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ComiXology Features 11 New Releases from Marvel, Harlequin, AAM-MArkosia, Titan Comics, and Yen Press

There are 11 new digital comics available right now on comiXology. You can choose new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, AAM-Markosia, Titan Comics, and Yen Press. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Black Butler #174

Written by Yana Toboso
Art by Yana Toboso
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Baldo gets to see the blood drawing process firsthand, but it all seems…surprisingly normal. Read the next chapter of Black Butler at the same time as Japan!

Black Butler #174

Captain America Vol. 2: Extremists

Written by John Ney Rieber
Art by Trevor Hairsine, Jae Lee
Cover by John Cassaday
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Collects Captain America (2002) #7-11.

Captain America clashes with Redpath, an adversary that shares Cap’s ideal of a powerful and unified America, but who lacks a moral compass. Redpath and his team of cronies, The Extremists, plan to cleanse America by force — and only Captain America can stop them.

Captain America Vol. 2: Extremists

In Name Only

Written by Diana Hamilton
Art by Elly Okuyama
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Javier, the head of a prestigious Spanish clan, appears in front of Cathy, who adopted her sister’s child as her own. He says that he’s come to take custody of his younger brother’s child, who is the heir to his family line. Mistaking her to be the mother of the child, he coerces her into coming along with him to Spain. Cathy decides to pretend to be her younger sister until she is approved for adoption, but as she spends time with Javier, she becomes more and more attracted to him. But does she know that he’s only getting close to her to get to the child?

In Name Only

Katana Vol. 2 #1: The Pirates of Moon Lake

Written by Miroslav Petrov
Art by Veseli Chakarov
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A little girl is sentenced to death but survives deep inside the Magic Wood of the Valokaan Empire. A name of a sword becomes her name – Katana. Raised by mystical creatures, she dives into the world of humankind and reveals what it takes to seek her origin.

Katana Vol. 2 #1: The Pirates of Moon Lake

La prisonnière du Comte Valieri

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Kazuko Fujita
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Maddie, voyageant en Italie pour faire une interview, fut accueillie par le dénommé comte Valieri. Il lui prépara une chambre dans un hôtel luxueux, et l’invita aussi à un célèbre opéra. Mais dans la voiture du comte, la fatigue l’assaillit. Sans le savoir, elle fut conduite par un beau jeune homme et fut allongé dans un lit autre que le sien ! Confuse, le bel inconnu lui avoua des choses inattendue : « Tu seras mon otage jusqu’à ce que les négociations avec ton beau-père soient terminées ». Oui, voici le manoir du comte. Et Maddie est sa prisonnière !

La prisonnière du Comte Valieri

Missing Persons #1

Written by Liam Johnson
Art by Bernardo Vieira
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In 1971, enigmatic con artist DB Cooper parachuted from a hijacked plane with $200,000 in ransom. He was never seen again. Did he get away or did he die? The truth is neither. He was ripped from time, brought to the future, and enlisted to commit the greatest bank robbery the world will ever know. This is his story.

Missing Persons #1

The Royal Tutor #101

Written by Higasa Akai
Art by Higasa Akai
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It’s almost time for the princes to take the stage for their big speeches, but when big brother Eins takes the wind out of their sails, they’re going to need a pep talk from their royal tutor! Read the next chapter of The Royal Tutor the same day as Japan!

The Royal Tutor #101

Sea of Thieves #1: Champion of Souls

Written by Jeremy Whitely
Art by Rhoald Marcellius
Colored by Sakti Yuowono
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Before the Blackwyche became a relic in Shipwreck Bay, it was home to one of the noble and legendary pirates the Sea of Thieves had ever known. Follow the rise and fall of Sir Arthur Pendragon as he forges his name as the Champion of Souls, striking fear into the bones of every skeleton who dares to roam the waves.

Sea of Thieves #1: Champion of Souls

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 2

Written by Kaare Andrews, Darwyn Cooke, Bruce Jones
Art by Kaare Andrews, Darwyn Cooke, Lee Weeks
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #7-11.

