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Radiant #6 Special to feature art by David “Darko” LaFuente and guest co-writer Cherish Chen

Radiant Black #6 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa will treat fans to a special one-shot, in-universe story featuring the artwork of legendary David “Darko” Lafuente and guest co-writer Cherish ChenRadiant Black #6 is set to hit shelves from Image Comics this July.

Who’s under the helmet of Radiant Red? Radiant Black #6 promises fans a red-hot new story that challenges everything you think you know about the man beneath the mask!

Radiant Black #6 Cover A by Lafuente (Diamond Code MAY210190), Radiant Black #6 Cover B by Kira Okamoto (Diamond Code MAY210191), and Radiant Black #6 Cover C 1:25 incentive by Doaly (Diamond Code MAY210192) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 21.

Radiant Black #6

Radiant Black #2 Heads Back to Print

The much buzzed-about Radiant Black #2 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out in a snap at the distributor level. This issue will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with the growing demand and the second printing will feature a new cover by artist Tom Reilly.

Yesterday: Nathan found an alien artifact that turned him into a superhero. Today? His dad says he has to get a job, so driving for rideshare company Drivr it is. Oh, and in Radiant Black #2 he discovers that there’s also someone else out there robbing banks—with powers just like his. 

Radiant Black has been compared to Higgins’ previous work revitalizing the Power Rangers brand with his thirty plus issue run on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including the smash hit Shattered Grid, for a contemporary superhero mentality similar to the iconic Invincible series by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley. Kirkman himself calls Radiant Black, “the perfect superhero comic for anyone missing Invincible.”

Radiant Black #2, second printing (Diamond Code FEB218542) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 21.
Radiant Black #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN218000) is available at comic book shops now.

Radiant Black #2 2nd printing

Review: Radiant Black #2

Radiant Black #2

Radiant Black #1 was a decent debut. It delivered an interesting character in Nathan, a down on his luck writer. Nathan comes across what looks like a floating black hole that gives him mysterious powers. All of that was executed well but the comic never quite delivered excitement or wonder. Nathan was a bit too down on his luck and honestly a bit depressing. Radiant Black #2 is a lot of the same with a bit more as far as action but also a downer in some ways.

Kyle Higgins delivers a potential hero who’s grounded a bit too much. In Nathan, he’s created a character so many of us can relate to which is good and bad. The good is that he’s a character that reflects the problems of so many readers. The bad is, that kills the escapism. Nathan doesn’t embrace his powers. He’s a bit weirded out by it all and seems annoyed by it all. There’s a child-like quality to the superhero origin that’s missing. Higgins could be doing that on purpose but overall it makes a bit more of a grind when it comes to the series.

But, the comic is really well done.

Higgins’ storytelling is top notch and the progression of the issue is solid. There’s consistent pacing to it all that makes sense and gives a real-world aspect to it all. A tough conversation with a father over breakfast, the grind of a job you don’t want to do, having to do things you don’t want to so you can make money. These are things so many of us have experienced and Radiant Black #2 has it all there. In some ways, it’s the anti-superhero comic removing the fantastical elements from the formula.

Marcelo Costa‘s art continues to be beautiful. There’s a Ryan Ottley on Invincible aspect to it. That’s not bad at all as the look and style fits the comic really well. Costa’s art really stands out at delivering the emotion of the moment. The facial expressions tell so much of what characters are thinking and really help convey the moment and situation. Becca Carey handles the lettering and packs in a lot without it feeling overwhelming. Like Costa’s art, the lettering also adds the right emotional aspect to things.

Radiant Black #2 isn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, Nathan is a bit of a depressing character. We see a bit of him coming out of that towards the end of the issue and hopefully that’s part of what Higgins is going for. The comic is really well done, it’s just a bit of a downer missing that escapist joy the spandex and flight brings. And maybe that’s part of the point of it all.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Radiant Black #1

Radiant Black #1

Nathan Burnett is down of his luck. He’s not making money as a writer and is forced to move back with his parents. While out at night drinking with his friend, a weird black ball of energy bonds with him, causing him to transform into a mysterious being of incredible power.

