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Image reveals an Eight Billion Genies #1 Sketch Cover Variant and Instagram Contest for Local Comic Shop Day 20222

Local Comic Shop Day is teaming up with Image Comics this year to bring fans a special sketch cover variant of Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s Eight Billion Genies #1 and will co-host an exciting Instagram contest to get readers’ creative juices flowing.

This special Local Comic Shop Day exclusive variant will feature a cardstock cover showcasing a blank genie silhouette for fans to personalize with their own sketch. Image Comics will also be running an exciting Instagram contest for fans to join the fun online too (follow @imagecomics and stay tuned for details).

Fans will have an opportunity to submit their own genie illustrations for a chance to be one of five lucky entrants to win a signed and remarqued copy of the Eight Billion Genies deluxe hardcover for themselves and a local comic shop of their choosing. (No purchase necessary. Sketch entries do not need to be done on a LCSD variant in order to qualify. Contest will run from 11/23 thru 11/30. Follow @imagecomics on Instagram for full contest details when they are announced). 

If you had one wish…what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else had one wish too? That’s Eight Billion Genies. At exactly the same moment, everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. All hell breaks loose, in a very entertaining way…and that’s just the beginning. Since its launch, Amazon Studios has gone on to acquire the development rights to this bestselling series in a heated auction. The first project coming out of the deal is a feature film, which will be executive produced by Soule and Browne and serve as the cornerstone in a cross-media Universe of storytelling. 

Local Comic Shop Day is sponsored by ComicsPRO—the trade organization for comic book stores. ComicsPRO is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving the comic book specialty market.

Review: Eight Billion Genies #4

Eight Billion Genies #4

Wow, talk about a series getting better with each issue. Eight Billion Genies #4 is an amazing end to the first chapter of this epic story as it teases what’s to come. The concept for the series is simple. In an instant, every person in the world is given a genie and granted one wish. You can imagine the chaos that would ensue from that. A group of individuals are protected within a bar and the series focuses on them as the world spirals out of control.

Writer Charles Soule lays it all out in Eight Billion Genies #4. We learn the truth about the bar and what’s going on. And it’s very interesting. The series quickly pivots to one of goofy infinite possibilities to something else entirely. This isn’t just some random event, there’s logic behind it and what is learned is epic in the implications in both the past and the future to come. Soule is delivering something more than just a story of survival, and like Undiscovered Country co-written with Scott Snyder, Eight Billion Genies now feels like a series that is exploring so much more. It has deep themes and a goal to explore humanity.

The art by Ryan Browne continues to be amazing. Browne takes the anything is possible and somehow makes it focused. It’d be easy for the art to pack in too much with so much going on, but Browne keeps the visual focused. This is an issue with superheroes, a twisted world, kaiju, and average folks in a bar. But Browne’s art keeps it all feeling cohesive and as if it all fits together. It’s interesting in how both Soule and Browne show restraint with a story that can be so much.

The first four issues of Eight Billion Genies is about the first eight weeks. The series now pivots to the next eight months. We’ve already seen the chaos that has ensued and now we get to see what might be the possibilities to come. But, despite that world of possible, it all comes back to a small group in a bar. The series is focused on the impact of a world gone crazy instead of the crazy itself. And that’s what helps make this one of the best new series of the year.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letterer: Chris Crank
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: Eight Billion Genies #3

Eight Billion Genies #3

There’s something just utterly insane about this series and Eight Billion Genies #3 just amplifies it. In an instant, every person in the world gets a genie granting them one wish. You can imagine the chaos that follows as individuals wish away changing themselves, the world, reality, and more. The series focuses things down a bit on a group of individuals protected within a bar who have to figure out what to do next as the world around them constantly shifts.

Written by Charles Soule, Eight Billion Genies #3 is another fantastic issue. As happened in the previous issue, it opens showing us one of the wishes. It’s actually one of the more altruistic ones which is a stark contrast to so much that happens later in the issue.

