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Kurt Busiek Releases New Arrowsmith, Astro City, and More in 2022

Kurt Busiek, the bestselling writer of Avengers, Superman, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, JLA, and more, is returning to Image in a big way in 2022, with new entries in fan-favorite series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith and others, plus new creations and more, as he brings his creator-owned work to Image Comics as his primary publisher.

First up, Busiek and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco bring fans the much-anticipated return of Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. This six issue miniseries launches from Image Comics in January 2022—followed in February by an oversized, fully re-mastered hardcover collected edition of the original series.

In March, Arrowsmith will be joined by the return of Astro City, Busiek’s collaboration with Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and Alex Sinclair, first with an Astro City one-shot special introducing new characters and setting the stage for upcoming dangers for the city and the world, plus new collected editions that will make the entire Astro City backlist available again.

Longtime fans will also be treated to a new urban-fantasy graphic novel, The Gods on Sunday Morning, from the whole Astro City team, after which they begin a new ongoing run on the acclaimed series.

Also in the works is Free Agents, a new series launch from Busiek with co-writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Stephen Mooney and the return of Autumnlands from Busiek with Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire, all planned for late 2022.

In addition to all the exciting new content from the mind of Busiek, there will also be re-releases of his popular backlist gems like Shockrockets and Superstar: As Seen on TV, both with Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Jeromy Cox, and The Wizard’s Tale with David Wenzel.

In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms ,readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 19:

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Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms (Diamond Code: NOV210098, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2206-6) will be available on Wednesday, February 23 and in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Jackson Hyde Makes Waves in Aquaman: The Becoming

Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Mentors who support him, a community that loves him, an honest relationship with his mother, a cute new guy in Amnesty Bay who’s caught his eye, and access to Aquaman’s private training facility in Atlantis. Well, he had it all—until that training facility and half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in them. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad’s going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman!

Written by Brandon Thomas and drawn by Diego Olortegui, along with artists Wade von Grawbadger, Scott Koblish, Skylar Patridge, and Adriano LucasAquaman: The Becoming is a six-issue miniseries that will shine the spotlight on the DC Universe’s newest Aqualad for the very first time! Take a look into the first issue and, to be sure you get a copy at launch, preorder Aquaman: The Becoming from your local comic shop before August 29! Aquaman: The Becoming #1 arrives wherever comic books are sold on September 21.

Throughout the new series Jackson will have to confront his past (including a visit to the destroyed and abandoned West Coast Titans Tower!), survive the fight of his life with the mysterious new villain DELUGE, and much more! Is this Aqualad ready to become Aquaman?

Jackson Hyde officially arrives and will headline Aquaman: The Becoming #1 on September 21, but before his big first issue hits shelves, his journey will kick off in Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super-Spectacular #1 on August 31 with a short story by Thomas, Olortegui, von Grawbadger and Lucas! Stay tuned!

Aquaman: The Becoming by Brandon Thomas, Diego Olortegui, Wade von Grawbadger, Scott Koblish, Skylar Patridge and Adriano Lucas will be available in print and as a digital comic book. Lettering for the series will be by AndWorld Design’s Deron Bennett. Covers are by David Talaski and variant covers are by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez. Francis Manapul’s variant cover for Aquaman: The Becoming #1 connects to his variant cover for Black Manta #1 (on sale September 7).

Kurt Busiek’s Backlist Catalog to be released by Image Digitally in August

A bevy of bestselling backlist titles from the legendary, award-winning writer Kurt Busiek will be made available digitally from Image Comics this August. The titles will include Astro City with art by Brent Anderson and others, Arrowsmith with art by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, The Wizard’s Tale with art by David Thorn WenzelShockrockets with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger, and Superstar: As Seen on TV with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger.

About Astro City
Originally published by Image, Astro City is a multiple Eisner and Harvey award winning superhero anthology written by Busiek with art by Brent Anderson and covers and character designs by Alex Ross. Set in a city that’s home to superheroes, villains, monsters, mad scientists and more, it tells stories from a variety of perspectives, illuminating what it’s like to live amid such marvels.

Astro City

About Arrowsmith
A high fantasy series written by Busiek with art by Pacheco, set in an alternate history where wizardry and the creatures of myth have been part of the world since the time of Charlemagne. The beloved series tells the story of a young man caught up in World War One, dealing with dragons, trolls and more.

Arrowsmith

About The Wizard’s Tale
Master storytellers Busiek and Wenzel channel a Terry Pratchett sense of whimsy with the supposed-to-be-evil wizard Bafflerog and his companions in this delightful fantasy series. Readers join Gumpwort, an enchanted toad who was once a wizard himself, and Muddle, the third son of a woodcutter who’s convinced he’ll one day be king—as they make a journey that may mean the end of everything.

