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Image/Skybound Entertainment reveals September Lorenzo de Felici Variants

Image/Skybound Entertainment introduces Italian comic artist Lorenzo De Felici to the United States market in a big way with Skybound’s line-wide variant covers which will hit stores this September.

De Felici is the artist of a new, soon-to-be-announced, ongoing Skybound series sure to be a major hit with fans and critics alike upon its launch.

The Walking Dead #171 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUN178584) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 6th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, August 14th.

Birthright #26 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178585) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 13th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, August 21st.

Gasolina #1 by Sean Mackiewicz, Niko Walter & Mat Lopes, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178586) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, August 28th.

Invincible #140 by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178587) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, August 28th.

Manifest Destiny #31 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Tony Akins & Owen Gieni Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178588) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 27th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, September 4th.

Kill the Minotaur #4 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner & Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178589) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, August 28th.

Horizon #14 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178590) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, August 28th.

Redneck #6 by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren & Dee Cunniffe, Cover B by De Felici (Diamond Code JUL178591) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 27th and the final order cutoff for retailers will be Monday, September 4th.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Deathstroke #21 (DC Comics) – This new team is super intriguing, and this run has already been great. The inclusion of Kid Flash intrigues me, as I’ve been reading Teen Titans too. DC has done a wonderful job of their universe and having things carry over to other books, and this is a great example of that.

Extremity #5 (Image Comics) – Johnson has crafted a fun and beautiful looking sci-fi/fantasy tale following our main character, who lost their drawing arm. The art is awesome, the action is great, and I recommend this book in single issue or the inevitable trade that will follow soon.

Batman #26 (DC Comics) – The “War of Jokes and Riddles” part two comes out this week, and I cannot wait. These versions of Joker and Riddler are fun, and I’ve enjoyed King’s run, even if it has been polarizing.

Superman #26 (DC Comics) – One of my favorite Rebirth comics. Tomasi and Gleason have weaved a fantastic series of arcs that have set up some fantastic things, including pulling in pieces of the new 52 run. I dig every issue.

Seven to Eternity #7 (Image Comics) – Remender’s crazy fantasy tale following the rag-tag group of misfits as they travel across a world that is enslaved by the God of Whispers. Highly recommended.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Motor Girl #7 (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore’s series is one of the most entertaining out there and my favorite debut of the year so far. It’s a fantastic mix of sci-fi, humor, and tons of heart in a way that’s rare in today’s comic market. Add in the fact the main character Sam has a brain tumor, is kick-ass, served in the military, and her best friend is a talking ape, you also have one of the best characters of the year.

Catalyst Prime: Noble #3 (Lion Forge) – The Catalyst line of comics from Lion Forge has been one of the freshest universe debuts in a while. The characters and voices are diverse and its lead title Noble has sucked me into this new world leaving me wanting more.

The Unsound #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Cullen Bunn is a fantastic horror writer and the art from Jack Cole enhances the creepy atmosphere set up in this new series.

The Walking Dead #169 (Skybound/Image Comics) – All these issues in writer Robert Kirkman has shaken things up a lot and shaken some characters. I’m sucked in as to where it’s all going to go from here!

X-Men: Gold #7 (Marvel) – It’s taken quite some time but Marvel’s X-Men line is back and as reminding me of some of the classic runs I loved reading as a kid.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Bloodshot’s Day Off (Valiant) – Eliot Rahal is one of the most exciting writers in comics today. Bloodshot is an awesome character. A winning combination?

Batman #26 (DC Comics) – So.. Tom King has been on a winning streak lately. Here’s hoping he can continue on with that this week.

Negan Gets the Spotlight in The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!

Bestselling, award-winning pop culture phenomenon Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard spin the backstory for one of the most controversial and complex characters in The Walking Dead history in The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! This special backstory was first serialized in Image+ magazine and will be collected in its entirety into a hardcover edition and made available through Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment this October.

