Image Comics, The Hero Initiative team up to support creators in need, with special variant art

Image Comics recently unveiled the first thirteen variants in a line of sixteen covers to support the Hero Initiative non-profit, which helps fund comic book creators in medical and financial need. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by these Hero Initiative variant covers will go toward supporting the non-profit.

Series featuring Hero Initiative variant covers will highlight the artistic contributions of: Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas, Ryan Browne, Andy Suriano, Howard Chaykin, Ray Fawkes, Manda Schank, Jacopo Camagni, Danny Luckert, Marcelo Costa, Benjamin Roman, Raffaele Ienco, Dennis Culver, Lee Garbett, Brandon Graham, John McCrea, and Jeff Lemire.

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 5th:
THE LAST SIEGE #7 by Landry Q. Walker & Justin Greenwood, Cover B by Andy Suriano
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #40 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Cover C by Ray Fawkes
BLACKBIRD #3 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel, Cover C by Manda Schank
UNNATURAL #5 by Mirka Andolfo, Cover C by Jacopo Camagn
SELF/MADE #1 by Mat Groom & Eduardo Ferigato, Cover B by Marcelo Costa
THE FREEZE #1 by Dan Wickline & Phillip Sevy, Cover B by Raffaele Ienco
DEAD RABBIT #3 by Gerry Duggan & John McCrea, Cover C by McCrea

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 12th:
BIRTHRIGHT #34 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas, Cover B by Bressan & Lucas
HEY KIDS! COMICS! #5 by Howard Chaykin, Cover B by Chaykin
AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS by Keith Giffen & Benjamin Roman, Cover B by Roman
SKYWARD #9 by Joe Henderson & Lee Garbett, Cover B by Garbett

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 19th”
CURSE WORDS #19 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, Cover C by Browne
REGRESSION #14 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, Cover B by Luckert
BURNOUTS #4 by by Dennis Culver & Geoffo, Cover C by Culver
GIDEON FALLS #9 by Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino, Cover C by Lemire
RUMBLE #10 by John Arcudi & David Rubín, Cover C by Brandon Graham

Here are the featured variants.

Comic Reading Review: I Hate Fairyland #20

I Hate Fairyland #20

  • Writer and Artist: Skottie Young
  • Published by: Image Comics
  • Publish Date: July 19, 2018
  • Notes: Monthly series, now at its end..

Synopsis:

“The fourth arc of Gert’s fantasy feats ends as Dark Cloudia’s reign of terror begins—and with it, an air of impermanence and uncertainty looms over Fairyland.”

Personal Thoughts (spoilers):

The end?!! Say it ain’t fluffin so!!!

But here we are, as all great stories must eventually end. I Hate Fairyland will be a missed presence on the Image shelf, showing a diverse, darkly comic side rich with satire, comedy on the low and high ends of the brow spectrum, with explosions of vibrant color and unhinged art detail with a story to match. All, brilliant told through the writing and art of Skottie Young.

That being said, the finale does what it needs to do. Wrap up the story, to a point where resolutions emerge. Dark Cloudia is on her apocalyptic rampage, and the good people of need not the hero of the story, but the anti-heroine, Gert, risen from the hell to whoop her ass.

And that conflict resolves in a satisfying epic fashion, though I expected a bit more of some brilliant twist or strange turn. But, no…not really.

What we got instead, was an interesting development on our main character. A somewhat caring, champion of the people and a hint of a moral code. Gert fights, and does her thing. But in the end, she still wants to go home. There is a still a selfishness within, as she tires from this world and wants a normal life to herself. Perhaps she is growing up after all, because responsibility and feeling affection for others does that. It’s the full journey for her character, after the tradition of many lost little girls stuck in lands of make-believe.

But here attitude and rebellious streak carries on, as one of her best traits.

And she dares challenges those who made the rules, angry at a sudden loophole in the grand design of things. And she is sent back, and here comes another moment that really touched me. A friendship, to her little companion friend, keeping company and being there. It was sad, feeling the two must split. But, she gives a heartfelt respect to her one great friend in Fairyland. Some feels develop:

And, that leads to an end, reminiscent of so many tales of a lost little girl coming back to the real world. Gert wakes up to her boring life and finding a parallel similarity. It seemed for a moment in her subconscious, she wanted to go back. Then accepted her new fate with some departing words….Fuck Fairyland.

