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MARVEL

SECRET EMPIRE Unites the Marvel Universe this May!

The Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Inhumans, Champions, and more galvanize as one

What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? Beginning May 3rd, prepare for Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE! Blockbuster creators Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino and Leinil Yu are ready to challenge the entire Marvel Universe as they unite the Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Champions, Inhumans, Spider-Man, and more, as an unwavering front against the SECRET EMPIRE!

The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, uses the trust and respect he has gained over the years to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals against the Marvel Universe and it’s up to all heroes to unite against one of the greatest challenges they have ever faced.

Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said, “SECRET EMPIRE is the rallying cry for all the heroes — Avengers, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men, Spider-Man, Deadpool – to put aside their differences and unify in the defense of the Marvel Universe.”

That unification is what will be needed to confront Steve Rogers since all the heroes close to Cap have been be influenced by him over the years. SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said, “Our heroes will be tested both physically and morally against one of the most trusted heroes of all time and that’s the aspect of this story our characters face and what forces them to come together.”

Forged together as one – the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans, the X-Men, and more will be tested as Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe and SECRET EMPIRE unleashes a horde of villains against those who have sworn to protect the innocent. Be here as SECRET EMPIRE launches this May from Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven and Marvel Comics.

 

World Famous Author R.L. Stine Comes to Marvel – Your New Look at MAN-THING #1!

First Terrifying Issue Available March 8th!

Legendary author R.L. Stine brings his unique brand of horror to Marvel Comics as he makes his mark on one of the most monstrous creatures in the Marvel mythos! That’s right True Believer, the beloved Goosebumps & Fear Street scribe will pen the highly anticipated MAN-THING #1 – in stores on March 8th featuring art from German Peralta (Moon Knight, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and a bevy of comics rising stars!

Attempting to recreate the formula that produced Captain America, biochemist Ted Sallis was transformed into the shambling creature known only as MAN-THING! Now, having recently regained his ability to speak, Man-Thing sets out on a journey to leave the swamp once and for all. But when an ancient and mysterious danger threatens reality, he will have to choose between his new life and the place he once called home!

Plus, it’s terror on the high seas as R.L. Stine and artist Daniel Warren Johnson bring you a special second tale that’s sure to leave you seasick!

Prepare your senses for a spine-tingling journey that will take you, dear reader, from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the muck and grime of the deepest swamps. Run, don’t walk, to your local comic shop on March 8th for the can’t-miss MAN-THING #1!

 

DC COMICS

FIRST LOOK: SUPERMAN #18

SUPERMAN #18. In the first Rebirth crossover between SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS, one of Mr. Oz’s prisoners has escaped, leaving everyone, including Superman and his family, in danger. This crossover will take place for SUPERMAN #18-19 and ACTION COMICS #975-976.

SUPERMAN #18 hits shelves March 1.

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

Dark Horse and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products to Publish “Predator: Hunters” and “Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories” in 2017

Dark Horse Comics and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products celebrate an amazing thirty years of Predator with a new comic series, Predator: Hunters, and a hardcover collection, Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories! Dark Horse’s own senior editor Chris Warner (Barb Wire) returns to the famed franchise with Predator: Hunters, alongside artist Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Hellboy II, Pacific Rim), letterer Michael Heisler, and cover artist Doug Wheatley for the new five-issue series. And Mark Verheiden’s Predator stories from 1989 to 1996 are collected in a beautiful hardcover in Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories.

Earth has been plagued by space aliens for centuries. In Predator: Hunters, characters from past Dark Horse series team up against the extraterrestrial visitors. The Predators are in for a surprise when the toughest, most dangerous humans start hunting them.

Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories follows the success of 2016’s Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comic Series. Concrete Jungle and Other Stories collects Predator: Concrete Jungle #1–#4, Predator: Cold War #1–#4, and Predator: Dark River #1–4. Concrete Jungle finds the alien trophy hunters traveling from the jungles of Central America to the concrete jungle of New York City, where they face off against an NYPD detective. In Cold War, the Predators crash-land in Siberia, and in Dark River, the hero of Concrete Jungle traces the path of his younger brother to find out what really happened to him after the events in the movie Predator.

