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The Department of Defense Presents a Day with Comic Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Phillip Kennedy Johnson is an Eisner nominated comic writer as well as a musician in the Army. The Department of Defense has put together a video to take us into a day in the life of Johnson. Phillip has written The Power of the Dark Crystal, Smoketown, Last Sons of America, Warlords of Appalachia, Adventure Time, Aquaman, and more. His Smoketown has been optioned and being developed as a film.

Find out more about Phillip as he balances his multiple roles of a soldier, musician, teacher, father, and comic book writer!

Preview: Last Sons of America #4 (of 4)

Last Sons of America #4 (of 4)

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith

Final issue! Jackie must save his brother and Sarah from Don Carlo.

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Preview: Last Sons of America #3 (of 4)

Last Sons of America #3 (of 4)

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith

Jackie and Julian are held captive by the crime lord Don Carlo. Bad news…especially if you kidnapped his daughter!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Jonesy_001_A_MainWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Javier

Top Pick: Sunflower #4 (451 Media) – The visuals are amazing, but the luminescence is in stark contrast to the dark cult ridden story. CJ will do anything for her daughter. Or at least we are going to find out?

Descender #10 (Image Comics) – The space adventures of Tim 21 continue on the Robot Resistance’s Machine Moon home world. A new group (‘The Between’) and character (‘Queen Between’) are to be introduced in this issue.

The Last Contract #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The assassin Old Man with No Name is on the hunt for the rat bastard who exposed his kill list. And he ain’t taking no prisoners.

Last Sons of America (BOOM! Studios) – Don Carlo is about to open a Mexican Can of Whoop’ Ass on Jackie and Julian.  I guess they shouldn’t have gotten involved with the Don’s Star Wars quoting daughter.

Snow Blind #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Trent is one messed up kid, and now he knows everything about the WITSEC program and his family.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Constantine The Hellblazer TP Volume 1 (DC Comics)Constantine is DC’s best comic and this is the place to start for fans both new and old. It holds the blend of dark humor, self destructive lust, creepy magic and relatable melancholy that’s required in a Constantine comic. Yet the stories and creative art feel all new. And hurray, one of the writers is a bisexual man writing a bisexual male lead.

Top Pick: Jonesy #1 (of 4) (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – Love is dumb! Thus spaketh many a young rebel such as Jonesy, the protagonist of this new all-ages miniseries. She has the superpower to make people fall in love, but not with her. While she revels in being unique and an outsider she also wants to be accepted– in-spite of herself. Cute and bold art that’s half punk/half cartoon feels very contemporary and young.  This is writer Sam Humphries’s second latina teen protagonist (the other stars in Marvel’s Weirdworld which you should also be buying).

All-New Wolverine #5 (Marvel) – Laura Kinney teams up with The Wasp! I love this series’ character development and consistent feminist awesomeness. Laura is a complex female superhero and we’ve been hungry for that.

Black Canary #8 (DC Comics) – A mysterious ninja is stalking Dinah. I think I know who it is. Fantastic rock and roll art and interesting stories featuring a great female cast make this series easy to love.

No Mercy #7 (Image Comics) – After last issue’s climax how are you not reading this?! Completely suspenseful, realistic and accessible to non-comics readers. It’s sort of the HBO of comics.

Zodiac Starforce #4 (Dark Horse) – The Final issue of a magical girl series I wish I had as a kid (and I never did read Sailor Moon). A charming and inventive all ages comic with a kick-ass diverse and distinctive cast. You’re sure to find a character to identify with. Feels a bit like a technicolor Buffy for kids.

 

Logan

Top Pick: Batman #49 (DC Comics) –  After Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo rewrote the Batman mythos last week to have Bruce Wayne not be motivated by his parents’ death to pick up the cape and cowl, I am interested in how Snyder and guest artist Yanick Paquette put him back in the middle of the action against Mr. Bloom.

Jem and the Holograms Valentine’s Day Special (IDW Publishing) – My favorite part of the Jem and the Holograms series hasn’t been the plots, but the fun characters, art, and romance. This is why I enjoy the various annual and special issues, which can focus on the characters, their interactions, and antics without having to progress the overall plot. Hoping for some Kimber/Stormer adorableness.

