ICYMI: INDIE NEWS ROUNDUP for the WEEK ENDING May 12th, 2018

In Case You Missed It: Dark Horse Comics has something for the whole family! Beautiful multiple covers for Ninja-K and Bloodshot and a TPB from Valiant! Also check out the two new amazing series from Aspen Comics in July

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News from the World of Indie Comics you might have missed this week!


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ZOOTOPIA GRAPHIC NOVEL HOPS ONTO SHELVES IN SEPTEMBER 2018
Dark Horse is excited to announce a new graphic novel for younger readers set for release in September 2018 titled Disney Zootopia: Friends to the Rescue! This story collection includes two separate tales of friendship, one featuring Zootopia’s Judy Hopps as a youngster in Bunnyburrow, and the other featuring Zootopia’s Nick Wilde and his urban childhood experiences. From writer Jimmy Gownley and artist Leandro Ricardo da Silva, with colors by Wes Dzioba and letters by Chris Dickey, come two tales of how talent and teamwork can overcome sticky situations. Written for younger readers, this volume will appeal to Zootopia fans of all ages with its adventurous characters and engaging artwork. Also included in this original graphic novel are a variety of story-related activities and special features!
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Disney Zootopia: Friends to the Rescue goes on sale September 12, 2018, and is available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. This 48-page original graphic novel retails for $7.99.

DARK HORSE TO RELEASE CULLEN BUNN AND TYLER CROOK’S HARROW COUNTY LIBRARY EDITION THIS FALL
The end of Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook’s gorgeous and ghastly horror epic Harrow County is imminent, but Dark Horse is ready to give the beloved series new life with a hardcover library edition!
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Emmy always knew that the woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts and monsters. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures—and to the land itself—in a way she never imagined. Harrow County: Library Edition Volume 1 collects the first two volumes of Harrow County in a deluxe, hardcover, and oversized format with a new cover, sketchbook material, essays, “Tales from Harrow County” bonus stories by guest creators, and more!

Harrow County: Library Edition Volume 1 goes on sale October 24, 2018, and is available for preorder at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and your local comic shop.

DARK HORSE COLLECTS DONNY CATES and ELIOT RAHAL’S FAN-FAVORITE THE PAYBACKS
It’s time to collect! From superstar writers, Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with stunning art by the incomparable Geoff Shaw comes The Paybacks Collection TPB. Collecting The Paybacks Vol. 1 published by Dark Horse Comics and The Paybacks Vol. 2 published by Heavy Metal, The Paybacks Collection is 224 pages of heart-pumping superhero parody at its finest!

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When superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like I.O.U.’s! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! Join writers Eliot Rahal (Quantum & Woody, Cult Classic) and Donny Cates (Thanos, Doctor Strange, Venom, Buzzkill, God Country), with stunning art by Geoff Shaw (Buzzkill, God Country), in this superhero parody that explores the idea that heroism doesn’t come cheap.

The Paybacks Collection TPB goes on sale August 01, 2018, and is available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic book shop.

DARK HORSE MIXES OLD BLOOD AND NEW BLOOD FOR DOUBLE PREDATOR
Following the success of Dark Horse’s latest Predator miniseries, Predator: Hunters and the excitement for September’s upcoming The Predator film release, we are thrilled to announce the release of not one, but two Predator projects from Dark Horse Comics coming later this year!

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For fans craving new bloody action, writer and Senior Dark Horse Editor Chris Warner (the artist from the original Predator comics from 1989) returns to team up with artist Agustin Padilla for a blood-drenched adventure in Predator: Hunters II! Since the beginning of time, Predators have come to Earth from their home among the stars to stalk and kill the strongest of humans for sport. But now the tables have turned, and a group of human hunters has set their sights on the Predators. But they soon find out they are competing with a mysterious government agency that is after the same prey. The hunt is on, and only the strongest and smartest will survive!

And for those who crave the blood-soaked nostalgia of Dark Horse Comics nearly 30 year run of Predator, we proudly announce Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB! Before the 1990’s film Predator 2, Dark Horse released a full-color comics sequel to one of the greatest action films of all time written by Mark Verheiden and illustrated by comics mainstays Chris Warner and Ron Randall. This was to become just the beginning of an ongoing line of many Predator tales. Collecting Predator: Concrete Jungle, Predator: Cold War, and Predator: Dark River, Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB is a value package for those who value action.

Predator: Hunters II #1 goes on sale August 08, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Predator: The Essential Comics Volume 1 TPB goes on sale December 12, 2018, and is available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This 368-page paperback volume is value priced at $24.99.


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NINJA-K #10 – Christos Gage & Larry Stroman Uncover the Secrets of NINJA-H This August!
Valiant is proud to announce NINJA-K #10 – a BLOCKBUSTER NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the EXPLOSIVE ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and legendary artist Larry Stroman (X-Factor)! On August 15th, prepare for another incredible one-shot special issue exploring the hidden history behind one of MI6’s former secret agents… In Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, meet the future of espionage: the hard-hitting, brutalizing super-spy codenamed NINJA-H!

