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Exclusive Preview: Sabretooth and the Exiles #3 (of 5)

Sabretooth and the Exiles #3 (of 5)

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman (VCA) Geoff Shaw
In Shops: Jan 25, 2023
SRP: $3.99

JOURNEY TO THE ASTRAL PLANE – TO SAVE THIS ONE! ORPHAN-MAKER’S armor keeps his powers contained. You do NOT want to open that armor. Okay, DR. BARRINGTON’S opened the armor. SABRETOOTH and the EXILES’ last hope remains in the ASTRAL PLANE…but can they stop fighting each other long enough to carve out a path to survival?!

Sabretooth and the Exiles #3 (of 5)

Jesus Christ and His Superhero Roommate is Resurrected with Second Coming: Trinity

You welcomed Jesus with open arms in Second Coming. You marveled at his miraculous return in Second Coming: Only Begotten Son. Now the book that turned the comics industry upside-down is back for its third act with Second Coming: Trinity. Written and co-created by 2022 Eisner winner Mark Russell with art by co-creator Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk, Second Coming: Trinity finds Jesus Christ, the Son of God, tackling his biggest challenge in 2000 years: babysitting a child with super powers! Meanwhile, his roommate—the superhero called Sunstar—faces his greatest enemy, and his own guilt, in a court of law. The first issue of the news series lands in stores this spring and will feature a cover by Richard Pace as well as a variant cover by Howard Chaykin.

Second Coming: Trinity will be published monthly by AHOY Comics and available in stores on April 5, 2023.

  • Second Coming: Trinity
  • Second Coming: Trinity

Witness Darth Vader at his deadliest in Star Wars: Darth Vader- Black, White & Red

Some of Darth Vader’s most intense battles and most terrifying pursuits will be revealed this April in Star Wars: Darth Vader- Black, White & Red!

Star Wars: Darth Vader- Black, White & Red will be the latest in Marvel’s “Black, White & Blood” line, the series that spotlights deadly characters such as  Wolverine, Elektra, and Deadpool and showcases their most shocking adventures in stunning black, white, and RED! Readers will see Vader unleashed like never before in tales of terror set throughout the Dark Lord of the Sith’s brutal history!

The stories that await in Star Wars: Darth Vader- Black, White & Red will be crafted by an all-star lineup of comics talent including Jason Aaron! The superstar New York Times bestselling writer who helped launch Marvel’s current Star Wars comics to great success in 2015 and penned some of Vader’s most iconic comic book moments along the way, returns to a galaxy far, far away! Aaron will team up with fellow Star Wars mastermind Leonard Kirk for a rousing saga that will span all four issues. The debut issue will also include a story written and drawn by visionary creator Peach Momoko in her first-ever interior work for a Star Wars comic and mark the Star Wars debut of acclaimed writer Torunn Grønbekk. It features art by Leonard Kirk, Momoko, and more!

Check out Alex Maleev’s haunting cover for issue one below and stay tuned for more news about Star Wars: Darth Vader- Black, White & Red in the months ahead! 

Star Wars: Darth Vader- Black, White & Red

Logan’s Favorite Comics of 2022

If you’ve followed my writing this year, you can definitely tell that 2022 was the year I had serious issues keeping up with new comics even though I opened up my first pull list in six years (Shout out to Rick’s Comic City!) However, I still believe it’s the greatest storytelling medium, and the stray moments I had re-reading old favorites or finding new works were some of the best I had in 2022. I don’t really have the attention span to keep up with crossovers or sprawling shared universes any more, but I love my five issue minis or soft, queer OGNs.

So, without further ado, here are my ten favorite comics of 2022.

10. One-Star Squadron (DC)

Mark Russell and Steve Lieber’s One-Star Squadron follows a group of C and D-list superheroes who are part of an organization called Heroz4U that tries to help find heroes “meaningful” work whether that’s sales for the company, personal appearances, or even actual search and rescue work. The comic satirizes all aspects of modern employment culture, including corporate restructuring, gig work/side hustles, and the cavalier/cutthroat nature of hiring/laying off folks. NFTs and “girlboss culture” even come into play with the Russell’s take on Power Girl. There’s plenty of jokes and comedic beats and visuals from Lieber, but One-Star Squadron also has a strong emotional throughline in the relationship between Red Tornado and his employees as he tries to go to bat for characters like Minuteman and Gangbuster while trying to provide for his family and make the higher-ups at Heroz4U happy. One-Star Squadron is a must-read for fans of David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs, r/antiwork, and obscure DC heroes.

9. Rockstar and Softboy (Image)

Rockstar and Softboy is a breezy, fun one-shot ode to queer friendship from cartoonist Sina Grace and also acts as his triumphant return to doing interior art. Even though they have completely opposite personalities, Rockstar and Softboy have a lovely friendship that survives the ups and downs of the increasingly surreal house party that is the main setpiece of the comic. Beneath the super sentai battles and dick jokes, Grace also explores the nature of creativity, collaboration, and friendship through his two lead characters as the real motivation for the house party is creating great music and video games as well as getting laid. Rockstar and Softboy is definitely one of the more fun and chaotic comics I read in 2022.

