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MMA, Alien, Future State, and Superman, Phillip Kennedy Johnson Talks about his Busy 2021 in Comics

Coming off of his well reviewed indie graphic novel Kill a Man (with Steve Orlando, Al Morgan, and Jim Campbell), Johnson sets his sites on two hot properties… one at Marvel and one at DC!

Joined by artist Salvador Larroca, Phillip launches the Alien franchise at Marvel with Alien #1 in March 2021!

In January, Johnson takes us to the future as part of DC’s Future State! He gives us a glimpse of what might be with Future State: House of El, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Scott Godlewski and Superman: Worlds of War, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Mikel Janín.

In March we get the first tease of his recently announced take on Superman in Infinite Frontier #0 with artist Jamal Igle.

Then in March Johnson takes over Superman with artist Phil Hester and Action Comics with Eric Gapstur and is then joined in the coming months by Scott Godlewski (on Superman) and Daniel Sampere (on Action Comics) before reuniting with Future State: Superman: Worlds of War co-creator Mikel Janín on a special project that hasn’t been announced!

We’re talking MMA, Superman, Alien, 5G, and so much more!

Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Phil Hester, and Eric Gapstur Strap on the Tights for Superman in March 2021

Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson flies from DC’s Future State event in January and February back to the present DCU in March to join artists Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur for a two-part story that spans both Superman and Action Comics!

In “The Golden Age” part one on March 9 (Superman #29), Jonathan Kent is back from the 31st Century and fighting cosmic threats alongside his legendary father. But when an interdimensional breach opens near Earth, Jon recognizes the creatures that emerge: the cosmic leviathans that the Legion of Superheroes credit with the DEATH OF SUPERMAN!

And in the new backup series “Tales of Metropolis” story in the same issue, writer Sean Lewis and artist Sami Basri follow Jimmy Olsen on a quest to meet of some of the city’s more colorful denizens, beginning with Bibbo Bibbowski!

Then in “The Golden Age” part two on March 24 (Action Comics #1029), as Superboy desperately tries to save Superman’s life from the leviathans of the Breach, Superman discovers the Breach’s shocking origins. But with his powers mysteriously fading, he is utterly outmatched. Can Superboy change the course of history and save his father’s life? Don’t miss this prelude to DC’s MASSIVE Superman event!

Plus, in another all-new backup “Tale of Metropolis” story, writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad join forces with Michael Avon Oeming to continue the Midnighter story that Cloonan and Conrad started in DC Future State. But is the DC Universe ready for Trojan Industries?

In the months following “The Golden Age” two-part crossover, Phillip Kennedy Johnson will continue writing both Superman and Action Comics with artists Scott Godlewski (on Superman) and Daniel Sampere (on Action Comics) before reuniting with Future State: Superman: Worlds of War co-creator Mikel Janín on a special Superman project—still to be announced!

Preview: Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Phil Hester

“Endless Winter” chapter three! Superman finds himself at the center of an epic battle as the Frost King’s hordes of ice monsters come to life. Is this frozen onslaught too much for the Man of Steel, or can he stop it before it rampages across the chilling wasteland the world is becoming and reaches civilization? The answer to this question comes from an unlikely source close to Clark Kent’s earthly roots!

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Preview: Artemis and the Assassin #5

Artemis and the Assassin #5

Writer: Stephanie Phillips 
Artists: Francesca Fantini 
Colorist: Lauren Affe 
Letterer: Troy Peteri 
Cover: Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 9.30.2020

Hurtling through historical eras, time-traveling killer Maya and World War II spy Virginia can only survive if they work together. But as assassins close in, is Maya willing to turn her back on the only life she’s ever known? 

Artemis and the Assassin #5

The Justice League Faces An “Endless Winter” This December!

This December, the Justice League learns firsthand the meaning of “Revenge is a dish best served cold,” in Justice League: Endless Winter, a nine-issue event taking place throughout the month of December.

1000 years ago, a disparate group of heroes – Hippolyta, Black Adam, Swamp Thing and the Viking Prince – banded together to prevent the world from freezing at the hands of the Frost King, an exiled Norse god with the ability to control entire ecosystems. The heroes triumphed, but victory came at a terrible price, one that has been kept secret until now.

Justice League: Endless Winter spans a total of nine titles, all co-written by Ron Marz and Andy Lanning.

The title lineup for Justice League: Endless Winter includes:

Justice League: Endless Winter #1 (on sale December 1) with art by Howard Porter and Marco Santucci and cover by Mikel Janin

Justice League: Endless Winter #1

The Flash #767 (on sale December 8) with art from Clayton Henry and Marco Santucci and cover by Clayton Henry

The Flash #767

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1 (on sale December 8), art by Phil HesterAnde Parks, and Marco Santucci and cover by Francis Manapul

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Aquaman #66 (on sale December 15), with art by Miguel Mendonça and Marco Santucci and cover by Mike McKone

Aquaman #66

Justice League #58 (on December 15), art by Xermanico and Marco Santucci, with cover by Francis Manapul

Justice League #58

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1 (on sale December 15), featuring art by Jesus Merino and Marco Santucci, and cover by Bernard Chang

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Justice League Dark #29 (on sale December 22), art by Amancay Nahuelpan and Marco Santucci, cover by Kyle Hotz

Justice League Dark #29

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1 (December 22), art by Brandon Peterson and Marco Santucci, featuring cover by Dale Eaglesham

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Justice League: Endless Winter Special #2 (December 29), with art by Howard Porter, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Marco Santucci, and cover by Mikel Janin

Justice League: Endless Winter Special #2

The action all begins on December 1 with Justice League: Endless Winter #1.

