The latest crowdfunding initiative offers a Kickstarter exclusive dustjacket and signature by Darkness co-creator Marc Silvestri. For the first time in seven years, there will be new Darkness art by Marc Silvestri and Stjepan Sejic. Backers can choose tiers that offer a Kickstarter exclusive The Darkness #1 facsimile variant, enamel pin, t-shirt, and remark Darkness art by Marc Silvestri.
Additional rewards include Marc Silvestri making himself available for exclusive video calls with groups of fans or one-on-one interactions.
DC Comics dropped a surprise DC Digital First series with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. The anthology series will be told in fourteen chapters from a rotating group of creators, a who’s who of top talent. As a top tier character who has seen numerous different iterations and interpretations, the move is a smart one and the debut chapter is intriguing that it should hook readers new and old to check out further releases from the series.
The first chapter “Harleen: Red” is by writer/artist Stjepan Šejić with lettering by Gabriela Downie. Set in the world of Šejić’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel Harleen, this story hints at a “red” that will have meaning only to Harley Quinn! Thankfully, you don’t need to have read Harleen to appreciate this digital comic, and instead, it can be picked up on its own and enjoyed.
Harley is in Arkham Asylum focused on the color red. The issue has her squaring off with another psychologist who’s attempting to break down Harley to find out what’s on her mind. She’s escaped a few times at this point and Arkham is considered a joke of an institution so there’s a focus to get this right.
The comic itself feels like a one-woman play in many ways. Šejićhas Harley go off about the color red and its role throughout her life. What it reminds her of, the good, the bad, the traumatic. You can easily imagine this playing out on a stage with lines delivered to an audience. There’s a romantic wisp of it all. Harley waxes poetically about her time with the Joker and the abusive dance between the two. And there’s the eventual twist that fans of the character will see coming from a mile away. Though predictable, there’s still a romantic aspect to it all. A damsel being rescued from the castle tower in a way.
The art is amazing. The use of so few colors creates a dramatic flair and emphasizes the art in so many ways. The emotions come from Harley’s movements and facial expressions, with a dash of red highlighting a small detail. Downie’s lettering is key as it emphasizes words and phrases creating a more dynamic reading.
There’s a point that the exploration turns into abuse porn in many ways. We relive Harley’s traumatic experiences over and over at the hands of the Joker. It gets tiring and “been there, seen it”. But, this comic delivers an air of romanticism that’s not aimed at the Joker and when you get to latter moments there’s something touching about it all. Harley thinks about the horror but longs for what feels like her true love to save her. As a comic goes,the first chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is a fantastic read and as an introduction to this series, it’s a hell of a start.
Story: Stjepan Šejić Art: Stjepan Šejić Letterer: Gabriela Downie Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
DC has announced the launch of its newest Digital First series, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red! Publishing each Friday and spanning 14 chapters, this digital series is an anthology of standalone stories told in the vein of the classic Batman: Black & White. The first chapter is available for purchase now on participating digital platforms, including readdc.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.
Each chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will be told in traditional black and white with the color red utilized in unique ways throughout each of the individual stories. The debut chapter of the Digital First series is “Harleen: Red” by writer/artist Stjepan Šejić with lettering by Gabriela Downie. Set in the world of Šejić’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel Harleen, this story hints at a “red” that will have meaning only to Harley Quinn!
Future chapters will feature a fan-favorite lineup of talent, including Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini; the team of Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin; Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez; Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra; Erica Henderson, Daniel Kibblesmith, and more to come throughout the run. And Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red is also the DC writing debut for several acclaimed illustrators! Artists Mirka Andolfo, Dani, Joe Quinones, and Riley Rossmo are all developing chapters written in their own voice, paired with art in their distinct styles.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red’s first chapter, with story and art by Stjepan Šejić and lettering by Gabriela Downie, is available now. Subsequent digital chapters of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will publish weekly on Fridays through its 14-chapter run. Andolfo’s story will publish July 3, Ahmed and Rodriguez’ collaboration will publish on July 10, and Seeley and Ferreyra’s chapter will publish on July 17 to round out the first month of the series.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red promo art is by Jorge Jiménez.
(W) Stephanie Phillips (A/CA) Craig Cermak, (Colorist) Brittany Pezzillo, (L) Troy Peteri (Cover B) Stjepan Sejic
High adventure on the high seas in the waning days of piracy, when men were men, and the best pirates were…women?
