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Crossover #4 Coming in February

Crossover #4 Coming in February

MYSTERY CHARACTER WILL JOIN MADMAN & THE PAYBACKS FOR CROSSOVER #4

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/28/2021 — Yet another exciting key character will make an Crossover #4 Coming in Februaryappearance in Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Dee Cunniffe, and John J. Hill’s Crossover #4 on shelves this February from Image Comics. 

In keeping with Crossover’s reputation for surprise cameos from beloved comic book icons, the final cover will remain a secret until the day it goes on sale. Eager fans will just have to be sure to pre-order copies of Crossover #4 with their local comics shop and then await for the surprise of who will join Madman and The Paybacks in this upcoming installment of one of the hottest, buzziest series in stores.

In Crossover #4, Ellie, Ryan, Otto and the mysterious Ava delve deeper into the mystery behind THE EVENT on their fateful journey to the dome and the epicenter of the greatest CROSSOVER in comics history!

"This issue is maybe the most fun we've had in the series to date," said Cates. "If you thought the previous cameos and surprises were insane... I PROMISE, you ain't seen nothing yet!!"

Crossover #4 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 24.
  • Crossover #4 Cover A Shaw - Diamond Code DEC200197
  • Crossover #4 Cover B Allred - Diamond Code DEC208835
  • Crossover #4 Cover C Blank - Diamond Code DEC208787
  • Crossover #4 Cover D 10 Copy Incentive Shaw Virgin - Diamond Code DEC208788
  • Crossover #4 Cover E 25 Copy Incentive Shaw Raw - Diamond Code DEC208789
  • Crossover #4 Cover F 50 Copy Incentive Ellipsis Design - Diamond Code DEC208790
  • Crossover #4 Cover G 100 Copy Incentive Allred Raw - Diamond Code DEC208836
Crossover #4 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Spawn #315 Cover Variants Coming February 24, 2021

Spawn #315 Cover Variants Coming February 24, 2021

SPAWN #315 WILL FEATURE BARENDS, SEGOVIA & THREE HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE MCFARLANE ART PROCESS VARIANTS
Plus first appearance of The Plague

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/27/2021 — Image Comics is pleased to unveil five Spawn #315 Cover Variants Coming February 24, 2021breathtaking Spawn #315 covers featuring artwork by Björn Barends, Stephen Segovia, and three covers by Greg Capullo and two of those inked by Image Comics President and partner Todd McFarlane.

The trio of Capullo/McFarlane variants will highlight each stage of the team’s creative process—from raw pencils, to inks, to the final colored version done by the colorist FCO (known for his Batman and Metals coloring). Also... Introducing the first appearance of: The PLAGUE...!

Collectors will want to jump on board and acquire all three of these highly sought after covers, along with those done by Barends and Segovia, when all of them land in stores Wednesday, February 24. 

Spawn #315 begins part three of the “Omega Society” storyline. Spawn. Medieval Spawn. Plague. And Monolith take on the gigantic force of OMEGA-SPAWN.

"Beginning with the introduction of a brand new character called the PLAGUE. We continue the recent success of the Spawn comic, driven by the awesome efforts of comic shops across this nation (and around the world), we will once again deliver on exciting covers that will excite the readers and help keep the sales of this title as strong for retailers as possible," said McFarlane. "Through these complicated times, working as a team with retailers have given all of us some wonderful results we will strive to continue in 2021."

Spawn #315 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 24. 
  • Spawn #315 Cover A Barends - DEC200233
  • Spawn #315 Cover B Capullo & McFarlane - DEC200234
  • Spawn #315 Cover C Segovia - DEC200235
  • Spawn #315 Cover D 50 copy incentive Capullo Raw Pencils - DEC208791
  • Spawn #315 Cover E Capullo & McFarlane B&W - DEC208792 
Spawn #315 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

2021 Philip K. Dick Award - Finalists


The judges of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, have announced the six nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:

  • Failed State by Christopher Brown (Harper Voyager)
  • The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey (Orbit)
  • Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman (Small Beer Press)
  • Bone Silence by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
  • Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine (Mira)
  • The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit)

First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Norwescon 43 which is being held virtually this year. 

