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DC, Kodansha, VIZ Media, and More in Today’s New Digital Releases

Superman '78 #1

Today is one of two new comic book days. ComiXology has your digital comic needs covered with new releases available now. Check out the releases by the publisher below or start shopping now.

Abrams – Amulet Books

Abrams Comicarts

Albatross Funnybooks

DC Comics

Europe Comics

Fantagraphics

Harlequin

Harpercollins

Humanoids

Kodansha

la Boîte à Bulles

Legendary

Marvel

Seven Seas

SOZO Comics

Urban Comics

VIZ Media

Yen Press


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Amazing Fantasy #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Sabbath bloody sabbath in VAMP SABBATH – Free Comics!

Kotaku – Marvel’s Avengers Is Free This Weekend In Anticipation Of Black Panther – A smart promotion.

bdnews24 – France gave teenagers $350 for culture. They’re buying comic books – Nice!

Smash Pages – Legendary Comics will Never Reprint ‘Holy Terror’ – It wasn’t good and didn’t sell well when it was first released. There’s a lot of reasons to let this be forgotten.

Reviews

Comicbook – Amazing Fantasy #1
Atomic Junk Shop – Embodied
That Hashtag Show – Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation #1

Legendary Comics Debuts a Motion Trailer for Lupina

At Comic-Con@Home, Legendary Comics showed off their releases from 2021 and beyond. During the convention, the publisher debuted a motion trailer for Lupina.

Lupina (September 14, 2021) – a six-part captivating saga about a young girl on a journey of revenge with her wolf companion. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery… and revenge.

Legendary Comics Debuts a Motion Trailer for The Heart Hunter trailer

At Comic-Con@Home, Legendary Comics showed off their releases from 2021 and beyond. During the convention, the publisher debuted a motion trailer for The Heart Hunter.

The Heart Hunter (August 3, 2021) – set on the cursed island of Envecor, where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their body and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children — until they find their soul mate. Paired soul mates are then turned mortal, freed from the curse, and able to leave. But all fairy tales have a dark side: those who don’t want to lose their immortality pay “Heart Hunters” to find their soul mates and kill them so they may remain immortal. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soulmate. As she sets out on her quest, she begins her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again.

Legendary Comics San Diego Comic-Con@Home Virtual Panel This Weekend

The Legendary Comics team—Robert Napton (SVP), Nikita Kannekanti (Senior Editor), and Jann Jones (Director)—discuss their exciting upcoming projects. They are joined by the creative teams of Head Wounds: Sparrow, as well as the teams behind the original YA graphic novels—The Heart Hunter, Lupina: Volume 1, and Championess. Fans will be treated to first looks, new trailers, and special guests.

  • HEAD WOUNDS: SPARROW (Fall 2021): Leo Guidry is a bad person and an even worse cop. When he suffers a psychic head wound, his life on the edge slips into spiritual warfare. In a landscape of angels, devils, and everything in between, can a person utterly devoid of empathy find a way to overcome the forces of darkness that have infiltrated his reality? This is the world of Head Wounds: Sparrow. The new original supernatural noir graphic novel—from creator Bob Johnson, with story by John Alvey, and developed by actor Oscar Isaac and Jason Spire—is written by New York Times’ best-selling writer Brian Buccellato and features art by Christian Ward. Panel guests: Bob Johnson, John Alvey, Christian Ward, Brian Buccellato and Jason Spire.
  • THE HEART HUNTER(August 3, 2021): set on the cursed island of Envecor, where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their body and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children—until they find their soul mate. Paired soul mates are then turned mortal, freed from the curse, and able to leave. But all fairy tales have a dark side: those who don’t want to lose their immortality pay “Heart Hunters” to find their soul mates and kill them so they may remain immortal. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soulmate. As she sets out on her quest, she begins her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again. The Heart Hunter is an upcoming title from the newly announced Legendary Comics YA imprint. Panel guests: writer Mickey George and artist V. Gagnon.
  • LUPINA (September 14, 2021): a six-part captivating saga about a young girl on a journey of revenge with her wolf companion. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery… and revenge. Lupina is an upcoming title from the newly announced Legendary Comics YA imprint. Panel guests: Eisner Award-nominated writer James F. Wright, artist Li Buszka and colorist Bex Glendining.
  • CHAMPIONESS(on sale now): inspired by the life of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century London. Elizabeth and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’s debts. While Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, the only way she knows how to make enough money to help them survive is her true passion, bareknuckle boxing. With Tess’s support, Elizabeth trains at the boxing facility of one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety, James Figg. As Elizabeth trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her family and comes to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world. Championess was the first title released under the Legendary Comics YA imprint. Panel guests: writers Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, and artist Amanda Perez Puentes.

WHEN: Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 2:00pm PT

WHERE: Virtually. The panel will become available for fans to view at https://youtu.be/RoR6AxAsGVc starting on Saturday, July 24 at 2pm PT.

Today’s New Digital Releases Include DC, Kodansha, VIZ Media, and More!

