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The Superhero World of Radiant Black Expands with Two New Series

Two momentous new releases will join Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa’s Radiant Black in the Image Comics superhero universe in February 2022.

The month will kick off with an eye-melting, page-turning crossover superhero event in Supermassive one-shot by writers Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott, and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna. Then, fans will be primed and ready to return to comic shops to get their hands on the pulse-pounding new ongoing series launch—Rogue Sun by writer Ryan Parrott and artists Abel and Chris O’Halloran.  

These two epic superhero drops will leave Radiant Black fans breathless and provide a jolt of high octane action to new readers interested in jumping in on the excitement. 

First, 2021’s hottest new superhero Radiant Black launches into his first ever crossover event with the Image Comics debut of Inferno Girl Redspinning out of the highly successful Kickstarter—which is coming to Image later next year and the first appearance of Rogue Sun! Power Rangers: Shattered Grid architects Higgins, Parrott, Groom and Manna and colorist extraordinaire Igor Monti, unite for a one-shot, extra-length story so big it can only be called—Supermassive.

Next, Rogue Sun kicks 2022 into high gear when rebellious teenager Dylan Siegel discovers that the late superhero Rogue Sun was his estranged father, Marcus—and that he’s inherited his father’s mantle. Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural—and solving his father’s murder—Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he’s spent the majority of his life hating. This new ongoing series is a supernatural murder mystery that explores the complicated bond between father and son and cements itself squarely in a corner of the Image Comics superhero universe. 

Supermassive one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 2: 

  • Cover A by Manna & Monti – Diamond Code DEC210098
  • Cover B by Marcelo Costa, Abel, Durso – Diamond Code DEC210099
  • Cover C 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code DEC210100
  • Cover D 1:50 copy incentive – Diamond Code DEC210101

Rogue Sun #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 16: 

  • Cover A by Declan Shalvey – Diamond Code DEC210054
  • Cover B by Goñi Montes – Diamond Code DEC210055
  • Cover C 1:10 copy incentive by Abel – Diamond Code DEC210056
  • Cover D 1:25 copy incentive by Daniele Di Nicuolo – Diamond Code DEC210057
  • Cover E 1:50 copy incentive by Booth – Diamond Code DEC210058

Preview: Trials of Ultraman #5 (of 5)

Trials of Ultraman #5 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 04, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It’s man-made Kaiju vs. real-deal Kaiju vs. Ultraman – on a shifting battlefield of ice and fire, with thousands of lives at stake!

When the smoke clears, will Ultraman be left standing? And if not, will it be because of the Kaiju battle… or the unexpected betrayal of a trusted friend?

Trials of Ultraman #5 (of 5)

Preview: Trials of Ultraman #4 (of 5)

Trials of Ultraman #4 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In Iceland, the critics of the USP are uniting – and they finally have what they need to win the rest of the world over! But what are the dark consequences of their actions…and will Ultraman choose to save them from those consequences?

Or perhaps a better question to ask is – with opposition mounting, alliances fraying and trust disintegrating, can he?

Trials of Ultraman #4 (of 5)

Preview: Trials of Ultraman #3 (of 5)

Trials of Ultraman #3 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It turns out that the forces aligned against the USP and Ultraman are far more widespread-and more organized!-than our heroes had ever suspected. If they’re going to survive, they’ll need a new ally of their own…and the man they’re looking at just so happens to be one of the most powerful and influential people in the world.
But what’s his history with the USP, and why does he seem to have his own hidden agenda?

Trials of Ultraman #3 (of 5)

Preview: The Trials of Ultraman #2 (of 5)

The Trials of Ultraman #2 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When a teammate is in danger, you pull out all the stops to save them – and sometimes, when things are really dire, that means…donning your Sunday best?
But even if Team Ultraman can pull off an unorthodox rescue, the results will raise some mind-bending questions…and put our heroes in the crosshairs of a brand-new threat!

