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Review: Last Flight Out #1

Last Flight Out #1

Last Flight Out #1 is an interesting debut. The comic centers on a man who is completely unlikeable. There’s little when it comes to any redeeming qualities. In fact, the series is about escaping a dying Earth and part of me wants him to be left behind so he suffers. But, after reading the first issue, I still want to see where this goes.

Marc Guggenheim takes us to another doomed Earth. This one has been ravaged by climate change and disease like COVID. Arks are being constructed to escape the planet with the third and last to take off in a day. The architect behind those arcs is an utter asshole and horrible father who neglected his daughter after his wife, her mother, died in a car accident. Is it any surprise she ran away and might not want to leave the planet with her father?

Last Flight Out #1 is set up as a journey of a father who is attempting to reach his daughter before disaster. But, it reads about a rich, privileged asshole who endangers a group of soldiers so he can force his daughter to do something she probably doesn’t want to do. I’m sure there’ll be twists and turns in there but right now, I’m hoping a soldier accidently caps the main character in the head during the journey.

What’s really interesting about the series is the small details Guggenheim includes. There’s of course the info about how the world has gone to crap but it’s the small mentions of what has been done to build these arks to escape. There’s the use of social media discussions to echo the denial that is currently dooming our world. The strained relationship and want of escape is something so many of us are experiencing and so many of us want to do. Guggenheim captures some of the current zeitgeist in this science fiction tale.

The art by Eduardo Ferigato sets up the world nicely. We’re mostly presented a bubble of wealth and privilege. The series is clearly taking us elsewhere so the change between what we’ve witnessed and what we will witness will be interesting. Joined by Marcelo Costa on color and Diego Sanches on lettering, the art does a solid job of delivering an emotional coldness throughout. There’s a calculated decision in everything it feels like and that feels reflected in the characters, none of whom feel warm beyond the small child neglected.

Last Flight Out #1 is an interesting comic. The main character is one we want to die. I’m cheering for the military with him to just put a bullet in him and head back to the ship before it takes off. I want something bad to happen. But, I’m also intrigued as to where this is going. Is there any redemption? Will there be a “happy” ending? With such a bleak, cold opening, here’s hoping the comic delivers a little hope and happiness.

Story/Co-Creator: Marc Guggenheim Art/Co-Creator: Eduardo Ferigato
Color: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Diego Sanches
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Radiant Black #7 Sells Out as it Kicks Off a New Arc

Radiant Black #7 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out completely at the distributor level. This issue marks the beginning of a new story arc in the bestselling series and will be fast-tracked for a reprint by Image in order to keep up with the high rate of reorder activity.

Picking up after the previous story arc’s jaw dropping cliffhanger, Radiant Black #7 follows Radiant Black as his life just got a whole lot more complicated. Pursued by a new enemy and not sure who to trust, will our hero escape with his life? Or is this the beginning of the end for Radiant Black?

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 22:

  • Radiant Black #7, second printing – Diamond Code JUL218737
  • Radiant Black #8 Cover A by Felipe Watanabe – Diamond Code JUL210256
  • Radiant Black #8 Cover B by Jose Carlos – Diamond Code JUL210257
  • Radiant Black #8 Cover C 1:25 by Tyler Kirkham – Diamond Code JUL210258
Radiant Black #7, second printing

Radiant Black #5 has hooked readers requiring a reprint after a sell-out

Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa is being rushed back to print again—for a second time, issue #5 has sold out completely at the distributor level.

This latest issue in the popular superhero series introduces to the team the critically acclaimed colorist Natália Marques and fan-favorite artist Eduardo Ferigato alongside Higgins and Costa.

Radiant Red remains at large. Red needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of issue #4 left Lockport—and the world—reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone? Radiant Black #5 is an extra-length, explosively climactic conclusion to the first story arc of the series.

Radiant Black #5 third printing Cover A (Diamond Code JUN218650) and Radiant Black #5 third printing Cover B black & white 1:10 copy incentive (Diamond Code JUN218651) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 18.

Marc Guggenheim, Eduardo Ferigato, Marcelo Costa, and Diego Sanches take us on the Last Flight Out

Marc Guggenheim and Eduardo Ferigato alongside colorist Marcelo Costa and designer/letterer Diego Sanches tell the story of an absentee father trying to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world in the upcoming miniseries thriller Last Flight Out.

With Earth rendered uninhabitable, humanity has chosen to evacuate to the stars. However, with just 24 hours left until the last ark leaves forever, its designer’s estranged daughter goes missing. Can he find her before time runs out and repair the relationship before it’s too late? Family, fatherhood, and the hunt for forgiveness shape this thrilling apocalyptic tale.

Last Flight Out #1 (of four) arrives September 1, 2021.

Last Flight Out #1

Radiant Black #5 Sells Out and Gets a New Printing

The bestselling series Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa is being rushed back to print yet again—this time issue #5 has sold out completely at the distributor level. This reprint will feature new cover art by Costa which will pay homage to an iconic Invincible fight scene.

This latest issue in the popular superhero series introduces to the team the critically acclaimed colorist Natália Marques and fan-favorite artist Eduardo Ferigato alongside Higgins and Costa.

Radiant Red remains at large. Red needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of issue #4 left Lockport—and the world—reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone? Radiant Black #5 is an extra-length, explosively climactic conclusion to the first story arc of the series.

Radiant Black #5 second printing (Diamond Code MAY218586) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 21.

Radiant Black #5 second printing

Radiant #3 Heads Back to Print to Meet Demand

Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa is being rushed back to print yet again—this time issue #3 has sold out completely at the distributor level. This reprint will feature a new cover by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa.