The link to the ceremony will be posted at https://www.norwescon.org when it is available.

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

The 2021 judges are Thomas A. Easton, Karen Heuler, Mur Lafferty, Patricia MacEwen (chair), and James Sallis.






Failed State
Dystopian Lawyer
Harper Voyager, August 11, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
"The novel is as tense and thrilling as any of Brown's work, and as full of rage and hope. It's a novel that truly reckons with the enormity of both our climate emergency and the system that produced it - a tale of human imperfection and redemption." -- Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Walkaway

In this second dystopian legal thriller from the author of the acclaimed Rule of Capture and Tropic of Kansas, lawyer Donny Kimoe juggles two intertwined cases whose outcomes will determine the course of America’s future—and his own.

In the aftermath of a second American revolution, peace rests on a fragile truce. The old regime has been deposed, but the ex-president has vanished, escaping justice for his crimes. Some believe he is dead. Others fear he is in hiding, gathering forces. As the factions in Washington work to restore order, Donny Kimoe is in court to settle old scores—and pay his own debts come due.

Meanwhile, the rebels Donny once defended are exacting their own kind of justice. In the ruins of New Orleans, they are building a green utopia—and kidnapping their defeated adversaries to pay for it. The newest hostage is the young heiress to a fortune made from plundering the country—and the daughter of one of Donny’s oldest friends. In a desperate gambit to save his own skin, Donny switches sides to defend her before the show trial. If he fails, so will the truce, dragging the country back into violence. But by taking the case, he risks his last chance to expose the atrocities of the dictatorship—and being tried for his own crimes against the revolution.

To save the future, Donny has to gamble his own. The only way out is to find the evidence that will get both sides back to the table, and secure a more lasting peace. To do that, Donny must betray his clients’ secrets. Including one explosive secret hidden in the ruins, the discovery of which could extinguish the last hope for a better tomorrow—or, if Donny plays it right, keep it burning.





The Book of Koli
The Rampart Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 14, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
"This is a beautiful book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can't recommend it highly enough." —Seanan McGuire

The first in a masterful new trilogy from acclaimed author M. R. Carey, The Book of Koli begins the story of a young boy on a journey through a strange and deadly world of our making.

Everything that lives hates us…

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don't get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don't venture too far beyond the walls.

He's wrong.

"A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable."Kirkus

"Enthralling…Koli embarks upon a journey as perilous as it is enlightening."Guardian

"The best thing I've read in a long time. I loved it." —Joanne Harris

"Carey hefts astonishing storytelling power with plainspoken language, heartbreaking choices, and sincerity like an arrow to the heart."Locus

Look out for the next novels in the trilogy: The Trials of Koli and The Fall of Koli





Dance on Saturday
Small Beer Press, September 15, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Planted deeply in the dark, musical fantastic heart of American storytelling, Cotman’s half dozen tales are ripe for the picking.

In the title novella, Cotman imagines a group of near-immortals living in Pittsburgh in an uneasy truce with Lord Decay. Their truce is threatened when one of them takes pity on a young woman who knows their secret. In “Among the Zoologists,” a game writer on their way to a convention falls in with a group of rogue Darwinists whose baggage contains a great mystery. A volleyball tournament devolves into nightmare and chaos in “Mine.” In Cotman’s hands, the conventions of genres from fairytales to Victorian literature to epic fantasy and horror give shape to marvelously new stories.





Bone Silence
The Revenger Trilogy 3
Orbit, April 14, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook 640 pages
The thrilling finale to the Revenger Trilogy tells a desperate tale of greed, piracy, shadow governments, and ancient secrets that could unravel all of civilization

The Ness sisters ran away from home to become the most fearsome pirates in the twenty thousand worlds of the Congregation. They’ve plundered treasures untold, taken command of their own ship, and made plenty of enemies. But now they’re being hunted for crimes they didn’t commit by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. To stay one step ahead of their pursuers and answer the questions that have plagued them, they’ll have to employ every dirty, piratical trick in the book….

Read more by Alastair Reynolds!