The Trials of Ultraman #2 (of 5)

Exclusive: Kickstarter Hit “Inferno Girl Red” Gets a Ten-Page “Ashcan” Stretch Goal

Inferno Girl Red "Ashcan"

Inferno Girl Red is a hit on Kickstarter reaching its funding in two days and delivering some awesome rewards. From Mat Groom and Erica D’UrsoInferno Girl Red is an all-new original graphic novel that combines high school super-heroic drama with the dynamic storytelling and world-building of Japanese tokusatsu superheroes, and the intrigue and relationship drama of British boarding school fiction. The Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund this all-new 100-page, hardcover superhero graphic novel by Groom, D’Urso, colorist Igor Monti, letterer Becca Carey, editor Kyle Higgins, and design group For The People, will run through May 5th, 2021.

The Kickstarter has blown past its goal with over 900 backers and still 25 days to go. Last week, a new tier was announced, 10 INFERNO GIRL RED helmets which are jaw dropping. These will be available, along with the hardcover and a Radiant Black/ Inferno Girl Red print for $650. 9 of them are already gone!

Now?

If the campaign reaches $70,000, a new stretch goal will be unlocked. Every physical reward tier will receive a ten-page, black-and-white ‘ashcan’-style mini-comic that details an adventure of a different, mysterious Inferno Girl Red! This mini-comic will be written by Matt Groom, and drawn in a sketchy style (which you can get a sense of from the cover which you can see up) by artist Valeria Favoccia (who has already contributed a stunning art print for the campaign).

Mat said:

When you’re building an entirely new world, you also have to build an entirely new history. Erica and I have delighted in this process – creating weird and wonderful foundations that have a major influence on the present. This mini-comic is a chance to explore one of those foundations.

We didn’t have any to steal any of Erica’s time and energy from drawing the book itself, though — so we turned to Valeria Favoccia, who created an INFERNO GIRL RED print for our campaign that perfectly captured the spirit of our world. Erica and Valeria are close, and will be collaborating closely — ensuring Valeria can bring unique style and energy while still ensuring this mini-comic feels cohesive with our larger narrative world.

But what is Inferno Girl Red?

We all need something to believe in. Especially Cássia Costa. An ancient cult and their army of demons have stolen Cássia’s home, Apex City.  When a magical dragon bracelet rockets into her life and affixes itself to her arm, Cássia’s the only person equipped to stop the cult from offering the entire city to their dark lord. There’s just one catch…

The magical bracelet is powered by belief, and Cássia — an intensely pragmatic, rational girl – doesn’t have much to spare. She’ll have to find something to kindle her faith, though, and fast —because she has a secret legacy to live up to. Because her mother’s life is on the line. And because Apex City needs Inferno Girl Red.

In Inferno Girl RedCássia’s not shy– but bouncing around from city-to-city as her Mom bounced from job-to-job meant it was hard to make friends… and any friends she did make disappeared pretty quickly once they found out who Cássia’s mother was. So instead of socialising, she focused on learning– showing a particular aptitude for science. Now Cássia has a chance for a fresh start in Apex City. Her impressive test scores have earned her an invitation to the world-famous entrepreneur Doctor Janine Caro’s prestigious boarding school for promising young minds. There, Cássia starts to settle in. She starts to make friends. She starts to see a future for herself.

But when a magical bracelet blasts through a window while Cássia is studying late one night, everything changes. Cássia’s quickly drawn into a strange war that she previously only heard about from her mother… 

Not convinced? Check out art from the graphic novel below and you can back the campaign now!

Mat Groom and Erica D’Urso Launch Inferno Girl Red on Kickstarter

From Mat Groom and Erica D’Urso comes Inferno Girl Red, an all-new original graphic novel that combines high school super-heroic drama with the dynamic storytelling and world-building of Japanese tokusatsu superheroes, and the intrigue and relationship drama of British boarding school fiction. A Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund this all-new 100-page, hardcover superhero graphic novel by Groom, D’Urso, colorist Igor Monti, letterer Becca Carey, editor Kyle Higgins, and design group For The People,  will run through May 5th, 2021.

