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Classic Marvel Heroes Transform into Classic Marvel Horror Monsters this October

From Werewolf by Night to Tomb of Dracula, Marvel has a proud history of horror-themed comics, and this October, these classic terrifying tales will be honored in a series of Horror Variant covers! Prepare to see your favorite Marvel characters as you’ve never seen them before as the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider-Man, and more live out nightmarish fantasies just in time for Halloween. Paying homage to the classic Marvel horror comics of yesterday, the industry’s top artists including Russell Dauterman, Mike Del Mundo, and Leinil Francis Yu, have reimagined Marvel’s heroes in delightfully creepy visions. See what happens when you cross Iron Man with the swamp monster, Man-Thing, or check out Black Widow staking out her prey as a creature of the night—all this and more when these chilling covers hit comic stores this October!

See below for a full list of October’s Horror Variant covers and be on the lookout for more of these devilish cover reveals coming your way!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 SPIDER-MAN VAMPIRE HUNTER HORROR VARIANT COVER by AARON KUDER with colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
  • AVENGERS #37 WHERE AVENGERS DWELL HORROR VARIANT COVER by JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ
  • BLACK WIDOW #2 TOMB OF BLACK WIDOW HORROR VARIANT COVER by JOSHUA “SWAY” SWABY
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #24 CAP WOLF HORROR VARIANT COVER by MIRKA ANDOLFO
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #22 CAPTAIN MARVEL UNLEASHED HORROR VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
  • IMMORTAL HULK #38 DEL MUNDO LIVING HULK HORROR VARIANT COVER by MIKE DEL MUNDO
  • IRON MAN #2 IRON MAN-THING HORROR VARIANT COVER by MATTIA DE IULIS
  • MARAUDERS #13 HELL’S STORM HORROR VARIANT COVER by KHARY RANDOLPH
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #5 SPIDER-WOMAN BY NIGHT HORROR VARIANT COVER by PATRICK GLEASON
  • THOR #8 FRANKENSTEIN’S THOR HORROR VARIANT COVER by LEINIL FRANCIS YU with colors by SUNNY GHO
  • X-MEN #13 LEGION OF X-MONSTERS HORROR VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

Mirka Andolfo Debuts Sweet Paprika, Her First Animated Project

Mirka Andolfo has announced her debut animated project, Sweet Paprika. Based on a series of sketches shared initially on social media, Sweet Paprika follows the erotic misadventures of a career-driven woman—Paprika—who reluctantly engages a charming, if immature, delivery boy named Dill. Though Andolfo has only hinted at this story through her drawings, her fanbase has quickly embraced the mismatched devil-and-angel couple, requesting sketch commissions and even cosplaying as the pair at major conventions.

Andolfo is partnering with the Italian media company Arancia Studio and CEO Davide G.G. Caci to develop the animated project, which has been optioned by Alessandro Regaldo at Grey Ladder Productions. Andolfo describes Sweet Paprika as an urban fairy tale for adults, carrying the coming-of-age themes of The Devil Wears Prada mixed with the progressive, feminist romance of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Sex and the City.

Gabriele Pennacchioli, who received a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Supervising Director on Netflix’s Love Death + Robots, will serve as Executive Producer. Pennacchioli has 25 years of experience in animated features, working on such films as Shark TaleShrek the ThirdKung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon, among others. Tommaso Triolo, of the Italian comedy troupe The Jackal, will write the script based on Andolfo’s story.

Sweet Paprika takes place in a world similar to ours, but inhabited by characters with the appearance of angels and devils. Protagonist Paprika is a New Yorker of Italian origin, working endless hours as a Chief Creative Officer at a publisher in the center of the thriving metropolis. Far from a traditional princess, Paprika’s job and career drive consume her, forcing her to neglect her personal needs, as well as her relationships with friends and family.

Enter Dill—a naïve and suave delivery boy whose “angelic” attitude grates against Paprika’s no-nonsense practicality. This odd-couple prince and princess embark on an unexpected courtship that both tests their temperaments, as well as embraces the themes of female empowerment and sexual empowerment.

Mirka Andolfo’s Ludocrats #4 Cover is Revealed

Bestselling artist Mirka Andolfo will lend her talents to the upcoming The Ludocrats #4 by Kieron Gillen, writer Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s with a stunning alternate cover. The Ludocrats #4 will be out from Image Comics on Wednesday, August 19.

The Ludocrats #4 is the penultimate issue in the five issue miniseries perfect for fans of Monty Python and absurdist humor.

The Ludocrats #4 Cover A by Stokely (Diamond Code JUN200250) and The Ludocrats #4 Cover B by Mirka Andolfo (Diamond Code JUN208312) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 19.