The first issue of Predator: Hunters goes on sale May 3, 2017. Predator: The Original Comics Series—Concrete Jungle and Other Stories goes on sale June 14, 2017.

 

ARCHIE COMICS

RIVERDALE ONE-SHOT

A MUST-HAVE ONE-SHOT—THE PERFECT PRIMER FOR THE CW’s RIVERDALE SERIES!

Learn the secrets and hidden tales from the summer before the eternal love-triangle begins in this special issue, which features four short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series. You dare not miss this special commemorative issue in advance of the upcoming ongoing Riverdale series, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale series, with stunning art by Alitha Martinez (Black Panther)!


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Brian E. Paterson, Britta Lundin, James Dewille, Will Ewing
Art: Alitha Martinez, Eliot Fernandez, Jim Towe, Thomas Pitilli
Cover: Alitha Martinez with Steve Downer
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Adam Gorham, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sandra Lanz, Moritat, Dan Parent, Thomas Pitilli, Matthew Dow Smith, Cory Smith
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
On Sale Date: 3/1
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

 

IMAGE COMICS

ACTION-PACKED QUARTERLY SERIES HEAD LOPPER CONTINUES THIS MARCH

Andrew MacLean’s fantasy series kicks off new story arc: “HEAD LOPPER and the CRIMSON TOWER”

Critically acclaimed cartoonist Andrew MacLean (ApocalyptiGirl) will launch a new story arc in his ongoing swords-and-sorcery-but-mostly-swords quarterly series HEAD LOPPER this March.

In HEAD LOPPER #5, a daring new adventure awaits, looming like the Crimson Tower, home of Ulrich the Twice Damned, sworn enemy of Zhaania Kota Ka. With old friends and new, our heroes boldly enter the bloodied pinnacle with bare steel and steady hearts.

“HEAD LOPPER and the CRIMSON TOWER is an all-new HEAD LOPPER adventure that is chronological to HEAD LOPPER and the ISLAND or A PLAGUE of BEASTS,” said MacLean. “So, while returning readers will be excited to see a couple familiar faces, new readers should feel pretty comfortable hopping on board. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to start this new adventure. I hope you guys enjoy the ride.”

HEAD LOPPER #5, Cover A by MacLean (Diamond code: JAN170690) and Cover B by Tony Sandoval (Diamond code: JAN170691), hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 15th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 20th.

 

STREET ANGEL, THE DEADLIEST GIRL ALIVE, COMES TO IMAGE COMICS

Teenage homeless ninja skater STREET ANGEL gets a new hardcover this April

Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez, of webcomic fame, will grace/deface a full-color hardcover graphic novel for the first time this April, from the Eisner Award-winning creative team of Jim Rugg (The PLAIN Janes, Afrodisiac) and Brian Maruca (Afrodisiac).

Sanchez is a kung fu master on a skateboard and a homeless orphan failing seventh grade.

In STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL, Jesse takes the Ninja Kid to school! Her fists are the facts and his face is the report card! Meanwhile, Saturday night’s the big dance and Jesse doesn’t want to go! Is love in the air? No. No, it’s not.

Jim Rugg describes STREET ANGEL as “a cross between the A-Team, a xenomorph, and Lacey Baker. She loves food, fist fights, hanging out with friends Bell (a robot), Lilith (Satan’s daughter), and Emma (a zombie), skateboarding, candy, pizza, nutraloaf, grilled cheese, General Tso’s, french fries, beer, chips, moon pies, Twinkies, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, pancakes, spaghetti, mac & cheese, peanut butter, BBQ, wings, soda…”

Brian Maruca says “STREET ANGEL puts the fun back into being an orfun.”

STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL HC (Diamond code: FEB170714, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0287-7) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, April 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 13th.

 

POWERHOUSE CREATORS TEAM UP FOR ALL-NEW SERIES BLACK CLOUD THIS APRIL

Ivan Brandon, Jason Latour, Greg Hinkle, and Matt Wilson launch new fantasy series

Writers Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER, Wolverine) and Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Spider-Gwen) team up with artist Greg Hinkle (THE RATTLER, AIRBOY) and colorist Matt Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) for all-new dark fantasy series BLACK CLOUD this April from Image Comics.

