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NYCC 2018: ComiXology Originals and Delcourt Assemble All-Star Team for Promethee 13:13

ComiXology and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, join forces to bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending, science-fiction bandes dessinées PrometheePromethee 13:13. Created by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough with covers by JockPromethee 13:13 will be exclusively available on Kindle and comiXology through comiXology Originals. To celebrate this announcement, the all-star Promethee 13:13 team will be signing exclusive, limited edition posters illustrated by Jock at the comiXology NYCC Artist Alley table #1B5.

Coming 2019.

Promethee 13:13  istwo 48-page volumes will be available on Kindle and comiXology – individual release dates forthcoming. Volumes will be simultaneously available in English and French same day worldwide. It’ll be free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited.

AfterShock Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives, Signings, a Panel and More!

AfterShock Comics returns to the Charm City for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con, September 28-30, with lots of exclusive content and opportunities for comics enthusiasts.

Represented on-site by Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett, SVP of Sales and Marketing Steve Rotterdam, Retailer/Fan Relations Manager Lisa Y. Wu and other team members, AfterShock Comics will be located at Booth #2004 on the floor of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Special guest and renowned artist Shawn Martinbrough will also be on hand at AfterShock’s booth to sign the official Baltimore Comic-Con variant of The Lollipop Kids #1, written by Adam Glass and Aidan Glass, with an exclusive cover created by Shawn just for the convention.

Additional Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants include Beyonders #1, with cover by Rafael De Latorre, and The Lollipop Kids #1, with cover by Patrick Olliffe.

On Sunday, September 30, from 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm in Room 343-344, AfterShock will present a behind-the-scenes panel entitled Shaking Things Up – The Latest Rumblings from AfterShock Comics. Attendees will get a sneak peek at the stories and projects that are shattering expectations among comics fans and building industry-wide anticipation now and for the foreseeable future.

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to get their hands on an even rarer AfterShock Mystery Box, a guaranteed value of close to $200, for only $75.

Arantza Sestayo, Todd Johnson, Shawn Martinbrough, Ed Piskor, and Larry Stroman are Coming to Baltimore Comic Con

September 28-30, 2018 sees the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets to the show now can be purchased online with debit/credit card. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to announce first-time guests Arantza SestayoTodd JohnsonShawn MartinbroughEd Piskor, and Larry Stroman to the show in 2018.

Arantza Sestayo was born in San Sebastian, Basque Country Spain. Her artistic process is self-taught and she developed professionally through portraiture, in ceramic design, and in the production of cartoons in Camelot Studios of Castellon. Her journey in illustration began with publications such as Red Ears of erotic and humorous comics, the Swedish children’s magazine Psago Prinsessan, and the American publishing house S.Q.P. In Spain, she has contributed to Wicked Kisseswith Norma Comics and participated in the book Vampires from Heavy Metal. Her art has been featured on merchandise from Schmidt, Bioworld, and Heavy Metal. The municipality of Castellon commissioned an illustration for a facade of the Ateneo Assembly Hall, and published Duende as a compilation of her work. She exhibits at events related to comics and movies, such as Expomanga, Salon del Comic de Irun, Cavacon in Italy, and the Terror Film Festival of San Sebastian. Currently, some of her work has can be seen on products at Penguin Random House, and in the special edition Game of Thrones 20th Anniversary by HarperCollins Publisher. This year, her piece Ophelia has been awarded third place at the Imaginative Realism of Art Renewal Center.

Todd Johnson is a writer based in Detroit, Michigan. Johnson previously operated a successful chain of comic book retail stores, the Comics Cafe. In 1993, along with artist Larry Stroman, he published a creator-owned series called Tribe with Image Comics. With over one million copies sold, Tribe still holds the title of the largest selling African American comic of all time. In 2018, the creative partnership is relaunching Tribe to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Shawn Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, published by Random House and reprinted in several languages. He is a critically acclaimed creator/artist whose DC Comics, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics projects include Batman: Detective ComicsLuke Cage NoirCaptain AmericaThe Black Panther, and Hellboy. Shawn has co-created characters featured in the feature film Deadpool, the animated Batman: Gotham Knights, the FOX television series GothamThe Gifted, and the Justice League feature film. Shawn is the artist of Thief of Thieves, published by Skybound/Image Comics, written by Robert Kirkman. Shawn’s work has been covered by Vanity Fair, USA Today, BBC World America, ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, BET, Essence, Ebony, The New York Daily News, AOL, Publisher’s Weekly, SIRIUS/XM Radio, and others. Shawn is a Native New Yorker and an alum of both the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art/Performing Arts and The School of Visual Arts.

Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on two graphic novels, Macedonia and The Beats. Ed began self-publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of hacking and phone phreaking. His New York Times Best-Selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, which was originally serialized on Boing Boing, has gone back to print numerous times, and won the 2015 Eisner Award for “Best Reality-Based Work.” His series for Marvel, X-Men Grand Design, was released in 2017 to wide acclaim. He is currently working with Marvel on the follow-up series, X-Men Grand Design: Second Genesis.

Larry Stroman is a Boston-born artist who has honed his craft in New York City, Berkeley, Chicago, and Detroit. After gaining attention illustrating Epic’s Alien Legion, he went on to illustrate various Marvel comics such as the Uncanny X-MenGhost RiderPunisherWolverineBishopBlack Panther, and the most popular run of X-Factor. He worked on Dark Horse’s The Markand co-created DC’s Darkstars. In 1993, along with writer Todd Johnson, he published a creator-owned series called Tribe with Image Comics. With over one million sold, Tribe still holds the title of the largest selling African American comic of all time. In 2018, the creative partnership is relaunching Tribe to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Stroman’s career has spanned three decades and he still remains a sought after artist.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Ethan Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Marc Andreyko (Jeepers Creepers), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), John Beatty (Batman), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Simon Bisley (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bodycount), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Frank Cammuso (Wrong Earth), Chris Campana (Pathfinder: Worldscape – Vampirella), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Denys Cowan (The Question), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (The Bear from A.U.N.T.), Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Dave Dorman (Black Hops: U.S.A.-*-G.I.), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Anne and Jerzy Drozd (Science Comics: Rockets), Todd Emko & Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale), Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s BastardsFriday and Saturdayonly), G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Franco (Encounter), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), John Gallagher (Captain Canuck Season 4), Will Gallagher (EPIC Bros.), S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Micronauts: Wrath of Karza), Daniel Govar (Thanos: A God Up There Listening), Jimmy Gownley (Zootopia), John Patrick Green (Mickey Mouse Shorts: Season One), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Ken Hunt (Lady Death: Devotions), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Klaus Janson (NightwingSaturday and Sunday only), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Karl Kesel (Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Todd Klein (Black Hammer: Age of Doom), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Jade F. Lee (Rolled & Told), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Mike Lilly (The Tick), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost her Bear at the World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Adventure Time), Billy Martin (Star Wars Adventures), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Carla Speed McNeil (Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of AlexanderSaturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Mark Morales (Justice League), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Tony Moy (Mainstream), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Adriane Nash (The Whisper Campaign), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Denny O’Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs The Six Million Dollar Man), Rachel Ordway (The Elvis Adventures), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), Andrew Pepoy (Mighty Moe Szyslak), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis), Chase and Mark Poulton (Pizza Tree), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Mark Redfield (Hunted), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Stephane Roux (Faith: Dreamside), Jim Rugg (Street Angel), Andy Runton (Owly), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Brian Shearer (William the Last), Jeff Shultz (Archie Jumbo Comics Digest), Mimi Simon (Judge Parker), Louise Simonson (Action Comics#1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), Andy Smith (Demi-God), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice LeagueSaturday only), Mark Sparacio (Chelsea Dagger), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity SiblingsSaturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Paul Storrie (The Viking Queen), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Tim Truman (Grimjack), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Disney World caricature artist), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl), Mark Waid (Captain America), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Adam Warren (Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Dexter Weeks (Savage Eve), Lee Weeks (Batman), Mark Wheatley (Stargate Atlantis Singularity), Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis Gateways), Marcus Williams (Hero Cats of Stellar City: Year One), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile), Renee Witterstaetter (X-Force Epic Collection), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), John Workman (Kick-Ass), Thom Zahler (Time & Vine), Mike Zeck (The Punisher), and Liang Zhao (The Phantom).

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #4

SHADOWMAN (2018) #4

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by SHAWN MARTINBROUGH
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (APR181846)
Cover B by DAVID MACK (APR181847)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (APR181848)
Shadowman Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (APR181849
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER (APR181850)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 20th

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “DEAD AND GONE” – PART ONE!

For years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright… Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

In the shock-inducing aftermath of the “FEAR OF THE DARK” story arc, master storyteller Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) leads a rotating cast of superstar artists – including Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves), Doug Braithwaite (Justice), and Renato Guedes (Wolverine) – to reveal the full scope and power of the Shadowman mythos…and how three of its forgotten champions stoked its earliest embers…with a legend-fueled odyssey into eons past as “DEAD AND GONE” tells all!

Andy Diggle & Shawn Martinbrough Launch “Dead and Gone” in Shadowman (2018) #4 – In Stores June 20th!

