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The Department of Truth #8 Begins a New Sinister Story Arc in April

The bestselling Image Comics series The Department of Truth by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds will kick off a new story arc this April. This chilling new chapter will begin with The Department of Truth #8 and will seed new mysteries for readers in search of the Truth.

Cole Turner thought he joined the right side of the war for the Truth. But now that he’s learning more about Lee Harvey Oswald’s tenure leading the Department, he’s not so sure. The answers Cole seeks are hidden behind a pair of unsolvable riddles: WHO is the Fictional Woman, and WHAT does she want from him?

Interest in the series has reached an all time high as news of The Department of Truth having been picked up by Sister—best known for producing HBO’s Chernobyl—spread industrywide.

In The Department of Truth, readers meet Cole Turner, a man who has studied conspiracy theories all his life—but never prepared to discover that all of them are true. From the JFK Assassination to Flat Earth Theory and Reptilian Shapeshifters, one organization has been covering them up for generations.

The Department of Truth #8 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28:

  • Cover A Simmonds – Diamond Code FEB210080     
  • Cover B Bill Sienkiewicz – Diamond Code FEB210081     
  • Cover C Skottie Young – Diamond Code FEB218916

Middlewest: The Complete Tale Hardcover Gets Signed Bookplates

A limited number of adhesive bookplates featuring signatures from both co-creators—writer Skottie Young and artist Jorge Corona—will be available at select comic shops ahead of the highly anticipated Middlewest: The Complete Tale release. This all-in-one hardcover edition will collect the complete, eighteen issue, Eisner Award nominated series, along with exclusive bonus features, and be available from Image Comics this July.

Fans interested in snagging a bookplate with their hardcover purchase, should inquire with their local comic shop for availability.

Middlewest is the story of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history. The perfect read for fans of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura’s I Kill Giants, dark fantasy like Return to Oz, classic Don Bluth animation, and fantastical Miyazaki adventure.

Middlewest: The Complete Tale hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1910-3, Diamond Code FEB210120) will be available on Wednesday, July 7 and in bookstores on Tuesday, July 13.

Middlewest: The Complete Tale

Skottie Young Announced as Commemorative Artist for FCBD’s 20th Anniversary

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the commemorative artwork for Free Comic Book Day’s (FCBD) landmark 20th anniversary. Beloved artist and writer, Skottie Young, created a one-of-a-kind design emphasizing the power of imagination and the endless possibilities of comic storytelling. The design will serve as the commemorative t-shirt and poster for FCBD 2021.

Skottie Young illustrations are instantly recognizable. There’s a cartoonish exaggerated quality to his style that appeals to both the heart and the mind. For kids, it’s like seeing a Saturday morning cartoon on the page—full of energy and life, with humor bursting at the seams. To adults, there’s a depth of feeling, both passion and pathos. It’s little wonder, then, that Young has become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after artists of the last fifteen years. Winner of an Inkwell Award, Young is admired by both peers and fans alike. Whether illustrating Eric Shanower’s Oz adaptations for Marvel Comics, working on projects for Marvel such as Rocket Raccoon, illustrating unique, kid-friendly variant covers for Marvel’s biggest projects, unleashing his own twisted sense of humor in I Hate Fairyland from Image Comics, and writing stories such as Marvel’s Strange Academy and Image’s Bully Wars, a Skottie Young comic is always fun to read and beautiful to behold.

Comic books can take readers anywhere, from the big city to the small town, from the depths of the ocean to the depths of space, from the fantastical past to the unimaginable future. Comics do this by engaging the reader’s imagination through their unique combination of engaging prose and evocative illustrations. Free Comic Book celebrates the rich legacy of comic books this year and its own 20th anniversary with a special Commemorative Artist T-Shirt featuring art from the incomparable Skottie Young.

The FCBD 2021 Commemorative T-shirt will be available in men’s sizes small through XXXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) in heather gray and blue, in women’s sizes small through XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) in heather gray and blue, and in youth sizes small through large (MSRP: $11.99) in blue and white. The shirt, along with a complete listing of all the FCBD 2021 comic book titles and exclusive collectibles, can be found in the April issue of the PREVIEWS catalog, available in comic shops on March 24, 2021.

Preview: Strange Academy #9

Strange Academy #9

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• It’s PARENTS’ DAY at Strange Academy!
• For most students, it’s a joyous day, but for Calvin Morse, an orphan…not so much.
• So while the rest of the parents go on a scavenger hunt around campus, Calvin and an unlikely friend face something truly scary.

Strange Academy #9

Preview: Strange Academy #8

Strange Academy #8

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• Students of Strange Academy go on a perfectly normal field trip… to space… uncovering a magical artifact… with Rocket and Groot.
• Yep, perfectly normal.
• Meanwhile, WHAT IS THE RING OF DREAD?!

Strange Academy #8

Preview: Strange Academy #7

Strange Academy #7

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The first arc ended in loss, but teeters on the edge of tragedy.
• There are some that Strange cannot save, but can he minimize the graves they’ll have to dig on campus?
• All this and a huge secret of the Strange Academy is revealed!

Strange Academy #7

Exclusive Preview: Shang-Chi #5 (of 5)

Shang-Chi #5 (of 5)

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan, Philip Tan (CA) Marcus To (VCA) Iban Coello, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE GRAND FINALE!
• SISTER HAMMER launches her final attack on the Western world with her army of vampires!
• Will SHANG-CHI and his family be able to stop her?
• And will Shang-Chi finally accept the destiny laid out by his father?

Shang-Chi #5 (of 5)

Early Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
(Variant Covers) Alex Ross, Art Adams, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, Dave Johnson, Alan Davis, Mike Del Mundo, Frank Cho, Rian Gonzales, Jeff Johnson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Joe Quesada, Khary Randolph, Ron Lim, Otto Schmidt, Walt Simonson, Superlog, Skottie Young, Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.

What’s the point of an eternal battle?

For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1

Preview: Strange Academy #6

Strange Academy #6

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

BATTLE IN THE BAYOU!
• What happens when the students of Strange Academy face the ancient evil order called THE HOLLOW in the swamps of New Orleans?
• Nothing good, that’s for sure!
• The students have stepped too far out of their element – now what price must they pay?

Strange Academy #6

Early Preview: Black Cat #1

Black Cat #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) C.F. Villa, Nina Vakueya (CA) Pepe Larraz
(Variant) Taurin Clarke, C.F. Villa, Skottie Young
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE CAT IN BLACK IS BACK!
Feeling lucky? Knull’s attack on Earth interrupts the Black Cat’s latest heist, and if you know Felicia, you know that’s a problem. So the Cat and her crew aim to steal something of greatest value to both Knull and Earth’s hope of survival. You’ll have to pick up this issue to find out what! This issue guest-stars the X-Men! Captain America! And Doctor Strange! DO NOT MISS IT!!!

Black Cat #1
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