Jonesy #1 (of 4) (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – The BOOM! Box imprint has a strong track record of fun, relatable all ages comics with great cartoonish art, like Lumberjanes and Giant Days. And Jonesy is different with its focus on romance. Also, there can never be enough comics starring members of fandoms.

Jughead #4 (Archie Comics) – Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson make for an excellent comedy team, and Jughead is one of the funniest current comics. Each issue, I anticipate the weird and wacky dream sequences in the middle of the comic. Also, Jughead is revealed to be asexual this issue.

Ms. Marvel #4 (Marvel) – I’m really enjoying the new volume of Ms. Marvel, and how Ms. Marvel has to balance being a regular high school student, Avenger, and superhero while also dealing with her name being used by an evil corporation that wants to level her city for expensive condos. Talk about a full course load.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Shaft: Imitation of Life #1 (Dynamite) – David Walker’s first volume for the classic character was fantastic, and this second one is a comic that I’ve been waiting to read since I found out about it many months ago. Walker mastered getting to the basics of John Shaft, what makes the character great, and I’m expecting more of the same.

Descender #10 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite comics out right now. This sci-fi series is as great to read as it is to stare at it’s beautiful pages.

Legend of Wonder Woman #2 (DC Comics) – The Wonder Woman we need. It’s a back to basics take on the character and is right now the best depiction of the character in comics. The first issue was great and shows you can easily do the character right with a solid creative team.

Old Man Logan #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic, the best debut of any All-New, All-Different Marvel comic. It perfectly captured the “Western” feel of the original story mixed in with a good revenge tale. So good that I don’t care this issue is out just a few weeks later.

Sunflower #4 (451 Media) – This series is just beautiful to look at, and the story rather haunting. A mother trying to get her kid back from a cult, yes please!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Giant Robot Maintenance CrewWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Howard The Duck #3 (Marvel) – This series is probably my most anticipated comic every month because it doesn’t take itself even remotely seriously. It’s like a shining beacon in the sea of dark and gritty comics that I otherwise read.

Lobster Johnson: Glass Mantis (Dark Horse) – It’s only the second comic I’ve read featuring the Lobster, but he’s a character I’d love to learn more about, and what better way than this one-shot?

Seduction Of The Innocent #2 (Dynamite) – I’m liking the feel of this comic, and the cover is a fantastic homage to the crime comics of old.

 

Brett

COPRA Round Three (Bergen Street Comics) – The best superhero comic on the market right now. This indie comic has delivered with every single issue. It’s so good I buy them in singles and trades. Just has to be read to really be appreciated, no words will do it justice.

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew (Cosmic Times) – I loved this when it was in single issues. It focuses on the folks who help make those giant robots actually function when the pilots go into battle. You won’t look at giant robots the same way again after reading this twistedly funny comic.

The Omega Men #7 (DC Comics) – Tom King consistently deliver in this critically praised series.

Squadron Supreme #2 (Marvel) – This “dark” Avengers comic brings all of these characters into the regular Marvel Universe, and their brand of justice isn’t going over well. Should be fascinating to see where it goes.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with their Star Wars comics and I expect no less from this one.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Black Canary #6 (DC Comics) –  In the words of Led Zeppelin “It’s been a long time, been a long time, Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since issue 5”. Are the members of Black Canary the Queens of Noise or will they be shot through the heart by their former singer? Like Alice Cooper I Love it to Death.

Top Pick: All-New Wolverine #3 (Marvel) – The best it is what it does: being a superhero comic that’s actually All New All Different. Laura Kinny is Wolverine.

Black Magick #3 (Image Comics) – We were promised a witch noir and a witch noir we have! Artist Nicola Scott’s best drawn and moodiest work to date coupled with Greg Rucka who’s always an awesome writer.

Jughead #3 (Archie) – Genuine and tongue in cheek humor at the same time. My favorite Archie series gets better with each issue. I love the character’s voice now. I’m a total Archie newbie and I’ve fallen for it.

Ringside #2 (Image Comics) –  Do ya like wrestling, kid? Seedy backstage wrastling drama. General grittiness and industry weary eyes. Big cliffhanger at the end of last issue.

 

Javier

Top Pick: East of West #23 (Image Comics) – I didn’t read #22 … oh wait … I didn’t have to. There was no dialogue. After that epic failure in the last ish all that Image hints at in the next installment is that “Revelations and Retribution abound.”  Can’t wait to find out what exactly that means.

