Slugfest | The Massive-verse expands with ‘The Dead Lucky’

A round-up of comics publishing news from Image, Marvel, Top Shelf and more.

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The Massive-verse — that’s the collection of titles headed up by Kyle Higgins that include Radiant Black, Inferno Girl Red and Rogue Sun, among others — will expand in August with a new title, The Dead Lucky.

Melissa Flores, French Carlomagno, Mattia Iacono and Becca Carey are the creative team for the new title.

“The series stars Bibiana ‘Bibi’ Lopez-Yang as a vet who recently returned to San Francisco, only to discover that tech consortium Morrow is building the city of the future with ‘peacekeeper’ robots looming on every corner—and wherever Morrow isn’t, the Salvation gang is,” Higgins said in his newsletter. “If she can hold it together, she might be the hero San Francisco needs. But against an enemy this big, it isn’t enough to be good. She’ll have to be lucky.”

The first issue arrives Aug. 3.

Top Shelf to publish The Bend of Luck

Top Shelf has announced The Bend of Luck by Peter and Maria Hoey, a new graphic novel coming out in August. Here’s the description:

Imagine a world where Luck, the most ephemeral of ideas, has a physical form. Precious stones of luck, mined like gold, are worn as bringers of fortune. But luck breaks both ways. While the blue gems may grant advantage to those who wear them, their blessing is fickle and unpredictable. In the blink of an eye, good luck can turn to bad. We follow the life of a man who comes into possession of some powerful stones, but the success enjoyed by the father goes awry when he tries to pass this luck onto his son. In alternating scenes between the two generations, The Bend of Luck follows felicity’s course, like an arrow, through a family’s destiny.

Preview: The Mandalorian #1

cover by Adi Granov

Marvel has a new title coming out in July spotlight The Mandalorian, and they’ve released a look at all its variant covers, plus some interior artwork, which should look very familiar to fans of the show.

Here’s the interior artwork by artist Georges Jeanty:

And here’s a look at the first issue’s variant covers by John Tyler Christopher, Declan Shalvey, David Aja, Leinil Frances Yu, Phil Jimenez, Nick Gindraux and then a TV cover featuring a photo of Din Djarin:

Written by Rodney Barnes, The Mandalorian #1 comes out July 6.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles play The Armageddon Game

IDW has announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game, a new eight-issue miniseries by Tom Waltz and Vincenzo Federici that sees the Turtles facing off with the Rat King and his allies.

Here’s the description:

In The Armageddon Game, the Turtles—under the leadership of the Shredder—begin a dangerous quest to seek out allies against Rat King’s trio of terror: LeatherKrang, Baxter Stockman, and Madame Null. It’s a mission that will see our heroes spread out across New York City…and across multiple dimensions! But they’d better hurry because their enemies are already on the march, and with the Turtles absent, Mutant Town is ripe for false flag attacks, mysterious new villains, and unexpected alliances. The time has come at last to find out who is playing the game…and who is being played!

‘Super Freaks’ celebrates the Savage Dragon Fincast

Coming out next week is Super Freaks, a special one-shot tribute to the Savage FINcast podcast as it celebrates its 10th year. The project started as a fanzine that the hosts of the FINcast were planning to release featuring stories and artwork by fans, but Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen saw an early copy and decided to publish it through Image Comics.

“This was too good not to share! It’s hilarious! It’s exhilarating. It’s poignant and sexy and brutal and everything I love,” said Larsen. “It’s a ton of fun and I couldn’t let this be some limited edition book that nobody else got to see.”

It arrives in stores June 1.

Jeff Smith teases Tall Tales 2

Bone creator Jeff Smith has teased a second volume of Tall Tales, which featured Smiley Bone telling stories to a group of young campers after the events of the main Bone series. There’s not much more to go on, but hey, dig that art!

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