Written by B. CLAY MOORE Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA Letters by JEFF POWELL Cover Aby JONBOY MEYERS Cover Bby SANFORD GREENE Cover C by FERNANDO DAGNINO Cover D by JOHN K. SNYDER III Pre-Order Editionby WHILCE PORTACIO with RAYMUND LEE $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 28th
What’s mightier, the superninja or the rocket launcher?
Ninjas are virtually fearless, but what can cut straight to their core and make them tremble? Enter: Ninja-F!
Featuring the first appearance of the mysterious woman named Snapdragon!
Written by DAN ABNETT Art by ADAM POLLINA Colors by ULISES ARREOLA Letters by JEFF POWELL Cover A by SANFORD GREENE Cover B by DECLAN SHALVEY Cover C by NIK VIRELLA Pre-Order Edition Cover by DIEGO YAPUR with ULISES ARREOLA On sale June 5th, 2019 $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
Get ready for the second thrilling chapter in Valiant’s explosive event series!
Rai’s creator and most dangerous foe has returned! The cyborg samurai faces an impossible challenge. Can he stop his greatest enemy from gaining even more power?
In Dark Horse’s latest series, Strayed, life is bleak. A military-industrial complex reigns over all humanity and is actively destroying distant alien worlds. But there is hope for the galaxy yet and luckily, this hero has nine lives!
The fate of the universe rests in the paws of Lou, an astral-projecting cat and his loving owner Kiara. Desperate to preserve the well-being of billions, their revolt against the status quo is a battle for love, friendship, and the soul of humanity, all brought to you from psychedelic space!
Strayed comes to you from the minds of writer and first-time comics creator Carlos Giffoni, artist and colorist Juan Doe, and letterer Matt Krotzer. They are joined by a host of talented variant cover artists: Dustin Ngyuen, Jim Mahfood, Alexis Ziritt, Matteo Scalera, and Sanford Greene.
Strayed #1 (of 5) arrives in comic shops August 14th.
With the August comic solicits being revealed, we’ve got an exclusive look at the covers for Killers #2! Writer B. Clay Moore drops some insight as to what we can expect from this new series!
But, what is Valiant’s new series Killers?
Killers spins out of the world of Ninjak! Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by the mysterious Jonin! But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him? Each of these assassins can channel their ki in different ways, granting them incredible abilities!
Killers #1 is out July 31 from Moore, artist Fernando Dagnino, colorist José Villarrubia, and letterer Jeff Powell.
We got a chance to ask Moore some questions about the new series. After that is the reveal of Killers #2‘s covers!
Graphic Policy:Based upon the early solicits, Killers clearly takes its cues from Ninja-K. Does a reader need to be familiar with that series in order to enjoy Killers?
B. Clay Moore: No, not at all. While readers of Ninja-K will be glad to see an element of that book expanded upon, this is, for all intents and purposes, ground zero for a new group of characters.
GP: There are so many possibilities and stories to tell when it comes to MI6’s Ninja Programme. What can readers expect from Killers?
BCM: An expansion on the nature of those MI6 ninjas who were trained by the Jonin, for starters. Mainly, though, Killers is an example of picking up seeds from previous stories about the Ninja Programme, and watching them grow into a related but wholly separate concept. That’s a testament to the work previous creative teams have put into fleshing out a three-dimensional world for us to plunder.
GP: Killers expands upon and delves a little deeper into some former Ninja Progamme operatives; what made you decide to go with the letters you did? What makes them stand out from each other?
BCM: Editor Karl Bollers and I sort of kicked around the eras in which we figured the various Ninjas had operated, and then examined how much information had been previously revealed about each operative. In most cases, there was a lot of room to build almost from scratch, so we took that opportunity to do so. We then constructed separate sets of abilities for each character, and then mapped out what they’ve been doing since leaving the Programme. In essence, once they’ve left the Programme behind, any similarities—beyond their killer natures—are left behind, as well.
GP: With a cast of characters to focus on, what were you looking for as far as a gateway character?