The Wizard’s Tale

About Shockrockets
Busiek and Immonen take readers 60 years in the future. Here, Earth is protected by an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aircraft—built from a fusion of modern and alien technology—called Shockrockets. Controlled by elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect Earth after a devastating invasion from space. In a freak moment of chance, a tech-obsessed youth named Alejandro Cruz becomes the newest Shockrockets pilot. But could he be in over his head?

Shockrockets

About Superstar: As Seen on TV
With the public behind him, he can work miracles—without them, he’s nothing! Busiek and Immonen introduce Superstar, a superhero whose power is tied to his fame: The more popular he is, the more powerful he becomes. He’s made a deal with his father, an international media tycoon, to help boost his profile as an influencer and keep powerful enough to save the world. But is the price of fame worth becoming just another “property” in his father’s portfolio?

Superstar: As Seen on TV

These titles will be available at ComiXology on Wednesday, August 4 and then on Apple Books and Google Play shortly thereafter.

DC Connect Heads to Print

DC Connect #14

On Tuesday, June 29, comic book fans can get the latest dish on what’s to come from DC when DC Connect, the monthly previews magazine, arrives in participating comic book stores.

Initially available online, this print version will give fans all the great tools to know what to order from their local comic book stores, including breathtaking cover art, preview pages from upcoming stories, behind-the-scenes looks at projects in development, and more!

The debut issue spotlights some of DC’s hottest titles and events arriving in September, including:

  • Batman: Fear State, including I Am Batman #1, by John Ridley and Olivier Coipel
  • Deathstroke, Inc., written by Joshua Williamson (Infinite Frontier, The Flash) with art by Howard Porter
  • Aquaman: The Becoming, a six-issue monthly limited series from Future State: Aquaman writer Brandon Thomas, with art by Diego Olortegui and Wade Von Grawbadger
  • Black Manta six-issue monthly limited series from Bitter Root writer Chuck Brown and artist Valentine De Landro
  • Milestone Compendium One, a softcover collection with more than 1,300 pages  of classic Milestone stories, collecting the debut story arcs of Blood Syndicate, Hardware, Static, Icon, Xombi and Shadow Cabinet from the original Milestone creative team
  • Are You Afraid of Darkseid?, a prestige format anthology of scary stories from across the DC Universe, just in time for Halloween (on sale October 5)
  • Special Batman Day versions of:
    • Batman: The World
    • Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1
    • Batman – Knightwatch/Bat-Tech Special Edition #1

Today’s comiXology Releases Features Marvel and Yen Press

There’s four new releases on comiXology today from Marvel and Yen Press. You can get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Avengers Legends: George Perez

Written by Gerry Conway, David Michelinie, Jim Shooter, Roger Slifer
Art by George Perez
Cover by George Perez
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Collects Avengers (1963) #161-162, #194-196, #201, Avengers Annual #6, 8.

Legendary George Perez pushes the boundaries of the medium with dazzling detail and intricate action sequences — but always remains a storyteller. This edition includes some of his finest work — including classic confrontations with Ultron and the Taskmaster.

Avengers Legends: George Perez

Avengers: Living Legends

Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Dick Giordano, Scott Hanna, Stuart Immonen, Al Vey, Wade von Grawbadger
Cover by George Perez
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Collects Avengers (1998) #23-30.

From the legendary team of writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Perez! Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are on the outs! They’ve shared the same brain patterns – and loved the same woman. Now, Wonder Man and the Vision go head-to-head! Can the Scarlet Witch possibly pick a side? Next, the Avengers encounter the Juggernaut – but as foe…or friend?! And Cap leads the all-new team of Silverclaw, Warbird, Captain Marvel and Ant-Man into all-out action! Finally, the Avengers battle ancient sorcerer Kulan Gath amid a nation lost in time! Can they avert his attempt to turn back the clock on humanity?

Avengers: Living Legends

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 1

Written by Roger McKenzie, David Michelinie, Frank Miller
Art by Frank Miller
Cover by Frank Miller
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Collects Daredevil (1964) #158-161 & #163-167.

All the elements that made Miller’s tenure on Daredevil a comic noir classic are here: gritty, street-level action, moody atmosphere, and widescreen adventure told with a cinematic eye.The stories in this volume feature unforgettable characters like the Kingpin, the mammoth king of the New York Underworld; Bullseye, the deranged but deadly assassin; Elektra, the woman Daredevil loves but is forced to oppose; and, of course, Daredevil himself, blind as justice, he is an attorney by day and an urban vigilante by night. Also introduced in this collection is the mysterious ninja brotherhood, The Hand, the group that will ultimately cause Elektra’s untimely demise. The stories included in the volume dedicated to Frank Miller’s classic work show the continued development of an artistic legend as his skills continued to grow in stature and depth.

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 1

Daredevil vs. Bullseye

Written by Frank Miller, Jim Shooter, Marv Wolfman
Art by Bob Brown, Gil Kane
Cover by Frank Miller
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Collects Daredevil (1964) #131-132, #146, #169, #181 and #191.