The Revenger Trilogy:
Revenger
Shadow Captain
Bone Silence





Road Out of Winter
MIRA, September 1, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
2021 Philip K. Dick Award Finalist
A 2020 The Rumpus Book Club Selection

“Blends a rural thriller and speculative realism into what could be called dystopian noir…. Profoundly moving.”—Library Journal, starred review

In an endless winter, she carries seeds of hope

Wylodine comes from a world of paranoia and poverty—her family grows marijuana illegally, and life has always been a battle. Now she’s been left behind to tend the crop alone. Then spring doesn’t return for the second year in a row, bringing unprecedented, extreme winter.

With grow lights stashed in her truck and a pouch of precious seeds, she begins a journey, determined to start over away from Appalachian Ohio. But the icy roads and strangers hidden in the hills are treacherous. After a harrowing encounter with a violent cult, Wil and her small group of exiles become a target for the cult’s volatile leader. Because she has the most valuable skill in the climate chaos: she can make things grow.

Urgent and poignant, Road Out of Winter is a glimpse of an all-too-possible near future, with a chosen family forged in the face of dystopian collapse. With the gripping suspense of The Road and the lyricism of Station Eleven, Stine’s vision is of a changing world where an unexpected hero searches for where hope might take root.

“Richly imagined, deeply moving and unthinkably offers hope in a world that uncannily resembles ours currently in the thick of COVID-19…. Gloriously well-written.” —Ms. Magazine





The Doors of Eden
Orbit, Sebtember 22, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 640 pages
From the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Doors of Eden is an extraordinary feat of the imagination and a page-turning adventure about parallel universes and the monsters that they hide.

They thought we were safe. They were wrong.

Four years ago, two girls went looking for monsters on Bodmin Moor. Only one came back.

Lee thought she’d lost Mal, but now she’s miraculously returned. But what happened that day on the moors? And where has she been all this time? Mal’s reappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed by MI5 officers either, and Lee isn’t the only one with questions.

Julian Sabreur is investigating an attack on top physicist Kay Amal Khan. This leads Julian to clash with agents of an unknown power – and they may or may not be human. His only clue is grainy footage, showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

Dr Khan’s research was theoretical; then she found cracks between our world and parallel Earths. Now these cracks are widening, revealing extraordinary creatures. And as the doors crash open, anything could come through.

“Tchaikovsky weaves a masterful tale… a suspenseful joyride through the multiverse.” (Booklist)

The View From Monday - January 25, 2021


Happy Last Monday in January!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Dead Money by Srinath Adiga;

Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher;

and

Gutter Child by Jael Richardson.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

False Value (Rivers of London 8) by Ben Aaronovitch is out in Mass Market Paperback;

We Could be Heroes by Mike Chen;

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez is out in Trade Paperback;

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry is out in Trade Paperback;

Brother Red by Adrian Selby;

The Mask Falling (Bone Season 4) by Samantha Shannon;

and

Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly 3) by Sandy Williams.

The View From Monday - January 25, 2021
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - January 25, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

