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Jonathan Hickman’s East of West and Transhuman are Being Developed by Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios is working on two more comic series with East of West and Transhuman, both by comic creator Jonathan Hickman. Hickman has worked with artist Nick Dragotta on East of West and artist J.M. Ringuet on Transhuman.

Hickman is working with Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, who will executive produce the series under Skybound Entertainment‘s first-look deal with Amazon Studios.

Both series will be exectuive produced by Hickman and Dragotta and Ringuet. Hickman will write East of West while another writer is being looked for to adapt Transhuman.

East of West is a re-imagined western with America divided into different regions and a conspiracy involving a prophecy. Death, as in the Four Horseman, searches for his son while the other three Horsemen work to bring about the end times.

Transhuman is a science fiction story about a divorced couple who ran a corpration allowing humans to enhance themselves through robotics and genetically.

 

(via Deadline)

Image Comics’ #WeBelieve Focuses on Artists with Wraparound Covers

Image Comics has revealed the first seven of 14 exclusive virgin wraparound covers in celebration of artists and the importance and impact they have in defining the comics medium. We Believe in Artists will be the first of many initiatives throughout Image’s planned #WeBelieve 2018 campaign highlighting the important, lately overlooked components of the comics industry.

Comics is a visual storytelling medium with artwork as the driving force behind the narrative, tone, and spirit of a comic book’s sequential narrative. Image Comics hopes to cast a spotlight for fans and members of the comic book community on the momentous significance a piece of artwork can have to sell these stories to readers.

Without titles, endorsement quotes, names, logos, or jacket copy, these wraparound covers feature solely the masterpiece artwork that fans won’t want to miss out on experiencing.

The following bestselling series will feature one of these exclusive, undressed, breathtaking collectors’ covers.

Available on Wednesday, March 7th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 12th:

  • Extremity #12 (Diamond Code JAN180743) by Daniel Warren Johnson
  • I Hate Fairyland #17 (Diamond Code JAN180756) by Skottie Young
  • The Wicked + The Divine #34 (Diamond Code JAN180654) by Jamie McKelvie
  • Witchblade #4 (Diamond Code JAN180875) by Roberta Ingranata

Available on Wednesday, March 14th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 19th:

  • Curse Words #12 (Diamond Code JAN180722) by Ryan Browne
  • Deadly Class #32 (Diamond Code JAN180624) by Wes Craig
  • Maestros #6 (Diamond Code JAN180797) by Nicholas Pitarra
  • VS #2 (Diamond Code JAN180842) by Esad Ribić

Available on Wednesday, March 21st, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 26th:

  • Kill or be Killed #17 (Diamond Code JAN180793) by Sean Phillips
  • Monstress #15 (Diamond Code JAN180801) by Yoshi Yoshitani
  • Rumble #4 (Diamond Code JAN180820) by David Rubín

Available on Wednesday, March 28th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, March 5th:

  • Beauty #21 (Diamond Code JAN180700) by Jeremy Haun
  • Spawn #284 (Diamond Code JAN180831) by Todd McFarlane
  • East of West #37 (Diamond Code DEC178255) by Nick Dragotta

East of West, The Apocalypse: Year Two deluxe hardcover edition to hit stores this March

Critically-acclaimed writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Dragotta’s East of West, The Apocalypse: Year Two deluxe oversized, prestige format hardcover edition will collect the Second Year of the Apocalypse storyline—issues 16-29 of the ongoing series—and will hit stores this March.

East of West took the comics industry by storm and defined the sci-fi/western genre crossover long before HBO’s Westworld and other similar stories tooks off in popularity. East of West remains a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list and one of the most successful creator-owned series on the market.

East of West, The Apocalypse: Year Two HC (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0059-0, Diamond Code: JAN170824) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 22nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic retailers is Monday, February 27th.

East of West, The Apocalypse: Year Two hits bookstores on Tuesday, March 28th.

