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Scott Snyder Signs Deal with comiXology Featuring 8 Creator-Owned Comics

Scott Snyder has tested the waters of creator-owned comics, crowdfunding, and now has signed a deal with comiXology to co-create eight original titles for the digital platform. Through Snyder’s Best Jackett Press, the comics will first debut digitally on comiXology and Kindle and then later be printed through Dark Horse.

We Have Demons with Greg Capullo is one of the series announced. Others involved include Rafael Albuquerque, Francesco Francavilla, Jamal Igle, Jock, Tula Lotay, Francis Manapul, and Dan Panosian. The comics will begin to be released in October.

The decision by Snyder was expedited due to shifts in the industry due to COVID as well as publishers cutting rates.

While Amazon will get a brief first look, the company has no rights to the comics allowing Snyder and the artists to control the projects when it comes to film, television, and merchandise.

Check out the full releases below.

Barnstormers: written by Scott Snyder with art by Tula Lotay and colors by Tula Lotay and Dee Cunniffe — A high flying adventure romance set just after the First World War.

Barnstormers

The Book of Evil: written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock — A prose story about four young friends growing up in a strange, near future where over 90 percent of the population are born as psychopaths.

The Book of Evil

Canary: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Dan Panosian — It’s 1891 and a mine collapses into itself. Find out what the dark substance found 666 feet underground is in this horror Western!

Canary

Clear: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francis Manapul — A sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.

Clear

Duck and Cover: written by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque — A manga-influenced teen adventure set in the strange post-apocalyptic America… of 1955. In conjunction with Albuquerque’s Stout Club Entertainment.

Duck and Cover

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine: written by Scott Snyder with art by Jamal Igle and Juan Castro and colors by Chris Sotomayor — A rollicking adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine

Night of the Ghoul: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francesco Francavilla — A dazzling work of horror, intercutting between the present day narrative and the story of a lost horror film.

Night of the Ghoul

We Have Demons written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion and colors by Dave McCaig—The conflict between good and evil is about to come to a head when a teenage hero embarks on a journey that unveils a secret society, monsters, and mayhem.

We Have Demons

Nocterra #6 Gets Variant Covers and Wraps up the First Arc with a Bang!

Image Comics has revealed three thrilling, over-the-top variants featuring art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Tony S. Daniel and Marcelo Maiolo, and Mirka Andolfo for the forthcoming Nocterra #6 by Scott Synder and Tony S. Daniel. This issue will wrap up the first story arc with a bang and rev readers up for more.

You’ve seen the calm…now it’s time for the storm in Nocterra #6. Having previously unearthed a shocking revelation, Val must prepare for battle before she loses the paradise that she’s risked so much to find.

Nocterra #6 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 18:

  • Cover A Daniel & Morey – Diamond Code JUN210236
  • Cover B Lupacchino & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code JUN210237
  • Cover C Daniel & Maiolo – Diamond Code JUN210238
  • Cover D 1:25 copy incentive Andolfo – Diamond Code MAY219397

Rock out to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack

DC and Loma Vista Recordings have digitally released the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, a companion piece to the best-selling DC comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo that includes seven previously unreleased songs by contributing artists Soccer Mommy, Show Me The Body, IDLES, and more – now available at all DSPs HERE. Physical copies will be available on July 16th.

Executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”), the acclaimed composer here unites an array of artists across various genres, forming his own musical super crew to create a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which adds further dimension to the lauded DC “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series through a multimedia experience including custom limited edition comics, videos, and more. All artists involved took a hands-on approach with contributing songs—and in the case of a few, collaborating together for the first time—inspired by the text that depicts a hellish Earth twisted beyond recognition, wherein the Justice League is at the mercy of the Dark Multiverse and a diabolical Batman Who Laughs.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Tracklist:

  1. Mastodon – “Forged by Neron”
  2. Chelsea Wolfe – “Diana”
  3. HEALTH, Tyler Bates – “ANTI-LIFE (feat. Chino Moreno)”
  4. Maria Brink, Tyler Bates – “Meet Me In The Fire (feat. Andy Biersack)”
  5. Grey Daze – “Anything, Anything”
  6. Rise Against – “Broken Dreams, Inc.”
  7. Manchester Orchestra – “Never Ending”
  8. Denzel Curry, PlayThatBoiZay – “Bad Luck”
  9. Carach Angren – “Skull With a Forked Tongue”
  10. Starcrawler – “Good Time Girl”
  11. GUNSHIP, Tyler Bates – “Berserker (feat. Dave Lombardo)”
  12. Greg Puciato, Tyler Bates, Gil Sharone – “Now You’ve Really Done It”
  13. Show Me The Body – “Stone Cold Earth”
  14. IDLES – “Sodium”
  15. Soccer Mommy – “Kissing in the Rain”

Nocterra #2 and #3 Head Back to Print… Again!

Both issues #2, and #3, of the bestselling series Nocterra by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel have sold-out yet again at the distributor level. Image Comics has greenlit reprints of both in order to keep up with reorder activity on the popular dystopian/thriller series.

