JIRNI RETURNS THIS AUGUST 5TH!

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Jirni returns this August 5th! The long-awaited second chapter of JT Krul’s fantasy action-adventure series debuts with a new art team of V Ken Marion, Juan Fernandez and Josh Reed, and features covers by Marion, Paolo Pantalena and Elizabeth Torque! Make sure to let your local retailer know you’d like to pre-order your copy today!

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Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #2 Out Now!

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The second chapter of the all new Fathom Blue series is in stores now at your local retailer, on digital and on www.AspenStore.com! Written by Vince Hernandez (Fathom: Kiani), with art by Claudio Avella and Erick Arciniega (All New Soulfire) and Josh Reed (Fathom) with covers by Avella and Arciniega, Paolo Pantalena and Ula Mos, and Mike Krome and Arciniega, this exciting issue introduces a new Fathom villain into the fold! Don’t miss out!

SDCC 2015 EXCLUSIVES!

This year’s full list of Aspen Comics exclusives for Comic Con International: San Diego 2015 has been announced to be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320. The publisher will feature two world premiere series launches for Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire #1 and Critter #1, in addition to featuring two new oversized art books, The Art of Aspen: Volume 2 and The Art of Big Dog Ink: Volume 1, as well as the prestige format century editions of Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire and Fathom Blue #1. Aspen’s new con-exclusive releases also include Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #2, Shahrazad #4, and the first offering of Oniba: Swords of the Demon with a special con-exclusive sketchbook featuring artwork and concept designs for the new upcoming series from the publisher. Aspen will also be offering a rare Critter #1 SDCC 2015 Official Aspen Comics Panel exclusive variant cover that will only be available at The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015 on Friday at 11:00AM in Room 9. The full list of Aspen Comics’ SDCC 2015 exclusives available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 is as follows:
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The Art of Aspen Comics: Volume 2, limited to 500 editions.
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The Art of Big Dog Ink: Volume 1, limited to 500 editions.
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Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire #1 SDCC 2015 exclusive cover by Alex Konat & Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.
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Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire #1 SDCC 2015 Century Edition exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 100 copies.
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Critter #1 SDCC 2015 Retro Edition exclusive cover by Owen Gieni, limited to 200 copies.
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Oniba: Swords of the Demon Limited Edition Convention Exclusive Sketchbook, limited to 200 editions.
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Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #1 SDCC 2015 Century Edition exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 100 copies.
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Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #2 SDCC 2015 exclusive cover by Paolo Pantalena and Ula Mos, limited to 200 copies.
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Shahrazad #4 SDCC 2015 exclusive cover by Nei Ruffino, limited to 200 copies.

Aspen will also be offering an SDCC 2015 exclusive series of ten new art prints featuring popular covers from Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire and Fathom Blue, BDI’s Critter and Shahrazad, and classic covers by company founder Michael Turner.
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FATHOM BLUE #1 debuts June 17th!

An unlikely team of BLUE rise in this BRAND NEW Fathom series!

They have all risen from beneath the surface. Each for a different purpose yet united in their exile from their homelands below. Looking to blend in—out of sight–amongst humans unaware of their true potential. However, one man, who has spent the better part of his life hunting the Blue, is keenly aware of their presence—and he will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own, even if it means killing them in the process!

The first all new Fathom series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible underwater adventure over 15 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Fathom as you’ve never seen it before!

PREVIEW: FATHOM BLUE #1 via Comic Book Resources

STORY BY
Vince Hernandez

PENCILS BY
Claudio Avell

DIGI-INKS BY
Mark Roslan

COLORS BY
Erick Arcienega

LETTERS BY
Josh Reed

COVER BY
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PUBLISHER
Aspen Comics

COVER PRICE:
$3.99

RELEASE DATE
Jun 17th, 2015

ETERNAL SOULFIRE ‘Fresh Starting Point’ For Tech/Magic Series

On July 8th, Aspen Comics will debut ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 – A ‘Fresh Starting Point’ for readers.

Writer J.T. Krul sits down and talks with Newsarama.com about the upcoming new Tech/Magic Series from Krul, penciller Alex Konat and colorist Federico Blee.

Michael Turner’s Soulfire series at Aspen is getting a new fire — one who, in a way, is a lot like you.

Aspen is launching a new series, Eternal Soulfire, on May 2 as part of Free Comic Book Day inside their title Worlds of Aspen. The new series, by J.T. Krul and Alex Konat, follows a fresh-faced young girl named Cassidy whose life is changed when she realizes she has magic powers inside the tech-heavy world of Soulfire. Whereas previous series focused on the adept Malikai who had a destiny for greatness, Eternal Soulfire’s Cassidy is just a normal girl pulled into something much larger than herself.

After debuting in May 2’s Worlds of Aspen 2015, the series launches on its own July 8 with Eternal Soulfire #1. Newsarama talked with Krul about relaunching Michael Turner’s series, creating this new avenue — and new guide — into the Soulfire universe, and what he’s doing to make this a fresh entry point for new readers.

Newsarama: J.T., for people who may not know about Soulfire — what can you tell us about it?

J.T. Krul: Soulfire is a futuristic fantasy adventure where the ancient power of magic returns amidst a world dominated by technology. Sort of a Lord of the Rings meets Blade Runner. The magic has affected some people but not others, and it largely stays hidden in the shadows, but with winged-warriors, dragons, and monstrosities that merge the magic and the technology – it’s getting harder and harder for the world to ignore the truth.