 

Now, for the first time, the metal-crunching saga of MI6’s one-man, super-powered strike force – and his tragic fall from grace – can finally be told! On August 15th, renowned writer Christos Gage teams up with comics legend Larry Stroman to declassify the next shadow-laden chapter in the history of Ninjak’s fellow Ninja Programme agents with NINJA-K #10! Featuring an incendiary assortment of covers by Giuseppe Camuncoli (Superior Spider-Man), Larry Stroman (Alien Legion), and Darick Robertson (HARBINGER RENEGADE)!
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Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by LARRY STROMAN
Cover A by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover B by LARRY STROMAN
Ninja Programme Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 15th 

Valiant Previews: BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9| NINJA-K #7 |HARBINGER WARS COMPENDIUM – On Sale May 16th!
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Written by JEFF LEMIRE & RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR182012)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAR182013)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAR182014)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR182015)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by SHANE DAVIS (MAR182016)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)

 

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The origin of Bloodhound!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal) joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th

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Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (MAR182008)
Cover B by ALAN QUAH (MAR182009)
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR182010)
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAS PASTORAS (MAR182011)
Pre-Order Edition by RAYMUND BERMUDEZ (MAR188174)

“THE COALITION” spells doom!

 

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Renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) unleash the next chapter in an international super-spy thriller colliding Valiant’s newest superteams together in an untold show of force!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th

HARBINGER WARS COMPENDIUM TPB
Written by JOSHUA DYSART and DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by KHARI EVANS, MANUEL GARCIA, CLAYTON HENRY, and PERE PÉREZ with PHIL BRIONES, MATTHEW CLARK, CLAYTON CRAIN, LEE GARBETT, TREVOR HAIRSINE, BARRY KITSON, LEWIS LAROSA, ARTURO LOZZI, JIM MUNIZ, and MICO SUAYAN
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR182017)

Presenting the best-selling crossover event that redefined the Valiant Universe for a new generation, now in the most complete collection yet. From the first salvo all the way to the very last shot, follow the complete saga from its beginning in the first issues of HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT and see what set them on the road to a collision in the pages of HARBINGER WARS!

 

From acclaimed writers Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and Duane Swierczynski (BLOODSHOT) and an all-star cast of artists including Clayton Henry (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), Khari Evans (IMPERIUM), Manuel Garcia (Black Widow), Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and more!

Collecting HARBINGER (2012) #1-14, BLOODSHOT (2012) #1-13, and HARBINGER WARS #1-4. $59.99 | 768 pgs. | T+ TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-261-4


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Aspen Debuts Two New Series With Dissension: War Eternal and Nu Way This July

On the heels of their Worlds of Aspen 2018 Free Comic Book Day offering that premiered zero issues of their brand new titles, Dissension: War Eternal and Nu Way, Aspen Comics is set to release both series this July.

In association with ZMX Comics, the publisher is releasing the sci-fi action-adventure Nu Way #1 on July 11th by writer J.T. Krul (Jirni, Michael Turner’s Soulfire) with art by Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Fathom, Eternal Soulfire) and colors by John Starr (Executive Assistant: Iris, Jirni) with lettering by Sal Cipriano (The Flash) featuring covers by Konat, Ryan Odagawa, Harvey Tolibao, Jordan Gunderson and more to be announced. Solicitation copy for Nu Way #1 reads:

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In the future, technology continues to dominate every aspect of civilization, and nowhere is it more on display than the city of New Sheng, a vast metropolis where those with means live high amongst the lights and those without wallow in the shadows below. In his desperate struggle to reach a better life, a young fighter named Zihao has sacrificed his body in the ring and now prepares to pay an even bigger price in order to battle in the main arena with the elite cybernetically-enhanced warriors. But will seeing another lost soul from his past make his climb easier or harder? 

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Also, Aspen will be releasing Dissension: War Eternal on July 25th, an all-new action-adventure series by creator and artist Jordan Gunderson (Aspen Universe: Revelations, The Four Points) along with co-writer Christopher Fielder with art by Gunderson, Luis Guerrero (The Flash) and lettering by Taylor Esposito (Shrugged, BubbleGun). Dissension will feature future covers by Gunderson, Elias Chatzoudis, Marcus To, Kevin Sharpe, Siya Oum and more to be revealed. Solicitation copy for Dissension: War Eternal #1 reads:

The U.S. has spent several years embroiled in a conflict with the invading forces of China. In the war zone of the American Southwest, small bands of freedom fighters have formed to help guide refugees away from the destruction. Isabel Vasquez, known to her squad as “Delphi”, has been leading rescue missions inside the combat zone for years. Escorting those displaced from the war has fueled her faith that she is making a difference. But now that faith is increasingly tested by reoccurring nightmares of a coming apocalypse. She fears the war is only the beginning of a great threat…one that promises to bring humanity to the brink of extinction!

Unbeknownst to Delphi, a band of renegade angels has fled Heaven seeking a new refuge. The Earth has become their new home, where they view humanity as a plague that must be purged. As their path forges ahead toward global genocide, it is yet to be decided if Delphi and her growing visions of a global Armageddon can help stop them in time.

 Aspen has provided item codes for Nu Way #1 and Dissension: War Eternal #1 for fans to pre-order with their local retailer:

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NU WAY #1a – ALEX KONAT                                                                           MAY181419

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NU WAY #1b – RYAN ODAGAWA                                                                     MAY181420

NU WAY #1c – RYAN SOOK (TBA)                                                                   MAY181421

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DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1a – JORDAN GUNDERSON     MAY181416

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DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1b – FRANCIS MANAPUL                      MAY181417

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DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1c – ELIAS CHATZOUDIS                      MAY181418

 

Until the next installment of ICYMI,
WE’LL BE WATCHING!


Ross Hutchinson was a contributing editor to ICYMI this week. Thanks, Ross!


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