But where this series has been amazing is the fact that it focuses on so few characters. Things are absolutely chaos in the world but we get a half dozen or so individuals hold up in a bar dealing with the change.

The issue veers off a bit focusing on Wang who has set off on a quest to get to the bar he and his wife originally wanted to go. We now know why and that story gets a bit deeper than was expected.

We also get to learn more about the rules of the world, such as wishing for the return of an individual. This has some pretty big ramifications for at least one wish already and that creates some intriguing decisions. By the end of the issue, we get an intriguing direction for the next arc of the series as the chaos expands and we get to see a “normal” begin to take shape.

The art by Ryan Browne continues to be great. With lettering by Chris Crank, the series has a kinetic feel that matches the insanity of the world. The story is not just driven by these individuals but all of the small details that are thrown onto every page and every panel. Those details tell as much of the story as anything else. What’s impressive is everything is completely insane but still feels grounded in a weird way. The team makes it work. Crank’s lettering adds the emotional punch that really brings home the moment.

Eight Billion Genies #3 is another fantastic issue of a series that has infinite possibilities. Literally, anything can happen. But, even with that, the team keeps things focused and don’t let their ideas get out of hand. So much is packed in but it’s never overwhelming or distracts. Each issue has been amazing at its focus and constraint while also delivering the unexpected.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letterer: Chris Crank
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Eight Billion Genies Grants Amazon’s Wishes

A featured adaptation of the comic Eight Billion Genies is in the works. Amazon got their wish, gaining the rights to the comic by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne.

Browne and Soule will be executive procuders though no writer or filmmaker are attached yet.

The comic is an eight-issue limited series that debuted in May from publisher Image Comics.

Eight Billion Genies is about a world where every single person gets a genie and one wish. It follows the transformation of the world focused on a bar and those inside when the event happened.

The second issue was released this week after a delay.

You can read our review of the first and second issues.

Eight Billion Genies #1

Review: Eight Billion Genies #2

Eight Billion Genies #2

“Kinetic”. Does it make sense to call a comic that? Eight Billion Genies #2 continues to entertain and make you think with it’s brilliant concept and excellent execution. The first issue had a genie appear for every person in the world. Each granted one wish. Imagine the chaos that would ensure. That’s part of what the series explores as well as a group of individuals attempting to survive the chaos.

Written by Charles Soule, Eight Billion Genies #2 delivers an interesting follow up to the chaotic debut. Focused on a group of individuals in a bar, we get a sense of more of the rules of the wishes. The genies are happy to talk with their individuals explaining some of the details of what’s going on, for instance if two wishes cancel each other out. We also get a sense there’s far more going on than just this random concept. The genies all seem to have opinions about the use of the wishes, as if they’re judging humanity. There’s something ominous to it all, like this is a test for something larger.

It’s the details that Soule brings that stand out. There’s the chaos of the events but the logic of the genies and the characters as well as their emotional reactions to what’s going on is what sucks you in. In a world where the impossible is possible, it all seems so grounded, focused, and relatable. It feel very much like what might really happen. The detail extends to the opening where we get to see how others react to what’s going on and a population count of the genies and the world. We get a sense of the amount of death this is all causing, an interesting point that’s hopefully addresses later.

The art by Ryan Browne is fantastic. With lettering by Chris Crank, the comic’s look pops. There’s a fantastic mix of the utter insanity outside the bar and the much more grounded world within. It feels like a zombie film in some ways but much more colorful and not as sad and depressing. The bar might be normal but the world outside is full of rainbows, car robots, castles, and so much more. Browne makes it all seem normal and fits together.

