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Preview: Invincible Red Sonja #4

Invincible Red Sonja #4

writer: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
artist: Moritat
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Celina (C) Frank Cho “Outrage” (D), Dominica Cosplay Variant (E), Carla Cohen (RI-F), Amanda Conner (RI-G/Line Art), Dominica Cosplay Variant (RI-H/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-I/ Line Art), Carla Cohen (RI-J/Virgin), Amanda Conner (RI-K/Line Art Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-L/Line Art Virign)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

This issue is all out action as the Grim Reaper descends upon the kingdom of Erkhara in response to Red Sonja’s actions, dangerously destabilizing the realm, and as for Sonja herself? Let’s just say those glowing eyes of hers in issue #1 are a clue!

AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and MORITAT continue to reveal an epic which will stand the test of time!

Invincible Red Sonja #4

Preview: Invincible Red Sonja #3

Invincible Red Sonja #3

writer: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
artist: Moritat
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Celina (C) Frank Cho “Outrage” (D), Dominica Cosplay Variant (E), Carla Cohen (RI), Amanda Conner (RI/Line Art), Dominica Cosplay Variant (RI/Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/ Line Art), Carla Cohen (RI/Virgin), Amanda Conner (RI/Line Art Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI/Line Art Virign)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

JIMMY PALMIOTTI, AMANDA CONNER and MORITAT get their sadism on as the huntress becomes the hunted! Sonja’s on the trail of the Crown of Erkhara and the scoundrel who pilfered it, but her quest is complicated by a bounty on her head and a wave of assassins eager to collect! Heavy is the head that wears the bounty, as the She-Devil with a Sword is about to find out!

Invincible Red Sonja #3

ComiXology Features 5 New Releases from DC, Harlequin, iPOP, and AAM-Markosia

There are five new releases available now on comiXology. It’s a wide range of releases from DC, Harlequin, AAM-Markosia, and iPOP. You can start shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Represent! (2020-) #14

Written by Camrus Johnson
Pencils Tony Akins
Inks Moritat
Colored by Dee Cuniffee

This is not only the story of when Camrus Johnson spontaneously took his 14-year-old brother to his first protest, but how he stopped Camrus from getting arrested twice in one trip.

In July 2016, Camrus’s little brother was visiting NYC, a summer tradition for the brothers. On the way home from the airport, the two brothers are targeted by four police officers – they barely escape arrest for an assumed “crime.” Then, on their way to visit Times Square, they are subsumed by a massive protest calling for Justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Camrus recognizes this as a teaching moment, using the anger and fear of his community to show his brother what it means to be a Black man in today’s world…and that despite all peaceful intentions, the protest is met with cops in riot gear, the situation quickly unravels, and the simple act of existing puts a target on the two brothers.

Represent! (2020-) #14

Monster Me #3: Newmon

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Cocoon Productions, Davide Puppo

Don’t be a bully! Follow the adventures of Newmon as he interacts with his classmates Sky & Izumi, who ultimately teach valuable lessons on friendship and sharing.

Monster Me #3: Newmon

Hollow Girl Vol. 7: Antagonist

Written by Luke Cooper
Art by Luke Cooper

Lowe is on the run. There’s someone on his tail, someone worse than the police – a slinky black silhouette with a ghoulish white face. But the Hollow Girl is a vigilante who preys on the worst of the worst, so if she’s after him then he has to have done something despicable to have earned her attention, right? See Hollow Girl through the eyes of one of her victims in Antagonist, a return to her dark roots.

Hollow Girl Vol. 7: Antagonist

His Marriage Ultimatum

Written by Helen Brooks
Art by Kaoru Shinozaki

Marry for money, grow bored, divorce, repeat. Watching her mother’s endless toxic cycle, Liberty Fox has long been disenchanted by the concept of love and marriage. At thirty and just out of a relationship with a cheater, she would much rather focus on her job. That is, until she crashes into the expensive car of Carter Blake. Expecting a hefty bill for repairs, she is shocked when he offers to forget all about it and take her to dinner instead…