Writer STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Butcher of Paris, Descendent) and artist CRAIG CERMAK (Red Team, Voltron) bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.
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This September, DC Black Label will debut an intoxicating new limited series, Harleen, written and illustrated by visionary storyteller Stjepan Šejić. This twisted love story follows the young Dr. Harleen Quinzel on a quest to save all of Gotham from the madness that lurks within the city—and the twisted path that will lead her into the arms of the Joker, transforming her into the notorious super-villain Harley Quinn. The three-issue series is set to debut September 25.
Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City—she just needs to prove it actually works. Through her studies of the criminals and sociopaths that pass through the halls of Arkham Asylum and the GCPD, Harleen is seeking to end the growing apathy among the citizens of Gotham. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself.
Following an attack on the city by the villainous Joker, Harleen will come face-to-face with one of the many criminals she hopes to heal—but she will soon find herself drawn into the madness and insanity that plagues him. Witness Harleen’s first steps on a doomed quest that will launch the legendary super-villain Harley Quinn in this stunning reimagining of Harley and the Joker’s twisted and tragic love affair.
Harleen will be released monthly beginning September 25, featuring three oversize issues in large-print format, with a collection to follow in spring 2020.
Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role have announced three new projects set to release in 2019. Based on epic tales from the world of Exandria, these new comics, art books and more will explore this universe in new and original ways! The most popular digital tabletop game in the world, Critical Role is live-streamed every week and set in Exandria. In each episode, veteran voice actor and Game Master Matthew Mercer leads his nerdy ass and wildly entertaining friends (also fellow voice actors!) on a thrill ride of turmoil and adventure. The cast includes Matthew Mercer (Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4), Travis Willingham (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, The Legend of Korra), Marisha Ray (Star Wars: Battlefront, Batgirl: Spoiled, Metal Gear: Survive), Taliesin Jaffe (Street Fighter, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV), Ashley Johnson (Blindspot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans Go!), Sam Riegel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, One Punch Man, The Amazing Spiderman), Liam O’Brien (Star Wars Rebels, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Wolverine and the X-Men), and Laura Bailey (Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gears of War 4).
On July 10, 2019, Dark Horse and Critical Role will release Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II #1, which finds the unlikely heroes of Vox Machina back in action-packed yet absurdly entertaining adventures! The six-issue series will be available through Dark Horse Digital and through retail stores and continues to follow the origin stories of engaging characters, material hinted at but not fully disclosed in the live-stream. From award-nominated writer Jody Houser and first series artist Olivia Samson, with colorist MSASSYK and letterer Ariana Maher comesCritical Role: Vox Machina Originsseries II, the highly anticipated sequel to Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I. The beautiful first issue cover is by artist Fiona Staples. The series will be collected into a trade paperback collection in summer 2020.
In Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II, familiar faces from Critical Role’s smash-hit first campaign return as their escapades in Stilben lead them towards their next adventure—and a dire threat to Grog Strongjaw, the goliath barbarian, when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog’s secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him.
Due to popular demand, Dark Horse and Critical Role will also release a trade paperback collection of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I on October 15, 2019! Writers Matthew Mercer and Matthew Colville team with artist extraordinaire Olivia Samson and colorist and letterer Chris Northrop to tell the story of how Vox Machina first met. Originally released through Dark Horse Digital, theCritical Role: Vox Machina Origins series Ipaperback collection will be available for fans to purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, critrole.com, and in local comic shops! Featuring a cover by Stjepan Šejić, Critical Role fans can buy this 168-page collection for $19.99.
In late 2019, Dark Horse and Critical Role will release Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria — The Mighty Nein. With a stunning cover by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio, this gorgeous hardcover art collection contains materials presented chronologically from the first few story arcs of the Mighty Nein campaign. Featuring a wide variety of illustrations from the Critical Role fan community paired with text by cast members Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe, and art direction from Lauryn Ipsum, this 200-page tome retails for $39.99.
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Stjepan Sejic In Shops: Jan 02, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Next stop on the Odyssey-Planet Cyborg! The space-faring Justice League travels to a new world that worships Cyborg, and meets a population that’s obsessed with body modification in preparation for a galactic war. Cyborg and Azrael clash over whether to stop the simmering standoff or continue following the clues left behind by Darkseid. Elsewhere, Starfire and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz infiltrate the society’s upper crust in order to decipher the second language on the codex.