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Invincible’s Final Cover Brings the Image Comics Series Full Circle

Invincible’s Final Cover Brings the Image Comics Series Full Circle

It may be coming to an end, but the cover for Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley’s long-running series’ final issue indicates there may yet be more stories to tell — albeit about a different Invincible.

Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics have released co-creator Cory Walker’s cover art for Invincible #144. The illustration features Terra Grayson, the daughter of the series’ main character Mark Grayson, striking the same pose her father did for Issue #1’s cover in 2003.

RELATED: Invincible: Rogen & Goldberg to Write and Direct Film Adaptation

“The point of this series has always been to celebrate what we love about superhero comics, but always put our own spin on it,” Kirkman said when he initially discussed the series’ finale. “To play with the tropes of the genre, but twist them into something new, at all times, no matter what.

“Everything was converging in this one story, and looking back, I realized I’d been working toward this the whole time,” Kirkman added. “In talking it over with Ryan, I learned, much to my surprise, that the idea of drawing something other than Invincible someday… and not being stuck in this monthly grind we’ve been in for well over a decade… appealed to him.”

“Invincible” debuted in January 2003 as part of an Image Comics superhero line — the same year that Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic book series debuted, providing the early origins of a global phenomenon. The book tells the story of young superhero Mark Grayson, who inherited superpowers from his alien father. “Invincible” has gained a fan following and critical praise over the years for continually both honoring superhero tropes and subverting them, sparking multiple spinoff miniseries along the way.

Invincible #144, by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Corey Walker and Nathan Fairbairn, arrives in stores Wednesday, February 14. The final issue is 56 pages long and has a cover price of $5.99.


  • 56 PAGES / FC/ M / $5.99
  • Final issue hits stands 2/14
  • THE END OF ALL THINGS Part 12 of 12
  • Final issue.  Everything since issue one has been building to this. Nothing can prepare you.

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Despite Strong DC Sales, Direct Market Plummets in December

Despite Strong DC Sales, Direct Market Plummets in December

Despite continued strong sales from DC Comics’ two event series, Dark Nights: Metal and Doomsday Clock and its still dominant Batman franchise, plus Marvel’s event and Spider-Man titles, December 2017 closed out the year as a down month for the Direct Market. DC accounted for six of the top ten best selling comics for the month, including the top two spots, with Marvel publishing the other four.

RELATED: Mayo Report: DC’s Events Led to Higher Sales than Marvel in November

While DC took over the top spot in dollars, accounting for 34.54% of the Direct Market’s overall sales, Marvel remained the number one publisher when it comes to units sold, with a 38.81% market share compared to DC’s 37.65%. Marvel accounted for 33.80% of the month’s dollar sales.

Overall, the Direct Market’s individual issue sales declined 16.13% in dollars and 14.05% in units versus November 2017. Graphic Novels were down as well, 21.95% and 10.88%. All told, the market dropped 18.11% in dollars and 13.77% in units from the previous month.

RELATED: Mayo Report: Dark Nights: Metal Rocks DC’s October Sales

The picture gets no prettier when you compare the month to December 2016. Overall, the market declined 14.57% in dollars and a whopping 23.23% in unit sales compared to the same month a year earlier.

The complete sales charts and CBR’s Mayo Report analysis will arrive early next week.

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First Sideways Preview Expands the Younger Side of the DC Universe

First Sideways Preview Expands the Younger Side of the DC Universe

When DC Comics first announced Sideways, it as described simply as a story about a teenager who can teleport. And while the first look at Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio and Jason Jordan’s new series does indeed feature precisely that, it also offers a solid example of the title’s tone and place in the DC Universe.

RELATED: Grant Morrison Joins Sideways as Co-Writer

As the teen explores his new powers, all whilst livestreaming his adventure online, his dialogue reveals that he’s not only new to the superhero game – he may not aspire to be a hero at all. Not to say he’s a villain, but he seems more interested in having fun and exploiting his powers for personal gain than helping others. The final page of the preview, however, show that with great power comes… those who want to kill you.

Sideways #1, by Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio and Jason Jordan, arrives in stores Feb. 14, but you can check out an extended preview below.