Last Sons Of America #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Another dark and dystopian sci-fi-ish BOOM! title by a relatively unknown writer (Philip Kennedy Johnson). This one centers on human trafficking, and the monetization and exploitation of children. Dark and bleak it is, infused with kidnappings, drug cartels, and guns.

Ragnarok #7 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve been a fan of Walt’s work since the 80s. After forty odd years in the industry, he still has the magic touch. Thor (totally unrelated to Marvel’s Thor) is the Last God Standing about to do battle against Regn, the Black Elf Assassin.

Six #2 (451 Media) – Written by the team of George Pelecanos (of HBO’s The Wire fame) and Andrew Ewington, this title pits Mercs versus Drug Cartels. Another guns and action title, if that’s your thing.

Welcome Back #4 (BOOM! Studios) – I jumped on this one late in the middle of issue #3.  Glad I did; I was able to snag first print copies of #1 and #2.  I doubt I could find these now. Originally this one was slated to be a mini-series, but Boom has now extended it as an ongoing title due to its well-deserved popularity. Word of mouth spread quickly on this violent story of battling reincarnated assassins, so first printings are now a rarity; but you can probably snag some second or third printings to catch up (by the way I was enjoying Sebela’s run on Dead Letters too, but for some reason after #9, subsequent issues have been released digitally but not in print; what’s up with that).

Preview: Last Sons of America #2 (of 4)

Last Sons of America #2 (of 4)

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith

Jackie and Julian have finally found a child they can send to America, but she’ll bring more trouble onto the brothers than they expected.

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Review: Last Sons of America #1 (of 4)

Last_Sons_of_America_001_A_MainWhen a biological terrorist attack makes it impossible for anyone in America to conceive children, adoption of kids from other countries explodes. Brothers Jackie and Julian are adoption agents based in Nicaragua. They usually do all their options through legal means, but they’re facing increasing competition from straight-up kidnappers. One desperate move from Jackie could put them in the cross-hairs of some very dangerous people.

Last Sons of America #1 is an interesting start for a series that could potentially be amazing commentary on the current state of the United States and its place in the world, but at its heart, the story is an interesting crime/noir tale.

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Last Sons of America is a solid beginning that sets up its world and its two main characters quite well. An attack has made it imperative for the those in the United States to adopt children from around the world. In steps Julian and Jackie, brothers whose job it is to get kids through legal means. There’s also those who have similar jobs and do so in not so legal means.

That set up has amazing opportunity to discuss the current state of adoption, slavery, as well as immigration in general. But, the comic dials that make, letting the reader think about those things themselves. Instead the comic is really about Julian and Jackie and through a stupid decision and mistake, the comic quickly turns into a crime comic. We’ll see that play out in the next few issues, but it’s a solid twist towards the end that got me interested. I went in thinking the comic would be one thing, and came out of it with something else. And both of those things are solid.

The art by Matthew Dow Smith is perfect for this sort of story. Not only does it fit the crime/noir genre, there’s something that fits the location of Nicaragua. What’s also great by Smith is his unique looking individuals. Characters are unique, they are each identifiable, and that includes many of the characters in the background.

The first issue of Last Sons of America isn’t what I expected, but due to smart choices by Johnson and Smith the comic is something really interesting and entertaining. If you’re looking for a comic with a deep statement on adoption and immigration, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a solid crime/noir comic, absolutely check this out.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Matthew Dow Smith
Story: 7.9 Art: 8 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Last Sons of America #1 (of 4)

Last Sons of America #1 (of 4)

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith

When a biological terrorist attack makes it impossible for anyone in America to conceive children, adoption of kids from other countries explodes. Brothers Jackie and Julian are adoption agents based in Nicaragua. They usually do all their options through legal means, but they’re facing increasing competition from straight-up kidnappers. One desperate move from Jackie could put them in the cross-hairs of some very dangerous people.

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Phillip Kennedy Johnson Discusses the Last Sons of America, plus a Preview!

Last_Sons_of_America_001_A_MainWhen a biological terrorist attack makes it impossible for anyone in America to conceive children, adoption of kids from other countries explodes. Brothers Jackie and Julian are adoption agents based in Nicaragua. They usually do all their options through legal means, but they’re facing increasing competition from straight-up kidnappers. One desperate move from Jackie could put them in the cross-hairs of some very dangerous people.