Justice League Infinity #1

It’s one of two new comic book days this week and comiXology has your digital needs covered. You can start shopping now or check out the new releases by the publisher below.

comiXology Originals

DC Comics

Harlequin

Irodori Comics

Kodansha

la Boîte à Bulles

Legendary

Marvel

Scholastic Graphix

Seven Seas

SOZO Comics

Vertical

VIZ Media


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Legendary Comics Launches a New YA Imprint – Legendary Comics YA

Legendary Comics YA

Launching with a slate of five original graphic novels created for the young adult space, Legendary Comics has announced a new imprint, Legendary Comics YA, dedicated to telling original and character-driven stories across a wide array of genres. With a commitment to amplify new voices, spotlight diverse perspectives, and seek out passionate talent telling authentic stories, the imprint gives emerging and veteran artists a platform to share stories never told before and retell classics from a new point of view, in hopes to transport readers to other worlds that span a range of genres, from fantasy to historical fiction, and beyond.

The Legendary Comics YA slate includes:

  • Championess (in stores now) – based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century London. Elizabeth, reimagined as half-Indian, and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’s debts. While Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, the only way she knows how to make enough money to help them survive is her true passion, bareknuckle boxing. With Tess’s support, Elizabeth trains at the boxing facility of one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety, James Figg. As Elizabeth trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her family and comes to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world. Writers: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas. Arist: Amanda Perez Puentes.
  • The Heart Hunter (August 3, 2021) – set on the cursed island of Envecor, where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their body and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children — until they find their soul mate. Paired soul mates are then turned mortal, freed from the curse, and able to leave. But all fairy tales have a dark side: those who don’t want to lose their immortality pay “Heart Hunters” to find their soul mates and kill them so they may remain immortal. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soulmate. As she sets out on her quest, she begins her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again. Writer: Mickey George. Artist: V. Gagnon.
  • Lupina (September 9, 2021) – a six-part captivating saga about a young girl on a journey of revenge with her wolf companion. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery… and revenge. Writer: Eisner Award-nominated writer James F. Wright. Artist: Li Buszka.
  • The Witches of Silverlake (October 1, 2022) – the story of Elliot Green, who moves across country to start high school in one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious private schools. He’s quickly taken in by the school’s outcasts: the scholarship kids; the queer kids; and the ones who just don’t really fit in with the glossy trust fund babies of SJTBA. They quickly let him in on their little secret…they are witches. Elliot joins them in their world among the crystal stores and occult shops of Silverlake and ends up joining his new friends’ coven. During one of their magical experiments, they accidentally release a bloodthirsty demon that starts murdering their classmates and teachers. Elliot and his coven realize that the fun and games of playing with crystals and candles is over, that magic is powerful, real, and that it might be more dangerous than they’d ever imagined. Writer: Simon Curtis. Artist: Stephanie Son.
  • Tragic (April 18, 2022) – a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from a queer lens and told through the eyes of 17-year-old Harper Hayes. After her father Hamilton dies a mysterious and tragic death, Harper is convinced that he was murdered, and her first suspect is her uncle, who has been sleeping with her mother. With the help of her ex-girlfriend Talia and her best friend (sometimes with benefits) Holden, Harper is determined to find her father’s killer. But when Caius, Talia’s father and Hamilton’s business partner, is also found dead, Harper realizes the answer to Hamilton’s murder is more complicated than she had initially realized. As Harper begins to see her father’s ghost in the form of a teenage Hamlet everywhere and starts slipping into hallucinations of his murder that end with blood on her hands, one thing becomes clear—in order to uncover the truth about what happened to her father, Harper has to confront her own demons and ones that haunt the Hayes family. Writer: Dana Mele. Artist: Valentina Pinti. Colorist: Chiara Di Francia.

Tragic is a Retelling of Hamlet from a Queer Lens

Legendary Comics announced today a new original graphic novel, Tragic, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet exploring family, mystery and death, from Pushcart-nominated writer Dana Mele. Featuring artwork from artist Valentina Pinti and colorist Chiara Di Francia, Tragic takes on redefined and curious characters layered into a queer narrative that weaves together both lovely and unsettling perspectives inspired by the infamously classic tragedy. The graphic novel is set for release in Spring 2022.

Tragic is told through the eyes of 17-year-old Harper Hayes. After her father Hamilton dies a mysterious and tragic death, Harper is convinced that he was murdered, and her first suspect is her uncle, who has been sleeping with her mother. With the help of her ex-girlfriend Talia and her best friend (sometimes with benefits) Holden, Harper is determined to find her father’s killer. But when Caius, Talia’s father and Hamilton’s business partner, is also found dead, Harper realizes the answer to Hamilton’s murder is more complicated than she had initially realized. As Harper begins to see her father’s ghost in the form of a teenage Hamlet everywhere and starts slipping into hallucinations of his murder that end with blood on her hands, one thing becomes clear—in order to uncover the truth about what happened to her father, Harper has to confront her own demons and ones that haunt the Hayes family. 