  • Written by DAN DiDIO and JUSTIN JORDAN
  • Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
  • During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…
  • On sale February 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • FOLDOUT COVER • RATED T+

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The Terrifics’ First Preview Builds on Dark Nights: Metal Mysteries

The Terrifics’ First Preview Builds on Dark Nights: Metal Mysteries

The Terrifics doesn’t arrive in stores until February, but DC Comics has released an early preview of the series. And while the first glimpse of Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s story certainly offers plenty of cosmic-level action, it leaves us with a few questions regarding a few as-yet unsolved mysteries of Dark Nights: Metal.

RELATED: Does DC’s The Terrifics Have A ‘Fifth’ Member?

For starters, assuming this sequence takes place after Metal concludes, why is Plastic Man still in egg form? Does his state have something to do with the series’ over-arching Tom Strong mystery? How does Simon Stagg know about the Dark Multiverse, and what is he hoping to gain from accessing it? And is Metamorpho able to replicate Nth Metal as well as Earth’s various elements?

For the answer to these questions, we’ll just have to wait until Lemire, Reis and Prado’s first issue arrives on Feb. 28. Until then, check out the preview below.


  • Written by JEFF LEMIRE
  • Art by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
  • Cover by IVAN REIS
  • Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?
  • Advance solicited • On sale FEBRUARY 28 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US • FOLDOUT COVER • RATED T+

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After Venomverse, Marvel Comics Will Become Venomized

After Venomverse, Marvel Comics Will Become Venomized

The Marvel Universe’s troubles with symbioses won’t be over once Venomverse runs its course: Spider-Man, the avengers and Champions will then have to face the problem of becoming Venomized.

RELATED: X-Men Blue Get Venomized in Poison-X Crossover Art

Venomized, as revealed via ComicBook, will debut in April from the creative team of Bunn and artist Iban Coello. The five-issue weekly series will bring to a close writer Cullen Bunn’s ongoing Venom-based storyline that has been unfolding in the current Venomverse miniseries.

While Venomverse has involved worlds and characters from other parts of the multiverse, in Venomized, the Poisons (a race of aliens who literally eat the symbiotes aliens responsible for Venom’s existence) will enter the Marvel Universe-proper. And, as if that isn’t bad enough, the Poisons’ leader is an alternate reality’s Thanos.

Check out the first issue’s cover, illustrated by Nick Bradshaw, and solicitation information below.


Venomverse #1

  • Written by Cullen Bunn
  • Art by Iban Coello
  • Cover by Nick Bradhaw
  • On Sale April 4
  • The story that began in VENOMVERSE reaches its epic conclusion with VENOMIZED! The POISONS, a species that hunger for super-powered symbiotes and their hosts, have picked their next target…THE MARVEL UNIVERSE ITSELF! Their first objective? Put every superhuman in a Klyntar symbiote – and CONSIME THEM! But with VENOM and the X-MEN still missing after the events of “Poison X,” the planet, and its heroes, is defenseless!

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Marvel Cancels Iceman, Luke Cage Ongoing Series

Marvel Cancels Iceman, Luke Cage Ongoing Series

In the wake of last night’s news that Marvel Comics has canceled The Unbelievable Gwenpool, Generation X and Hawkeye comes confirmation that Luke Cage will publish its final issues in February 2018, while Iceman concludes in March.

RELATED: Marvel Cancels Gwenpool, Generation X, Hawkeye and Potentially More

Writer Sina Grace confirmed the cancelation of Iceman via social media, posting a photo of handwritten letter explaining the situation. In it, Grace thanks Marvel for the opportunity its to wrap his story up the way he wanted, saying the publisher did all it could to ensure the series gets a proper finale. “[T]he ending planned feels so good,” he promised. “I’ve known is since issue one.”

Luke Cage writer David Walker confirmed his series’ cancelation on Twitter as well, in response to a fan’s question about the series’ status. Like Grace, Walker’s tone appears to be one of melancholy satisfaction; he’s obviously unhappy at the series’ fate, but promises fans the final issue is the title’s best.

Several of the comics recently canceled or with unclear futures represent Marvel’s recent push towards greater diversity in their characters, with each of them starring female, Black and/or queer characters.

The series currently confirmed as canceled were among Marvel’s lower-selling titles as of November 2017’s direct sales charts, All of the above series were part of Marvel’s ongoing Marvel Legacy publishing initiative, meant to be a return to a more classic Marvel feel following the controversial Secret Empire event. Keep reading CBR for the latest on these titles.

