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ComiXology Delivers 8 New Digital Comics Including Titans, Thunderbolts, Ultimate Marvel, and Manga!

There are eight new digital comics available now on comiXology! You can get new comics from Marvel, DC, and Yen Press now including new Titans, Ultimate Marvel, and more! Check them all out here or the individual issues below.

Goblin Slayer #49

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Noboru Kannatuki, Kousuke Kurose
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This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality goreGoblin Slayer’s party finally starts to break through Noble Fencer’s shell, but what will happen when they encounter the goblin paladin…? Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer at the same time as Japan!

Goblin Slayer #49

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #32

Written by Takahiro
Art by Strelka
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This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexualityAs Akame readies to join the fight, Hisame continues his solitary stand against the enemy…Will he be able to withstand their attack? Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #32

Thunderbolts: Guardian Protocols

Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Gary Erskine, Tom Grummett
Cover by Tom Grummett
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Collects Thunderbolts #106-109.

The Civil War gave Zemo a chance to amass a super-villain army – and now he is ready to unleash that fighting force on the Grandmaster, who plans to release an energy force across the planet that will lead to victory in his cosmic game of good and evil. But in this fight, who is good and who is evil? When the dust settles and the Guardian Protocols are enacted, the T-Bolts will never be the same again

Thunderbolts: Guardian Protocols

Titans: Titans Together #1

Written by Phil Hester
Pencils Tom Grummett, Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by John Kalisz
Cover by Brandon Peterson
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When one of Raven’s college professors goes missing, Nightwing is convinced the Titans should investigate. But the danger they uncover is far greater than one missing person—the fate of humanity is at stake, and only Beast Boy can save the day!

Titans: Titans Together #1

Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection

Written by Orson Scott Card
Art by Pasqual Ferry, Andy Kubert
Cover by Andy Kubert
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Collects Ultimate Iron Man #1-5 and Ultimate Iron Man II #1-5.

Tony Stark seems to have the perfect life as a billionaire playboy, genius-level inventor and founding member of the world-class super-hero team the Ultimates. But Stark’s life in the public spotlight is merely a small part of the picture. What is the untold story behind the man in the iron mask? How did Stark develop from a gifted child prodigy into one of the most powerful men on the planet? In ULTIMATE IRON MAN, legendary science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card delves into Tony Stark’s childhood history, exploring the makings of a hero from the very beginning.

Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Ultimate Collection

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Allred, Chynna Clugston Flores, Phil Hester, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Rick Mays, Ted McKeever, Terry Moore, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Matt Wagner
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu
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Collects Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1-16 And The Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special.

Collecting all 16 issues of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, plus the star-studded Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special! Teenager Peter Parker may just have started out in the crime-fighting game, but there are plenty of heroes and villains already doing their thing. And it doesn’t take long for Spider-Man to encounter these strange new allies and enemies – including Wolverine, the Hulk, Iron Man, the Punisher, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, the Man-Thing, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, the Black Widow, Shang-Chi and more! Take a wild tour through the ever-exciting Ultimate universe, as Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis teams up with the comic industry’s greatest artistic talents! Through the eyes of Peter Parker, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up showcases all the Ultimate heroes. From uncanny mutants to gleaming Avengers to rampaging green brutes, this volume has it all!

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Ultimate Collection

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Mark Millar
Art by Tom Derenick, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Aaron Lopresti, Tom Raney
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu
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Collects Ultimate X-Men #1-12 & 1/2.

Collecting the first year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #1-12 – in one colossal volume! Featuring an all-new cover by ULTIMATE HULK VS. WOLVERINE artist Leinil Francis Yu! The world stands on the brink of genetic war. Mankind has made the first move, launching an army of giant, cybernetic executioners called Sentinels – programmed to target and eliminate the mutant DNA strand. Now, Magneto and his mutant terrorist cell are preparing to follow through on their threats of Homo sapien genocide. The only force that can prevent total annihilation: five awkward teenagers and their crippled mentor! Plus: The inexperienced X-Men must rely on the enigmatic and unproven Wolverine when they become pawns of the mysterious Weapon X program. Can Logan go it alone against the shadow-ops organization that transformed him into one of the world’s most lethal killing machines?