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Preview: Captain Victory & The Galactic Rangers TPB

Captain Victory & The Galactic Rangers TPB

writer: Joe Casey
artists: Nathan Fox, Farel Dalrymple, Nick Dragotta, Ulises Farinas, Michel Fiffe, Jim Mahfood, Benjamin Marra, Dan McDaid, Grant Morrison, Jim Rugg, Connor Willumsen
cover: Nathan Fox
FC • 168 pages • $19.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-6

The valiant Captain Victory falls in battle… but death is only the beginning! His superiors long ago enacted a contingency plan: maintain clone bodies, that — with a memory download — can be sent into space to die again and again. Only this time, two copies were created, their memory downloads incomplete and bodies ejected into far-flung time and space. Can a teenage, amnesiac Victory survive the dangers of 1970s New York City? Can a scarred, hulking Victory survive a hazardous alien landscape millions of light-years away? Born from the fertile imagination of comic book legend Jack Kirby, Captain Victory bounds into cosmic adventure anew courtesy of writer Joe Casey (Sex, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Nathan Fox (Blue Estate, Haunt)!

This boldly experimental volume collects the complete six issues of Casey’s critically acclaimed, star-studded reimagining, plus sixteen pages of never-before-seen bonus material and an all-new introduction by the writer, Joe Casey.

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Image Comics Announces Creators for Creators

Creators for CreatorsAt Image ComicsImage Expo it wasn’t just new products that were announced, they also announced a new non-profit, Creators for Creators. The goal of the organization is to “encourage, support, and promote original works through grants and education.”

The program will be a combination of financial backing and mentorship. The plan is to give $30,000 to a single cartoonist or a wrister/artist duo to support their creation of original work of between sixty-four and one hundred pages over a single year. A committee will decide the recipient.

The mentorship mentioned will be beyond creation and will cover all aspects of the comic-creating experience to help create a firm foundation when it comes to the creative, business, legal, and financial aspects of the business.

Recipients will retain rights to their works and will not just be supported by Image, but also Iron Circus Comics. The long term goal is to also make the website a resource to educate creators.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and you have until May 1, 2016 to apply. You can learn more here.

The Creators for Creators grant was founded by Charlie Adlard, Jordie Bellaire, David Brothers, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Dragotta, Leila del Duca, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Joe Keatinge, Robert Kirkman, Jamie McKelvie, Rick Remender, Declan Shalvey, Fiona Staples, Eric Stephenson, C. Spike Trotman, and Brian K. Vaughan.

Review: Superman: American Alien #1

Superman American Alien #1 CoverHollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring us Superman: American Alien, a 7-issue miniseries chronicling the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel.

In the solicit for this limited series we’re told to expect a range of stories from heartwarming to gritty and violent. Superman: American Alien #1 is definitely in the former category with a story that gave me feels and put a smile on my face.

Landis for his first issue takes us to the early years of Clark as he’s just learning about his powers and before he knows what he is. In this case most of the issue revolves around his ability to fly, and with that comes the excitement, fear and more that’d revolve around that. He doesn’t have control, he doesn’t know what’s going on, he just knows he keeps floating into the air.

With that pretty simple idea Landis gives us a fun, funny, and heartwarming story. There’s just something very innocent to it all, and while the comic isn’t deep, it has tons of heart about it all. When you get towards the end, Clark’s enthusiasm is at a point its infectious.

It also is subtle in many ways. Landis lets us know what Clark’s parents are thinking in many ways just through the art. What is not said is as telling as what is said. That’s very much due to Nick Dragotta‘s art. I really like Dragotta’s art on East of West and it translates perfectly here with a style that enhances the innocence of it all in a weird way.

This is easily one of the best Superman comics DC has put out in a while, and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the series. This is another comic I came to the end and want a pairing of these two creators going forward with this character. Comics should be fun, and this comic is. The excitement of it all soars off the page.

Story: Max Landis Art: Nick Dragotta
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Superman: American Alien #1

DC Entertainment proudly presents Superman: American Alien, a 7-issue miniseries written by Hollywood screenwriter Max Landis, who masterminded the blockbuster superpower movie Chronicle and the critically acclaimed American Ultra (starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart). Landis, nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on Adventures of Superman, returns to DC Comics by joining forces with an all-star lineup of the industry’s top artists.

