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ComiXology Delivers 6 New Digital Comics For You to Enjoy Today

Return to Earth X, enjoy some romance manga, or watch the Titans battle in just some of today’s new digital comics. Check out the full list here or see the individual issues below.

Clandestine: Blood Relative

Written by Alan Davis
Art by Alan Davis
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects Clandestine #1-5.

Alan Davis’ freaky family returns! They’ve existed, hidden among mankind for centuries, a mysterious bloodline of superhumans, eternal and apart. And all they’ve desired is to be left alone, to pursue their individual interests in peace. But now, the existence of their hidden clan is threatened with exposure by the activities of one of their youngest siblings, Rory Destine, who aspires to be the costumed crimefighter called the Crimson Crusader! And now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, who or what is going to come calling at the Destine family’s Ravenscroft doorway?

Clandestine: Blood Relative

Earth X Trilogy Companion

Written by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross
Art by Alex Ross
Cover by Alex Ross
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The Earth X Trilogy revealed secrets of the Marvel Universe, but what are the secrets of the Earth X Trilogy? See for yourself in this collection of sketches, background material and incredible insights – all handpicked by series co-creator Alex Ross, and many seen here for the first time! Plus: the rare EARTH X #1/2; and the never-before-printed X-51 EARTH X prequel, originally serialized as an online comic.

Earth X Trilogy Companion

Man In A Million

Written by Darlene Scalera
Art by Misuzu Sasaki
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Aimee dreams of becoming a designer at a small downtown studio when one day she receives a surprise visit from Mrs. Tremont, a celebrity even within upper society. She comes with a proposal: marriage to her son Colin for the unbelievable sum of a million dollars. While the details remain murky, Aimee is invited to an extravagant gala. There she comes face-to-face with Colin, whose eyes are as mysterious as midnight and overflowing with charm. His words, however, do little to hide an agenda… With all the alarm bells going off in her head, what will Aimee do?

Man In A Million

The Boss’s Nine-Month Negotiation

Written by Maya Blake
Art by Yu Asami
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Emiliano, her boss, was the most important person in Sienna’s life. She’d never felt more loved and dreamed of the day he would propose. Then she learned that he was engaged to a woman from a wealthy family, and her dreams crumbled. Even though he was the one who dumped her, he tried to kiss her one last time, but she pushed him away and ran. She has no memory of what came after. When she comes to later, all she remembers is Emiliano’s love for her. Then she learns she’s pregnant with his baby…

The Boss's Nine-Month Negotiation

Marvel Action Black Panther Vol. 2: Rise Together

Written by Vita Ayala
Art by Arianna Florean
Cover by Arianna Florean
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Collects Marvel Action: Black Panther #4-6.

Every 25 years, Wakanda’s ruler trades places with one of their subjects to gain perspective on their kingdom. T’Challa’s turn has come, and while working in a Vibranium refinery, he uncovers a plot to sell the priceless metal on the black market. Plus, when one of the Black Panther’s advisers suffers an injury during an attack, the adviser requests the aid of a traditional healer over modern medicine. Shuri scoffs at the idea, but soon a curse forces her on an epic quest. Collects issues #4-6 of the Marvel Action: Black Panther series.

Marvel Action Black Panther Vol. 2: Rise Together

Titans: Titans Together #3

Written by Andrew Aydin, Marc Guggenheim
Pencils Juan Gedeon, Steve Pugh
Inks Juan Gedeon, Steve Pugh
Colored by Mike Spicer
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A charismatic cult leader has been recruiting followers to join his “church,” a highly suspicious organization locked behind the walls of a private compound. For Raven, freeing this vulnerable flock is imperative…the question is, how can she save people who don’t want to be saved? When reports surface that LexCorp has gained access to confidential government health records, Raven realizes that this could mean the unmasking of countless superheroes. With BeastBoy’s help, she must infiltrate LexCorp’sprivate servers and destroy the information before it falls into the wrong hands.

Titans: Titans Together #3

Preview: Marvel Vault of Heroes: Captain America

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Captain America

(W) Paul Tobin, Scott Gray, J.M. Dematteis (A) Craig Rousseau, Ronan Cliquet, Kevin Sharpe (CA) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $15.99

The legend of Captain America begins when Steve Rogers survives a WWII experiment to become a Super-Soldier and the Sentinel of Liberty! He’ll face off against Hydra, P.R.O.D.O.K., the Rhino, A.I.M., and even an army of genetically re-created cavemen. Shield-slinging adventures lead to Avengers team-ups with Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, and even the Hulk!

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Captain America

Review: Strange Academy #2

Strange Academy #2

It’s been quite some time since the debut of this series. Strange Academy #2 feels like no time has passed at all. It’s the first day of classes at Strange Academy. The issue hops around in a frenetic pace giving us the big picture of the school, students, and courses. We’re taken to numerous classes, introduced to the professors, and get to know the personalities of the students a bit more. We also get the first hints as to what the “big bad” will be.

