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Hardcore Gets Reloaded from Brandon Thomas, Francis Portela, and Leonardo Paciarotti this December

Image and Skybound Entertainment has announced a new action-packed, five-issue miniseries Hardcore: Reloaded—by writer Brandon Thomas, artist Francis Portela, and Leonardo Paciarotti—launching this December. It will showcase cover artwork by Nic Klein. The comic features lettering by Thomas Mauer and edited by Jon Moisan.

Hardcore returns with more bullets than John Wick! Agent Drake once used the Hardcore tech to take control of human drones to protect our nation… but now, that tech is out in the wild. And the only one who can help him put the genie back in the bottle is his greatest enemy.

The original run of Hardcore—upon which this new miniseries builds—was the brainchild of comics legends Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri.

Hardcore: Reloaded #1 (Diamond Code OCT190046) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 18 with final order cuttoff on November 4.

Hardcore: Reloaded #1

Spin Master and Skybound bring Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard’s Super Dinosaur to Amazon Prime in October. Toys Incoming

Super Dinosaur

Skybound Entertainment and Spin Master will bring children’s adventure series Super Dinosaur to Amazon Prime Video on October 6. All of season one part one, consisting of 13 x 30-minute episodes, will be available on the show’s launch day.  

Spin Master has also struck a raft of international broadcast deals, which include ABC Australia, Television New Zealand TVNZ, Discovery Latin America, iQIYI, and NOGA-Communications Israel.  

Based on the Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard‘s Skybound/Image comic book of the same name, Super Dinosaur follows 10-year-old genius Derek Dynamo and his T-Rex best friend Super Dinosaur as they protect the planet against evil. The series is produced by Spin Master Entertainment and Skybound North/Wind Sun Sky, the Vancouver-based division of Skybound. Season one previously aired on Teletoon in Canada. 

In addition to the television series, Skybound and Spin Master will launch a toy line featuring key characters from the world of Super Dinosaur this fall, available on Amazon in the US and exclusively at Toys ‘R Us in Canada.

Super Dinosaur animated

The Walking Dead #193 Heads Back to Print

Image Comics and Skybound have announced that The Walking Dead #193 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—which concluded the long-running comic book series—is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand as the news of the book’s contents goes viral. 

This final chapter in the bestselling zombie saga was hinted at by the events of issue The Walking Dead #192—but kept secret and surprise-dropped with fans today. 

The Walking Dead #193 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY198901) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers to get their orders in to restock this 80-page issue is Monday, July 8.

The Walking Dead #193 2nd printing

Review: The Walking Dead #193

The Walking Dead #193

It’s near impossible to review The Walking Dead #193 without spoiling it. So, you’ve been warned.

*Spoiler Warning*

This is it, the end of this series. An unexpected finale sprung upon us much like the walker-filled world was sprung upon Rick Grimes.

With Rick murdered, there was a question looming over the series future and the direction it might go. We have that answer, and it’s on in our imaginations.

Writer Robert Kirkman delivers a finale that sticks the message and point he’s been building to throughout these years. The Walking Dead isn’t about the scares, it’s about building a future, a new society, from the ashes of the old one.

The Walking Dead #193 skips ahead with Carl Grimes now married with a child and a society rebuilt. It’s more Western than modern but “the trials” are now over. There’s law and order and protection. With that though comes forgetting of what was. And that’s the focus of the issue.

Walkers are now a traveling road show to be used to scare individuals. They’re a carnival act, not the dangerous things they once were. And that’s what the issue revolves around. Should the past be celebrated, forgotten, or is there a mix of that.

Rick Grimes helped forge this world and the issue celebrates that while also questioning the end impact. The world has forgotten its struggles. Carl still remembers it and does so to protect his family and so his daughter has a future.

And that’s where Kirkman soars. His story is about heart. It’s about family. And as a fairly new father, the scenes presented between Carl and his daughter got me right in the heart. They’re touching and the absolutely perfect end note. Carl reminds his daughter things are better though there are still dangers in the world. It’s a message that reflects in our every day lives. It’s a reminder of what we should be imparting on the next generation. We experience that complacency with our own walkers right around the corner. The underlying message Kirkman presents is one that we can take away with us today. It challenges the reader to do better and be better. It also focuses in on the point of the whole series from the beginning.

The art by Charlie Adlard with gray tones from Cliff Rathburn is fantastic. Along with lettering by Rus Wooton, we’re presented with an emotional issue. It’s not one full of scares or death and destruction. It’s all about human nature and feelings. And with the time jump, the art becomes key. It tells as much about where society is as to where it was. There’s a limited amount of pages to deliver the full story so the art details become a messenger for the reader to figure everything out. The art goes out on a high note matching an optimistic tone.

Fans of The Walking Dead might be both sad and happy with how things have wrapped. We’re not totally without future stories. From television shows to books, there’s much more life into this world yet to come and experience. And we can go into that with the knowledge that there’s hope for a future that’s a little better. A series whose message is that through trials and tribulations we can all make a better future. For a world built off of a bleak premise, its gift is one of a brighter future we can all make together.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letters: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Walking Dead: Typhoon Takes the Story to Asia. Check out the Cover and Read the First Chapter!

From Skybound BooksThe Walking Dead: Typhoon by Wesley Chu will hit stores on October 1, 2019. Skybound recently released the first look at the cover, with art by Jasper Shaw and design by Andres Juarez.

From The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and New York Times #1 Bestselling author Wesley Chu comes the first ever Walking Dead story set in Asia.

