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King in Black Rages in January

Knull makes his long-dreaded arrival this December in King in Black #1, and his conquest of the Marvel Universe will escalate in scale and stakes come January. The god of the symbiotes’ reign will have significant impacts on the Venom mythology as well radical consequences for Marvel’s heroes and teams.

Find out what January has in store for the Marvel Universe as the King in Black attacks!

KING IN BLACK #3 (OF 5)

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

After last issue’s shocking finale, the heroes of the Marvel Universe are reeling. Outgunned and outmanned, but never outdone, they unite and face KNULL, God of the Abyss, as he ensnares the planet in the darkness of his reign! Superstars DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN continue to raise the game — and the stakes for the Marvel Universe in this Earth-shattering epic!

KING IN BLACK #3 (OF 5)

KING IN BLACK: PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES #1 (OF 3)

Written by CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN & FRANK TIERI
Art by GUIU VILANOVA & DANILO BEYRUTH
Cover by TONY MOORE

DARKNESS REIGNS OVER THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

KING IN BLACK: PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES #1 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #1 (OF 4)

Written by JASON AARON & TORUNN Grønbekk
Art by NINA VAKUEVA
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS

JANE FOSTER RETURNS!

Once there was an entire army of Valkyries, but now Jane Foster is the only one. When the King in Black comes to Midgard, Jane must rebuild the Valkyries to help stop him — starting with Hildegarde, a warrior from Asgard’s own hallowed halls, and X-Man Dani Moonstar, a former Valkyrie herself. But what Jane doesn’t know…is that she never was the only Valkyrie after all. Who is the fourth warrior? Jason Aaron and Torunn Grønbekk team up with artist Nina Vakueva for a story that will rock the foundations of the Marvel Universe!

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #1 (OF 4)

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #2 (OF 4)

Written by JASON AARON & TORUNN Grønbekk
Art by NINA VAKUEVA 
Cover by MATTIA DE IULIS

SAVE THE SENTRY – SAVE THE VALKYRIES – SAVE THE EARTH!

Knull and his symbiote horrors have come to Earth, and now all Jane Foster sees when she looks at that big blue globe…is a vision of death. Most of Earth’s heroes are locked in battle on the ground, and it’s up to Jane and the Sentry to protect the rest! But Knull’s power has spread over the galaxy and infected creatures even older than the gods…and it may not matter how many Valkyries Jane can bring to their aid.

KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES #2 (OF 4)

KING IN BLACK: GWENOM VS CARNAGE #1 (OF 3)

Written by SEANAN MCGUIRE
Art by FLAVIANO
Cover by KEN LASHLEY

GWEN STACY ENTERS THE FRAY AGAINST THE KING IN BLACK!

Bonded to a synthetic symbiote from another reality, GHOST-SPIDER, aka Gwen Stacy of Earth-65, is unique among the webslingers of the multiverse! But when KNULL descends on her adopted home, his gravity well of dark psychic energy will reap unforeseen consequences not only on Gwen, but on her symbiotic suit as well!

KING IN BLACK: GWENOM VS CARNAGE #1 (OF 3)

KING IN BLACK: BLACK KNIGHT  #1

Written by SIMON SPURRIER
Art by JESUS SAIZ
Cover by DAN MORA

THE BLACK KNIGHT DUELS THE KING IN BLACK!

KNULL’s ferocious assault upon earth has begun and Dane Whitman – Avenger, hero, and wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade as the BLACK KNIGHT – takes up sword and shield to defend against the unstoppable onslaught. Though the blade grants Dane incredible power so too does it consume him with a lust for violence and destruction. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, will the Black Knight overcome the growing evil within himself and join AERO and SWORD MASTER in saving the city?! And what secrets will the battle against Knull reveal about Dane’s past?

KING IN BLACK: BLACK KNIGHT  #1

KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #1 (OF 3)

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by JUAN FERREYRA
Cover by KYLE HOTZ

KINGPIN’S KILLERS VERSUS AN ARMY OF UNKILLABLE DRAGONS!

