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The New Spider-UK Debuts and a Villain Revealed in Edge of Spider-Verse #2

The future of the Spider-Verse is here! Beginning on August 3, fans will see the Spider-Verse expand like never before in Edge of Spider-Verse, a new limited series that will introduce brand-new Spider-Heroes including Spider-UK and check in with iconic favorites such as Ghost-Spider. The series will contain a range of stories from longtime Spidey creators and rising stars, each with bold additions to the Spider-Man mythos. Amidst these thrilling debuts and fresh status quos, Spider-Man visionary Dan Slott will be laying the groundwork for Spider-Man #1, an all-new ongoing series launching later this year. Featuring artwork by Mark Bagley, Spider-Man will begin with the end of the Spider-Verse as fans know it…

Here’s what fans can expect from the second issue in this exciting saga, Edge of Spider-Verse #2, on sale August 17:

  • Writer Ramzee and artist Ruairí Coleman bring you the first adventure of the new SPIDER-UK! Check out her look, designed by artist Zoe Thorogood, in a special design variant cover!
  • Mastermind writer Dan Slott and artist Paco Medina present a pivotal chapter in the Spider-Verse epic with the return of SHATHRA, the mysterious Spider-Wasp who hails from the astral plane!
  • Writer Mallory Rosenthal and artist Ig Guara pit Ghost-Spider against Mysterio in a breathtaking battle!
  • Iconic artist Chris Giarrusso brings together some of your favorite Spider-Heroes in a brand-new Mini-Marvels strip!

Check out all the covers for Edge of Spider-Verse #2 plus a first look at interior artwork with covers by Josemaria Casanovas, Ernanda Souza, and Zoe Thorogood.

Preview: DC Pride 2022

DC Pride 2022

(W) Danny Lore, Ivan Cohen, Devin Grayson, Greg Lockard, Stephanie Williams, Stephanie Phillips, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Travis F. Moore, Jadzia Axelrod, Dani Fernandez, Alyssa Wong, Tini Howard, Kevin Conroy, (A) Nick Robles, Giulo Macaione, Meghan Hetrick, Samantha Dodge, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Travis G. Moore, Lynne Yoshii, Zoe Thorogood, W. Scott Forbes, Brittney Williams, Evan Cagle, J. Bone
In Shops: Jun 07, 2022
SRP: $9.99

DC’s 2022 celebration kicks off with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever before! This anthology features 13 all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites new and old including Superman (Jon Kent), Nubia, Tim Drake, Kid Quick, Aquaman (Jackson Hyde), Green Lantern (Jo Mullein), Alysia Yeoh, the Ray, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batwoman, and more! This special also includes:
o A Multiversity: Teen Justice kickoff story spotlighting Kid Quick and written by the miniseries team, Danny Lore and Ivan Cohen!
o An introduction by activist, actress, and real-life superhero Nicole Maines that will include a teaser for her upcoming Dreamer project!
o Pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more!

DC Pride 2022

Get a Sneak Peek at DC Pride 2022

DC Pride 2022’s storytellers have ambitious goals: to deliver new stories, highlight DC’s fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters, and show fans more pride than ever before. DC has released more details about DC Pride 2022, including an excerpt from Nicole Maines’ introduction, the addition of Kevin Conroy (the iconic voice of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series), J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar to an already packed roster of talent, a first look at some of the artwork coming in from the creative teams, and more. Local comic shops are taking preorders through May 1 and the 104-page Prestige format comic will publish in print and on digital platforms on May 31.

So, what’s inside DC Pride 2022? Will there be a Harley and Ivy story? Will there be a Tim Drake story? What other characters are getting a spotlight? The answers are “yes, yes, and wait and see!” but before DC reveals of the full list of talent contributing to DC Pride 2022, please take a moment to read a passage from Nicole Maines’ introduction. The author, actress and real-life superhero is on the front lines of activism and has an important message for readers:

“Representation is something that so many take for granted. But as queer people, we have always understood not only its necessity, but its power. Seeing yourself in the media you consume is validating in a way that says, “You are not alone.”

