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Horizon Vol. 1- Reprisal & Horizon #7 (In Stores Jan. 18, 2017)

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STORY: BRANDON THOMAS

ART: JUAN GEDEON & FRANK MARTIN

LETTERS: RUS WOOTEN

COVER: JASON HOWARD

JANUARY 18 | 136 PAGES | Full Color | Mature | $9.99

Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation…by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on our planet means invasion. These are lies. This is retaliation.

Skybound’s newest original series by Brandon Thomas (THE MANY ADVENTURES OF MIRANDA MERCURY), Juan Gedeon (GHOST RACERS) and Frank Martin (EAST OF WEST) will show you that survival isn’t just a human instinct…

Collects HORIZON #1-6.

ORDER CODE: NOV16 0668

 

HORIZON #7

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STORY: BRANDON THOMAS

ART: JUAN GEDEON & MIKE SPICER

LETTERS: RUS WOOTEN

COVER: JASON HOWARD

JANUARY 18 | 32 PAGES | Full Color | Mature | $2.99

START OF NEW ARC

Zhia Malen has delivered the first blow to Earth, but back on her home planet of Valius, one man carries out a secret mission on her behalf.

ORDER CODE: NOV16 0560

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Horizon #4 (In Stores Oct. 19, 2016)

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STORY: BRANDON THOMAS

ART: JUAN GEDEON & FRANK MARTIN

LETTERS: RUS WOOTEN

COVER: JASON HOWARD

OCTOBER 19 | 32 PAGES | Full Color | Teen +|  $2.99

Fleeing the law in a van armed with four explosives. One has just been deactivated. Three to go… This is Zhia Malen’s new life on Earth.

ORDER CODE: AUG16 0632

 

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Best of (March/April 2016)

Super, super busy these last couple months, so combining two months of recent inspirations into one oversized chunk. Again, know I’m a little behind on most of this, but these are the things which gave me little bursts of creative life. Back next month (maybe!) and hope everyone is well!

Thanks again for all the love and joy you’ve sent my way after the recent Horizon announcement. More on that front real soon!

 

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Superman: American Alien #2-4

The Violent #3

Midnighter #10

The Omega Men #9

Black Widow #1

Power Man and Iron Fist #2

Deadly Class #19

Black Panther #1

The Mighty Thor #5

The Vision #5

Doctor Strange #6

Power Man and Iron Fist #3

Spider-Woman #5

 

MISC-

Star Wars Rebels, “Shroud of Darkness”

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets documentary

Fargo, Season 2

Star Wars Rebels, “Twilight of the Apprentice”

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Horizon Announced at Image Expo

Star Wars: Rogue One teaser, particularly “This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I REBEL.” And Forest’s reading of “WhatwillyoudoiftheyBREAKyou!?”

Beyonce’s Lemonade: A Visual Album

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HORIZON (Launches July 13, 2016 from Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics)

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May 2, 2016 · 1:25 pm

Best Of (February 2016)

I’m pretty much obsessed with lists—books to read, movies to watch, books and movies already finished, plans for creative domination, etc. I also seem to experience painful bouts of withdrawal if denied a semi-regular outlet to shout out all the cool, amazing things I’m consuming every month that give me those unmistakable hits of excitement and inspiration. There is so much greatness all around us, and this new monthly feature is all about taking a moment to say, “Thank you for existing, and providing an example of why I do what I do.”

My schedule has been interesting lately, so these are things I finished during any given month, which sometimes happens way way way after things originally came out. The list is almost in chronological order, and I’ve got things separated into two brackets, which might change a bit as I refine this new thing over the coming months.

Thanks everyone!

 

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Shaft: Imitation of Life #1

Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Southern Bastards #13

Low #11

Imperium #13

Spider-Woman #4

Clean Room #5

Bitch Planet #7

Sex Criminals #14

Chew #55

 

MISC-

Tony catches the Winter Soldier’s bullet

That final Batman v Superman trailer

Deadpool

Star Wars: Episode VIII Production Announcement

Marvel’s Agent Carter, “Monsters” (by BRANDON EASTON!)

American Crime

The People v O.J. Simpson

Phonte’s verse on “Clap Shit Up”

Sneakerheadz documentary

Black-ish, “Hope”

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Orders Due February 18th

All,

Sorry for the delay in posting this up (last week I was writing the best script of my entire life), but here once again is a Previews Short Form, pre-filled with order codes corresponding to the work of some fantastic writers and artists, who also happen to be black. Again, this is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but there was so much stuff that it nearly filled two sheets this month. Exciting times, if you know where to look. You’ll also notice some random ancillary items here like the Static Shock figure, the Black Panther Stelfreeze poster, etc.

