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Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!
Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!
Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Early Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!

Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!

Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Celebrate Conan the Barbarian’s Legacy in the King-Size Conan #1 Trailer

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new King-Size Conan! Marking 50 years of Conan the Barbarian in comics, this oversized one-shot will be a mighty celebration of Robert E. Howard creation’s conquest of pop-culture. A dazzling array of creative talent have assembled for a collection of all-new stories that span the entire breadth of Conan’s history. Get a sneak peek at these epic quests that have shaped Conan’s destiny in the King-Size Conan #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

Legendary Conan writer Roy Thomas, known for his groundbreaking run on the title that began in 1970’s Conan the Barbarian #1, returns to take the character back to the very beginning.

In addition to Thomas, King-Size Conan #1 will feature stories written by Chris Claremont and Kurt Busiek as well as the Marvel Comics debut of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Steven S. DeKnight, director and showrunner of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. These thrilling tales will be brought to life by an all-star cast of artists including Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, and Jesus Saiz. It comes wrapped in a cover by Andrew Robinson.

Since making his return to Marvel Comics last year, Conan’s new Hyborian Age adventures have delighted die-hard fans and introduced the iconic character to a whole new audience of comic readers. Honor the tremendous impact of this global phenomenon when King-Size Conan #1 arrives on December 23rd!

Preview: Bloodshot #0

BLOODSHOT #0

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by MARC LAMING
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover B by RAMÓN F. BACHS
Cover C by FRANCIS PORTELA
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Artist Mac Laming unleashes eye-popping artwork as the truth behind Bloodshot’s mission is revealed!

BLOODSHOT #0

Preview: Ninja-K Deluxe Edition HC

NINJA-K DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, ARIEL OLIVETTI, LARRY STROMAN, RYAN WINN
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE, JORDIE BELLAIRE, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS 
Cover by TOMÁS GIORELLO with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
$49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 14th | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-322-2

One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” are being murdered by an unseen threat. Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him…before his own name gets crossed off the list… The circle around Valiant’s deadliest superspy closes in the complete deluxe edition hardcover of the series Nerdist calls, “one hell of a ride”! Collecting NINJA-K #1–14, “Prelude to Ninja-K” from NINJAK #0, and more than 20+ pages of rarely seen process art, designs and extras!

NINJA-K DELUXE EDITION HC

Underrated: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage

Another rerun for you this week of a series that I enjoyed just as much when I reread it this week.


This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage



dddm.jpgDoctor Mirage real name Hwen Mirage, first appeared in Shadowman #16 during Valiant’s first run at publishing comics, eventually getting an eighteen issue series in the form of The Second Life Of Doctor Mirage that ran from 1993-1995. The character was a parapsychologist along with his wife Carmen Ruiz who ran afoul of Master Darque a few times.   After the relaunch in 2012, Doctor Mirage reappeared, quite fittingly, in Shadowman #5 as Shan Fong, a scientist and paranormal investigator searching for the spirit of her deceased husband Hwen.

All of that is more than I knew going into The Death Defying Doctor Mirage, a trade that I got in a buy one get one deal at my LCS (the one I intended to buy was Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado). I was on the fence with this one as I had tried reading an issue of The Death Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives but struggled to get into the story (probably because it was the second issue of the sequel story, if I had to make a guess). With a TV series recently commissioned, I figured I’d best give the series another shot.

So what’s the story about?

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead… but the only spirit Shan Fong can’t find is that of her late husband, Hwen. Instead, America’s favorite semi-retired paranormal investigator is haunted and raw, using her gift to solve homicides and bring peace to the recently bereaved. But when a big-time occultist with a classified military past hires her for a special job, Shan discovers a lead that might close the greatest mystery she’s ever tackled – how to get Hwen back! Now, Doctor Mirage must enter the undiscovered country and cross all the realms of the underworld if she has any hope of rescuing the man she loves…or be forever lost beyond the earthly plane.

I was hesitant when going into this book, but I needn’t have been. The Death Defying Doctor Mirage is perfectly suited to  new readers, whether you’re familiar with Valiant or not, and for those of you who  enjoy reading a complete story in one go, you’ll be super happy with this. Although there is room for a sequel, there isn’t one of those obnoxious cliff hanger endings that drive you bonkers in a miniseries.

No, what you get with The Death Defying Doctor Mirage is a really engaging story with a lot of supernatural elements that shouldn’t deter you if that isn’t your cup of tea because they end up allowing Roberto De La Torre and David Baron the opportunity to run absolutely wild with some fantastical colours and environs to bring Jan Van Meter‘s story to life. Shan Fong is a brilliant character, and the glimpses I had seen of her in other issues as she made cameo appearances didn’t prepare me for how much I enjoyed her snark, her heart and an innate sense of Indiana Jones style of gambling and reckless sense of abandon that brings the story together into a crazy mix of the supernatural adventures, a gentle horror element all set against the underlying love story between Hwen and Shan.

I really enjoyed this book – far more than I expected to. So why is it today’s subject? Because I hear very few people talk about Doctor Mirage with the enthusiasm the character deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Britannia Deluxe Edition HC

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERT GILL, RYAN LEE, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, JUAN CASTRO, BRIAN THIES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE, FRANKIE D’ARMATA, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
$49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-320-8

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.

In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.

Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1–4, and BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4, along with over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Preview: Ninja-K Vol. 3 Fallout

NINJA-K VOL. 3: FALLOUT TPB

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and LARRY STROMAN
Cover by PHILIP TAN

Ninjak to the rescue!

The Coalition may have been defeated…but the mission’s not over yet! Now, Ninjak must use all the super-spy skills at his disposal to save Gilad from the clutches of his friend’s erstwhile nemesis, the Dying One. But stopping an immortal genius – especially one armed with the full might of the Eternal Warrior – is a fight that not even MI6’s best and brightest secret agent can prepare for!It’s a face-off between fist and steel as acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and spectacular artist Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE) bring “FALLOUT” to Colin King’s doorstep!

NINJA-K VOL. 3: FALLOUT TPB

Preview: Incursion #1 (of 4)

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE & ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
B/W Cover C by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 February 20, 2019

Limited event series! A new villain approaches!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

From celebrated writer Andy Diggle (SHADOWMAN), rising star Alex Paknadel (Friendo), and legendary artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) comes a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions!

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Early Preview: Incursion #1 (of 4)

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE & ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
B/W Cover C by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 February 20, 2019

Limited event series! A new villain approaches!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

From celebrated writer Andy Diggle (SHADOWMAN), rising star Alex Paknadel (Friendo), and legendary artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) comes a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions!

INCURSION #1 (of 4)
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