January 26, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
False Value (h2mm)
Ben Aaronovitch UF - Rivers of London  8
Dead Money (D) Srinath Adiga Dys/Th
Stake (h2tp)
Kevin J. Anderson H
Dealbreaker L. X. Beckett SF/AC/CyP - The Bounceback 2
The Queen's Bargain (h2mm)
Anne Bishop DF/RF - Black Jewels 10
Straight Outta Dodge City (tp2mm)
David Boop (Ed)
DF - Anthology
The Science of Doctor Who: The Scientific Facts Behind the Time Warps and Space Travels of the Doctor Mark Brake Science - The Science of
Penric's Progress (h2mm)
Lois McMaster Bujold F
One Poison Pie Lynn Cahoon CM - Kitchen Witch Mysteries 1
The Swallowed Man Edward Carey FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR/Hist
We Could Be Heroes Mike Chen SH/SF/HU
Faye, Faraway (D) Helen Fisher CW/TT
The Spear of Malice
R.S. Ford F/DF - War of the Archons 3
Empire City Matt Gallagher LF
Agency (h2tp)
William Gibson TechTh/SF/LF - The Jackpot Trilogy 2
The New Improved Sorceress (tp2mm)
Sara Hanover F - Wayward Mages 2
Pawn's Gambit (Ke)
Rob J. Hayes F - Mortal Techniques  2
The Vanished Birds (h2tp) Simon Jimenez SF/SO/LF
The Only Good Indians (h2tp)
Stephen Graham Jones H
Breaking Silence (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
CF - Serrated Edge 10
The Unspoken Name (h2tp)
A. K. Larkwood F - Serpent Gates 1
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories (h2tp)
Ken Liu SF - Collection
The One (h2mm)
John Marrs LF/GenEng/Dys
Doctor Who: All Flesh is Grass: Time Lord Victorious Una McCormack SF - Doctor Who
A Tapestry of Treason Anne O'Brien His/LF/CW/AH
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians (h2tp)
H. G. Parry HistF/Occ/Sup/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Shadow Histories 1
The Mistress of Illusions (h2mm)
Mike Resnick F/DF - Dreamscape Trilogy 2
Gutter Child (D) Jael Richardson LF
Brother Red Adrian Selby DF
The Mask Falling Samantha Shannon Dys/CF/UF - Bone Season 4
A Cat on the Case Clea Simon PCM - Witch Cats of Cambridge 3
The Expert System's Champion Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/GenEng - The Expert System's Brother 2
Mazes of Power (h2tp)
Juliette Wade SF/AP/PA - The Broken Trust 1
Knight's Ransom Jeff Wheeler F/HistF - First Argentines 1
Shades of Allegiance Sandy Williams SF/SO - Anomaly 3



January 27, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Shards: A Tor.com Original (e) Ian Rogers H



January 28, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Interpreting Star Wars: Reading a Modern Film Franchise Miles Booy HC/SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The Silver Coin, Horror Anthology Series, Coming In April

The Silver Coin, Horror Anthology Series, Coming In April

UPCOMING HORROR ANTHOLOGY SERIES
THE SILVER COIN RICH IN TALENT

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/22/2021 — Eisner Award winning artist Michael Walsh (Star The Silver Coin, Horror Anthology Series, Coming In AprilWars, Black Hammer/Justice League) will team up with an all-star lineup of collaborators—Chip Zdarsky (Stillwater), Kelly Thompson (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan), and Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls)—in The Silver Coin. This ongoing horror anthology series will launch from Image Comics this April.

Each issue of The Silver Coin will tell a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world interwoven with common characters and overlapping stories. The series begins in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

“After finishing Black Hammer/Justice League with Jeff Lemire I was really itching to draw a Horror comic. I was also dying to work with a bunch of my favourite collaborators again AND I was really pushing myself to move back into the world of creator owned comics,” said Walsh in and exclusive scoop on the announcement at IGN. “I thought for a while about how I could make all of these things happen and came up with the idea behind The Silver Coin. A shared world where a bunch of writers can throw amazing and horrific ideas at me to draw the hell out of. I approached a group of writers whose work I not only admired as a fan, but also had a fruitful working collaboration with in the past. Everyone signed up for this simple idea... A Coin rolls through time causing supernatural horror to all those that find it. That story prompt grew and evolved into something truly unexpected. As each script came in the world grew into something bigger and more connected... I can't WAIT for readers to find out where this is going and what we have in store for them.”

The Silver Coin, Horror Anthology Series, Coming In AprilZdarsky told IGN: "This was incredibly fun to work on. Michael is such a talented artist with a real eye for horror, I’m pretty stunned with what he was able to do with my story. It’s incredibly creepy.

“It was really great being able to do these side by side with the other writers. Because we all started with the same basic premise and are working with Michael on art, it’s the perfect way to determine which of us is the best writer by comparing our final stories. Which means we’ve all brought our A-game for fear of looking bad by comparison. Which means YOU, the READER, truly wins out!"

The Silver Coin #1 Cover A by Walsh (Diamond Code FEB210045), The Silver Coin #1 Cover B by Tula Lotay, and The Silver Coin #1 Cover C by Maria Nguyen will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 7. 

