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

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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.

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Legendary Comics Debuts the Cover for New YA Graphic Novel Lupina

Lupina is a two-volume 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. The first volume of the two-piece collection will be available in bookstores and online retailers on September 14, 2021. Both volumes contain three phases, continuing the adventure of Lupa and Coras.

Lupina is from writer James F. Wright, art by Li Buszka, color by Bex Glendining, and lettering by Ariana Maher. The graphic novel is available for pre-order.

Regina King to Direct Bitter Root Based on the Comic Series by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown

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Bitter Root has found its director in Regina King. The film is based on the comic series created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown. Published by Image Comics, the film is being released by Legendary.

King will produce along with Reina King via their Royal Ties banner, along with Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, and Sev Ohanian. Walker, Greene, Brown, and Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo will executive produce.

The film’s draft is currently being rewritten by Bryan Edward Hill.

Set in 1924 during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance, the story focuses on a fracture family of once-great monster hunters. They face an evil that has decended upon New York City. The family must overcome the wounds of their past if they hope to stop an invasion.

The series is well praised receiving nominations for a 2019 Eisner Award for “Best New Series” and 2019 Ringo award for “Best Series”.

Legendary Pictures Announces Two Godzilla vs. Kong Prequel Graphic Novels

Godzilla vs. Kong

In anticipation of the March release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures‘ epic action-adventure Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Comics has announced a publishing program that will allow fans to dive deeper into stories relating to the upcoming cinematic showdown between two of the most beloved pop culture Titans of all time—the great Godzilla and the mighty Kong! The program features two new epic prequel graphic novels; an anthology featuring past fan-favorite comic series; two endearing titles for young readers—an original children’s picture book and a young children’s board book; an official behind-the-scenes art book; and a novelization that takes readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and more. Each title will set the stage for this not-to-be-missed battle royale.

Godzilla Dominion—the prequel graphic novel written by Greg Keyes with art by Drew Edward Johnson will feature a unique story that picks up after the events of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the Titans have risen and the reign of Godzilla has begun. As told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view, the graphic novel brings new insights into the King of Monsters: his habitats, ancient rivalries, encounters with new Titans, and other challenges. As his new era of dominance is tested, a coming confrontation with another King looms. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

A sequel to the graphic novel Skull Island: Birth of Kong and a prelude to the film Godzilla vs. Kong, the upcoming prequel graphic novel, Kingdom Kong, will follow a group of highly skilled military pilots gathered together on Skull Island to see who has ‘the right stuff’ to take on a dangerous mission into the hollow earth. One of the pilots, Audrey, is haunted by the memories of a monstrous clash with one of Godzilla’s titanic rivals that left deep scars. When Skull Island is attacked by Camazotz, a bat-like Titan, Audrey must to come to terms with her inner demons, and finding his home newly threatened, Kong must rise to face this usurper that would plunge the world into perpetual night. Kingdom Kong is written by Marie Anello with art by ZID. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

Kong finds himself in the center of a charming and enthralling children’s book, Kong & Me, by New York Times’ bestselling author Kiki Thorpe with illustrations by Nidhi Chanani. Young fans will be able to follow along as the mighty Titan and his new pal spend a day of fun and adventure exploring the many wonders of Skull Island—proving that friendships come in many sizes and no matter how different we are, no one is too big or small to find a true friend. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

The engaging and family-friendly board book Godzilla vs. Kong: Sometimes Friends Fight (But They Always Make Up), from Insight Editions and featuring art from illustrator Carol Herring, features heartwarming lessons and introduces the beloved Godzilla and Kong characters to a younger generation. Making new friends isn’t always easy for kids. That is equally true for two giant monsters, where small misunderstandings can easily blossom into enormous conflicts. This book provides tips on how to be a good friend by using these two Titans to show young kids how to behave in familiar situations…but on a much larger scale. Available on April 6, 2021 and to you can pre-order it now.

New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes returns once again to the Monsterverse with Titan Books’ Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization, taking readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and so much more. Humanity fights for its future as Godzilla and Kong embark on a path of destruction that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in an all-out war. Available on April 6, 2021 and is up for pre-order.

