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Peach Momoko’s take on Marvel’s Civil War continues in Demon Wars: Shield of Justice

Peach Momoko’s next Marvel epic began this week with Demon Wars: The Iron Samurai! Written and drawn by Momoko, this four-part series reimagines the iconic Marvel event, Civil War, in breathtaking fashion. Told through the lens of one of the industry’s most inventive talents, the classic Civil War story beats are blended with traditional Japanese folklore, and the event’s major players including Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther have received stunning, mystical redesigns. With the first installment on sale today, fans can now see the cover and learn more about the next chapter in this incredible saga: Demon Wars: Shield of Justice #1! It’s co-scripted with Zack Davisson.

It’s Iron Samurai VS. Shield of Justice! Mariko Yashida is torn between two worlds: the human world and the yokai dimension–a strange world filled with stranger creatures. The denizens of the yokai dimension need Mariko’s help to stop a war that’s brewing between two factions, one led by the Iron Samurai and his spider-like ally, and the other by a shield-wielding warrior and his panther-like right hand. The clash between them could have cataclysmic consequences for both worlds!

Dive deeper into the magic, mystery, and mayhem on November 16th!

Demon Wars: Shield of Justice #1

Peach Momoko Takes on Marvel’s Civil War with Demon Wars: The Iron Samurai

The next evolution of Peach Momoko’s vision of Marvel Universe arrives this July in Demon Wars: The Iron Samurai! Written and drawn by Momoko, co-scripted by Zack Davisson, this four-issue limited series will serve as a sequel to the Demon Days saga, taking readers on another journey into the imagination of one of the industry’s most inventive talents! Momoko will once again blend the characters and stories of Marvel Comics with traditional Japanese folklore. And get ready to choose a side because this time, Momoko will reimagine the iconic Marvel event, Civil War, complete with new versions and incredible designs for heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and more!

Peach Momoko returns with another saga filled with wondrous creatures: sentient samurai armor, a winged individual in a falcon mask, a mysterious panther person and a red, snakelike monster with a deadly appetite. When Mariko Yashida finds herself in the middle of a war between these creatures, will she be forced to choose a side?

Coming to comic shops on July 13.

Review: Demon Days: Blood Feud #1

Demon Days: Blood Feud #1

Nothing hurts more than a family betrayal. It hurts in ways that sometimes words cannot accurately contextualize. The only description that feels most apropos is that it s like a paper cut. In the way that you don’t see it coming and it stings long after it happens.

That is why trust is so hard to gain and re- building those bridges again between family feels like a reach. The longer those bridges remain unattached, the harder it is for those connections to mend. So what happens when death is part of that equation? I n the epic conclusion to the Demon Days Saga, Mariko Yashida faces a threat closer than she ever imagined in this one-shot issue of Demon Days: Blood Feud.

We’re taken to Kirisaki Mountain, where Ogin and Halbo( the Japanese Hulk)  and Mariko with Logan ( an actual wolf) face off in a  one final battle, as Ogin still feels Mariko is to blame for their mother’s death.  As what could easily be a show of brute force from Halbo, but Mariko outsmarts Ogin and Halbo, by using spider venom from Reina, which debilitates him instantly. The siblings are left to face each other, as they talk through their differences, and Mariko remembers her promise to her mother, to save her sister, which she tries to do with her powers. Right when Ogin could give Mariko the decisive blow, she holds back and Mariko awakens to Granny and Kuriko nursing her back to health. By the issue’s end, Mariko returns to “normal” life, while Logan has been missing since the fight and Ogin and the Yokai she saved go into hiding.

Overall, Demon Days: Blood Feud #1 is an exciting take on the Marvel Universe, one which injects the slice of life genre into this world.  The story by Peach Momoko is endearing and action packed. The art by Momoko is gorgeous. Altogether, Demon Days: Blood Feud is a story that acts as both an entry way for both comic book fans and manga fans.

Story: Peach Momoko Art: Peach Momoko
Adaptation: Zack Davisson Letterer: Ariana  Maher
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Dark Horse to Publish English Translation of ‘Cat + Gamer’ Beginning March 2022

From Japanese publisher Shogakukan, creator Wataru Nadantani, and translator Zack Davisson, Dark Horse has announced the upcoming manga Cat + Gamer, available for the first time in English! The series begins March 2022.

Meet Riko, a twenty-nine-year-old office worker with an obsession with video games. Her coworkers can’t quite figure her out—she never talks about her personal life, she never works overtime, and she never joins them for happy hour. Is she antisocial? Nope, she’s rushing home to play video games alone. That is until a stray cat is found in the office parking lot and ends up coming home with her! Having no experience with pets, Riko uses lessons drawn from video games to guide her in cat care, while her cute companion tries to understand her behavior through a cat’s worldview. Equal parts funny and heartwarming, Cat + Gamer is the perfect manga for cat lovers, gamers, and anyone looking for a lighthearted new read!

Cat + Gamer arrives in comic shops March 2, 2022, and bookshops March 15, 2022.

Cat + Gamer 

Review: King in Black #4

King in Black #4

There are moments in film, comics, television, and books where the hero discovers their inner power and the tide begins to turn against evil. In Transformers: The Movie it was Hot Rod opening the Matrix and turning into Rodimus Prime. Those moments can bring tingles and excitement as good begins to triumph over evil. King in Black #4 delivers that moment multiple times in the penultimate issue of the event.

