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Die #11 Kicks Off a New Arc and Gets a New Printing

Die #11, from bestselling writer Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, is being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with overwhelming demand. This issue kicks off the third story arc in the wildly popular, dark fantasy series.

Half the party is ruling a whole empire. The other half is on the run. Neither has it easy. There is nothing easy in this game, especially when the stakes get shockingly real. The most epic arc of Die begins as it means to go on: messily.

Die #11, second printing will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 29.

Die #11, second printing

Check out the Hugo Award’s “Best Graphic Story or Comic” Nominees

Hugo Awards

The nominees for “Best Graphic Story or Comic” for this year’s Hugo Awards have been announced. Normally, the winners are announced at Worldcon but with the event this year canceled due to COVID-19, it’s unknown when the winners will be announced.

The nominees were announced on April 8 and were decided from 1,584 valid nominating ballots with a total of 27,033 nominations. Members nominated up to five works/people in each category, and the top six works/people in each category were shortlisted as finalists.

Check out all of the Hugo nominees and the comic nominees below:

  • Die, Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker, by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, letters by Clayton Cowles (Image)

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  • LaGuardia, written by Nnedi Okorafor, art by Tana Ford, colors by James Devlin (Berger Books; Dark Horse)

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  • Monstress, Volume 4: The Chosen, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)

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  • Mooncakes, by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker, letters by Joamette Gil (Oni Press; Lion Forge)

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  • Paper Girls, Volume 6, written by Brian K. Vaughan, drawn by Cliff Chiang, colors by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image)

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  • The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 9: “Okay”, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, colors by Matt Wilson, letters by Clayton Cowles (Image)

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On top of the comics above, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel are nominated in “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form,” and Watchmen: “A God Walks into Abar” and Watchmen: “This Extraordinary Being” are nominated in “Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.”


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Preview: Robert E. Howard’s Dark Agnes #2 (of 5)

Robert E. Howard’s Dark Agnes #2 (of 5)

(W) Becky Cloonan (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) Stephanie Hans
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

MAYHEM, A MASKED BALL, AND MURDER MOST FOUL!

AGNES and ETIENNE enter the lair of the beast-sneaking into the palace of DUKE D’ALENCON, even as his agents hunt for them!

But when a murder victim turns up in the court, will they escape notice or be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of disaster forming around them?
All this and the return of a ghost from Agnes’ past!

Robert E. Howard's Dark Agnes #2 (of 5)

Preview: Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)

Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)

(W) Becky Cloonan (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) Stephanie Hans
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

HER FIRST SOLO COMIC SERIES!

Forced into an arranged marriage, Agnes de Chastillon took matters into her own violent hands to free herself from the yoke of a life she never wanted. Now, the woman known as DARK AGNES, along with her mercenary partner ETIENNE VILLIERS, make their way through 16th century France as sellswords on their way to join the wars in Italy, where the real money is! But when Etienne is captured by the DUKE OF ALENCON’s forces and set for execution, it’s up to Dark Agnes to save the day! But what evil designs are being enacted on Agnes, and will she doom herself by saving Etienne?

An all-new story following up Robert E. Howard’s tales, the swashbuckling saga of DARK AGNES in Marvel Comics starts here!

Dark Agnes #1 (of 5)

Get a First Look at Amethyst #1 by Amy Reeder

Amethyst #1 (of 6)

Story and art by Amy Reeder
Covers by Amy Reeder and Stephanie Hans
Lettering by Gabriela Downie
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020

An Unforgettable Adventure Begins February 26th!

Following the character’s triumphant reintroduction in the pages of Young Justice, the new Amethyst series from DC’s Wonder Comics follows teenager Amy Winston, a.k.a. Princess Amethyst, eager to return to her magical kingdom. Instead, she finds it in ruins, her subjects vanished, and none in the realm of Gemworld still loyal to her house. To solve this mystery, restore House Amethyst, and save her family, Amy must find new allies and confront dark secrets on a deadly quest to the farthest reaches of Gemworld.

In this this six-issue mini-series launching in February, writer and artist Amy Reeder takes on a magical world tour complete with dreamy landscapes, fantastical creatures, crystalline visions, breathtaking kingdoms, and one very bad guy named Opal.

But it wouldn’t be complete without new friends to share it all with. With the help of Phoss, a four-armed warrior, and Maxixe, a stubborn prince, Amy comes to realize that what’s good and bad in Gemworld is not always crystal clear.