Last Sons of America is a new four issue series out November 11th from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Matthew Dow Smith, and BOOM! Studios.

Before the comic hits shelves this Wednesday, we got a chance to talk to Johnson about the comic series, and have a preview of what you can expect.

Graphic Policy: Where did the idea for Last Sons of America come from?

Phillip Kennedy Johnson: When I was just starting to take writing pretty seriously, I heard a story on NPR about the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, about missionaries who were trying to take Haitian kids out of the country. They said they were trying to save orphans, but these kids weren’t orphans. I did some research into what was going on in Haiti, and uncovered some pretty disturbing stuff about the adoption industry down there, and all around the world. Parents sell their children into adoption all the time, every day… Orphanages do, too. Often, the parents are trying to get their kids out of extreme poverty, but it’s not always that altruistic, and certainly not on the part of the buyers. It’s a complicated issue. Anyway, that concept of selling kids for profit stuck in my mind—hard. When something grabs you like that, as a writer it would have been a waste not to write about it. I dressed it up in a sci-fi high concept, figured out who the characters were, how they fit into this world, what they wanted, and Last Sons of America grew out of all that.

GP: How long have you been working on the concept from idea to BOOM! publishing it?

PKJ: I had the idea for Last Sons in late 2010, but I didn’t start scripting it until a few years later, when [artist] Matthew [Dow Smith] and I decided to make the book together. We made a few pages, put together a pitch, and I took it to San Diego in 2013, where I met [BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing] Filip Sablik.

GP: The idea is an attack called Agent Pink has rendered Americans unable to have kids. Will we learn more about that attack, or is it more background for the story?

PKJ: Last Sons of America takes place a generation after the Agent Pink attacks; it’s this world’s 9/11, a moment that shaped the world forever. Everything we see in the story is happening because of Agent Pink, but the story’s not about the attacks… it’s more like The Walking Dead, in that it focuses on our characters, and through them we see all the ways the world has changed. That being said, if we come back to this world for future story arcs, I do have an idea to tie it back into Agent Pink in more detail.

GP: When reading this I can’t help but think of some of the adoption agencies, especially the not reputable ones, and slave trading that occurs in our world. Did you do research into any of that while putting the series together?

PKJ: Human trafficking is something I care deeply about. I’ve done a lot of research, a lot of volunteer work with anti-HT organizations in Baltimore, given training seminars… it’s on my mind a lot. The dark side of the adoption industry is not something I knew much about before hearing that piece on the radio, but by the time I was ready to write the story, I felt like I knew enough to tell the story I wanted to tell. A lot of what you’ll see in this story is real.

GP: Have you had thoughts about exploring (or will we see) America in this new paradigm? Maybe in a follow up series?

PKJ: We don’t see the United States in this arc, but if readers want to see more of this world, I would love to show them what the U.S. looks like now. Every issue of this four-issue arc makes the world bigger, shows more of it, and how things have changed. But there’s still PLENTY of world to show people, in Central America and back home. I would love to show more.

GP: How did Matthew Dow Smith come on to the series? His art is fantastic and fits the mood perfectly.

PKJ: Matthew and I met at Baltimore Comic-Con a few years ago through Ron Marz, a mutual friend. The two of them had just put out a book together for Amazon Studios. Matthew and I became friends, his work was terrific, and later that year I dropped him a line to see if he wanted to do a book together. Of the stories I was working on, Last Sons of America is the one that spoke to him the loudest, and thank God for that, because like you said, he’s a perfect fit for this story: photo-realism with angular, Mignola-esque linework and shadows.

GP: When it came to the character design, how much input did he have?

PKJ: Oh, a ton. I had ideas what I wanted everyone to look like, and I gave him starting points for the main characters, but Matthew’s great; I didn’t want to micromanage him at all. This art form is all about trusting your colleagues. My initial vision for Julian was for him to be even smaller and more physically limited than he ended up in the final design, but I love the way he looks now. Matthew did an amazing job with him.

GP: The one character that really stood out is Julian who looks to have dwarfism. Where’d that come from? For as much as people talk about diversity, that’s not a character we see often in comics.

