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Ablaze Announces Animal Castle #1 Sells Out

The buzz around the tense animal uprising drama – Animal Castle – continues to grow as Ablaze has announced that the debut issue of the new comic book series has sold out and will receive a second printing.

Writer, Xavier Dorison, and artist, Felix Delep, shine in this visceral new series as they build on the classic Orwellian premise, moving the story of an animal rebellion in a bold and unexpected new direction. The second printing of Animal Castle # 1 will ship with Animal Castle #2 for a January 12th on-sale date.

Retailers should contact their Diamond account rep and place a reorder to make sure they don’t miss out! Both books will go on Final Order Cutoff Monday, December 13th.

Ablaze Reveals its February 2022 Releases

LIFE ZERO #1

by writer Stefano Vietti & artist Marco Checchetto · MSRP: $3.99 · Release Date: February 9, 2022

From the artist of Marvel Comics’ Devil’s Reign & Daredevil, Marco Checchetto, comes a thrilling new adventure!

Where were you when the cloud arrived? Where were you when the world changed forever? Where were you when people started dying? ABLAZE is proud to present LIFE ZERO by Stefano Vietti (Dragonero) and Marco Checchetto (Daredevil, Avengers, Old Man Hawkeye, Wolverine), with colors by Andres Mossa (Wolverine, Avengers, Secret Wars 2099). At the limits between science fiction, action and horror is LIFE ZERO!

FORGET MY NAME HC Edition

by Zerocalcare · MSRP: $19.99 ·  Release Date: March 9, 2022

FORGET MY NAME HC Edition

When the last vestiges of his childhood are taken from him, Zerocalcare discovers unsuspected secrets about his family. Torn between the soothing numbness of the innocence of youth and the impossibility to elude society’s ever-expanding control over people’s lives, he’ll have to understand where he really comes from before he understands where he is going.

A story that was shortlisted for Italy’s prestigious Strega literary award, an honor that was bestowed on a graphic novel only twice in the award’s history. This is the book that has broken down the barrier between “real book” readers and graphic novel enthusiasts in Europe, having sold over 150,000 copies so far.  Also don’t miss the premiere of Zerocalcare’s first original animated series, “Tear Along the Dotted Line,” on Netflix WORLDWIDE November 17th!

ANIMAL CASTLE #3

by Xavier Dorison and Felix Delep · MSRP: $3.99 · Release Date: February 16, 2022

On the Farm, all animals were equal.  In the Castle, some are more equal than others. 

With the animals in full revolt, will Miss B. be able to keep her children safe while also trying to provide for them a future in which they can thrive instead of under the hoof of the privileged in power? Or will it all come crashing down as the powerful use their material advantages against those who do the work?

For fans of the bestselling Stray Dogs and the Eisner Award winning Beasts of Burden comes an animal fable at once familiar and surprising!   You may think you know the story but set aside your assumptions, this animal uprising is unlike any you have read! 

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CRUELER THAN DEAD Vol 2

by Tsukasa Saimura and Kozo Takahashi · MSRP: $12.99 · Release Date: February 23, 2022

After a grueling and dangerous trip, Maki and Shota finally make it to the Tokyo Dome, the largest refugee camp in the entire Kanto region and one of the last places to survive the zombie outbreak that has overwhelmed the whole world.

Maki, who brings with her the remaining doses of the vaccine developed at the Gunma Pharmaceutical Center where she woke up in the first volume, is taken care of by the people in power in the Dome, where a handful of privileged people under the leadership of Colonel Shimamoto live in luxury, while most of the survivors are forced to survive in appalling conditions. Shota and Miura are thrust into the difficult daily lives of survivors who do not have the chance to be privileged. Miura is assigned to a work team while Shota befriends the leader of a gang of children…

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VERSUS FIGHTING STORY Vol 2

by Izu, Madd, and Kalon · MSRP: $12.99 · Release Date: February 23, 2022

The first manga dedicated to the world of e-sports competition!  As Issue 2 opens, the world of Versus Fighting is facing an unprecedented struggle! On the one hand, e-sports magnate Eric Volta wants to professionalize the sector with millions of dollars.

On the other hand, Max Volta, his own nephew, was recruited by Inés, a former player of the Versus Dojo arcade who fights to preserve the passion of the fighting game culture and its players. To help him, the legendary TKO the Destroyer will have to come out of his retirement to train his team… And in the middle of it all, there is a surprise guest: Mr. Judeau, a talented player of obscure games that no one else plays. Is the man who gets paid in kebab the Chosen One who will help all these people come together?

