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Void Rivals #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What did you all get? Like? Dislike? Sound off in the comments. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

Boing Boing – Check out this awesome video of John Romita Sr and Jr drawing together featuring Stan Lee – This is some cool history.

ICv2 – How Webtoons Are Changing the Comics Economy – How many of you read Webtoons?

Smash Pages – Nominees announced for the 2023 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award – Congrats and good luck to all.


Comicbook – Black Panther #1
Collected Editions – Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Keepsake
Atomic Junk Shop – Karman Line
Comicbook – Klik Klik Boom #1
Comicbook – Spirit World #2
CBR – Void Rivals #1

Ize Press Reveals Covers for BTS’ 7Fates: Chakho and Other HYBE Webcomics

Ize Press revealed the on-sale dates and covers of the English-language editions of HYBE’s own IP-based ‘original story’ webcomics with BTS (7FATES: CHAKHO), TOMORROW X TOGETHER (THE STAR SEEKERS), and ENHYPEN (DARK MOON series). These three titles were originally released in ten languages on WEBTOON Worldwide Services, collectively garnering over 70 million views in a single month.

As his last professional work before his untimely passing in 2022, the artist of the popular Solo Leveling comic DUBU illustrated the cover of the print edition of 7FATES: CHAKHO, Vol. 1. Ize Press will also publish the English print editions of HYBE’s webnovels of the same names. Release dates for the webnovels will be announced at a later date.


Created by HYBE
With BTS

A collaboration with BTS, the dynamic story follows seven young men bound by fate. After growing up together through a series of trials and tribulations, they must become a unified group of seven to unlock their destiny. 7FATES: CHAKHO is an urban fantasy story set in the near future, inspired by the Chakhogapsa tiger hunters of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. The story portrays confrontations between humans and the Beom tribe in a corrupt world.

7FATES: CHAKHO will be released in October 2023.



Created by HYBE

THE STAR SEEKERS follows a group of young men in a pop band who live in a world where magic is part of everyday reality. The group awakens one day to discover they possess dormant magical abilities. This fantastic tale features imaginary creatures, magic, and a fun look at the world of entertainment.

THE STAR SEEKERS will be released in November 2023.


DARK MOON series

Created by HYBE

Mixing urban fantasy and teen romance, the story follows the confrontation, confusion, and chemistry between a group of vampires, a pack of werewolves, and a mysterious girl with a secret. The tale of DARK MOON is told in the form of a series of stories, starting with DARK MOON: THE BLOOD ALTAR. Combining a heroine with incredible abilities, youthful friendships, and a powerful secret, DARK MOON: THE BLOOD ALTAR brings new levity and energy to teen romance.

DARK MOON will be released in December 2023.


Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! There’s lots going on here at GP and we’re kicking it off with some news and a review from around the web you might have missed.

Fast Company – How Korean webtoons are changing the comic industry—and the careers of creators – Very interesting read and definitely a shift in the industry.

Kotaku – That ‘AI-Generated’ Anime Is A Slap In The Face To Pro Animators – So bad for so many reasons.

Kotaku – Town Using $20K Of Covid Relief Cash On TMNT Manhole Covers – Uh…

CBR – Who Was the ‘Mystery’ Marvel Cover Artist Known as ‘Gemini’? – Some interesting history.

Afrotech – Basi Affia Launches Iowa’s First Black Comic Book Company With A Mission To Tell More Futuristic Black Stories – The more publishers the better. We wish them the best!


CBR – Ancient Enemies: Djinni #1


Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What did you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day!

How to Love Comics – Why Webtoons Are Redefining Comics – Who’s reading them and what do you think?


Atomic Junk Shop – In the Flood
Collected Editions – Teen Titans Academy: X Marks the Spot
CBR – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #130

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #130

Emmett Hobbes : Comics Writer/Artist makes the heist comic you need in your life

“A diagnosis should set somebody free. It should be a descriptor, not a definition” – Emmett Hobbes.

Royale: The Prussian Blue is a Lupin III-meets-Pan’s Labyrinth caper. A renowned white-hat burglar stumbles into London’s supernatural underbelly to win his target back from an untouchable (and mysterious) art collector. It’s a very queer and extremely well crafted heist comic that truly stands out and you can read it on the Webtoons app

Writer and artist Emmett Hobbes joins me to talk about his work, neurodiversity, queerness and also the comics classic Preacher. Of course!

