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NYCC 2022: Joe Quesada returns, Icon vs. Hardware, John Ridley, and more!

DC‘s Jim Lee & Friends panel at New York Comic Con was full of news and reveals from amazing talent.

Marc Silvestri Talks About Batman’s Ultimate Team-Up

Lee’s longtime creative colleague Marc Silvestri was also on hand to share new art and conversation about his “buddy cop horror story”, Batman/The Joker: The Deady Duo. Silvestri talked to Lee and fans about the early days of pitching and planning the series, how his approach has evolved as both writer and artist from the start until now, why the relationship between Batman and The Joker has captivated fans for so long, and more details about what fans can expect when this seven issue limited series launches November 1, 2022.

Oscar Award-Winning Writer John Ridley – All In On DC

DC is fortunate to have an Academy Award-winning screenwriter on hand that treats his comic writing projects with the same care and commitment that he has with movies like 12 Years A Slave, Five Days At MemorialAmerican Crime, and his other movie projects. Writer John Ridley joined the panel to talk with Jim about his body of work, past and present. Ridley chatted with Lee and the audience about the current and future trajectory of Jace Fox since his move from Gotham to New York (and a sidekick?) in I Am Batman, and how the most recent story arc leads into his upcoming limited series G.C.P.D.: The Blue Wall, debuting October 18, 2022. John also discussed how he landed the job of telling the story of The Penguin, as part of DC’s Batman: One Bad Day event, revealing exclusive first look art from the one-shot ahead of its October 18 release.

Spencer Ackerman – “Building The Wall” in A New DC Black Label Series

For many, the 1990s was a comic book “renaissance,” with the birth of Lee’s own Wildstorm comics, DC’s then-unimaginable Death of Superman, and the creation of Milestone Comics. November’s DC 90’s Rewind event includes the launch of a new WildC.A.T.s. ongoing series, and a new DC Black Label limited series, Waller vs. WildStorm. Co-writer and noted national security journalist Spencer Ackerman appeared on the panel to talk about his first work for DC and how he, co-writer Evan Narcisse and artist Eric Battle plan to merge the DC and Wildstorm universes and show how Amanda Waller rose to power to become one of the most ruthless and unyielding characters in the DCU. Waller vs. Wildstorm debuts November 15, 2022.

Nikolas Draper-Ivey and Vita Ayala Return Static to Dakota in 2023

One of the brightest lights of Milestone Media’s reuniting with DC was Static: Season One, and breakout artist Nikolas Draper-Ivey, who joined the panel to talk a little about the reception that he, writer Vita Ayala and co-artist ChrisCross received after relaunching Milestone’s flagship super hero for a new generation. Fans got to see some of Draper-Ivey’s incredible art, as he spoke about taking on the new challenge of both co-writer (with Ayala) and artist for the six-issue sequel to Static: Season OneStatic: Shadows of Dakota, debuting on February 7, 2023.

Early Look at New Titles Celebrating Milestone’s 30th Anniversary in 2023

Lee’s chat with Draper-Ivey led to more Milestone news, as he shared early reveals of two titles that will be part of the celebration of this groundbreaking imprint’s 30th anniversary next year. Cover art was revealed for Icon vs. Hardware, a five-issue limited series launching on February 14, 2023. Spinning out of the epilogue of the Milestones In History anthology, this series is co-written by Reggie Hudlin and Leon Chills, and pits two of Milestone’s core super heroes against each other for the future of Dakota, as Hardware discovers a time machine and puts it to work altering the history of the world.

Fans also got the first look at the main (by Denys Cowan) and variant (by Nikolas Draper-Ivey) covers for a Milestone 30th Anniversary Special, scheduled for a February 21, 2023 release. This commemorative one-shot will feature stories celebrating the breadth and depth of the Dakotaverse, with contributions from Eisner award winner Chuck Brown, Stephanie Williams, Denys Cowan, Nikolas Draper Ivey, Yasmin Flores Montanez and others. The Draper-Ivey variant cover spotlights the story he’s writing and drawing, a team up between an adult version of Static and Batman Beyond.

Special Guest Joe Quesada Reveals Details on His Return to DC

Even though Jim likes to keep his panel lineup secret to surprise people with big news, he always keeps an ace-in-the-hole extra secret to really catch the audiences off guard. Today was no exception, as artist and former Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada took the stage.

Quesada left Marvel earlier this year to pursue his own personal projects and he’s clearly starting off with a bang, as he announced that he’d be designing covers for DC titles in 2023, exclusively revealing his variant cover art for Batman #131 (January 3, 2023), and Batman #132 (February 7, 2023).

Your Complete Guide to this year’s Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1

On September 28, Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades returns with a new collection of uplifting and action-packed tales highlighting Latin and Latinx creators and characters! To celebrate Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month, the giant-sized one-shot is the latest installment in the groundbreaking Marvel’s Voices series, continuing the tradition of highlighting the cultural richness of the Marvel Universe, celebrating established comic talent, and uplifting new voices in the comic book industry! Packed with five thrilling adventures, Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades will embrace various cultural heritages and explore how they impact the journeys of some of your favorite super heroes!

