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Preview: Adora and the Distance

Adora and the Distance

Written by Marc Bernardin
Art by Ariela Kristantina
Colored by Bryan Valenza
Lettered by Bernardo Brice
Edited by Will Dennis
Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Adora and the Distance is a YA fantasy graphic novel following the epic adventures of Adora, a brave young woman of color who lives in a fantastical world with underground pirates, ghosts, and a mysterious force called “The Distance” which threatens to destroy it all.

Marc Bernardin is a WGA Award-winning television writer-producer who has worked on Star Trek: Picard, Carnival Row, Treadstone, Castle Rock, Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, Masters of the Universe: Revelations, and Alphas. In an earlier life, he was a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Playboy, and Entertainment Weekly. In comics, he’s an Inkpot-winning writer of Genius, The Highwaymen, and Monster Attack Network.

He’s joined in telling this deeply personal story by Ariela Kristantina, an artist from Jakarta, Indonesia. Since her debut in 2014, she’s best known for her work on Insexts, Mata Hari, Deep State, and The Logan Legacy. She has contributed covers and illustrations to a range of companies including Image, DC Comics, Top Cow, Vault and more. In 2021, Ariela co-created Chain with Scott Snyder.

Rounding out the creative team are colorist Bryan Valenza, letterer Bernardo Brice, and award-winning editor Will Dennis, who shepherded Y: The Last Man, 100 Bullets, and Scalped, among others.

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle.

Adora and the Distance

Preview: Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug #1

Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug #1

(W) Marc Bernardin (A) Rafael De Latorre (CA) Mike McKone
Rated T
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Peter Parker is the biggest Hyperion fan in the world, and he also just happens to be chummy with his favorite hero thanks to a photography gig at the Daily Bugle! SURELY, nothing can go wrong, with his camera (and him) in the heart of the action… Right?

Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker: The Amazing Shutterbug #1

Preview: King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #2 (of 3)

King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #2 (of 3)

(W) Marc Bernardin, Geoffrey Thorne (A) Kyle Hotz, Jan Bazaldua (CA) Tony Moore
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

IN THIS CORNER: A DRAGON MADE OF PARASITIC SLIME, SENT FROM OUTER SPACE TO CONSUME ANY AND ALL LIFE ON EARTH WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE!
IN THAT CORNER: A BOMBASTIC BEHEMOTH PACKING A HUNDRED THOUSAND TONS OF ALL-AMERICAN MUSCLE – YOU KNOW HIM, YOU LOVE HIM… AMERICAN KAIJU! YUUU! EESSS! AAAAAYY!

King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #2 (of 3)

Enter a Marvel Universe Without the Avengers as Marvel Reveals the Heroes Reborn Titles

The Marvel Universe has been reborn! From mastermind creators Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness comes Heroes Reborn #1, a bold new vision of the world you knew. Spinning out of their epic work on Avengers, HEROES REBORN will answer the question of what the Marvel Universe would look like if the Avengers never assembled. The exciting —and unsettling — ripple effect the Avenger’s absence has on the rest of the Marvel Universe will be explored in a series of one-shots starting in May. These essential tie-ins will reveal the history behind the new reality of your favorite heroes AND lay the groundwork for its’ unpredictable future.

At the center of the grand tapestry that is Heroes Reborn is Hyperion. The teenage Hyperion’s cosmic quests with his Shi’ar friends near their end, but none of the young heroes are ready to say farewell. A quick mission in the Negative Zone sounds like the perfect coda to a storied fellowship…but what awaits Hyperion, Gladiator and the rest is horror and agony beyond their wildest nightmares!

A the thought-provoking series tackles the mystery behind Peter Parker’s new life. Peter’s the biggest Hyperion fan in the world, and he also just happens to be chummy with his favorite hero thanks to a photography gig at the Daily Bugle! SURELY, nothing can go wrong, with his camera (and him) in the heart of the action… Right?

