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JM DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Kevin Maguire, Brian Michael Bendis, Gerry Conway, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos, all go virtual for Baltimore Comic Con Live

Take part in the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! The programming for the virtual event is jam-packed with comic book excellence!

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE: Bwa-Ha-Ha

Panelists: JM DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, and Kevin Maguire
Host: John Siuntres
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 6pm ET / 3pm PT

The men behind the comedy classic of the 80s and 90s return for a victory lap in a discussion of this comedy classic take on the world’s greatest heroes.

BENDIS & CONWAY

Panelists: Brian Michael Bendis and Gerry Conway
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

A one-on-one conversation between two of the most important writers at the Big Two, representing nearly 50 years of comics. Join Brian Michael Bendis (SupermanUltimate Spider-Man) and Gerry Conway (Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man) in a no-holds-barred discussion.

STRANGE ACADEMY

Panelists: Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos
Host: Chuck Lindsey
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 12pm ET / 9am PT

Sit down with the creators of the new Marvel hit series, Strange Academy.

Diamond Select Toys October Previews: The Crow, The Child, Wonder Woman & More!

It’s October, when one’s thoughts naturally turn to the spooky, but it’s also time to think about the spring! The October Previews catalog is out, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have a bunch of products, spooky and otherwise, coming to stores in Spring 2021. With busts, statues and figures based on Marvel, DC, The Crow, Star Wars and Nightmare Before Christmas, it’s the best of all worlds!

Crow Movie Gallery Crow at Window PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Eric Draven gets some fresh air in this all-new Gallery Diorama based on the 1994 Crow movie! Standing in front of a broken window with a crow on his shoulder and a guitar by his feet, Draven stands approximately 9 inches tall, and is made of high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #OCT201994, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Man of Steel Kryptonian Superman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Look, up in the sky! Superman appears to hover above the ground in this new deco of a popular classic! Wearing his all-black outfit from Man of Steel, this approximately 12-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Menna, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #OCT202003, SRP: $49.99)

DC Comic Gallery Black Adam PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Getting ready for his big-screen debut, Black Adam smashes his way out of the Shazam/Captain Marvel mythos and into the DC Gallery Diorama line of sculptures! Hovering above the ground with lightning crackling around him, this approximately 11-inch sculpture of Teth-Adam features a removable cape, and is made of high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and sculpted by Alterton! (Item #OCT202002, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Wonder Woman 1984 PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bulletproof and beautiful, the star of Wonder Woman 1984 strides off the screen, deflecting bullets off of her magic bracelets. Bearing the likeness of actress Gal Gadot, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #OCT202004, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Animated Style Hulk Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The madder Hulk gets, the cuter Hulk gets! Bruce Banner gets adorable in this statue inspired by the variant covers of Marvel Comics. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this design is based on the artwork of Skottie Young. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item #OCT201996, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Doctor Doom 1/7 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Doctor Doom displays his mystical side in this all-new mini-bust, depicting the Latverian monarch in his trademark armor, wielding fire that appears magical in nature. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this mini-bust of Victor Von Doom is limited to only 3,000 pieces and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Juan Pitluk! (Item #OCT201997, SRP: $69.99)

Marvel Comic Gallery Hawkeye with Pizza Dog PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! A man’s best friend is his dog, and a dog’s best friend is pizza! Hawkeye and his sidekick Pizza Dog spring into action in this all-new Gallery Diorama, inspired by modern Marvel Comics. Cast in high-quality PVC, this approximately 9-inch sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #OCT201998, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection X-23 Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s the best there is at what she does! Laura Kinney pops her claws while standing on top of a fallen Sentinel head in this deluxe statue from DST! Part of the Premier Collection, this approximately 10-inch statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color bx with a numbered certificate o authenticity. Designed by Uriel Caton and sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #OCT201999, SRP: $175.00)