His Marriage Ultimatum

Devrais-je embrasser le docteur ?: Glenmore 1sland Doctors

Written by Sarah Morgan
Art by Kakuko Shinozaki

Trahie et blessée par son mari, Jenna quitte Londres pour l’île de Glenmore. Cette petite île sans histoires ne plaît pas à Lexi, l’ado rebelle de Jenna, mais cette vie calme et déconnectée leur redonne des couleurs à toutes les deux. Cependant, impossible de souffler. La raison est évidente. C’est Ryan, le médecin de l’île. En plus d’être un bon médecin, c’est un homme très séduisant. Mais les blessures de Jenna sont trop profondes pour accepter ses sentiments…

Devrais-je embrasser le docteur ?: Glenmore 1sland Doctors

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The Cimmerian Continues at Ablaze with Man-Eaters of Zamboula

Ablaze has announced the upcoming release of the newest chapter in their expanding library of Robert E. Howard’s The Cimmerian adaptations with writer/artist Gess’ The Cimmerian: The Man-Eaters of Zamboula. The comic launches on July 14.

The Cimmerian in the land of a thousand and one nights!

A crossroads of beliefs, languages and cultures, the mythical trading city of Zamboula is also the scene of many dark legends. Upon paying the city a visit, Conan is warned of the dangers of Aram Baksh’s home. It is said that most of the foreigners who stay there disappear under obscure circumstances…and it is precisely there that the Cimmerian is spending the night. But by lifting the veil on these mysterious cases of kidnappings, the Cimmerian will discover another secret, even more terrible, linked to the whole city of Zamboula…

The Cimmerian: The Man-Eaters of Zamboula #1 will feature cover art by Gess, as well as Yanick Paquette, Moritat, Robin Recht, and Fritz Casas.

The Cimmerian: The Man-Eaters of Zamboula #1

Review: Gunning for Hits #1

Gunning for Hits #1

Gunning for Hits is a resounding rebuttal to the argument that Image Comics only puts out sci-fi, horror, and fantasy comics as writer Jeff Rougvie,who helped put together re-releases of David Bowie’s album catalogue in the 1990s, artist Moritat and colorist/letterer Casey Silver tell an inside baseball music industry saga that feels more like a mid-2000s prestige television show. It’s the 1980s, MTV is booming, everyone is buying CDs, and punk and New Wave are a thing, I guess. Martin Mills is an A and R man with a secret and thinks he might have a big act on his hands in Stunted Growth and their frontman Billy. But he has to argue with the Billy’s girlfriend/manager a lot first.

Until the final pages where Moritat and Silver turn the grit and grime of a Connecticut rock club to something a little more film noir, Gunning for Hits #1 is strictly an establishing chapter. It sets up Martin, Stunted Growth, and the cutthroat music industry of the 1980s and creates a little intrigue and future plot possibilities with the mention of Brian Slade aka the David Bowie stand-in from Todd Haynes’ 1998 glam rock film Velvet Goldmine. Martin and Billy might look and react as polar opposites, but they both love Slade’s work and want to be involved in his comeback. It’s also an opportunity for Moritat to take a break from the back rooms shadows and Martin’s practiced stances to draw some wide eyes and big poses as Billy geeks out.

The sequence that stood out most to me in Gunning for Hits is Martin’s explanation of how the music industry works. Instead of a wall of text about how the sausage is made, Rougvie let Moritat and Silver lose with fun and easy to follow cartooning in the vein of Scott McCloud, Action Philosophers and Comic Book History of Comics’ Ryan Dunlavey, or even the underrated Chris Eliopoulos. Fun, simple images make exposition go down easier and also do a solid job setting up Martin Mills’ place in the music industry without revealing his whole backstory. (One panel tells a lot, to be honest.) It’s a little crazy that the guy doing this humorous cartooning was bringing the dark atmosphere at the beginning and end of the comic. However, this extended scene isn’t without its rough patches, including an anti-Semitic caricature of a record company lawyer.

But, returning back to my mention of mid-2000s television, Gunning for Hits is really an anti-hero story about a cynical, sharp (In his narrative captions especially.), and morally bankrupt white man, who is good at his job and has just a hint of likability mostly in his music taste as he takes chances on new acts and doesn’t succumb to Baby Boomer nostalgia. Martin even gets pitted against an unlikable female character throughout the first issue, who is almost parodic in her demands from billboards in Times Square to prestigious hosting gigs and even getting Madonna as an opening act. (Although, Martin does remark that she does make good points about getting Stunted Growth on the radio.) He’s like Mad Men Season 1’s Don Draper, who does business in the backroom of shitty rock clubs and not board rooms, with Dick Whitman hiding somewhere beneath the surface. Moritat draws him like a tiger ready to pounce.

