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Todd McFarlane Announces Four New Titles Building His Own Shared Comic Universe

Image Comics‘ President Todd McFarlane has announced his attempt at creating his own multi-character, interconnected comic book universe. His stated goal is to establish a shared fictional universe over time in the vein of what the other comic industry giants, Marvel, and DC Comics, have accomplished with their comic book universes.

The announcement was given by McFarlane during a first look presentation at the Direct Market Retailers at the Annual ComicsPRO Conference.

The character Spawn, created by McFarlane, will be at the forefront of the initial launch of new titles, but the long-term goal is that Spawn will become but one of many characters that will succeed not only in the comics industry but in many mediums across the globe.

McFarlane will capitalize on the twenty-eight-year success story of Spawn, which has seen sales increase between 150 to 600% from pre-pandemic orders. The Spawn title currently is a top 5 monthly selling title on the Diamond Distributors Top 100 Chart. Recently, a new release of a Spawn figure on Kickstarter set a new Kickstarter record, in its category, for raising just under $3.5 million in 30 days. That figure was also recently awarded the prestigious People’s Choice 2021 Toy of The Year (TOTY) by The Toy Association, Inc.

As part of his announcement, McFarlane announced four new titles coming out in 2021, with three of them continuing as regular monthly titles, meaning that there will be an opportunity for fans of the Spawn character and his new expanding world to get their stories from it on a weekly basis instead of just twelve times a year.

In June, in what McFarlane is calling “2021 the year of Spawn,” comic retailers will be able to order Spawn’s Universe #1. This will be a book that will set the stage with a story that will then spill out into the other new monthly titles. The first title will release in August with a book called King Spawn #1. The character Spawn will now join the rare company of stalwart characters, like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, that will have multiple monthly books for the same title character. It will also mark the first time in twenty-eight years that anyone can buy a monthly issue #1 Spawn book. It gives McFarlane hope of reaching a new generation of readers that missed out on the initial launch of the Spawn back in 1992.

In October comes the second new monthly called Gunslinger Spawn. This title character has been a huge hit among the fanbase over the past year, and each of his appearances has garnered enthusiasm at the stores and online.

Finally, there will be a new #1 team book, which will band five characters together to fight against forces too big for any of them to take on alone. That book is titled The Scorched. Spawn, Redeemer, Gunslinger, Medieval Spawn, and She-Spawn begins the group’s adventures. However, McFarlane promises a rotating cast of heroes over the coming months to keep the roster of heroes fresh. He also said that he would be bringing in new major villains into the fold, too.

To lend a creative hand on some of this expanding list of titles, McFarlane has recruited an all-star list of comic book creators such as Art Adams, Jason Shawn Alexander, Carlo Barberi, Brett Booth, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Donny Cates, Jim Cheung, Mike del Mundo, Javier Fernandez, David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, Kevin Keane, Aleš Kot, Puppeteer Lee, Sean Lewis, Sean Gordon Murphy, Ben Oliver, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqueira, Marc Silvestri, Marcio Takara, and Frank Quitely, as well as others he will be announcing in the coming months.

Preview: Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #3

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #3

Written by: Katana Collins, Sean Gordon Murphy
Art by: Matteo Scalera

Harley and the GTO seize an opportunity to investigate the Starlet’s failed murder attempt. When the survivor offers a startling revelation about Agent Hector Quimby, the team acts quickly on the intel (and a handful of colorful clues) to interrogate an inconvenient new suspect. Harley’s fears are realized when she makes a chilling discovery that reminds her of The Joker’s worst obsessive behaviors-a development that casts light on new suspicions and conflicts of interest, and threatens to compromise the whole case.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #3

Preview: Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #2

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #2

Written by: Katana Collins, Sean Gordon Murphy
Art: Matteo Scalera

Gotham City’s elusive serial killer, the Starlet, and her mysterious benefactor reach the pinnacle of their power, terrorizing the city and teasing the GCPD with strange clues and a famous new victim. Harley goes rogue and hunts down a shocking major lead in the case, but her ruthless style backfires and she puts herself at the mercy of Commissioner Montoya for a shot at redemption. When FBI Agent Hector Quimby becomes an ally in a crucial moment, he and Harley forge a partnership that will soon take them down a familiar and ominous road.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #2

Unboxing: DC Multiverse: Azrael in Batman Armor

Sean Gordon Murphy‘s Azrael in Batman Armor from Batman: Curse of the White Knight comes to McFarlane ToysDC Multiverse line.

The figure features 22 points of articulation as well as his trusted sword.

What do we think? Find out!

You can get your own:
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McFarlane Toys provided us with a FREE copy for review
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Preview: Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Written by: Katana Collins, Sean Murphy
Art by: Matteo Scalera

The Joker is dead, Bruce Wayne is behind bars…and Gotham City is just starting to redefine itself without Batman. As Harley Quinn struggles to adjust to her new life as the mother of Jack Napier’s twins, an elusive mastermind called the Producer seizes the moment to assemble a crew of villains-starting with the Starlet, a serial killer who murders Gotham’s golden age film stars in homage to their silver screen roles. When a recent, gruesome crime scene suggests a connection to The Joker, the GTO, and FBI agent Hector Quimby turn to Harley as the one person with information that could crack the case. With some help from Bruce, Harley agrees to investigate-but to protect her children and her city from a fatal final act, Harley must flirt with madness and confront her own past.