I feel like ever since Invincible wrapped up, I’ve kinda been jonesing for a good Image Comics superhero book. Did I find it with Radiant Black? My magic 8-ball answer would answer that as, “as I see it, yes.” Again, it’s your run-of-the-mill way of getting powers but it had things about it I liked. The hero that’s down on his luck, right outta the “Peter Parker School of Life” works well for me. I love a flawed hero, one who doesn’t have the easiest route to where he is. It always feels a bit more like I understand where they come from. And while the origin might be ordinary, Kyle Higgins delivers good dialogue for a small cast, making it easy to jump into it. It could have used a bit more action but it is what it is.

Remember that Invincible talk from earlier? I felt like Marcelo Costa had a bit of a Ryan Ottley vibe to his art. I love the look of this book. The art is detailed but not stiff. Also, I love the design of Radiant Black. It’s a bit simple but striking.

Overall, it’s a good-but-not-great first issue but I think it’s enough to get me excited for the next issue and I feel like I can see the potential of Radiant Black. Not all origins need to be great. What’s more important is what happens after you get your powers. Radiant Black also gave us a look at the other side of the coin, so to speak, with the emergence of a foe who popped up at the end of this issue. Image has a history of superhero books and while they’ve done a colossal job of expanding from that. It’s awesome to see a book like Radiant Black usher back the Image Comics age of heroes.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Radiant Black Heads Back to Print

Customer frenzy for the highly anticipated superhero series Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has rocketed the title to instant bestseller status with the first issue sold out at the distributor level the week of release. Image Comics will rush the first issue back to print in order to keep up with the inertia for the series and the reprint will feature a stunning new cover by artist Carlos Dattoli.

Radiant Black #1 introduces Nathan Burnett who has just turned thirty. Things aren’t great: He’s working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move… is moving back home with his parents.

But when Nathan discovers and unlocks the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he’s given the power to radically change his fortunes!

There’s just one problem: The powers don’t belong to him. And the COSMIC BEINGS who created them want them back… by any means necessary.

Radiant Black #1 second printing (Diamond Code JAN218000) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 10.

Radiant Black #1 second printing

Review: Radiant Black #1

Radiant Black #1

It’s always interesting to read a superhero comic not published by the “big two”. They have such a foothold in the genre, it’s hard to not compare what else is released to them. There’s been some success from indie and small press publishers but generally, few have come close to matching the classic formula. Radiant Black #1 kicks off a new superhero adventure and the result is… ok.

Writer Kyle Higgins brings something personal to the world of Radiant Black. The debut issue introduces us to Nathan, a failed writer deep in debt who is forced to move back in with his parents. Back in his home town, he stumbles upon a mysterious object during a night of drinking that covers him in a powerful suit.

Radiant Black #1 is a bit mix in the end. While it shows a lot of potential, the comic doesn’t quite have the magic, excitement, or hook to really create that memorable origin. It’s not bad at all but it also doesn’t excite. Higgins delivers us a relatable character in Nathan but also a depressing lead to start.

Nathan has failed as a writer and is tens of thousands of dollars in debt. It’s something many can relate to but it’s a reminder that we can relate to that. It removes that escapist quality delivering a sad, depressing lead. The “discovery” moment of Nathan’s new powers also doesn’t have that spark. It happens and then he gets into an argument with his friend along for the journey. There’s never any point of excitement or glee from Nathan, he’s the hero you want to punch for being a sourpuss.

And that’s possibly part of the point of it all. Higgins states in his letters page this is a personal character to him. It’s possible in Nathan and Radiant Black #1 he delivers a character that’s more “him” than anything he’s written yet. But, that more grounded take on the hero has implications on the escapist nature of the superhero genre.

The art by Marcelo Costa is solid. Joined by letterer Becca Carey, the comic and characters have a great design to it all. Despite the rather depressing nature of Nathan, the comic itself never drags down. The colors pop on the page and when big moments arrive, they stand out visually due to the comic delivering more of a “slice of life” up to that point. The comic has a look and style that reminds me a bit of Invincible, another superhero comic published by Image and Skybound. Overall, it looks good but like the story itself, never quite has memorable visuals.