Exclusive Preview: Artemis and the Assassin #5

Artemis and the Assassin #5

Writer: Stephanie Phillips 
Artists: Francesca Fantini 
Colorist: Lauren Affe 
Letterer: Troy Peteri 
Cover: Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 9.30.2020

Hurtling through historical eras, time-traveling killer Maya and World War II spy Virginia can only survive if they work together. But as assassins close in, is Maya willing to turn her back on the only life she’s ever known?

Artemis and the Assassin #5

ComiXology Delivers 4 New Digital Comics from DC Comics and Harlequin

ComiXology has four new digital comics for you today! Harlequin has two romance manga and DC has two new DC Digital First comics! Get them now or check out the individual issues below!

Callaghan’s Bride

Written by Diana Palmer
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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On the huge Texas ranch that’s run by the Hart brothers, Tess can’t understand why the second oldest brother, Callaghan, is always so cold to her. But it takes only one act of kindness from him to make her fall in love. One day, the two end up sharing a surprising and passionate kiss. So why does the much older Callaghan still keep pushing her away?

Callaghan's Bride

Luc’s Revenge

Written by Catherine George
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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One day, Portia, a real estate agent, receives a call. It’s a request to see Turret House. As soon as she hears that, she feels light-headed. It’s the one place she never wants to visit ever again. When she arrives there, a sexy man with a smile on his face is waiting for her…

Luc's Revenge

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #5

Written by Riley Rossmo
Pencils Riley Rossmo
Inks Riley Rossmo
Colored by Riley Rossmo
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“The Life and Death of Harley Quinn”
It’s the history of the life, the universe, and everything as told by HARLEY QUINN! From the big bang all the way to the end of the world! This one has got it all! Spaceships, parades, prison breaks, copious amounts of costume changes and most importantly: Harley, Harley, and more Harley!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #5

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Written by Phil Hester, Louise Simonson
Pencils Bret Blevins, Eric Gapstur
Inks Bret Blevins, Eric Gapstur
Colored by David Baron, Chris Sotomayor
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Story 1 – Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

 Story 2 – A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Preview: Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam!: Lightning Strikes #2

DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

ComiXology has 8 New Digital Comics for you Today

ComiXology has eight new digital comics for you today. Get new comics from DC or revisit the Fantastic Four or enjoy some romance manga. Check out all of the comics here or the individual issues below.

Batman: The Adventures Continue #8

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
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After nearly killing Penguin, Azrael races to find the person who stole from the Church of St. Dumas. Batman, however, won’t allow Azrael to use such aggressive methods. Who will be left standing when the Dark Knight faces the burning vengenance of St. Dumas?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue #8

But I’m A Cat Person #29

Written by Erin Ptah
Art by Erin Ptah
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REVELATION
Two ordinary graduates accidentally adopt a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Chapter 29: The one where they change the world.

But I'm A Cat Person #29

Fantastic Five: The Final Doom

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Ron Lim
Cover by Clayton Henry
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Collects Fantastic Five #1-5.

As the Human Torch and Lyja discuss the merits of leaving the F5 to form their own team and Sharon Ventura returns to confront her ex-husband the Thing, the real Doctor Doom returns with cosmic-like power and a thirst for revenge on Reed Richards and the Sub-Mariner! Also starring the Invisible Woman, Psi-Lord and Kristoff – and cameos galore!

Fantastic Five: The Final Doom

Fantastic Four And Power Pack: Favorite Son

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Gurihiru
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Fantastic Four and Power Pack #1-4.

It’s more all-ages action in the mighty Marvel manner as two super-powered families team-up in this Power Pack adventure! Featuring Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the ever-lovin’ Thing! Can Power Pack stand up to the FF’s rogues gallery including Wizard, Trapster and the dangerous Dr. Doom?!

Fantastic Four And Power Pack: Favorite Son

Justin

Written by Diana Palmer
Art by Marito Ai
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After her wealthy rancher father’s bankruptcy, Shelby was forced off her family’s property. Then Justin, a man she’d never been able to forget after their difficult breakup, turned up. She asked him if he’d come back to gloat at the now penniless former rich girl who dumped him due to his poverty, but she couldn’t hide the anxiety beneath her words. He surprised her with his solution: “We should get married.” She knew his proposal was born out of a desire for revenge, but why couldn’t she reject him?

Justin

Bargaining For King’s Baby Vol. 1: Kings of California

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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Gina has been in love with the first son of the King family, Adam, for years, but it’s always been one-sided. She’s ready to give up on him, until one day her father tells Adam that he’s willing to give him a piece of the land he has always wanted if he agrees to marry his daughter. Gina feels relieved after hearing that Adam instantly turned down the offer. But she also thinks this could be her chance. After careful deliberation, she goes to Adam with her mind made up and says, “I want a baby.”

Bargaining For King's Baby Vol. 1: Kings of California

Space Riders: Vortex Of Darkness #2

Written by Carlos Giffoni
Art by Alexis Ziritt
Pencils Alexis Ziritt
Inks Alexis Ziritt
Colored by Alexis Ziritt
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It’s a suicidal mission into an INFINITE VORTEX OF BLOOD AND DEATH!

Space Riders: Vortex Of Darkness #2

Titans: Titans Together #4

Written by Phil Hester
Pencils Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by John Kalisz
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When Wonder Girl, Starfire, and Raven give a presentation at a local high school, they’re confronted by a student with an ax to grind against the Titans. Raven is compelled to investigate, and they learn this teenager’s grievances might run deeper than they thought…

Titans: Titans Together #4
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