Written by: Robert Venditti Art by: Fernando Pasarin
What was once a gift now becomes a curse! With the reincarnation cycle finally broken, Hawkman finds himself fearful that every fight could be his last-and Hawkwoman’s patience for his caution wears thin. But they’ll need all their wits and courage about them, because their age-old enemy Hath-Set is out for blood!
Bad Idea is on the way! After an interesting build-up, the comic publisher is ready to do something new, get some comics on the shelves!
Beginning in March 2021, comic fans will be getting at least one brand-new Bad Idea release per month in a variety of tastes-good, feels-great formats by a fleet of world-class creators, including writers Matt Kindt, Robert Venditti, Marguerite Bennett, and Zeb Wells, artists Doug Braithwaite, Juan Jose Ryp, Adam Pollina, Renato Guedes, and Adam Pollina, and even more yet to come (like Mae Catt, Joshua Dysart, Tomas Giorello, Eric Heisserer, David Lapham, Lewis LaRosa, Jeff Lemire, Peter Milligan, and more).
Bad Idea is taking a new spin on comic distribution. Comic books will be sold exclusively in participating comic book stores. No digital releases. No trade paperbacks or hardcovers. And no variant covers, either. Just super-high quality comics that will always leave you wanting more – because they’ll never publish more than two in a given month.
The publisher’s goal is for every single issue to look and feel special with prestige-format package, deluxe matte laminate covers, and heavy-duty interior paper stock. There’ll also be extra-long page counts, guest appearances from artists, and standalone bonus stories in every issue at no extra cost. That means more The Hero Trade from Matt Kindt and David Lapham and… the bird of a shared universe!?
All of that for just $3.99 per issue.
You’ll have to visit a Bad Idea “destination store” – one of the 100 and counting comic shops around the world that have signed on to join our independent network of direct-distribution retail partners – and buy them on a Wednesday (or simply pre-order them in advance by phone or email and pick them up whenever you’re damn well ready).
What will we see next year? Lets find out!
ENIAC #1 (of 4)
MATT KINDT (writer) DOUG BRAITHWAITE (art) DIEGO RODRIGUEZ (colors) LEWIS LAROSA with LAURA MARTIN (covers)
Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerator Integrator and Computer), the world’s first supercomputer. ENIAC’s calculations proved vital to turning the tide against Germany and Japan – until it ordered the second atomic bomb to be dropped on Nagasaki without any human order or approval. America had inadvertently created the first artificial intelligence without ever realizing the full extent of its abilities…or its ambitions. For the more than 50 years that followed, ENIAC manipulated global affairs from the shadows, waging a cold war that pitted spy against spy, nation against nation…until it went dark and disappeared from view. Now, years later, an encrypted countdown has just been detected in Earth’s satellite network and mankind only has three days left before ENIAC executes its endgame. With few options and even less time, the Secretary of Defense has just given two covert operatives the most important mission in human history: kill ENIAC…before it kills us.
From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), incendiary artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice), and colorist Diego Rodriguez (X-O Manowar), Bad Idea’s long-awaited debut starts here with a science-fiction thrill ride that will send shockwaves for decades to come.
FOUR ISSUES // MONTHLY // BEGINNING MARCH 2021
TANKERS #1 (of 3)
ROBERT VENDITTI (writer) JUAN JOSE RYP (art/covers) JORDIE BELLAIRE (colors)
The CEO of global energy conglomerate Greenleaf Oil has just discovered a terrifying secret: the planet only has a decade or less of petroleum left before it’s gone forever. But he has a plan to make sure his great-great grandchildren can continue to generate maximum shareholder value – and secure his own legacy in the process. Rather than develop a game-changing renewable energy source through the power of corporate innovation, Greenleaf has perfected the next best thing – time travel (duh) – so that a team of six field-rat contractors armed to the teeth in individually customized mech suits can go back to the Cretaceous Period, tweak the trajectory of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and give mankind another 500 millennia worth of oil reserves. What could go wrong? Only all of human history, of course – because when Greenleaf’s team of Tankers come home, they’ll discover that not only did the dinosaurs never die out, they’ve kept evolving for another 60 million years…and they’re more pissed off than ever.