The Ludocrats #4  Mirka Andolfo cover

Mercy #3 Gets a Second Printing

The exciting first story arc conclusion to Mirka Andolfo’s Gothic bestselling series Mercy is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with growing demand for the hot new issue. A second printing of Mercy #3 will be available in August from Image Comics.

In Mercy #3, the first story arc of Andolfo’s dark tale comes to an end. Lady Hellaine finds a love interest…or is this just a part of her machinations? Who are the ruthless “hunters,” and what are they tracking? And what’s their relationship with whatever lies in the abandoned mines?

Mercy #3, second printing will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 5.

Mercy #3, second printing

Mirka Andolfo Signs a Cover Deal with BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has announced that it has signed a massive deal with superstar artist Mirka Andolfo, that will see the debut of twelve covers on top comic book series from the award-winning publisher through 2021.

The next variant cover from this new deal will be available on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1, on-sale now in comic shops, and Andolfo art will be featured on variants to subsequent issues (#2-5) of the series through November. Fans will also find variant covers from Andolfo on Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #2 in September and Something is Killing the Children #15 in 2021.

Mirka Andolfo Buffy the Vampire Slayer: WIllow #1 variant

Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

Written by Mirka Andolfo
Pencils Mirka Andolfo
Inks Mirka Andolfo
Colored by Mirka Andolfo
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“Fashion Victim”
Harley is determined to steal back the spotlight by sabotaging Catwoman in style! When the two are challenged to model a new line of cutting-edge criminal couture, Harley accepts it as a contest of pride-but she’ll have to swallow a tough pill when she learns her arrogance is all part of Selina’s grand plan to pull off the ultimate high-profile heist on the catwalk.

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2

Harley Quinn is back in a new adventure in Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2. This time Mirka Andolfo takes the reigns for writing and art. Andolfo delivers a fun adventure that puts the focus on superhero fashion and social media. Harley Quinn WAS the most stylish villain out there. When Catwoman takes that top spot, Harley wants to show she has the fashion chops.

Andolfo puts together an entertaining second chapter of this DC Digital First series. There’s a lot of subtle jabs at social media, influencers, and the unrealistic outfits female comic characters are force to wear. And the key thing is how subtle it is. Mirka keeps the focus on the fun and humor of it all delivering a chapter that’s full of kinetic energy that feels more akin to an episode focusing on Team Rocket in Pokémon than the previous chapter’s psychological examination.

It’s a cute story overall. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2 features a shift in tone that emphasizes how many different ways you can interpret and portray this character. DC’s decision to go with Andolfo’s chapter after the debut feels deliberate. It’s so far in the other direction in tone and plot that it really is night and day. It also highlights that this is an anthology series that you can pick up and choose which chapter you want based on the creative team. There’s no ongoing thread so far in the series.

Andolfo’s art is fantastic as expected with some stunning couture. There’s a fantastic use of the series’ signature minimalist coloring of black, white, red, with some gray. What really stands out are the page layouts with some impressive and eye-popping panels. The layout of the pages really emphasizes the kinetic and frenetic feel of the story and enhances the flow of the narrative. It’s stunning work.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #2 is a fun second chapter that’s so removed and different than the debut of this series. It highlights that Harley Quinn’s depictions and stories can be so varied. She’s a character like the best of actors that can do drama and comedy with a flip of the switch. It also shows how much each creator brings to the story and drives how we see the character. Fans of Harley Quinn should be happy with this chapter and it’s also a solid standalone story for those who want to discover more about her.

Story: Mirka Andolfo Art: Mirka Andolfo
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy


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Go Beyond the Unknown with Harley Quinn and manga in Today’s Digital Comics

ComiXology has five digital comics for you today. Two are from DC Comics as part of their DC Digital First lineup while three others are Harlequin romance manga. Check them all out here or the individual releases below.

From Beyond the Unknown #2

Written by Dan Jurgens, Tom Sniegoski
Pencils Eric Gapstur, Dan Jurgens
Inks Eric Gapstur, Norm Rapmund
Colored by Hi-Fi, Marissa Louise
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Story 1 – On Earth-A.D. (After Disaster), the world is a very different place-a post-apocalyptic wasteland, full of talking animals and other strange sights. While exploring his dystopian home, Kamandi, the last living human, stumbles upon a robot butler patiently awaiting the return of his human masters, who disappeared years before. Kamandi takes pity on the loyal butler and tries to reunite him with his long-lost family…however unusual that reunion might be.
Story 2 – In the far future of the 31st century, the super-powered teens known as the Legion of Super-Heroes protect all the citizens of the United Planets. But when Legionnaires Sun Boy and Wildfire are kidnapped, their teammates must infiltrate a mysterious ice planet to try to save their friends…and the planet!