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Mark Millar
Art by Kaare Andrews, Chris Bachalo, Adam Kubert, Esad Ribic
Cover by Mark Brooks
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Collects Ultimate X-Men #13-25.

Collecting the second year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #13-25 – in one colossal volume! As the X-Men embark on their inaugural world tour, they must confront some unsettling truths about their mentor, Professor Charles Xavier. Before founding his school for young mutants, Xavier abandoned his only son, David, a mutant with uncontrollable reality-warping abilities. Now, David has returned, looking to exact revenge on the father who left him – and he’s willing to eradicate anyone who stands in his way. Will the X-Men be forced to kill Xavier’s son to end his threat against the world? Following the tragedies of their world tour, the X-Men seek the calming protection of Xavier’s school – but their suspicions of his methods only increase. Xavier’s mental blocks on student Jean Grey’s psychic abilities continue to crumble, and she grows increasingly unstable – plagued by visions of a world engulfed in the flames of a fiery phoenix. When the X-Men finally meet Xavier’s mysterious financial backers, Jean’s hallucinations become reality as the otherworldly Phoenix takes possession of the teenage telepath. Also included in this volume is a bonus tale of Gambit, a Cajun street hustler who must use his mutant gifts to protect a homeless boy in great danger.

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

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ECCC 2019: Matt Wagner’s Grendel Returns to Dark Horse

Grendel Prime searches the stars for a new home for mankind, and Matt Wagner returns to his darkest creation! Dark Horse has announced a new Grendel series from Eisner Award-nominated creator Matt Wagner, joined by colorist Brennan Wagner, and letterer Dave Lanphear.

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey sees Grendel back in action as he sets off into space to save humanity itself. This new series will see standard issue covers illustrated by Grendel creator Matt Wagner, with a special issue #1 variant illustrated by Eisner Award winner Fábio Moon and variant covers coming for all subsequent issues.

As civilization comes to an end on Earth, the final Grendel Khan gives Grendel Prime a new directive: Find a new home for the human race. But will the deadly and relentless paladin ultimately save humanity . . . or destroy it? Find out in Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey!

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #1 (of eight) goes on sale October 2, 2019.

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #1

Matt Wagner’s Mage Comes to an Epic Conclusion in Style after 35 Years of Adventure

Image Comics has announced that long-running, cult-favorite series Mage by Matt Wagner will feature a special, breathtaking 8-page gatefold in the finale issue of the series, Mage: The Hero Denied #15. This highly collectible issue will bring the series to a stunning conclusion after 35 years of adventure.

First premiering as part of the indie comics boom in the ’80s, Mage tells the story of the classic Hero’s Journey through the lens of a contemporary setting and as an allegorical autobiography of Wagner himself.

Wagner’s fictional alter-ego, Kevin Matchstick, confronts both supernatural enemies as well as his own humanity in his heroic role—a modern-day incarnation of the legendary Pendragon, wielder of the mystic weapon, Excalibur.

A vanguard of the independent comics movement for decades, Wagner is perhaps best known for his epic crime-and-sci-fi noir narrative, Grendel, but it is in the pages of Mage that his most personal story comes to fruition.

Mage: The Hero Denied #15 Cover A by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180259) and Cover B by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180260) will feature colors by Brennan Wagner and letters by Dave Lanphear as a special oversized issue weighing in at 56 pages.

It will retail for $7.99 and arrives in stores on Wednesday, February 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 4th.

Preview: Batman #54

Batman #54

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Matt Wagner
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Dick Grayson-the original Robin-gets to spend some quality time fighting crime with his mentor for the first time since Batman popped the question to Catwoman. It’s a walk down memory lane as Bruce Wayne helps Dick get over the loss of his high-flying acrobat parents, which in turn led to his crime-fighting career. Guest artist Matt Wagner (Mage, TRINITY) jumps on board for this special issue!