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1

Preview: Catwoman #24

Catwoman #24

Written by: Blake Northcott, Sean Murphy
Art by: Cian Tormey

The cat’s out of the bag! Everyone at Snowflame’s auction is there for the same thing: the list. But what is the market value of a list containing all the intel the world’s greatest crime-fighters have on super-villains? And who exactly is on the list? You’ll have to ask Catwoman to find out.

Catwoman #24

Preview: Catwoman #23

Catwoman #23

Written by: Blake Northcott, Sean Murphy
Art by: Cian Tormey

Even Catwoman needs a break from the city sometimes! Featuring a story by Eisner Award winner Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight) and the DC debut of co-writer Blake Northcott (Vampirella), join Catwoman on this two-part story as she leaves for the jungle to blow off some steam in the best way she knows how…stealing the world’s largest diamond from an annual super-secret supervillain auction, of course!

Catwoman #23

Firefly Returns in Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Four!

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Four

written by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini
art by Ty Templeton
color by Monica Kubina
cover by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
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From the visionary team behind Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories and characters never seen in this seminal animated world! Batman: The Adventures Continue, DC’s new, digital-first mini-series comic book, continues today when Robin investigates the actions of the mercenary Deathstroke in Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Four.

Batman and Batgirl don’t trust Deathstroke and his claims, but Robin however is all for teaming up with the mercenary. The Bat Family will have to figure out where they stand quick when Firefly returns and starts torching the Gotham Museum of Natural History!

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Four

Enjoy Marvel Adventures with the Hulk, take a Deep Dive with Aquaman, and… brains… with Marvel Zombies: Dead Days in Today’s Digital Comics

ComiXology has new digital comics from DC Comics and Marvel in today’s new releases. There are comics for every age and you can see what you can get below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #3

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils Ken V Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
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Aquaman and Tempest race to stop an enraged monster that has escaped its magical tomb under the city of New York.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #3

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 1: Misunderstood Monster

Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by David Nakayama
Cover by Carlo Pagulayan
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #1-4.

The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Learn why Banner’s girlfriend Betty Ross left him, why her father, General “Thunderbolt” Ross, hunts him and why Rick Jones blames himself for creating the monster. Most of all, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 1: Misunderstood Monster

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 2: Defenders

Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by David Nakayama, Steve Scott
Cover by Juan Santacruz
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #5-8.

The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Dr. Strange, the Silver Surfer and Namor all arrive on the scene, concluding in an all-new Defenders team-up adventure! Most important, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 2: Defenders

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 3: Strongest One There Is

Written by Paul Benjamin
Art by Steve Scott
Cover by David Nakayama
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #9-12.

The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Doc Samson, the Juggernaut and the Thing – and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 3: Strongest One There Is

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 4: Tales To Astonish

Written by Peter David
Art by Juan Santacruz
Cover by Sean Murphy
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Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #13-16.

The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Psycho Man, the Leader, the Abomination and the Marvel Mummies — and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!

Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 4: Tales To Astonish

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days

Written by Reginald Hudlin, Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar
Art by Mitch Breitweiser, Greg Land, Sean Phillips, Francis Portela
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Marvel Zombies: Dead Days; Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23, #30-32; And Black Panther (2005) #28-30.

At last – experience the birth of the Marvel Zombies as told by the creative team of the best-selling limited series, and then witness their rise as they attempt to slake their hunger across two universes! First, Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips pull out all the stops as they reveal the secret story of the day the Marvel Heroes became brain-eating monsters! Next, follow the Marvel Zombies into the pages of Mark Millar and Greg Land’s ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR! Reed Richards has used his scientific genius to contact an Earth in a surprisingly familiar parallel dimension – and he’s ready to visit! But nothing could have prepared him for the world he’s about to enter! Finally, get out the hot sauce, True Believer – it’s slobberin’ time! In Reginald Hudlin and Francis Portela’s Black Panther, the mainstream Marvel Universe’s New Fantastic Four just made a wrong turn on the dimensional super highway – and they’ve landed in the middle of Zombie-verse! And if that weren’t bad enough, they’ve parked their butts on that universe’s Skrull Planet!

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days

Rocket To The Moon! #1

Written by Don Brown
Art by Don Brown
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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn’t just one man who got us to the moon. Rocket to the Moon! explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to “bombs bursting in air” during the War of 1812, to Russia’s Sputnik program, to the moon landing. Beautifully illustrated and well-researched, this book is the perfect resource for curious readers and tomorrow’s scientists. It includes a timeline of space travel, a bibliography, and an index.

Rocket to the Moon #1

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Preview: Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Matt Hollingsworth, Sean Murphy
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Slade Wilson has come to Gotham and that has the Dark Knight suspicious. Robin, however, thinks the swash-buckling mercenary is just here to help. Is Deathstroke a friend or foe and what are his plans for Batman?

Batman: The Adventures Continue #3
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