What does this era have in store for mutants? Years ago, Magneto and Professor X led Earth’s mutants in a final push for independence against the Squadron Supreme of America. What followed was the Squadron’s Mutant Massacre, a violent rebuttal that left mutantkind forever wounded, and Xavier dead…or so Magneto thought. Years later, Magneto discovers Xavier clinging to life in the astral plane and gathers his allies for a first-of-its-kind rescue mission to restore hope for mutantkind before it’s too late.

Without the Avengers, Marvel’s brightest young heroes have grown up with different inspirations. The Squadron Supreme of America have taken root in the hearts and minds of all, but none more so than a trio of youthful champions who call themselves the Young Squadron! Kid Spectrum (Sam Alexander), Girl Power (Kamala Khan) and the all-new Falcon (Miles Morales) are here to here to defend the world against all threats…or are they?

And finally, there’s a new team of villains on the loose and you won’t believe who’s a part of it. Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Scott Lang, and Victor Creed lead an assault on the Squadron. After the Civil War that split the Squadron Supreme in half, Nighthawk formed his own Squadron in Europe. But not all of Europe is okay with it. Baron Zemo has put together his own team to take them down and the Squadron doesn’t stand a chance.

Welcome to the world of Heroes Reborn. Immerse yourself in this compelling new age in the Marvel Universe when it begins in May.

HEROES REBORN: HYPERION & THE IMPERIAL GUARD #1

Written by RYAN CADY
Art by MICHELE BANDINI
Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE
On Sale 5/12/21

HEROES REBORN: HYPERION & THE IMPERIAL GUARD #1

HEROES REBORN: PETER PARKER, THE AMAZING SHUTTERBUG #1

Written by MARC BERNARDIN
Art by RAFAEL DE LATORRE
Cover by MIKE MCKONE
On Sale 5/12/21

HEROES REBORN: PETER PARKER, THE AMAZING SHUTTERBUG #1

HEROES REBORN: MAGNETO & THE MUTANT FORCE #1

Written by STEVE ORLANDO
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
On Sale 5/19/21

HEROES REBORN: MAGNETO & THE MUTANT FORCE #1

HEROES REBORN: YOUNG SQUADRON #1

Written by JIM ZUB
Art by STEVEN CUMMINGS
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
On Sale 5/26/21

HEROES REBORN: YOUNG SQUADRON #1

HEROES REBORN: SIEGE SOCIETY #1

Written by CODY ZIGLAR
Art by PACO MEDINA
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On Sale 5/26/21

HEROES REBORN: SIEGE SOCIETY #1

Steve Niles, Shannon Eric Denton, and Dan Evans Launch Monster Forge Productions

Monster Forge Productions

Steve Niles and Shannon Eric Denton have launched Monster Forge Productions, a new company focusing on horror properties. Joining them as a creative consultant is Dan Evans a former vp, creative affairs for DC Entertainment. Niles is the co-creator of the 30 Days of Night franchise and Denton is an artist and animator.

The company is a multi-platform production division that brings together Niles and Denton’s longstanding work and creator relationships focused on film, television, interactive entertainment, gaming, and merchandising. Material will be for adults and kids.

Monster Forge will parter with artists and writers to build franchises across media and appeal to audiences of all ages.

The company already has an impressive roster of talent to work with including Star Trek: Picard supervising producer Marc Bernardin, legendary toy designer James Groman (Madballs), N.W.A. co-founder Arabian Prince, BOOM! Studios co-founder and Hellboy screenwriter Andrew Cosby, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, The Grudge 3 screenwriter Brad Keene, Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley and the estate of legendary horror illustrator Bernie Wrightson, among others.

SDCC 2019: comiXology Announces Adora and the Distance, a New YA Fantasy Graphic Novel

ComiXology announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 announced a new comiXology Originals, Adora and the Distance – an all-new YA fantasy graphic novel from Writers Guild Award and Inkpot Award-winning writer Marc Bernardin, artist Ariela Kristantina, colorist Jessica Kholinne, letterer Bernardo Brice, and acclaimed editor Will Dennis. Adora and the Distance will debut winter 2019.

