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Angela Slatter joins Mike Mignola for Castle Full of Blackbirds

This September, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and acclaimed artist Valeria Burzo will be joined by award-winning novelist Angela Slatter for Castle Full of Blackbirds, an all-new miniseries from Dark Horse Comics. The four-issue miniseries will mark Slatter’s comic-book writing debut. Mignola, Slatter, and Burzo will be joined by colorist Michelle Madsen, letterer Clem Robins, and cover artist Wylie Beckert. Vanesa Del Rey will provide a variant cover for issue #1.

Castle Full of Blackbirds continues the story of Sara May Blackburn, the fan-favorite character from Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb. When Sara May headed for New York after the events of The Return of Effie Kolb, she had one goal in mind: find the mysterious Miss Brook at the Linton School for Girls, and ask her what she knows about the mysterious powers that have plagued Sara May her whole life. But as is often the case with these things, the answers are not as simple as all that. Sara May is in for an education in more than just reading, writing, and ’rithmetic at the Linton School.

Castle Full of Blackbirds #1 will be published by Dark Horse Comics on September 14, 2022. 

Batman/Catwoman Special Brings Romance in January and Honors John Paul Leon

The Batman/Catwoman series has been showing us the romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as it has changed over their lives, but what about their connections from BEFORE they became costumed adventurers? The upcoming Batman/Catwoman Special (on shelves Tuesday January 25) traces the life of Selina Kyle from its earliest days to her entry into the criminal underworld and reveals that Bruce was a presence in her life all along. Whether fate or coincidence, it’s even more of a reason why the Bat/Cat romance is one of the most enduring love affairs in all of comics.

Now expanded to celebrate the legacy of iconic artist John Paul Leon, whose untimely passing after a long battle with cancer shocked the comics world this past May, this special will feature the work Leon completed for the original story plus tributes to the renowned artist created in his name by some of his closest friends and admirers. Bernard Chang, Shawn CrystalMitch Gerads, and Dave Stewart will bring the original story to its conclusion, lettered by Clayton Cowles, while comics’ top artists gather to celebrate Leon’s creative legacy through pin-up pages and essays in the special, including Lee Bermejo, Denys Cowan, Joëlle Jones, Dave Gibbons, Walter Simonson, and more.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1 will publish on January 25, 2022 with a cover by John Paul Leon and variant covers by Lee Weeks and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Original Story “Interlude”

  • Tom King – Writer
  • John Paul Leon – Artist (p.1-13), Breakdowns (14-20) and Cover
  • Bernard Chang w/Shawn Crystal – Artists (p.14-20)
  • Mitch Gerads – Artist (p.21-38)
  • Dave Stewart – Colors (p.1-20)
  • Clayton Cowles – Letterer

Pin Ups

  • Lee Bermejo
  • Deny Cowan
  • Becky Cloonan
  • Klaus Janson & Dave Stewart
  • Rick Leonardi & Dave Stewart
  • Chris Batista
  • Dani & Tamra Bonvillain
  • Ibrahim Moustafa
  • Clay Mann & Seth Mann
  • Vanesa del Rey
  • Dave Johnson
  • Joëlle Jones
  • Shawn Martinborough & Chris Sotomayor
  • Khary Rhandolph & Emilio Lopez
  • Tula Lotay
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Walter Simonson & Laura Martin
  • Jon Bogdanove & Sian Mandrake

Essays

  • Michael Davis
  • Kurt Busiek

Ghost Rider Rides in to Marvel Unlimited’s Infinity Comics on Thursday, October 7

On Thursday, October 7, Marvel Unlimited brings Ghost Rider: Kushala #1 to fans in the exclusive Infinity Comics format! The series is a continuation of Spirits of Vengeance: Spirit Rider (2021) #1, which will also be available on Marvel Unlimited on Monday, October 4.

Ghost Rider: Kushala is co-written by Taboo, a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, and B. Earl, and includes an impressive creative team including artists Guillermo Sanna and Vanesa del Rey and colorist Jordie Bellaire

New issues of the 8-part serieswill be available on the Marvel Unlimited app every Thursday.