This critically-acclaimed collection features the Bruce Jones and Lee Weeks’s “Gentlemen’s Agreement”, Kaare Andrews’s “Ray of Light”, and Darwyn Cooke’s “Open All Night”: three stories of ordinary people whose lives are forever changed by Spider-Man!

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 2

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 3

Written by Brian Azzarello, Paul Pope, Daniel Way, Zeb Wells, Ron Zimmerman
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Duncan Fegredo, Leo Fernandez, Sean Phillips, Paul Pope
Cover by Jason Pearson
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Collects Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #13-17.

An impressive list of indie creators take hard looks at living in the not-so-friendly neighborhood of the world-famous web-slinger! This is the perfect book for those who never thought they’d ever read — and enjoy — a Spider-Man story!

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 3

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 4

Written by Darwyn Cooke, Ted McKeever, Robbie Morrison, Zeb Wells
Art by Darwyn Cooke, Dean Haspiel, Jim Mahfood, Ted McKeever
Cover by Frank Cho
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Collects Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #18-22, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #42-43.

What’s it like to live in a world where Spider-Man swings overhead? Find out as some of the comic book industry’s most unique creators explore various city-dwellers, both super-powered and not, whose lives are changed when the wall-crawler leaps into their lives.

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 4

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ComiXology Delivers 8 New Digital Comics Including Titans, Thunderbolts, Ultimate Marvel, and Manga!

There are eight new digital comics available now on comiXology! You can get new comics from Marvel, DC, and Yen Press now including new Titans, Ultimate Marvel, and more! Check them all out here or the individual issues below.

Goblin Slayer #49

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Noboru Kannatuki, Kousuke Kurose
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This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality goreGoblin Slayer’s party finally starts to break through Noble Fencer’s shell, but what will happen when they encounter the goblin paladin…? Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer at the same time as Japan!

Goblin Slayer #49

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #32

Written by Takahiro
Art by Strelka
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This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexualityAs Akame readies to join the fight, Hisame continues his solitary stand against the enemy…Will he be able to withstand their attack? Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #32

Thunderbolts: Guardian Protocols

Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Gary Erskine, Tom Grummett
Cover by Tom Grummett
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Collects Thunderbolts #106-109.

The Civil War gave Zemo a chance to amass a super-villain army – and now he is ready to unleash that fighting force on the Grandmaster, who plans to release an energy force across the planet that will lead to victory in his cosmic game of good and evil. But in this fight, who is good and who is evil? When the dust settles and the Guardian Protocols are enacted, the T-Bolts will never be the same again

Thunderbolts: Guardian Protocols

Titans: Titans Together #1

Written by Phil Hester
Pencils Tom Grummett, Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by John Kalisz
Cover by Brandon Peterson
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When one of Raven’s college professors goes missing, Nightwing is convinced the Titans should investigate. But the danger they uncover is far greater than one missing person—the fate of humanity is at stake, and only Beast Boy can save the day!

Titans: Titans Together #1

Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection

Written by Orson Scott Card
Art by Pasqual Ferry, Andy Kubert
Cover by Andy Kubert
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Collects Ultimate Iron Man #1-5 and Ultimate Iron Man II #1-5.

Tony Stark seems to have the perfect life as a billionaire playboy, genius-level inventor and founding member of the world-class super-hero team the Ultimates. But Stark’s life in the public spotlight is merely a small part of the picture. What is the untold story behind the man in the iron mask? How did Stark develop from a gifted child prodigy into one of the most powerful men on the planet? In ULTIMATE IRON MAN, legendary science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card delves into Tony Stark’s childhood history, exploring the makings of a hero from the very beginning.

Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Ultimate Collection

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Allred, Chynna Clugston Flores, Phil Hester, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Rick Mays, Ted McKeever, Terry Moore, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Matt Wagner
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu
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Collects Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1-16 And The Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special.

Collecting all 16 issues of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, plus the star-studded Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special! Teenager Peter Parker may just have started out in the crime-fighting game, but there are plenty of heroes and villains already doing their thing. And it doesn’t take long for Spider-Man to encounter these strange new allies and enemies – including Wolverine, the Hulk, Iron Man, the Punisher, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, the Man-Thing, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, the Black Widow, Shang-Chi and more! Take a wild tour through the ever-exciting Ultimate universe, as Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis teams up with the comic industry’s greatest artistic talents! Through the eyes of Peter Parker, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up showcases all the Ultimate heroes. From uncanny mutants to gleaming Avengers to rampaging green brutes, this volume has it all!