The seven short stories from Clark’s life, all of which represent important junctures in his development as a person, are brought to life by the brilliance of Francis Manapul, Jock, Jae Lee, Tommy Lee Edwards, Nick Dragotta, Joëlle Jones, and Jonathan Case, with covers by Ryan Sook.

But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

In issue #1, superstar artist Nick Dragotta illustrates the story of Jonathan and Martha Kent as they struggle to deal with their 12-year-old son’s latest quirk—he’s been floating up into the air, sometimes hundreds of feet!

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SDCC 2015: Superman News!

At San Diego Comic-Con, Superman fans were treated to a Fortress of Solitude-sized dose of news about the Man of Steel.

DC Comics announced that legend Neal Adams will be tackling the character in Coming of the Supermen, scheduled for November. In this six-issue limited series, fans can expect the same sense of wonder that Bat-fans encountered with his Batman: Odyssey miniseries. This story pits Superman against the evil Darkseid and his son, brutal Kalibak. But this time he has help from an unlikely place: Three national heroes from the city of Kandor (now known as New Krypton) who see Superman as a legend. Even Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor is forced to ally himself with these heroes to prevent Darkseid from laying waste to the universe.

Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner-nominee Max Landis will take on November’s Superman: American Alien, a seven part collection of stories from the life of Clark Kent. Ranging from heartwarming and simple to gritty and two-fisted and even humorous, each story captures a pivotal moment in Clark’s development into the archetypical hero he’s become. Landis will be joined by seven of the industry’s greatest artists, Ryan Sook will provide the cover art, with artists JOCK, Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, Joelle Jones, Jae Lee, Francis Manapul, and Jonathan Case providing interior art.

Award-winning graphic novelist and new Superman writer Gene Yang and Action Comics co-writer Greg Pak updated fans on Superman, recapping the events from “TRUTH” and giving fans a look into what’s happening next in “JUSTICE,” where a newly de-powered Superman continues to deal with the consequences of his now public secret identity and a Metropolis police department making things increasingly difficult for folks in his neighborhood.

Fans also heard the latest on Superman’s opposite number Bizarro, courtesy of writer Heath Corson. He provided a sneak peek at what’s next for the mismatched duo of Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen as they continue on the craziest road trip in the DC Universe!

Five more creators added to Image Expo line-up, Variant list revealed

Image ExpoFive new creators have been added to Image Expo’s July 2 lineup: Nicola Scott, Jason Aaron, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Nick Dragotta will all attend Image Expo. In addition, Image Comics is pleased to reveal a list of tantalizing Image Expo variants that will be available at the show.

Jason Aaron, known for his bestselling southern-fried crime series Southern Bastards (co-created with Jason Latour), New York Times bestselling artist Nicola Scott, known for her work on Secret Six and Birds of Prey, and Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel—the creative team that brought readers C.O.W.L.—will each make appearances at Image Expo to announce their exciting new projects with Image.

Image Expo variants and merchandise that will be available at the show will include:

  • They’re Not Like Us, Vol. 1 by Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane
  • Southern Bastards #9 by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour
  • The Empty Zone #1 by Jason Shawn Alexander
  • Sons of the Devil #2 by Brian Buccellato & Toni Infante
  • Airboy #2 by James Robinson & Greg Hinkle
  • Nowhere Men, Vol. 1 (new printing, two cover variations)
  • Nowhere Men t-shirt (colors available: red & teal)

Previously announced Image Expo guests include Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce, Tula Lotay, and Greg Rucka. In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. General Admission is $25 and Premium Admission is $65. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, and admittance to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow-fans.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, as well as guaranteed premium seating during programming, a pack of Image Expo exclusive variants, one (1) pass to an exclusive signing with creators behind the Image Expo variants, a T-shirt, an Image Comics branded cloth tote bag, and access to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans.

Preview: East Of West #19

East Of West #19

Story By: Jonathan Hickman
Art By: Nick Dragotta
Cover By: Nick Dragotta
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150680
Published: May 13, 2015

“THE DEAD WOOD” The son of Death, BABYLON, learns the true value of life and decides the fate of the world in the mysterious place called “The Dead Wood.” The Apocalypse: Year Two continues in EAST OF WEST #19.

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