The Silver Coin #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Home Launching in April from Image Comics

Home Launching in April from Image Comics
COMIC BOOK SERIES HOME TO EXPLORE US IMMIGRATION POLICY & BORDER PATROL THROUGH SUPERHUMAN LENS
PORTLAND, Ore. 01/22/2021 — Debut creators Julio Anta (Frontera, forthcoming Home Launching in April from Image ComicsHarperCollins 2023) and Anna Wieszczyk weave a deeply grounded and heartfelt story in the forthcoming comic book Home. This five-issue miniseries will explore the real-world implications of a migrant with extraordinary powers, and will launch from Image Comics in April.

Home follows a young boy who is torn away from his mother while seeking asylum at the U.S. border, just as something begins to change in him. He doesn’t know it yet, but it’s the onset of superhuman abilities that will change his life forever. 

“As the son and grandson of Cuban and Colombian immigrants, and now a parent myself, the news of the governments family separation policy both broke my heart, and filled me with anger,” said Anta in an exclusive scoop on the announcement at The Hollywood Reporter. “Home is an attempt to channel those complicated feelings about what it means to be an American into a story about empowered Latinx characters dealing with the cruelty of our modern immigration laws."

Valenza told THR: "I rarely get the opportunity to color cartoon-inspired art like Anna's. It’s been a joy to use colors to balance her stylized work with the serious subject matter of Julio’s story. Working on Home has been a challenging experience that I’m so happy to be involved in." 

"It was a pleasure working on the book with Julio [Anta]. He has a very defined artistic vision for the story and it was an enjoyable experience to be a part of this journey," said Wieszczyk to THR.

Home #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 14. 

Home #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Summoners War: Legacy Coming in April from Image / Skybound Entertainment and Com2uS

Summoners War: Legacy Coming in April from Image / Skybound Entertainment and Com2uS

IMAGE/SKYBOUND’S SUMMONERS WAR: LEGACY PROMISES FANS ACTION PACKED PREQUEL THIS APRIL

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/21/2021 — The highly anticipated tie-in comic book series Summoners War: Legacy Coming in April from Image / Skybound Entertainment and Com2uSSummoners War: Legacy—by writer Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Reaver) and artist Luca Claretti (Adventure Time Comics) with colors by Giovanna Niro (Star Trek: Nero) and lettering by Deron Bennett (Excellence, Assassin Nation)—is set to launch in April 2021 from Image/Skybound Entertainment in partnership with game publisher Com2uS.

Fans of the game and newcomers alike will have the chance to journey to Alea in this dramatic, action-packed prequel comic book based upon the wildly popular Summoners War mobile game. Summoners War: Legacy comic series is the latest expansion to the Summoners War IP, along with upcoming mobile games Summoners War: Lost Centuria and Summoners War: Chronicles. The variety of expansions is a testament to the game’s success and longevity which proves to be a major tentpole for Com2uS’ gaming portfolio.

In Summoners War: Legacy, Rai knows there’s only one way out of a nothing town—to become a summoner! Armed with a summoning book of monsters, there would be nowhere she couldn’t go, and no adventure she couldn’t have. There’s only one problem: the world is at war and even untrained summoners like Rai must join the fight.

Recruited by Abuus Dein as an apprentice, Rai finds herself thrust into a battle for the fate of the world that none of them expected. Rai must learn there’s a lot more to life than having fun, but can she become the summoner the world needs in time?

Summoners War: Legacy takes place 35 years before the universe-shattering conflict at the mobile game’s center. The comic series features fan-favorite monsters, explores the fate of Durand’s parents, and expands on the mystical land of Alea and its colorful characters including Abuus, Rai, and Tomas. This riveting addition to Summoners War canon brings a rich lore to the franchise and draws new connections to the upcoming Summoners War games and the Summoners War: Sky Arena game that fans know and love.

"Summoners War has created a great world, and it's been amazing fun to grow that world,” said Jordan. “Legacy is a really fun book that will explore places the game has yet to go, and I think it's a damn good adventure too. Luca and Gio have done amazing work with the art, and I can't wait for people to see the book."