And, I think it suits the insatiable nature of Gert for any age. It’s Gert’s own unhappiness through life, no matter what happens. It’s not the happy ending others would want, but it’s her own to control and that’s enough.

Thanks to Skottie Young and Image Comics for this great and fun little adventure.

Emerald City Comic Con 2018, Exhibit Floor Adventures

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I love a good comic convention, especially in exploring its exhibit floor.

I recently attended the 2018 Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. I had a good time, as I often do with big gatherings likes this, mostly attending panels and shopping this time.

Here are some pictures of my time on and around the Exhibit Floor, with notes:

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The Image Comics booth, the place for ECCC for my current favorite publisher of comics. It’s pleasing to see Invincible finally getting as much space respect as The Walking Dead, both written and created by Robert Kirkman

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Oni Press set up next door, had a nice bog booth an an ever-present smile to greet attendees.

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The Weta Workshop booth set up a little distance away. On Thursday, was the start of this wonderful art piece (didn’t get the name of the artist). It was finished on Sunday, as you can see much later in the pics.

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Of course, there is some cosplay. I believe these two are from the hit indie game, Undertale.

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Jelly Belly promoted its crazy assortment of candied beans in one are. Here,  was dinosaur mosaic of their sugary bits.

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Ensign Ro and Janice Rand. Both very impressed that I knew their names. Such is a benefit to watching repeats of the classic series and Next Gen run.

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Patches. I wish for a good jacket to put some of these patches on, especially the Star Wars ones.

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One fan, showing me the most sought after exclusive of the show, being the Emerald Chrome Batman Funko Pop figure. Price was original $15.00 to those who planned ahead (and got chosen via a lottery to stand in a special line). The eBay value is around $500. Not kidding.

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Meanwhile at the Dodles booth where some guests may doodle art on small papers. Others are given hearts to place upon their favorites. I like this.

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Really awesome Thor: Ragnorak cosplay happened.

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Usagi YoJimbo traveling through!

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Artist at work ay one booth I forgot to get the name too. I like his scratchy etching style, but not sure what he was using there.

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Work samples from that booth.

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Disney Princesses being Goofy.

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S2 Heart Designs here. One of the many booths showing off some great design style. While some were on the exhibit floor, there is much more on the upper floor in the Artist Alley. I will feature that area in a separate post soon.

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Artist Erik Arreaga, showing some of his great work.

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A stupid spinny wheel thing from a movie studio booth. I spun and landed on “Try Again, Next Time.” Seriously, what terrible person puts that on a prize wheel?

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Ah, Bullet-Proof. Police Chief fighting crime in a future time, from the forgotten and very underrated 80’s cartoon COPS.

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Back at the Weta Workshop booth on the early Sunday.

And here is some sweet classic Marvel comics I purchased. Added to some of the Funko Pops, discounted graphic novels, buttons, and cheap stuff gained from the Exhibit Floor. Overall, a fun time for myself and those who love random browsing and treasure hunting. I will share more on this great 2018 ECCC show, soon.

 

Image Comics reveals more Walking Dead tribute variant covers

Image Comics unveiled more of its special The Walking Dead tribute covers scheduled for special release for, this coming October.

See below for select images.

The upcoming time will be the last of the company’s 25th-anniversary variant collection theme; this time in dedication to its hit coming first published back in 2003, The Walking Dead.

This final month of variants in homage to Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running series will be released in the following schedule. Consult your local comics dealer for more information.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th:

ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley
EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson
I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young
POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart
REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert
SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan
SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th:

BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas
BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren
ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie
Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th:

CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne
DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen
GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & Andre Araujo, cover by Araujo
GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood
HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer
KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu
MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni
THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun
ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison
SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th:

ANGELIC #2 by Si Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard
COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley
CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes
HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg
THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel
SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane
UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes
WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland

Here is a peek of the recently revealed upcoming variants…

 

And more previously unveiled…

Image Comics to release 30 The Walking Dead tribute cover variants…

Image Comics will show much love for The Walking Dead, this coming October…

The upcoming time will be the last of the company’s 25th-anniversary variant collection theme; this time in dedication to its hit coming first published back in 2003, The Walking Dead.

