Rogue State Is Highest Selling Premier Issue In Black Mask Studios History

Rogue State Is Highest Selling Premier Issue In Black Mask Studios HistoryRogue State #1 becomes all time best seller for Black Mask, selling out on launch day with a second printing announced. Black Mask is rushing Rogue State to second printing with two covers by Jasmin Darnell (Godkiller) that will arrive in both standard and ‘gallery’ (no-text) editions.

While Jasmin Darnell’s cover art presents a powerful image of post-apocalyptic street artist Dust Girl, Ramon Villalobos’ Tour Cover pays homage to the history of socially-engaged public art in San Francisco’s Mission District, where Rogue State is set.

Rogue State #1 reunites C. Granda and Matteo Pizzolo, who first collaborated on the acclaimed CALEXIT: SAN DIEGO project which partnered with Indivisible on a 2018 midterms Voter Registration campaign at San Diego Comic Con as well as a California-wide Get Out The Vote initiative and raised funds for migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border.

Rogue State combines Granda’s experiences coming of age amid political violence in Medellín-Colombia with Pizzolo’s street-politics, crafting the story of a near-future America overrun by political violence set in the embattled blue-enclave of ‘Occupied San Francisco.’


Mad Max: Fury Road Meets Annihilation In Upcoming Almighty Series

ALMIGHTY SERIESFan-favorite creator Ed Laroche (The Warning) is back with an all-new, high-stakes, five-issue miniseries in, Almighty. This upcoming launch is set to hit shelves in February 2023 from Image Comics.

Almighty is an original sci-fi/fantasy epic that is perhaps best described as Max Max: Fury Road-style action combined with the mutated horror of Annihilation.

“I can’t wait for people to experience this story; each issue ratchets up the tension culminating in one of the most unexpected climaxes put to paper,” said Laroche.
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Hard-Boiled Crime Thriller “Blood Tree” Set To Launch In February 2023

bloodtreeFan-favorites Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Superman, Black Adam: The Dark Age, Super-Sons, Detective Comics) and Maxim Šimić (Escape from New York, Worlds Apart) team up for Blood Tree, an all-new ongoing series set to launch from Image Comics in February 2023.

In Blood Tree, two obsessed NYPD detectives hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society.

This new story confronts the battle of nature versus nurture, considers how present and future generations are tainted by past generations, and asks the age-old question: Who must pay for the sins of the fathers—and perhaps even the sins of the mothers?

“I always wanted to take a shot at writing a taut and haunting crime drama in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs meets Seven,” said Tomasi.

Šimić added: “This book will surely grip the reader the same way it gripped me after reading the entire script. It’s dark, action packed, and, best of all, it’s got great characters.”


Image! Anthology To Feature New Ed Brubaker And Sean Phillips Criminal Story

Image! Anthology To Feature New Ed Brubaker And Sean Phillips Criminal StoryImage! Anthology To Feature New Ed Brubaker And Sean Phillips Criminal StoryImage Comics’s 12-issue, show-stopping 30th anniversary anthology will drop another highly collectible installment this December in the upcoming Image! #9.

Just in time to curl up and read by light of yule log, Image! #9 will feature a brand new Criminal story from crime noir masterminds Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips titled “Teeg’s Christmas Carol,” the highly anticipated return of Gerry Duggan and John McCrea’s beloved Dead Eyes, as well as many more exciting tales.

Cover art for this issue is by Phillips and will display a cigarette puffing, Santa-hat wearing Teeg.

“I’ve been wanting to do a Christmas-themed Criminal story since we first started the book,” said Brubaker. “So, Sean and I had a blast returning to that world for ‘Teeg’s Christmas Carol.’ Twelve pages of bad dad Christmases and history lessons.”
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Marvel Entertainment’s Original Podcast Series “Women Of Marvel” Returns For Winter 2022 Season

Marvel Entertainment’s Original Podcast Series Women Of MarvelMarvel Entertainment’s original podcast series Women of Marvel is set for return\ for an all-new season on Thursday, November 3.

In the weekly series, hosts Ellie Pyle, Angélique Roché, and Judy Stephens spotlight women storytellers, fans, and industry experts in insightful conversations with people of all backgrounds to show how they make a powerful and positive impact on our stories.

The theme of the Winter 2022 season, “The Super Power of Mentorship,” focuses on the relationships behind and between accomplished heroes in the Marvel Universe and the mentors, teachers, and inspirations that helped guide and encourage them. Super Heroes are only so powerful; they don’t learn how to be heroes alone. Fans can tune-in to hear how some of their favorite heroes have benefited from and been shaped by their super powered mentors.

Through conversations with artists, writers, creators, and some of our very own Women of Marvel, the season explores relationships between fan-favorite characters including Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan, Storm and Kitty Pryde, and Janet and Nadia Van Dyne. The episodes will also feature current and former Marvel staff to share their advice and experiences with mentorship during their career.
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Henry Cavill Confirms “I Am Back as Superman”

Henry Cavill has confirmed in a social media post today that he is returning as Superman. This following his cameo at the end of the new Warner Bros-DC “Black Adam.”