Claretti added: “The thing that excited me the most about working on this project, is that even though there was a world already very characterized, deep and alive, I still had great freedom to explore and create ‘our’ vision of the world of Summoners War. And that's not necessarily what you’d expect in this kind of project.”

Summoners War: Legacy #1 (Diamond Code FEB210054) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28. 

Summoners War: Legacy #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT
Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform content company that works closely with creators and their intellectual properties, extending their stories to further platforms including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, digital content, events, and beyond. The company is the home of notable properties including The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur.
 
Skybound holds strategic partnerships across the entertainment industry, and has the in-house capabilities to serve as publisher, producer, and global distributor for tabletop and video games. On screen, Skybound holds a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios and a first-look movie deal with Universal. Additional partnerships include comic book publishing with Image Comics, book publishing with Simon & Schuster, and a first-look narrative audio deal with Audible. Skybound also houses a variety of unique creators and their IP, including Kristian Harloff and his pop-culture movie trivia platform the Schmoedown Entertainment Network, and printmaking expert Peter Santa Maria’s Attack Peter brand.

ABOUT COM2US
Established in 1998 and headquartered in South Korea, Com2uS operates internationally with offices in the United States, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam and became a subsidiary of GAMEVIL in 2013. The mission is simple. As a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, they thrive on creating games with a level of depth and engagement rarely experienced on mobile platforms. For more information about Com2uS and their portfolio of groundbreaking mobile games, visit: www.com2us.com.

ABOUT SUMMONERS WAR
With over 100 million downloads, Summoners War has ranked #1 grossing in RPG games in 122 countries (App Store) and in 97 countries (Google Play) since its launch in 2014. Featuring over 1,000 monsters and 5 different attributes, Summoners Warprovides a unique RPG gaming experience players are able to enjoy anytime, anywhere. Summoners War also expands outside of the mobile realm with its community focused events, animated shorts, and much more! Follow Summoners Waron Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to get the latest updates!

Helm Greycastle Coming From Image / Top Cow Productions in April

Helm Greycastle Coming From Image / Top Cow Productions in April

TOP COW MIXES HIGH FANTASY ALCHEMY WITH AZTEC MYTHOLOGY IN APRIL’S HELM GREYCASTLE 


PORTLAND, Ore. 01/20/2021 — Critically acclaimed writer Henry Barajas (La Voz Helm Greycastle Coming From Image / Top Cow Productions in Aprilde M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo) teams up with artist Rahmat M. Handoko (Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Ultimate Spider-Man: Infinite Comic) and colorist Bryan Valenza (Witchblade) for the all new Latinx fantasy series Helm Greycastle. This four-issue miniseries will launch from Image/Top Cow Productions this April. 

Helm Greycastle will also feature alternative covers by such talent as David Lapham (Stray Bullets), Tony Parker (God of War), and Becky Cloonan (Immortal Wonder Woman), along with a bonus Latinx one-shot RPG (5E compatible) written by Tristan J. Tarwater (Rolled & Told) and showcasing art by Jen Vaughn (d20 Dames).

"What if the Aztec Empire defeated the Spanish Conquistadors? As a Mexican-American who has had no formal education on my indigenous background, writing this book has been very empowering," said Barajas. "I'm excited to share some Mesoamerican history while mixing it with swords and sorcery."

In Helm Greycastle, the last dragon prince has been abducted—kept prisoner by an unknown threat: AZTEC MEXICA! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince—but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. Will Greycastle help save the people of MEXICA...or rescue the dragon prince and flee?

"Working on Helm has been very challenging for me because this time I am not only a colorist but also a co-creator," said Valenza. "One of my biggest achievements in 2020 is being able to be involved in this project."

Handoko added: "I'm having a blast working on Helm Greycastle and bringing Aztec gods to life."

Helm Greycastle #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28:
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover A Handoko & Valenza - FEB210027
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover B Lapham - FEB210028      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover C Parker - FEB210029      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover D Cloonan [limited] - FEB210030
Helm Greycastle #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICSImage Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the February 2021 works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Keith Rosson (2017)

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories
Meerkat Press, February 23, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 206 pages
With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
iBooks : Kobo





K. B. Wagers (2016)

Out Past the Stars
The Farian War 3
Orbit Books, February 23, 2001
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Gunrunner empress Hail Bristol must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war, in the explosive finale to the Farian War space opera trilogy.