Marvel Select Silver Centurion Iron Man Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Ol’ Shellhead is back! Iron Man returns to the Marvel Select line wearing one of his fan-favorite armors, the Silver Centurion armor of the 1980s! Looking ready to fight in the Armor Wars or found the West Coast Avengers, Tony Stark’s alter ego features 16 points of articulation and multiple interchangeable parts. It comes packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Designed by Yuri Tming, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # OCT202000, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man Spider-Punk PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to go into the Spider-Verse! Tour the noisy, crowded clubs of New York City with the most hardcore Spider-Man of all, Spider-Punk! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this sculpture of the nonconformist hero shows him surrounded by barbed wire, his guitar slung over his shoulder. This Gallery Diorama is made out of high-grade PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #OCT202005, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Video Game Gallery Spider-Man Noir PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Forget it, Jake, it’s the Spider-Verse! Enter the dark and dirty alleyways of New York City with the darkest Spider-Man of all, Spider-Man Noir! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this sculpture of the hard-boiled hero shows him crouching on a rooftop, overlooking his city. This Gallery Diorama is made out of high-grade PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios! Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #OCT202006, SRP: $49.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas D-Formz PVC Figurines Series 2 Counter Display

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Nightmare Before Christmas continues, with another assortment of delightfully adorable D-Formz! PVC figurines of Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie and Sally each turn up twice in this assortment, along with rare one-per-case figures of Santa Claus, Dr. Finkelstein, a variant Jack, and glow-in-the-dark versions of Jack, Sally and Oogie Boogie! Each 3-inch figurine comes packaged in a blind box, as part of a 12-piece counter display. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #OCT202001, SRP: $7.99/ea.)

Legends in 3D Star Wars The Mandalorian™ The Child ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Child is growing up! This half-scale portrait of the Child captures the co-star of Star Wars: The Mandalorian™ at approximately 5 inches tall, atop a pod-shaped pedestal. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza! (Item # OCT201995, SRP: $120.00)

Review: Strange Academy #3

Strange Academy #3

For those looking for alternatives to that other school for kid wizards, then look no further than Strange Academy. For three issues the series has introduced to this crazy world full of magic and a new generation of characters all of whom are full of energy and personality. It’s a fun, fresh series, and Strange Academy #3 continues every bit of that while setting up what’s to come.

Written by Skottie Young, the issue mainly has the students heading out into the French Quarter for some much needed fun. Of course things don’t go smoothly, though it’s not quite the over the top action one might expect. Young takes the issue in a much different route.

Strange Academy #3 is an interesting comic in that the premise could have easily had the students fighting “big bads” in a one-off issue but instead the stakes are fairly low. Instead, Young focuses on the students and their interactions. Yes, this is an issue that drops them in crap so that we can learn more about them and see them bond and interact in an environment that’s not the school. It’s all about the personalities and friendships here.

And Young nails the issue.

Every student featured feels like they get their moment, no matter how brief, that adds to the character and lets us know a little more about them. On top of all of that, the issue does some foreshadowing for what’s to come and sets up what’s clearly the first major bad for the series. It’s an issue that might feel like a throwaway in some ways but in reality it’s all about the setup and adding depth to make us know more about, and maybe care for, these characters.

Humberto Ramos‘ art with Edgar Delgado‘s colors is absolutely amazing as expected. Fantastic writing and fantastic art are the name of this series and the issue does not disappoint. Each character and moment is full of so much personality and energy as is Ramos’ style and the exaggerated nature of it all just adds to the youthful feel of the series. The lettering by Clayton Cowles is amazing as well. There’s some subtle things done depending who’s talking where the font style might change but unless you really pay attention you might not notice. It’s a small detail that adds so much to the series and characters.

Strange Academy #3 is another home run for the series and team. This is just a fun series with some great characters showing so much potential. It’s a series I look forward to with every release and a comic I can sit back and enjoy with a smile on my face. If you haven’t been reading it, you’ve been missing out.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Humberto Ramos
Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Academy #3

Strange Academy #3

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

DOYLE DORMAMMU, HEAD OF THE CLASS?
• Anyone who has been to New Orleans knows that it’s a magical place, but the students of STRANGE ACADEMY are about to see it firsthand.
• Their first field trip as a class shows them a city (and the stakes of what they’re living) in ways that light a fuse that is going to blow up in a big way.

Strange Academy #3

New Batman: The Adventures Continue and Avengers/Thunderbolts are Part of Today’s New Digital Releases

There’s nine new digital comics available today from comiXology. Comics from Marvel, DC, Harlequin, and more are available for you right now. See the full list here or the individual issues below!

Avengers/Thunderbolts Vol. 1: The Nefaria Protocols

Written by Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Art by Mark Bagley, George Perez
Cover by Mark Bagley
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Collects Avengers (1998) #31-34 & Thunderbolts (1997) #42-44.

