New series MCMLXXV brings monster fighting to the streets of New York

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This September, Image Comics brings writer Joe Casey (Sex, New Lieutenants of Metal) and artist Ian MacEwan together for a modern mythology tale in the upcoming new series, MCMLXXV.

“This series is all about creating brand new iconography,” said Casey. “It’s about creating a new kind of folk hero that speaks to where we all are right now. Oh yeah… it’s also about smashing monsters into the pavement with an enchanted tire iron.”

In MCMLXXV, readers meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

MacEwan added: “This is a book about big action in a mythic, haunted New York. It’s about dim street lights that can’t fight off the shadows, and who has to step in its place to hold back the tide of chaos.

MCMLXXV #1 arrives in stores on Wednesday, September 12th.

I Hate Fairyland creator Skottie Young is after your lunch money with BULLY WARS

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Image Comics recently announced Bully Wars, an all-new comedy series written by Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland) with artist Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman, Rocket Raccoon & Groot).

In Bully Wars, Rufus, the biggest bully in Rottenville since kindergarten, suddenly goes from bully to bullied on the first day of high school. He’s forced to make a shaky pact with his favorite geeks: Spencer and his twin sibling besties, Edith and Ernie. Together they’ll have to find a way to survive the Hunger Games-like contest known simply as the Bully Wars—where the winner will rule the school!

“Aaron and I have been making ourselves laugh with this project all year, and we’re so excited to team up at Image Comics and finally be close to its release in the fall,” said Young. “If you love Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants like me and my kids do, then get ready for the Bully Wars!”

Personal impressions: I love Skottie Young’s work in I Hate Fairyland as a both a storyteller and artist. With this new series, he is more the storyteller…which will be interesting. I am not familiar with Aaron Conley‘s work, but I dig his style here. I look forward to these Bully Wars.

Bully Wars #1 will have three covers: with Cover A by Aaron Conley,  Cover B by Skottie Young (see below), and Cover C by Brown. All will arrive in comic stores in time for the new school year on Wednesday, September 5th.

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Bloodstrike issue variant features Rob Liefeld’s new creation..The Pouch!

From the man whose artistry breathed life into notable characters of current fame, Deadpool, Cable, Domino…brings us his latest creation reflecting half the ridiculousness of questionable early 90’s comics hero costume design: The Pouch!.

Yes, Rob Liefeld has done it again, with this intentionally odd, laughable creation. The Pouch is featured on a variant cover to issue #23 of his Bloodstrike series, the second of the Brutalists arc with art and story by Michel Fiffe (Copra). The Pouch variant cover art is done by Rob Liefeld himself.

“Since the moment I introduced The Pouch on my social media, the fans have exploded with support and enthusiasm!” said Liefeld. “The truest definition of ‘because you demanded it!’ The Pouch comes to life on the cover and in an interior story included in Bloodstrike Brutalists 2!”

In Brutalists Part Two, bureaucratic overlords with morbid agendas need love, too. What lengths will they go to? A string of gruesome murders, a deadly disease, and a dark conspiracy; for Bloodstrike, that’s a Tuesday.

Bloodstrike #23 arrives in comic stores on Wednesday, June 27th. Consult your comics dealer for this work of cover art.

New comics preview: The New Lieutenants of Metal #1

Image Comics publishers recently revealed preview pages to their upcoming launch issue of a new series by longtime comics writer Joe Casey and fan-favorite artist Ulises Farinas, titled The New Lieutenants of Metal.

The new series carries something different to the comic shelves, as proposed by its recent given details:

“Meet the New Lieutenants of Metal, a precision strike force ready to face any threat, and the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! Their names are legend: The Mighty Krieg, Vandenborg Riot, Manowarrior, Steppenwulf. Beset on all sides by a roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal are guaranteed to deliver you unto greater comic book glory.”

The New Lieutenants of Metal #1 arrives in stores on Wednesday, July 4th.

Preview here:

 

Captain’s Note: I am a huge fan of Ulises Farinas artwork from his recent work on Motro, and various short stories. I am looking super forward to this.

Neil Gaiman Library adds A Study in Emerald for graphic novel adaptation

Dark Horse Comics recently announced its next installment adaptation in the Neil Gaiman Library with A Study in EmeraldRafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, and Dave Stewart to Adapt the award-winning writer’s short story, originally published in 2003.

A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.

Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque and writer of Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story. This graphic novel adaptation will have Eisner award-winning artist Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire) on board. Dave Stewart (Black Hammer, Hellboy) will color.

The cover art for A Study in Emerald is also by Rafael Albuquerque. The format is an 80-page hardcover, with a retail price of $17.99.

A Study in Emerald will arrive in stores on June 20, 2018. Visit DarkHorse.com for more information on the Neil Gaiman Library.

Seven Seas set to release Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection manga, next summer

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Seven Seas Entertainment recently acquired new rights to reprint the original Cutie Honey classic manga into one hardcover omnibus as Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection, set to release in the summer of 2018.

Cutie  Honey is the original magical transforming heroine from Japan, with a history going back to 1973. The original manga became an instant cult classic, leading to multiple TV shows and a live-action movie.

Cutie Honey is also the creative work of legendary manga cartoonist, Go Nagai. With a career spanning 50 years, Go Nagai created many immensely popular series including Devilman and Getter Robo, and Cutie Honey–his edgy magical girl aimed at boys–remains one of his most influential works to this day.

The North American release for Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection, in one complete hardcover, will flash on July 3, 2018, for $24.99 US.

CAPTAIN’s NOTE: I am a huge fan of Cutie (or Cutey) Honey from the various anime series of her. I am excited about the news of the manga. Soon, I hope the classic 70’s anime series will eventually see the light on local DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

Viz announces new 4 manga title acquisitions for 2018 release

Viz Media recently announced the addition of new manga properties this past weekend during its panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.

New titles to be published in print and digital under the Shonen Jump imprint include:

BLACK TORCH, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. Although he may appear rough and tumble, his compassionate side emerges when it comes to furry critters. But Jiro’s soft spot for animals gets him in major trouble when a suspicious stray cat fuses with him, granting him exceptional power but also dragging him into humanity’s hidden battle against powerful, menacing spirits.

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality.

KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Late Spring 2018
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss – they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and in doing so become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!

DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION, Vol. 1
Rated ‘M’ for Mature · Debuts Spring 2018
Three years ago the aliens invaded Tokyo. Nothing is ever the same. But after a while, even impending doom starts feeling ordinary. The Japanese Self Defense Forces are still looking for a way to combat the looming alien threat, but so far conventional weapons have had no effect on the mothership. Maybe it’s time to try something unconventional. Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama is in high school. She and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world is overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future, visit viz.com for more info and updates.

Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill return for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen finale

Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill return for the finale to their 17-year journey through the world of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest, will format as a six-issue miniseries, with 32 full-color (mostly) pages each.

After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will close both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest.

Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.

Commencing as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that will make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus will also reprint classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest will be 32 pages be saddle stitched, 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size), and priced at $4.99 (US). Issue #1 is scheduled for June 2018.

Issue #1 is scheduled for June 2018.

EDITOR’S THOUGHT: It’s going to be a long impatient wait for me. I remain a huge fan of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen world, and the enormous amount of thought and attention put into this by Moore and O’Neill (and a top favorite of Alan Moore’s work). The wait will be long, but I think worth it.