Adventurers battle alternative realities in ‘Retcon’

New Image Comics title from Matt Nixon and Toby Cypress debuts in September.

Matt Nixon and Toby Cypress will tackle alternative realities in their new series Retcon, due out from Image Comics in September.

“Artist Toby Cypress and I set out to make Retcon a ‘craft’ comic book,” Nixon said in a news release. “We took our time and made sure from layout to panel design to colors and letters—every piece fits, nothing was rushed. We made the best book that we could, and we believe it will find its audience.”

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How about a monster-sized preview of ‘Kaijumax Season 2’?

The second miniseries of Zander Cannon’s “giant monsters in prison” comic from Oni Press gets collected on Wednesday. And boy is it worth your time.

Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax is one of the more oddly awesome comics out there, about a prison for giant monsters and all the crazy prison drama they get into. With the “season two” trade paperback set to arrive on Wednesday, Oni Press has released a 22-page preview, which you can see below.

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Tobin and Susini’s ‘Made Men’ digs itself up in September

One of Frankenstein’s descendants looks for revenge in Detroit in the new miniseries from Oni Press.

The dead will return in September thanks to Paul Tobin, Arjuna Susini and Gonzalo Duarte, as Made Men arrives from Oni Press. The miniseries revolves around Detroit special ops officer, who happens to be a member of the Frankenstein family, looking for revenge.

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Starks, Gabo warm up for ‘Dead of Winter’ from Oni Press

Plaid Hat Games’ popular board game comes to comics.

In advance of this year’s C2E2 convention in Chicago, Oni Press announced that Kyle Starks and Gabo will team up for a new horror-comedy mini-series based on the board game Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games.

The story will feature Sparky, a former canine TV star turned undead killing machine, as he tries to help survivors out during the zombie apocalypse. I couldn’t tell if he’s a fixture of the games or not, but if so, boy do I want to play them now.

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Kirby and Simon’s ‘Fighting American’ returns from Titan Comics

Titan Comics has announced the return of the Fighting American, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s 1950s commie-punching patriot.

They’ve tapped Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Starship Troopers) and Duke Mighten (Judge Dredd) to essentially pick up right where Kirby and Simon left off in 1954, at the end of the comic’s seven-issue run.

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Gene Ha pinup pays tribute to Jack Kirby’s WWII service

Over on Tumblr, artist Gene Ha shares a stunning pinup he created for the Festival BD in Moselle, France, which is paying tribute to comics legend Jack Kirby in June.

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Lights announces new album and comic series

Skin & Earth #1
Skin & Earth #1 by Lights
Canadian electropop queen Lights has announced her fourth studio album in conjunction with a comic series. The project, called Skin&Earth, is entirely written and drawn by Lights and published by Dynamite Entertainment.

In the official press release, Lights commented, “I feel my whole life has lead up to a project like this. It’s a complete convergence of everything I love – music, comics, post-apocalyptic romance, crystals, wine and powerful ladies, all perfectly entwined. It’ll be by far my most care-free and fierce album yet. I think now, more than ever, people need a reason to listen to a whole record, and this is mine.”

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‘Saga’ celebrates Image’s 25th anniversary with 25-cent issue

Issue #43 kicks off a new storyline for Hazel and company “at the westernmost edge of the universe.”

To celebrate their 25th anniversary — and no doubt to encourage new or lapsed readers to pick up the title — Image Comics has announced that Saga #43 will cost 25 cents.

The award-winning series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples kicks off a new storyline in that issue, which is due out in May. Image is also offering retailers a 25th anniversary print featuring new Saga artwork by Staples.

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Bunn, Colak hunt for an ‘Unholy Grail’ at AfterShock

Comic will tell the story of “the gospel of Arthur’s bloody rise to power and his unholy reign.”

Cullen Bunn will bring his unique brand of horror to Camelot as he and artist Mirko Colak team up for Unholy Grail, coming in July from AfterShock Comics.

“I’ve been fascinated by Arthurian legends since I discovered T. H. White’s ‘The Once and Future King’ as a kid,” Bunn writes on his website. “From that point on, I wanted to explore every variation of the story, from Thomas Malory’s work to the movie ‘Excalibur’ to the comic ‘Camelot 3000.’ One of the things that intrigued me was how there are so many interpretations of the epic — as should be the case with all great myths — and so many different takes on the story. At some point, years ago, I started to wonder what the Arthurian legend might look like if they were written as a horror story. I thought about it so much, I guess, that I started dreaming about it. I woke from one of those dreams and scribbled the sentence ‘The demon, who had no name in his own tongue, but would come to be called Merlin by mortals, uncoiled its serpentine body and slithered out of the shadows.’ That was over 20 years ago, but I still have the notebook where I first pondered the concept.”

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