The devil and the death-dealer. Their enmity toward each other cast a shadow across the bodies of Daredevil’s loved ones, all the way to the big screen. Now, see how the first target was drawn in this collection of the earliest battles between Marvel’s deadliest assassin and the Man Without Fear!

Daredevil vs. Bullseye

So I’m a Spider, So What? #47

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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Reinforcements have arrived! With the support of my Parallel Minds and my new stat boosts, it’s time to defeat Mother once and for all…!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #47

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Review: Generations Shattered #1

Generations Shattered #1

Generations Shattered #1 is an interesting comic. As a standalone miniseries, the story would be quite compelling and engaging. But, with its release of “Future State”, the comic isn’t released in a vacuum. Spinning out of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the story involves a villain using the messed up time and history to shape their own. A group of heroes throughout time are gathered to save the day.

The concept of Generations Shattered #1 and where it goes would be an event miniseries I’d take a lot of interest in normally. But, it’s a bit of an oddity with the release of all of the other “Future State” comics. While they focus on possible future events, this one features a villain attempting to shape a new reality and history. Where it fits into this reshaping of the DC Universe and history is a bit of a headscratcher. While time seems to have mended as per other comics, maybe not? It’s a little unclear how this fits into what’s going on.

Written by Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, and Robert Venditti, Generations Shattered #1 brings the heroes together in an oversized first issue. Dragged out feels like a better way to describe it. The issue is mostly the heroes being gathered as time is erased as it’s being rewritten. Over 45 pages are dedicated to this creating a slow build and long way to get to the point. Other comics have done the “gathering of characters” and their introduction quicker and in a much more entertaining way.

What this does though is give a massive amount of artists to stretch their legs. Each segment is handled by a different team giving the comic a jam-session sort of feel. That could be interesting as well if any of the art really popped. There’s not bad but there’s little that’s exciting either. Still, it’s fun to see the different styles and takes on the characters from so many artists.

Generations Shattered #1 is an oddity of a comic. It’s hampered by its release along “Future State” making its story a bit confusing. The concept is quite good and entertaining, especially where it leaves things. But, it takes forever to get to the interesting part. It’s a comic I both felt like a chore to read but at the same time I want to see where it goes.

Story: Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti
Art: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Scott Hanna, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade Von Grawbadger, Bernard Chang, Yanick Paquette, Kevin Nowlan, Dan Jurgens, Klaus Janson, Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, John Romita, Jr., Danny Miki, Doug Braithwaite, Rags Morales, Klaus Janson, Mike Perkins
Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #10

Legion of Super-Heroes #10

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Ryan Sook

A grudge that has endured 1,000 years! The unstoppable behemoth Rogol Zaar has survived the millennium to haunt Jonathan Kent where he least expected it! It’s a menace so terrible the Legion of Super-Heroes may not survive. Was this the challenge Brainiac 5 predicted? Is the Legion up to the task? Plus, who is dating whom in the 31st century? Another searing chapter in the far-flung future of the DC Universe, courtesy of Bendis, Sook, and von Grawbadger!

Legion of Super-Heroes #10

New Legionnaires Take the Stage in Legion of Super-Heroes #6, on sale June 9!

On June 9, Gold Lantern, Monster Boy, and a new Doctor Fate become the newest recruits to the Legion of Super-Heroes, courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook, Wade von Grawbadger, and Jordie Bellaire. As the tensions between the Legion and the United Planets have gone public, these new teen heroes are hiding dark secrets, and all have their own reasons for being part of the Legion’s goal of bringing values to the Age of Heroes in the 31st century. And one of them has a surprising connection to Jon Kent, a.k.a Superboy!

Here’s your first look at some incredible artwork from Legion of Super-Heroes #6 from Sook, Bellaire, and von Grawbadger, in addition to the standard and variant covers by Ryan Sook (spotlighting Superboy and the new Legionnaires) and Alex Garner.

Legion of Super-Heroes #6

Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Legion of Super-Heroes #2

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Wade Von Grawbadger (A/CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s been one thousand years since anyone has seen the oceans of the Earth, but with Aquaman’s original trident recently discovered, a chase to control Earth’s future tears across the galaxy. All this and the reunion you’d never thought you’d see! Another DC sci-fi epic into the far-flung future like you’ve never seen before!

Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Get a First Look at Travis Moore’s Legion of Super-Heroes #3 Interiors

Legion of Super-Heroes #3

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ryan Sook and Travis Moore
Inks by Wade von Grawbadger and Travis Moore
Color by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Ryan Sook
Variant Cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Meet the new Legionnaires in Legion of Super-Heroes #3, on shelves January 15th, as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come! Also, you knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!)

And, while the mission on Planet Gotham is top-secret, here’s your first look at Travis Moore’s interior pages from Legion of Super-Heroes #3, set on Rimbor, home planet of Ultra Boy.

All this, and Monster Boy is on the loose! #LongLiveTheLegion

Legion of Super-Heroes #3
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