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"East of West is a story about that feeling we're experiencing collectively right now, as a society, that the world is in a bit of a death spiral. The tagline of the book is, "The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us." You know, the end times are imminent and we all hate each other too much to come together and solve our problems. Our final destination is imminent, and it is the Apocalypse." - Jonathan Hickman

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His powers're to control, amplify, and redirect the noise around him.

He calls himself Doppler, because he thinks that effect's " close enough " to what he does.

He's been a key part of C.O.W.L.'s last few issues; his introduction opened last December's #7 nicely.

There, he'd walked into a convenience store, picked up some newspapers, and turned to walk out.

He was stopped by the man behind the counter, who told him that he needed to pay for those.

He said he wouldn't, and told the man's wife to mind her business when she tried to interject.

The man, provoked, pulled out a gun to hold him there.

" You're going to call the police? "

" Yes, I am. "

" Okay then. "

..he said, like a man taking his cue. )
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The other day, my memory was jogged to think of Top Cow's Pilot Season. As far as I can tell, only two winners were ever made into miniseries - Genius, which was not stunning, and Twilight Guardian. Genius took 6 years to make it from pilot to a mini series, and for that reason, I wasn't incredibly optimistic when my pick The Beauty won the 2011 Pilot Season

It's a police procedural... whose twist is established on the very first page, with a short info dump )
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Newsarama: You launch with a 60-page first issue -- that's a rarity in this day and age! What made you want to launch the story this way, and how long do you see the story running ultimately?

Jonathan Hickman: "Well, in addition to changing the method of how we're working, one of the ”'new rules” for both myself and my friends that I collaborate with is to not feel constrained by page counts this year.

Personally, I'm just so sick of writing everything in 20-page chunks. And, while I could be wrong, I think the market will accept a book with variable pricing that's $3.50 for 20-29 pages, and $3.99 for 30 pages and over.

Now, the first issue of The Dying and the Dead is the extreme version of that – 60 pages for $4.50 – and we won't – and can't – do that every month, but it does represent a hell of a deal at a buck-fifty per 20 pages.

As for how long it's running? Not sure, that really depends on Ryan's pacing, but it does end.
"


With the release of the second issue of The Dying and Dead coming tomorrow, let’s take a look at the first issue that was released back in January 2015 (two months between this and the next issue). Well actually, we’ll just look at a little bit of it.

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Ryan Bodenheim
Colorist: Michael Garland

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"Since the sidekick would always be somewhat sheltered and protected as long as he was in the shadow of the main hero, it made sense to have that guy killed, forcing the sidekick out into a world that has never really taken him seriously. Not the press, not the public, not the other heroes, not even the bad guys. It thus becomes part about fending for himself, and part about defining who he is in the absence of that mentor figure. It starts out very realistic and serious in the first few issues, then gradually becomes more surreal the deeper we go into the story as he begins a long slow descent into madness."

- J. Michael Straczynski


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"The story is set in Tanzania. Imagine a world where corporations buy out most Western (and many other) governments while China and the Saudis divide Africa and other continents. The vast majority is being slowly laid off and killed, while the poorer yet are either bombed or otherwise killed or used in factories that manufacture weapons and all manner of objects that help keep the majority docile enough to perpetuate the status quo. All this while the top one percent -- or, frankly, even less than that, about a hundred people if we're talking top level -- make profit for the sake of making profit. Greed, like Ouroboros, swallows itself.

At the same time, there are also positive elements to globalization, such as an increased evolution and merging of races and technologies. Diversification. Increased connectivity and information density. Of course, these things are not inherently positive. They are what we make of them, same as The Surface -- it's an oasis that allegedly projects one's interior goings out into the world in a physical manner inseparable of what we call the "ordinary reality."

- Ales Kot


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"We rational people who try to rely on justice and solving problems in a civilized way still like to daydream about taking a bat to the heads of the truly awful people out there. Fiction is a release to live vicariously through characters. To do the things we would never do. Plus, it’s just fun to watch stuff explode." - Eric Powell

"Because who wants to see another good looking superhero save the day again? I want a miserable SOB charging head first into an unwinnable fight, kicking and cursing as he goes. There is just so much more personality there." - Tim Wiesch


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"I was thinking about this idea of women in tubes. I was thinking about the traditional shower scenes in women in prison exploitation films, and how their nudity is done provocatively. It's a salacious, voyeuristic nudity. I wanted this to be different. I wanted their bodies to be presented as bodies. I had some conversations with Val about the women having different shapes, sizes and characteristics -- muscles, sagging, cellulite. We wanted it to feel like flesh. I started this women-in-tubes thing. It's a science fiction trope that is remarkably common if you just Google it. It was fascinating to me. I had this notion that one of these bodies would be so large that it would press up against the glass and that was the beginning of Penny. I wanted one woman to be very big and unapologetic and I wanted her to be adamant that she would take up space and it was not her job to conform to your idea of beautiful." - Kelly Sue DeConnick


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"As a writer, you wind up taking whatever job will pay your bills while you're building your career. One of the jobs I've had was adult education of felons who were recently paroled. That experience taught me about how difficult it is to get a second chance in America. I saw people who wanted to start a new chapter in their lives get marginalized, constantly judged and continually pushed away from mainstream society. There's a fraternity and sorority among people that have committed serious crimes and either made their way through the system, or on their own attempted to leave that life behind them. In writing about "Eden" I wanted to create a place those people may have gone to find their second chance." - Bryan Hill


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"So many comics over the past several decades have dealt with the positive aspect of super powers, with people gaining or being born with amazing abilities and then deciding to use them for the greater good, but as fun as that stuff is, it’s a myth, a lie. People use their talents, whatever they may be, to get ahead in life." - Eric Stephenson


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So here are the opening pages from issue four of Copperhead, a new sci-fi western from Image.  To give the background, the new sheriff in town is investigating the murder of most of a local family, and one of the survivors has just assaulted someone she thought was responsible.  The employer of the person assaulted is not happy.Read more... )

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There's a bit in the third issue of Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel's C.O.W.L. that's good for both that and the character progression of the superpowered person in question.

That person, Kathryn " Radia " Mitchell of the titular Chicago Organized Worker's League's Tactical Division, was at the beginning of her arc when she first appeared in the issue.

Several pages later, she was at a photoshoot.

A photoshoot framing her in the way everyone and everything else did. )
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Artist Christian Ward posted the first five pages of the prologue for Image's new title ODY-C, which is written by Matt Fraction...



Three pages under the cut )
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If y'all have been enjoying these posts, the first story arc of Rat Queens has been collected in the trade Sass & Sorcery, and issue seven comes out tomorrow.

Let's finish this )

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: John "Roc" Upchurch

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