Writer Skottie Young has a lot of fun with this second issue which can be picked up and enjoyed without needing to read the first. Young along with artist Humberto Ramos, deliver story pacing and a vibe that’s full of fun and energy. It’s a chaotic issue and you’ll either enjoy it or dislike it just for that. There doesn’t feel like enough time is spent in any one situation or on any one focus. But, you still feel like you get a lot of the issue as it gives us the quick tour of everything.

There are absolutely some aspects that get a bit more time on the page. Some of that is just to set up punchlines but it also helps move the characters along as well as they must deal with the situations at hand. There’s clearly some fun thought into each course and how they’re presented. That’s obvious by small jabs they make and so much is left for the reader’s imagination.

Ramos’ art is full of energy and that’s helped by the colors of Edgar Delgado and lettering of Clayton Cowles. The colors pop on the page with a bright aspect to them. Everything just looks exciting and fresh and full of energy in part due to the artistic choices. It’d be so easy to do a dour take on the same issue but as presented there’s a youthful energy about it all. There pages are full of mystical details that often tell the entire story of that particular segment. The issue relies heavily on the visual. Cowles’ lettering too is key as it often helps bring out the personality of the various characters as the lettering shifts between them.

Strange Academy #2 is a crazy paced issue where entire scenes and situations are left for a single page or a single panel gag. It’s a whirlwind tour of the school and what the kids will be dealing with. It also drops hints as to where things will be going. And it needed to be this way. An issue focusing more on any of the elements would have felt like it dragged on and given other aspects the short end of things. Instead, everyone gets their moments with a lot of humor thrown in. For as crazy as it is, it’s a great read and a welcome return of the series.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Humberto Ramos
Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


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Review: Empyre: Fantastic Four

Empyre: Fantastic Four

Marvel’s anticipated, and delayed event, Empyre draws nearer. Empyre: Fantastic Four is the prelude comic introducing the Fantastic Four into what’s to come. Much like its Avengers counterpart, the comic feels like a nice walk through the history of the key players and teases the upcoming event and its impact.

Stranded in space, the Fantastic Four are given a lift to a gambling planet where they learn of a gladiatorial combat that relives the Kree/Skrull War but the wording indicates the war is officially over. The galactic credit system has collapsed as well leading to a bartering system. It’s all tied together but the Fantastic Four must put the pieces of the puzzle together as well as figure out a way to pay for their ship repair to get home.

Written by Dan Slott, Empyre: Fantastic Four is a decent transition for the team into the event. You get a good sense of the history of the Kree/Skrull War as well as the Fantastic Four’s involvement with both. We’re also introduced to new concepts in Marvel’s cosmic landscape that fit right in and feel at home.

Slott mixes in some comedic elements and action within the pages keeping a nice pace throughout the issue. While it’s not quite as good as the Avengers lead in issue, it does a decent job overall of catching readers up and leaves them on a “what the hell is that?” cliffhanger, though without the dread like the Avengers issue.

Where things get a bit weird is the revelation of who’ battling in the arena. SPOILER: It’s two children who the Fantastic Four liberate from their oppressor. While this is overall a good thing, this, along with the Future Foundation, is making the team feel like they’re collecting wards quicker than Batman. They’re also as questionable when it comes to the kids’ safety. Still that detail provides some humorous and cute moments of interactions between the kids, the Human Torch, and the Thing.

The art by R.B. Silva and Sean Izaakse is solid work. Along with color by Marte Gracia and Marcio Menyz and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the art is really interesting with a lot of small details to tell the story. The art really plays well into the gambling world as we get a sense of the wonder and alien nature of it all but it also feels familiar. There’s a sense of excess without it being over the top and exploitation without it feeling too grimy. It feels like Vegas. Despite some of the weightier aspects of the story, the art helps keep it light too befitting the tone of the Fantastic Four.

While Empyre: Fantastic Four doesn’t quite have the excitement of Empyre: The Avengers, it does add in some more details about the current state of the cosmic Marvel Universe and how things are shifted. It’s a transition to get the team into the action without using up an issue of their main series. But, as is, this is a prelude issue that’s more interesting to read than a must get.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva, Sean Izaakse
Color: Marte Gracia, Marcio Menyz Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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New Comic Book Day Includes Over 125 New Digital Comics

Empyre: Fantastic Four

It’s new comic book day at comiXology has you covered with over 125 new digital comics available right now! Get new comics from Marvel, Oni, AWA, Archie, and more! Check out tons of indie and small press comics! all at the touch of a button. See everything available here or check out the individual issues below!

AAM-Markosia

AfterShock

AHOY Comics

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Black Mask Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Darby Pop Publishing

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #9

DC Thomson

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Lion Forge Comics

Mad Cave Studios

Marvel

Oni Press

Red 5 Comics

Scholastic – Graphix

Th3rd World Studios

Titan Comics

Valiant Entertainment

Vault Comics

Virus

Zenescope

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ash & Thorn #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Ash & Thorn #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an unlikely champion of Earth. The series seems to be having fun with expectations and tropes from that genre with a nice mix of humor to it.