An army of evil space dragons have come to attack Earth and are starting with New York. MAYOR FISK has a plan for that. Assembling a group of killers, mercenaries, and just generally pretty horrible people like TASKMASTER, RHINO, STAR, MR. FEAR, and BATROC THE LEAPER, Mayor Fisk tasks them with saving the city or die trying…or die right then and there. The fate of the entire world may rest in the hands of the absolute worst people in the Marvel Universe. What could go wrong?

KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #1 (OF 3)

DAREDEVIL #26

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art by MARCO CHECCHETTO & MIKE HAWTHORNE
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO

A DEVIL CONSUMED!

Matt faces a darkness unlike any before. Meanwhile, ELEKTRA may be in over her head for the first time in her life.

DAREDEVIL must find the strength to continue the fight as all hell breaks loose.

DAREDEVIL #26

DEADPOOL #10

Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art and Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

KING OF THE MONSTERS VERSUS KING OF THE DRAGONS!

An evil, ancient cult wants to kill DEADPOOL.

An evil, ancient space god wants to kill Deadpool.

Why does everyone want to kill Deadpool??? (I mean, we know why…)

DEADPOOL #10

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10

Written by AL EWING
Art by JUANN CABAL
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

THE GUARDIANS CLEANSED?!

KNULL and his dragons are cleansing entire worlds of life. SPARTAX is their next target – and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY can’t save it alone.

It’s a good day for the return of the legendary STAR-LORD…

Meanwhile, as the team battle cosmic horror, something worse is waiting – as the clock ticks down to the Last Stand in…

THREE…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10

SAVAGE AVENGERS #17

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by VALERIO GIANGIORDANO

“BLACK SKIES” PART 1!

CONAN rings in the New Year on Ryker’s Island — which he promptly breaks out of with the help of…DEADPOOL. The two warriors fight together against the symbiotes of KNULL, and Conan makes a surprising discovery that may help him overcome KULAN GATH.

SAVAGE AVENGERS #17

S.W.O.R.D. #2

Written by AL EWING
Art and Cover by VALERIO SCHITI

WHAT IS PROTOCOL V?

The S.W.O.R.D. station is thrown in at the deep end of a planetary crisis as Krakoa battles the KING IN BLACK! While a cross-division team take on latex dragons from outer space, Abigail Brand prepares a deniable operation all her own. What is PROTOCOL V – and can the Earth survive it?

S.W.O.R.D. #2

Knight takes on King in King in Black: Black Knight

Knull’s ferocious assault upon earth is soon at hand in King in Black, the monumental event spinning out of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s game-changing run on Venom. Heroes across the Marvel Universe will be called upon to do battle against Knull and his army of symbiote dragons, including the famed wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade, the Black Knight! The Avenger will take up his sword and shield to defend against Knull’s unstoppable onslaught in King in Black: Black Knight #1.

From the superstar creative team of writer Simon Spurrier and artist Jesus Saiz comes the latest chapter in the legendary saga of Dane Whitman. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, Black Knight will have to overcome the growing evil within himself while grappling with surprising discoveries about his past. This epic issue will introduce new readers to the fan-favorite hero and reveal the bright future he has in the Marvel Universe, all amidst a vigorous battle that will go down in Marvel history!

King in Black: Black Knight #1 features a cover by Dan Mora. Don’t miss the return of Black Knight when King in Black: Black Knight hits stands in January!