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Avengers: No Surrender’s Resurrected Hulk Isn’t Incredible – He’s Immortal

Avengers: No Surrender’s Resurrected Hulk Isn’t Incredible – He’s Immortal

It’s no secret that the Hulk will return to the land of the living during the course of Avengers: No Surrender, but this version of the character won’t be “incredible” – he’ll be immortal.

RELATED: Avengers: No Surrender Covers Tease Hulk’s Return, Spidey’s Black Suit

Bruce Banner, the original Hulk, was killed during the events of 2016’s Civil War II. While he’s been “resurrected” twice already (in Secret Empire and Uncanny Avengers), both returns were very, very short-lived. A promotional video for No Surrender indicated that third time is the charm, And though the word “immortal” may simply be representative of Banner’s apparent inability to die and remain dead, there’s a chance this Hulk’s alter ego will be someone other than the infamous gamma irradiated scientist.

The question then is, if not Banner, who might it be? Amadeus Cho is the current Hulk, though there has been no indication that the founding member of Marvel’s teen team the Champions is involved in this storyline. Plus, he’s going to have his hands full in his own solo title’s World War Hulk II arc that will run concurrently with No Surrender.

RELATED: Brevoort On Avengers: No Surrender’s Hulk Return, New Villain Team & More

As we can see in Mark Brooks’ cover art, while this Hulk looks similar to the one we’ve known and loved for decades, there is one major difference: The glowing eyes. What they indicate, exactly, is a mystery at this point (Is he under someone else’s control? Is he even more overloaded on gamma radiation than any Hulk we’ve met in the past?), but the answer to why they’re glowing will likely be tied to the Hulk’s new moniker.

Avengers: No Surrender kicks off in January’s Avengers #675. The first month’s stories are written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub, with art by Pepe Larraz. Issues #683 – 686, written by Jim Zub, Mark Waid & Al Ewing and illustrated by Paco Medina, release weekly in March and will add the newly immortal Hulk to the mix.


  • Cover by MARK BROOKS
  • NO SURRENDER Part 10
  • Back from the dead! He cannot be reasoned with. He will not be stopped. Bruce Banner isn’t home right now. There is only THE IMMORTAL HULK.
  • 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

As a bonus, Brooks’ depiction of the “new” Hulk is also available on one of Marvel’s custom-printed comic boxes.

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Marvel Teases Dan Slott’s Final Amazing Spider-Man Story

Marvel Teases Dan Slott’s Final Amazing Spider-Man Story

In March, writer Dan Slott kicks off what appears to be his final Amazing Spider-Man storyline in Issue #797. The arc, titled “Go Down Swinging,” is illustrated by Stuart Immonen and will introduce an all-new character to Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man mythos. The issue’s solicitation text states, “Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last.”

RELATED: Slott’s Spider-Man Prepares for Norman Osborn & The Superior Octopus

Slott and Immonen’s storyline, announced via Marvel Comics’ March 2018 solicitations, focuses on the recently returned Green Goblin’s most dangerous scheme to date and will introduce the Red Goblin to the Marvel Universe. Whether the character is a villain or hero remains unknown at this time.

Dan Slott has been guiding Spider-Man’s comic book adventures since 2008. Slot joined the title as one of four writers during Amazing Spider-Man‘s weekly publication era from 2008-2010. He took over as the series sole scripted in November 2010, and has remained the main architect of Peter Parker’s adventures since.

RELATED: ‘Spockingbird’ Is What Spider-Man Needs To Get Past One More Day

Over the course of his decade-long run with the character, Slott has introduced a number of massive changes to Spider-Man’s world. Among the biggest moments are the death of Peter Parker, the rise of Doctor Octopus as the Superior Spider-Man, and the resurrection of Peter Parker. Slott told the story of Peter finally finding success (thanks in large part to Doc Ock’s machinations while his mind was in control of Peter’s body), and then losing it all. Most recently, Slott and Immonen paired Spider-Man with Mockingbird, both as superhero partners as well as love interests.

Check out Alex Ross’ cover art and the full solicitation text for Amazing Spider-Man #797, the first chapter of Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen’s “Go Down Swinging” storyline, below.