This latest sellout hits the industry on the heels of the recent plot twist that sent tongues wagging about the series last week. Now any readers who slept on the series are snapping up the reprint issues and catching up on the story at record speed. 

In Radiant Black #3 fans get a peek behind the curtain at Nathan’s writing process. Or at least, his attempts at writing… If only he can shake the parents, superhero social media, and alien voices all vying for his attention and just focus on finishing this draft…

Radiant Black #3, third printing Cover A (Diamond Code APR218885) and Radiant Black #3, third printing Cover B 1:10 B&W (Diamond Code APR218988) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 23.

Radiant Black #4, second printing and Radiant Black #5 will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Radiant Black #4, second printing – APR218632
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover A Doaly – APR210322
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover B Diego Greco – APR210323
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Serg Acuña – APR210324

Eduardo Ferigato and Natália Marques Join Radiant Black in June

Artist Eduardo Ferigato and colorist Natália Marques will join Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa on the bestselling superhero series Radiant Black. The new team members will contribute their talents to the upcoming Radiant Black #5, on sale this June from Image Comics.

After Radiant Black #4’s heart-stopping cliffhanger the Radiant Black team isn’t done subverting readers’ expectations and will provide fans with an extra-length, explosive climax to the first story arc in issue #5.

Radiant Black #5 concludes the first story arc of the series—and yet Radiant Red is still out there at large. Red needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of last issue left Lockport—and the world—reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone?

Radiant Black #5 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Radiant Black #5 Cover A Doaly – APR210322
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover B Diego Greco – APR210323
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Serg Acuña – APR210324

Get a sneak peek at early interior pages from the issue below.

Radiant Black #5 Cover A

Radiant Black #4 Heads Back to Print

The bestselling Radiant Black #4 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out upon its release yesterday and left fans stunned after a jaw-dropping showdown between Radiant Black and his nemesis, Radiant Red. This pivotal issue is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the unending demand.

This second printing will feature an electrifying wraparound cover with artwork by Costa and Igor Monti.

It was always going to come to this, in Radiant Black #4: fans are front-and-center to a knock-down, drag-out fight—between Nathan and the mysterious Radiant Red—across the city of Lockport! After this fight, nothing will ever be the same again. For Lockport or for Radiant Black. 

In Radiant Black #5, fan-favorite artist Eduardo Ferigato and colorist Natália Marques will join Higgins and Costa for the extra-length, explosive climax to the first story arc.

Radiant Black #4, second printing and Radiant Black #5 will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Radiant Black #4, second printing – APR218632
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover A Doaly – APR210322
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover B Diego Greco – APR210323
  • Radiant Black #5 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Serg Acuña – APR210324
Radiant Black #4, second printing

Every Issue of Radiant Black Sells Out and Heads Back to Print

Every issue so far of the new hit series Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out at the distributor level, including Radiant Black #3. Image Comics will immediately rush all three issues back to print in order to keep up with the rapidly growing demand for the breakout series.

The third printings of Radiant Black #1 and #2 will feature new connecting cover art by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa, while the Radiant Black #3 reprint will boast a new cover by Cian Tormey and Matt Wilson.

Radiant Black #3 is a departure in tone for the series and shines a spotlight on the main character’s struggle with the creative process and the many life distractions he must overcome to focus on making progress with his manuscript. 

Since its launch, 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 #1-4 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 19:

  • Radiant Black #1, third printing cover A by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa (Diamond Code MAR218473)
  • Radiant Black #1, third printing cover B, 1:10 copy incentive B&W (Diamond Code MAR218493)
  • Radiant Black #2, third printing cover A by Geraldo Borges and Marcelo Costa (Diamond Code MAR218474)
  • Radiant Black #2, third printing cover B, 1:10 copy incentive B&W (Diamond Code MAR218492)
  • Radiant Black #3, second printing cover by Cian Tormey and Matt Wilson (Diamond Code MAR218475)
  • Radiant Black #4 Cover A by Ferigato & Costa (MAR210216), Radiant Black #4 Cover B by Mason (MAR210217), and Radiant Black #4 Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Doaly (MAR210218)

Radiant Black Gets an Original Orchestra Track from Walking Dead Co-Composer Sam Ewing

This week’s Radiant Black #3 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa will treat fans to a creative departure for the series and focus on main character Nathan’s writing process. As a special treat for Radiant Black fans, Sam Ewing (co-composer on The Walking Dead) composed and recorded a live orchestra track to tie-in with the recent issue’s story—one of the six planned to accompany each issue of the first story arc in the series.

Image Comics is pleased to reveal a video clip of the recording session for the piece, which is performed by a 59 piece orchestra (The Budapest Scoring Orchestra) and designed as “an exploration of a theme,” just like the issue is designed to capture the creative process. Fans can listen to the full track.

Ewing is the co-composer of the recent seasons of The Walking Dead, and has composed music for TV shows, movies and games prominently in the thriller, sci-fi and drama genres, including the Emmy winning music for series Da Vinci’s Demons and the BAFTA winning score for video game God of War.

Ewing is known for his talents composing orchestra tracks augmented with solo textures and instruments that he performs, particularly strings, woodwinds, and analog synths.

Radiant Black #3 will be available at comic book shops this week, Wednesday, April 21:

  • Cover A by Costa – FEB210200      
  • Cover B by Becca Carey – FEB210201      
  • Cover C 1:25 copy incentive by Goni Montes – FEB210202      
Radiant Black #3
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