This final month of variants will pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series that went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th:

ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley
EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson
I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young
POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart
REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert
SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan
SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th:

BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas
BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren
ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie
Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th:

CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne
DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen
GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & Andre Araujo, cover by Araujo
GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood
HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer
KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu
MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni
THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun
ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison
SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th:

ANGELIC #2 by Si Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard
COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley
CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs
GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes
HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg
THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel
SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane
UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes
WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland

Here is a peek at some of the upcoming variants…

Image/Skybound brings new series EVOLUTION, to comic stories

Image/Skybound Entertainment is set to launch Evolution, an ambitious new series with writers James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson with artists Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd, for this November.

Skybound gives much more in this video trailer…

“Society now moves at an exponentially rapid pace. Our technology processes information faster than our biology is capable of handling,” said Keatinge. “Evolution explores what happens when this goes awry when humanity is left behind by its progress, venturing into unexpected, horrifying directions.”

Asmus added: “If reading this book is anything like writing it, it’ll be a disturbing, thought-provoking, and cathartic ride through some very real anxieties about shifting society, what lurks inside us, and realizing just how few guard rails there are keeping us safe. But with enough twists, body horror, and murder that keep it fun!”

Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to the stage it’s reached in Evolution. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it?

“Horror is a slippery and weird genre,” said Sebela. “Not everything scares everyone else the same way. But I know what I want out of mine: long tendrils of dread, a fog of doom, deep conspiracies, monsters—especially the human variety—and loss. Evolution’s horror focuses on that sense of loss, one that can be as deadly as a psycho in a mask. Loss of control over our world, our lives and even our bodies, it’s everything we’re always facing but in a much bloodier package.”

Evolution #1 is set to launch with an oversized debut issue, on Wednesday, November 15th.

Image/Skybound reveals De Felici comic cover variants, for September

Image/Skybound Entertainment recently revealed new variant covers for their September monthly releases, all done by Italian comic artist Lorenzo De Felici. De Felici is also the artist of a new, ongoing Skybound series, soon to be announced.

Skybound is proud of his work and making his work the variant theme ahead.  Below, are the variants hitting comic book stores in the following weeks (consult your comics dealer ASAP, if interested)…

THE WALKING DEAD #171, De Felici variant cover
by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn
In stores on Wednesday, September 6th

BIRTHRIGHT #26, De Felici variant cover
by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas
In stores on Wednesday, September 13th

GASOLINA #1, De Felici variant cover
by Sean Mackiewicz, Niko Walter & Mat Lopes
In stores on Wednesday, September 20th

INVINCIBLE #140, De Felici variant cover
by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn, Cover B by De Felici
In stores on Wednesday, September 20th

MANIFEST DESTINY #31, De Felici variant cover
by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Tony Akins & Owen Gieni
In stores on Wednesday, September 27th

KILL THE MINOTAUR #4, De Felici variant cover
by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner & Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner
In stores on Wednesday, September 20th

HORIZON #14, De Felici variant cover
by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer
in stores Wednesday, September 20th

REDNECK #6, De Felici variant cover
by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren & Dee Cunniffe
in stores on Wednesday, September 27

 

Comic Reading Review: Saga #45

Saga #45

  • Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples
  • Published by: Image Comics Publish Date: July 26, 2017
  • Notes: Ongoing monthly series, with occasional breaks

Synopsis:

“As Hazel and her family venture into the Badlands, their newest companion is left to hold down the fort on her own.”

Personal Thoughts (minor spoilers):

The Saga isn’t half over, according to a recent interview with the writer, Brian K. Vaughan. With the time breaks and Hazel’s upbringing, along with the constant twists and interesting directions of a multitude of characters. The time-passing is felt. #44 is the latest issue, after we last left off with an interesting ending, raising another big question for readers – what?!