“I think building this book has taken us all by surprise,” said Brandon. “This team makes my jaw drop, and it’s been a surreal experience watching all of our different tastes and ideas link up to build something that feels like more than the sum of its parts. This is very different from anything we’ve ever done before. It’s invigorating to be part of it.”

Hinkle added: “I’m thrilled to get to work with so many folks that I’ve looked up to for so long. It’s a learning experience in the best possible way, and I’m really excited to get to share the results.”

Zelda was born in a world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen. Now she’s on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands. But the pieces are for sale, the rich and the powerful are buying, and suddenly her world isn’t the only place Zelda’s running from.

“Even though it’s conceived as a pretty unfettered comic book kind of idea, BLACK CLOUD just seems to grow to fit and reflect the life that’s happening around us in real time,” said Latour. “With each passing day, we’re reminded more and more of how the stories we consume and tell ourselves really do define our world. Just like real life, this is a story about fact and fiction fighting for supremacy—only here, one of them has a lightning sword.”

Dreams come true—and today, they go to war.

BLACK CLOUD #1 (Diamond code: FEB170540) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, April 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 13th.

 

IMAGE COMICS CO-FOUNDER AND CO-PARTNER ERIK LARSEN INTRODUCES

MIGHTY MAN ONE-SHOT

Image Comics is pleased to announce an all-new one-shot by comics legend Erik Larsen, Image Comics’ co-founder and co-partner and the creator of the long-running SAVAGE DRAGON series, and artist Nikos Koutsis team up for: MIGHTY MAN. The one-shot story will take flight this April.

In MIGHTY MAN, seven-year-old Betty Bradford has inherited the mantle of the World’s Mightiest Man. Now she trains to take on the role of the world’s greatest superhero and faces her biggest challenge ever.

“Mighty Man was a nutty idea I had some years ago where a godlike entity could be transferred from one host to another, enabling its host to transform into the world’s mightiest man,” said Larsen. “In each case, I thought it would be compelling to give those powers to the least likely recipient. At this point the power is in the hands of a seven year old girl, the daughter of a previous host who had been Mighty Man.”

A fun, action-packed story, MIGHTY MAN is sure to satisfy any comics fan in search of a standalone, page-turning adventure.

MIGHTY MAN, one-shot (Diamond Code FEB170577) hits stores on Wednesday, April 5th. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, March 13th.

 

JEFF LEMIRE’S ROYAL CITY INTERIOR ARTWORK REVEALED

Image Comics is pleased to reveal interior preview artwork from the forthcoming ROYAL CITY—a new ongoing monthly series written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth) and set to launch in March 2017. First announced in Entertainment Weekly this Spring, ROYAL CITY promises to be a sprawling, serialized graphic novel that will chart the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades.

ROYAL CITY follows Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up and is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother and his brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago.

“Royal City is the first ongoing series that I have both written and drawn since Sweet Tooth and it’s definitely my most ambitious and personal project to date,” said Lemire. The book will combine grounded family drama with a healthy dose of magical realism and mystery, much like my previous books Essex County and The Underwater Welder. I can’t wait for Royal City to launch in March!”

As each member of the family struggles to keep themselves above water, it quickly becomes clear that Tommy’s death isn’t the only dark secret tearing the town, and this family, apart at the seams. Can each member of the Pike family come to terms with their own guilt over Tommy’s death, and make peace with the many versions of Tommy that still haunt them, or will they all be dragged down below the river along with his lingering ghost?

ROYAL CITY #1 (Diamond Code JAN170646) hits stores on Wednesday, March 1st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 6th.