Alex Ross Amazing Spider-Man

Alex Ross’ cover for Amazing Spider-Man #797


  • Cover by ALEX ROSS
  • The Green Goblin is back — and scarier than ever! Dan Slott has saved his most harrowing Spider-Man story for last as he and Stuart Immonen kick off the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story ten years in the making. Osborn got his crazy back and has a plan that’ll make all his past plans look like child’s play. Peter Parker and the people he loves (ALL of them) are in deep trouble. And who or what is the RED GOBLIN?! The only way Spider-Man survives is to GO DOWN SWINGING!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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Amazing Spider-Man: Marvel Announces Arrival of All-New Goblin Villain

Amazing Spider-Man: Marvel Announces Arrival of All-New Goblin Villain

Over the decades, no villain has proved to be more dangerous and deadly to Spider-Man and his family than the Green Goblin. Now, Norman Osborn and Peter Parker face off one more time in “Go Down Swinging” — but there’s a new Goblin in town who might prove even more deadly.

RELATED: ‘Spockingbird’ Is What Spider-Man Needs To Get Past One More Day

Marvel Comics has released a short trailer for writer Dan Slott and artist Stuart Immonen’s next major Amazing Spider-Man storyline. The video spends most of its runtime looking back at the shared history between Spidey and his emerald-hued foe, but the end brings with it a major twist. The final seconds of the video introduces a new player to the game in the form of the Red Goblin.

While the video remains somewhat vague as to whether the Red Goblin will prove to be friend or foe, the text introducing him — “And if that doesn’t scare you enough” — would indicate he doesn’t have Spidey’s best interests in mind.

“The last time we saw the Green Goblin was in ‘Goblin Nation’ at the culmination of Superior Spider-Man” Spider-Editor Nick Lowe said in a statement. “You’d almost think that was the biggest Green Goblin story Dan Slott had in him. You’d be wrong.”

“Go Down Swinging,” by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen, with cover art by Alex Ross, kicks off in March 2018’s Amazing Spider-Man #797.

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Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Titles Include Massive DC Event Tease

Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Titles Include Massive DC Event Tease

DC Comics will continue to celebrate Free Comic Book Day by stirring up interest in its big events. As one of the celebration’s 2018 Gold Sponsors, the publisher teases “A special, top secret project too big to announce!” Initial details will be revealed in February, with the actual issue arriving Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Meanwhile, Marvel’s FCBD 2018 gold-level issue will present a pair of 10-page ‘game-changer’ stories for Avengers and Captain America.

RELATED: DC Comics Launches New Cover Design to Replace Rebirth Banner

Image Comics will debut Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin’s latest series, Barrier, on FCBD, releasing the 53-page first issue. The remaining four issues will be published weekly throughout May. BOOM! Studios will promote its Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics, while Dark Horse focuses on its Overwatch comics.

Check out all twelve Free Comic Book Day Gold Sponsor comics and their cover art, below.