BCM: Ninja-G, who has been fleshed out the most in the Ninja-K book, was our natural choice as a gateway character. Enough had been established to give us a solid base upon which to build, and the fact that she was a seventies-era badass was also appealing. And a relationship that had been hinted at previously became the springboard with which to launch her into the story.
GP: Other than the operatives, will we also get a little more insight into the Ninja Programme, and the lengths they went to train their operatives?
BCM: Very much so. New revelations about the nature of that training is sort of at the heart of the book, and defines not just the characters, but also their motivation for coming together.
GP: Are there any other Ninjas you would like to explore a little more in the future?
BCM: Oh, sure. Now that we’ve established some new dynamics regarding former Programme operatives, I’d love to play a part in actively inserting other Ninjas from the past into the present. There’s still a lot of unearthed potential there.
GP: Valiant does an excellent job of balancing the individual series and their bigger picture storyline. You can enjoy a single series or the richer story of everything. How does it work as a writer thinking about those two things?
BCM: As with the last Valiant book I wrote, Savage, I try to focus on creating something new and self-contained that still slots in logically with what we already know about the Valiant Universe. And, of course, everything is written with an eye toward how the characters we’re creating might interact with other Valiant characters in the future. With that said, I think Killers will definitely provide fodder for future stories beyond this initial title. The characters introduced here could logically find themselves tangling with any of Valiant’s heavy hitters somewhere down the road.
Savage sword fights, rampaging robot dinosaurs, and an unrelenting army of… blood soldiers?! Fallen World #2 (of 5) transports you to the ferocious world of 4002 A.D. as a cyborg samurai and an immortal fighter struggle to strike down an immensely powerful foe. How can they defeat a virtually unstoppable enemy… or are they simply delaying the inevitable?
Written by DAN ABNETT Art by ADAM POLLINA Colors by ULISES ARREOLA Letters by JEFF POWELL Cover A by SANFORD GREENE Cover B by DECLAN SHALVEY Cover C by NIK VIRELLA
Get ready for the second thrilling chapter in Valiant’s explosive event series! Rai’s creator and most dangerous foe has returned! The cyborg samurai faces an impossible challenge. Can he stop his greatest enemy from gaining even more power? How many more positronic dinosaurs will have to die for Rai to save the future?
Image and Skybound Entertainment have announced that the forthcoming Excellence by Khary Randolph and Brandon Thomas will feature a very special line of variant covers, “Visions of Excellence,” which will showcase the work of creators of color.
The initial “Visions of Excellence” variant covers will feature artwork by: Khary Randolph, Sanford Greene, and Juni Ba.
Excellence follows Spencer Dales, whose father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians that protect the world with unseen hands. When Spencer earns the right to join the Aegis, he’s given the chance to fight for a better future. But who will stand beside him?
Excellence ignites a generational war in this action-fantasy series, committed to one truth above all others—Excellence is Real.
Excellence #1 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code MAR190016) and Excellence #1 Cover B by Randolph (Diamond Code FEB198633) will be available in stores on Wednesday, May 8. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, April 15.
Excellence #2 Cover A by Randolph (Diamond Code APR190138) and Excellence #2 Cover B by Greene (Diamond Code FEB198634) will be available in stores on Wednesday, June 19. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, May 27.
Excellence #3 Cover A by Randolph and Excellence #3 Cover B by Ba will be available in stores on Wednesday, July 17.
Femme Magnifique: 10 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World
Just in time
for Women’s History Month, we’ve curated a one-shot selection of short stories
from the critically acclaimed anthology, FEMME
MAGNIFIQUE: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World. Part mini-biopic,
part salute to their personal icons, the subjects and creative teams include:
MARGARET HAMILTON by Alisa Kwitney & Jamie Coe
SYLVIA EARLE by Maris Wicks
KATE BUSH by Gail Simone & Marguerite Sauvage
MARGARET SANGER by Lucy Knisley
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Elsa Charretier
CINDY WHITEHEAD by Jim Rugg
MARY BLAIR by Casey Gilly & Jen Hickman
HARRIET TUBMAN by Chuck Brown & Sanford Greene
RUMIKO TAKAHASHI by Chynna Clugston-Flores
SALLY RIDE by Cecil Castellucci & Philip Bond
to astronauts, from performance halls to the Skateboard Hall of Fame, the
magnificent women featured in this single issue have one thing in common:
they’ve shattered ceilings and continue to empower, educate, and promote
How does America react when only black people have superpowers? In the sure-to-be-controversial six-part comic book series White, co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph reunite for the sequel to their acclaimed graphic novel and Kickstarter sensation, Black.