We all need something to believe in. Especially Cássia Costa. An ancient cult and their army of demons have stolen Cássia’s home, Apex City.  When a magical dragon bracelet rockets into her life and affixes itself to her arm, Cássia’s the only person equipped to stop the cult from offering the entire city to their dark lord. There’s just one catch…

The magical bracelet is powered by belief, and Cássia — an intensely pragmatic, rational girl – doesn’t have much to spare. She’ll have to find something to kindle her faith, though, and fast —because she has a secret legacy to live up to. Because her mother’s life is on the line. And because Apex City needs Inferno Girl Red.

In Inferno Girl Red, Cássia’s not shy– but bouncing around from city-to-city as her Mom bounced from job-to-job meant it was hard to make friends… and any friends she did make disappeared pretty quickly once they found out who Cássia’s mother was. So instead of socialising, she focused on learning– showing a particular aptitude for science. Now Cássia has a chance for a fresh start in Apex City. Her impressive test scores have earned her an invitation to the world-famous entrepreneur Doctor Janine Caro’s prestigious boarding school for promising young minds. There, Cássia starts to settle in. She starts to make friends. She starts to see a future for herself.

But when a magical bracelet blasts through a window while Cássia is studying late one night, everything changes. Cássia’s quickly drawn into a strange war that she previously only heard about from her mother… 

The Inferno Girl Red Kickstarter campaign features the oversized, deluxe format hardcover (7 x 11 inches) with an exclusive, Kickstarter-only cover and Kickstarter-edition-exclusive concept art, as well as a RADIANT BLACK/ INFERNO GIRL RED team-up print by RADIANT BLACK artist Marcelo Costa and INFERNO GIRL RED artist Erica D’Urso and fourteen collectible INFERNO GIRL RED giclee art prints by Darko Lafuente, Doaly, Francesco Manna, Eduardo Ferigato, Dash O’Brien–Georgeson, Federico Sabbatini (with Martina Fari), Wil Sur, Kath Lobo, Serg Acūna, Eleonora Carlini, Tiffany Turrill, Nicola Scott, Nicole Goux, and Valeria Favoccia!

Preview: The Trials of Ultraman #1 (of 5)

The Trials of Ultraman #1 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna, Eduardo Ferigato, Gurihiru (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Ultraman narrowly averted a catastrophe decades in the making. The world was saved – but, also, forever changed.

Now…come the consequences.

Much of the populace regard their defenders with suspicion. Enemies hide in plain sight, and even those closest to Shin Hayata don’t necessarily have faith in the Giant of Light. But at last, a long-thought-lost comrade has mysteriously returned!

That’s a good thing…right?

The RISE is over. The training wheels are off, and the stakes have never been higher. THE TRIALS OF ULTRAMAN begin here!

The Trials of Ultraman #1 (of 5)

Kaiju are Unleased in the Trials of Ultraman Trailer

The Kaiju have escaped their vault. Only one hero dares to stand between humanity and these unstoppable monsters. Now begin The Trials of Ultraman!

Following his hit Marvel Comics debut, The Rise of Ultraman, Ultraman’s incredible saga will continue next month in a brand-new series. The Trials of Ultraman will see the return of writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom, artist Francesco Manna along with Eduardo Ferigato and Gurihiru, and colors by Espen Grundetjern as they dive even deeper into the fascinating Ultraman mythos. The new installment will pick up directly after Ultraman’s explosive battle with Bemular. Ultraman may have saved the world but now come the consequences. Earth’s greatest defender will have to contend with a suspicious populace, hidden enemies, and the mysterious return of a long-thought-lost comrade! The RISE is over and now Ultraman must face his greatest challenges yet. Check out the thrilling action to come in an all-new trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

The adventures of the mysterious warrior beyond the stars continue! Don’t miss this exciting new chapter when The Trials of Ultraman #1 hits stands on March 17th with a cover by Arthur Adams!

Preview: Rise of Ultraman #5 (of 5)

Rise of Ultraman #5 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna (CA) Jorge Molina
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

With every step comes an earthquake. With every breath comes fire that melts steel. Witness calamity incarnate: BEMULAR!!
But even if ULTRAMAN can slay this dark beast and prevent catastrophe, it will be too late to prevent the birth of a new world – leaving one final decision to be made, that promises to forever change the destiny of humanity.

Rise of Ultraman #5 (of 5)
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