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Ablaze Reveals its January 2022 Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

THE BREAKER OMNIBUS, Volume 2

by Jeon Geuk-jin & Park Jin-Hwan
MSRP: $19.99 • Release Date: January 22, 2022

In THE BREAKER Volume 2 omnibus edition, Chun-woo has gone missing, following his intense and deadly fight with the dreaded Gijoo. Meanwhile, Si-woon has been confronted with his inner demons ever since Si-Ho Lee administered a remedy that generates so much Qi that the high school student may well explode from within! Future invincible warrior…or time bomb?

THE BREAKER is a bestselling hit in South Korea and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and more…and now ABLAZE is happy to bring this amazing manhwa title to English readers worldwide!

THE BREAKER OMNIBUS, Volume 2

SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

by Jerome Alquié & Leiji Matsumoto
MSRP: $24.99 • Release Date: February 23, 2022

The definitive hardcover edition containing all 6 issues of the critically acclaimed space adventure by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto and artist Jérôme Alquié.

Set within the timeline of the original series, this brand-new CAPTAIN HARLOCK adventure marks the beginning of an original new story arc. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Mazon and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world. This time, the source of danger comes directly from Earth, not outer space. A team of scientists discovers a Mazon mausoleum where they find information about terrifying genetic manipulations and a destructive power capable of either providing the Mazon with immortality or putting an end to their civilization. The unprecedented cold spell hitting Earth might only be a taste of what this new enemy has in store… Will Captain Harlock and his crew manage to solve this mystery and save the Earth from yet another menace?

The hardcover edition features behind the scenes sketches, designs, artwork, and photos on the creation of the story, and contains a complete cover gallery.

SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

ANIMAL CASTLE Issue 2

by Xavier Dorison & Felix Delep
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 12, 2022

On the Farm all animals were equal. In the Castle some are more equal than others.

After witnessing the deaths of animals that she knew as friends for seemingly nothing, Miss B. becomes a conflicted cat. Things are further complicated when questions are raised about the state of the farm, bringing down severe retaliation by President Silvio’s hounds. Miss B. must ask herself what’s worse: doing something that could cost a life or do nothing at all? For fans of the bestselling Stray Dogs and the Eisner Award winning Beasts of Burden comes an animal fable at once familiar and surprising! You may think you know the story but set aside your assumptions, this animal uprising is unlike any you have read!

GUILLEM MARCH’S LAURA Issue 3

by Guillem March
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 19, 2022

Before Batman, the hit Joker series, and Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of Laura, the book that led Guillem March to the mainstream comics world! The story of Irene explores the nature of inspiration and creating art outside of one’s comfort zone, thanks to some advice from a role model and a cameo by Guillem himself. In Muse, an artist’s search for a model puts how a young woman is perceived by her male roommates into perspective.

HE WHO FIGHTS WITH MONSTERS Issue 5

by Francesco Artibani & Werther Dell’Edera
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 26, 2022

In the aftermath of an unthinkable act, Radek and the golem decide to work with the Resistance, only to find themselves falling into a deadly trap. Will they make it out alive and save as many people as possible, or will this be the end of hope in the city?

Ablaze Launches the Orwellian Comic Series Animal Castel in December

Comics publisher Ablaze has announced the new comic series that puts a new spin on animal uprising, Animal Castle. The first issue comes to comic shops on December 1st. Writer, Xavier Dorison, and artist, Felix Delep, shine in Animal Castle as they build on an Orwellian premise and move the story in a bold and unexpected new direction.

On the Farm all animals were equal. But in the Castle, some are more equal than others.

Nestled in the heart of a farm forgotten by men, the Animal Castle is ruled with an iron hoof by President Silvio. The bull and his dog militia savor their power, while the other animals are exhausted by work, until the arrival of the mysterious Azelard, a traveling rat who will teach them the secrets of civil disobedience.

Preview: The Third Testament Vol. 4: The Day Of The Raven

The Third Testament Vol. 4: The Day Of The Raven

STORY BY: XAVIER DORISON and ALEX ALICE
ART BY: ALEX ALICE
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 80
COVER PRICE: $18.99

Disgraced inquisitor Conrad of Marburg has been forced to abandon his erstwhile ward Elisabeth and the young monk, Clement, while he races to Prague with what he believes is the solution to the ultimate enigma of the Third Testament. However, he is captured by the brutal Sayn and must do everything he can to escape!

