Chained to the Grave brings new Wild West magic, mayhem to comic shelves this May

This May, IDW Publishing brings the team of writers Brian Level (Darth Vader, Thanos, Deadpool), Andy Eschenbach together with artist Kate Sherron (Invader Zim, The Amazing World of Gumball) to bring you Chained to the Grave: a five-issue tale of “intrigue, murder, magic, and the good ol’ Wild, Wild West!”

Outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave. It’s a lawless time, a magical time, and the undead Roy soon finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as he sets out in search of treasure. But Roy, trying to do right by the wife and children he left behind, soon finds out that everything is not always as it seems…

“Chained to the Grave is a supernatural Western romp on the surface, packed with odd characters and wild trope-bending action,” says Eschenbach in a recent press release. “Dig in a little, though, and you’ll see that it’s a story about very bad decisions, and the blast radius they leave behind… even after death.”

“What started as a series of scattered ideas between Andy and I quickly became the unusual dust devil that kicked us off. It took Kate’s uniquely beautiful visuals and Micah’s smoothly seamless letters to wrangle those ideas into the shape that we now call Chained to the Grave,” says Level. “Chained to the Grave is the Western you’re used to being wrung out until it bleeds a whole new color.”

Sherron says, “I can’t thank Andy Eschenbach and Brian Level enough for creating a story that is not only fun to read, but wildly fun to draw. The guys gave me a familiar place to start, turned it on its ear, and then handed me the reins — with a unique Western like Chained, there’s so much room to play and I’m having a blast finding engaging characterizations, kinetic line-work, and expressive palettes to tell the tale. I hope everyone gets as much a kick out of this story as I do!”

Chained to the Grave #1 will be available with Cover A by Kate Sherron, plus a Retailer Incentive variant edition by Brian Level. Check your favorite comic book store for availability and preorder.

Mirka Andolfo gives gothic horror fans a little more ‘Mercy.’

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Recently bestselling creator Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural) teased her upcoming Image Comics miniseries, Mercy with the promise to unveil more exciting details about the goth-inspired, Victorian monster series as the 2020 U.S launch date approaches. Now there’s a little more…

Set in the fictional small town of Woodsburgh during the Klondike Gold Rush, Mercy introduces the main character Lady Hellaine—an “inhuman” woman—who is always seen with her butler, Mr. Goodwill…

Mercy explores topics of “otherness,” damnation and redemption, and what it means to be a monster in a horror tale perfect for fans of Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak,The AlienistParasol Protectorate, and Dark Shadows.

After the poignant story of inclusion and self-discovery told in Unnatural, Andolfo presents a darker story that addresses issues far beyond typical genre-related tropes.

The series will launch first in Italy from Panini this November, followed by 2020 releases in France from Glénat and in the United States from Image Comics.

In the meantime, fans excited for the new series are invited to visit www.mirkaandolfo.com, to download a free wallpaper of the Mercy artwork.

Image brings The Marked, a new series from Brian Haberlin and David Hine, this Fall

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Image Comics recently announced all-new ongoing dark fantasy series this October, titled The Marked, from the critically-acclaimed creative team behind the smash-hit series Sonata—Brian Haberlin and David Hine.

The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces.

“The Marked is my chance to do magical, dark and sexy!” said Haberlin in a recent press release. “The world may seem familiar but what lies beneath is certainly not. A world readers of my old series Aria and The Wicked will recognize and maybe we’ll even see some characters from those books appear along the way in this new series!”

With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You’ll believe in magic—terrifying, soul-destroying magic.

Hine added: “One of the highlights for me is the way Brian has used his digital skills to create amazing tattoo designs for The Marked. That and the chance to play with magic. The only limit to what these characters can do is the limit of our imagination.”

The Marked #1 will arrive at local comic shops on Wednesday, October 16.

Spell on Wheels returns for a new comic series, starting this Oct.

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Dark Horse recently announced a new chapter for Spell on Wheels, a witchy comic series from creators Kate Leth (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat), Megan Levens (Angel City, Star Wars Adventures), Marissa Louise (Hex Wives, Grumble), and letterer Rachel Deering. Starting off this October, they conjure up a new volume with Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You. 

The story: Andy, Claire, and Jolene hit the highway once again! A dark presence in the west possesses Claire and they’re determined to discover who and why. As they follow the I-10 towards danger unknown, paranormal problems grow alongside personal ones and the witches grapple with phantoms, family drama, cryptids, crushes and everything in between.

Spell on Wheels: Just to Get to You #1 (of 5) arrives in comic shops October 9, 2019, and is available for pre-order now at your local comic shop.

 

New Comic Series Preview: Monster World: The Golden Age #1

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Demons, occult magic, and the history of monsters and humanity are at the center of Monster World: The Golden Age, a new comic book series coming out this summer from American Gothic Press.

This new series art by Piotr Kowalski, colors by Dennis Calero, and letters by Jenn Pham, accompanying publisher Philip Kim‘s original story and script by Holly Interlandi.