Seeing yourself in comic books, though, in your favorite superheroes, is especially powerful. It tells us that not only are there other people like us out there (something that this young trans girl growing up in rural Maine desperately needed), but that they stand alongside the very best of us.

They are the best of us.

Superheroes set the bar and they set it high. Because if you can be a superhero, you can be anything. And superheroes are categorized as such not due to their superhuman abilities, extraterrestrial origins, or truly fabulous fashion choices. They are superheroes because they stand up for what is right against any odds.

It is their courage that sets them apart.” —Nicole Maines, DC Pride 2022

DC Pride 2022

Check out all the incredible stories that DC Pride 2022 will include and the talent behind them, then scroll down for a few sneak-peek previews and more!

The DC Pride 2022 creative teams will include:

  • “Super Pride” by Devin Grayson, Nick Robles, Triona Farrell and Aditya Bidikar
  • “Confessions” by Stephanie Williams, Meghan Hetrick, Marissa Louise and Ariana Maher
  • “Special Delivery” by Travis Moore, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
  • “Are You Ready for This?” by Danny Lore & Ivan Cohen, Brittney Williams, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
  • “A World Kept Just For Me” by Alyssa Wong, W. Scott Forbes and Ariana Maher
  • “The Gumshoe in Green” by Tini Howard, Evan Cagle and Lucas Gattoni
  • “Think of Me” by Ted Brandt & Ro Stein and Frank Cvetkovic
  • “Public Display of the Electromagnetic Spectrum” by Greg Lockard, Giulio Macaione and Aditya Bidikar
  • “The Hunt” by Dani Fernandez, Zoe Thorogood, Jeremy Lawson and Aditya Bidikar
  • “Bat’s in the Cradle” by Stephanie Philips, Samantha Dodge, Marissa Louise and Lucas Gattoni
  • “Up at Bat” by Jadzia Axelrod, Lynne Yoshii, Tamra Bonvillain and Ariana Maher
  • and “Finding Batman,” a personal story by Kevin Conroy with art by J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar

With over 100 pages of original stories and content, DC Pride 2022 celebrates the strength and courage it takes to be a DC Super Hero. Here’s a sneak peek into what a few of the teams will be delivering:

“Confessions” by Stephanie Williams, Meghan Hetrick, Marissa Louise and Ariana Maher
“Public Display of the Electromagnetic Spectrum” by Greg Lockard, Giulio Macaione and Aditya Bidikar
“Special Delivery” by Travis Moore, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
“Up at Bat” by Jadzia Axelrod, Lynne Yoshii, Tamra Bonvillain and Ariana Maher
“Are You Ready for This?” by Danny Lore & Ivan Cohen, Brittney Williams, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
“Think of Me” by Ted Brandt & Ro Stein and Frank Cvetkovic

DC Reveals the Joshua “Sway” Swaby DC’s Pride 2022 Wraparound Variant Cover

DC Comics‘ is celebrating Pride with a lot of releases and the publisher has revealed Joshua “Sway” Swaby‘s variant cover for DC Pride 2022.

DC Pride 2022containing all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites, is DC’s annual Pride-themed anthology comic. The 104-page Prestige format comic, publishing on May 31, will have an introduction by activist, actress, and real-life superhero Nicole Maines (including a teaser for her upcoming DC project!) and will feature a main cover by Phil Jimenez and Arif Prianto, an open-to-order wraparound variant cover by Joshua “Sway” Swaby, and a 1:25 variant cover by Jen Bartel. The DC Pride 2022 creative teams, and the characters they’re developing stories for, include:

  • Alysia Yeoh and Batgirl by Jadzia Axelrod and Lynne Yoshii
  • Aquaman/Jackson Hyde by Alyssa Wong and W. Scott Forbes
  • Green Lantern/Jo Mullein by Tini Howard and Evan Cagle
  • Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Dani Fernandez and Zoe Thorogood
  • The Ray by Greg Lockard and Giulio Macaione
  • Superman/Jon Kent by Devin Grayson and Nick Robles
  • Tim Drake by Travis G. Moore
  • and more to come!

