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Negan Lives #1 Gets a Second Printing while Fire Power #1 is Over 150,000 Copies

The New York Times bestselling, award-winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon — Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard — have done it again with an instant sell-out at the distributor level of the surprise release, Negan Lives #1, last week. A new printing has been greenlit for retailers to reorder stock of the buzzy one-shot story and will be available on Wednesday, August 5.

Fans snagging their Negan Lives #1 issue last week were simultaneously introduced to an all-new series from Kirkman and Chris Samnee, Fire Power. Over 150K promotional copies of Fire Power #1 were quickly wiped out and fans eagerly added their Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude trade paperbacks to buy piles in anticipation of the August single issue series launch.

Fire Power #1 (Diamond Code JUN200038), Fire Power #2 (Diamond Code JUN200076), and Negan Lives #1 second printing (Diamond Code APR208954) will be available for purchase on Wednesday, August 5.

Review: Negan Lives!

Back the comeback with Negan Lives!, a special one-shot to help comic stores get back on their feet. What was Negan up to in between The Walking Dead #174 and the finale? This special comic fills in some of the story.

Negan Lives! is like revisiting an old friend and a perfect read in these times.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Colors: Dave McCaig

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Fire Power #1 is on Sale in August with New Cover Art. Out the Same Day as Fire Power #2

The highly anticipated Fire Power #1 issue by Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee on sale Wednesday, August 5, and priced at $3.99, will feature different cover art from the free promotional edition (formerly: Free Comic Book Day edition) of the comic. This issue of Fire Power #1 will also be extra length and feature additional backmatter not previously included in the promotional edition.

Fire Power #2 will also be available for sale on the same day.

In Fire Power, the one who wields the fire power is destined to save the world, but Owen Johnson has turned his back on that life. He doesn’t want the power—he never did. He only wants to spend time with his family and live his life, but unseen forces are at work to make that impossible. Danger lurks around every corner as Owen’s past comes back to haunt him.

Fire Power #1—featuring a new cover by Samnee and Matt Wilson—(Diamond Code JUN200038) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 5.

Fire Power #2 (Diamond Code JUN200076) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 5.

Fire Power #3 (Diamond Code JUL200204) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 2.

Fire Power #1

Negan Lives this July to Benefit Comic Retailers

The New York Times bestselling, award-winning creative team behind The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard — returns to the beloved series for a surprise one-shot story, Negan Lives #1, which will arrive in stores this July.

This shipment arriving in July will be without financial burden to receiving retailers—with no freight cost for them to worry about.

In the announcement, Kirkman said:

I’ve been inspired by Steve Geppi and Diamond’s efforts to shine a light on how essential the Direct Market is to our beloved industry with their #backthecomeback campaign. While Charlie Adlard and I had laid the series to rest, this felt like something special we could do for the store owners who made our series a success to begin with. To that end, I’m happy to report that 100% of the revenue generated from this book will go to the stores selling it. The retailer community does backbreaking work to get comics into the hands of our loving fans, we should all be doing more in these trying times to show them how appreciated they are.

Negan Lives #1 will not be available digitally and will be available exclusively at comic book shops. Fans interested in ordering a copy can find the comics store closest to them on Local Comic Shop locator. Many comic book shops are fulfilling orders online and via curbside pickup.

Spurned by a slowly rebuilding society, Negan lives a life of desperate isolation… or does he? In the tradition of Here’s Negan, this all-new story in Negan Lives #1 gives readers a glimpse into what has happened to one The Walking Dead‘s most popular characters in the time since his last appearance in The Walking Dead #174.

As long-time readers of the post-apocalyptic survival series will recall, The Walking Dead #174 proved to be a pivotal point for Negan, as he was tracked down and confronted by a vengeful Maggie, still heartbroken and furious over the murder of her husband, Glenn, in The Walking Dead #100.

Negan Lives #1 (Diamond Code MAR208199) is a 36-page, black and white comic book, available exclusively at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 1. There are extremely rare Gold (Diamond Code MAR208201) and Silver (Diamond Code MAR208200) foil variants of Negan Lives #1 in limited quantities, inquire with your local comic shop for availability and further details.

Negan Lives #1

Oblivion Song #25 Kicks Off a New Story Arc

Oblivion Song #25 by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, and colorist Annalisa Leoni will kick off an exciting new story arc of the critically acclaimed series this July from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment. It boasts both an eye-popping cover by J. Scott Campbell and a special origin story included in the issue drawn by Leoni.

In Oblivion Song #25, Nathan Cole’s world has changed. Nothing could have prepared him for what has happened, what he’s had to do, and how it has affected him. Starting now, he embarks on a new journey with full knowledge of Oblivion and what caused the Transference! The fate of the Earth rests in his capable hands!