But Elisabeth and Clement have realized the solution Conrad has is wrong… can they catch up with him before all is lost and the incredible knowledge he has uncovered falls to the forces of darkness? Find out in this the stunning final installment of The Third Testament.

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Preview: Red One #2

Red One #2

Story By: Xavier Dorison
Art By: Terry Dodson
Art By: Rachel Dodson
Cover By: Terry Dodson
Cover By: Rachel Dodson
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB150625
Published: April 29, 2015

The U.S.S.R.’s top agent, Vera Yelnikov, is working undercover in 1977 Los Angeles as Alabama Jones, a.k.a. RED ONE, America’s greatest hero! Red One takes on her fiercest foe yet, the fascist serial killer THE CARPENTER, in a funky superhero romp by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider- Man, Harley Quinn) and XAVIER DORISON (Long John Silver, The Third Testament).

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Preview: Red One #1

Red One #1

Story By: Xavier Dorison
Art By: Terry Dodson
Art By: Rachel Dodson
Cover By: Terry Dodson
Cover By: Rachel Dodson
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150575
Published: March 18, 2015

What happens when America’s greatest hero…is a Russian Spy? Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov is sent to 1977 Los Angeles by the Kremlin to become an American Superhero and spread communist values in the land of Uncle Sam in a funky superhero romp straight out of a Tarantino film by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider- Man, Harley Quinn) and XAVIER DORISON (Long John Silver, The Third Testament).

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Another Russian spy uncovered in Red One

Xavier Dorison and Terry and Rachel Dodson launch a sexy and funky new superhero story, straight out of a Quentin Tarantino film, in Red One.

In Red One, it’s 1977—the height of the Cold War between the USSR and the US—and the Kremlin has a plan to win the war against Uncle Sam: propaganda!

Vera Yelnikov is an elite agent in the Soviet Army during the Cold War—she IS the atomic bomb. Vera is sent to Los Angeles by her bosses at the Kremlin. Her mission? Become a true “American superhero.” She must spearhead a propaganda operation of communist values from within the United States and fight against the “Carpenter”—a fascist serial killer who blames America’s ills on liberals.

In her cover identity “Alabama Jones,” Vera must find a day job that conceals her true mission—to do the Kremlin’s bidding when the USSR needs her… as RED ONE!

The exciting series poses a chilling question, one rife with political overtones: What happens when America’s Greatest Hero… is actually a Russian Spy? It hits stores on March 18 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN150575.

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Preview: The Third Testament Book 2 – The Angel’s Face

THE THIRD TESTAMENT BOOK 2 – THE ANGEL’S FACE

STORY BY: Xavier Dorison & Alex Alice
ART BY: Alex Alice
COLORS: Alex Alice
LETTERING: Gabriela Houston
COVER BY: Alex Alice
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
FORMAT: 48pp, HC, FC
ISBN: 9781782760900
COVER PRICE: $9.99/$11.99 CAN/£8.99 UK
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday December 1​7, 2014

Conrad of Marburg and his companion continue their epic quest for The Third Testament.

The Third Testament is a fabled artifact, searched for by the Templars, the Church and Satanists alike. It is a relic that could potentially shake not only the very foundations of the Church – but also shift the balance of power in Europe. As their quest takes them all the way to Toledo and then to the coast of Scotland, both travellers are coming closer to uncovering the Testament’s true nature.

But will Conrad and Elizabeth find the Testament before their pursuers? And what will they do once they get their hands on it?

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Preview: The Third Testament Book 1: The Lion Awakes

THE THIRD TESTAMENT (BOOK I): THE LION AWAKES

STORY BY: Xavier Dorison & Alex Alice
ART BY: Alex Alice
COLORS: Alex Alice
LETTERING: Gabriela Houston
COVER BY: Alex Alice
NUMBER OF VOLUMES IN SERIES: 1 (of 4)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
FORMAT: 48pp, HC, FC
COVER PRICE: $9.99 / CAN $11.99 / UK £8.99
ISBN: 9781782760894
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2014

A CHILLING STORY OF SECRETS, LIES AND MURDER…

The 14th Century. Shortly after the discovery of an ancient relic in a secret, long-forgotten crypt, a remote monastery is burnt to the ground, and all its inhabitants slaughtered.

Disgraced Inquisitor Conrad of Marburg is summoned from his exile and sent on a world-spanning quest to discover the truth behind the massacre. But is he, the Church and humanity ready for the shattering revelations his journey will reveal?

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