DC’s Pride anthology comic will also include contributions from J. Bone, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Samantha Dodge, Brittney Williams, and others; and new pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more. With over 100 pages of original stories and content, DC Pride 2022 celebrates the strength and courage it takes to be a DC Super Hero.

Zoe Thorogood shows It’s Lonely At The Centre Of The Earth

It’s Lonely At The Centre Of The Earth, an original graphic novel by up-and-comer Zoe Thorogood, will hit shelves from Image Comics this November. In It’s Lonely At The Centre Of The Earth cartoonist Zoe Thorogood records six months of her own life as it falls apart in a desperate attempt to put it back together again in the only way she knows how. This fresh and thought provoking auto-bio-graphic is an intimate and metanarrative look into the life of a selfish artist who must create for her own survival. 

It’s Lonely At The Centre Of The Earth (ISBN: 978-1534323865) will be available on Wednesday, November 9 and in bookstores on Tuesday, November 15. 

It’s Lonely At The Centre Of The Earth

DC Reveals its Pride Month Plans

DC is celebrating Pride Month in June with new releases, new trades, and more. The celebration will be available at local comics shops, bookstores, libraries, and beyond this June with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever. In addition to DC Pride 2022, a new 100+ page Prestige format annual anthology comic, in the coming months DC will also publish a new young adult graphic novel, launch three new comic book series, publish a new Tim Drake special, feature DC Pride variant covers on multiple series, deliver a new slate of books to readers everywhere, and turn a spotlight (the Bat-Signal, too!) on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

In the book market and available everywhere books are sold, Galaxy: The Prettiest Star from writer Jadzia Axelrod and artist Jess Taylor will publish on May 17 to introduce entirely new characters to DC’s pantheon of heroes. DC can’t wait for you to meet Taylor, the Galaxy Crowned, and so is delivering Galaxy: The Prettiest Star FCBD Special Edition 2022 #1, a free preview on Free Comic Book Day of the young adult graphic novel about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars, to your local comics shop on May 7. It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power!

DC Pride 2022containing all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites, is DC’s annual Pride-themed anthology comic. The 104-page Prestige format comic, publishing on May 31, will have an introduction by activist, actress, and real-life superhero Nicole Maines (including a teaser for her upcoming DC project!) and will feature a main cover by Phil Jimenez and Arif Prianto, an open-to-order wraparound variant cover by Joshua “Sway” Swaby, and a 1:25 variant cover by Jen Bartel. The DC Pride 2022 creative teams, and the characters they’re developing stories for, include:

  • Alysia Yeoh and Batgirl by Jadzia Axelrod and Lynne Yoshii
  • Aquaman/Jackson Hyde by Alyssa Wong and W. Scott Forbes
  • Green Lantern/Jo Mullein by Tini Howard and Evan Cagle
  • Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Dani Fernandez and Zoe Thorogood
  • The Ray by Greg Lockard and Giulio Macaione
  • Superman/Jon Kent by Devin Grayson and Nick Robles
  • Tim Drake by Travis G. Moore
  • and more to come!

DC’s Pride anthology comic will also include contributions from J. Bone, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Samantha Dodge, Brittney Williams, and others; and new pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more. With over 100 pages of original stories and content, DC Pride 2022 celebrates the strength and courage it takes to be a DC Super Hero.