From Beyond the Unknown #2

The Mediterranean Tycoon

Written by Margaret Mayo
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Single mother Peta works as a secretary while raising her eight-year-old son. After getting assigned to the new company president, Andreas, her days are hectic as she tries to meet the demands of the tyrannical but drop-dead-gorgeous Greek man.

“For my son and our future, I’ll meet Andreas’s commands with all I’ve got!”

But one day, Andreas finds out about Peta’s son and makes his most outrageous demand yet—“Work as my son’s live-in nanny!”

Can Peta, who has sworn off trusting men forever, bring herself to live with this dangerously sexy man?

The Mediterranean Tycoon

In Good Company

Written by Teresa Southwick
Art by Keiko Okamoto
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In high school, Molly was a little plain and chubby and yet her crush, Des, asked her out! She thought things were going well between them until Des left for college without saying a word of goodbye. Years later, Molly has transformed into a beautiful woman. When Des returns to town, he doesn’t even recognize her. But the wounds he left on her heart still haven’t healed…

In Good Company

The Final Seduction

Written by Sharon Kendrick
Art by Natsumi Matsumoto
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Accused of being unfaithful by her fiancé, Drew, heartbroken Shelly fled to Milan. Three years later, she’s back in the town she never thought she’d return to.

There, she runs into Drew, and with their unresolved past looming over them, their fighting begins again. His blue eyes, deep as the ocean, no longer hold the warmth for her that they once did… But before she knows it, she is relying on him once more, just like before.

Although she knows he’ll never forgive her, his kindness confuses her. What does he really want from her?

The Final Seduction

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

Written by Mirka Andolfo
Pencils Mirka Andolfo
Inks Mirka Andolfo
Colored by Mirka Andolfo
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“Fashion Victim”
Harley is determined to steal back the spotlight by sabotaging Catwoman in style! When the two are challenged to model a new line of cutting-edge criminal couture, Harley accepts it as a contest of pride-but she’ll have to swallow a tough pill when she learns her arrogance is all part of Selina’s grand plan to pull off the ultimate high-profile heist on the catwalk.

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

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Get a Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios have revealed the first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1, The premiere issue of a brand new five-issue limited series, from award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki, acclaimed artist Natacha Bustos, colorist Eleonora Bruni, and letterer Jodi Wyne, that brings Willow face to face with the truth of her past…and plants the seeds for a future no one could’ve predicted.

After everything—and everyone—she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale on a world-spanning road trip in search of her true self. She stumbles on a community of people like her: lost witches looking for answers…but there’s a darkness at the heart of it, one that reminds Willow of something she’s felt before, something that she fears inside herself. 

Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts—and her magic—to save herself from a threat Buffy never prepared her to face…or the rest of the world will pay the price. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 features main cover art by artist Jen Bartel, as well as variant cover art by illustrators Rosemary Valero O’Connell and Mirka Andolfo. It comes to shelves on July 8, 2020.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

DC Delivers a Surprise Digital Release of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red With First Chapter by Stjepan Šejić and Gabriela Downie

DC has announced the launch of its newest Digital First series, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red! Publishing each Friday and spanning 14 chapters, this digital series is an anthology of standalone stories told in the vein of the classic Batman: Black & White. The first chapter is available for purchase now on participating digital platforms, including readdc.comComixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.

Each chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will be told in traditional black and white with the color red utilized in unique ways throughout each of the individual stories. The debut chapter of the Digital First series is “Harleen: Red” by writer/artist Stjepan Šejić with lettering by Gabriela Downie. Set in the world of Šejić’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel Harleen, this story hints at a “red” that will have meaning only to Harley Quinn!

Future chapters will feature a fan-favorite lineup of talent, including Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini; the team of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin; Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez; Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra; Erica Henderson, Daniel Kibblesmith, and more to come throughout the run. And Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is also the DC writing debut for several acclaimed illustrators! Artists Mirka Andolfo, Dani, Joe Quinones, and Riley Rossmo are all developing chapters written in their own voice, paired with art in their distinct styles.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red’s first chapter, with story and art by Stjepan Šejić and lettering by Gabriela Downie, is available now. Subsequent digital chapters of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will publish weekly on Fridays through its 14-chapter run. Andolfo’s story will publish July 3, Ahmed and Rodriguez’ collaboration will publish on July 10, and Seeley and Ferreyra’s chapter will publish on July 17 to round out the first month of the series.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red promo art is by Jorge Jiménez.

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