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Comicker Press Announces Shots Fired, a Charity Comics Anthology

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Comicker Press is back with Shots Fired, a revamped version of the comics anthology formerly known as Every Day. As with its previous iteration, Shots Fired will raise funds for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Community Justice Reform Coalition to help end gun violence in America via a Kickstarter campaign that will pay for printing and shipping of the comics anthology. Once printed, all proceeds from additional book sales will go directly to the CSGV and CJRC.

Comicker Press co-founder Sean E. Williams said,

Since Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, when it became apparent that our last one wasn’t going to reach its goal, we decided to regroup and try again as quickly as possible. This issue is too important to not do this book, and the stories the creators are telling are truly unparalleled and need to be read.

With the upcoming 28-day campaign for Shots Fired, Comicker Press has capped the size of the book to around 168 pages and is limiting shipping to the United States to keep the budget down. They are also adding a Kickstarter Exclusive limited-edition hardcover, which won’t be made available after the campaign.

The talent donating their time to Shots Fired include Scott Snyder, Kelly Thompson, David Lafuente, Phil Hester, Ariela Kristantina, Jamal Igle, Devin Grayson, Joe Keatinge, Doselle Young, Marguerite Sauvage, Ron Marz, Stuart Moore, Shannon Wheeler, Steven Grant, Roger Langridge, Matt Miner, Ray Fawkes, CW Cooke, Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Williams, Emma Beeby, and more.

The Shots Fired campaign launches on Kickstarter on June 18th, and runs through July 16th.

AfterShock Announces Shock Vol. 2 featuring R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Benett, Jamal Igle and more!

SHOCK Vol 2

Writers: R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Bennett & others
Artists: Russ Braun, Francesco Francavilla, Juan Doe, Sam Kieth & others
Cover: Tim Bradstreet
$34.99 / 160 pages / FULL COLOR / On sale 06.26.19

The highly anticipated follow up to the widely successful first volume of the SHOCK anthology, this oversized second volume continues to push boundaries and mix genres, inviting today’s top creative talent of both comics and prose to craft tales of the fantastic, the horrific and the bizarre.

This handsome hardcover features the talents of Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Russ Braun, Marguerite Bennett, Juan Doe, Jill Thompson, Sam Kieth, Aaron Douglas, Cliff Richards, Jim Starlin, Larry Stroman, Jamal Igle, Ray Fawkes, Joe Pruett, Kevin J. Anderson, Steve Rasnic Tem, Andrei Bressan, Tony Harris, Francesco Francavilla, Darko Macan, Don Handsfield, Phil Hester, Supernatural show runner Andrew Dabb and more – with outstanding Cover art by Timothy Bradstreet!

Conceived and edited by AfterShock Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, Joe Pruett, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.

Dark Horse Delivers Stranger Things and Black Hammer for Free Comic Book Day

Visit your local comic shop May 4, 2019, for Free Comic Book Day! Dark Horse delivers tales from two diverse worlds in their FCBD Gold Offering featuring Netflix’s Stranger Things and a spooky trip into Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer with a cover by Chun Lo

In Stranger Things, writer Jody Houser and artist Ibrahim Moustafa bring the adventuring party back together after Eleven’s disappearance, as Nancy and Steve find a way to lift the spirits of a despondent Mike. Perhaps all it takes is a roll of the dice. Then, in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series creator Jeff Lemire, guest writer Ray Fawkes, and artist David Rubín, take the reader on an EC-style tour through Madame Dragonfly’s mysterious Cabin of Horrors to witness two groups of brand-new Black Hammer heroes from the past! 

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Dark Horse Stranger Things Free Comic Book Day

Matt Kindt and Ray Fawkes Join the World of Black Hammer for a WWII Epic

From the world of Black Hammer comes another exhilarating send up to the superhero genre! Jeff Lemire joins forces with writer Ray Fawkes and artist Matt Kindt to tell an epic WWII story in the Golden Age of Superheroes shaken up with Lemire’s signature Black Hammer twist. Travel back to 1945, where an elite crew known as the Black Hammer Squadron bands together to combat Nazis, a host of occult threats, and their ultimate aerial nemesis, the Ghost Hunter.
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Black Hammer ‘45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019.

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation Vol. 2: The Book of the Dead TPB

BLOODSHOT SALVATION VOL. 2: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES and JEFF LEMIRE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 1st
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-277-5

Into the Deadside!

Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and negotiate a deal for her safety. Now, with only Bloodhound and the enigmatic hero known as Shadowman to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics, Black Hammer) and explosive artist Renato Guedes (Wolverine) take Bloodshot on a heart-stopping journey to Deadside’s darkest depths to confront death itself in the series named one of the year’s best by Entertainment Weekly!

Collecting BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6–9.

Black Hammer Gets a Library Edition this October

Black Hammer fans will have another opportunity to visit their favorite superhero farm in the Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1 collects the first chapter of the highly acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning superhero saga in a deluxe, oversized hardcover format from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston.

Mysteriously banished from existence by a multiversal event, the old superheroes of Spiral City now lead simple lives on a bizarre farm from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!

This new edition features a beautiful cover by Dean Ormston with colors by Dave Stewart and collects Black Hammer #1-13, the Giant-Sized Annual, sketchbook extras, and more! This tome features art by Dean Ormston, David Rubín, Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes, and Michael Allred.

Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1goes on sale October 24, 2018, and is available for preorder. This new edition is 408-pages and retails for $49.99.

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #9

BSS_009_COVER-A_ROCAFORT“In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and astonishing artist Renato Guedes for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!

Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after nearly a century!”

Just like it says on the tin, this is a story about the origin of Bloodhound. Effectively a standalone interlude, Bloodshot Salvation #9 takes us back to the World War I where a mad scientist is desperate to help the men and boys on the front lines in the Battle of the Somme by using an unstoppable weapon that could turn the tide of the war  – yup, you guessed exactly what that weapon is: Bloodhound.

Bloodshot Salvation #9 is written by Ray Fawkes with Jeff Lemire who take no prisoners in the depiction of the futility of war, and the chronic waste of life that was the Great War. Although one can argue the necessity of Bloodhound’s origin at this point in the Bloodshot Salvation run, one should not argue that we got the story at all. Especially as there’s a chance that the deeper understanding of the hound and his struggles during the conflict will play into the future issues of the series.

When it comes to the art, Renato Guedes is firing on all cylinders as he delivers an artistic performance that will have you smelling the mud, blood, sweat and fear of the trenches. Guedes uses a lot of earthy tones during the quieter moments of the comic, with the muted browns and greens mixing with the subtle greys to add a palpable sense of foreboding before the colours explode out of the page in a horror of action and carnage.

As an interlude issue you couldn’t ask for any better, because although having to wait one more month to find out what’s happening in the Deadside isn’t the most ideal scenario for the less patient among us, Bloodshot Salvation #9 more than makes up for having to wait. Whether it’s an anticipation building move that will drive some crazy or a cunningly placed interlude to allow more time to finish the next comic doesn’t worry me. This is a beautifully brutal comic with a level of darkness and horror that lies just below the surface as the scientific experimentation is only just beginning for the men who will become Bloodshot.

It’s not a must-read comic in terms of the story, but  you will kick yourself if you miss this wonderful example of sequential art.

Story: Ray Fawkes with Jeff Lemire
Art: Renato Guedes Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.4 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #9

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR182012)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAR182013)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAR182014)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR182015)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by SHANE DAVIS (MAR182016)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th

The origin of Bloodhound!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal) joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!

Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after nearly a century!

Bloodshot Salvation #9 – Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, & Renato Guedes Reveal Bloodhound’s Origin Story In May!

Valiant has released a first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #9 – a stunning STANDALONE ORIGIN STORY featuring the never-before-seen history of the indestructible mammalian machine known as Bloodhound! On May 16th, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire, Eisner, Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes, and astonishing artist Renato Guedes combine their talents for a one-shot issue witnessing the birth of Project Rising Spirit’s Bloodshot program – and the canine weapon of untold destruction they unleashed upon the war to end all wars!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad… Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after more than a century!

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato GuedesGiuseppe Camuncoli, Juan José Ryp, and Shane Davis!

Exclusive Preview: Ragman #6

Ragman #6

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Inaki Miranda
Cover by: Guillem March and Rain Beredo
Colorist: Eva De La Cruz
Letterer: Josh Reed
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Assistant Editor: Diego Lopez
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: March 14, 2018

After making the ultimate sacrifice, Ragman has fallen right into Z’Dargill’s trap. With the help of his friends’ spirits, Ragman must will himself to return to the battlefield and defeat Z’Dargill once and for all. The epic finale of RAGMAN is here!

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