But DC’s Pride plans aren’t limited to June! In addition to DC Pride 2022, the following comics will launch during Pride Month and continue through the year:

Poison Ivy, by G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara, with covers by Jessica Fong (main), Warren Louw (open-to-order variant and 1:100 foil variant), Nick Robles (1:25 variant), Frank Cho (1:50 variant), and Dan Mora (team variant), launches on June 7. In her new series, Ivy leaves Gotham City and sets out to complete her greatest work—a gift to the world that will heal the damage humanity has dealt to it! DC is proud to present the unbelievable next chapter in Poison Ivy’s ever-growing library in a six-issue story arc by the incredible creative team of G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara.

Poison Ivy

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons, a new series by Stephanie Williams, Alitha Martinez, and Mark Morales, with covers by Khary Randolph (main), Jae Lee (open-to-order variant), and Alitha Martinez (1:25 variant), debuts on June 7. Taking place right after the Nubia: Coronation Special, a second miniseries for the fan-favorite Amazon begins! You won’t want to miss the exciting new adventures of the one true queen, brought to you by the creative team behind Nubia & the Amazons—writer Stephanie Williams and artist Alitha Martinez! Williams, Martinez, and Morales’s new series is planned for four issues.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons

DC Pride: Tim Drake Special, by Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega, and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, with covers by Ortega (main) and Travis Moore (open-to-order variant), collects the breakout story from Batman: Urban Legends in one volume for the very first time! This 64-page one-shot comic arriving on June 14 also features a brand-new story that sees Tim teaming up with his former Young Justice teammates and the Batgirls! Tim Drake’s 2022 path starts here!

Multiversity: Teen Justice by Ivan Cohen, Danny Lore, Marco Failla, and Enrica Eren Angiolini, with covers by Robbi Rodriguez (main), Stephanie Hans (open-to-order variant), Bengal (1:25 variant), and Failla (1:50 variant), features Kid Quick—the Future State Flash—and the other young heroes of Earth-11. Launching on June 7, the secrets of Earth-11’s newest heroes and villains unfold in DC’s most exciting new team title! And what role will the mysterious Raven—the brooding hero who has refused to join the team in the past—play in the brand-new series? Cohen, Lore, Failla, and Angiolini’s new series is planned for six issues.

Multiversity: Teen Justice

Throughout DC’s line of monthly comics, DC’s 2022 Pride-themed variant covers will feature artwork by Amy Reeder (Batman #124), David Talaski (Superman: Son of Kal-El #12), Derek Charm (Action Comics #1044), Joe Phillips (Aquamen #5), Kevin Wada (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1), Kris Anka (Poison Ivy #1), Nick Robles (Nightwing #93), Nicole Goux (Wonder Woman #788), Olivier Coipel (Harley Quinn #16), Stephen Byrne (Multiversity: Teen Justice #1), and more.

New DC books arriving in the coming months to add to your TBR piles, pull lists, DC Pride book clubs, in-store Pride displays, and to share with friends on TikTok will include:

  • DC Pride 2021 (4/26)
  • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star (5/17)
  • Crush & Lobo (5/17)
  • Midnighter: The Complete Collection (5/24)
  • Aquaman: The Becoming (5/24)
  • Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 2 (5/24)
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 1: The Truth (5/31)
  • DC Poster Portfolio: DC Pride (5/31)
  • Doom Patrol by Rachel Pollack Omnibus (7/5)
  • Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – The Eat. Bang! Kill Tour Vol. 1 (8/30)

DC’s award-winning backlist of bestselling titles featuring LGBTQIA+ characters can be purchased everywhere books are sold:

  • Batwoman: Elegy
  • Batwoman: Haunted Tides
  • DC Comics: Bombshells
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles
  • Gotham Central Omnibus
  • Harley and Ivy: The Deluxe Edition
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
  • I Am Not Starfire
  • Poison Ivy: Thorns
  • Suicide Squad: Bad Blood
  • The Low, Low Woods
  • You Brought Me the Ocean
  • and more!