Who is Negan? Since his debut in The Walking Dead #100, the charismatic psychopath has antagonized Rick Grimes, murdered his friend with a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire (which he calls “Lucille”), and led the Saviors into war against Alexandria and the neighboring communities.

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! hardcover (Diamond Code JUL170766, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0327-0) will be available for $19.99 in comic book retailers on Wednesday, October 4th and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 10th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, August 7th.

The Walking Dead Bites into Virtual Reality with Multiple VR Games

Skybound Entertainment, the creator-focused multiplatform entertainment company founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, has partnered with Skydance Interactive, a division of Skydance Media, to develop a number of original virtual reality video games based on the expansive world of The Walking Dead universe. The Walking Dead VR game will be the inaugural co-developed title from both companies.

In a multi-year strategy, the two companies are collaborating to produce an unparalleled gaming experience that will offer millions of fans and gamers the opportunity to engage, interact, and immerse into the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead and its characters in virtual reality. The first game will feature an entirely new setting and cast of characters, which players will experience through an innovative contextual interaction system – a first-of-its-kind for The Walking Dead in VR.

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S3E3 Teotwawki

Alicia and Nick fall in with new crowds; Madison discovers Otto’s past mimics her own.

Fear the Walking Dead slows things down after the exciting debut double episodes of this season and we learn more about the Otto ranch as an ominous cloud feels like it slightly rolls in.

The episode kicks off with a video featuring the Ottos that plays intot he show later as we get a more definitive take as to what their deal is. From the short 30 second opener it’s clear that the Ottos are survivalist of the stereotypical type and Jeremiah is looked up to for his “predicting” the fall. There’s an undercurrent of religion but it’s mostly anti-government focused.

What’s interesting though is that we see some outtakes from Otto’s video later and we learn more about him and his family and why he’s the way he is. It’s tragic in many ways and Madison is able to relate to him a little more over it. Jeremiah though comes off as a bit tragic, sad, and a monster over it all. We also get a better sense of the Ottos as a whole and why one son is good and the other, not so much.

Through the madness of it all, we get a better view of Madison and her family as well. Nick is out of it as usual, scheming and planning and just not all there. Alicia goes the other side assimilating well in a Carol sort of way.

Then there’s Strand who we get a better idea as to where he was going and what’s on his mind. The series would be stronger if they cut him from the episodes and their short bits, instead saving them for an entire episode and longer segment. The short bits aren’t enough, but it’s clear his story will eventually dovetail back.

The episode isn’t bad, it’s just not as strong as the previous one. While the first two episodes were the introduction and a lot of the set up, this episode begins to play out what’s been lined up. As part of the whole it’ll be fine and while there’s some interesting moments, the episode is ok to watch but not all that exciting or intriguing… until those final moments, when things are pulled out from under us and thought lost character returns.

Overall Rating: 7.07

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Logan

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – Marvel finally gives us a solo comic with a queer male lead, and it’s one of my all-time favorite X-Men, Iceman. I love Iceman because of his sense of humor as well as how he struggles to live up to his Omega mutant potential. I’m excited to see Sina Grace’s approach to superheroes after writing/drawing some kick-ass autobio comics, like Not My Bag and Self-Obsessed, and Alessandro Vitti’s work on Secret Warriors was fantastic too so it looks like Bobby is in good hands.

Giant Days #27 (BOOM! Studios) – Esther going political should be a treat, and I’m really interested to see what our favorite Goth drama queen has to say about thinly veiled parodies of Nigel Farage, Theresa May, and Jeremy Corbyn. Giant Days is my go-to slice of life and humor comic, and I can’t wait to see what hilarious moments John Allison, Max Sarin, Liz Fleming, and Whitney Cogar have cooked up.