King in Black: Black Knight #1

Preview: John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Matias Bergara

The specter of his older self (and the terrible bargain he made to get another chance at life) has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with John Constantine for months now-but now the game is over, and it’s time to get down to business. Namely, the business of destroying absolutely everything that made that second lease on life worth living…

John Constantine: Hellblazer #10

Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Written by Simon Spurrier
Pencils Otto Schmidt
Inks Otto Schmidt
Colored by Otto Schmidt
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“Hypothetically Speaking”
It’s simple: kill the Batman. And the Flash. And Wonder Woman. And Superman. At least, hypothetically. And hypotheticals are all Harley Quinn’s got as she regales a bar full of Gotham’s scummiest scumbags on how she would take down the Justice League, but her solutions are anything but simple…

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven

DC ComicsDC Digital First program has a standout already with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. With each chapter, the digital comic series has delivered a new and interesting take on Harley Quinn. With different creators with each chapter we get a different version each week showing the flexibility in this iconic character. While some releases have retreaded similar themes or concepts, each chapter has delivered something different and new. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven is an interesting release. It’s the second chapter that has evoked the classic Batman: The Animated Series in its tone and spirit.

Written by Simon Spurrier, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven has Harley giving her advice on how she’d beat a handful of superheroes to a crowd of minions at a bar. It’s a story that’d fit perfectly in a standalone episode of the animated series and there are echoes of the beloved and classic “Almost Got ‘Im” episode.

What’s fun about these types tales is they engage the reader. Harley’s recounting of how she’d defeat so many heroes plays into our fantasy conversations of who would win in a fight. It gets us to ponder how we might defeat these heroes ourselves. There’s also something fun because with each of Harley’s suggestions, we’re left wondering why someone hasn’t done exactly that, as if these are ideas that’d work guaranteed. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven delivers on the conversations so many of us comic fans have had. Also, beyond one or two of Harley’s examples, these aren’t plans to kill the heroes. Each suggestion is grounded in some way recognizing the mythic nature of her prey and the reality that true long term defeat just might not be possible.

The art by Otto Schmidt is fantastic. Schmidt mixes a gritty noir style with that of Batman: The Animated Series. There’s an exaggerated nature to Harley’s stories bringing a comedic flair to them. That’s reflected by the reality of where she is and who’s she with, thugs in a run down bar. Schmidt’s art is great going back and forth between the two and taking what could easily be a very dark story and giving it a bit of levity. The page layouts also stand out breaking from traditional panels to layer them in interesting ways and layer them on engaging backgrounds.

The lettering by Gabriela Downie stands out as well. With Schmidt’s interesting page layouts, the speech bubbles often shatter their expected placement. The bubbles at times look like they’re cut out and “taped” onto scenes shaking the layouts up even further. The two combine for unique visuals and a fun flow that matches Spurrier’s story. The style creates a flow and pace that matches Spurrier’s beats but also adds a little madness to Harley’s ideas.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eleven is fantastic and one of my favorite entries in the anthology series. It mixes humor with a bit of darkness. And, while it goes in directions that are expected and familiar, it does so with so much glee and fun it’s hard to not enjoy the ride. It’s an entry that honors Harley’s roots while also delivering another special take on the character.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Gabriela Downie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Has 7 New Digital Comics For You Including New Harley Quinn

There’s seven new comics for you to get right now on comiXology including brand new Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red! Check out the full list of new comics here or the individual issues below.

Dead Mount Death Play #53

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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Habaki’s escaped! What exactly are these secrets he’s so desperate to keep? Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #53

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #44

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality goreCow Girl is jolted from her usual routine when an earthquake strikes the farm, and Goblin Slayer returns to his with a new quest… Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #44

Rafael’s Contract Bride

Written by Nina Milne
Art by Imeri Tsubakino
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When Rafael unexpectedly proposed, Cora couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Rafael had brought her to Spain to work for him, but she never expected he’d want her as his wife. But all Rafael really wants is to fulfill the required conditions in order to buy land. The moment she finds out he’s only using her, Cora is devastated. Of course a gorgeous man wouldn’t love such a plain woman like her. But then why did he choose her to propose to?

Rafael's Contract Bride

The Nanny Affair

Written by Robyn Donald
Art by Motoko Mori
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While dog-sitting, Emma meets the first man to ever make her blood run hot. Kane Talbot, the handsome next-door neighbor to her client, is a wealthy man respected by everyone in the area. However, he’s also engaged. Emma has to keep her distance before he truly claims her heart. However, the more Kane helps Emma out, the further she falls. Little does she know, he’s not someone she should have fallen for.

