Join the Massive-verse team for a comic book event like no other! On Thursday, August 4 at 7 PM at the Embers Tap House in Lockport, Illinois, fans will have an exciting opportunity to meet up with the Massive-verse creators, including: Kyle Higgins, Melissa Flores, Marcelo Costa, Eduardo Ferigato, Ryan Parrott, Igor Monti, Mat Groom, Joe Clark, Alec Siegel, Laurence Holmes, and Michael Busuttil, and the Circle Guy News crew—for a Massive kick off to c2e2!
Fans who attend will enter Existence with unique narrative experiences that shine new light on the Radiants, visit the real world—reel world?—locations portrayed in the pages of Radiant Black (including Embers and the Roxy theatre in downtown Lockport), and partake in unique photo opportunities and surprise giveaway items.
Then, on Friday, August 5 at 1 PM at the McCormick Place Convention Center, c2e2 attendees are invited to head over to room S401 for the Across the Massive-verse panel. The Image Comics Massive-Verse is only getting started—and this panel is the only place to find out what’s next! Join Higgins, Ferigato, Parrott, Flores, Chen, Groom, and Busuttil for an exclusive Q&A guaranteed to spill the secrets of the Massive-Verse!
Higgins and Costa’s breakout hit Radiant Black took superhero storytelling to new heights when it launched—but Radiant Black isn’t the only character inhabiting the Massive-verse. There’s a whole universe for readers to explore! Characters like Rogue Sun, Inferno Girl Red, The Dead Lucky’s Bibiana—and more yet to be revealed—all occupy the Massive-verse. Each of them has a different story to tell, different adversaries to face… and they each occupy a very different corner of this shared universe.
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Radiant Black: (Not So) Secret Origin.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Power Rangers, but I’ve always thought about picking up a trade or two to check out the comic series, but I never quite think of doing that when I’m actively looking for something new to read at the shop. A week or two ago, when I was reorganizing the backstock trades in the basement, my eye was caught by the cover of Radiant Black: (Not So) Secret Origin, and I quickly spun the book to check out the blurb, and the price. As it turned out, the book is one of those that Image publishes and prices low to encourage a person to check out the book (I mean at $10, you can’t really argue the value of getting six comics for the price of three or so). Now, I’m not going to regurgitate the blurb on the back of the trade, or write a summary in slightly different words, but I will just copy it directly from the publisher’s website because who doesn’t love to be efficient?
Visionary writer KYLE HIGGINS (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Ultraman) and artist MARCELO COSTA reinvent super heroes for a new generation! Nathan Burnett has just turned 30, and things aren’t great—he’s working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move…is moving back home with his parents.
But when Nathan discovers the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he’s given the power to radically change his fortunes…unless the Cosmic Beings who created them succeed in taking them back by any means necessary. Oh, and did we mention there’s a RED RADIANT who wants Nathan dead? The next must-read comic book series STARTS HERE.
Cloaked, on the surface, reminded me of the heroes that inspired Batman; the Shadow, the Spider and the Black Bat. Men who were mostly powerless and used handguns to dish out justice to criminals to varying degrees of lethality. This story takes the form of a man trying to discover the legacy of the city’s masked hero by hiring an ex-cop private eye to find out why the hero disappeared. It’s through this lens that we get glimpses of the hero’s activities during the years he was active, told through the people who knew him the most (which, given that he kept his identity very close, isn’t many).
The book is very much what it says it is; something that fans of Invincible and the Power Rangers will find enjoyable (or at least, those were the vibes I got most from the pages of the trade, but since I’ve not really read much of either of the names inspirations, I can’t really confirm or deny the statement). The only downside to the book is that it doesn’t really end… the final chapter is very much an origin story for one of the characters and not a final chapter which feels a little less than satisfying. If nothing else it encourages you to pick up the next book, and ultimately that’s what we’re looking for in a book; do I want to read the next book? And the answer is “oh yes.”
Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
The MASSIVE-VERSE now includes its own original animated short, courtesy of Tiger Animation and Black Market Narrative. Last week, discerning fans were treated to an exclusive animation of their belovedRadiant Blackcharacters created by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa.
Tucked within the pages of the recent Radiant Black #15 release was a QR code that sent readers to an exciting, animated Radiant Black video featuring the voice of Will Friedle.
Higgins and Costa’s breakout hit Radiant Black took superhero storytelling to new heights when it launched—but Radiant Black isn’t the only character inhabiting the MASSIVE-VERSE. There’s a whole universe for readers to explore! Characters like Rogue Sun, Inferno Girl Red, The Dead Lucky’s Bibiana—and more yet to be revealed—all occupy the MASSIVE-VERSE. Each of them has a different story to tell, different adversaries to face… and they each occupy a very different corner of this shared universe.
Radiant Black #15 is on sale now at comic book shops and available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of what the MASSIVE-VERSE has in store with Ryan Parrott and Abel’s Rogue Sun, Cherish Chen, David Lafuente, and Miquel Muerto’s Radiant Red, and Melissa Flores & French Carlomagno’s upcoming The Dead Lucky on sale Wednesday, August 3.