Cavil posted, “I wanted to make it official: I am back as Superman…Thank you for your support and thank you for your patience. I promise it will be rewarded.”

“A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends. The dawn of hope renewed. Thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded,” the actor posted on Instagram.

Cavill first played the role of Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel. This was followed by the character’s return in two follow-up films (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League (2017). However, there is some indication that his return may not follow these versions of the character. In “Black Adam” he walked out to the classic Superman theme and not the Hans Zimmer theme created for “Man of Steel.”

Cavill also plays Geralt in Netflix’s fantasy series The Witcher, and as Sherlock Holmes opposite Millie Bobby Brown in the Enola Holmes films.


Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples’ Saga Has Solo Seven Million Copies To Date

vaughan staples SagaThe bestselling, award winning Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples will kick off a highly anticipated new story arc in January 2023 from Image Comics.

“We’re back! No spoilers, but Fiona and I are extremely excited about some of the familiar faces returning in this shocking new ‘season’ of Saga,” said Vaughan. “Times might be tough for Hazel and her family, but the best is yet to come.”

In the upcoming Saga #61, readers are treated to another epic season of emotional adventures and shocking surprises for Hazel and her star-crossed family. It will pick up where the recent Saga, Vol. 10 trade paperback release (collecting Saga #55-60) left off.

The Saga series has sold seven million copies to date across single issue, trade paperback, compendium, hardcover, and digital editions and has been translated into 20 languages.
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Wes Craig’s Popular New Series “Kaya” Rushed Back To Print

Image Comics has rushed the popular new fantasy series Kaya—by Deadly Class dynamo Wes Craig—back to print in order to keep up with escalating customer demand.

“Kaya and her supporting cast have become very real to me since I started working on this book,” said Craig. “So I can’t tell you how excited I am to find out readers and comic shops can feel that and want to be part of it. I’m very grateful.”

Lauded by bestselling writer Kieron Gillen as “an oasis of joy,” Kaya immediately skyrocketed in popularity upon its release last week. The series promises ongoing adventure and follows a pair of siblings surviving in a world of monsters and mutants.

Monkeys Fighting Robots called it, “a bold introduction to a new world created by Wes Craig. Readers looking for a battle for survival should enjoy what this tale has to tell” while raved: “set to be one of the most exciting new series from Image Comics this year.”

After the destruction of their village a young girl with a magic arm and a fighting spirit is tasked with delivering her little brother to a faraway safe haven. There he’s destined to discover the secret to overthrowing the all-powerful empire that destroyed their home.


Lady Qi’ra, Darth Vader, The Knights Of Ren, And More From Star Wars: Hidden Empire

Star-Wars--Hidden-EmpireFollowing Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters and Star Wars: Crimson Reign, writer Charles Soule will complete his trilogy of game-changing Star Wars comic book epics this November in Star Wars: Hidden Empire.

The five-issue limited series will continue to spotlight the breakout character from Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lady Qi’ra. Since her comics debut, the criminal leader has had a tremendous impact on Marvel’s Star Wars comics storytelling, and Star Wars: Hidden Empire will see Qi’ra set her bold overarching plan in motion: ridding the galaxy of the Sith.

The series will be drawn by artist Steven Cummings, who also worked on Star Wars: Crimson Reign. In addition, Cummings has crafted a stunning connecting piece that will adorn all five issues. These variant covers show some of the stars of the saga including Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, the Knights of Ren, and more key characters who will take sides in the upcoming conflict.

“Hidden Empire is set between Episodes V and VI. So, there are things this story can do and things it can’t,” Soule explained to “That said, I think it will deliver a deeply satisfying conclusion to Qi’ra’s arc here, and readers will understand how her choices in this story impacted events all across the Star Wars galaxy at this time.”

“As with many of the comics and novels and ancillary stories beyond the films, the idea is to deepen the experience and understanding of the characters. There are direct connections here to both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — and beyond — and I think the fans will be very happy.”


Gritty Vampire Horror Series Blood Stained Teeth Sires New Story Arc

Gritty Vampire Horror Series Blood Stained Teeth Sires New Story ArcPopular horror/crime series Blood Stained Teeth by Eisner Award winning Christian Ward and Patric Reynolds will kick off an all new story arc this November with the release of issue #6. This highly anticipated interstitial story will feature the talents of guest artist Mack Chater and land on shelves this November from Image Comics.

This special standalone tale answers: Who is Dr. Beverly Phelps and why is she hunting the villainous First Born?

Blood Stained Teeth first launched to immense critical acclaim in April and follows main character Atticus Sloane—misanthrope, criminal, asshole, and vampire—who lives in a world where blood isn’t the only thing vamps crave. For the right price, he’ll make anyone a vampire too. After all, immortality isn’t cheap.

The series is the perfect read for fans of 100 Bullets and Killadelphia or any reader who enjoys a good crime comic with a vampiric twist.

Blood Stained Teeth #6 will be available at comic book shops and across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play, on Wednesday, November 2:
Cover A by Ward – Diamond Code JUL228254
Cover B by Michael Walsh – Diamond Code JUL228255

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