For fans hoping to catch up on the adventure before the new story arc begins, Oblivion Song Book One hardcover will be available on the same day, with the Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof: Oblivion Song #1 hitting shelves available the following week.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 8:

  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover A by De Felici (Diamond Code APR200105)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover B by David Finch & Leoni (Diamond Code APR200106)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover C by Arthur Adams & Leoni (Diamond Code APR200107)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR200108)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover E by Campbell (Diamond Code APR208101) 
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici Book One hardcover (Diamond Code MAR200100)

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 15:

  • Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof: Oblivion Song #1 (Diamond Code APR200113)

Enjoy Marvel Adventures with the Hulk, take a Deep Dive with Aquaman, and… brains… with Marvel Zombies: Dead Days in Today’s Digital Comics

ComiXology has new digital comics from DC Comics and Marvel in today’s new releases. There are comics for every age and you can see what you can get below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #3

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils Ken V Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
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Aquaman and Tempest race to stop an enraged monster that has escaped its magical tomb under the city of New York.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #3

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 1: Misunderstood Monster

Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by David Nakayama
Cover by Carlo Pagulayan
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #1-4.

The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Learn why Banner’s girlfriend Betty Ross left him, why her father, General “Thunderbolt” Ross, hunts him and why Rick Jones blames himself for creating the monster. Most of all, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 1: Misunderstood Monster

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 2: Defenders

Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by David Nakayama, Steve Scott
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #5-8.

The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Dr. Strange, the Silver Surfer and Namor all arrive on the scene, concluding in an all-new Defenders team-up adventure! Most important, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 2: Defenders

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 3: Strongest One There Is

Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by Steve Scott
Cover by David Nakayama
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #9-12.

The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Doc Samson, the Juggernaut and the Thing – and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 3: Strongest One There Is

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 4: Tales To Astonish

Written by Peter David
Art by Juan Santacruz
Cover by Sean Murphy
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #13-16.

The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Psycho Man, the Leader, the Abomination and the Marvel Mummies — and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 4: Tales To Astonish

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days

Written by Reginald Hudlin, Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar
Art by Mitch Breitweiser, Greg Land, Sean Phillips, Francis Portela
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Marvel Zombies: Dead Days; Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23, #30-32; And Black Panther (2005) #28-30.

At last – experience the birth of the Marvel Zombies as told by the creative team of the best-selling limited series, and then witness their rise as they attempt to slake their hunger across two universes! First, Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips pull out all the stops as they reveal the secret story of the day the Marvel Heroes became brain-eating monsters! Next, follow the Marvel Zombies into the pages of Mark Millar and Greg Land’s ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR! Reed Richards has used his scientific genius to contact an Earth in a surprisingly familiar parallel dimension – and he’s ready to visit! But nothing could have prepared him for the world he’s about to enter! Finally, get out the hot sauce, True Believer – it’s slobberin’ time! In Reginald Hudlin and Francis Portela’s Black Panther, the mainstream Marvel Universe’s New Fantastic Four just made a wrong turn on the dimensional super highway – and they’ve landed in the middle of Zombie-verse! And if that weren’t bad enough, they’ve parked their butts on that universe’s Skrull Planet!

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days

Rocket To The Moon! #1

Written by Don Brown
Art by Don Brown
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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn’t just one man who got us to the moon. Rocket to the Moon! explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to “bombs bursting in air” during the War of 1812, to Russia’s Sputnik program, to the moon landing. Beautifully illustrated and well-researched, this book is the perfect resource for curious readers and tomorrow’s scientists. It includes a timeline of space travel, a bibliography, and an index.

Rocket to the Moon #1

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Review: Stealth #1

Stealth #1

Stealth is a hard read, as is the case with most stories dealing with mental illness. It holds nothing back as it takes a measured look at the dynamics between a father and son struggling to make sense of a particularly rough psychiatric condition. Of course, everything’s made harder when it’s revealed the father’s a superhero that can confuse innocents with criminals due to his mental state. Needless to say, this comic lands as hard as a punch to the gut—and then some—and it has every intention of saying something important about the subject matter.

Written by Mike Costa and illustrated by Nate Bellegarde Stealth centers on a Detroit-based black superhero—the titular Stealth— as he faces a crisis-like challenge: Alzheimer’s. His son, reporter Tony Barber, is already aware of the situation, just not of the fact his dad is a superhero. That is until he walks in on his dad in full hero getup, looking as if lost in his own home. From there we get to the central question of the story: should Stealth be taken out of the superhero game, even if it means leaving a crime-riddled Detroit without its protector?

Costa and Bellegarde do a great job of balancing classic superhero tropes with the metaphors and messages surrounding the overarching narrative, which is driven by Stealth’s condition. They seem to be aware of the importance of not letting the mental illness factor drown out the superhero element, and vice versa. One of the ways they do this is by mixing tried and true superhero traditions in order to shape them into something easily recognizable.

Stealth is basically a combination of Sam Wilson’s Falcon, Batman, and a hero’s burning need to save a city. Daniel (Stealth’s real name) wears each influence on his sleeves. Some of Sam Wilson’s influence can be found in Stealth’s suit, a high-tech winged suit that looks like it was taken from one of the most recent iterations of the character in the current Marvel universe.

That he is a black superhero, though, opens up a whole slew of racial politics that can make their way into the treatment the character’s alter ego, especially when considering Detroit’s actual track-record with the black population. It feels as if the city will stand for something more than just another innocent worth saving.

