) composed and recorded a live orchestra track to tie-in with the recent issue’s story—one of the six planned to accompany each issue of the first story arc in the series.

Image Comics is pleased to reveal a video clip of the recording session for the piece, which is performed by a 59 piece orchestra (The Budapest Scoring Orchestra) and designed as “an exploration of a theme,” just like the issue is designed to capture the creative process. Fans can listen to the full track.

Ewing is the co-composer of the recent seasons of The Walking Dead, and has composed music for TV shows, movies and games prominently in the thriller, sci-fi and drama genres, including the Emmy winning music for series Da Vinci’s Demons and the BAFTA winning score for video game God of War.

Ewing is known for his talents composing orchestra tracks augmented with solo textures and instruments that he performs, particularly strings, woodwinds, and analog synths.

Radiant Black #3 will be available at comic book shops this week, Wednesday, April 21:

  • Cover A by Costa – FEB210200      
  • Cover B by Becca Carey – FEB210201      
  • Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Goni Montes – FEB210202      
Radiant Black #3
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