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Preview: Second Coming #2

Second Coming #2

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Richard Pace
Inker: Leonard Kirk (for the Earth sequences)
Colorist: Andy Troy (for the Earth sequences)
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover: Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
August 14, 2019
$3.99

The book everyone’s talking about! When a weirdo stalks and threatens Sunstar’s girlfriend, Jesus tries to prevent the superhero from succumbing to rage—but God has other plans. Plus AHOY’s customary offerings of illustrated short prose fiction.

In addition to the main story, this comic book magazine features two extras:

“The Fare” by writer J. Endress, featuring an illustration by Ameilee Sullivan 

“Important NYC Checklists” by writer Matt Buechele, featuring an illustration by Dan Schoeneck

Second Coming #2

Second Coming #1 Gets a Second Printing

AHOY Comics is going back to press for a second printing of the controversial, satirical Second Coming comic book series by New York Times bestselling writer Mark Russell and acclaimed artists Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk. Both the Second Coming main cover by Amanda Conner and the variant cover by Richard Pace are sold out at Diamond, just a day after their release. The second printing will feature Amanda Conner’s art for the first issue cover, along with a re-colored logo, and will go on sale on August 14, 2019, timed to the release of issue 2. 

In Second Coming, God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus Christ as his roommate and teach Him how to use His power in a… more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten it out.

The Second Coming # 1 second printing order code is MAY199082 F  Second Coming #1 2ND PTG.

SECOND COMING # 1 second printing

Review: Second Coming #1

Second Coming #1

After so much controversy, Second Coming #1 is finally here. The series sees Jesus sent to Earth by his father to learn from a superhero Sunstar. Part comedy, part homage, part exploration of religion, the first issue delivers on expectations.

The comic opens taking us through history and God’s interaction with humans. From Adam and Eve to Jesus’ resurrection, we get a quick look at how things went so wrong.

Created by Mark Russell and Richard Pace, the comic is an entertaining look at religion and superheroes without fear of pushing buttons for either. We’re presented with a rather naive Jesus and a father frustrated with his creation.

What’s interesting though is the lack of any real controversy. The truly religious will recognize Jesus depiction not as mockery but as a focus on his real message of love and healing. Then there’s Sunstar, a punch first ask questions later superhero from another world. The two together deliver a juxtaposition of philosophy and action. And how the two must deal with the evil that is mankind is one of the more interesting aspects.

Russell and Pace give us a modern debate as to the best course of action. Is punching and violence the way to defeat evil? Is listening, compassion, and love the way to go? They present their debate in an over the top method that brings humor to it all and keeps it from being a bit too serious. This culminates in the first issue with Sunstar going after counterfeiters of a Pokemon-like game and dispensing with extreme justice.

The art of Second Coming #1 is solid with a style that shifts depending on the time period. Pace’s art, with “Earth pages” finished by Leonard Kirk and colored by Andy Troy delivers a comic that shifts in tone visually. The scenes in Heaven or the past have a more serious aspect about them. The superheroics have a more comedic look with over the top violence. There are also small details that bring about the humor as readers are forced to pay attention to entire panels to get every joke. It’s a comic that uses the art to deliver a second and third laugh beyond the obvious initial one. The lettering by Rob Steen also enhances the situation giving us a more wrath of God feel when appropriate with a simple switch of style.

As with AHOY Comics, we’re also presented with a prose story by Stuart Moore featuring art by Cayetano Valenzuela. While there’s not really a thematic connection between it and the main comic, it feels like the added bonus we’ve come to expect from this publisher. It’s a value-add and even without it, the comic would be a must get.

In reality, Second Coming #1 is much to do about nothing when it comes to the protests against it. The blasphemy isn’t there. Russell continues his dissection of religion, boiled down to the basics, we’ve seen from him before. It’s an interesting debut that entertains and makes you think and definitely will have you coming back for more.

Story: Mark Russell, Stuart Moore
Art: Richard Pace, Cayetano Valenzuela
Finisher: Leonard Kirk Color: Andy Troy Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation:
Buy

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Second Coming #1

Second Coming #1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Richard Pace (CA) Amanda Connor
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

AHOY is proud to present-for the first time anywhere-the series everyone’s talking about, by award-winning writer Mark Russell (Snagglepuss, The Flintstones) and artist Richard Pace (Pitt, New Warriors)! God commands Earth’s mightiest super-hero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus as his roommate and teach him how to use power in a… more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten them out. This deluxe first issue features 30 pages of story!