Written by Donny Cates, things look dire as the issue begins. Knull has dominated the world, killed Eddie Brock, and subjugated most of the world’s heroes. But Cates has been hinting at another who might defeat Knull. If Knull represents darkness, someone, or something, must be the light. It’s been pretty obvious for a while that we’d eventually find out who the who or what is in this event and this is the issue where that all becomes clearer.

King in Black #4 features a showdown between Dylan and Knull with Dylan being the clearest current threat to the wannabe god. It’s a solid showdown as Dylan takes his stand showing all it takes is a single individual to make a change. It being a kid feels all the more symbolic as it is so many kids over recent years that are leading the way. But Dylan is just a catalyst. The comic is full of “fuck yeah” moments as heroes begin to free themselves and make their attacks against Knull. We don’t get one “Rodimus” moment, we get multiple resulting in a crescendo of excitement of “hells yes” beats. All building to the issue’s finale with the big reveal Cates has been hinted at.

Cates is helped by Ryan Stegman who nails every beat. Along with JP Mayer on ink, Frank Martin on color, and Clayton Cowles on lettering, the crescendo is clear in the art. The battle goes from what feels like a “psychic landscape” to the physical world and it just ups the awe with every opportunity. There’s so many moments that are memorable, the art brings home Cates’ concepts with a blast. Cowles lettering is key as he depicts Knull giving him his own font. It emphasizes the character’s evil stance and without it, the character wouldn’t work as well. It’s a perfect combination and team.

The issue also features our first look and Peach Momoko‘s Demon Days. The short backup comic features an English Adaptation by Zack Davisson, and lettering by Ariana Maher. Momoko takes the X-Men into a fantasy world rooted in Japan and its mythology. The result is a story that’s beautiful to look at but the story itself doesn’t feel quite unique enough. Taking characters and just making them samurai and animals isn’t new or different. So, this is one to wait and see. As a teaser for the first issue and series, it doesn’t excite and quite land.

King in Black #4 is a hell of a comic that’ll get you pumped and excited. There’s just one more issue left and this could leave us with a hell of a change to the Marvel landscape. Marvel has stumbled with events in recent years but King in Black #4 has delivered with every issue and is their best in a long time. It brings popcorn excitement and this issue helps lights our darkest hour.

Story: Donny Cates, Peach Momoko Art: Ryan Stegman, Peach Momoko
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Ariana Maher

English Adaptation: Zack Davisson
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Comes to Dark Horse in July 2019

2199 will be Earth’s final year—unless the voyage of Space Battleship Yamato can succeed, and you can follow their mission as it begins with volume 1 of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199, coming to Dark Horse July 2019! 

Aliens from the planet Gamilas have devastated the biosphere, determined to reshape our planet into their new home. But an emissary from the distant Iscandar has given humanity the means to defeat them. If the crew of theYamato can battle its way through the Gamilas fleet to reach Iscandar, their technology can heal the Earth—but the odds against them are literally astronomical…

The animated television series Space Battleship Yamato began in Japan in 1974, and eventually became a cultural phenomenon. In 1979, the show arrived in the U.S. as Star Blazers and gained a dedicated new fan following. Now, in the Summer of 2019, manga fans can see the saga reborn in Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199, based on the anime available from Funimation!

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199, adapted to manga by Michio Murakawa, with covers by Junichiro Tamamori, arrives in a double-sized English omnibus edition. Translated by Zack Davisson and with an afterword by animator and Yamato fan Tim Eldred, each omnibus volume will contain two Japanese volumes’ worth of story in its 344 pages as well as an extensive bonus section featuring Earth and Gamilas spacecraft diagrams!

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Volume 1 goes on sale July 31, 2019 for $19.99.

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Volume 1

Drawn & Quarterly’s fall 2015: Beaton, Tomine, Mizuki, Chippendale, and more!

What a year 2015 is shaping up to be, Drawn & Quarterly‘s 25th anniversary is bringing new work this spring from Jillian Tamaki, Michael DeForge, Marc Bell, Anders Nilsen, and more, not to mention their mammoth 25th anniversary tome itself, which they will be previewing in due time.

Check out some of the books we’ll be seeing this year.

Kate Beaton

In stores September 15, 2015! $19.95 / 5.5″ x 8.75″ / 160 pages / b+w / hardcover / 9781770462083


Adrian Tomine

In stores October 6, 2015! $22.95 / 6.25″ x 9.25″ / 128 pages / full color / hardcover / 9781770462090


Shigeru Mizuki, translated by Zack Davisson

In stores November 2015! $24.95 / 6.5″ x 8.75″ / 296 pages / b+w / paperback / 9781770462106


Brian Chippendale

In stores October 2015! $22.95 / 10.875″ x 8.025″ / 120 pages / b+w / hardcover / 9781770462199


Seiichi Hayashi, translated by Taro Nettleton
New paperback edition!

In stores August 2015! $19.95 / 6.875″ x 8.25″ / 240 pages / b+w / paperback / 9781770462120


Leanne Shapton

In stores August 2015! $14.95 / 4″ x 5.75″ / 30 postcards / full color / 9781770462137


Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman
translated by Tiina Nunnally

In stores October 2015! $22.95 / 7.5″ x 9.5″ / 160 pages / full color / paperback / 9781770462151


Guy Delisle, translated by Helge Dascher

In stores August 2015! $12.95 / 5″ x 7″ / 204 pages / b+w / paperback / 9781770462144


Tove Jansson

In stores November 2015! $9.95 / 8.5″ x 6″ / 64 pages / full color / flexicover / 9781770462168