 

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

New John Layman/ Sam Kieth Series ELEANOR & THE EGRET Arrives This April

A slightly surreal tale of an art thief and her sidekick, a talking egret who gets just a bit bigger after each successful caper, as they embark on a escalating series of daring thefts of world-famous paintings, and dodge pursuers in an increasingly weirdly dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

According to  Layman, “As far as I’m concerned, Mike Marts is the very best editor in comics, and a great guy too, so I’m always looking for opportunities to work with him. When he landed at AfterShock I knew very quickly it would be a company that would produce excellent comics –and they are!—so I jumped at the chance to work with them. I’m proud to be part of the AfterShock family, and grateful they are getting behind Sam and I for this very unique and off-kilter book. I would describe Eleanor & the Egret as a fable, and a surrealist romance, but it’s probably more easily described as something NOT easily describable. It’s a melding of two unique voices to comics. It’s also just an excuse for me to give Sam cool stuff to draw, and, in that, he’s exceeding all expectations—some of the pages he’s turning in are absolutely breathtaking.”

 

Aftershock Announces WORLD READER From Jeff Loveness and Juan Doe

Meet Sarah, an astronaut traveling from dead planet to dead planet, talking to the ghosts of the dead worlds…as she fights to discover the secret that’s killing the universe. But Death doesn’t give up its secrets so easily, and as Death hunts her from planet to planet, Sarah struggles to maintain the trust of her crew and her own sanity in the endless ocean of lives. Every world has a story, and if she can find the secret tying them all together, she can save Earth from being the next world to die.

From GROOT and JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE writer Jeff Loveness and AMERICAN MONSTER, ANIMOSITY: THE RISE artist Juan Doe, comes the chilling, epic new series that will be sure to appeal to fans of THE ARRIVAL, INTERSTELLAR, and THE EXPANSE.

According to Loveness, “When Mike Marts and AfterShock offered me my first creator-owned series, I tried to pitch the biggest idea I could think of. Mike and the AfterShock team were completely on board and helped foster it from the beginning. I couldn’t have asked for a more open and exciting creative experience. I’ve always loved big, existential sci-fi that takes a swing at the Universe. Films like Tarkovsky’s “Solaris” and “2001”, mixed with modern ones like ‘Contact’ and Arrival’ and Ray Bradbury sci-fi were huge huge influences on this story. AfterShock gave me the freedom to combine spirituality, sci-fi, and horror with Cosmogony and Apocalypse narratives in every issue. We’ve got a psychic astronaut traveling to dead worlds, talking to space ghosts and trying to figure out what’s killing life across the Universe… should have something fun and weird for everybody.”

“And on art, Juan Doe brings such intense stylization to this. I’ve been a fan of his work for years, so it’s great to finally collaborate with him. I am not worthy, and luckily he hasn’t figured that out yet. Please don’t tell him.”

“It’s been an absolute thrill to reach outside my comfort zone and swing for the fences with AfterShock, and I can’t wait for people to take that swing with us”

Doe commented, “Working on World Reader from Jeff Loveness has been a blast. It’s very different from my work on American Monster and I’ve always wanted to do a story that takes place in outer space. Jeff’s framework for the story has some very cool, metaphysical narratives. It brings to the forefront the questions humans have had from the beginning of civilization, the questions of origins and why we were created and it is very much an operatic space thriller with some nice twists and turns.”

WORLD READER #1 arrives in stores on April 19, 2017

 

BABY TEETH Arrives This June!

Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough. But with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. OH YEAH, and also her baby is the antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine.

This exciting new series from AfterShock is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer combined with Rosemary’s Baby.

According to writer Donny Cates, “Babyteeth is so much fun to write. After spending much of my career writing gruff anguished heroes and dusty old men I really wanted to sink my teeth into something that had a lot of heart and a lot of fun to it. That being said, I suppose it’s telling that my idea of fun is a young girl giving birth to the antichrist. But honestly, Sadie Ritter is one of my hands down favorite people in the whole world. I love her dearly and I know you will too. Her son can be a handful, though…

And might I just say, that doing the book with AfterShock has been amazing. Everyone at the company has been fired up and 100% onboard since I turned the first pitch in. Their excitement is infectious and makes the whole creative team really step their game up. I tend to think fans can tell when a creative team is having fun on a book. And if even a tenth of Aftershocks enthusiasm bleeds through on this one, you are all going to have a fucking blast reading Babyteeth.”

 

 

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