DC’s newest Wonder Comics title, Amethyst, arrives on February 26th by writer and artist Amy Reeder (Batwoman, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Rocketgirl)!

Amethyst #1 (of 6)

Die #6 Heads Back for a Second Printing Before the First Hits Stores

Image Comics has fast-tracked a second printing of Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die #6 a week ahead of its release.

The upcoming issue is scheduled to hit stores on Wednesday, August 7 and—due to increasing demand—will ship sold-out at the distributor level.

The popularity of the hot new series, Die, has grown at breakneck speed with multiple sell-outs and reprints of every issue.

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #6, second printing (Diamond Code JUN198682) will be available on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 5.

Die #6, second printing

Preview: Psi-Lords #2

PSI-LORDS #2

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover C by STEPHANIE HANS
Pre-Order Edition Cover by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 24th

After an explosive escape from a cosmic prison, the team of amnesiac astronauts needs to find a way home!

But where is the ship that brought them here in the first place? And just who are these Psi-Lords they keep hearing about?

It’s a deadly scavenger hunt around the Gyre in search of a way back home, but this cosmic ring of decaying ships hides many threats within its aging walls!

Die #4 is Rushed Back for a Third Printing

New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ series Die is being sent back to print yet again. This time Die #4 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #4, third printing (Diamond Code MAR198647) and will be available on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, May 6.

Die #4 3rd printing

Review: Die #5

Die #5

The ending of the first arc of Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is loud, flashy, and creates a completely new premise for the series while still riffing on RPGs and never growing up. It starts as the third act of a high concept fantasy film before turning into some fourth wall breaking The Lego Movie meets Chronicles of Narnia metafiction, yet darker and then goes full hog horror.

In Die #5, the main party of Ash, Chuck, Matt, Angela, and Isabelle have to defeat Sol, the Grandmaster so they can go home to their homes and lives in the “real world” because the game only ends when whole party unanimously wants it to end. But it isn’t that easy. Some characters, like “The Fool” Chuck and divorced school teacher Isabelle, actually enjoy traveling a multi genre encompassing fantasy landscape that in this issue alone is a little cyberpunk, a little Wizard of Oz, and has a Dungeons and Dragons approach to divinity. And, then, there’s the whole dark ending part that establishes the new stakes and antagonists for the series. Gillen and Hans really fuck with whatever fantasy genre/RPG tropes expectations you had for the series.

As Die goes from a hazy flashback to the “real world” to Glass Town, Eternal Prussia, and various fantasy landscapes, Stephanie Hans’ gift for color palette and creating an immersive fantasy setting is on full display. Statues, temples, gods, dark corridors, a bit of old school hacking, and yes, dragons are all in her repertoire, and the way each character uses their class abilities is quite distinct too like the red flash whenever Ash does dictator things. It’s a world that you could definitely imagine a straight, dark fantasy series with touches of cyberpunk taking place in, which makes Gillen and Hans’ rejection of the premise so radical.

Hans’ work has real emotion too from the smiles and soft yellows of young Dominic Ash and Sol as they play with a cool Lego castle in the opening flashback to after various pyrotechnics, Ash and Sol throw down in the world of Die. Their relationship is the beating heart of the series so far, and even though Sol is a total asshole, who ripped his friends from their mostly happy lives to play a game, it hurts when they fight and converse in the issue’s final moments. With black narrative captions from Clayton Cowles, Ash steels herself to take out Sol and go home, but her internal conflict is the complete opposite of her confident “team leader” style dialogue. Her actions in this issue definitely have messed Ash up as a character as the series progresses.

In Die #5, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans create an intriguing fantasy world and RPG system and then topple it, both visually and in the plot. They take the premise of never leaving Narnia and dial up the darkness and horror that is baked into that idea. Also, having middle aged people in a fantasy RPG setting makes for some interesting characterization although this issue is predominantly action-driven.

One last thing, you should definitely check out the essay Gillen pens at the end of the comic. For reasons.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Stephanie Hans Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Die #5 is Heading Back for a New Printing

Image Comics has announced that New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #5 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand for the story arc’s jaw-dropping conclusion issue.

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #5, second printing (Diamond Code FEB198781) and will be available on Wednesday, May 1. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, April 8.

Die #5, second printing
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