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'Tech Jacket' joins Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics

Fans of Robert Kirkman’s long-running and wildly successful zombie comic-book series The Walking Dead may not know how Kirkman got his start at Image Comics. Before the black-and-white survival horror, Kirkman had a hit on his hands when he brought four-color superheroics to Image with his title Invincible—but even before that, he created an alien, armored action hero in the form of Tech Jacket.

Kirkman wrote the six-issue series with artist E.J. Su in 2002, which would lead into a renaissance for new superhero characters at the publisher and introduce the character Invincible. More than 10 years and 100 issues later, Invincible has become one of the staples of Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image, and Tech Jacket has made guest appearances throughout the series.

Now, Tech Jacket returns, thanks to the writer-artist team of Joe Keatinge and Khary Randolph. After a three-issue miniseries released earlier this year, which has been collected and is also available as a trade paperback, the adventures of Zach Thompson now have their own ongoing series. Joe Keatinge’s re-imagining of another Image character, Glory, as well as his own series Hell Yeah, suggest he can tap into the history of a character and take it exponentially further. Meanwhile, artist Khary Randolph, who even had fan art in the first Tech Jacket series, will be bringing in his signature kinetic, light-hearted comic stylings to create a series that combines elements of Saturday-morning cartoons and epic anime masterpieces.

Get an exclusive look at the first few pages of the new series below.

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See the first two pages of 'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman's new 'Outcast' comic

Robert Kirkman has already conquered the zombie genre with his comic book-turned-television hit The Walking Dead, and now he is ready to turn his attention to demonic possession with a new comic titled Outcast. Written by Kirkman and illustrated by Paul Azaceta, issue #1 of Outcast will be released June 25, and you can get an exclusive sneak peek at the first two pages right here. Not only that, but we spoke to Kirkman to get the inside scoop on his latest project (which already has a TV adaptation deal in place with Fox International and Cinemax). Read on for more, and then check out the first two pages, which end on a truly disturbing note. READ FULL STORY

Wonder Woman returns in digital-first 'Sensation Comics' issue -- EXCLUSIVE COVER

Ever since her cover debut on Sensation Comics back in 1942, Wonder Woman proved that superheroics weren’t just a boy’s club, joining Superman and Batman as the top-selling comics of the day. Now, more than 70 years later, Princess Diana reclaims her top spot with DC Comics’ new weekly, digital-first anthology series Sensation Comics, alongside the popular Adventures of Superman and Legends of the Dark Knight.

DC’s digital-first series are a way to put out non-continuity-driven stories by a rotating cast of creators who, unbound by the New52 Universe, can feel free to tell stories about the characters from any point in their vast history and deliver their unique takes. For both casual and die-hard fans, it provides accessible, well-crafted tales about the greatest superheroes of the DC Universe on a weekly basis, readable on all digital formats via DC’s ComiXology app and then collected in print afterward.

Below is the exclusive cover of Sensation Comics issue 2, by artist Gene Ha: READ FULL STORY

Batman Day: DC Comics celebrates hero's 75th anniversary with free issue, Dark Knight timeline

DC Comics is celebrating 75 years of the Dark Knight with a free comic book. On July 23, a.k.a. Batman Day, DC Comics will give away copies of Detective Comics issue 27. No, not the actual 1939 comic book that introduced readers to Batman, but a retelling of that original story by best-selling author Brad Meltzer and artwork by the always amazing Bryan Hitch in an all-new, special edition of the mega-size New52 issue, designed by Chip Kidd (Bat-Manga!), and I have to say it’s nice to see one of the original creators, artist Bill Finger, credited on the cover of a Batman comic. READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Mario Lopez memoir arriving this fall

Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez’s upcoming memoir Just Between Us will be released on September 30. In the book, the Extra host opens up about his successes in the entertainment industry and “the heartbreaking mistakes” that still haunt him, including his highly public, and at times tumultuous, love life. In a release from his publisher Celebra, Lopez added, “There are no do-overs in life, so I had to learn to pick myself up and move forward, never forgetting the hard-won lessons. I’m thrilled to share my story in this memoir, to reveal the memories I’ve held close to my heart for the time.” This will be Lopez’s fourth book. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

'C.O.W.L.': Meet your next comic obsession -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

As we gear up for a Fall TV season filled with superheroes and shows based on comic books, a lot of people (myself included) have been waiting for the next big TV series to explode from the comic book publisher Image Comics — publisher of The Walking Dead, which first made the transition to the small screen in 2010. In C.O.W.L., I believe we have the next best contender.

The buzz behind C.O.W.L. has been building since the series was announced at the Image Expo earlier this year. Co-written by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, it reads as a down and dirty Mad Men meets Heroes in ’60s Chicago. Labor unions and corrupt politicians lay the groundwork that super-powered agents fly over. On the artwork is Rod Reis, an artist whose coloring you may have seen in several DC Comics — but C.O.W.L. makes his first major published sequential work. Somewhere between Bill Sienkevich and Phil Noto, Rod’s work is dynamic and graphic, with a timeless atmosphere.

Based on a short film Higgins made called The League, C.O.W.L. takes that story one step further while also keeping it grounded in a film noir-inspired aesthetic. The characters feel real — not like pastiches of existing superheroes, but rather actual people who happen to have superpowers. The series features an ensemble cast, and through solid pacing, we get a feel for each of them. The action carries weight from the start, and I suspect it’ll get even more intense as the series moves forward. You can pick up the first issue in comic shops today — and most likely will be watching it on TV before too long. See five exclusive images from C.O.W.L. after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Man of Steel makeover: Superman gets suped up by Marvel artist John Romita Jr. -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

The name John Romita Jr. has been synonymous with Marvel Comics for nearly 45 years. His father John Romita Sr. was one of the signature Spider-Man artists from the 1960s, and he himself had definitive runs on Daredevil, The Punisher, Thor, and Spider-Man before branching out to work with Mark Millar on their creator-owned comic book Kick-Ass.

After some dissatisfaction with contract negotiations at Marvel, John Romita Jr. contemplated working on more of his creator-owned projects, when DC Comics lured him to their side of the fence with the cherished offer of drawing — and redefining — the first (and arguably best) superhero, Superman. Paired up with DC’s top writer, fan favorite Geoff Johns, they hope to bring the Man of Tomorrow into the future. READ FULL STORY

New 'Walking Dead' book series coming from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga -- EXCLUSIVE

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After collaborating on four novels already, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga are teaming up again for another four book Walking Dead series, the first of which is titled Descent and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press on Oct. 14. And we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover for you right here. (Zombies in a tunnel are always a scary sight…unless Maggie Greene is around, I suppose.) READ FULL STORY

Archie Comics to kill off Archie, sort of

They say no one really appreciates you until after you’re gone. Now Archie Andrews, the hero of the long-running Archie comics series, will be able to discover that first-hand: An upcoming issue of the comic will flash-forward to the future and show how Archie meets his death.

Wait, what? READ FULL STORY

Hero Worship: Brad Meltzer takes on Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and ... Batman

Brad Meltzer has a hang-up about heroes. He keeps looking for real ones.

The thriller novelist (The Inner CircleThe Book of Fate) and conspiracy investigator (the non-fiction History Decoded) has  regularly explored the dynamics of good vs. evil in the comic book world, penning stories about Green Arrow and the Justice League of America. But as the father of three young kids, Meltzer says he started to rethink what it means to be one of the good guys. Superhuman crimefighters may be fun, but they’re fantasy.

As part of a new series of picture books, he decided to focus on real-life iconic leaders, adventurers, and trailblazers. But he found his stories of heroism in an unlikely place — their childhoods.

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