Jeff Rougvie’s wealth of experience in the music industry and a strong mysterious backstory hook plus Moritat and Casey Silver’s flexibility with the visuals make Gunning for Hits #1 a strong start to a series that is filled with both passion for the pure pop single as well as cynicism towards the whole soulless enterprise around it. It pairs well with “Ashes to Ashes”.

Story: Jeff Rougvie Art: Moritat Color/Letters: Casey Silver
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Red Sonja (Vol. 4) #24

Red Sonja (Vol.4) #24

writer: Amy Chu, Alex Change, Erik Burnham
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: Mike McKone (A), Moritat (B), Tom Mandrake (C), Reilly Brown (D), Cosplay Cover (E-Sub)
Mike McKone (RI-Virg), Moritat (RI-Virg), Tom Mandrake (RI-B/W), Cosplay (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The Witching Hour. In the latest chapter of Red Sonja’s travels, the She-Devil almost tramples over an old witch on her way back to Hyrkania, sparking a nightmarish combination of road rage and swords and sorcery.

NYCC 2018: Music producer Jeff Rougvie teams with Moritat to infuse new series Gunning for Hits with Bowie influences

Award-winning music producer, Jeff Rougvie, known for his work with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Big Star, Morphine, and many other great artists, will team up with Moritat for an all-new, ongoing thriller series, Gunning for Hits. The new series will be based upon Rougvie’s rich background in the industry and draw upon experiences during the outrageous period in the ‘80s and ‘90s when record labels were flush with cash beyond their wildest expectations and the business got more criminal and more corporate. Gunning for Hits is set to launch on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.

Rougvie and Moritat will both be at New York Comic Con this weekend to share more on their new series on the Image Comics’ panel, #WeBelieve in Vision, from 2:45 – 3:45 PM in 1A24 and will be handing out a special, limited edition Gunning for Hits promotional jewel case with mini-comic teaser inside.

Set in the shady New York City music scene of the mid-80s, Gunning for Hits stars Martin Mills, a record company talent scout with an inscrutable past. Follow Martin as he attempts to sign a rock band that’ll conquer the world. Plus: each issue will include a background feature and a Spotify playlist.

Preview: Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Vol. 1

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Vol. 1

writers: Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo
artist: Moritat, Maria Sanapo, Dimi Macheras, Mario Torrisi
cover: J. Scott Campbell
FC | 160 pages | $19.99 | Teen+


In this riveting relaunch, the guardian of the jungle, SHEENA, pursues a mysterious invader that has come to spy on the Amazon’s most ancient secrets… Following the path of the trespasser, she encounters a forbidden ruin in which even more deadly dangers lie in wait — and begins an adventure that will take her beyond her wildest imaginings!

Preview: Harley Quinn #41

Harley Quinn #41

Story: Frank Tieri
Art: Inaki Miranda, Moritat
Color: Jeremiah Skipper
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Amanda Conner, Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover Art: Frank Cho, Sabine Rich
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Editor: Chris Conroy
Assistant Editor: Dave Wielgosz
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Angry Bird” finale! Betrayed by one of the last allies she thought she had left from Gotham City’s criminal underworld, Harley’s in a corner in her battle against the Penguin…and that’s the most dangerous place you could possibly put her! Someone’s gonna get killed here, and it ain’t Harley…

Preview: Red Sonja Vol. 4 #13

Red Sonja Vol. 4 #13

writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham
artist: Carlos Gomez
covers: Ben Caldwell (A), Brent Schnoover (B), Moritat (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D), Fernando Ruiz (D-Sub)
Ben Caldwell (RI-Virgin), Brent Schnoover (RI-B/W), Fernando Ruiz (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Mature

Red Sonja and her time traveling companion Professor Wallace take a wrong turn on their way back to the Hyborian Age, and now they find themselves in…Hell. Can the She-Devil fight her way back out? Or is this where they finally belong?

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