For new readers wanting to discover the backstories of Godzilla and Kong for the first time or fans revisiting their favorite adventures, the Monsterverse Titanthology Vol 1 brings the previously released graphic novels, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong (2017) and Godzilla: Aftershock (2019), together in one legendary volume for the first time ever. Available on May 11, 2021.

Godzilla vs. Kong: One Will Fall, The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royalefrom Insight Editions and written by Daniel Wallace with a special foreword by director Adam Wingard—takes fans behind-the-scenes revealing how this monstrously epic film was brought to the screen. The deluxe book will feature a dynamic selection of exclusive concept art, pre-production materials, on-set photography and insight from the filmmakers, making it the ultimate guide to an iconic movie showdown. Available on May 21, 2021 and it’s available for pre-order.

Today’s Digital Releases Features Over 50 New Comics to Choose From Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Aftershock, Vault, and more!

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Today is new comic book day and comic shops and digital shelves have you covered with new releases! ComiXology features over 50 new comics from Marvel, BOOM!, AfterShock, IDW, Image, and more! You can get shopping now and get some new comics to read or check out the individual releases by publisher below.

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Ankama

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

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DC Comics

Devil’s Due Comics

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

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IDW Publishing

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Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Vault Comics

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Today’s New Digital Comics Features Over 70 New Releases Featuring DC, Manga, and More

Sweet Tooth: The Return #1

Tuesdays are one of two new comic book days and comiXology has you covered with over 70 new digital comic releases. You can get new releases from DC, new manga, and classic Marvel now on the site. Get shopping and check out all of the releases or see what you can get by publisher below!

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Underrated: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror



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For those who haven’t heard of this book, I’ll give you a little background before we get started. Written and drawn by Frank Miller, and published by Legendary in 2011, Holy Terror follows a superhero called The Fixer as he battles against an Al Qaeda cell who are intent on destroying Empire City. Originally slated as a Batman book, Miller changed direction during the creation process to establish a new hero who, according to the writer, is “much more well adjusted in committing terrible acts of violence on very evil people.” Although depending on the source, DC pulled the plug on the project… (which is what  I had heard prior to researching  a little).  Reviews at the time weren’t kind to the work, with criticisms of extreme xenophobia, racism, and labelled the book a gross simplification of matters that ignores any nuance or empathetic slant as Miller lumps all of Islam into a single pot and calls them terrorists.

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This is a book that cultivates anger, and although at the time Miller defended his work with claims it’s a piece of propaganda, in a 2018 interview with the Guardian, he had this to say about the book; “When I look at Holy Terror, which I really don’t do all that often, I can really feel the anger ripple out of the pages… I don’t want to wipe out chapters of my own biography. But I’m not capable of that book again.”

If that wasn’t reason enough to turn away from the book, the story itself is incredibly simplistic; the Fixer sees an explosion, goes to fight those responsible for it in an increasingly excessive and violent display of force along with a cat burglar that he was at one point chasing across rooftops and having some kind of sexual encounter with prior to the explosion. At least, I think that’s what was going on. It’s kind of tough to tell with the art that looks like at times like a drunk parody of Miller’s Sin City.

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At this point you might be asking why it’s the subject of this week’s Underrated. Well, I picked this up for $1.30 at a thrift shop with the intention of covering it a column, thinking to myself that there’s no way that Holy Terror could be as bad as I’d heard it was. And it wasn’t. It was, inconceivably, worse. After talking with the Blogger-in-Chief Brett and my Those Two Geeks cohost Joe about the book, I was determined to find some redeeming features of the book so that I didn’t waste my time reading it. There had to be some, right?

There wasn’t. The story,(most of the) the art and the dialogue were awful. However, I’m nothing if not stubborn…

  • Holy Terror is frankly the worst book you will ever read (if you find a book worse than this, let me know). This means that every other comic will be better in some way.
  • Holy Terror makes Dark Knight III: The Master Race look good.
  • With this book, Frank Miller hit rock bottom hard enough to crack the ground and fall into the cracks. Nothing else he does will be as bad as this – of course he may still never create another masterpiece, but that’s not the point.
  • Holy Terror makes you appreciate the creators who are still producing consistently good work late into their careers.
  • The hardcover book itself was well put together. Shame about the content.
  • The book could keep you warm when camping if you run out of firewood – but I wouldn’t use it to cook with.
  • If you pay what I did for the book, then somebody will pay you more for it (in my case a non-local comic book shop. I don’t feel guilty).
  • It provides a somewhat amusing subject for a column, and hopefully one you get a laugh from.
  • Holy Terror is the kind of book you’ll never forget. But is that a good thing…?