The Walking Dead: Typhoon

It has been months since the dead rose up across China. In the most populous country on the planet, the cities are all but lost, small villages reduced to ash.

Zhu and Elena are members of a Wind Team, responsible for scavenging supplies and materials needed to sustain their settlement: the Beacon of Light. Elena, stranded in China during the walker outbreak, longs for news of her Texas home as she tries to adapt to life in a foreign culture while surviving the millions of dead roaming the countryside. But when Zhu discovers survivors from his home village hiding in the wilderness, he is torn between his love for Elena, his duty to the Beacon, and his devotion to his friends and family.

Meanwhile, Hengyen, the grizzled master of the Beacon’s security, discovers the largest group of walkers ever seen: a 1,000,000-strong typhoon that is bearing down on the Beacon. He must lead all of the survivors into the biggest battle of their lives, or humanity will be wiped out for good.

Clashing ideals become raging confrontations as these characters fight for refuge from each other and innumerable walkers in a new and thrilling adventure for Walking Dead fans everywhere.

Check out the cover and read the first chapter now.

Typhoon-Excerpt_FINAL

Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici’s Oblivion Song is Being Adapted for Film by Universal

Oblivion Song Chapter One

Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced this morning that the sci-fi drama Oblivion Song—based upon the New York Times bestselling Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici’s bestselling comic book series of the same name—is being developed for film. 

Universal’s Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. The Oblivion Song adaptation will be produced by Skybound’s film team, including Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst, with Sean O’Keefe attached to write the script. 

O’Keefe’s latest project, Wonderland, which stars Mark Wahlberg with Peter Berg directing, recently wrapped filming. O’Keefe sold the first script based on the Robert B. Parker bestselling Spenser book series in a deal with Netflix.

Oblivion Song Chapter Two

Image and Skybound Entertainment’s Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici is colored by Annalisa Leoni, lettered by Rus Wooton, and edited by Sean Mackiewicz. It takes place a decade after 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else. Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

Oblivion Song, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1534306424) and Oblivion Song, Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1534310575) trade paperbacks are available now in comic shops and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

The Walking Dead #192 Gets a Second Printing with a Commemorative Cover

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced that The Walking Dead #192 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard is immediately being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand for this event issue and will get a commemorative cover treatment. 

The Walking Dead #192 commemorative cover will feature imagery showcasing the latest twist to the series and will be on shelves the same day as The Walking Dead #193 hits stores.

The Walking Dead #192 (Diamond Code APR198094) will be available on Wednesday, July 3. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 10. 

SPOILER AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE WALKING DEAD #191 & #192!

Review: The Walking Dead #192

The Walking Dead #192

*Spoiler Warning*

Major events in comics are often left for big numbers like 25, 50, or 100. Writer Robert Kirkman shakes things up in The Walking Dead #192 delivering an emotional issue that’ll leave you in tears.

I have no shame in admitting the issue hit me emotionally. Like a ton of bricks. I choked up. Multiple times. I fought back tears.

For 191 issues, I’ve gotten to know Rick Grimes and his son Carl. They’re characters I’ve followed their ups and downs. And in this issue I, and we, say good-bye to Rick. We get to see Carl deal with the emotional pain of losing his father. We get to feel that sadness ourselves.

The Walking Dead #192 nails it in saying good-bye.

As Carl prepares to bury his father the realization of what Rick has done. What Rick has helped bring to the world hits you. And you realize the comic is truly about hope and the world we can create, together. It’s also about the wisdom parents pass to their kids. And as a father, I can hope I’m just a sliver of Rick was. The good he’s done. The positive outlook on the world he’s passed down. Civility. Justice. These are the lessons of The Walking Dead.

Even though this comic is a tear filled emotional ride, I know there’s more to go and come. This isn’t the true good-bye.

Charlie Adlard continues to amaze bouncing between the zombie gore and the human emotion. Brought to life with the inks of Stefano Gaudiano and gray tones of Cliff Rathburn, the issue’s visuals show the emotion when words can not do. Simple looks are all you need to see. Rus Wooton‘s lettering drives home the emotion of Kirkman’s words. The anger and sadness drip from the page.

The Walking Dead #192 is an issue I dreaded to read. I knew what was likely to come. I’ll be on the couch now curled up in a ball working through some stuff.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Walking Dead #191 Heads Back for a Second Printing

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has fast-tracked The Walking Dead #191 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand for this game-changing installment of the long-running series. 

The Walking Dead #191 hit stores on Wednesday and took fans by surprise with a shocking cliffhanger that’s had everyone talking. In this issue, alliances are broken and all the trouble that’s been brewing in the Commonwealth finally comes to a head.

The Walking Dead #191 second printing (Diamond Code MAR198752) will hit stores on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 6.

The Walking Dead #191 2nd printing

Die!Die!Die! #6 and Die!Die!Die! #8 Go Back to Print

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that Die!Die!Die! #6 and Die!Die!Die! #8 by Robert KirkmanScott Gimple, and Chris Burnham are being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand for this boundary-pushing new series.

Die!Die!Die! #6 and Die!Die!Die! #8 are some of the most in-your-face, violent, and mind-blowing installments of the series that has been ripping the rug out from under the industry with each new punch thrown.

Join the blood-soaked, bullet-riddled, ultraviolent mayhem. 

Die!Die!Die! #6, second printing (Diamond Code MAR198622) and Die!Die!Die! #8, second printing (Diamond Code MAR198623) will hit stores on Wednesday, May 22. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, April 29.

Die!Die!Die! #6, second printing
Die!Die!Die! #8, second printing
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