PKJ: I’ve noticed that, too. The comics industry is taking some amazing strides in diversity right now, and it’s time for the little people community to get more comic book characters they can identify with and admire. This is a story about two brothers, and it was important to me that Julian, the more “heroic” of the two, have some physical limitations. (It goes further than just dwarfism; he has some pretty severe birth defects, and we learn why that is in issue 2.) Jackie and Julian’s strengths and weaknesses complement each other—they’re completely interdependent. They make a whole person between them, which is part of why they’re so close. Jackie’s the tall, good-looking “leading man” of the two, the one people talk to, but Julian’s the more capable brother in a lot of ways. Julian’s easily one of my favorite characters I’ve written, and not because of the way he looks; it’s because of his heart, the decisions he makes, and his relationship with his brother.

GP: There’s a scene where Jackie is bonding with someone about Star Wars (I’m trying not to spoil things). I thought that scene was really interesting in that we see America is exporting something not substantive like entertainment yet we’re importing something vital. Was there thought to that when writing the scene?

PKJ: That’s an interesting take on that, and I love it when people take things from my stories I didn’t see myself. I admit, I wasn’t thinking about luxury vs. necessity when I wrote that scene; it was a reference to pre-Agent Pink America when things were happier, a reprieve from the gravity of the situation. And more importantly, it was a fun way to give those two characters a way to communicate.

The subject matter of Last Sons of America is obviously a serious one, and that was at the front of my mind throughout the entire writing process. I’ve had enough conversations about human trafficking to know it’s easy to “dark out” while you’re talking about it. You see people shut down, they don’t want to hear any more because it’s just so damn depressing.

I did NOT want that to happen with this story. I never want our readers to “dark out” or make them feel preached to. Last Sons is a fun, exciting crime story, and the Star Wars thing (which continues throughout the entire series) was a fun way to lighten the tone. People who look for them throughout the series will see lots of cool little parallels and references to the original trilogy, kind of an “easter egg” for people who are looking forward to the movies starting up again.

GP: You also write a webcomic called The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen. Have you noticed a difference in writing a webcomic like that and a four issue series?

PKJ: Yeah, they’re two completely different experiences. The biggest difference is in the tone of the books themselves; Bremen is a period horror story, a love letter to Warren Publishing’s old Creepy and Eerie anthologies, with beautiful, ink-spattered pages of scary, gory awfulness. Last Sons of America is more of a cool-looking, smooth-talking, Elmore Leonard-esque crime story, with colorful characters who are fun to read getting themselves into serious trouble, trying to do the right thing, or at least not get killed. It’s been a total blast to write, and the writing and art styles couldn’t be more different from Bremen.

Writing a weekly webcomic that will eventually be printed is tricky, because you need to serve the 22-page format, with long scenes that drive forward, page-turn reveals, and a big jaw-dropping moment at the end of every issue, but you ALSO need a little mini-ending or cliffhanger at the end of every single page. Each page needs a clear purpose, something specific that pushes the story forward; you can’t be as patient as you can in a four-page scene, in a comic that’s bought and read all at once.

Another big difference is working with editors. Bremen is just me, artist Steve Beach, and letterer Ken Bruzenak. We’re the whole crew. On Last Sons, I’m working closely with editors Eric Harburn and Cameron Chittock, whose input is without question making this book better than it would have been without them. BOOM! has been terrific to work with, it’s exactly where I wanted this book to be.

GP: Any other upcoming comic projects you can announce?

PKJ: Not that I can announce, unfortunately, but there ARE more stories coming, swear to God! For people who don’t want to wait for The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen to come out in print, they can read the first three issues for free at PhillipKennedyJohnson.com/comic/Bremen, new pages every week. And pick up Last Sons of America #1 on November 11th! Veteran’s Day! ‘Merica!

GP: Thanks Phillip! You can check out a preview of the series, which comes to shelves this Wednesday, below.

BOOM! Studios in January 2016

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #0

Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Kyle Higgins, Mairghread Scott, Steve Orlando
Artists: Hendry Prasetyo, Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

What’s to Love: Saban’s Power Rangers is a multi-generational, globally recognized franchise. With its epic Ranger suits, giant Zords and Megazords, and—at its core—a story of super powered teens who defend the world from evil, the Power Rangers series is a pop-culture phenomenon that has continued to resonate with fans for more than 22 years. We, as huge Power Rangers fans ourselves, are excited to produce a modern Power Rangers comic featuring the iconic characters from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series.