When Hail finally confronts the Farian gods, she makes a stunning discovery. There are no gods—only the Hiervet, an alien race with devastating powers who once spread war throughout the galaxy long before humanity’s ancestors crawled out of the sludge of Earth’s oceans.

But this knowledge carries with it dire news: the Hiervet have returned, eager to take revenge on those of their kind who escaped. And they don’t care who gets caught in the middle of the battle—Shen, Farian, or Indranan.

Once again, the fate of the galaxy is on the line and Hail will have to make one final gamble to leverage chaos into peace.

Praise for The Farian War Trilogy:

"A fantastic send-off for one of science fiction’s most remarkable recent protagonists." —Publishers Weekly

"Action-and-emotion-packed, folding political tension, personal relationships, and trauma into a vivid space opera that does not pull any punches." —Library Journal (starred review)

"An exciting dose of space opera and political intrigue peppered with hard choices. Highly recommended!" —Booklist

The Farian War Trilogy
There Before the Chaos
Down Among the Dead
Out Past the Stars

For more from K. B. Wagers, check out:

Indranan War Trilogy
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
Beyond the Empire
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

The Farian War 1
The Farian War 2





Alex White (2016)

Alien: Into Charybdis
Titan Books, February 23, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 340 pages
The critically acclaimed author of Alien: The Cold Forge takes readers to a rogue colony where terror lurks in the tunnels of an abandoned Weyland-Yutani complex.

"Shy" Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they'd have an easy job--set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex known as "Charybdis." There are just two problems: the colony belongs to the Iranian state, so diplomacy is strained at best, and the complex is located above a series of hidden caves that contain deadly secrets. When a bizarre ship lands on a nearby island, one of the workers is attacked by a taloned creature, and trust evaporates between the Iranians and Americans. The McAllen Integrations crew are imprisoned, accused as spies, but manage to send out a distress signal... to the Colonial Marines.

Alien: Into Charybdis TM & © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

Jules Verne's Lighthouse Coming in April

Jules Verne's Lighthouse Coming in April

SWASHBUCKLING CYBERPUNK ADVENTURE TAKES FLIGHT THIS APRIL IN JULES VERNE’S: LIGHTHOUSE 

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/20/2021 — Bestselling creative duo David Hine and Brian Jules Verne's Lighthouse Coming in AprilHaberlin—who brought readers breakout hits like The Marked and Sonata—are back again this April with an all-new adventure in Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse

Set on the high seas of space, and based upon the work of master storyteller Jules Verne, this five issue science fiction miniseries will launch from Image/Shadowline with an extra length first issue.

"Brian introduced me to this lesser-known Jules Verne story of dastardly brigands and survival on a lonely, windswept island," said Hine. "We did the obvious thing and transformed it into an epic science-fiction tale of space piracy, wormholes, galaxy-spanning conflict and a glitchy but lovable robot called Moses."

Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse is set at the edge of the galaxy, where there is a giant supercomputer known as the Lighthouse. The only brain powerful enough to navigate ships through a sargasso of naturally occurring wormholes, potentially cutting months or even years off a spaceship’s journey. Three humans, one alien, and a nanny bot have manned the remote station for years in relative peace until the arrival of Captain Kongre and his band of cutthroat pirates threatens the future of civilization and reveals that each of the Lighthouse crew has been hiding a shocking secret.

He who controls the Lighthouse controls this part of the galaxy.

Haberlin added: "Lighthouse is a story that has been in my orbit for years. It’s one of Jules Verne’s most interesting stories on an emotional/psychological level. David and I love playing with flawed characters and this story is simply full of them. A tale of survival and redemption, against all odds at the far corner of the universe!"

Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse #1 Cover A by Haberlin and Geirrod Van Dyke (Diamond Code FEB210038) and Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse #1 Cover B by Haberlin and Van Dyke (Diamond Code FEB210039) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 14. 

Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.
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