Inspired by writer Marc Bernardin’s daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at four years old, Adora and the Distance is a YA fantasy graphic novel following the epic adventures of Adora, a brave young woman of color who lives in a fantastical world with underground pirates, ghosts, and a mysterious force called “The Distance” which threatens to destroy it all.

Debuting in winter 2019 as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Adora and the Distance will be available for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, including a full color print edition exclusively on Amazon.com.

Adora and the Distance

Top Cow Announces Genius: Cartel

From writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman and rising-star artist Rosi Kampe, comes a sequel series that promises to set Destiny’s world—and ours—ablaze in Genius: Cartel. The five-issue story arc is set to launch from Top Cow this August.

In Genius: Cartel, 17-year-old Destiny Ajaye took on the LAPD in her South Central Siege and paid for it—not with her life, but with her freedom. Now, Destiny is sequestered in the Madrasa Institute, a government school for prodigies. But will she use her gifts to wage war at the military’s behest—or is she already planning another revolution?

Genius: Cartel #1 (Diamond Code JUN170655) hits stores on Wednesday, August 16th. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, July 24th.

The Ballad of Destiny Ajaye: The Full Tilt of “Genius”

destiny 1When art imitates life, it often draws comparisons, that no one saw coming, it usually lives in metaphor and allegory, but in most scenarios, never in direct comparison. So with what has come to the surface in the last two years on the national news, and the reemergence of Marc Bernardin’s, Adam Freeman’s and Afua Richardson’s Genius, a comic from Image Comic and Top Cow’s highly touted Pilot Season, from 2008, I saw it as just a matter of time, as the overt and institutional racism that people of a deeper melanin have faced and continued to face in the world , especially in America, the world and the media could no longer turn a blind eye to.

As the names of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and many others have flooded the public consciousness, police killings and brutality and institutional racism against black people and other minorities as well as barriers of economic disadvantage can no longer be ignored, and is taken to another level in Genius.

destiny 4I must admit when I first read about the book’s premise, I immediately made instant comparisons to Sam Greenlee’s seminal classic The Spook who Sat by the Door, but by the time finished reading the first issue, I found myself comparing it to not only that but also to Ender’s Game, as I found an anti hero, that was not only the best hope for her neighborhood but for her people.

There are several touchstones throughout the book that not only raised my eyes but had me cheering for Destiny by the end of the book although her plan did yield the much desired results. The first thing that Destiny does to change the narrative of how things have been in her neighborhood, is to realize that the system , in which she has been marginalized, has never been in her favor, nor will ever work for her as the great Bell Hooks, once said,” being oppressed means the absence of choices,” as the reader soon finds out just how the system that surrounds Destiny and most people of color, is an unjust one, as the reader is introduced to the events in Destiny’s life, has lead her to this point, as she was just a powder keg, waiting to go off.

destiny 5This is why the Black Lives Matter movement in America, has touched so many people all over the world, regardless of race, age and economic standing, as it is difficult to ignore the disparities, as many politicians often run on it, but many mostly never affect it. This is why Bruce Lee’s film classic, Fists of Fury, still resonates today, as the way the Chinese were treated by the Japanese on their own soil, to say at the very least, despicable. Reading those panels , actually gave me flashbacks, to things I experienced growing up, to times and events, that has shaped how I view people, how I interact with people who are different from me and how I deal with racism.

Unfortunately for my daughters, they had to find out just how different it is for them as well versus other kids of their same age, with more advantages, as they ran into roadblocks at an early age, actually when they were 7, which forced them to mature faster, than I would have liked, instead of having a normal childhood, much like what Destiny experienced, minus the gang life. Destiny, decides that her neighborhood, was no longer America, that in order for the system to work for her people was to secede from America, it was the three blocks of her neighborhood, and the gangs that inhabit the neighborhood, which she unites, something that actually happened in Baltimore. Something I don’t know if it would actually work, which immediately brought me to the militia occupation of a wildlife reserve in Oregon, as the question has been posed, if the militia members were black, would it be as peaceful? In fact, I think it might have gone the way of the way of the Wounded Knee Incident. This also reminded me of the series finale of Dark Angel, which if it continued on for another season, I think would turn out just like Genius.

destiny 7The other touchstone that affected me while reading it, is that she openly started a war against the police, in fact, shooting LAPD in broad daylight, something that is very much incendiary in real life, but reminded me of King of New York , in which the character, Frank White, starts a war against the NYPD, something that becomes fatal for Frank but becomes revolutionary for Destiny, where she sees that violence is the only way to affect change.