GHOST RIDER: KUSHALA #1

Writer: Taboo, B. Earl 
Artist: Guillermo Sanna 
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire  
Editor: Sarah Brunstad  

She’s the Sorcerer Supreme of the 1800s and a Ghost Rider-turned-Spirit Rider — the only one who’s managed to tame her spirit of vengeance. But when someone comes after Kushala and her ancestral line, all hell breaks loose. Taboo (of the Black Eyed Peas) and B. Earl join with artist Guillermo Sanna for a wild ride through the past, present, and future of the Marvel Universe—and tell the story of the one extraordinary family who must fight to save it all! 

GHOST RIDER: KUSHALA #1

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox by Matthew Rosenberg, Jesús Merino, and More!

The G.C.P.D. discover a mysterious corpse, a magical box, and a murderer’s row of the city’s most dangerous villains sitting in a jail cell. Now all they need to figure out is what exactly happened! Fortunately, one suspect is willing to talk.

Unfortunately, it’s The Joker. And he’s holding all the cards.

Launching on August 3 with a debut issue by Matthew Rosenberg, Jesús Merino, Joshua Hixon, and Ulises Arreola, over the course of seven installments of The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox, The Joker introduces seemingly unconnected stories of his fellow inmates. As the series progresses, it becomes apparent that each tale is actually a piece of The Joker’s larger plan.

Does an agent of chaos even make plans?

Superstar writer Matthew Rosenberg, magnificent artist Jesús Merino, and a multitude of rising-star artists invite you to spend a night in the Gotham Central interrogation room to make sense of murder, mayhem, and mystery—as told by the Clown Prince of Crime himself! Can you solve this puzzle before the sun comes up?

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #1, the beginning of a seven-issue miniseries written by Matthew Rosenberg with art Jesús Merino, Joshua Hixon, and Ulises Arreola, arrives in print on August 3 with a main cover by Chip Zdarsky, card stock open order variants by Riccardo Federicci and Christopher Mooneyham, and a card stock 1:25 variant by Jesús Merino.

Through the run of The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox, expect to see artwork from Keron Grant, Dani, Domo Stanton, Juni Ba, Vanesa Del Rey, Ricardo Ortiz, Christopher Mooneyham, and more, as The Joker lays down his clues. The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox will retail for $4.99 for 40 pages. Card stock covers will retail for $5.99.

Haha #1 Gets a Laugh with a Sell-Out and New Printing

Mastermind W. Maxwell Prince has done it again with another hit anthology comic series in the recent launch of his new series Haha. The first issue is sold out at the distributor level and being fast-tracked for a second printing showcasing new artwork.

Featuring his signature Ice Cream Man style of one-shot storytelling, Haha welcomes readers into the world of clowns—and he’s invited some of the comic industry’s top talent to join him for the ride. 

Haha is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool—but these ain’t your typical jokers. 

With issues drawn by Vanesa Del Rey, Gabriel Walta, Roger Langridge, and more, Haha peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

Haha #1, second printing (Diamond Code DEC208147) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 10. 

Haha #2 Cover A Thorogood (DEC200201) and Haha #2 Cover B Simmonds (DEC200202) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 17. 

Haha #1, second printing

Preview: DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1

DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1

Written by: Paul Scheer, Derek Fridolfs, Sholly Fisch, Ivan Cohen, Tom King, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Brittany Holzherr, Jay Baruchel, John Layman, David F. Walker, Nick Giovannetti
Art by: Dani Strips, Gustavo Duarte, Vanesa Del Rey, Steve Lieber, Eleonora Carlini, Dustin Nguyen, Keith Giffen

Joy to all 52 worlds-it’s time to celebrate the holiday season across the DC Multiverse! In ten stories that will light your yule log and spike your eggnog, Batman decks the gaslit halls, Lobo goes Old Testament in space, Ragman learns the true meaning of Saturnalia, President Superman attempts to figure out how Bizarro stole Christmas, and Harley Quinn tries her hand at interdimensional caroling. These seasonal sagas are sure to help you have yourself a very merry Multiverse!

