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Sex Criminals Returns for its Final Arc in January 2020

The highly anticipated return of Eisner Award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling romance/humor series Sex Criminals—by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky—will kick off again with issue #26 in January 2020 from Image Comics and begin its final story arc.

“Working with Matt again is like riding a bicycle: I can’t do it. It hurts my body and I’m constantly scared,” said Zdarsky.

Fraction added: “Riding a bike is just like working with Chip Zdarsky: it’s really cool, and I want all my friends to see me doing it, and it once busted out all my front teeth! We make a comic called Sex Criminals! I love Chip! Siri stop dictation stop stop no Siri stop stop.”

Sex Criminals follows the adventures of Suzie and Jon—a couple who discover they can stop time when they have sex.

Sex Criminals #26 (Diamond Code NOV190021) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 29.

Sex Criminals #26
Sex Criminals #26

Preview: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4 (of 12)

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4 (of 12)

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber
In Shops: Oct 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Whassup, nerds? It’s yer favorite irresponsible blogger, Timmy Olsen! In this month’s episode of “Timmy’s Bros,” someone requested we get Batman to crack who moidered that Daily Planet photo-hack, Jimmy Olsen. Like how many wheels does a guy have to steal off the Batmobile to get a Bat-dude’s attention around here?

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #4 (of 12)

Preview: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #3 (of 12)

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #3 (of 12)

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber
In Shops: Sep 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today in this catalog to remember our friend, Superman’s pal, the late Jimmy Olsen…’s assassination decoy!
Wait, somebody killed Jimmy’s decoy body? But whodunit? And, like, whydunit? And…wait, when did Jimmy get a decoy of himself? What we do know is it’s not safe for Jimmy in the City of Tomorrow anymore, and with Superman busy and all (you read that SUPERMAN #15 solicit yet?), Jimmy’s best bet is to solve his own murder within the safe borders of Gotham City! (Seriously, “safe”?)

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #3 (of 12)

Preview: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (of 12)

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (of 12)

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Only Jimmy Olsen knows what Superman’s secret superpowers truly are-and now those mysteries will finally be shared with you! And only you. Don’t tell anyone. And Jimmy won’t have any of his pal’s super-abilities to help him get out of his latest jam as he hits the dark and dirty streets of Gotham City!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (of 12)

Preview: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City. And then we kill Jimmy.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1

Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretier, Matt Hollingsworth, Kurt Ankeny, and Rian Hughes Team for the Three-Part Graphic Novella, November

Image Comics has announced the first in a sequence of three graphic novellas by Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier, with colors by Matt Hollingsworth, exquisitely crafted lettering by cartoonist Kurt Ankeny, and book design by Rian Hughes, titled November.

In November, the lives of three women intersect in a dark criminal underground. As fire and violence tear through their city over the course of a single day and night, they find that their lives are bound together by one man—who seems to be the cause of it all. 

Fraction commented in the announcement:

November is a crime thriller about three women connected by unforeseen and terrible circumstances—the kind of random encounter with chaos and darkness that upends lives without warning, walking the line between accident and catastrophe. As a serialized series of novels, the format of November gives us the space and time to explore who these women were before and after everything changed for them, in a sprawling story of chaos and coincidence where everything happens according to a pattern, but no plan ever goes off without a hitch. It’s the kind of story only comics can tell in the way only a comic can tell them, and I couldn’t ask for better collaborators than Elsa, Matt, and Kurt.

Charretier added:

Characters so alive they draw themselves, scripts that feed my imagination for days on end, November is the most challenging project I’ve worked on, and collaborating with such a talented team has been everything I dreamed it’d be.

November, vol. I hardcover (Diamond Code JUL190077, ISBN 978-1-5343-1354-5) will hit comic shops on Wednesday, November 6 and bookstores on Tuesday, November 12. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 5.

November, vol. I

Preview: Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1

Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, Marc Andreyko (A) Steve Lieber, Mike Perkins (A/CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $9.99

An all-star roster of writers and artists highlight the new threat of Leviathan, but also tees up new ongoing series for Jimmy Olsen by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, and Lois Lane by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, coming in June! As Leviathan enacts a plan to take down Superman, it’s up to Lois, Jimmy and the heroes of the DC Universe to rescue the Man of Steel.

Review: Battlescars

Battle Scars #1 Cover

When it comes to movies that do conspiracies right, not too many measure up to the Manchurian Candidate. It’s a movie and a book about the son of a prominent American family running for office but has been secretly brainwashed into being an assassin in a wide-reaching communist conspiracy. The story was so good that it was remade a few years ago starring the venerable Denzel Washington. Many movies have tried to emulate the level of tension within the story, but none has succeeded including the remake.

That was until I saw The Guest starring Dan Stevens in the titular role, where he portrays himself as a soldier, a friend of the son of one family whose son died in action. As with most stories that seem ordinary, this one takes a turn for the worst, as he is government trained killer, who the government ends up looking for. These type of stories usually become good the slower the mystery unravels. This is the case in the Fear Itself book, Battle Scars, one which finds our protagonist, not your typical solider as he has everyone looking for him, including every superhero in the Marvel Universe.

We meet Marcus Johnson, an Army Ranger, whose mere presence is a threat to some and not knowing exactly why, as he has become public enemy number one. As his mother is killed in what looks like a robbery, he comes from Afghanistan, to attend her funeral, and to only discover someone looking to take him out, Taskmaster. This is when Captain America comes to rescue him, where he gets into SHIELD custody, which he soon finds out is a prison. Johnson eventually breaks out, finds an old Army buddy, and hunts down Taskmaster to get some answers, which unfortunately runs him right into the path of Deadpool. As we soon find out the reason he was being hunted, and that his DNA is the secret to our villain’s long life.

Overall, an interesting origin story to a beloved character wrapped in a mystery leading to pulse pounding thriller. The story by the creative team is action packed and intense. The art by Eaton is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent story which is definitely more than meets the eye.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Matt Fraction and Christopher Yost
Art: Scot Eaton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Sex Criminals Returns this January

Sex Criminals, from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, will return for the fifth arc of the ongoing award-winning series—and enter all-new territory—this January.

Up is down and black is white and the sex isn’t happening and neither is the crime. What is this book even, you guys?!

After the heartbreaking, albeit totally unsurprising, breakup in Fourgy!, our leads find themselves apart and in the arms of others while the fate of the whole universe hangs in the balance…ish.

Sex Criminals #21 Cover A by Chip Zdarsky (Diamond code: NOV170711) and XXX Cover B by Kris Anka (Diamond code: NOV170712) hits comic shops Wednesday, January 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 18th.

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