This brings me back to the character of Destiny, a very influential one, with excellent supporting characters, and an antagonist, Detective Reginald Grey, equal in wits, within this power play, who very much reminds me of Fox Mulder in X-Files. Destiny Ajaiye is equal parts Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, but a good part Hannibal as well.

She is also very much a villain, as she very much believes that what she is doing is right, much like Dexter, who rationalizes his killings, as he kills only bad people, the same way Destiny, only kills those who she believes are harming her people. Another aspect of Destiny that I admired was that she is a natural born leader, one who inspires, as she brought a whole neighborhood and all the gangs in LA together, something I quite cannot say Batman has ever done, or could do, as she is something missing today, that past generations have had, a leader who attempts to speak for marginalized voices, something that Spike Lee sought to contextualize in the character of Lysistrata in Chiraq . I lastly undeniably must compare her to Malcolm X, not only the real life figure, but the one that Denzel Washington portrayed in celluloid, which brings me to that scene in the movie, where Malcolm visits that one man in the hospital, while the Fruit of Islam, stands outside in formation, in front of the police station:

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The one where the the police chief , played by late great Peter Boyle, said:

That’s too much power for one man to have

But I remember watching an interview with Spike Lee, during the making of the movie, where he said he should rewritten that line to read:

That’s too much power for a black man to have.

That would had more of an impact, as Genius absolutely has had one me and other readers, as I believe it is definitely one the best books, not only comic book, but book, period, to speak of this turmoil that is part of the fabric of our country’s soul, as it is no mistake that from the initial issue in 2008, and the continuation of the story, in 2015, seven years later, the message and the issues contained within the story are still the same…. progress needs to actually happen.

Preview: Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, Vol. 1

Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, Vol. 1

Fabian Nicieza, Mike Baron, Barbara Kesel, Tom Peyer, Martin Pasko, Adam Beechen, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Lucas Werneck (w) • Leonardo Romero, Fabiano Neves (a) • Dan Panosian (c)

Rampage Jackson has touched the lives of millions, and when one of them reaches out for help against a terrible threat, he swings into action. With astonishing new super powers and his faithful dog, Andronicus, by his side, he must prepare for bone crunching throw downs in over-the-top adventures! An anthology of amazing self-contained stories, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier marks the beginning of a bold new era of superhero fun!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-379-8

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Preview: Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier Vol. 1

RAMPAGE JACKSON: STREET SOLDIER, VOL. 1

by Fabian Nicieza, Mike Baron, Barbara Kesel, Tom Peyer, Martin Pasko, Adam Beechen, Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman, illo. by Leonardo Romero, Fabiano Neves
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
SRP: $17.99
Trim: 6.625 x 10.25
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Distributor: IDW Publishing
Pub Date: October 28, 2015
Diamond Item Code: AUG150459
ISBN: 978-1-63140-379-8

Larger-than-life MMA fighter Rampage Jackson faces his toughest opponents yet in this super-powered slug-fest; and this time the stakes are much higher than a championship belt!

Rampage Jackson has touched the lives of millions, and when one of them reaches out for help against a terrible threat, he swings into action. Rampage is different this time; with astonishing new super powers and his faithful dog, Andronicus, by his side, he must prepare for bone-crunching throwdowns in over-the-top adventures that take him around the world, to other worlds, and through time itself! An anthology of amazing self-contained stories, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier marks the beginning of a bold new era of superhero fun!

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