Review: Batman #54

Dick Grayson-the original Robin-gets to spend some quality time fighting crime with his mentor for the first time since Batman popped the question to Catwoman. It’s a walk down memory lane as Bruce Wayne helps Dick get over the loss of his high-flying acrobat parents, which in turn led to his crime-fighting career.

Have you ever read a comic that you know was a filler issue? The quality of the story an the art just didn’t match what had come before. Something was off? Batman #54 is the filler issue of writer Tom King‘s impressive run. For the first time I got a sense of a comic which was thrown into the mix to create a breather and some padding.

The issue explores the relationship between Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne as both father and adopted son and as Batman and Nightwing. There’s some aspects that are great, including a running joke about Batman’s D-List villains. But, there’s an emotional disconnect that creates a distance between the reader and the subjects. Where Batman should be emotional, really cold and uptight, he instead comes off as a douche. This isn’t someone we want to help, this is an asshole we want to let stew in his misery.

King attempts to slide the emotions throughout the issue. In the beginning Bruce is the caring one, helping Dick cope with his loss. Dick acts like you’d expect a child to act in numerous ways. We can have empathy for him and his reactions seem natural. As Dick grows up, Bruce feels like he’s more detached. This could be his war as Batman is weighing on him but you’d expect some distance in the beginning as well. Instead at the middle point he’s already cold and uncaring. It’s odd and due to it, it’s kind of surprising Dick is helping him post being stood up at the alter. He’s a jerk at this point and emotionally distant. He’s the cold, uncaring parent.

Later in the story, things are switched with Dick attempting to help Bruce but unlike the emotional child reactions of a young Dick Grayson, we’re presented again with the cold lack of feeling that we experience in the middle of their relationship. Dick is expecting him to show emotion when it’s clear he hasn’t for some time. Dick is expecting a reaction we are shown shouldn’t be expected.

There’s a disconnect there and also with the more affable Bruce we’ve seen over these years. It’s hard to care for his well-being after reading this.

Then there’s Matt Wanger‘s art. The cover, where he’s joined by Brennan Wagner is fantastic. The interiors, where he’s joined by colorist Tomeu Morey, are lacking. The style just doesn’t quite work though Wagner does do a solid job of juxtaposing the time frames. Detail feels like it’s lacking. Poses are awkward. Perspectives don’t look right. And the coloring doesn’t work either beyond one panel where you can’t tell if a line on Batman’s cheek is lighting or a tear.

Awkwardness abounds in this issue which just stumbles at every opportunity. A story which relies on emotional connection doesn’t give us any reason to care for a character’s well-being and connect with them. They’re cold and leaves the reader much the same.

Story: Tom King Art: Matt Wagner
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Femme Magnifique Gets a New Print Through IDW’s Black Crown

Femme Magnifique, the wildly successful Kickstarter comic book anthology, is headed back to print for a beautiful softcover edition this September. It is a celebration of 50 iconic women who shattered glass ceilings and changed the course of history in the process.

Told by over 100 of the most talented creators in comics from around the world, Femme Magnifique features 3-page short stories about women from the world of music, art, politics, and science. Explored from a personal angle, the subjects of these mini-biopics include Kate BushOctavia ButlerRumiko TakahashiAda LovelaceMisty CopelandMargaret SangerMichelle ObamaUrsula K. Le GuinSally RideHarriet Tubman and more!

Femme Magnifique was conceived and co-curated by Shelly Bond and Kristy Miller & Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design. It features contributions from such comic book luminaries as Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite BennettBill SienkiewiczJen BartelMike CareyKelly Sue DeConnickTini HowardElsa CharretierTess FowlerRafael AlbuquerqueTee FranklinGilbert HernandezMing DoyleMatt WagnerJim RuggGail SimoneMags VisaggioMarguerite SauvageGerard WayPhilip BondHope NicholsonSanford GreeneSonny LiewJen HickmanMark BuckinghamPeter GrossTyler CrookDan Parent, and Kieron Gillen, among many others.