Marvel’s Greatest Heroines Shine in the Women of Marvel Trailer

Hitting stands this week, Women of Marvel #1 continues the tradition of highlighting Marvel heroes in an all-new collection of tales crafted by a lineup of incredible women creators! From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming talent, Women of Marvel #1 gives writers and artists the chance to put their own spin on beloved heroines, showing the fire, mystery, grace and joy that makes them phenomenal women. Get your first look at the adventures below in the all-new Women of Marvel #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

  • A Squirrel Girl and Black Widow team-up against a maniacal villain in a story that explores the complexities of super hero identities by Hugo award winning writer Charlie Jane Anders and artist Emma Kubert
  • An action-packed Shanna the She-Devil and Silver Sable short sees the jungle ladies battle against wild animal poachers by award winning video game script writer Rhianna Pratchett and artist Alina Erofeeva
  • A dark Jessica Jones tale of compulsion and redemption from celebrated creator Jordie Bellaire and drawn by rising star Zoe Thorogood
  • A fun-filled page-flipper of Black Cat’s greatest failures and latest triumphs by novelist Preeti Chhibber and superstar artists Jen Bartel, Marguerite Sauvage, Eleonora Carlini, Ann Maulina, and Claire Roe
  • A story of magic and hope starring Scarlet Witch by the wildly popular creator Mirka Andolfo, making her Marvel Comics writing debut alongside artist Sumeyye Kesgin

Review: Joe Hill’s Rain #2

Joe Hill's Rain #2

The road trip part of the apocalyptic road trip kicks in in Joe Hill’s Rain #2 as Honeysuckle Speck heads to Denver to tell her girlfriend Yolanda’s dad, Dr. Rusted, that his wife and daughter died in the rain of stony needles. Along the way, she picks up a couple stragglers/traveling companions and runs into a weird doomsday cult that gives Zoe Thorogood and Chris O’Halloran a chance to showcase their action chops. However, for the most part, Joe Hill, David Booher, and Thorogood focus on the human side of the end of the world. Like how do you wake up and eat breakfast when the woman you love is stuck with hundreds of needles and a short drive to Denver becomes a hell of a walk thanks to the whole tire puncturing thing.

With the exception of a giant wall of text exposition scene featuring the supporting character Ursula talking about her husband being possibly murdered by the government, Rain #2 never feels like an adaptation of a novella. For example, Thorogood uses a classic nine page grid to show the big picture of the president tweeting about the needles and the more personal story of Honeysuckle removing the needles from Yolanda with a news anchor getting emotional about his wife and kids being stuck in the epicenter of the event acting as a middle ground to show that is a horrifying event that not even the most calm and collected profession can evade. On top of the art is Booher’s narrative captions which collect Honeysuckle’s feelings and memories of Yolanda in evocative prose. It makes for a dense, resonant reading experience with O’Halloran’s flat reds and blues conveying the reflection meets sadness/rage that Honeysuckle and other folks in this Kansas/Colorado area are feeling. Thorogood also picks interesting angles for her images, and Honeysuckle doesn’t even show her face until page three because she is consumed with grief while also coming up with a plan to find Yolanda’s father.

Another strength of Rain #2 is the dialogue from Joe Hill and/or David Booher. At times, Honeysuckle feels like a cowboy, and Thorogood puts in lots of panels focusing on her boots that will protect her from the needles littering the ground on her way to Denver. She quips like she’s in a Bruce Willis movie to a death cult/tax shelter that claims the rain was predicted by their leader and will help them find enlightenment in another dimension, and she scraps like an unlikely hero in the aforementioned scene that is also depicted in yet another nine panel grid. (Silent this time because talking or even captions often ruin the flow of a fight.) Wisely, Hill, Booher, and Zoe Thorogood don’t strip away all the slice of life trappings from the book with waffles, iPads, Starbucks, and (not that they’re helpful) umbrellas still making appearances in addition to two page spreads of apocalyptic landscapes with impaled bodies. Plus a determined Honeysuckle isn’t afraid to go all Wolverine on some cultists.