8. Sabretooth (Marvel)

As mentioned earlier, I’m a bit behind on the current X-books, but enjoyed a lot of what I read from them in 2022, including the first arcs of X-Men Red and Immortal X-Men. However, my favorite comic from that editorial group was the Sabretooth miniseries from Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk. It’s basically Paradise Lost with Sabretooth playing the role of Milton’s Satan and trying to make a heaven of hell with his fellow Krakoans that were thrown in the Pit for various reasons. LaValle and Kirk fully explore the dark side of a utopian society and also provide social commentary on the prison system in the United States using various B and C-list mutants. Plus it ends on a killer sequel hook that enhances Victor Creed’s role in the X-books.

7. Doughnuts and Doom (Top Shelf)

Doughnuts and Doom is a (literally at times) sweet and magical queer romance graphic novel by cartoonist Balazs Lorinczi. It’s full of all the fun, relatable tropes like missed signals, enemies to lovers, and most importantly, slow burn with Lorinczi using most of the story to shape the relationship between witch/online potion seller Margot and musician/donut shop employee Elena. I also like how Lorinczi focuses on Margot and Elena’s lives outside their relationship, like Margot struggling to get her magic license, or Elena’s conflict with a local Visually, Doughnuts and Doom has a bubblegum punk aesthetics with plenty of pastels and spot blacks and different panel layouts any time magic, music, or romance happens that makes the comic even more immersive and heartwarming.

6. Spider-Punk (Marvel)

Spider-Verse denizen Hobie Brown aka Spider-Punk gets his first solo miniseries in five issues of anticapitalism, antifascism, antiracism, and head cracking from writer Cody Ziglar and artist Justin Mason. Ziglar and Mason’s passion for classic punk music shines in characters like a Devilock-sporting alternate version of Taskmaster, and they also create memorable riffs on other Marvel characters like Daredevil being a female punk drummer from Philadelphia or Captain America (Renamed Anarchy, of course) being a queer and indigenous man. Mason’s energetic art and Jim Charalamapidis’ colors create spectacular fight scenes as Hobie and his makeshift band cross the United States in a quest to take out the relatably fascist president of the United States. Spider-Punk shows that superhero comics can be subversive and call out the status quo while still being fun as hell, and it’s always interesting to see anti-corporate art being put out by one of the world’s biggest and most smothering corporations.

5. Joe Hill’s Rain (IDW)

Rain is a post-apocalyptic comic miniseries adapted from one of Joe Hill’s short stories in his 2017 Strange Weather collected and is scripted by David Booher with art by Zoe Thorogood. Though originally written years before the COVID-19 pandemic, it captures some of the feelings of fear, terror, and in some cases, coming together as found family of this time period as protagonist Honeysuckle tries to survive and eventually figure out why crystal nails are raining down from the sky. Rain is part road story, part tragic queer romance and a showcase for Thorogood’s skill at conveying character acting and emotions in life and death situations. Rain is definitely a dark read, but has several great moments where humanity shines even at the end of the world.

4. DC Pride 2022 (DC)

DC Pride 2022 was one of my favorite reads of this year, and the most memorable story in the volume was by the late Kevin Conroy and J. Bone that explores Conroy’s life as a gay man in the 1970s and 1980s, how he dealt with discrimination while trying to break into the acting business, and how getting the role of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series changes his life and the lives of millions of folks who enjoyed the show. In addition to this lovely short story, DC Pride 2022 serves as a showcase for interesting LGBTQ+ comic book characters, and more importantly, LGBTQ+ comics creators. There’s Jon Kent’s first Pride done in a beautiful (and sassy when Damian Wayne is involved) way by Devin Grayson and Nick Robles, a Jo Mullein story from Tini Howard and Evan Cagle that explores the nuances of bisexuality in a space detective story, an action-packed Connor Hawke story from Ro Stein and Ted Brandt that digs into his experience as an asexual man, and much more. These big Pride one-shots are starting to be a nice tradition from DC and hope they continue indefinitely.

3. Catwoman: Lonely City (DC)

Cliff Chiang writes, draws, colors, and letters the definitive Selina Kyle story in Catwoman: Lonely City, a Black Label miniseries that wrapped up in 2022. Catwoman: Lonely City is a touching, suspenseful story about legacy, resisting authoritarianism, and finding family in unexpected places that explores an aging Kyle pulling off one last heist in a Batman-less Gotham. It has a colorful cast of supporting characters from all over the DC Universe and is one of the most gorgeous books of 2022 with Chiang nailing everything from romantic banter between Catwoman and Riddler to a color palette that straddles neon and noir as well as some very acrobatic fight choreography. It’s truly the Catwoman book you can recommend to anyone who’s remotely interested in the character and is Cliff Chiang’s magnum opus up to this point.

2. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands (Drawn and Quarterly)

Ducks is a graphic memoir about cartoonist Kate Beaton’s (Of Hark! A Vagrant fame) experience working various jobs in the oil fields of Alberta to pay back her student loans from art school. Beaton doesn’t shy away from showing the difficult work conditions there and the terrible treatment of women, especially in the work camps and later explores how the oil fields affect the wild life and the indigenous people who originally owned the land. Ducks unpacks the trauma that comes from trying to make money under capitalism and being woman in a field where reports of untoward behavior and even sexual assault get a blind eye. All of this is done in Kate Beaton’s trademark cartooning that punctuates the difficult moments with bits of dark humor and insights into her upbringing in Cape Breton, Canada although she uses a more detailed style for establishing shots and the inner workings of the tool area she works at . Personally, I feel like I learned a lot more about other parts of Canada beyond Ontario and the Vancouver area, and that the country isn’t some kind of Great Northern utopia even though it feels like that some time living in a right to work state where healthcare is dependent on your employer.

1. It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth (Image)

Zoe Thorogood is easily one of the most exciting writer/artists working in comics, and her experimental, brutally honest graphic memoir It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth was my favorite comic of 2022. Thorogood effectively uses anthropomorphization to visually represent different parts of her personality as well as her friends and folks she comes in contact with throughout the memoir and gives an unfiltered look about how she feels about being a comic book artist, the response to her previous comic The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott, and her relationship with her friends, family, and an ex-lover. It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth can definitely be a difficult read at times, especially when Thorogood brings up her inability to connect with other people and negative self-talk. But it’s a masterpiece because it uses the tools and tricks of the comics medium and page to bring her inner world to life and ends with a powerful call to the reader that their existence matters as she dances in the streets of London to a nine panel grid.

Preview: Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

SABRETOOTH TAKES HIS DESTINY INTO HIS OWN CLAWED HANDS!
The powers that be condemned SABRETOOTH to the pit for breaking the rules of Krakoa. But now he’s free – and ready to show the world you can’t keep Victor Creed down – even as the EXILES from Krakoa speed along in hot pursuit! A new chapter in the fan-favorite saga begins in brutal fashion, but when DR. BARRINGTON gets her hooks in Creed, he’ll be lucky to survive the first issue! Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk return for this unforgettable installment in the chronicles of one of Marveldom’s most vicious mutants!

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Preview: Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

SABRETOOTH TAKES HIS DESTINY INTO HIS OWN CLAWED HANDS!
The powers that be condemned SABRETOOTH to the pit for breaking the rules of Krakoa. But now he’s free – and ready to show the world you can’t keep Victor Creed down – even as the EXILES from Krakoa speed along in hot pursuit! A new chapter in the fan-favorite saga begins in brutal fashion, but when DR. BARRINGTON gets her hooks in Creed, he’ll be lucky to survive the first issue! Victor LaValle and Leonard Kirk return for this unforgettable installment in the chronicles of one of Marveldom’s most vicious mutants!

Sabretooth and the Exiles #1

Preview: Sabretooth #5 (of 5)

Sabretooth #5 (of 5)

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jul 06, 2022
SRP: $3.99

ALL THINGS MUST END…
…but how? Sabretooth has changed Krakoa but has Krakoa changed him? No one gets away clean in this story. And maybe there are fates even worse than the Pit.

Sabretooth #5 (of 5)

Preview: Sabretooth #4 (Of 5)

Sabretooth #4 (Of 5)

(W) Victor Lavalle (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Ryan Stegman
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jun 29, 2022
SRP: $3.99

CALL IN THE CAVALRY!
Even the best-laid plans fail. But above ground there are other mutants who’ve learned what’s happening in the Pit and they aren’t too pleased with the injustice of their fate. If Sabretooth and the others couldn’t break out of the Pit, maybe someone will just have to break in.

Sabretooth #4 (Of 5)

Preview: The Wrong Earth: Confidence Men #1

THE WRONG EARTH: CONFIDENCE MEN #1

(W) Mark Waid
(A) Leonard Kirk
Cover A: Jamal Igle
Cover B: Richard Williams
Cover C: Gene Ha
June 22, 2022
$4.99

The Wrong Earth continues its season of one-shots with a compelling tale by the superstar team of Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Dr Strange) and Leonard Kirk (Second Coming). After a few near-catastrophic mistakes by the Stingers of Earth Alpha and Earth Omega, the heroes of both Earths decide to teach their sidekicks some hard lessons. Can these junior partners live up to the expectations of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman, or will they ultimately be pushed too far?

All five WRONG EARTH specials feature covers by co-creator Jamal Igle and a special incentive cover by legendary artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, Mae). This issue also features a second incentive cover by the great Richard Williams (MAD).

THE WRONG EARTH: CONFIDENCE MEN #1
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