So “Kurt” appears, and the explanation is an interesting one, adding more dip to the emotional rollercoaster of Alana’s miscarriage. Such raises questions, of what will eventually become of her stillborn inside. Also, the consequences of the projection bringing Hazel’s mother to near death is fascinating. Its interaction with Hazel feels genuine, yet surreal. Hazel’s childlike acceptance of the situation is beautiful, yet a sudden jolt when this ends (where Alana passes out).

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Meanwhile, we have a large portion focusing on Petrichor, now enjoying her freedom. Until she encounters three Badland vigilante types. The situation does not end well, for what may have been bad intentions turning good, but too late. Don’t fuck with Petrichor, is learned for both the reader and the Badlanders present. Suddenly, a happy return before cutting back to Hazel and her family. But the usual question bothers me, towards where all this is going.

All could be well, but a warning connects the two plots of this story. The monsters ahead, leading to something on the last page, feeling more classic to how we love this series. Another surprise, to something that is alarming in visual. But, not quite should we misjudge. Still, being “in such very good hands,” looks very ominous in that presentation.

An overall wonderful issue, that feels great in parts. The brief action sequences with Petrichor are especially riveting and a reminder on how well-paced the moments of tension are. With that and all else, I find constant in Saga, it is enough for this reader to carry one and look forward to what happens next.

Comic Reading Review: I Hate Fairyland #14

I Hate Fairyland #14

  • Writer and Artist: Skottie Young
  • Published by: Image Comics Publish Date: July 19, 2017
  • Notes: Monthly series with occasional breaks

Synopsis:

““LOVE’S LABYRINTH” Gert meets a mysterious (aka super creepy) man who offers her the redemption she’s looking for if she can solve his treacherous maze. You don’t want to know what will happen if she fails! Wait…scratch that. You do want to know. Buy the book to find out.”

Personal Thoughts (spoilers):

This strange, wonderful little series remains a personal favorite on the current comics shelves, not just for the twisted nature of the premise, backed up by Scottie Young’s unique artistic talent, but also for the escape of it all. Issue #14 brings us readers back to this the present after a filler flashback of Gert’s tiny floating companion. The journey continues, with Gert somewhat feeling troubled on her progress. Which brings about the question…has anything been gained for her on this journey through these strange lands. Has she really learned much at all, as a person that has trouble growing physically?

No, not really. Gert is back on another quest of sorts on her fluffed-up journey. And just when you thought every fantasy parody has been poked and stirred, there comes a ….labyrinth.

And wow, here we go. we meet a host to a large maze that shall be the next challenge for Gert.  And, he is an obvious parody of David Bowie’s character from the movie Labyrinth; but exposing himself in a much more disturbing way. He also has an obsession with balls and marriage. Neither goes well for Gert.

What follows is the usual fairyland silliness. Such is fun if you allow it, and there are smiling bits through various parts. Once again Scottie Young lets his style hang loose with all sorts of wacky, bizarre characters; and keeping Fairyland consistent as a colorful, sugar coated hellhole .

Overall, another solid issue with a curious end that presents more than the usual filler for the next chapter. I’m a bit more anxious to see where this is going…

On a side note put pondered, I think an I Hate Fairyland tabletop board game would be awesome. Skottie young, make it happen!

New 6-page comic preview – KILLBOX: CHICAGO #1, from American Gothic Press

KILLBOX: CHICACO #1

  • Writer: Tom Riordan
  • Artist: Marco Ferrari
  • Published by: American Gothic Press
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2017
  • Notes: Monthly mini-series

Killbox: Chicago is the brand new second miniseries from Killbox creator Tom Riordan and talented newcomer Marco Ferrari. The first series is available in single issues and collected format as Killbox: Los Angeles.

Synopsis:

“Timothy, Emi, and Sasha, heroes of the first KILLBOX series, have been on the run since the game in Los Angeles imploded. Now in San Francisco, they seek help from Emi’s connections to the Yakuza, while previous villains Irwin and Leonard engage with new Chicago contestants Aya Mori and Wilky Dae. And all the while, a strange new trio of haunting figures stalks the streets with sinister purpose.

Cover, variant incentive cover (by Rob Prior), and first six Preview Pages:
(click on each for full-size image and slide options)

 

Special thanks to American Gothic Press Comics providing access to preview pages. You may follow them for more info and other great books on their official site americangothicpress.com.

– Orion T