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Ultimate Collection

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Mark Millar
Art by Tom Derenick, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Aaron Lopresti, Tom Raney
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu
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Collects Ultimate X-Men #1-12 & 1/2.

Collecting the first year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #1-12 – in one colossal volume! Featuring an all-new cover by ULTIMATE HULK VS. WOLVERINE artist Leinil Francis Yu! The world stands on the brink of genetic war. Mankind has made the first move, launching an army of giant, cybernetic executioners called Sentinels – programmed to target and eliminate the mutant DNA strand. Now, Magneto and his mutant terrorist cell are preparing to follow through on their threats of Homo sapien genocide. The only force that can prevent total annihilation: five awkward teenagers and their crippled mentor! Plus: The inexperienced X-Men must rely on the enigmatic and unproven Wolverine when they become pawns of the mysterious Weapon X program. Can Logan go it alone against the shadow-ops organization that transformed him into one of the world’s most lethal killing machines?

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Mark Millar
Art by Kaare Andrews, Chris Bachalo, Adam Kubert, Esad Ribic
Cover by Mark Brooks
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Collects Ultimate X-Men #13-25.

Collecting the second year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #13-25 – in one colossal volume! As the X-Men embark on their inaugural world tour, they must confront some unsettling truths about their mentor, Professor Charles Xavier. Before founding his school for young mutants, Xavier abandoned his only son, David, a mutant with uncontrollable reality-warping abilities. Now, David has returned, looking to exact revenge on the father who left him – and he’s willing to eradicate anyone who stands in his way. Will the X-Men be forced to kill Xavier’s son to end his threat against the world? Following the tragedies of their world tour, the X-Men seek the calming protection of Xavier’s school – but their suspicions of his methods only increase. Xavier’s mental blocks on student Jean Grey’s psychic abilities continue to crumble, and she grows increasingly unstable – plagued by visions of a world engulfed in the flames of a fiery phoenix. When the X-Men finally meet Xavier’s mysterious financial backers, Jean’s hallucinations become reality as the otherworldly Phoenix takes possession of the teenage telepath. Also included in this volume is a bonus tale of Gambit, a Cajun street hustler who must use his mutant gifts to protect a homeless boy in great danger.

Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

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Around the Tubes

croakIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone looking forward to this week? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Vulture – The Queer Subtext of X-Men Shines Bright at Flame Con – Some solid coverage of Flame Con

Nerdist – Why Teen Titans Is DC Comics’ Most Important (But Undervalued) Franchise – Agree? Disagree?

Comics Alliance – ‘Supergirl’ Confirms Superman Baddie Metallo for Season 2 – This could be cool.

The Beat – It sucks to be a middle-aged comics pro case  study #1: Phil Hester – We need to take better care of comic creators and provide them a safety net.

The Beat – It sucks to be a middle-aged comics pro case study #2: Ted McKeever – We need to take better care of comic creators and provide them a safety net.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Croak #1

The Beat – The Fun Family

ICv2 – The Metabaron Book 1: The Techno Admiral the Anti-Baron

Review: Pencil Head #1

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When you were a kid, did you harbor fantasies (or should that be delusions?) of becoming a comic book freelancer? I know I did. And I know that a fair number of critics out there still cling tenaciously to the idea that they’re the next great undiscovered writing “talent.” One reason I respect the hell out of the way the powers that be here at Graphic Policy run things is because they make it crystal clear when they’ve received a free digital “copy” of a book so that you, dear reader, can decide for yourself whether or not the “generosity” of a publisher has influenced a critic’s opinion (for instance, you may want to know right off the bat here that the book I’m reviewing today, Ted McKeever‘s Pencil Head #1 from Image/Shadowline, is one that I actually purchased with $3.99 of my own hard-earned money). Other sites I won’t name don’t have the guts to do that, and frankly their legion of unpaid critics like it that way because they just plain don’t want readers to know how cheaply their consciences can be bought, but here’s the sad, simple truth of the matter — there are any number of “review” sites out there that will say something nice about a comic — any comic, no matter how shitty it is — just because they got an advance digital freebie. And what’s the payoff, you may ask, for selling your soul at this bargain-basement price? Get ready to laugh.

Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Except the ability to desperately cling to a fading dream that the “critics” in question should have damn well given up on years ago.

Allow me to (briefly, I promise) explain : when an internet critic for, say, “Great Big Comic Book Website That Really Doesn’t Give A Shit About Comics But Sure Does Care About Movies, Toys, And All That Other Garbage” posts a positive review of a lousy comic that they got to look at two or three days before anyone else for free, said critic hopes — but has no actual way of knowing — that the publisher of that lousy comic will notice the nice things they said and consider that critic to be an ally. If that critic then does this same thing repeatedly — say, 100 times, 1,000 times, or even 10,000 times — why, maybe the “suits” at the various publishing houses will even remember his or her name. And when they need a new writer for one of their low-selling titles like, I dunno, Firestorm or Squirrel Girl, maybe they’ll ask their friend the critic to make a pitch for the book. And maybe, out of all 10 or 12 people they’ve “reached out” to, the critic’s pitch will be the one they accept, and they’ll get to be the new writer on that title.

For about six months until it’s inevitably cancelled.

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If all of this sounds incredibly pathetic, that’s because it is. But let’s say, just for the sake or argument, that our “friend” the critic does manage to get his or her dream job hacking out contrived, derivative comic book scripts for “The Big Two.” Odds are beyond slim, sure, but it’s happened — once or twice. Guess what? They’re still going to be scrambling every bit as much as they were before. That’s  because they still won’t have anything like a secure job, they still won’t have health insurance, they still won’t have a 401(k) or pension, and they will still be earning poverty wages. You see, contrary to what Mr. or Ms. Critic has always believed, the simple fact of the matter is that working in comics doesn’t pay shit unless and until you become a big-time “superstar” creator — and even then you’ve gotta constantly watch your back because your editor is always on the lookout for some starry-eyed fanboy or fangirl at a convention with a promising portfolio who will do your job for half of what you’re making.

I’m sure that all of this sounds like heresy to a good many of you, even though we all know it’s true. But don’t just take my word for it — ask Ted McKeever, who’s somehow managed to survive, against all odds, doing highly personal, idiosyncratic work for most of the major publishers (including “The Big Two”) for almost three decades. In fact, providing readers with a cold, hard dose of comic book reality is what his new five-issue series, Pencil Head, is all about — among other things.

McKeever’s stand-in protagonist for this tale is a hard-working freelance writer/artist named Poodwaddle, who’s getting a bit burned out over the fact that constant editorial interference is diluting all of his work. His publisher (Marvel’s old Epic Comics line in all but name, for whom McKeever did Metropol back in the late-’80s/early-’90s) seems to think that dumbing down his creative output will make his non-superhero-book appeal to superhero fans, and if he won’t do it himself, then they’ll do it for him — at the 11th hour, of course, right before his latest issue goes to press. Things have gotten so bad for Poodwaddle that by the time his book hits the shelves (or, in his case, his pile of freelancer “comp” copies) he can’t bear to look at it.

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What’s a hard-working, disillusioned “independent contractor” to do, then? Why, go get drunk down at the titty bar with one of his fellow creator-pals, of course! The problem is, once there, these two grown men get in a — I shit you not — food fight, and one of the strippers chokes to death on a flying chunk of hamburger meat. Poodwaddle and his buddy then, upstanding citizens that they are, choose to run like hell rather than, ya know, make sure she’s okay, hang around to give the police a statement, or anything honorable and decent like that.

Ugly truth be told, they don’t even seem particularly fazed by the whole thing and more or less laugh it off as they attempt to stay one step ahead of both the authorities — and the toothy demonic entities that seem to be on their tail that they haven’t really noticed yet. So, yeah — they’re obviously a pair of assholes, who work for assholes, and are being pursued by even bigger assholes.