Here are the stories that await in this year’s issue:

  • Legendary creator Fabian Nicieza and superstar artist Paco Medina take to the stars in an action-packed Nova adventure!
  • Miles Morales faces the music in an incredible showdown by acclaimed writer Edgar Delgado and artist Luis Morocho in his Marvel Comics debut!
  • Award-winning author Alex Segura and extraordinary artist Rogê Antônio blaze a new trail for White Tiger – and introduce a brand new character to the Marvel Mythos—CHIMERA! Find out if she’s friend or foe in this exciting first appearance. In the meantime, check out Paco Medina’s design for the character in a special variant cover!
  • Novelist Zoraida Córdova and artist Yasmín Flores Montañez dive deep into the heart of Shark-Girl as she finds herself facing off with Namor!
  • Author Carlos Hernandez brings his incredible sci-fi/fantasy storytelling to Marvel Comics for the first time alongside rising star Marcelo Costa. The pair will bring America Chavez home to defend her community against a strange threat!
  • Plus an introduction by Hector Navarro and a heartfelt interview about the history of inclusion at Marvel Comics with Fabian Nicieza.

Check out all four stunning covers and interior artwork from each story now and pick up Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1 on September 28! Featuring covers by Lucas Werneck, Phil Jimenez and Alejandro Sánchez, Paco Medina, and Chiko Shiko.

DC Reveals its Milestone Talent Development Program Participants

DC, Milestone Media, WarnerMedia, and Ally revealed its plans for The Milestone Initiative Talent Development Program. The program begins March 15 and includes 24 individuals. You can find out more about them here and see the list below.

The 10-week program offers participants the chance to learn from industry experts to sharpen their storytelling skills. The training program includes virtual instruction through the Kubert School as well as an in-person seminar at DC’s offices in Burbank, CA.

Speakers include:

  • Jim Lee – Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC
  • Marie Javins – VP, Editor-in-Chief, DC
  • Chris Conroy – Editor, DC
  • Benjamin Le Clear – DC Staff Historian & Archivist
  • Marquis Draper – Assistant Editor, DC
  • Reggie Hudlin & Denys Cowan – Milestone creators, Milestone Media
  • Karen Horne – SVP, Equity and Inclusion, WarnerMedia
  • Erica Hughes – Director, Multicultural Marketing, Ally

The goal of the program is to empower the next generation of diverse comic book creators and increase the focus on representation and diversity in media.

The class of creators includes:

  • Andrea Rosales, Portland OR
  • Ashley Allen, Orono MN
  • Atagun Ilhan, Syracuse NY
  • Charles Stewart III, Washington D.C.
  • Cheryl Lynn Eaton, New York NY
  • Daimon Hampton, Chicago IL
  • Dorado Quick, Inglewood CA     
  • Greg Burnham, Norcross GA
  • Gregory Maldonado, Bronx NY
  • Jarod Pratt, Detroit MI
  • Jarred Luján, Del Rio TX
  • Jerome Rhett, Charleston SC
  • Jordan Clark, Baltimore MD
  • Julio Anta, Miami FL       
  • Kameron White, Houston TX
  • Lucas Silveira, Indianapolis IN
  • Marcus Smith, Chicago IL
  • Miguel Hernández, Cleveland OH
  • Morgan Hampton, Chicago IL
  • Nathaniel Cayanan, Corona CA
  • Petterson Oliveira, Naples FL
  • Tiah Ankum, Atlanta GA
  • Yasmín Flores Montañez, Toa Alta PR
  • Zipporah Smith, Los Angeles CA

Congrats to all!

Milestone Talent Development Program 2022

Black Mask Studios Rushes Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes #1 Back To Press For a Second Printing Featuring a New Cover by Yasmin Flores Montanez

The first issue of the twisted, dark fantasy saga Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes by writer Matteo Pizzolo and artist Anna Muckcracker has sold out on its first day of release despite a massive print run, and publisher Black Mask Studios is going back to press for a second printing ahead of the release of issue 2.

The second printing of Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes #1 will feature a new cover by Yasmin Flores Montanez and will be on sale on August 4.

This series provides a fresh jumping-on point for new readers while continuing the saga for Godkiller’s devoted fans.

In Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes, orphan Tommy continues his quest to find a new heart for his dying sister, but he’s been captured by The Republic. Anti-heroine Halfpipe wants to rescue Tommy, but she’ll need help from mysterious bounty hunter Soledad, who’s not exactly in the helping-people business.

Godkiller: Tomorrow's Ashes #1 2nd printing

Preview: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp

(W) Marieke Nijkamp (A) Yasmin Flores Montanez (CA) Clara Meath
In Shops: May 05, 2021
SRP: $12.99

Reader beware, you’re in for a scare! The kid-friendly horror series returns with a spooky new graphic novel from New York Times bestselling YA author Marieke Nijkamp!