Bone-shredding destruction! Wanton corporate malfeasance! Reckless use of industrial machinery! And lots and lots of ammunition. Like a Saturday morning cartoon that’s run irresponsibly overbudget, New York Times bestselling writer Robert Venditti (Justice League), blockbuster artist Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly) are here to take all of our insecurities about mankind’s most self-destructive impulses and turn them up until the knob snaps off with THREE DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUES shipping BIMONTHLY (that means every other month, don’t look it up).
THREE ISSUES // DOUBLE-SIZED // BI-MONTHLY // BEGINNING APRIL 2021
MATT KINDT (writer) ADAM POLLINA (artist/cover) MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (colors)
You never thought you’d see a Bad Idea like this! From the limitless imaginations of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), veteran artist Adam Pollina (X-Force), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Hawkeye) comes a very special whale tale for all ages (and species) in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki and Pixar!
When young Wawae – the seaborn son of a whaling captain – is thrown overboard and swallowed whole by a whale, he knows his father will relentlessly pursue revenge against the creature that stole away his boy. What he didn’t expect, however, is what he’s about to find inside: the town of “Whalesville” – a colorful, cobbled-together village inhabited by an astounding collection of talking sea creatures, including a crab named Caleb, an angler fish called Angela, and a seadragon that prefers to go by Lilly. But, to Wawae’s new friends, Whalesville isn’t just their home, it’s the whole world – and they don’t understand the danger that now pursues them from above the waves or that they are even inside a whale at all. To rescue his new best buddies, Wawae will have to convince them of the truth…and save Whalesville before his own father sends them sinking into the inky depths forever.
In 1970, legendary filmmaker Oliver Larsen began production on his latest horror masterpiece on the lot of Los Angeles’ famed Cloverleaf Studios. Obsessed with bringing authenticity to the genre, the director insisted on casting real-life occultists to perform a genuine Satanic ritual live on camera – until something went horribly wrong. In the bloody aftermath, the production was shut down, the footage was confiscated, and the soundstage was forever shuttered.
On the heels of a promotion that’s just made her the youngest studio chief in decades, Aviva Copeland is planning to overhaul Cloverleaf’s fading image for the 21st century – starting with the prime piece of California real estate that’s gone unused for 50 years: the very same lost soundstage where Larsen filmed his doomed masterpiece. But, as Aviva will soon discover, this corner of the lot may have been closed for a half-century, but it’s far from empty…and the evil that lives within its haunted walls will soon seize its chance to kill again.
New York Times best-selling writer Marguerite Bennett (Animosity, A-Force) and artist Renato Guedes (DCeased: Hope at World’s End) present a terrifying vision of horror and Hollywood in the boldly bloody Bad Idea manner!
FOUR ISSUES // MONTHLY // ON SALE JULY 2021
SLAY BELLS #1
ZEB WELLS (writer) DAVID LAFUENTE (artist/cover) ULISES ARREOLA (colors)
You’ve heard of black comedies? Well, this is the first one that’s not just black, but red and green and covered in reams of extremely flammable tinsel that’s already been banned in Canada!
Every Christmas Eve, little Bobby Hamilton and his father rise at dawn for an early morning hunting trip. It was their favorite tradition – until they accidentally killed a certain red-nosed reindeer. They should have known better. They shouldn’t have tried to cover it up. Because Santa Claus knows that they’ve been naughty – and, now like so many fragile Christmas ornaments violently shaken free, the yuletide peace of a quaint Midwestern farming hamlet will forever be shattered as Old Saint Nick comes to town to reap the sweetest gift of all: vengeance.
This July, Emmy Award winner Zeb Wells (Hellions, Robot Chicken), mischief-making artistic all-star David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), and colorist Ulises Arreola (Action Comics) are ready to ruin Christmas a solid six months in advance with the only thing we really wanted this year, anyway: another king-sized Bad Idea one-shot that will soon go down in infamy!
Written by: Robert Venditti Art by: Aaron Lopresti
It’s a locked-room murder mystery in the Hall of Justice! Superman, an investigative journalist; Batman, the World’s Greatest Detective; the Flash; a CSI technician; Wonder Woman; a mystical detective for the Justice League Dark; and Green Lantern, an intergalactic police officer, must put their heroic minds together to solve the case. The Hall houses some of the greatest artifacts in the DC Universe—but also its deadliest. Who is the victim? Who is the culprit? And what is the motive? Can the Justice League put together the clues to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again—and at them? Their lives depend on it!