Tragic

Review: Kingdom Kong

Kingdom King

Before there was a rivalry between Team Edward and Team Jacob, two different monsters polarized audiences, forcing them to choose which force of nature they were going to cheer on. Those monsters are King Kong and Godzilla. These two giants are set to face off on the big screen once again in “Godzilla vs. Kong” and Legendary Comics is providing the pre-game commentary in two new graphic novels. This review will focus on Kingdom Kong but be on the lookout for my review of Godzilla Dominion.

Kingdom Kong, written by Maire Anello, sets up Kong’s side of the conflict. This original graphic novel is a sequel to Skull Island: Birth of Kong, but as far as I can tell, you don’t need to have read it to understand this book. I’ve never read Birth of Kong and it didn’t stop me from enjoying Kingdom Kong. Anello gets the exposition out of the way at the beginning of the story. Quickly catching the reader up and setting the stage for the story that is about to play out. There are an unexpected number of science-fiction elements introduced during the setup. Although a cool addition to the Kong mythos, I felt a little bogged down by these details. Luckily, the pacing and action both take off soon after.

Once the setup is out of the way and the action begins, the storyline is very exciting. Between the exhilarating action scenes and the character’s emotional beats, Kingdom Kong is a real page turner. In addition to the compelling character work and stellar action, I also enjoyed the plot points obviously inspired by classic Eldritch horror. In addition, the story features a diverse cast of characters. Audrey Burns, the comic’s main human character, is especially well developed. Anello does a great job of making all the characters believable. They come off as actual people and not just players in an action comic.

The realism of the characters is further enhanced by Zid’s artwork. I always appreciate when an artist pays attention to the light source in each panel. This is something that Zid excels at throughout the graphic novel. He also expertly scales the kaiju. It’s easy to tell the size of figures relative to one another. This provides clarity to the scope of characters featured in each panel and gives the reader a real sense of the size and power of the kaiju.

Kong is illustrated very well. In every panel in which he appears, his might and majesty are readily apparent. He doesn’t look much like an actual gorilla but luckily, he also doesn’t look like a guy in a gorilla suit. One complaint I have with the artwork is that there are a few points in the story where it’s hard to tell the flashbacks from events in the present. Each is colored the same and time stamps are rarely used, so there are times when it’s hard to tell the difference between a character’s memories and the scene playing within the current storyline.

Members of Team Kong will definitely want to read Kingdom Kong. It’s probably not a bad idea to also check out the companion graphic novel Godzilla Dominion too. After all, it’s always best to know your opponent. Even if the contenders are giant kaiju monsters.

Story: Marie Anello Art: Zid
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Godzilla Dominion

Godzilla Dominion

I have loved Godzilla for as long as I can remember. As a kid I was drawn to Godzilla because he is the perfect mix of dinosaur and monster. As an adult, I appreciate the social and historical commentary often applied to Godzilla stories and films. As big a fan as I am, I’ve fallen behind on the more recent Godzilla remakes. I just haven’t had the time or the funds to see the newest movies. I’m hoping to change that, and the first step is reviewing Godzilla Dominion.

Published by Legendary Comics, Godzilla Dominion is an original graphic novel due out on March 30th. Written by Greg Keyes, the story is follow-up to the 2019 film “Godzilla: King of Monsters.” It is also a prelude to the upcoming movie “Godzilla vs. Kong.” I’ve already reviewed the King Kong tie-in comic Kingdom Kong; now it’s time to jump into Godzilla Dominion.

The plot unfolds entirely through narration and no in-scene dialogue is used. The narrative text is artfully written in a beautiful prose. The story is told from Godzilla’s perspective and drawn from a third-person perspective so that the reader can take in all the action. Although there are plenty of fight scenes, my favorite parts of this graphic novel were the moments of reflection upon Godzilla’s life and history. Keyes does an amazing job of imagining Godzilla as an actual living creature and not solely a freak of nature. He really gets inside Godzilla’s head and gives the reader a sense of what life must be like for the apex predator.

Artist Drew Edward Johnson draws Godzilla with a great sense of scale and scope, though I wish the depth of the ocean was communicated a little better. It always bugs me to see Godzilla swimming while completely immersed in water one minute and then suddenly standing in that same water moments later. Godzilla is expertly drawn, especially when he’s the only character in a panel. There are many full-page splashes and two-page spreads that truly showcase Godzilla’s elegant ferocity. Unfortunately, in many of the action scenes it is very hard to tell what is going on. Godzilla’s opponents and their actions become unclear, making it hard to follow the fight sequences. Unexpected changes in perspective between connected panels further confuse the imagery.

Those who haven’t seen the movie “Godzilla: King of Monsters” shouldn’t be worried. You don’t need knowledge of that film to enjoy Godzilla Dominion. There’s plenty of action in this original graphic novel but the main draw is the focus on Godzilla himself. Within the pages of this book is a very well-done character study that casts Godzilla in a new light. The art isn’t perfect but still manages to hit a lot of high notes while shining a spotlight on Godzilla. Godzilla Dominion is an incredibly unique book and well worth the time of both casual and longtime fans of kaiju films and comics.

Story: Greg Keyes Art: Drew Edward Johnson
Story: 10 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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