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Masters of the Universe Gets High End Prints from Dark Horse Direct and Mattel

Mattel and Dark Horse Direct have announced an exclusive line of high end, limited-edition lithograph prints of the comic covers for the Masters of the Universe: Revelation comic series written by Kevin Smith, Rob David, and Tim Sheridan. The comics served as a prequel to Netflix and Mattel Television’s critically acclaimed animated series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation.

Printed on 11” x 17” archival paper, the first two prints of the line will be the Stjepan Sejic and Mike Mignola variant covers from Masters of the Universe: Revelation #1, the first of four comics released. These limited-edition, numbered prints will be printed to pre-orders, never to be reproduced, making them true collector’s pieces.

Pre-orders for the prints are open now and will close at 5:00PM PST September 13. Each print will retail for $39.99. We have the power!

Sweet Paprika #2 Teases Variants to Spice Up September

Mirka Andolfo’s highly anticipated Sweet Paprika #2 sizzles with steamy variant covers by Stjepan Šejić, Guillem March, and Andrew Hickinbottom set to catch reader attention this September.

The highly anticipated Sweet Paprika became an instant bestseller when issue #1 sold out at the distributor level upon release and became the highest launch to date of any of Andolfo’s creator-owned series. Orders on the title exceed those of the much buzzed about Mercy #1 and Unnatural #1 and the 12-issue series is planned as part of a cross-media project alongside animation from Grey Ladder Productions, Arancia Studio, and Wild Sheep Content, with Director Gabriele Pennacchioli (Emmy Award winner in 2019 for Love, Death & Robots).

In Sweet Paprika #2, Paprika finds herself in a difficult situation when her father’s illness and the complex work situation that awaits her both compete for her attention. And the only kind of business she’s not really able to handle: a dinner where being dynamic, kind, and relaxed is just as important as being competent. But there is also another reason why the young and skilled professional is in trouble: she doesn’t want to see one of the guests again…

Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAY210023) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 25.

Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #2 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 1:

  • Cover A Andolfo – Diamond Code JUN210256
  • Cover B Šejić – Diamond Code JUN210257
  • Cover C March – Diamond Code JUN210258
  • Cover D Hickinbottom – Diamond Code JUN210259
  • Cover E Andolfo – Diamond Code JUN219167

Masters of the Universe Comes to Dark Horse with Revelation

Mattel and Dark Horse Comics have announced Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a four-issue miniseries. Starting in July 2021, the series will serve as a prequel to the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelation series from Netflix and Mattel Television premiering this year.

The story arc for the new comics was conceived by the show’s executive producers Kevin Smith and Rob David, who also served as the creative director and a writer of DC Comics’ Masters of the Universe releases from 2012 – 2020, as well as show writer Tim Sheridan. Mindy Lee provides the art and color while Stjepan Sejic created the cover art for issue #1 with Dave Wilkins providing cover art for issues #2-#4. Mattel and Dark Horse will also release an issue #1 variant by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart. Additional variant artists for subsequent issues include Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson with Laura Martin, and more.

In the comic book, following a vicious Orlax attack on his father King Randor, He-Man learns the creature is linked to the origin of the sword of power. To save Randor and put an end to the chaos, He-Man embarks on an epic journey that pits him against his longtime foes Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, and sees Teela take the reins of a powerful legacy. 

The first installment of four for the Masters of the Universe: Revelation comic is currently available for pre-order and will be released July 7, 2021. Additional comic books will be released on August 11, September 9, and October 13, 2021.

The Complete Darkness Comes to Kickstarter featuring new art by Marc Silvestri and Stjepan Sejic

Top Cow Productions is approaching another epic milestone: 25 years of The Darkness! To celebrate the auspicious occasion, Top Cow is Kickstarting The Darkness Complete Collection Vol. 1 Hardcover while offering exclusive rewards.

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.

The Darkness Complete Collection Vol. 1 Kickstarter will end on Friday, August 21st. The campaign has already far exceeded its goal so will absolutely fund when it’s campaign concludes.

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

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter One

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. Šejić has 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

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DC Delivers a Surprise Digital Release of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red With First Chapter by Stjepan Šejić and Gabriela Downie

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.comComixology, 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.

Preview: A Man Among Ye #1

A Man Among Ye #1

(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.

A Man Among Ye #1

Preview: Harleen #3 (of 3)

Harleen #3

(W) Stjepan Sejic (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $7.99

DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″

In which our doomed doctor makes a choice she can never take back-one that seals her dark fate and gives rise to one of the most legendary villains of all time!

Harleen #3

Review: Harleen #1

Explore the slide of Dr. Harleen Quinzel as she becomes Harley Quinn.

Story: Stjepan Šejić
Art: Stjepan Šejić

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Stjepan Šejić Re-Imagines Harley Quinn in DC Black Label’s Harleen

This September, DC Black Label will debut an intoxicating new limited series, Harleen, written and illustrated by visionary storyteller Stjepan ŠejićThis 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.

Harleen
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