Due into your retailers next week, and hope everyone is well. Thanks!

Previews SOF- February 2016

Previews SOF- February 2016 (2)

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First Scene of Star Wars: Episode VIII (One Fan’s Fiction)

My retailer threw out this great idea at the shop a few weeks ago and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. Notion is that in the wake of yet another Jedi massacre, Luke has been secretly rebuilding his order by inverting the Sith’s famous “Rule of Two,” traveling all over the galaxy to personally train new operatives one at a time, and then hiding their abilities and knowledge of them behind powerful memory blocks that only he can safely remove.

This brilliant theory exploded in my head like a grenade, and I started fantasizing about how perfect and awesome that kind of staging point could be for Episode VIII. The Jedi Order turned into a sleeper cell is probably too politically charged for Disney, but wow that could make for some legitimately new stories, and it would explain how Rey’s wielding of The Force is a little more advanced than we’ve previously seen from young Jedi. Either Luke, or Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow’s character) and his Church of the Force have been continuing her training for years on Jakku, and Kylo Ren’s mind probe weakened the memory blocks, “awakening” these dormant abilities. Or maybe Kylo’s probe allowed her to “borrow” some of his abilities, since there were a few memories that also came through the link.

So with this all in mind, here’s my completely made up, speculative, fan fiction style take on how I’d personally like to see Episode VIII open…

 

Lucasfilm Ltd. logo materializes onto the screen, holding for a couple beats longer than usual, as we hear the piece of John Williams’ score that ended The Force Awakens. On the official soundtrack, this song is titled “The Jedi Steps,” and it masterfully blends new, yet familiar elements with one of the most recognizable pieces of music in film history, something that personally hits me right in the guts every single time I hear it. EVERY. TIME. And boom, we’re right back on the mountaintop with Rey holding the saber out to Luke, still no words exchanged, but her eyes saying clear as day, “WE HAVE TO GO BACK, LUKE—WE HAVE TO GO BACK!!!”

The battle-hardened and emotionally scarred Master Skywalker isn’t so sure though, and all of a sudden, before he can prepare himself, he experiences a Force Vision of his own.

It’s his Jedi Academy, Kylo Ren and his Knights (more of Luke’s former students turned renegade) slaughtering their former friends, brothers, and sisters in a frightening, visceral display of Dark Side ferocity. No one is safe, and right before Kylo can strike down a young terrified Rey, whose slightly older alien protector has just been viciously killed, Master Skywalker is there, blocking the attack with his father’s blue saber. He pushes Kylo Ren back, summoning his other saber (the green one from Return of the Jedi) into his other hand, and we can see that the anger and rage is pouring off of him. He dives into the Knights, going HAM with both sabers, surrendering himself entirely to The Force and becoming a blur of lightsaber strikes, parries, and Force pushes.

They’re fighting on top of a field littered with bodies and it’s clear that Luke has truly failed. He’s failed them all, and even though this display from our hero is glorious and exhilarating, the pain driving it is visible and breaks our hearts into pieces along with Luke’s. The movie has only existed for a couple minutes, and we’re already in tears.

Knights of Ren

Skywalker kills a few of them, but Kylo himself cuts away Luke’s entire right arm, and his Knights regain the upper hand. Kylo is taunting his former teacher, telling him that the Light Side of the Force is inherently weaker and will always be extinguished by the power of the darkness. Luke has never felt anger like this before, and he feels the Dark Side calling to him, offering him the power to destroy all of the enemies before him. Skywalker is looking down at the ground while on his knees, his shoulders and body gently shaking, and when Luke looks back up at his awful, spoiled, traitorous nephew, his eyes are that of the Sith.

With his remaining hand, Master Skywalker throws lightning.

The power of the attack sends Kylo and his Knights toppling through the air, overwhelmed and completely taken by surprise. Their injured, mangled bodies are twitching as the energy tendrils dissipate, and Luke advances to finish them off, until hearing the cries of Rey behind him. He blinks and comes back to himself, looking down at his hand wondering what has he done as the Knights limp away, swearing vengeance, but wanting no further parts of Luke Skywalker.

Back to the present and the mountain, and both of them are on the verge of completely breaking down, because this horrible, powerful vision was shared between them and Rey’s memories are finally coming back to her. She remembers everything now, and says to Luke, “Father, please…”

That does it, and after another few seconds, his robotic hand opens up. He breathes in deeply and calmly exhales and the saber is yanked from Rey’s grasp and flies to his hand with incredible speed, and a split second before it touches his now opened robotic palm, the music comes in like a freight train with that familiar logo and that music.

The crawl begins, and the first words read

 

EPISODE VIII

REVENGE OF THE JEDI

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