Second Coming #1

Preview: Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak, Robert Carey
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Christian Ward (C), Richard Pace (D), Cosplay (E)
Seduction (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Richard Pace (RI-Virgin), Bob Q Seduction (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | Sword & Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

“Temple of Ghosts”

The first arc of the most exciting series debut of 2019 comes to a stunning conclusion. The dreaded Dragan makes Her Majesty an offer that would end an invasion but sacrifice everything. Sonja The Red must weigh the awful costs, before the decision is no longer hers to make. By MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan). And be sure to pick up RED SONJA: LORD OF FOOLS, also out this month, which ties directly into the shocking ending of this issue…

Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

SDCC 2019: AHOY Comics and the Delcourt Group Sign a Deal for Distribution and Translation in France

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AHOY Comics and the Delcourt Group are partnering on a deal to distribute select AHOY Comic graphic novels in France and inviting readers to “espérer plus.” The announcement was made jointly by both companies in advance of San Diego Comic-Con 2019

Delcourt will launch the deal by translations of three acclaimed AHOY Comics titles:


L’AUTRE TERRE (THE WRONG EARTH) by writer Tom Peyer, artists Jamal Igle and Juan Castro and colorist Andy Troy. PUBLICATION DATE: January 2020

Meet your new favorite superheroes: the crime-fighting Dragonflyman and the grim, vigilante Dragonfly. With THE WRONG EARTH writer Tom Peyer and artist Jamal Igle deliver the superhero satire you didn’t know you needed. 

“if you love superheroes, you NEED this. If you HATE superheroes, this will change your mind.” ― Mark Millar 


CAPTAIN GINGER by writer Stuart Moore, artists June Brigman and Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini. PUBLICATION DATE: July 2020

When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least a starship. Legendary comic book artist June Brigman and writer Stuart Moore present CAPTAIN GINGER, a graphic novel featuring cats united against a hostile universe—and their own worst feline instincts. Featuring an introduction by award-winning writer/ artist Walter Simonson.

“The best books usually transport me into a world with which I am largely unfamiliar and reveal its mysteries to me, whether it’s the mean streets of a great urban metroplex, a small village lying somewhere on a distant steppe in central Asia, or a starship full of individualist cats trying to keep it together long enough to survive…these may very well be the characters that June was born to draw and Stuart was born to write!” ― Walter Simonson 


SECOND COMING by writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace, featuring a cover by Amanda Conner. PUBLICATION DATE: October 2020.

In the controversial, satirical SECOND COMING by New York Times bestselling writer Mark Russell and acclaimed artist Richard Pace, Jesus Christ resumes His Holy Mission after God commands Earth’s mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Him as his roommate and teach Him how to use His power in a… more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten it out. 

“No one captures the lyrical disconnect between real personalities in fantasy bodies like Mark Russell. SECOND COMING is beautifully drawn and hilariously blunt. It’s ribald, cranky, and warm at the same time, and it might be my new favorite thing.” ― Gail Simone

Second Coming Finds a New Publisher in AHOY Comics

AHOY Comics has been innovating comics since the publisher debuted in 2018 and they have shown they have no fear about protests as they are the new publisher behind Second Coming.

Written by Mark Russell with art by Richard Pace, Second Coming was to be published by Vertigo but the creative team and DC Comics imprint parted ways in February. Andy Troy joins the creative team coloring sequences not colored by Pace.

The story about a returning Jesus Christ saw protests from the religious right which found it blasphemous due to its depiction of Jesus. That protest was led by far-right leaders and controversy was stoked by clickbait channels who saw ratings in coverage. A petition against the series received more than 235,000 signatures. None have read the comic.

The series’ description sounds far from that and instead has a superhero forced to reexamine his use of violence when confronted by Christ, his new roommate. The series will focus on the change of Christ’s message of forgiveness and empathy to one of domination and power.

This isn’t the first religious focused comic by AHOY comics. Their series High Heaven is a satirical look at the afterlife.

The move to AHOY has allowed the creators to improve the series. The first issue will include six extra pages focused on Christ’s memories of a childhood friend during his first visit to Earth. Some changes requested by Vertigo, like less coarse language and adding fig leaves to Adam and Eve, will be undone allowing the comic to be closer to the original vision of the creators.