What It Is: It’s Morphin Time! Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers make their BOOM! Studios comic debut in this kick-off #0 issue, which sets the stage for the rest of the series. After escaping Rita Repulsa’s mind control, Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger, joins up with the rest of the Power Rangers to combat her never-ending evil plans. Any semblance of a normal life is gone for Tommy now, but with his newfound family there lies hope for a brighter path. Includes the short story from the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics!

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THE LAST CONTRACT #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Lisandro Estherren
Incentive Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey

What’s to Love: Last year, John Wick reminded everyone why hitmen make for awesome stories. Of course, we’ve known that for years as evidenced by The Killer and Hit. Ed Brisson’s (Batman & Robin Eternal, Sheltered) take on a retired hit man who finds himself as the target is a calculated thriller that kept us guessing until the end, and newcomer Lisandro Estherren’s (Tall Tales from the Badlands) noirish art perfectly sets the mood.

What It Is: A retired hit man, known only as “The Man,” is forced back into the game when a list of his kills is leaked by a mysterious blackmailer. The list makes targets out of anyone associated with one of the The Man’s previous jobs, not to mention The Man himself. As he fights to protect those the list exposes, The Man sets off to uncover the identity of the blackmailer so he can move on with his new life once and for all, but will the truth ruin those chances forever?

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ADVENTURE TIME: ICE KING #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Emily Partridge
Artist: Natalie Andrewson
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Subscription: Corin Howell
Incentive: Wyeth Yates

What’s to Love: The Ice King is probably one of the most tragic and hilarious characters in the Land of Ooo, but we’ve never had the chance to really focus exclusively on him before. Now we’re taking a look at just what makes the Ice King tick with writer Emily Partridge (Adventure Time) and artist Natalie Andrewson (Lumberjanes).

What It Is: The Ice King has always been there, kidnapping princesses, messing with Finn and Jake, and generally being a weirdo. But there’s way more to him than that! He’s a deep, thoughtful person with a heart full of love! Or…maybe he just really wants to marry a princess. Either way, this is one journey the citizens of Ooo aren’t likely to forget!

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VENUS #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Rick Loverd
Artist: Huang Danlan
Cover Artist: W. Scott Forbes

Synopsis: Pauline and the rest of the survivors from the Mayflower take stock of the base on Venus, but there’s a saboteur in their midst who’s sowing tension in the ranks.

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SNOW BLIND #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artist: Tyler Jenkins

Synopsis: Teddy goes on the hunt around town trying to track down the man who is after his family.

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KLAUS #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Synopsis: Klaus is caught delivering presents to the town’s children and must fight his way past Lord Magnus’s guards to avoid imprisonment.

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LAST SONS OF AMERICA #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Cover Artist: Tonci Zonjic

Synopsis: Jackie and Julian are held captive by the crime lord Don Carlo. Bad news…especially if you kidnapped his daughter!

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ROWANS RUIN #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover Artist: Mike Perkins

Synopsis: Final issue! Emily is back from America, and she’s ready to defend her secret at any cost.

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THE SPIRE #6 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

Synopsis: Meera is held by the Zoarim at their camp as part of the Pax proceedings, but she’s not alone…

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WILD’S END: THE ENEMY WITHIN #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard

Synopsis: The group is scattered in the woods of Lower Crowchurch as the alien threat comes roaring back to life.

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JOHN FLOOD #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artist: Jorge Coelho

Synopsis: Final issue! The cat-and-mouse game between Flood and Tate comes to a dangerous conclusion.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #14

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Simic
Cover Artist: Jason Copland

Synopsis: Snake prepares to defend his property from the government at any cost.

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THE WOODS #19

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Synopsis: Calder isn’t strong enough, and Isaac gets caught messing with dangerous powers.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #20

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists:
Main: Joe Eisma
Incentive: Aaron Alexovich

Synopsis: Jack has to keep his cover as a great sorcerer worthy of nomination into the Sorcerers’ Alliance while Miao Yin and Wang sort out some personal problems!

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REGULAR SHOW #31

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Mad Rupert
Artist: Laura Howell
Cover Artists:
Main: Jeremy de la Garza
Subscription: Will Kirkby

Synopsis: Rigby and Skips are forced to battle in the Crystal Coliseum while Benson and Mordecai struggle to find a way home from the Rainbow Palace in the clouds!