In Nocterra #3, readers beware—know the signs: black gums, gnarled bones, and haunting yellow eyes. When you spot a human shade out there in the endless night… run.

Fans eager for the next chapter of the story will find the stakes raised in next month’s Nocterra #5. Readers won’t want to miss out when Val must choose whether to keep her brother Emory safe or risk it all against Blacktop Bill and hordes of human shades in the search for truth.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 7:

  • Nocterra #2, fourth printing – Diamond Code APR219897
  • Nocterra #3, third printing – Diamond Code APR219898 
  • Nocterra #5 Cover A Daniel & Tomeu Morey – Diamond Code MAY210182
  • Nocterra #5 Cover B Cary Nord – Diamond Code MAY210183
  • Nocterra #5 Cover C Daniel & Marcelo Maiolo – Diamond Code MAY210184
  • Nocterra #5 Cover D Francesco Francavilla – Diamond Code APR218987
  • Nocterra #5 Cover E Daniel B&W 1:10 copy incentive – Diamond Code APR219432
  • Nocterra #5 Cover F Francavilla B&W 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code APR219433

The Conjuring: The Lover #1 Scares Up a Second Printing

The Conjuring: The Lover #1DC Horror’s terrifying tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (available to watch now on HBO Max!) has terrified fans and critics alike. The spooky summer hit, written by David L. Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle, with art by Garry Brown, has gone into a second printing and will be back in stores July 13th with a new variant cover from artist Garry Brown.

And Conjuring fans won’t want to miss the back-up story from writer Scott Snyder and artist Denys Cowan, “Tales From The Artifact Museum: The Ferryman.” Each of the five issues in The Conjuring: The Lover’s run dives into the mysteries of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s haunted artifact room.

The Conjuring: The Lover expands the tragic story of Jessica, a college freshman returning to campus after winter break who soon comes to realize that something evil has made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. The Conjuring: The Lover is a fantastic expansion on the lore and universe of New Line and Warner Bros. The Conjuring franchise, and a love letter to horror pulps.

Read our review of the first issue.

The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Preview: American Vampire 1976 #9

American Vampire 1976 #9

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Rafael Albuquerque

It’s the beginning of the end. With their numbers cut and only hours left before the Earth cracks and humanity is conquered, the VMS has exhausted every smart defensive strategy. Their last hope is a marathon of increasingly desperate Hail Marys-culminating in a high-speed face-off with the Beast, freshly emerged from Hell in his terrifying final form. Before the score is settled, Travis taps into new powers to rally a surprising source of backup, Felicia takes control of the president’s nukes, Gus fights for freedom, and Skinner and Pearl rehearse an unthinkable farewell.

American Vampire 1976 #9

Review: Nocterra #4

Nocterra #4

Over four issues, we’ve slowly seen the world of Nocterra built out. Nocterra #4 delivers more of that bouncing between the past and present and in doing so giving us a better idea about its characters. The issue has Val and her crew still on the run and delivers an air of desperation and in some ways depression.

Writer Scott Snyder does a solid job of taking us on an emotional ride with the issue giving us highs and lows. After the attack by Bill we learn the truck is draining power with just enough to get to the destination and no more after that. It’s a key moment for the series. Snyder presents us with an option. Go back to the town they came from with nothing in hand and a lot lost or keep moving forward with a chance that they might find what they’re looking for. That a literal light is at the end of the tunnel. And Synder, as he does so well, makes it seem not so good. There’s a lot of directions each scene could go and things could always get worse. Snyder brilliantly leaves the readers guessing how low things can go and if there’s any hope at the end.

Where the series excels is folding in the past. Nocterra #4 opens on Val and her brother as they attempt to figure out what to do as kids. There’s promise that the government will come to help. There’s the reality that it isn’t coming. They also have to deal with their parents who have turned and attempting to break through the basement door. We see the bond between Val and her brother as she ponders her decision-making and leadership. Snyder does an excellent job on tying that memory into the current situation.

The art continues to be solid. Tony S. Daniel delivers a dark and twisted world using the shadows well. Tomeu Morey‘s colors really makes the series with a mix of the blackness and neon/day-glow coloring to emphasize the light. The tension that Snyder brings is emphasized by the art which uses the shadows and darkness so well. You have no idea what might pop up from where keeping readers on their toes. It also really delivers the action when things get rolling. The entire issue is full of a frantic pace and the art really nails that down. Then there’s that last panel which is so solid and just nailed perfectly.

Nocterra #4 is another solid issue. It builds upon the world while giving us lots of action. It’s a nice emotional ride that you have no idea what will happen next. It’s an exciting comic that is able to balance world-building with the action in front of you.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tony S. Daniel
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

The Conjuring: The Lover #1
The Conjuring: The Lover #1

The closest thing Horror has to a Marvel Universe, as of the time of this writing, is The Conjuring universe. It’s a fascinating development, how a horror franchise that claims to be based on true events has carved a space for itself in the crowded shared universe arena. From Annabelle to The Nun, each film adds to the number of evil entities that inhabit its world while showing how they can later influence future hauntings. Naturally, each new nightmare requires its own story, a circumstance that led to the horror series’ first foray into comics in the form of The Conjuring: The Lover.

Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle, with Garry Brown (Babyteeth) on art, The Conjuring: The Lover #1 follows a college student named Jessica that is struggling to make her college grades match her mother’s expectations while also dealing with romantic frustrations, loneliness, and a dark entity that’s taken an interest in her. Clearly, Jessica isn’t having much fun in college.

Whether it’s an actual person conjuring evil spirits to oppress Jessica or an inhuman thing out to make her suffer remains to be seen, but the comic captures that sense of dread horror can excel at by presenting Jessica as an already conflicted character that’s ripe for the taking by someone or something that wants to corrupt her.

The script is smart enough to pace the scares out accordingly, without leaning too heavy on the terror in this first issue. There’s the promise of paranormal activity, but just what it is that’s lurking in the shadows isn’t revealed yet and it makes for a more engrossing read. It helps that Jessica’s own personal demons are ever-present as well. Her fears and anxieties feed into the atmosphere the comic creates and offers a kind of hint as to what will latch onto her very being.

Garry Brown’s pencils prove to be adept at capturing the finer details in horror so as to allow the power of suggestion to guide readers into filling in the dark spaces. It invites close inspection of the comics page. I was always on the lookout for a ghost hand creeping around a corner or a set of yellow eyes dimly glowing deep within the shadows. Brown is flexing all the right muscles here and is letting everyone know he can do horror with the best of them.

The Conjuring: The Lover #1

The Conjuring: The Lover #1 also includes a back-up story written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Denys Cowan centered on one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s old cases, titled “The Ferryman.” It’s a brief but well executed homage to classic horror that follows a boy that steals a coin from the corpse of an old woman during a funeral service. By violating the unwritten rules of an ancient practice that secures a dead person’s passage into the afterlife, the character goes through the motions of a lifelong haunting that stands as a lesson to readers on the dangers of messing with the business of the dead.

And then there are the short fake ads for haunted and possessed items. They resemble the ads found in old horror magazines, but they’re given here a darkly comedic twist in which the punchline lies not just in the sales pitch but also in the fine print. They’re illustrated by Dave Johnson and are so fun to read that I wish Johnson would make an entire book based on these fake ads.

The Conjuring universe has a very successful first outing in its hands with “The Lover.” It comes off as an organic extension of the franchise and its own brand of horror. There’s a lot to look forward to in each issue knowing just how much is squeezed into one comic. It’s quite the horror package and it feels as if it can’t wait to show us even more terrible things for our viewing pleasure.

Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Rex Ogle, Scott Snyder
Art: Garry Brown, Denys Cowan, Dave Johnson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Buy and pray that demon Nun doesn’t go to the same church as you do.


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The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Preview: DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Written by: Rex Ogle, Scott Snyder, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Art by: Denys Cowan, Garry Brown, Dave Johnson

The terrifying debut of the tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It begins here, with a story that’s bursting at the seams with clues about the new film. Meet Jessica. Jessica just returned to her freshman year of college after winter break, bringing with her the anxieties of last semester’s poor grades, the awkwardness of facing a boy she wishes she’d never slept with, and an undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched. She soon comes to realize that something evil made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. But why did this sinister presence set its sights on a seemingly normal college freshman? Read this nerve-racking tale, creepily crafted by Conjuring screenwriter David L. Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle with heart-stopping art from Garry Brown and chill-inducing covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, to find out!

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1

Preview: Batman: Black & White #6

Batman: Black & White #6

Written by: Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet, Brandon Thomas, Scott Snyder
Art by: James Harren, Elsa Charretier, Khary Randolph

The final issue of the acclaimed revival of Batman Black & White is here, and readers won’t want to miss this deep dive into the new horrors of Gotham and ordinary citizens inspired by Batman. • Iconic Batman scribe Scott Snyder reunites with his All-Star Batman collaborator John Romita Jr. to tell the story of a man who has been documenting Batman’s history in Gotham for a very long time-and now, he has something to say about the Dark Knight’s legacy. • Eisner Award nominee and the artist behind Batman: Universe and Future State: The Next Batman, Nick Derington writes and draws an epic tale introducing us to two gangs whose power struggle in Gotham has been going on longer than the history of the city itself. • The acclaimed creative team behind Infinite Loop, Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, team up once more for their DC Comics writing debut with a frightening story of psychological horror and the Dark Knight! • The fan-favorite co-creators of Rumble, writer John Arcudi and artist James Harren, spin a tale of Clayface and the evils lurking beneath the surface of the stories we love the most. • The powerhouse creative team of writer Brandon Thomas and artist Khary Randolph tell a story about one of Gotham’s most impoverished neighborhoods, and how it ends up being exploited by villains like the Mad Hatter!

Batman: Black & White #6
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