Collected here is the inaugural Avengers/T-Bolts crossover! The T-Bolts and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes stand side-by-side against Count Nefaria, master of ionic energy! But before they can confront the Count, they’ll have to deal with their own ion-empowered teammates, Atlas and Wonder Man – both of whom have fallen under Nefaria’s thrall and now act as his henchmen. Featuring the all-time team of KURT BUSIEK & GEORGE PÉREZ!

Avengers/Thunderbolts Vol. 1: The Nefaria Protocols

Avengers/Thunderbolts Vol. 2: Best Intentions

Written by Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Art by Tom Grummett, Barry Kitson
Cover by Barry Kitson
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Collects Avengers/Thunderbolts (2004) #1-6.

Legendary THUNDERBOLTS scribes Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza return for this mighty Marvel melee! It’s the rematch of the century as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face off against Marvel’s Most Wanted! Baron Zemo and the original Thunderbolts are back… but have they returned as friends or foes? The Avengers – including former T-Bolts leader, Hawkeye – want to know!

Avengers/Thunderbolts Vol. 2: Best Intentions

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #9

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Batman is hot on the trail of the man who’s been watching him for months, and he can’t believe who it is. Meanwhile, someone launches an assault on the clown prince of crime, the Joker!

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #9

But I’m A Cat Person #30

Written by Erin Ptah
Art by Erin Ptah
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Stronger, Together
Two ordinary graduates accidentally adopt a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Final chapter: The one where they change the world.

But I'm A Cat Person #30

Dark Temptation

Written by Joanna Mansell
Art by Natsuko Hamaguchi
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Philippa is a belly dancer currently regretting the fact that a few drinks talked her into getting engaged to some guy she just met. Next time they see each other, she’s determined to set the record straight. Instead, someone completely unexpected shows up. The young, sexy intruder is her fiancé’s uncle, James Haverford, Earl of Sherringborne. Desperate to hide the scandal of his nephew getting engaged to some “second-rate dancer,” he tries to take Philippa to his mansion.
Philippa is outraged. “Do you think you can look down on people just because you’re an earl?” She lashes out at him, but the earl’s charms are irresistible.

Dark Temptation

Return Of Her Italian Duke

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Karan Dan
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Vincenzo, the heir to an Italian dukedom, falls in love with Gemma, the daughter of one of the castle’s staff. However, his father doesn’t accept their relationship because of their class differences. Their relationship ends when Vincenzo disappears without a goodbye. Ten years later, Gemma has graduated from confectionery school and learns that the castle she grew up in has been bought by a businessman and turned into a hotel. She applies to their wanted ad before she learns that the businessman who owns it is none other than Vincenzo! He wants to rekindle their relationship, but she’s still hurt by his silent disappearance all those years ago…

Return Of Her Italian Duke

Killraven

Written by Alan Davis
Art by Alan Davis
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects Killraven (2002) #1-6.

In the not-so-distant future, Martians have invaded our world and laid waste to our civilization! Now, only Jonathan Raven – the gladiator known as Killraven – and his band of Freemen stand between Earth and utter annihilation! Dig sci-fi action? Love great visuals? Then grab your tub of popcorn and get ready for this modern classic from the great Alan Davis!

Killraven

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 1: Heart Of Steel

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Ronan Cliquet, James Cordeiro
Cover by Michael Golden
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Collects Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1-4.

Who is Iron Man, the world-renowned symbol of mega-conglomerate Stark International? And what terrible secret from his past forces billionaire inventor Tony Stark to become the Golden Guardian? Find out here!

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 1: Heart Of Steel

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 2: Iron Armory

Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by James Cordeiro, Graham Nolan, Rafa Sandoval
Cover by Skottie Young
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Collects Marvel Adventures Iron Man #5-8.

The Armored Avenger blasts through the second arc of his solo title in the critically acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line! Tony Stark shows off some of the various incarnations of his armor, including the Deep Sea Armor and Space Armor as he fights the Techno-pirates, the Living Laser and more!

Marvel Adventures Iron Man Vol. 2: Iron Armory

Marvel Delivers Exiles and More Plus Harlequin Romance Manga, Today on comiXology

Today there are a dozen new digital comics added to comiXology‘s store. Marvel has ten new releases ranging from Exiles to Hellstorm. Harlequin also delivers two new romance manga. Check out the full list of releases here or check out the individual releases below.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Clayton Henry, Tom Mandrake, Mizuki Sakakibara, Kev Walker, Skottie Young
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles #20-37 And X-Men Unlimited #41.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate. Now, relive their quest to fix the kinks in the chains of reality.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Chuck Austen, Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
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Collects Exiles 38-58.