When twelve-year-old Blake is shipped away to stay with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp for the summer, she expects her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing. Instead, she finds herself in a spooky turf war between werewolves and wolf hunters! Blake’s never let anything-including her prosthetic hand-slow her down or stop her from crushing her opponents in a game of Lore Hunter, but real-life monsters on all sides take danger and fear to a whole new level, and Blake will need to use all of her gaming skills to escape.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp

Preview: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #5 (of 5)

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #5 (of 5)

(W) Marieke Nijkamp (A) Yasmin Flores Montanez (CA) Bill Underwood
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

It was supposed to be just a nighttime adventure into a spooky swamp, but now young Blake is caught in a clash between a pack of misunderstood werewolves and the angry townspeople hunting them! Blake is used to these kinds of adventures in games, but the danger’s about to get too real in the amazing conclusion to Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, Before I Let Go, The Oracle Code) and artist Yasmin Flores Montanez (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Tilly).

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #5 (of 5)

Preview: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #4 (of 5)

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #4 (of 5)

(W) Marieke Nijkamp (A) Yasmin Flores Montanez (CA) Bill Underwood
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Blake thought things were bad enough when she found herself lost in a werewolf-infested swamp, but when the hunters become the hunted, she’ll have to figure out just whose side she’s on. This is NOT how she expected her summer to go! The wild werewolf nightmare continues in this all-ages scarefest from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, Before I Let Go, The Oracle Code) and artist Yasmin Flores Montanez (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Tilly).

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #4 (of 5)

Preview: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #3 (of 5)

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #3 (of 5)

(W) Marieke Nijkamp (A) Yasmin Flores Montanez (CA) Bill Underwood
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Twelve-year-old Blake was worried that summer break in Fever Swamp would be b-o-r-i-n-g, but it’s quickly become more intense than she ever could have imagined. After a close encounter with some werewolves in the swamp, Blake is separated from her new friend Lily and all alone. But a stunning discovery will make her wonder just who Lily really is… and who the real monsters are! The wild werewolf nightmare continues in this all-ages scarefest from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, Before I Let Go, The Oracle Code) and artist Yasmin Flores Montanez (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Tilly).

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #3 (of 5)

Preview: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #2 (of 5)

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #2 (of 5)

(W) Marieke Nijkamp (A) Yasmin Flores Montanez (CA) Bill Underwood
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Twelve-year-old Blake was worried that summer break with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp would be b-o-r-i-n-g, but it’s quickly become more intense than she ever could have imagined. Lost in the swamp with her gaming rival, Lily, and surrounded by werewolves, Blake could use a lot less danger and a little more boring right about now! The wild werewolf nightmare continues in this all-ages scarefest from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, Before I Let Go, The Oracle Code) and artist Yasmin Flores Montanez (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Tilly).

Goosbumps: secrets of the Swamp #2 (of 5)

Review: Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1

GOOSEBUMPS: SECRETS OF THE SWAMP #1

It’s easy to admire how Goosebumps approaches YA horror, especially in pursuing dark stories without the intention of dialing down the evil behind them. This is the case with the new mini-series set within its universe, Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp, where three girls find themselves in the middle of a battle between werewolves and wolf-hunters. With this setup, writer Marieke Nijkamp and artist Yasmín Flores Montañez kick-off a story that updates the classic Goosebumps formula with a strong and diverse cast along with familiar monsters offering new scares.

The story follows Blake, an expert gamer looking to pass the summer beating high scores online. Her aunt, whom she is staying with, tries to get her back into the real world with hints and clues as to the myths and legends of the town of Fever Swamp. Horror starts to creep in with this revelation as Blake meets Lily and Cara and tales of swamp monsters start circulating between them.

Flores Montañez and colorist Rebecca Nalty do wonders with the setting. Fever Swamp looks vibrant and colorful but dangerous as well. There’s something about a swamp setting that screams blood and monsters and the art team does a great job of capturing it in all its terrifying glory. Colors seamlessly transition from lighter into darker variations of themselves and in the process help carry the storytelling as it moves towards all-out horror.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1
IDW

The characters’ facial expressions make them feel instantly relatable given they’re so storied and alive. By the end of this first issue, I felt as if I had been reading these characters for a long time. It speaks volumes to Flores Montañez’s ability to bring life into the comics page and the characters that inhabit them.

Nijkamp’s script is expertly paced and allows the story to unravel without heavy exposition dumps. Nothing is explicitly and definitively explained, allowing for a grander sense of the unknown to settle in. As the monsters of the swamp start coming out of the dark, we get the sense that they’re carrying stories with them that don’t conform to the classic trope of ‘good vs. evil’.

Secrets of the Swamp remarkably offers a lot of story in each panel. Details that range from the text on a character’s shirt to the way they move and even how their hair is styled all play into the uniqueness of each character’s identity. This comic feels well lived in. It makes sure readers come back to its world to further uncover its mysteries.

Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1 is a strong start to a YA horror story that can set a good example as to how to get the most out of the genre. The creative team for this comic is in perfect synchronization and it shows. Stay with this comic. There’s a lot of horror to be had with the promise of more to come.

Story: Marieke Nijkamp Art: Yasmín Flores Montañez Colors: Rebecca Nalty
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy, read, and then visit a swamp (just not alone)
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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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