Valiant is proud to reveal your first look at a selection of lettered pages from Shadowman (2018) #4, the start of a BRAND-NEW ARC and NEW JUMPING-ON POINT in this POWERFUL ONGOING SERIES! On June 20th, renowned writer Andy Diggle and distinguished artist Shawn Martinbrough launch the next thrilling story arc, “Dead and Gone,” as they investigate the seedy underbelly of a bygone age and uncover the secrets of Jack Boniface’s long-forgotten ancestor, Max Boniface – the Shadowman of 1940s New York!

For years, Jack Boniface believed he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright. Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

In the shock-inducing aftermath of “Fear of the Dark,” master storyteller Andy Diggle will lead a rotating cast of superstar artists – beginning with Shawn Martinbrough and continuing with Doug Braithwaite and Renato Guedes – to reveal the full scope and power of the Shadowman mythos…and how three of its forgotten champions stoked its earliest embers…with a legend-fueled odyssey into eons past as “Dead and Gone” tells all!

Andy Diggle & Shawn Martinbrough Travel to 1940 in Shadowman (2018) #4 – In Stores June!

Valiant has released a first look at Shadowman (2018) #4, the beginning of an ALL-NEW ARC and NEW JUMPING-ON POINT in the POWERFUL ONGOING SERIES of 2018! On June 20th, incredible artist Shawn Martinbrough joins acclaimed writer Andy Diggle to kick off “DEAD AND GONE,” as today’s Shadowman meets one of the many loa-ridden ancestors who came before him! The issue features art by Doug Braithwaite and Renato Guedes.

For years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright. Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

In the shock-inducing aftermath of “FEAR OF THE DARK,” the series continues to reveal the full scope and power of the Shadowman mythos…and how three of its forgotten champions stoked its earliest embers…with a legend-fueled odyssey into eons past as “DEAD AND GONE” tells all!

Featuring covers by Tonci ZonjicDavid Mack, David Lafuente, and Dave Johnson!

Thief of Thieves Launches its Final Arc July 4th

Image and Skybound Entertainment have announced one last job for Thief of Thieves, the ongoing heist series created by Robert Kirkman in 2012. Series artists Shawn Martinbrough and Adriano Lucas are joined by new writer Brett Lewis.

Previously in Thief of Thieves, readers saw master thief, Conrad Paulson, racing across Europe to be crown the greatest thief in the world… only to be taken out by his enemies. Now, Conrad Paulson is dead—or is he? And what does a notorious Russian prison have to do with it?

Find out in Thief of Thieves #38, when the entire crew returns to kick off its final heist!

Thief of Thieves #38 (Diamond Code MAY180273) hits stores on Wednesday, July 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, June 11.

Valiant Presents Shadowman #4-11 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – Spanning “Dead and Gone” and “Rag and Bone” in June and Beyond!

Valiant has announced the Shadowman (2018) #4-11 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the next two stunning storylines,“Dead and Gone” and “Rag and Bone,” with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of April 26th, 2018

Released monthly from June 2018 through January 2019, each Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus exclusive covers by rising star Hannah Fisher (Tomb Raider) that can’t be found anywhere else!

First: Shadowman’s inaugural year spirals into “Dead and Gone” – an epic exploration into the true power and impact of the Shadowman legacy across the ages, beginning in Shadowman #4 and featuring a rotating cast of all-star artists, including Shawn Martinbrough, Doug Braithwaite, and Renato Guedes, on each issue!

For years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright… Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

Then: Just in time for Halloween, the battle for the legacy of Master Darque erupts into civil war as the factions of New Orleans’ occult underground vie for control of his earthly remains…and the untapped power they contain…in “Rag and Bone, an all-new jumping-on point beginning in Shadowman #8!

For some men – like the sadistic necromancer Nicodemo Darque, whose eternal conflict with the Boniface family’s lineage of Shadowmen was bound in blood nearly two centuries ago – the true path to power lies beyond death… And even the last relics of their earthly remains can become a doorway themselves…

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

The endless cycle of death and rebirth stops here as Shadowman and the Darque clan usher in the reckoning they’ve waited ten lifetimes to achieve – with massive repercussions for the future of the Valiant Universe – as high-octane artist Stephen Segovia returns to heed the call of “Rag and Bone”!

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all eight issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 26th, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1955 Secret Nature

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1955 Secret NatureA missing group of teens in Oregon’s backwoods leads Hellboy to confront a cryptozoological horror with origins similar to his own! Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1955 Secret Nature is the latest addition to the Hellboy world with an entertaining one-shot that explores more than demons.

Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy universe is consistently one of the most entertaining out there. Spanning decades the story flows and recently with the addition of the “1955” series of stories it’s been able to explore actual decades going back to the beginning of the red hero.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1955 Secret Nature is an interesting story in that at first it seems like a normal Hellboy story exploring the unknown. Quickly the reader is presented with a lot more. Playing off the time period, writers Mignola and Chris Roberson explore more than demons but also the racism of the time.

The story does a decent job at discussing appearances. Hellboy and his partner leads each to reflect on how they’re viewed. It’s a fantastic premise and plays into the Hellboy history well. That premise is touched upon a lot but there’s never really that deep discussion about it all. It’s mostly surface with some lines here and there and while I was entertained reading the issue I’d have loved to have seen deeper discussion. This is a nice start and teases what could be an amazingly touching issue.

What’s really solid is the addition of Shawn Martinbrough on art bringing his style to the series and myth. It’s different than the normal fairly standard style we’ve seen through series and hopefully we can see more experiementation when it comes to the look of Hellboy related comics. At this point we’ve seen it in the stories, I’d love to see it in the visuals.

The one-shot is a good one that can be picked up and enjoyed by anyone no matter your history with the Hellboy world. Ultimately it winds up being fairly standard when it comes to fighting demons. By and large it stands out for its discussion of race. This story too has implications in the greater narrative that long time fans will appreciate.

In any case even with that, those like me who are casual fans can enjoy the one-shot and appreciate what’s on the page. A fun read that has me wanting more one-shots like it.

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Art: Shawn Martinbrough
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Thief of Thieves #32

thief-of-thieves-32-theblerdgurl-review-insertConrad is a professional thief and he’s good. Very good. But to clear his conscience and make up for past deeds he only steals from thieves. If you have never read Thief of Thieves then this is definitely the issue for you to jump in on as it begins a new story arc. Previous issues had him rethinking his life choices and whether or not he should stay in the game. Now, he’s successfully doing what he does best and honoring his own moral code.
For those of you who are new to the Thief of Thieves verse, this comic book series is from Robert Kirkman’s (Walking Dead) Skybound Entertainment. Skybound is considered indie because they are an imprint of Image Comics. The series premiered in 2012 and features rotating writers, however, Shawn Martinbrough has been the artist for the entire run. (The series is also supposed to be in development on AMC so I’m really excited to see that).

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This new arc introduces a couple of new characters who are not really interested in Conrad’s new job description or moral compass. They are, however, assembling a team of thieves for an unnamed mission, which in and of itself is interesting, because Conrad (even when forced) always plans his own ops and picks his own team. His former apprentice and now love interest Celia, “has his six” both on the job and off and is his unfiltered conscience on occasion. She’s always there for him, both figuratively and literally as is the case when a quick exit has him jumping out of a skyscraper with a previously stolen artifact unexpectedly.

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Everything seems to be going well until Conrad’s new gig forces Conrad from being the cat who caught the canary to a mouse in a maze.

What I Think

thief-of-thieves-32-theblerdgurl-review-coverI am a fan of this series because no one is “powered”. It’s just good writing that plays out like episodic television. I like how Andy Diggle writes the banter between Celia and Conrad and how in a split second she can go from doting to deadly. I am a fan of his writing style because it’s not overly descriptive, but realistic and allows the reader to shift between the dialogue and Martinbrough’s artwork effortlessly.

I also enjoy how Martinbrough interprets action scenes*. The energy and direction that he puts into the line work seamlessly follow the action without missing any of the unfolding narrative. Adriano Lucas’ bold color palette only adds to the energy and gives the artwork a welcome dimension and give this work a look of it’s own.

Thief of Thieves is definitely a noir comic with enough violence and innuendo that I would not recommend it for kids, but teens and up can handle it. The Bond-like action scenes are drawn and written exceptionally well and although I miss Special Agent Elizabeth Cohen, (I hope to see her pop up somewhere in this arc) I’m excited to see this new turn and can’t wait to see how Conrad gets out of it.

* Definitely check out the fight scene he drew between Luke Cage and Tombstone in the rain in Luke Cage Noir as an example.

Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Shawn Martinbrough Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Editor: Jon Moisan Cover Art: Shawn Martinbrough & Adriano Lucas


screen-shot-2016-01-14-at-6-47-27-pm@theblerdgurl is a commercial film/video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting,  K-Pop listening, blog writing, geek gurl by night. She is on a mission to shine a light on indie, female and comic artists of color and highlights them and their work on her blog theblerdgurl. She currently lives in a century old brownstone in Brooklyn with 2 cats who plot her demise daily. You can also find her on twitter, facebook, instagram,  tumblr and snapchat.

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