The cover of Second Coming #1 by Amanda Conner

Second Coming Looking for a Second Publisher as Vertigo Cancels Before Publication

DC Comics has reached out to retailers and has canceled the Vertigo series Second Coming before the release of the first issue in March.

Writer Mark Russell Tweeted:

He said there’s already other publishers interested.

Artist Richard Pace followed up to Russell’s Tweet agreeing with how the two were treated.

Though a reason wasn’t given, it may be due to pressure over complaints from religious circles including a petition signed by over 227,000 individuals. The series was called “inappropriate and blasphemous” due to its use of Jesus Christ.

Written by Russell with art by Pace, the series followed the return of Jesus Christ who becomes roommates with the super hero Sun-Man. Jesus is “shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.”

The series was to debut March 6 and Russell has written numerous religious explorations and is a master at intellectual exploration and satire.

Thankfully it sounds like the series will be rising from cancellation.

This is the latest black eye for Vertigo which was rocked by a previous scandal over the series Border Town whose writer was accused of abuse which led to its cancellation and the returnability of previously released issues.

Second Coming

Imminent Press is Back with Two Issues of their Terminal Pulp Anthology on Kickstarter

Fresh off of successfully funding the OGN Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists, Imminent Press is running a Kickstarter for the next two installments of the two-fisted pulp anthology Terminal. That’s right, TWO
COMICS, ONE KICKSTARTER.

Now, issues #3 and #4 of Terminal come to Kickstarter with an incredible array of talent that includes writers Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Eric Palicki (No Angel), Vito Delsante (Stray), Matt Brady (The Con Job),
and a murderer’s row of artists, colorists, and letterers.

Terminal #3 features:

Stephanie Chan [Colorist]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Justin Gray [Writer – FAUSTO COLON]
Dan Lauer [Artist – FAUSTO COLON]
Eric Palicki [Writer – OUBLIETTE]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Ande Rummel [Artist – OUBLIETTE]

Terminal #4 features:

Matt Brady [Writer – GEMINI XIV]
António Brandão [Artist – STEELTOWN]
Nikola Čižmešija [Artist – GEMINI XIV]
Vito Delsante [Writer – STEELTOWN]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Kirsty Swan [Colorist]

Plus, VARIANT Guest Artists:

Josh Adams (T3 Variant)
Rafa Garres (rear art #3)
Jeff Johnson (T3 Variant)
Vasilis Lolos (T4 Variant)
Richard Pace (T4 Variant)
John Rauch (rear art #4)

Backers have access to an array of excellent rewards, including variants. Retailers have the opportunity to back two distinct packages, one of which includes an in-store appearance from a member of the Imminent Press and Terminal anthology series stable. And if you happened to miss out on Terminal #1 and #2 the first time around, don’t sweat it. A limited number of backer packages will be available so you can score ALL FOUR issues for one reasonable price including shipping.

Check out below at some of the art you can find within the pages of these two new issues!

You have until November 2nd to back this great project!

Vertigo is Relaunching With 7 New Titles

DC Entertainment‘s Vertigo imprint is celebrating their 25th anniversary and this fall the line of comics will relaunch with seven original series that look to take on hot button topics. The creators attached feature long time comic creators as well as new voices such as Zoe Quinn, Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, and sex education podcaster Tina Horn. The comics have no problem taking on touchy subject matter like white supremacy, virtual reality deities, and sex work. DC describes the line as “modern, socially relevant, and high-concept.”

These seven new series are on top of the new line of Sandman titles previously announced. In the announcement Vertigo executive editor Mark Doyle said:

It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo. We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me — new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.

Vertigo launched in 1993 to publish more adult and graphic content that couldn’t be printed under the Comics Code Authority. It allowed more freedom than the DC line would allow. The line saw such titles as Sandman, American Vampire, Astro City, Daytripper, 100 Bullets, DMZ, Human Target, iZombie, Northlanders, Y: The Last Man, Sweet Tooth, and so much more by some of the best in the buesiness.

The series are:

Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on. (September 2018)

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo

“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… (October 2018)

American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent. (November 2018)

Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez

In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality. (December 2018)

High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda

Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. (2019)

Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling

A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government. (2019)

Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace

God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right. (2019)

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