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert (CA) Bryan Hitch In Shops: Sep 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Hawks reborn! Hawkman and Hawkwoman receive the precious gift of life one last time and return to the past where they were happiest – back with the Justice Society of America! But nostalgia’s not all it’s cracked up to be with the Injustice Society on the loose! And who’s the mysterious figure plotting to cut Hawkman’s final life short from the shadows?
ComiXology has three new digital comics for you today from Magnetic Press, Harlequin, and DC Comics! Check out all three here or the individual issues below!
Written by Capitan Artiglio Art by Capitan Artiglio Cover by Capitan Artiglio Purchase
On her own with her new dino steed, The Girl with No Name catches the attention of the notorious Cherub of Golgotha, the self-appointed deadliest outlaw in the land… and he’s bent on killing his number one competition to prove it!
The Santangeli Marriage
Written by Sara Craven Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu Purchase
Orphan Marisa grew up supported by the wealthy Santangeli family. Their only demand was that she marry their son…
Italian billionaire and renowned playboy Lorenzo Santangeli is expecting to receive his money’s worth from his innocent new wife. But Marisa soon flees—how can she share a life with the man who married her solely to produce an heir?
Lorenzo vows to bring his bride home—you do not say no to a Santangeli! Once she’s back, she’ll be his completely, and he is determined to enjoy every minute of it…
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #15
Written by Robert Venditti Pencils Paul Pelletier Inks Andrew Hennessy Colored by Adriano Lucas Purchase
Superman is kicked out of Metropolis by its new protector, Metallo! Can the Man of Steel take back the city of tomorrow from the villain and just who did Superman bring as back-up?!
DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.
And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!
Monday July 20
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12
“Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe Purchase
Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!
“On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon
Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?
“Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon
A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!
Today sees seven new digital comic releases on comiXology. You can get new comics from DC Comics, Magnetic Press, Harlequin, and Yen Press. Check out the full list here or the individual issues below!
Black Butler #166
Written by Yana Toboso Art by Yana Toboso Purchase
Jane wields her axe in fury when Mey-Rin refuses to betray her master…Read the next chapter of Black Butler at the same time as Japan!
Faith, Hope And Marriage
Written by Emma Goldrick Art by Megumu Minami Purchase
Faith decided to work as a manager at Rose Cottage, a seaside villa. However, Lady Sunny, the villa owner, only wants to talk about the wonders of marriage and doesn’t explain the job to her. Faith is not interested in marriage at all and is very suspicious of Harry, the man of the house… He keeps trying to interfere with Faith’s work. Why does the extremely attractive Harry suddenly find himself worrying about her?
KLAW Vol. 3 #17: Panic in Detroit
Written by Antoine Ozanam Art by Joël Jurion Colored by Yoann Guillé Cover by Joël Jurion Purchase
A devastating attack on Detroit leaves the city in ruins, and Angel has to put the pieces together with the help of the mysterious Archivist. Meanwhile, the other Dizhis, both friend and foe, converge on the area one by one…
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12
Written by Robert Venditti Pencils Scott Hepburn Inks Scott Hepburn Colored by Ian Herring Purchase
Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats and where is Supeman?!
The Ballad of Yaya Vol. 6: Lost
Written by Charlotte Girard, Patrick Marty, Jean-Marie Omont Art by Golo Zhao Purchase
Lost and alone, with little memory of how she wound up in the winter wilderness, young Yaya must survive the cold on her own while Tuduo sets out to find her before the wicked gangster Zhu does.
Briana Vol. 3: O’Neil Saga
Written by Ruth Ryan Langan Art by Riho Sachimi Purchase
Irish noblewoman Briana is a tomboy who has just left the convent where she’s been living for several years. While on the familiar road home, her party is attacked by hostile English soldiers and she is mortally wounded! Keane, a feudal lord, saves her from the brink of death. While Briana recovers in his castle, she is drawn to Keane’s kindness, but there is a loneliness that haunts him…
The Royal Tutor #93
Written by Higasa Akai Art by Higasa Akai Purchase
At long last, Professor Heine and the princes learn the shocking truth behind Prince Eins’s crippling condition! Read the next chapter of The Royal Tutor the same day as Japan!
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