I won’t kid you — if you’re new to McKeever’s work, this probably isn’t the place to start. But then, the same can be said for pretty much any of his projects. They’re all such uniquely warped hellscapes that you’re either going to find yourself saying “hey, I kinda like this even though it probably means I need psychological help” or “this just ain’t for me” within a few pages. For my part, I’ve found something to enjoy in just about all of his comics that I’ve read, and so far that pattern seems to be holding here. I like his broadly-drawn (in the literary, rather than artistic, sense) characters, his deadpan humor, his flair for the absurd, and his nightmarish view of existence. His art style changes quite a bit from project to project, to be sure, yet also remains recognizably his own, regardless of its temporary fluctuations, and so while there’s none of the rich, inky, downright gurgling blackness of his last comic, The Superannuated Man, to be found in Pencil Head, there’s still no mistaking that, yup, this is a Ted McKeever book —so if you generally like his art, you’re generally going to like this. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s an acquired taste, though, and that if I hadn’t acquired it a good many years ago, I’m not sure what I’d make of it, walking into it “uninformed,” as it were, today.

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Still — you can say much the same thing for Crumb, can’t you? Or Clowes. Or Bagge. Or Seth. Or Matt. Or Brown. Or Los Bros. Hernandez. Or Deitch. Or Doucet. Or even Ditko. My point here being — comics needs more singular, unique, creative voices. If that sort of thing isn’t your bag, fine — Marvel and DC have got your need for assembly-line, interchangeable comics covered. The fact that McKeever seems to have found a long-term “home” with Shadowline says a lot for Jim Valentino, as far as I’m concerned, and further cements the opinion many have always held of him as being the most fundamentally ethical and, frankly, classy of Image’s founding partners.

Hmmm — maybe he’ll see this and keep me in mind when Rat Queens or Shadowhawk needs a new writer.

Story : 8 Art : 7 Overall : 7.5 Recommendation : Buy

Preview: The Superannuated Man #6

The Superannuated Man #6

Story By: Ted McKeever
Art By: Ted McKeever
Cover By: Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: DEC140765
Published: February 25, 2015

MINISERIES CONCLUSION Blackwater burns as the ocean gives up its secrets about the mutated animals in this senses shattered series finale. All will be revealed… …Well, maybe not ALL. This IS a Ted McKeever book, after all.

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Preview: The Superannuated Man #5

The Superannuated Man #5

Story By: Ted McKeever
Art By: Ted McKeever
Cover By: Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT140767
Published: January 14, 2015

One of the last remaining humans, HE, after returning from the brink of extinction, now intends to repay the evolved mutations that caused the annihilation of humanity, with a severity that borders on the atomic.

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Preview: The Superannuated Man #4

The Superannuated Man #4

Story By: Ted McKeever
Art By: Ted McKeever
Cover By: Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140684
Published: November 5, 2014

Having barely survived the tortuous antics of the mad scientist Armadillo Jones and his assistant Leopoldo, the human called HE escapes deeper into the viscous underbelly of hand water, and finds himself in even worse circumstances.

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Preview: The Superannuated Man #3

The Superannuated Man #3

Story By: Ted McKeever
Art By: Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL140580
Published: September 10, 2014

The theory of evolution is turned on its proverbial ear when a demented scientist warthog and his lizard assistant begin performing visceral experiments on our hapless protagonist, HE.

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Preview: The Superannuated Man #2

The Superannuated Man #2

Story By: Ted McKeever
Art By: Ted McKeever
Cover By: Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAY140735
Published: July 23, 2014

A simple supply run into Blackwater, a seaside town overrun by mutated animals, is anything but routine for He, one of the few remaining humans.

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Preview: The Superannuated Man #1 (Of 6)

The Superannuated Man #1 (Of 6)

By: Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR140493
Published: June 4, 2014

By the time most people realized it, they were no longer in charge of the world we know. In an unspecified future, the small seaside town of Blackwater has now been taken over by advanced and mutated animals. Most of the humans that lived there are now either dead or gone, but one old-man remains, scavenging off the scraps and refuse of humanity’s past, and doggedly defying the new tenants.

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