The Nanny Affair

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #11

Written by Simon Spurrier
Pencils Otto Schmidt
Inks Otto Schmidt
Colored by Otto Schmidt
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“Hypothetically Speaking”
It’s simple: kill the Batman. And the Flash. And Wonder Woman. And Superman. At least, hypothetically. And hypotheticals are all Harley Quinn’s got as she regales a bar full of Gotham’s scummiest scumbags on how she would take down the Justice League, but her solutions are anything but simple…

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #11

The Native Quest

Written by Greg Washington
Art by Greg Washington
Pencils Greg Washington
Colored by Eugene Perez Jr
Lettered by Greg Washington
Edited by Greg Washington
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Imagine [Afro-Science-Fiction-Futurism] and Spirituality all rolled into one coming-of-age tale, filled with Adventure, Thrills and Suspense. The main story has a grand epic feel to it, dealing with super villains and the potential of a Nuclear Holocaust, but the subplot is very intimate, as it focuses on real world issues such as Social Anxiety, Fear and Mental illness and its psychological affect on the main characters life journey.

The Native Quest

The Gospel of Matthew: NIV

Adaptation by Simon Amadeus Pillario
Art by Simon Amadeus Pillario
Pencils Simon Amadeus Pillario
Colored by Ryan Esch, Leslie, Simonin Wilmer
Cover by Simon Amadeus Pillario
Lettered by Simon Amadeus Pillario
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The Gospel of Matthew is a 240 page graphic novel from the series: The Word for Word Bible Comic. This edition included the New Internation Version (NIV) translation of the Bible and verse number are labelled at the bottom of each page for reference.

The comic presents every word of the new testament scripture, within its historical, cultural and geographical context. It employs a high view of scripture and is aimed at adults and readers aged 12+.

THE STORY INTRO: Throughout the books of Moses and the prophets, God has promised a messiah, a king to come and liberate his people, Israel, and rule the earth with peace and justice.

But what will be the fulfilment of this prophesied royal conqueror from heaven? The story begins in a sheep’s feeding trough…

ENDORSEMENTS: “Very interesting. As clear a readable rendition of the Bible as I have seen. Makes biblical teaching more accessible to young and old alike.” – John Wagner, Co-creator of Judge Dredd.

“Indeed, one might argue that The Word for Word Bible Comic is actually a more authentic presentation of the Bible than our bare printed texts, which invite us to fill a visual vacuum by supplying pictures in our own imagination of people and events.” – Rev Dr Christopher R. Smith (Author of “Understanding the Books of the Bible” Study Guides from IVP. Doctorate in Historical Theology and the Bible.)

The Gospel of Matthew: NIV

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Preview: John Constantine: Hellblazer #9

John Constantine: Hellblazer #9

(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Aaron Campbell (CA) John Paul Leon
In Shops: Aug 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The British royal family has always had an interest in breeding the world’s finest racehorses. When one disgraced royal cooks up a scheme to re-create the most magical of all horses, it’s up to John Constantine to stop him from unleashing a bloodthirsty horror!

John Constantine: Hellblazer #9

Preview: Alienated #5 (of 6)

Alienated #5 (of 6)

(W) Simon Spurrier (A/CA) Chris Wildgoose
In Shops: Aug 12, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Everyone knows the consequences of absolute power – and the three Sams are no exception. As their different desires come to a head, the only thing that stands in their way is each other. And Chip’s deadly powers are in the center of it all.

Alienated #5 (of 6)

Preview: Justice League #50

Justice League #50

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Aaron Lopresti

Special extra-size anniversary issue! It’s the final chapter of “The Rule of War”-and all the rules are broken! On the alien planet Trotha, Empress Siddinx’s plan is revealed, and it’s nothing short of world domination-with the Justice League entangled in her puppet strings. But how can the team save a population that now hates and fears them?

Justice League #50
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