How does a nation struggling with a history of racial inequality cope in a world where only black people have superpowers? Our story asks: In a time of supposed inclusion and diversity, how far will those in charge push back to retain the status quo?
In White, Theodore Mann, whose family exploited empowered blacks for centuries, is now President of the United States. Mann’s administration has exacted controversial measures to deal with the empowered he’s deemed terrorists and is stoking national tensions to win public support for Mann First, a cybernetically-augmented soldier program. The main person standing in the President’s way is X – once known as Kareem Jenkins – who has become a symbol of resistance against the Mann Administration.
For White, the original Black creative team―Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Sarah Litt, Derwin Roberson, and Dave Sharpe―will return for the second part of a planned trilogy, and will be joined by inker Juan Castro. If funded by Kickstarter, White will be a 6-part, ad-free periodical comic book series. The first printing – with variant covers – will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers. Comic book retailers will be able to order standard editions directly from Black Mask Studios after rewards are shipped.
The number of backers of White will unlock Kickstarter exclusive variants by comic book industry legends: Ashley A. Woods, Jamal Igle, Jeremy Love, ChrisCross, Sanford Greene, and Denys Cowan.
Issue one of White is estimated to be delivered to backers October 2019. The limited edition variant of the graphic novel and comic book shop retailer bundles will ship to backers in early 2020.
Image Comics has announced that Bitter Root #1 by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming demand.
Bitter Root takes place in the 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance in full swing. The new series will follow the Sangerye Family—New York (and the world’s) only hope for salvation from supernatural forces threatening doom and destruction. Once the greatest family of monster hunters in the world, the Sangeryes must move beyond the tragedies of the past, or be forced to sit back and watch an unimaginable evil ravage the human race.
Bitter Root #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT188242), Bitter Root #2 Cover A by Greene (Diamond Code OCT180144), Bitter Root #2 by Cover B Sienkiewicz (Diamond Code OCT180145), Bitter Root #2 Cover C by Cho (Diamond Code OCT180146), and Bitter Root #2 Cover D by Woods (Diamond Code OCT180147) will hit stores on Wednesday, December 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 19th.
One of the most underrated filmmakers of all time is Mario Van Peebles. His movies both entertain and provoke thought. New Jack City brought the world to the inner city and made it face the crack dilemma. Panther told the story of the Black Panthers through a rather unique perspective. Then there is the movie which I consider his best, Baadasssss, about his father’s monumental film that started the conversation of what Black people would like to see in theaters.
His movies filled a space where people rarely saw themselves on screen. The films sometimes were based on real life and sometimes delved into other genres where he made sure to change the game. He challenged the trope that black people usually died in fantasy and horror films by making them the heroes. His most recent show on Syfy, Superstition, revolved around a demon hunting family in New Orleans. This last foray into television yielded mixed results. It lacked a few things but was an exceptional concept. In the first issue of David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene’s Bitter Root, the promise shown in that show is fully realized in a similar concept with a few twists.
We are transported to 1920s Harlem where a young couple is killed by mysterious circumstances. In the comic we meet the Sangerye family, a group of demon hunters whose purpose is to protect New York and cancel the apocalypse. We also meet Doctor Sylvester who is searching for a serum to control his supernatural condition. The Sangeryes may be his only hope.
Overall, the first issue is an excellent debut that unfolds like Dirty Dozen meets the Italian Job where one badass family is about to save the world. The story by David F. Walker and Chuck Brown is action packed, epic, smart, funny and challenges just about every supernatural trope. The art by Sanford Greene is stunning and luminous. Altogether, one of the best books to come from Image in a while, one that already has changed the game.
Story: David F. Walker and Chuck Brown Art: Sanford Greene Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review