They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna, Paul Pelletier, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #59-74 And The Age Of Apocalypse Handbook.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Casey Jones, Paul Pelletier
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #75-89 And Exiles Annual #1.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Raicht
Art by Ronan Cliquet, Tom Grummett, Clayton Henry, Paul Pelletier, Steve Scott
Cover by Paul Pelletier
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Collects Exiles #90-100, Days Of Then & Now And X-Men: Die By The Sword #1-5.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality—brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Clayton Crain
Cover by Clayton Crain
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Collects Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #1-6.

Here it is – the prequel to Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain’s smash hit GHOST RIDER: ROAD TO DAMNATION! Travis Parham thought he’d seen hell. As a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, he stood neck-deep in muck and blood, surrounded by the whistle of hot shrapnel and the screams of dying men. Two years later, Parham has carved a new life for himself, doing his best to forget the depravity that lurks in the pits of men’s souls. Now, Parham’s tranquil world is about to be rudely interrupted. Up from the depths comes a force of nature that transcends his wildest dreams – a fiery wraith that knows a thing or two about evil and even more about vengeance.

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Secretary On Demand

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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Waitress Shannon secretly looks forward to seeing the man who comes to her restaurant for lunch every day. But then trouble with a customer gets her fired! The man who saves her from her financial woes is none other than her lunch man, Kane! He’s the president of a major corporation and he offers her a job. He wants to turn a waitress into his secretary? Should she take him up on his offer?

Secretary On Demand

The Sheikh’s Bride: Sheiks

Written by Sophie Weston
Art by Rikako Tsuji
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While tour guide Leo is visiting Cairo with her clients, she runs into members of an Arabian royal family at the hotel where she’s staying. She is immediately drawn to a sophisticated man with a noble air. His name is Amer and he’s the sheikh of Dalmun, a country in the Middle East. The prince of the desert should want nothing to do with her. But that night, he suddenly appears in front of her when she gets fired from her job!

The Sheikh's Bride: Sheiks

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan – Equinox

Written by Alex Irvine
Art by Russell Braun
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Hellstorm: Son of Satan (2006) #1-5.

When the Son of Satan is your best option, God help you. New Orleans. The Big Easy. The membrane between our world and the underworld has always been a little thinner here. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of human misery has drawn demons like sharks to a bloodbath. What better time for Daimon Hellstrom – a.k.a. the Son of Satan – to pay a visit? It starts with the doctor who delivers a baby that vanishes into the night. A doctor who is devoured by demons wearing New Orleans P.D. badges. Demons who work for someone – or something – -that’s descended on the Big Easy and doesn’t give a damn who Hellstorm or his father is. Something that’s harvesting body parts in a furious race toward unspeakable purposes. This is the Son of Satan as you’ve never seen him before, brought to you by acclaimed novelist Alexander Irvine (The Narrows), with searing art by Russell Braun (Animal Man) and Klaus Janson.

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan - Equinox

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clay Mann
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #11-15.

The Heroes return to New York to find it the first battleground in WORLD WAR HULK. Will Humbug’s recently amplified powers be a factor against Hulk’s compatriots, Miek and Brood? Can the heroes salve the wounds of their adoptive city and still turn a profit? Both answers are “yes” if Misty Knight has anything to say about it!

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Written by Chris Giarrusso, Marc Sumerak, Paul Tobin
Art by Chris Giarrusso, Andy Kuhn, David Williams
Cover by David Williams
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Collects Hulk and Power Pack #1-4.

Power Pack couldn’t be more excited to meet their father’s new colleague, the world-famous Dr. Bruce Banner. But when the kids find themselves trapped in the tunnels beneath Manhattan by the Absorbing Man, they find out what happens when the good doctor gets angry! Get ready to go gamma as a brand-new team-up begins here!

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Iron Man and Power Pack #1-4.

Everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings – Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie – join forces with the Armored Avenger to bring down the mega-sized metallic monstrosity known as Ultimo; Marvel’s fastest villain, the Speed Demon; and the cryogenic criminal called the Blizzard! Does the action ever end? Not for Marvel’s youngest heroes! Someone is using stolen Stark Industries technology to take control of Marvel’s most high-tech heroes and villains. Sounds like the perfect time for Power Pack to attend an exhibit of old Iron Man armor! Nothing could possibly go wrong there…right?