Maxing out at nearly $100,000 raised for the Kickstarter edition, earning over 240% of its initial goal, Femme Magnifique found its audience swiftly. Now, those who missed out on the first go-round can add this collection to their library packed with new bonus material including a foreword, behind-the-scenes process pages, and more.

The new paperback edition of Femme Magnifique will become available on September 4, 2018 and can now be pre-ordered using ISBN: 978-1684053209

Preview: The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane TP

The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane TP

writer: Matt Wagner
artist | cover: Matt Wagner (art), Brennan Wagner (colors)
FC | 144 pages | $19.99 | Teen +

Legendary creator Matt Wagner returns to both write and draw an all-new tale for the first and most famous of all pulp heroes, The Shadow! Following his critically-acclaimed work on The Shadow: Year One and Grendel vs. The Shadow, Wagner once again lends his masterful talents to unveil “what evil lurks in the hearts of men”, joined by talented colorist Brennan Wagner.

For years, Margo Lane has served as The Shadow’s faithful friend and companion, the closest and most intimate of all his many agents. But when will that proximity to The Shadow’s dark and violent world take its ultimate toll on her? And what effect will his lover’s loss have on the driven and brooding Master of Darkness? A powerful and resonant tale in the sort of pulse-pounding pulp style that only Matt Wagner could deliver!

Mage Returns With the Third and Final Story Arc this August

Legendary creator and indy-comics pioneer Matt Wagner returns to bring fans the highly anticipated third and final story arc to Mage from Image Comics this summer. Mage: The Hero Denied will kickoff with the intro-sized issue #0 in July and carry on as a regular, 15-issue series beginning with The Hero Denied #1 this August.

This long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy Mage follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who—after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard—discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

Mage #0 (Diamond Code MAY170639) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 12th at the introductory price of $1.99. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 19th.

For fans new to Mage, a reprint of the Mage, Vol. 1 trade paperback (Diamond Code MAY170640) will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 5th.

Mage #1 (Diamond Code JUN170617) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 16th.

Preview: The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane HC

The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane HC

writer: Matt Wagner
artist: Matt Wagner (art), Brennan Wagner (colors)
cover: Matt Wagner (art), Brennan Wagner (colors)
FC • 136+ pages • $24.99 • Teen+
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Legendary creator Matt Wagner returns to both write and draw an all-new tale for the first and most famous of all pulp heroes, The Shadow! Following his critically-acclaimed work on The Shadow: Year One and Grendel vs. The Shadow, Wagner once again lends his masterful talents to unveil “what evil lurks in the hearts of men,” joined by talented colorist Brennan Wagner.  For years, Margo Lane has served as The Shadow’s faithful friend and companion, the closest and most intimate of all his many agents. But when will that proximity to The Shadow’s dark and violent world take its ultimate toll on her? And what effect will his lover’s loss have on the driven and brooding Master of Darkness? A powerful and resonant tale in the sort of pulse-pounding pulp style that only Matt Wagner could deliver!

Also Included, Matt Wagner’s 8-page story from The Shadow #100

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Preview: The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane #5

The Shadow: Death of Margo Lane #5

writer: Matt Wagner
artist: Matt Wagner (art), Brennan Wagner (colors)
cover: Matt Wagner (art), Brennan Wagner (colors)
incentive cover: Matt Wagner (B/W art)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99 • Teen+

The stunning conclusion to the first Dynamite series both written and drawn by Matt Wagner.  The Shadow faces off with an unexpected threat in the dangerous lair of the Tong overlord, the Red Empress.  An epic battle pits the Master of Darkness in a struggle for his very life…one which he dare not win!  Eisner Award-winner Matt Wagner returns to both write and draw one of his favorite characters with pulp-inspired coloring by Brennan Wagner.

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