Just to be clear, I am not recommending you read this unless you want to see how bad the book is. And even then, it’ll be easier to just believe the reviews and move on knowing that you’ve saved yourself half an hour of your life.

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Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

 

Ron Wimberly’s Prince of Cats Lands at Legendary

Legendary has won the feature rights to Prince of Cats, the graphic novel by Ron Wimberly. It’s being developed as a vehicle for Lakeith Stanfield. The graphic novel was originally published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and is now published by Image Comics. Selwyn Sefyu Hinds is attached to adapt.

The graphic novel is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with an 80s hip-hop spin. It takes place in an alt-universe, mid-eighties New York where dueling with live blades evolved as a cultural phenomenon alongside New York’s other street cultures; it eschews the story of the titular star-crossed lovers to follow the tragic story of Tybalt, the Prince of Cats.

Around the Tubes

inhumans_vs__x_men__1-9So… seeing any movies this weekend? We’ll have our review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in a little while, but here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – The difference a dollar makes: What 2016 might have looked like with Rebirth titles at $3.99 – John Jackson Miller laying it out.

Newsarama – 2017 Eisner Awards Judges Named – A well-established group of judges.

Cryptozoic – Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game: Villainous Characters and Special Abilities  – Could be an interesting game.

ScreenCrush – Legendary Is Releasing ‘Great Wall’ Prequel Graphic Novel – Hrmmm….

The Beat – Why Are The Comics Retailers Worried About Mass Store Closings? – Um, but what about the stores that have embraced diversity, inclusiveness, and marketing? They seem to be doing well.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

The Beat – Inhumans vs. X-Men #1

Atomic Junk Shop – Mega Princess #2

Newsarama – Spider-Man #10

The Beat – Transformers: The Lost Light #1

Game Review: Legendary Villains – Fear Itself

legendaryFollowing on the perhaps poorly conceived relaunch/reintegration of the Marvel Legendary franchise from Upper Deck comes one of the most bizarre choices possible for the continuation of the series.  The previous Villains title offered some fan favorites, though acting as the protagonists rather than as the the villains, potentially strange choice for the format which has mostly favored heroes.  This expansion, the first of the Villains base game and the seventh title thus far in this series, takes on the same dynamic with the strangest inspiration yet.  While there might have been a few minor problems with previous releases, they nonetheless gave fans an outlet for their favorite characters by providing a lot of these favorites as playable characters.  For instance while some of the mechanics of the Guardians of the Galaxy expansion were a little different from what had come before, at least fans got to play as their favorite character from the books or movie.

While Marvel doesn’t tend towards the company wide crossover as much as DC Comics does, it still occurs, and one of the more recent crossovers was also one of the more lackluster – Fear Itself.  Although big things were planned for this story, it ended up as a bit of a missed opportunity for Marvel to pull out all the stops.  This crossover thus is a strange inspiration for the first expansion of this series.  After all while the villain focused approach to the games might be a little weird, it is still conceivable that someone might want to play as Magneto or Venom.  But how many comic/board games fans have always wished that they could invoke the essence of Null or Skadi?  No?  Then how about Kuurth, Nerkkod or Greithoth?  Probably also no.  It is conceivable, especially considering that the following expansion is for Secret Wars, that there is some hope of a boost to sales of trade paperbacks through these release of expansions for the Legendary Universe, because really nothing else makes sense in terms of the overall logic behind the releases.

For the non-comic fans among the gamers interested in the Legendary franchise, this will likely be more of the same, another sequence of cards that mean little outside of their in game text, but for fans of both mediums, they are likely to be somewhat confused by the choices here.  It is nice to see some of the usual Marvel heroes making an appearance here as adversaries, but once again that is only a tease for their own inclusion in the game itself as playable characters (such as Ms. Marvel.)  On the whole this is the most confusing and least sensical of all the expansions thus far, taking the direction of the otherwise fun base game(s) in a strange direction.

Score: 7.0

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