Batman #24 (DC Comics) – From the solicit, it looks like this issue will be the connective tissue between “The Button” and the upcoming “War of Jokes and Riddles”. One thing I’ve liked about Tom King and David Finch’s run is their ability to tell epic scope stories in the confines of one book, and I’m looking forward to seeing their takes on more of Batman’s classic rogues. Also, Catwoman/Batman romance is always fun, and King has given them some flirty chemistry in previous isuses. (See “The Bat and the Cat” one-off from him and Mitch Gerads)

Nothing Lasts Forever OGN (Image) – This is really a good week to be a Sina Grace fan even though it seems like the next issue of Lil Depressed Boy is light years away. I really enjoy how honest he is in his memoirs, and how his art doesn’t idealize Grace’s body and reactions to the world around him. Plus this graphic novel seems to have more of a central narrative focus than his previous book Self-Obsessed , and it’ll nice to see the character of Sina Grace grow and develop through all the hardships he faces in the story.

KISS/Vampirella #1 (Dynamite) – One thing I love about Dynamite is their no holds barred approach to crossovers. Casting Vampirella as the frontwoman of an all-girl band in L.A. in the 1970s sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Plus throw in the insanity of the KISS mythos and plenty of supernatural elements, and this should definitely be a unique comic from Chris Sebela and Annapaola Martello.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Champions #9 (Marvel) – I have really been enjoying this book and it just gets better and better with every issue. The action is great, but it’s the banter between the team that really makes this book work and shows them growing closer together. This issue will be focusing on Viv Vision, and if you read The Vision series, you know she has been through a lot. This will no doubt be a great read.

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – I’m interested in seeing how Bobby will be explored in this new solo title and how he can carry a book on his own. I know he’s had limited series’ in the past, but I didn’t bother with them. And with the time displaced, younger Iceman being so different from the Iceman we know, I’m curious to see what direction Bobby will go in next.

X-Men Gold #5 (Marvel) – This title has brought the X-Men back to being super heroes and has been a great read so far. A classic line up and great action makes this a book you don’t want to miss. And now the team is facing a new generation of Sentinel; of course the X-Men need Sentinels to fight, it’s a rule.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Dark Knight III The Master Race #9 (DC Comics) – This series hasn’t lived up to the pedigree of what it should be known for, but I’ve still enjoyed it. Here we get the final issue and it’s still Frank Miller, so I’m excited to see how this all plays out, and appreciate the career of one of the greats.

Paper Girls #15 (Image) – The other book that Vaughn writes currently, and one that should also be required reading. This is part sci-fi, goonies, and much more as this awesome cast of female characters find their way through time, and some weird Apple products.

Batman #24 (DC Comics) – Another issue to slow things down after “The Button”. I am eager to take time to reflect on the Bane aftermath, Gotham Girl, Catwoman and Batman’s relationship, and to take a quick look at where everything is at before we take a break for the upcoming “The War of Jokes and Riddles”.

Superman #24 (DC Comics) – One of the most consistent books coming from DC Rebirth. It looks like this will deal with the continuing Hamilton County story, as the Kents already moved back to Metropolis in Action Comics.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (Marvel) – I have been pleasantly surprised with this title so far. It has only been two issues, but so far so good from the creative team of Duggan and Kuder.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Divided States of Hysteria #1 (Image) – Holding up a mirror to the US that’s just as frightening as what’s going on in the real world. I expect this one to be way more interesting than a Trump tweet with an equal amount of societal terror.

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 Going Sane (DC Comics) – Kryptonite, Lex Luther, Amanda Waller and all kinds of world ending Squad hijinks collected in one volume, containing four of my fave issues with a bonus Harley comic!

Bane Conquest #2 (DC Comics) – Nobody puts Bane-y in a corner er, I mean cell. This is one promising issue showcasing pure Bane badassery and some back story in kings.

Harley Quinn #21 (DC Comics) – The beginning of the Red Roses story arc part deux focuses on the interesting relationship and unrequited, maybe, love between Red Tool and Harley and I’m all kinds of ready to sip that crazy tea.