Eight Billion Genies #2 is a fantastic second issue because of its focus. It could easily get caught up in the insanity but its the focus on the characters and their reactions that make the comic work so well. Like The Walking Dead, it’s about the people, their interactions, and their reactions to a world of chaos. And like that series, it’s what makes the comic stand out and one to not miss.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letters: Chris Crank
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: Eight Billion Genies #2

Eight Billion Genies #2

“Kinetic”. Does it make sense to call a comic that? Eight Billion Genies #2 continues to entertain and make you think with it’s brilliant concept and excellent execution. The first issue had a genie appear for every person in the world. Each granted one wish. Imagine the chaos that would ensure. That’s part of what the series explores as well as a group of individuals attempting to survive the chaos.

Written by Charles Soule, Eight Billion Genies #2 delivers an interesting follow up to the chaotic debut. Focused on a group of individuals in a bar, we get a sense of more of the rules of the wishes. The genies are happy to talk with their individuals explaining some of the details of what’s going on, for instance if two wishes cancel each other out. We also get a sense there’s far more going on than just this random concept. The genies all seem to have opinions about the use of the wishes, as if they’re judging humanity. There’s something ominous to it all, like this is a test for something larger.

It’s the details that Soule brings that stand out. There’s the chaos of the events but the logic of the genies and the characters as well as their emotional reactions to what’s going on is what sucks you in. In a world where the impossible is possible, it all seems so grounded, focused, and relatable. It feel very much like what might really happen. The detail extends to the opening where we get to see how others react to what’s going on and a population count of the genies and the world. We get a sense of the amount of death this is all causing, an interesting point that’s hopefully addresses later.

The art by Ryan Browne is fantastic. With lettering by Chris Crank, the comic’s look pops. There’s a fantastic mix of the utter insanity outside the bar and the much more grounded world within. It feels like a zombie film in some ways but much more colorful and not as sad and depressing. The bar might be normal but the world outside is full of rainbows, car robots, castles, and so much more. Browne makes it all seem normal and fits together.

Eight Billion Genies #2 is a fantastic second issue because of its focus. It could easily get caught up in the insanity but its the focus on the characters and their reactions that make the comic work so well. Like The Walking Dead, it’s about the people, their interactions, and their reactions to a world of chaos. And like that series, it’s what makes the comic stand out and one to not miss.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letters: Chris Crank
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: Eight Billion Genies #1

Eight Billion Genies #1

When you see the names Charles Soule and Ryan Browne on the cover of the comic, you can be pretty sure you’re going to be in for a treat. The duo have a long list of great reads under their names separately and together. Eight Billion Genies #1 kicks off their latest collaboration that explores an interesting “what if?” scenario. In this story, everyone on earth at the same time gets a genie with 1 wish. What would happen? What’s the impact? How insane would things get?

Written by Soule, Eight Billion Genies #1 is a solid start. Soule does what he does best, focus on the characters and then builds a story around them. The actual main concept of the story doesn’t begin for quite a while. Instead, the first issue sets up the initial characters we’ll focus on. We get their conflicts, their issues, a good sense of who they are. Mixed in with the comics’ overall concept, it gets the ideas of the reader going as far as what this opportunity means for each of them. We get to get to know these characters a little before things drop and get insane.

And it’s insane.

Soule and Browne deliver an over the top result as the wishes start flying. We get subtle things within the bar the story takes place but it’s like being hit in the face as the door to the bar opens and we see the impact of how much things have gotten out of hand. What’s also interesting is another visual Soule and Browne have included, a “body count”. We see the world’s population and the genie population and then the impact to that number as the wishes begin to flow. It’s an interesting concept that further challenges the reader as you begin to ponder what happened to all of these people.

Browne’s art style is perfect for this comic. With lettering by Chris Crank and color assists by Kevin Knipstein, the comic’s visuals go from 0 to 10 in the visual crazy quickly. As I said, the majority of the comic takes place in a bar with a few people. It’s calm, it’s “realistic”, it’s centered on a setting that anyone can experience. There’s nothing remarkable about all of that and the art keeps things grounded in a way. It helps focus on the characters. There’s some details here and there but it’s the characters that are center stage. But, once the wishing begins things spiral visually. You wait to see where the crazy is and it hits you. Browne easily shifts the comic from that grounded, every day feel, to Looney Tunes and back easily. It’ll be interesting to see how that’s handled as the comic progresses and the wishes get more out of hand.