  • (W) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various (A) Joe Eisma (CA) Photo
  • Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, this reprint issue of Riverdale #6, gives us a peek into all the secrets Pop Tate overhears in his day-to-day business, told through four vignettes in four different booths! Reprint.
  • Rating: TEEN
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W) Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott (A) Diego Galindo (CA) Jamal Campbell
  • Featuring an all-new, original Power Rangers story exclusive to this Free Comic Book Day issue that ties into the “Power Rangers: Shattered Grid” storyline in the pages of BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers comic series! Zordon turns to the Morphin Masters for help in the Power Rangers’ darkest hour as they battle Lord Drakkon — an evil version of Tommy, the Green Ranger, from an alternate reality — as he threatens every Ranger in all of existence.
  • Rating: TEEN
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W) Andrew Robinson & Various (A) Kate Niemczyk, Wilfredo Torres (CA) Kate Niemczyk
  • Two different worlds, two compelling tales! In Overwatch, agent Zarya is sent to eliminate an elusive hacker, and she is at her wit’s end. She reluctantly teams up — and butts heads — with an omnic hacker. As they hone in on their target, Zarya realizes that she will have to reassess her worldview about omnics. Then, in the world of Black Hammer, but a thousand years in the future, a collection of teenage superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, are determined to solve the riddle of what happened to those last great heroes of the twentieth century.
  • Rating: TEEN
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • A special, top secret project too big to announce! Check back in with the February issue of PREVIEWS and at for future updates!
  • Rating: TEEN
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (A) Vera Brosgol & Various (CA) Vera Brosgol
    Comics friends forever! First Second presents an amazing Free Comic Book Day anthology that celebrates kids comics, girl power, and the amazing work of creators Vera Brosgol, Hope Larson, Charise Mericle Harper, Ben Hatke, and Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham. Don’t miss out on this comic filled with the power of friendship that’s great for every kid reader in your store.
    Rating: ALL-AGES
    40pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W) John Barber (A) Alex Milne (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
  • Not a whimper, nor a bang-the end comes with a squall of entropy shrieking from the ravenous maw of death itself. The message is clear: Unicron has arrived. The Transformers lock into a desperate bid to save Rom’s homeworld from the world-killer — but why has Unicron chosen this world on his path to Cybertron… and Earth? The biggest story in the history of Transformers starts now: for Unicron’s arrival can mean nothing less than the end of a universe.
  • Rating: TEEN
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • BARRIER #1
  • (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Marcos Martin
  • From the Eisner Award-winning team behind The Private Eye, Barrier is an acclaimed five-part miniseries that finally comes to print exclusively from Image Comics. This massive, 53-page first issue is available for free on Free Comic Book Day, with the next four issues being released weekly throughout the rest of May! Printed in its original “landscape” format (side-stapled for convenient shelving!), there are no plans for these print issues to ever be collected, so the only way to own your own copies of this groundbreaking story is by supporting your friendly neighborhood comic shop!
  • Rating: MATURE
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W) Paul Benjamin & Various
    (A) Amy Mebberson & Various (CA) Amy Mebberson

  • The FCBD edition of Joe Books’s best-selling Disney Princess comic puts the spotlight on Ariel for the very first time! Collecting both new and fan-favorite strips, this exclusive comic book will contain giggles aplenty as everyone’s favorite mermaid seeks out sunken treasure, tries to figure out human gadgets and gizmos, and embarks on new adventures with Flounder and Sebastian. Featuring FCBD exclusive cover artwork drawn by Disney Princess artist Amy Mebberson.
  • Rating: ALL-AGES
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • Don’t miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles from Marvel, each featuring two 10-page stories that set the stage for upcoming game-changers in the Marvel Universe. Get ready as Heroes Assemble in the Marvel Universe! Please check back in the February issue of PREVIEWS, and at for future updates!
  • Rating: TEEN
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W) Jhonen Vasquez (A) Warren Wucinich, Fred Stresing (CA) Aaron Alexovich
  • Remember that funny green alien you used to watch on TV? No, not that one. No, no, the other green alien. Okay, it’s ZIM, alright? Invader ZIM! Well, ZIM sometimes watches TV too! And sometimes it’s bad TV. Very, very bad TV. So now, you can watch ZIM watching a very bad show called Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy! All 385 seasons! 24/7! Never stopping! Story from Invader Zim #20. Reprint.
  • Rating: ALL-AGES
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W/A) Top Secret (CA) Photo
  • The all-new Doctor Who starts here! Don’t miss out on Titan’s colossal plans for 2018. Everything begins in this amazing #0 issue! Featuring the first chapter in the new Tenth and Eleventh Doctor sagas, by new creative teams too electrifying to spoil here, plus tantalizing glimpses from across the Doctor Who comics universe, including your first look at the Thirteenth Doctor in comics! Perfect for new readers and long-term fans alike, this is the ultimate jumping on point!
  • Rating: ALL-AGES
  • 32pgs, FC FREE!


  • (W) Tenya Yabuno, Hidenori Kusaka (A/CA) Satoshi Yamamoto
  • Pokémon Horizon: Akira’s summer vacation in the Alola region heats up when he befriends a Rockruff with a mysterious gemstone. Together, Akira hopes they can achieve his dream of becoming a Pokémon Trainer and learning the amazing Z-move. But first, Akira needs to pass a test to earn a Trainer Passport. This becomes even more difficult when Rockruff gets kidnapped! Pokémon Sun & Moon: Sun dreams of money. Moon dreams of scientific discoveries. When their paths cross with Team Skull, both their plans go awry!
  • Rating: ALL-AGES
  • 32pgs, B&W FREE!

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