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ADVENTURE TIME #48

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:
Main: Maya Kern
Subscription: Ryan Robinson

Synopsis: Finn and Jake learn the truth about their mysterious old friend and his connection to Joshua’s spell.

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PEANUTS #30

Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz, Various

Synopsis: Snoopy’s sister is in town, and it’s causing all kinds of trouble for Charlie Brown. Plus, a Woodstock adventure!

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GIANT DAYS #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman

Synopsis: Esther’s old school friend “Big Lindsay” comes to visit with her baby, but watching the kid and being nice to the insatiable party girl begins to wear on everyone.

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MUNCHKIN #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Sam Sykes
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Mike Luckas

Synopsis: A munchkin has to visit an expert for help after she’s hit with an unknown curse that’s making her lose everything.

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LUMBERJANES #22

Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Cover Artists:
Main: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Incentive: Eva Cabrera

Synopsis: When selkies hold Seafarin’ Karen’s boat hostage, the Lumberjanes will have to rely on the one person they aren’t sure they trust: the Bear Woman.

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JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: DRAGONS #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Nathan Pride
Artist: Nathan Pride
Cover Artist: Nathan Pride

Synopsis: Nathan Pride tells the tale of “The Worm of Lambton.” A young heir to a kingdom catches a horrid Worm while fishing on the banks of the River Wear and throws it into a well in disgust. When the Worm outgrows the well and begins to torment the nearby villagers, the heir will have to return to stop it.

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TOIL AND TROUBLE #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artists: Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Kyla Vanderklugt

Synopsis: Smertae and Riata battle with Macbeth’s fate hanging in the balance.

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AMERICATOWN #6 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Bradford Winters & Larry Cohen
Artist: Daniel Irizarri
Cover Artist: Mike Choi

Synopsis: When Arroyo’s partner slips into a coma, his quest becomes personal.

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LANTERN CITY #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré

Synopsis: New story arc! While Lantern City falls into chaos, Killian introduces Sander to another civilization living far outside the city walls.

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CURB STOMP TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artist: Tula Lotay

Synopsis: What’s to Love: Punk rock isn’t dead…yet. Turf wars, breaking rules, crushing violence, and Black Flag—these are a few of our favorite things, and Curb Stomp straight-up knocks our teeth out (in a good way). It’s an unflinching, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect her friends, her family, and her home—perfect for fans of Rat Queens and the seminal ‘70s cult-favorite film The Warriors.

What It Is: Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs. Collects the complete four-issue limited series.

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SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 4 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

Synopsis: Based on the hit FX series! The Sons of Anarchy are more than a club, more than a gang, more than an organization: they are a brotherhood. But what happens when your favorite Sons are on their own? In these four stand-alone stories, Jax confronts an ex-member of the club who opens old wounds. Juice’s side business, Clear Passages, faces a blackmail plot which is more complex than it first appears. Bobby’s trip to Vegas takes a wild, hungover turn for the worse. And Happy, long before he became a Son, gets his very first tattoo. These are the Sons as you’ve never seen them before: alone. Collects issues #15-18.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artist: Eric Powell

Synopsis: Based on the cult-classic John Carpenter film! With the unintended help of Jack Burton, Lo Pan and the Three Storms have returned! On the run, Jack Burton and Wang Chi must traverse America in the Pork-Chop Express to escape the onslaught of the Wing Kong and Lords of Death. With Egg and Miao Yin escaping into the Midnight Road, their only chance at survival is keeping the jade eyes from Lo Pan’s grasp. Collects issues #5-8.

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SUICIDE RISK VOL. 6 TP (Advance solicited for February 2016 shipping)

Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Synopsis: With his newly adopted Earth at stake, Requiem must forge an alliance with a powerful entity more dangerous than himself: Aisa. The follower of a great and ancient goddess, Aisa and her sister Diva may hold the key to closing the F.A.U.L.T.Line once and for all—but on which side will Tracey find herself when they do? Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten) and fan-favorite artist Elena Casagrande (Hulk, Hack/Slash) conclude the mysterious superhero world of Suicide Risk with this critically acclaimed sixth and final arc. Collects issues #22-25.