Eight Billion Genies #1 is a great start to the series. It opens up a literal world of possibilities as we see how wishes from genies can get out of hand. While the world as a whole spirals, its focus on a few individuals keeps the comic focused and something the reader can relate to. As expected, it’s a great read and an absolute “buy”.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ryan Browne
Color: Ryan Browne Letterer: Chris Crank Color Assists: Kevin Knipstein
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Eight Billion Genies Grants a Wild Wish in May

The bestselling creative team behind Curse WordsCharles Soule and Ryan Browne—reteam for an all-new fantasy comic titled Eight Billion Genies. This eight issue miniseries is set to launch in May from Image Comics.

This new story asks readers, If you had one wish…what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else had one wish too? In Eight Billion Genies, at exactly the same moment, it’s exactly that which happens: everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. Of course, all hell breaks loose, in a very entertaining way…and that’s just the beginning. Buckle in for the wildest ride of the year!

Eight Billion Genies #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 11:

  • Cover A Browne – Diamond Code MAR220018
  • Cover B by Jenny Frison & Steve Seeley – Diamond Code MAR220019
  • Cover C by Declan Shalvey – Diamond Code MAR220020
  • Cover D 1:10 copy incentive – Diamond Code MAR220021
  • Cover E 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code MAR220022
  • Cover F 1:50 copy incentive – Diamond Code MAR220023
Eight Billion Genies #1

Exclusive: Max Dunbar and Tom Neely Card Art from Chaotic Neutral Revealed

They said fantasy roleplaying games were dangerous and they were wrong. But now? Maybe they were right to be afraid! Writer Mark Sable and artist Chris Anderson have created a Kickstarter campaign for Chaotic Neutral, an all-new 48-page comic book first issue inspired by the old school fantasy roleplaying games that worried parents and teachers alike. Chaotic Neutral delivers magic, adventure, and storytelling—with an edge. 

And Chaotic Neutral is more than just a comic:

  • Mark Sable has written an official Chaotic Neutral Adventure Module that you can play using most old school fantasy games. 
  • Acclaimed comics creator Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts; Curse Words) has created an all-new, Chick Tracts-styled comic with a very specific message: comic books and RPGs will ruin your life.
  • Superstar artists Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons), Jeremy Haun (Haunthology), Maan House (Godkillers), Jeff Johnson (Boondocks), Tom Neely (The Humans), Dan Panosian (Slots), Jim Rugg (Mtsryr: Octobriana 1976), Tim Seeley (Money Shot) and Kyle Strahm (Spread) have created Chaotic Neutral: Monster Trading Cards. This uncut trading card sheet will feature one side with art, while the other will contain stats for a campaign. 

We have an exclusive look at Tom Neely and Max Dunbar’s Chaotic Neutral: Monster Trading Card art. Check out Neely’s Night-Mare and Dunbar’s Skeleton below!

The Kickstarter has crossed its goal and ends on October 28, 2021 at 11:59 EDT.

Preview: Quantum & Woody: Earth’s Last Choice

QUANTUM & WOODY: EARTH’S LAST CHOICE TPB

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale NOVEMBER 4th | 112 pages, full color | $14.99 US | T+ | ISBN: 978-1-68215-362-8

Supervillains and mad scientists are on the loose and only the world’s worst superhero duo can save us!

Eric and Woody Henderson have been a lot of things – fractious foster brothers, washed up failures, and, ever since the freak accident that gave them their powers, reluctant crimefighting partners. But now against all odds they’ll be Earth’s LAST hope of stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet!

Superstar scribe Christopher Hastings (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) and astonishing artist Ryan Browne (Curse Words) team up for a side-splitting superhero adventure!

Collecting QUANTUM & WOODY (2020) #1–4.

QUANTUM & WOODY: EARTH'S LAST CHOICE TPB
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