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Image Comics is pleased to reveal a very special Rob Liefeld variant cover to the #23 issue of Liefeld’s highly anticipated BLOODSTRIKE BRUTALISTS arc featuring story and artwork by Michel Fiffe (COPRA). This variant cover introduces an all-new character—The Pouch!

“Since the moment I introduced The Pouch on my social media, the fans have exploded with support and enthusiasm!” said Liefeld. “The truest definition of ‘because you demanded it!’ The Pouch comes to life on the cover and in an interior story included in Bloodstrike Brutalists 2!”

In BRUTALISTS Part Two, bureaucratic overlords with morbid agendas need love, too. What lengths will they go to? A string of gruesome murders, a deadly disease, and a dark conspiracy; for Bloodstrike, that’s a Tuesday.

BLOODSTRIKE #23 will hit stores on Wednesday, June 27th.

Source: Liefeld variant introduces new character—The Pouch—to highly anticipated BLOODSTRIKE BRUTALISTS

Image Comics is pleased to reveal preview pages from Eisner Award winning co-creator of CHEW Rob Guillory’s forthcoming FARMHAND. The series is set to launch this July.

FARMHAND follows farmer Jedidiah Jenkins whose cash crop isn’t corn or soy… it’s a little more unusual. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom.

FARMHAND is a dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.

FARMHAND #1 hits stores on Wednesday, July 11th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, June 18th.

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Bestselling writer Aleš Kot (ZERO, THE NEW WORLD), artist Danijel Žeželj (STARVE), and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (REDLANDS, PRETTY DEADLY) introduce readers to a near-future dystopian America in DAYS OF HATE: ACT ONE this July.

The United States of America, 2022: the loss that ripped two lovers apart drove one into the arms of the police state and the other toward a guerrilla war against white supremacy. This is the story of what happens when they meet again. A story of much more than just revenge.

A terrifyingly realistic dystopian tragedy—in the vein of The Americans and The Handmaid’s TaleThe Onion’s AV Club describes DAYS OF HATE as a “speculative fiction that doesn’t pull punches” and IGN calls it “a beautiful and haunting look at a very troubled world.”

DAYS OF HATE: ACT ONE hits comic book stores on Wednesday, July 18th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, June 4th.

The trade paperback collects chapters #1-6 of the twelve-part series.

Source: DAYS OF HATE will be collected into trade paperback and available this July

Special variant by Charlie Adlard in celebration of Skybound’s 15th anniversary

 

Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that October 13th will mark THE WALKING DEAD DAY—an exciting all-day, globally celebrated event commemorating the world’s favorite, long-running, survival comic created by Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA).

Image/Skybound Entertainment is thrilled to reveal the first of many collectable THE WALKING DEAD DAY items for fans to keep an eye out for—THE WALKING DEAD #1 15th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT—which boasts cover artwork by current series artist, Charlie Adlard, for the first time, with colors by Dave Stewart.

THE WALKING DEAD #1 15th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT features a brand new cover by Adlard showcasing walkers invading comic book shops across the globe to celebrate THE WALKING DEAD DAY.

A selection of WALKING DEAD DAY participating local comic shops will become a part of the iconic story with their own special edition of this cover which will feature the store’s logo incorporated into the cover artwork. Fans should contact their local comic shop to inquire as to retailer participation in store exclusive version and to learn more about limited WALKING DEAD DAY promotional swag available.

Premium cable network Epix has handed out a ten-episode, straight-to-series order for “Pennyworth,” a drama set in the Batman universe from “Gotham” showrunner Bruno Heller and executive producer Danny Cannon.

The origin story will revolve around Alfred Pennyworth, loyal butler to Bruce Wayne, in the time when he gives up his position as a former British SAS soldier to work for Bruce’s father Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.

The series is NOT a spin-off of Batman prequel series “Gotham” despite Heller, Cannon and Warner Horizon’s involvement, so actor Sean Pertwee who plays Alfred Pennyworth on that series is not involved. Heller will pen the script and executive produce, Cannon will direct the pilot and executive produce (same arrangement as with “Gotham”).

Jeremy Irons, Michael Gough, Michael Caine, Alan Napier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and William Austin have all played the role of Alfred Pennyworth over the years.