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ROBOCOP: DEAD OR ALIVE VOL. 2 TP (Advance solicited for February 2016 shipping)

Retail Price: $19.99
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

Synopsis: Somewhere there is a crime happening. RoboCop, now a lone officer in the field, faces the calamity of ED-209 attacks plaguing his city. As he works the streets, newly promoted Detective Anne Lewis will work outside her jurisdiction to bring Killian’s corruption to an end. But they are merely pawns in Killian’s game. This is the beginning of the end for Detroit. The action-packed series from Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Birthright) and Carlos Magno (Lantern City) continues in the second chapter to the Dead or Alive trilogy. Collects issues #5-8.

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ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Writers: Roger Langridge, Derek Fridolfs, Noelle Stevenson, Jai Nitz, and more
Artists: Frazer Irving, Roger Langridge, Dustin Nguyen, Noelle Stevenson, and more
Cover Artist: Dan Hipp

Synopsis: Collecting stories by amazing creators from around the world, Sugary Shorts Volume Two stars all your favorite characters from Marceline the Vampire Queen to Cinnamon Bun. This collection contains so much sugary goodness it’s almost too sweet to handle. Featuring the work of Dustin Nguyen, Noelle Stevenson, Roger Langridge, Frazer Irving, and more!

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Zachary Sterling, Meredith McClaren, Joy Ang, T. Zysk, and more
Artists: Zachary Sterling, Meredith McClaren, Joy Ang, T. Zysk, and more
Cover Artist: Natasha Allegri

Synopsis: Being a magical temp worker isn’t as easy as it looks!. From the mind of creator Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake), this imaginative world takes a life of its own as Bee and PuppyCat learn how to work together with whatever the day throws at them. Enjoy all-new adventures from visiting a local carnival to Bee’s first sick day in a collection of shorts by the amazing talent of Zachary Sterling (Adventure Time), Meredith McClaren (Hinges), Joy Ang (Adventure Time), and many more! Collects issues #5-8.

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THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL VOL. 2 TP (Advance solicited for February 2016 shipping)

Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Frank Gibson, Tyson Hesse
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Cover Artist: Irene Flores

Synopsis: There’s no such thing as a dull day in Elmore! Gumball, Darwin, and Anais stir up trouble wherever they go, but they can always count on each other for help. Based on the hit Cartoon Network show that The Onion’s A.V. Club calls “a revelation,” The Amazing World of Gumball will delight readers of all ages. Collects issues #5-8.

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GUNNERKRIGG COURT VOL. 3 TP

Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Tom Siddell
Artist: Tom Siddell
Cover Artist: Tom Siddell

Synopsis: In the third volume of this critically acclaimed webcomic series, Annie and Kat continue to uncover terrible secrets about their school, Gunnerkrigg Court, while relationships grow and the boundaries of reality are blurred. In the meantime, Coyote begins to show that things in the forest are not quite what they seem. Annie’s second year at the Court comes to a dramatic end! First time printed in softcover.

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MEZOLITH VOL. 1 HC (Advance solicited for February 2016 shipping)

Retail Price: $24.99
Writer: Ben Haggarty
Artist: Adam Brockbank
Cover Artist: Adam Brockbank
Synopsis:

What’s to Love: Mezolith is an award-winning British graphic novel that we are excited to publish for the first time in the U.S. because it’s a captivating, coming-of-age story with lush, gorgeous art! Writer Ben Haggarty is a renowned performance storyteller, having been appointed Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin, and illustrator Adam Brockbank is a storyboard and concept artist who has worked on the Captain America, Spider-Man, and Harry Potter films. The pair has collaborated to produce one of the best-looking books you’ll see all year.

What It Is: 10,000 years ago, the Kansa tribe live on the eastern shores of Stone Age Britain, where danger is never far away. Each season brings new adventures, each hunt has its risks, and each grim encounter with the neighboring tribe is fraught with threat. Poika, a boy on the verge of manhood, must trust the wisdom of his elders and endure life’s rites of passage as he finds his place in the tribe.

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LUMBERJANES VOL. 3 TP (Advance solicited for February 2016 shipping)

Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters, Faith Erin Hicks
Artists: Carolyn Nowak, Various
Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson

Synopsis: It’s a free day at Lumberjanes camp, and the Roanoke cabin is…bored out of their skulls. With nothing to fight the girls set themselves to earning all the badges they can that don’t involve monsters or the supernatural, which is surprisingly hard! When Mal and Molly sneak off in search of real adventure, they accidentally stumble into something more than they ever bargained for. Collects the Halloween special issue #9 written by Faith Erin Hicks and #10-12.

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