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In fact, echoes of Batman come through with the comic’s surprising focus on the city of Detroit itself. Costa and Bellegarde take every chance they get to show just how important Stealth is to the city and its continued safety. You get the sense that benching Stealth in this story would be as catastrophic as taking Batman out of Gotham. This is magnified by Bellegarde’s designs for Stealth. He’s always presented as a towering figure, a superior agent of justice.

And yet, that same degree of care that’s afforded to the hero’s presence is then flipped to ramp up the tension surrounding the situation. Once we’re made aware of Stealth’s diagnosis, the story’s emotional spectrum opens up and we’re left with a heartbreaking portrayal of a man that can end up doing a lot of damage in his attempts to do good. Costa’s script does wonders in putting the reader through a revolving door of emotions that makes one scared for the hero but also for those that can get badly swept up in his path. Again, what would happen if Batman could no longer distinguish friend from foe?

Tamra Bonvillain’s colors add to this play of superheroes tropes and mental health representations by going for the spectacular during action scenes, on one hand, to then going for a more restrained touch for the more intimate sequences. It makes everything blend in organically as it essentially guides readers through the multiple metaphorical worlds contained in the comic with smooth transitions. The colors here set the tone and then account for each change in it.

Both versions of Stealth, new version on the left, original version on the right.

It should be noted that Stealth is based on a Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri comic that sticks to many of the same storytelling beats of the original story but with some key changes. Kirkman and Silvestri’s Stealth is a white man and his son is navigating what appears to be a recent divorce. This changes the dynamic quite a bit. Skin color can ultimately dictate the feel of the story, whether it wants to or not, and the expectations that come with black characters in terms of representation are already felt throughout Costa and Bellegarde’s Stealth.

Additionally, I consider Costa and Bellegarde’s Stealth to have a much better hold on pacing. Costa’s script pulls off a brilliant gamble with misdirection early on that focuses on the son and the real identity of Stealth, leading to a reveal that was very well orchestrated. Kirkman’s script lets you in on most of the story’s secrets early on and, as a result, doesn’t feel as profound as it does in the new version. It’s still an interesting read, but I prefer Costa’s and Bellegarde’s take.

Stealth #1 presents a world of conversation starters regarding mental illness, hero worship, and straight up comic book storytelling. It’s a story about checking in with our heroes to know when they’ve reached their limit and when to flip the roles to take care of them. It’s about a kind of responsibility we need to own up to more than we actually do.

Script: Mike Costa Art: Nate Bellegarde Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Story: 10
Art: 10
Recommendation: Buy, and get ready to shed a tear or two

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Fire Power #1 and #2 Comes to Shelves in June

The FCBD edition of Fire Power #1 will be unleashed on Saturday, May 2. Following a month of anticipation, Fire Power #1 and Fire Power #2 will be available for sale on Wednesday, June 3.

The Eisner Award winning team of New York Times bestselling, comics titan Robert Kirkman, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton, bring fans an all-new, full color, action-packed ongoing series—Fire Power—which will launch from Image Comics and Skybound this Spring. First with the Fire Power: Prelude, Vol. 1 original graphic novel on Wednesday, April 29. Then with the Fire Power #1 FCBD release on Saturday, May 2. And finally with the official single issue series launching with Fire Power #1 and Fire Power #2 simultaneously on Wednesday, June 3.

This is the first new project from Kirkman since the surprise conclusion to his pop culture phenomenon The Walking DeadFire Power will more than fill a walker-shaped hole in your monthly pull list. This new series also marks Samnee’s return to comics after wrapping up his best-selling run on Captain America that concluded in early 2018.

Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the Fire Power?

Fire Power #1

Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee, Matt Wilson, and Rus Wooton’s Fire Power Gets an Original Graphic Novel in April

Fans eager to jump into the world of Fire Power won’t have to wait until May. The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning team of Robert Kirkman, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton, will reveal the origin story of the Fire Power protagonist Owen Johnson in the forthcoming Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude original graphic novel. This brand new story will hit stores from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment in April—just in time for readers to get on board before the single issue series launches the following month.

The graphic novel features nearly eight issues worth of story and art for $9.99. Fans will be able to purchase it on Wednesday then head to comic shops that Saturday for the first issue for free available on Free Comic Book Day.

Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the FIRE POWER?

Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1655-3) will be available on Wednesday, April 29 and in bookstores on Tuesday, May 5.

Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude

Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s Stealth in Development with Universal and Out in March 2020

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment presents an action-packed, six-issue vigilante miniseries this March—Stealth—from the minds of Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri, written by Mike Costa, drawn by Nate Bellegarde, and colored by Tamra Bonvillain.

The series features covers by Jason Howard and is concurrently in development with Universal Pictures and Skybound entertainment.

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will write the script for the forthcoming Stealth adaptation. The writing duo’s credits include Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens. Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels will direct and produce along with his partner Pam Williams. The film will be produced by Skybound’s film team—including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst—and Universal Executive Vice President of Production Matt Reilly will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s—his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs…with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.

This pulse-pounding new series is Black Panther meets Iron Man and is a must-read for Dead Eyes fans.

Stealth #1 (Diamond Code JAN200138) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 11.

Stealth #1
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