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been doing some top-notch work when it comes to this pocket of stories and this return to the world is full of dread and heartbreak… and that’s just the first issue!

Eat and Love Yourself (BOOM! Studios) – Magic chocolate allows a young woman to revisit her past. The concept sounds really intriguing and creative.

Eight-Lane Runaways (Fantagraphics) – A new graphic novel about the world of running with a magical twist. We’re still not quite sure what this one’s about but the cover and description text has us wanting to find out more.

Empyre: Fantastic Four #0 (Marvel) – The first zero issue to come out of this anticipated event was solid and we’re excited to see what else is to come. What went from a shrug is now very intriguing.

Ginseng Roots #5 (Uncivilized Books) – One of the best comics out right now, Craig Thompson explores growing up in the world of ginseng.

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press) – Tom Scioli’s biography of the great Jack Kirby.

Join the Future #3 (AfterShock) – This future western explores the idea of modernization and the exploitation that comes with it.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The twist of the first issue was predictable but we really want to see where this noir/mystery goes.

Quantum & Woody #4 (Valiant) – The first three issues have been a whole lot of fun and we’re expecting the same from this finale.

Strange Academy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun and we’ve been looking forward to seeing more of the series. Think young magic users at a school set in the Marvel universe.

Netmarble Adds Immortal Hulk Update to Marvel Future Fight

Marvel Future Fight Immortal Hulk

Netmarble has revealed a new update for their popular mobile game MARVEL Future Fight inspired by Marvel’s “Immortal Hulk” comic book storyline by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett. All-new Immortal Hulk-themed characters and uniforms are now available for Agents to collect, along with an all-new story.

Two new characters affiliated with the Incredible Hulk have been added to the game: Red She-Hulk and Abomination. New uniforms have also been added, including a uniform for Hulk styled after the Immortal Hulka Brawn uniform for Hulk (Amadeus Cho) and an Avengers uniform for She-Hulk.

Today’s update also unveils a new story called ‘The All-War’, unfolding a new Asgardian-themed tale. Also, new story mode improvements have been added, including an alternate mode that contains a new ultimate level while also allowing players to progress through stages with their own Super Heroes, rather than with fixed characters.

Other additions to MARVEL Future Fight include:

  • Hulk is now upgradable to Tier-3 and new ultimate skills have been added.
  • The ‘Realize Potential’ feature is unlocked for Red She-Hulk and Abomination.
  • The ‘Awaken Potential feature’ and new awakening skills for Hulk (Amadeus Cho) are now unlocked.
  • Improved Future Pass convenience and Shadowland extension to the 35th Floor.

MARVEL Future Fight celebrated its fifth anniversary with over 120 million players across the world. The game is currently available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

Comics Writer Nadia Shammas: Bodies, Goth & No Olive Branches

From getting a Marvel internship out of spite to getting her own dream project graphic novel underway. 

Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer and native Brooklynite. She’s best known for being the creator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments and the author/co-creator of SQUIRE, a YA Middle Eastern fantasy set from HarperCollins next year. You can find her and her movie takes on https://twitter.com/Nadia_Shammas

Join us as we we get real about feelings about health, art and capitalism. Also goth.

PS here’s the GP radio episode about workplace harassment in the comics industry that I referenced in my added intro.

People’s History of the Marvel Universe, Week 18: The Social Worker and the COP

When we last left our heroes, Captain America and the Falcon had returned to New York City after liberating a Caribbean island from Nazis and once again foiling the Red Skull’s Cosmic Cube machinations. Upon their return in #120, the question became what the status quo would be for the new partnership in their new environment.

(Pictured: two bros just broing around, casually shirtless.
It’s not like they do this all the time or anything.)

The new status quo would take a few issues to show up, but starting with #139, for almost two years – two years which saw Captain America and the Falcon handed off from Stan Lee[1] to Steve Englehart (by way of Gary Friedrich and Gerry Conway)[2] – Cap writers went back to one of the oldest scenarios in comics.

By night, Captain America and the Falcon would patrol New York City as vigilante superheroes. By day, they would adopt civilian identities that spoke to their ideas of civic engagement: Sam Wilson returned to his job as a social worker, Steve Rogers took up a new job as a cop. Both worked the Harlem beat.[3]

These are their stories.

Preview: Marvel Action Classics: Avengers Starring Iron Man #1

Marvel Action Classics: Avengers Starring Iron Man #1

(W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Alvin Lee
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Fly into action with these exciting stories about Iron Man! First, when Klaw, the master of sound, decides to start a country and western band, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Hulk investigate why! Then, Hercules asks them to look after some multiple-headed dogs from the underworld, so naturally, they train them to compete in a dog show!

Includes Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2008) #1 and Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2008) #4.

Marvel Action Classics: Avengers Starring Iron Man #1
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