Bullseye #5 (Marvel) – SHIELD to the rescue, or capture, Bullseye’s mission coming to an end and what promises to be a great story.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Catalyst Prime Noble #2 (Lion Forge) – The first issue was top notch as we’re introduced into this new world that beyond the superpowers actually looks like a world we live in. Diversity on the page (beyond characters, but locations, situations, dynamics) and on the creative end are already paying off in an entertaining way.

The Flintstones #12 (DC Comics) – Some of the best political and social commentary anywhere wraps up with this final issue. Twelve issues weren’t enough and at the same time, it feels like we didn’t deserve this beyond intelligent comic series.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – Writer Charles Soule tackles this new series focusing on Vader and the time after Episode III as he was learning to become Vader, a Sith, and the dawn of the Empire.

The Unsound #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new horror series from writer Cullen Bunn. His previous horror series have all been top notch and I’d expect no less from this.

The Walking Dead #168 (Skybound/Image Comics) – The last issue showed this series can still surprise and deliver a punch to the gut. This issue begins the fallout in what I imagine will be a not very stable Rick.

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead S3E1 Eye of the Beholder/The New Frontier

The Clark family find themselves in a terrible predicament; Strand faces resistance as he attempts to hold power.

Fear the Walking Dead kicks off its third season with two episodes that shakes things up. To say it shakes things up is an understatement. New characters are introduced, new locations are explored, more dynamics are set up, and a major character apparently dies. A lot of criticism has been levied towards the series and this first two episodes feels like it addresses some of them by upping the action and really shaking things up.

When the last season ended we saw individuals dressed in military uniforms either shooting or capturing some of the individuals we’ve come to know and this episode drops us into the horror as those same military individuals are murdering them to see how long before they turn. It’s twisted and weird but from that a lot of conflict arises and it’s best to not reveal everything.

There’s lots of good in the fact that we’re dropped in the action and there’s a hell of a lot of conflict. The bad is some of that conflict deescalates rather quickly. It does come off as using each other for convenience but the fact there’s not a bigger grudge on display is a bit of a headscratcher. There’s easy ways to explain this away but it’s a little odd and stands out as the biggest negative of the first two episodes.

The new locations and characters are what really stands out. We’re taken to a new community that feels like a ranch the Bundy’s might like while taking a stand against the government. They mention they’re putting together a new society and community, which adds a slight ominous tone to what otherwise would be Herschel’s Farm Part 2. And that all is part of the excitement of these first two episodes. Lots of new characters and locations and we have to figure out who is on the level and who will be an obstacle and threat.

The episode too also catches us up on Strand who everyone thinks is a doctor for that truth is revealed. The episode may have been stronger without that and more being devoted in another, but his short segment does answer some questions that have been left hanging last season.

But, the biggest thing is the death of a major character. The fact the season kicks off with a major character seemingly dying (and I’d be surprised if they survived) lets us viewers know that everything is on the table and anything can happen. It also greatly shifts the dynamic as to what this season may bring.

The third season kicks off in a way that I’m excited to see what happens the entire show is shaken up in a way that it feels like a whole new series. What might happen? We’ll find out and I’m excited to see. I wasn’t excited about the series returning but after this episode I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Overall Rating: 7.97

100% of Image’s Pride Month Variant Cover Proceeds to Go to Human Rights Campaign

Image Comics has revealed the first six of eleven variants planned for June’s 25th-anniversary theme—“Pride Month.” The variants will serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all. 100% of the proceeds made from these June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 15th):

  • The Walking Dead #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Diamond Code MAR178612)
  • The Divided States of Hysteria #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 22nd):

  • Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro (Diamond Code MAR178611)
  • Rose #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code MAR178609)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 29th):

  • Crosswind #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code MAR178608)
  • GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR178610)
  • The Old Guard #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez (Diamond Code MAR178604)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 5th):

  • Black Magick #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott (Diamond Code MAR178605)
  • Deadly Class #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig (Diamond Code MAR178607)
  • Shutter #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca (Diamond Code MAR178606)
  • Redneck #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR178737)
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