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

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Review: Strange Academy #2

Strange Academy #2

It’s been quite some time since the debut of this series. Strange Academy #2 feels like no time has passed at all. It’s the first day of classes at Strange Academy. The issue hops around in a frenetic pace giving us the big picture of the school, students, and courses. We’re taken to numerous classes, introduced to the professors, and get to know the personalities of the students a bit more. We also get the first hints as to what the “big bad” will be.

Writer Skottie Young has a lot of fun with this second issue which can be picked up and enjoyed without needing to read the first. Young along with artist Humberto Ramos, deliver story pacing and a vibe that’s full of fun and energy. It’s a chaotic issue and you’ll either enjoy it or dislike it just for that. There doesn’t feel like enough time is spent in any one situation or on any one focus. But, you still feel like you get a lot of the issue as it gives us the quick tour of everything.

There are absolutely some aspects that get a bit more time on the page. Some of that is just to set up punchlines but it also helps move the characters along as well as they must deal with the situations at hand. There’s clearly some fun thought into each course and how they’re presented. That’s obvious by small jabs they make and so much is left for the reader’s imagination.

Ramos’ art is full of energy and that’s helped by the colors of Edgar Delgado and lettering of Clayton Cowles. The colors pop on the page with a bright aspect to them. Everything just looks exciting and fresh and full of energy in part due to the artistic choices. It’d be so easy to do a dour take on the same issue but as presented there’s a youthful energy about it all. There pages are full of mystical details that often tell the entire story of that particular segment. The issue relies heavily on the visual. Cowles’ lettering too is key as it often helps bring out the personality of the various characters as the lettering shifts between them.

Strange Academy #2 is a crazy paced issue where entire scenes and situations are left for a single page or a single panel gag. It’s a whirlwind tour of the school and what the kids will be dealing with. It also drops hints as to where things will be going. And it needed to be this way. An issue focusing more on any of the elements would have felt like it dragged on and given other aspects the short end of things. Instead, everyone gets their moments with a lot of humor thrown in. For as crazy as it is, it’s a great read and a welcome return of the series.

Story: Skottie Young Art: Humberto Ramos
Color: Edgar Delgado Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


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Middlewest’s Series Finale is Out this July and Features a Virgin Cover by Skottie Young

The beloved, Eisner Award-nominated comic book series Middlewest by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona will come to a breathtaking conclusion this July. The final issue of the series, Middlewest #18, will pack a punch with a stunning virgin cover, without trade dress, by Young.

In Middlewest #18, the missteps of the past meet an uncertain future as the roving monster that Dale has been confronts the ruinous behemoth that Abel has become.

Middlewest #18 Cover A by Corona and Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Diamond Code MAR200234) and Cover B by Young (Diamond Code MAR200235) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 22.

The final trade paperback collected edition, Middlewest, Vol. 3 (ISBN: 978-1534315983) will be available on Wednesday, August 26, and in bookstores on Tuesday, September 1.

Image Reveals Walt Simonson, Frank Cho, Erik Larsen, and Ryan Ottley’s Savage Dragon #250 Covers

Legendary artists Walt Simonson, Frank Cho, and Ryan Ottley join Rob Liefeld and Skottie Young in contributing to the eye-popping covers of the milestone Savage Dragon #250 issue by Image Comics partner and CFO Erik Larsen. This record-breaking issue is set to release from Image Comics in July.

For 28 years, Erik Larsen has chronicled the lives and times of the Dragon and his extended family in one of comics’ only series set in real time. This monumental oversized milestone issue is a sweeping culmination that sets the stage for the next phase of comics’ most uncompromising series with its most shocking story yet! 

Forces have conspired against Malcolm Dragon and his family—but is this a turning point or…THE END?! Find out as Savage Dragon becomes the second original Image title to reach its 250th issue and begins the countdown to #300.

Savage Dragon #250 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 15. 

  • Savage Dragon #250 cover A by Erik Larsen (Diamond Code DEC190056)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover B by Frank Cho (Diamond Code DEC190057)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover C by Rob Liefeld (Diamond Code DEC190058)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover D by Walt Simonson (Diamond Code DEC190059)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover E by Skottie Young (Diamond Code DEC190060)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover F Blank Sketch variant (Diamond Code DEC190061)
  • Savage Dragon #250 cover G drawn by Erik Larsen, inked by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code FEB209190)
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