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Marvel Kicks Off 2020 with Five #1s and Launch Parties

Start off 2020 by celebrating the launches of five exciting new Marvel titles at a participating comic shop near you! This January is your chance to kick off the new year in marvelous fashion by snagging exclusive giveaways and variants all month long as some of Marvel’s most highly-anticipated series make their debut!

On January 1st, collect all four Thor Launch Party Trading Cards, spotlighting key new characters and concepts from Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s bold new take on the God of Thunder. Also, take home the Star Wars Launch party Lithograph featuring The Empire Strikes Back artwork by Adi Granov to mark the series’ jump to a new era!

Thor Launch Party Trading Cards
Star Wars Launch party Lithograph

Then on January 8th, pick up the Marvel X Launch Party Bookmark as you revisit the fascinating world of Earth X in the new series from the legendary team of Alex Ross and Jim Krueger and newcomer superstar artist Well-Bee! On January 15th, prepare for Iron Man 2020 – an event decades in the making – with the extensive 2020 Iron Manual to learn everything you need to know for the launch of Dan Slott and Christos Gage’s epic, featuring iconic Iron Man characters from the past and present. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, don’t miss out on “Be Mine” cards spotlighting each member of Al Ewing and Juann Cabal’s new Guardians of the Galaxy #1 on sale January 22nd!

Marvel X Launch Party Bookmark
2020 Iron Manual
Be Mine Valentine Guardians of the Galaxy

Unite with fellow True Believers at a participating comic shop near you this January to witness the starts of these modern Marvel epics and pick up the exclusive offerings shown here! Exclusive Party Variant Covers will be revealed at a later date. 

Review: The Caliph’s Gift

The Caliph's Gift

Michael Crichton was an expert storyteller, a man whose love for stories have far outlived him. One of the stories he is most known for was Jurassic Park. It examined man’s search for ingenuity while clinging to history. Of course, if your education in Crichton started and stopped with that infamous story about Dinosaurs you are seriously missing out on a brilliant mind and storyteller.

Crichton’s fascination with technology found new and innovative ways to stretch into the world. With his book Disclosure he combined technology with gender politics. One of my favorite books of his was 13th Warrior which told of a man whose lust for a woman gets him banished to a different part of the world. It showed us just how similar we all were despite where we came from. In Adventures In The Empire: The Caliph’s Gift we meet two young upstarts looking for a way forward.

We are taken to 1621 Amsterdam, where we meet Mathias, a young clerk whose keen instincts guide a delicate treaty, an act which draws him detractors. It also draws him, surpassing allies, one of them being the Vezier Sokkolu, one whom sees the potential he holds. As Mathias’ ambition outgrows his employer, he strikes out on his own, which only harkens death and betrayal to his feet. By issue’s end, a gift given to him Sokkolu reminds him of the coming storm and the serenity he must glory in now.

Overall, an engrossing debut which is both well developed and wholly character driven. The story by Tom Durwood is encompassing, intelligent, and layered. The art by Well-Bee is luminous and gorgeous. Altogether, a heightened experience of a read that will only elevate the reader.

Story: Tom Durwood Art: Well-Bee
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Cave Pictures Publishing is Launching Comics for the Spiritually Inclined

“Christian” films is big business. With low budgets, they return many factors for their studios making them a very profitable business. While there’s been some attempts to bring that sort of storytelling to comics, no publisher has recreated the marketing that has led to success in films. Cave Pictures Publishing looks to break through and change that.

The publisher revealed a slate of new titles during last week’s New York Comic Con, with a new vision for modern myth-telling. Founded by entertainment executive Mark Rodgers of the cause marketing and creative production firm More Partnerships, Cave Pictures Publishing’s line of spiritually inclined comics debuts in comic shops this January.

The new line of comics mini-series features work from some of the industry’s brightest lights, crafting top-quality and spiritually meaningful stories.

The first title, the horror comedy Appalachian Apocalypse, launches in January from writer Billy Tucci and artist Ethan Nicolle.

Following series launching each month thereafter include:

The Light Princess, a fairy tale by writer Meredith Finch with art by Renae De Liz & Ray Dillon.

The Blessed Machine, a sci-fi escape thriller by Jesse Hamm and company founder Mark Rodgers with art by Hamm.

The No Ones, action-packed superhero drama by writer Jim Krueger with art by Well-Bee.

Wylde, a supernatural western by Daniel Bradford.

Cave Pictures draws its mission and vision from Plato’s allegory of the cave; that what we see with our eyes is often a shadow of greater reality.

More details on each series will be announced in coming months.

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