Ukrainian artist Vlad Legostaev is teaming up with Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa for an exciting Radiant Blackvariant—the proceeds for which will go toward supporting The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund relief efforts.
In Radiant Black #16—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Piece by piece, Marshall has managed to dismantle the EpicFront empire.
Radiant Black #16 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 27:
Radiant Black #16 Cover D by Legostaev – Request it from your local comic shop on PREVIEWS PullBox (Diamond Code FEB228639)
This week saw the release of Supermassive by Image Comics. Spinning out of Radiant Black, Supermassive is that series’ first ever crossover event with the Image debut of Inferno Girl Red, and first appearance of Rogue Sun! It’s a brand new superhero universe!
The end of the comic featured the below two pages. What could it be? What’s your guess for this soon-to-be-announced series?
Supermassive is by Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott, Mat Groom, Francesco Manna, and Igor Monti.
Two momentous new releases will join Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa’s Radiant Black in the Image Comics superhero universe in February 2022.
The month will kick off with an eye-melting, page-turning crossover superhero event in Supermassive one-shot by writers Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott, and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna. Then, fans will be primed and ready to return to comic shops to get their hands on the pulse-pounding new ongoing series launch—Rogue Sun by writer Ryan Parrott and artists Abeland Chris O’Halloran.
These two epic superhero drops will leave Radiant Black fans breathless and provide a jolt of high octane action to new readers interested in jumping in on the excitement.
First, 2021’s hottest new superhero Radiant Black launches into his first ever crossover event with the Image Comics debut ofInferno Girl Red—spinning out of the highly successful Kickstarter—which is coming to Image later next year and the first appearance of Rogue Sun! Power Rangers: Shattered Grid architects Higgins, Parrott, Groom and Manna and colorist extraordinaire Igor Monti, unite for a one-shot, extra-length story so big it can only be called—Supermassive.
Next, Rogue Sun kicks 2022 into high gear when rebellious teenager Dylan Siegel discovers that the late superhero Rogue Sun was his estranged father, Marcus—and that he’s inherited his father’s mantle. Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural—and solving his father’s murder—Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he’s spent the majority of his life hating. This new ongoing series is a supernatural murder mystery that explores the complicated bond between father and son and cements itself squarely in a corner of the Image Comics superhero universe.
Supermassive one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 2:
Cover A by Manna & Monti – Diamond Code DEC210098
Cover B by Marcelo Costa, Abel, Durso – Diamond Code DEC210099
Cover C 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code DEC210100
Cover D 1:50 copy incentive – Diamond Code DEC210101
Rogue Sun #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 16:
Cover A by Declan Shalvey – Diamond Code DEC210054
Cover B by Goñi Montes – Diamond Code DEC210055
Cover C 1:10 copy incentive by Abel – Diamond Code DEC210056
Cover D 1:25 copy incentive by Daniele Di Nicuolo – Diamond Code DEC210057
Cover E 1:50 copy incentive by Booth – Diamond Code DEC210058
Bestselling series Radiant Blackby Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa will add a gleam of the fantastic to issue #10 of the series with a special Blacklight Edition treatment. Image Comics has revealed an early look at the issue—which is set to hit shelves this November.
Printed with blacklight-reactive fluorescent inks—and exclusively recolored for this purpose by the excellent Igor Monti—these pages will cast the story in a whole new light and will never be reprinted.
Welcome to Existence. In Radiant Black #10, Marshall finds himself trapped in an unimaginable infinity beyond space and time. But how? And why? Can he make it out? And what is Catalyst?
Radiant Black #10 Blacklight Edition (Diamond Code SEP210065) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 24.
Radiant Black #7 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out completely at the distributor level. This issue marks the beginning of a new story arc in the bestselling series and will be fast-tracked for a reprint by Image in order to keep up with the high rate of reorder activity.
Picking up after the previous story arc’s jaw dropping cliffhanger, Radiant Black #7 follows Radiant Black as his life just got a whole lot more complicated. Pursued by a new enemy and not sure who to trust, will our hero escape with his life? Or is this the beginning of the end for Radiant Black?
Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 22:
Radiant Black #7, second printing – Diamond Code JUL218737
Radiant Black #8 Cover A by Felipe Watanabe – Diamond Code JUL210256
Radiant Black #8 Cover B by Jose Carlos – Diamond Code JUL210257
Radiant Black #8 Cover C 1:25 by Tyler Kirkham – Diamond Code JUL210258
It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What did you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Radiant Black by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa is being rushed back to print again—for a second time, issue #5 has sold out completely at the distributor level.
This latest issue in the popular superhero series introduces to the team the critically acclaimed colorist Natália Marques and fan-favorite artist Eduardo Ferigato alongside Higgins and Costa.
Radiant Red remains at large. Red needs to be stopped before anyone else gets hurt. But after the events of issue #4 left Lockport—and the world—reeling, is Radiant Black up to the task? And will he be in this fight alone? Radiant Black #5 is an extra-length, explosively climactic conclusion to the first story arc of the series.
Radiant Black #5 third printing Cover A (Diamond Code JUN218650) and Radiant Black #5 third printing Cover B black & white 1:10 copy incentive (Diamond Code JUN218651) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 18.