Follow him here: https://twitter.com/emmettcomix

Or his website; https://www.emmettcomix.art/

Royale credits: Story and ink: Emmett Hobbes | Color: Hank Jones | Costume design: Erik Ojo and Seth Smith | Edited: Ethan Leblanc and Spencer Gooding | Technical assist: Traceton Randolph | Published exclusively by Webtoon Originals

DC and Webtoon Team for New Webcomics

DC Comics logo

It’s was only a time before a major publisher did it, by DC and Webtoon have cut a deal to bring DC’s superheroes to webcomics.

DC and Webtoon will release standalone webcomics that will “appeal to all fans”. The goal is to not need to know or read any previous stories.

The details are slim but expect popular characters and the tentpole characters to start. More will be announced in the next few weeks. The webcomics will be available in English to start the then translated into other languages.

The webcomics are available in the free Webtoon app for Android and iOS and what readers need/can purchase can vary. It’s unknown if readers will need to purchase the DC releases and how that’ll work.

Webtoon says it averages 72 million monthly active users. 10 million of those are in the United States. The platform’s audience is in the 16-24 year old range.


The move for DC is a smart one as Webtoon’s platform has grown in popularity with a massive reach and the younger demographics than the average comic reader (who is in the mid-30s and up) will allow DC to build an audience that might convert later to other releases by the company. The publisher’s graphic novels for young readers covers the 15 and under set, Webtoon now the 16-24 age, and regular publishing is likely 30 years old and up. That leaves options for age ranges and new ways to consumer properties when they grow out of the current way they’re reading comics.

DC has focused on the future in recent years. Not only have they expanded their “digital first” offerings, but have looked to expand their readership and markets. The publisher has made deals with Walmart for exclusive releases as well as focused heavily on graphic novel for younger readers. Both have done quite well for the company.

Webtoon also has partnerships with Legendary, Pow!, and Top Cow Productions.

(via Variety)

Review: Haxor #2

Haxor #2

As a kid of the 80s, I grew up watching some very iconic movies. One of those movies was Tron. Watching it now, one would say the technology was very crude, and it was, but at the time, it was cutting edge. It showed a world where everything was connected to technology.

The sequel would capitalize on this very notion, utilizing today’s technological advances, giving viewers, a true view of the new world. How we were connected was not only clairvoyant but relevant. As we are approaching a world in which much of that is becoming very true. In the second issue of Walter Ostlie’s excellent Haxor, we find a new world, where technology blurs what is visceral

We find Iso at the beginning of the game where she is meeting up with the rest of her team, right before a game starts. One of her teammates, Verve, senses something is wrong with the lineup, giving them some cause for concern, but still ready to play. As they are watching where one team is getting obliterated by the game, often making moves that would otherwise have them on the winning side. By the issue’s end, the team in the game gets “deleted” but Iso remains vigilant despite what she just saw.

Overall, Haxor #2 is an excellent chapter that gets us deeper into the story. The story by Ostlie is exciting. The art by Ostlie is stunning. Altogether, a story that explores the possibilities of technology.

Story: Walter Ostlie Art: Walter Ostlie
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Firebrand #3

Firebrand #3

I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for too many years to count. I remembered the first time I saw one of his books. It was at a School book fair, and Scholastic was there. As all of us loved to get our books by class mail order, bringing in money so we can get the books we checked off. So we all got excited and of course, we’re happy that we did not have to wait for the books to come because they were there.

As Scholastic were not the only booksellers there. In fact, there was one who sold used books, and right there I saw Magic Kingdom for Sale and was hooked from that point on. I of course got into the Shannara Chronicles and was dazzled by the strong female protagonists. In Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre’s third issue of Firebrand, our protagonist finds out who her family really is, much like Shea in The Sword of Shannara.

We find Natali meeting her aunt, her mother’s twin for the first time, Selena, and whom she would call Izeba(aunt) Selena, as she finds out that she is part of a race of powerful witches. Fast forward, eight years later, and she hasn’t seen father in all that time and must take part in a deadly competition, Basa Gerra,  which would weed who was the best witch/wizard of them all and who would be her Aunt Selena’s next apprentice. She would face some stiff competition from her cousin, Jenna. By the issue’s end, the young witches and wizards see what awaits them, almost certain death.

Overall, Firebrand #3 is a chapter that ramps up on the action. The story by Chobot and Lewis is thrilling. The art by Aguirre is stunning. Altogether, it’s a story that all readers can enjoy.

Story: Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis Art: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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