Source: The Live Feed

Source: Epix Orders A Series About Batman’s Butler – Dark Horizons

Turns out there was good reason Adult Swim was taking its time on deciding to renew their iconic animated series “Rick and Morty,” and it wasn’t a question of if so much as ‘how big a renewal’. Today comes the news and it’s a whopper.

THR reports that in a new ‘longterm deal’, the network has handed out a 70-episode order of the cult cartoon from co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. That is more than double the 31 episodes that have aired to date across three seasons and pushes it past the 100 episode number which allows for rich syndication deals.

Should it stick to the current episode count, it would take the show through to a tenth season airing sometime well into the late 2020s, though no time frame for the episodes has been announced.

“Rick and Morty” has become the flagship show of Adult Swim, ranking as TV’s No. 1 comedy, cable or broadcast, among millennials in 2017. To celebrate the news Adult Swim is rolling out a multi-city pop-up, the Rickmobile, to cater to the fervent fan base kicking off May 17th in Atlanta and ending at San Diego Comic Con in July.

Source: “Rick and Morty” To Get 70 New Episodes – Dark Horizons

Fans will experience a cyberpunk take on the RAT QUEENS by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Will Kirkby from Image/Shadowline this July in an electrically thrilling one-shot, RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: NEON STATIC.

“This one shot is an opportunity to take the Rat Queens to a space that we’ve never been before,” said Wiebe. “With Will Kirkby, the Neon Static issue is unlike anything we’ve ever done before, and his artistic style is the perfect opportunity to experiment with any wild ideas that come to mind. It’s all the personality you’d expect in a setting you’d never expect. Cyberpunk sass and sorcery.”

Readers will need to strap themselves in for a ride to an alternate and futuristic world, where the Rat Queens take to the neon streets of Palisade as an elite team of shadow operatives. An anonymous fiend creeps through the dark web, stealing identities and blackmailing innocent civilians for cold, hard Goldyen—and only the Queens can stop him!

RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: NEON STATIC one-shot hits stores on Wednesday, July 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 25th.

Source: RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: NEON STATIC—an electric new one-shot

 

New poster, new trailer, Venom finally revealed.

Amazon Studios has put in development two hourlong genre drama series, East of West and Transhuman, from comic book creator Jonathan Hickman based on his graphic novels. He is teaming on both projects with another comic book creator, The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman who will executive produce via his company’s Skybound Entertainment’s first-look deal at Amazon Studios.

Both projects will be created and executive produced by Hickman and Nick Dragotta and J.M. Ringuet, the artists on Hickman’s Image Comics books East of West (Dragotta) and Transhuman (Ringuet). East of West will be written by Hickman, I hear search is underway for a writer to pen the Transhuman adaptation.

Also executive producing both shows are Skybound’s Kirkman, Alpert, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst (Dice). Additionally,  Transhuman will be executive produced by Josh Adler (Stash House).

East of West is set in a reimagined Western landscape where America is divided into seven nations. This iconic science fiction series follows “Death” as he braves his fellow riders, monsters, and corrupt gunslingers in his quest to save his mortal family from the Apocalypse.

Transhuman is a science fiction drama set in the near future. The show centers around a divorced couple, who ran rival major corporations, offering humans the ability to genetically and robotically enhance themselves.

“Nick, J.M. and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Skybound and Amazon,” said Hickman. “We feel very strongly about each project and couldn’t be more appreciative of how far both companies have gone to make us feel welcome. We look forward to doing the work and hopefully doing it well.”Hickman is behind the award-winning East of West, Black Monday Murders and The Manhattan Projects comics series. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author who wrote the Avengers, Secret Wars and the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics.

Hickman is repped by Verve, Circle of Confusion and Katz Golden Rosenman.East of West and Transhuman are part of Amazon’s push in big-scope genre drama series as the streaming service is looking for a tentpole series in that arena.

Source: Amazon Developing ‘East Of West’ & ‘Transhuman’ Genre Series | Deadline

A new report indicates DC Films is currently seeking writers to work on a movie version of the 2007 limited series “The Highwaymen” being set up at New Line reports That Hashtag Show.

The 2007 limited comic book series followed a pair of elite deliverymen with a special knack for handling hazardous cargo, who are now both over the hill and separated by bad blood. The retired pair are then reluctantly called back into action.

In the wake of the report, creators Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin both took to Twitter to express delight at the news.

Source: New Line Planning A “Highwaymen” Film? – Dark Horizons

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