DC's Very Merry Multiverse #1

Vanesa Del Rey and Erica Henderson Rock Heavy Metal Variants for Murder Falcon

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed two more “Heavy Metal” variant covers for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon.

Each issue of the head-banging action series features a variant cover that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. Murder Falcon #6’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, with art provided by acclaimed Redlands artist Vanesa Del Rey, homages Megadeth’s Rust in Peace. Eisner Award-winning artist Erica Henderson provides the art for Murder Falcon #7’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, which salutes Dio’s iconic debut album Holy Diver

Murder Falcon #6 will hit stores on Wednesday, March 13th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th. 

Murder Falcon #7 will be available on Wednesday, April 10th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 18th.

  • Murder Falcon #6 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: JAN190339)
  • Murder Falcon #6 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Del Rey (Diamond code: JAN190340)
  • Murder Falcon #7 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: FEB190168)
  • Murder Falcon #7 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Henderson (Diamond code: FEB190169)
Murder Falcon #6
Murder Falcon #6
Murder Falcon #7
Murder Falcon #7

Your First Look at Cullen Bunn’s The Empty Man #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Empty Man #1, marking the return of superstar writer Cullen Bunn to one of his most popular creations alongside artist Jesús Hervás in November 2018.

Debuting in 2014, The Empty Man captivated readers as Bunn and Eisner Award-nominated artist Vanesa R. Del Rey introduced their unflinching look at a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cults and uncover a cure. This new ongoing The Empty Man comic book series delivers terrifying new horrors, perfect for new readers and longtime fans alike, in the world that captivated fans worldwide and led to a feature film adaptation currently in production at 20th Century Fox.

The nation is still in the grips of the terrible Empty Man pandemic. Government quarantines are mandatory, so for Melissa Kerry, one of the afflicted, the next step should be to isolate her—but those who enter the system are never seen again. Melissa’s family won’t let that happen. All they have to do is care for her, keep her worsening condition a secret—and they’ll do anything, trust anyone, to keep her safe.

The Empty Man #1 featuring a main cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey and a variant by Hervás will be available for sale on November 7th.

Cosmic Ghost Rider Inspires Variant Covers in September

He took the world by storm when he made his debut in last year’s Thanos #13, and now Marvel is celebrating the Cosmic Ghost Rider with a series of special order all variant covers that feature Marvel’s breakout character battling different heroes of the Marvel Universe!

Look for Marvel’s Cosmic Ghost Rider order all variant covers on these select titles:

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #5 by Nick Bradshaw
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #6 by Paul Renaud
  3. Astonishing X-Men #15 by AKCHO
  4. Avengers #7 by Ema Lupacchino
  5. Avengers #8 by Mike McKone
  6. Black Panther #4 by Pasqual Ferry
  7. Captain America #3 by Patrick Zircher
  8. Deadpool #4 by Todd Nauck
  9. Doctor Strange #5 by Julian Totino Tedesco
  10. Fantastic Four #2 by Tom Raney
  11. Immortal Hulk #5 by RAHZZAH
  12. Immortal Hulk #6 by Brent Schoonover
  13. Sentry #4 by Vanesa Del Rey
  14. Thanos Legacy #1 by Dave Johnson
  15. Thor #5 by Ema Lupacchino
  16. Tony Stark: Iron Man #4 by David Nakayama
  17. Venom #6 by Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado
  18. Weapon H #7 by Chris Stevens
  19. X-23 #4 by Yasmine Putri
  20. X-Men Red #8 by Jamal Campbell

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 order all variant covers, coming to comic shops this September!

Preview: Bloodborne #4

BLOODBORNE #4

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover A: Vanesa Del Rey
Cover B: Game Cover
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: May 30, 2018

Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski! Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood…

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