Radiant Black #1 is an ok debut. Hopefully, it’s the start of something greater but on its own, it never quite stands out. While it features solid writing, relatable characters, and really nice art, it also never quite stands out with bigger than life moments or characters. It’s muted in a way and hopefully, it gets past that as the series progresses.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Goñi Montes Delivers a Power Rangers Homage with a Radiant Black Variant

The eagerly anticipated forthcoming superhero series Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa will launch from Image Comics with a nod to the popular line of Power Rangers helmet covers. Goñi Montes will lend his talents for a highly collectible 1:50 limited homage variant to spike the adrenaline for readers over the forthcoming superhero series.

Radiant Black #1 introduces Nathan Burnett who has just turned thirty. Things aren’t great: He’s working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move… is moving back home with his parents.

But when Nathan discovers and unlocks the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he’s given the power to radically change his fortunes!

There’s just one problem: The powers don’t belong to him. And the COSMIC BEINGS who created them want them back… by any means necessary.

Radiant Black #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 10:

  • Radiant Black #1 Cover A Cho – DEC200009
  • Radiant Black #1 Cover B Ferigato & Costa – DEC200010
  • Radiant Black #1 Cover C Blank cover – DEC200011
  • Radiant Black #1 Cover D 10 copy incentive Costa – DEC200012
  • Radiant Black #1 Cover E 25 copy incentive Finch Reyes & Costa – DEC200013
  • Radiant Black #1 Cover F 50 copy incentive Montes Helmet – DEC208079
Radiant Black #1 Cover F 50 copy incentive Montes Helmet

Radiant Black is What Superheroes Can Be for a New Generation

Bestselling writer Kyle Higgins and superstar artist Marcelo Costa team up for Radiant Black. This all new, ongoing superhero series is set to launch from Image Comics in February 2021.

In the announcement, Higgins said:

This is the comic book I’ve been waiting my whole life to make—being able to build this with Marcelo Costa, Becca Carey, and Michael Busuttil is a dream come true. Radiant Black is both a love letter to the superhero stories I love as well as a statement on what I think superheroes can be for a whole new generation.

Radiant Black #1 introduces Nathan Burnett who has just turned thirty. Things aren’t great: He’s working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move… is moving back home with his parents.

But when Nathan discovers and unlocks the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he’s given the power to radically change his fortunes!

There’s just one problem: The powers don’t belong to him. And the COSMIC BEINGS who created them want them back… by any means necessary.

Radiant Black #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 10:

  • Cover A by Michael Cho – DEC200009
  • Cover B by Eduardo Ferigato & Costa – DEC200010
  • Cover C Blank cover – DEC200011
  • Cover D (1:10 incentive) by Costa – DEC200012
  • Cover E (1:25 incentive) by David Finch, Jimmy Reyes & Costa – DEC200013
Radiant Black #1

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell

Kevin Eastman (Author) Tom Waltz (Author) Michael Dialynas (Artist, Cover Artist) Dave Wachter (Artist) Mateus Santolouco (Author, Artist) Marcelo Costa (Colorist)

Abandon all hope… as the most infamous villain in the Turtles’ universe, Shredder, returns!

Oroku Saki’s death is just the beginning, and his journey through the depths of the underworld proves to be anything but a divine comedy. How much of Shredder’s soul will remain after he faces the horrors of helland as his twisted path leads him deeper through the underworld, will he be able to survive an onslaught of demonic forces? Or, more importantlythe truth revealed about his own soul?!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell

Preview: Firefly #12

Firefly #12

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
     Main Cover: Lee Garbett
     Preorder Cover: Joe Quinones
     Incentive Cover: Rahzzah
Price: $3.99

The conflict that began with Mal and Boss Moon has become a war, tearing the planet apart. As Mal sues for peace, he is reminded that saving the day always comes at a higher price than expected. Year one of the all-new Firefly series concludes here—and you won’t believe what waits on the other side of the new Unification War.

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