Not really in content, but in form, Rain #2 reminds me of the better Vertigo books which would pair a prose stylist with a skilled visual storyteller to create comics bursting to the seams with information while also being fun to read and follow. Joe Hill, David Booher, Thorogood, and Chris O’Halloran have balanced heavy emotions of unexpected loss of life with quirky post-apocalyptic story elements like a kid with a cape who thinks he’s a vampire or an MMA fighter turned cat protector. Zoe Thorogood’s ability with facial expressions and Hill and Booher’s insightful captions really connect me to Honeysuckle as a character while I’m also intrigued to learn more about how this disaster is affecting the world and perhaps even its origin.

Story: Joe Hill Adaptation: David Booher Art: Zoe Thorogood
Colors: Chris O’Halloran Letters: Shawn Lee
Story: 7.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Get a Look at Joe Hill’s Rain #2

The award-winning creative team consisting of writer David M. Booher, artist Zoe Thorogood, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Shawn Lee brought Joe Hill’s Rain to life in comic book form last month and fans have responded with floods of enthusiasm. Image Comics is pleased to reveal an exciting sneak preview of what’s to come in next week’s Rain #2.

In Rain #2, as tragedy strikes around her, Honeysuckle does the only thing she knows to do—she devises a plan to walk to Denver to make sure her loved ones are okay. Though the deadly rain could fall at any moment, she quickly learns there are things just as dangerous as the corrupted weather: other people.

Rain first appeared in author Joe Hill’s acclaimed novella collection Strange Weather, and tells the story of a seemingly normal August day in Boulder, Colorado—the skies are clear and Honeysuckle Speck couldn’t be happier. She’s finally moving in with her girlfriend, Yolanda. But their world is literally torn apart when dark clouds roll in and release a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. 

Rain makes vivid this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads across the country and around the world, threatening everything young lovers Honeysuckle and Yolanda hold dear. 

Rain #2 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 16:

  • Cover A Thorogood – Diamond Code DEC210321
  • Cover B Elizabeth Beals – Diamond Code DEC210322
  • Cover C 1:25 copy incentive Renae DeLiz & Ray Dillon – Diamond Code DEC210323
  • Cover D 1:50 copy incentive Thorogood – Diamond Code DEC210324
Joe Hill's Rain #2

New Women of Marvel Covers Spotlight Some of Marvel’s Greatest Heroes

Next month, Women of Marvel #1 will continue the tradition of highlighting Marvel heroes in an all-new collection of tales crafted by a lineup of incredible women creators! To celebrate this exciting one-shot, artists Ernanda Souza, Audrey Mok, Lauren A. Brown, and Ashley Witter have turned out stunning variant covers starring Wolverine, Jubilee, Black Widow, Shuri, and more!

From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming talent, Women of Marvel #1 gives writers and artists the chance to put their own spin on beloved heroines, showing the fire, mystery, grace and joy that makes them phenomenal women. Here’s a full list of the adventures you can look forward to:

  • A Squirrel Girl and Black Widow team-up against a maniacal villain in a story that explores the complexities of super hero identities by Hugo award winning writer Charlie Jane Anders and artist Emma Kubert
  • An action-packed Shanna the She-Devil and Silver Sable short sees the jungle ladies battle against wild animal poachers by award winning video game script writer Rhianna Pratchett and artist Alina Erofeeva
  • A dark Jessica Jones tale of compulsion and redemption from celebrated creator Jordie Bellaire and drawn by rising star Zoe Thorogood
  • A fun-filled page-flipper of Black Cat’s greatest failures and latest triumphs by novelist Preeti Chhibber and superstar artists Jen Bartel, Marguerite Sauvage, Eleonora Carlini, Ann Maulina, and Claire Roe
  • A story of magic and hope starring Scarlet Witch by the wildly popular creator Mirka Andolfo, making her Marvel Comics writing debut alongside artist Sumeyye Kesgin

Check out all five covers now and don’t miss the latest must-have from the Voices pull list when Women of Marvel #1 arrives on March 9.

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