The story offers a lot for those who enjoy a mix of magic and mystery…

Monster World began at the doors of World Studios, where private detective Henry Barrymore was asked to investigate a case of multiple murders on movie sets and ended up uncovering an occult conspiracy that went back for decades!

Now an experienced magic user, Hank is on a quest to find Shirley, the Galgamaic witch who was captured when the studio was destroyed. Hank summons Nybbas, the demon of knowledge, to get information on the world before monsters existed.

Nybbas elaborates on the creation of the nephilim and how special dimensional portals enabled the pure Enocians to escape the wrath of the Watchers. Hoping to find one of these portals, Hank follows Nybbas’s clues to the plains of Oklahoma, where a strange farm boy has managed to keep his house standing in the face of an angry elemental mage named Rybach.

But something much worse than Rybach is coming. Something ancient, sinister, and branded in fire….

Monster World will have two covers for readers to collect by choice, with cover A by series artist Piotr Kowalski, and cover B by Nat Jones.

Monster World: The Golden Age #1 will release on July 24th, 2019 at better comic book stores everywhere, and on popular digital apps. Enjoy this 6-page preview (huge thanks to American Gothic Press, visit them for more info and other interesting titles at americangothicpress.com).

Viz Media starts the new year with Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

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VIZ Media, LLC recently announced the upcoming release date of Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits shojo manga series, starting on January 1st.

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits is illustrated by Waco Ioka and features character designs by Laruha. The series, which is based on a collection of popular Japanese light novels by Midori Yuma.

In the series, Aoi Tsubaki inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits – and his massive debt to them! Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed or get eaten by demons. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms!

“The stakes are high for Aoi Tsubaki in Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits as she attempts to pay off her grandfather’s massive debt while avoiding being consumed by demons or giving into the pressure of marrying one of them,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “We look forward readers discovering how this determined and resourceful young woman rolls up her sleeves and saves herself with plenty of surprises for her captors at every turn.”

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits will be published on a quarterly basis, under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint. The new series will be launching on January 1, 2019 on print and popular manga direct digital apps.

For additional information on Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits and other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

Cover art by Mike Mignola, Sanford Greene revealed for upcoming Bitter Root #1

Image Comics recently unveiled two awesome covers for the first issue of Bitter Root upcoming series by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene. Cover A will feature artwork by Greene and cover B with artwork by famed artist best known for Hellboy, Mike Mignola (both pictured above).

Bitter Root takes place in 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance in full swing. The new series will follow the Sangerye Family—New York (and the world’s) only hope for salvation from supernatural forces threatening doom and destruction. Once the greatest family of monster hunters in the world, the Sangeryes must move beyond the tragedies of the past, or be forced to sit back and watch an unimaginable evil ravage the human race.

Two more covers will also arrive with limited availability. Cover C will feature art by Denys Cowan, and cover D features Brittany Williams.

Bitter Root #1 arrives in comic shops on Wednesday, November 14th.

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.

COYOTES will deliver a mythic-level bloodbath to comic stores

This November from Image Comics, writer Sean Lewis (The Few, Saints) and artist Caitlin Yarsky will release their all-new action mystery series with an ultra-violent edge, Coyotes.

In Coyotes, women are disappearing. A legion of wolves roam the border, hunting them down, and a band of survivors have come together, ready to wage war.

Detective Frank Coffey is struggling to wrap his head around this mythic-level bloodbath when he meets Red, a little girl with a secret—and a sword.

“Every once in a while, my wife will read me a weird fact about women who go missing across the world,” said Lewis. “It’s always staggering. It’s always unsolved. It’s terrifying. So I wanted to go to war with that. Coyotes is about women who go missing, women who fight back, and stories we tell ourselves to get through life.”

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“My favorite fantasy stories are the ones that help us relate to each other and our own reality, and COYOTES is all about that,” said Yarsky. “As soon as I read it, I could envision the stark, gritty world and the badass women that band together to change their narrative. It’s a thrill working with Sean to create such a unique and mythic tale.”

Coyotes #1  arrives in comic shops Wednesday, November 8th.

Image Comics horror hit GLITTERBOMB returns with THE FAME GAME

Fan-fav writer Jim Zub (Wayward, Uncanny Avengers) and artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (All-New Wolverine, Ultimates) will kick off a new story arc in their ongoing tale of twisted fame and failure Glitterbomb, with The Fame Game, this September from Image Comics.

Kaydon Klay wants to be famous. She wants it more than anything else she’s ever known. The dream is hers for the taking, and all she has to do is embrace the national tragedy that’s put her in the spotlight…

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“Kaydon Klay’s story is rooted in our national obsession with horrifying events—a parade of pain trotted out for the relentless 24-hour news cycle,” said Zub. “It’s about the fear of not feeling special, set against the all-seeing spotlight of instant media attention, all wrapped up with a supernatural spin.”

“If you enjoyed our first mini-series, this one’s going to get its hooks into you again,” added Zub. “If you didn’t read Glitterbomb: The Fame Game provides a fresh jumping-on point, giving you all the backstory you need and a new focal point character to follow along with.”

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 will have two covers; with cover A by Morissette-Phan and cover B by Rebecca Puebla.  The new series will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th.