Newsarama: And what is going on in this new series, Eternal Soulfire?

J.T. Krul: Eternal Soulfire is something of a fresh starting point in which we explore a new corner of the Soulfire Universe. Whereas the story up until now in the main Soulfire book has focused on Malikai, a unique spirit that was destined to spark the return of magic in this new age, for Eternal Soulfire, we are telling a different kind of story as we introduce a new character – Cassidy.

Newsarama: What can you tell us about Cassidy, and how you came up with her?

J.T. Krul: Sure. Like I said, so much of Soulfire has focused on Malikai and his special destiny in the grand scheme of the Soulfire mythos. Other books have delved into the rich mythology of the universe, touching upon everything from the last age of magic eons ago to the very elder gods responsible for all creation itself. With Cassidy, I wanted to tell a story about a person, an average ordinary girl who is just trying to live her life, but things go a bit crazy when she discovers that she has the magic inside of her. And because these powers partially manifest themselves in wings on her back, it’s not something she can hide. How it changes her and the decisions she is forced to make because of the magic really propels the story forward. Magic is wonderful and super and powerful, but it can also be terrifying and isolating.

Newsarama: And she’s working with the relatively more experienced Miya. What’s her story?

J.T. Krul: Miya is the main familiar face from the Soulfire universe that appears in the book. She has been around for ages, going all the way back to the very early wild times of magic. Over the centuries, she has remained hidden away as she focuses all her energy on fighting the chaos of magic. In the Soulfire Universe, there are two primary parts of the magic. The chaos and the order. She’s seen firsthand the destructive nature of the chaos and does everything she can to combat it. She’s very Amazonian in a way and has amassed a small tribe of magical females to both protect and use in her battle. She’s intense and brutal and very driven.

Newsarama: And what are these two up against?

J.T. Krul: Even though the notion of magic existing in the world is still something of an urban legend, certain figures in positions of authority have been smart enough to see the truth. And, it terrifies them. A special military unit has been established to fight this emerging threat in all the forms it takes – even if that means a frightened and confused teenage girl.

Newsarama: What can people expect in the Free Comic Book Day issue coming out May 2?

J.T. Krul: For FCBD, we’ve crafted an original 12 -page tale that really sets the stage for the larger story to come. It’s the perfect place to jump into the Soulfire Universe. And, heck, it’s free!

Newsarama: And if they like it, where should they go to read next?

J.T. Krul: Eternal Soulfire #1 will be out July 8.

Newsarama: Working with you on this is your Mindfield collaborator, Alex Konat. What’s it like having someone you know, specifically Alex, on this project?

J.T. Krul: I cannot say enough about Alex and his art. We’ve known each other for years now, going back to way before we even partnered up on Mindfield. I was thrilled when I found out that he was joining Eternal Soulfire. His work reminds me a lot of Gary Frank – very realistic and grounded. Which actually serves a story about magic quite well. It makes everything seem more genuine and tangible. And his ability to convey emotion through facial expressions is critical for this story. I am lucky to have him. I really think people are going to love his work.

Scott Lobdell brings THE FOUR POINTS to Aspen Comics

On April 8th, 2015 Aspen Comics will debut their new series The Four Points written by Scott Lobdell (The Scourge, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and penciled by Jordan Gunderson (Fathom Annual) with colors by Valentina Pinto (Damsels In Excess).

Following a family tragedy, Gia Sorrentino has inherited an empire and is finally free to explore her full potential and perhaps even unlock some of the most unimaginable secrets of mankind. But with the amazing comes… [READ MORE]

 

 

 

Honoring Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, Aspen Comics will be celebrating Black History Month by pointing the spotlight on Black creators with whom they’ve collaborated. This will occur three times a week on their website, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, along with the creator’s picture. Put together by Fathom: Sourcebook writer Tabu, there will be a showcases from Koi Turnbull, Khary Randolph, Talent Caldwell, Emilio Lopez, Hannibal Tabu, Eric Battle, Rob Stull, Larry Welch, Saleem Crawford, Keron Grant, Marla Johnson, and Khari Evans.

Tabu spoke about the project by saying:

I have to give it up to my editors, Andrea Shea and Vince Hernandez, who came up with the idea to have this happen. In a time when some people are giving lip service to diversity, Aspen is showing how it’s worked towards that for years. I’m extraordinarily proud to work with everybody at Aspen. It was an honor to help spotlight and honor the overwhelming talents involved in this project. Reading comics and looking at names that seemed like the ones in my neighborhood made me wonder if there could be a place for me on comic book shelves. Now that I’m on those shelves, I am happy to share these voices, these hands, these people and their stories, especially if there’s a Black child out there looking at these pages and asking the same questions.

 

This is a truly wonderful thing for Aspen Comics to do in honor of Black History Month. It’s important to not only put the spotlight on the well known names that we have all come to learn about since grade school, but to also show the creativity that comes out of every genre and medium. I look forward to seeing all of the spotlights throughout the month. You can look for them, beginning Feburary 3rd, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9am.

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“Philadelphia-based artist Eric Battle illustrated Aspen’s The Scourge, collaborating with writer Scott Lobdell and colorist David Curiel on what he considers one of the definitive creative highlights of his career.  He strove to bring a big-budget horror movie feel to the 2010 series, pouring the pure intensity he felt while drawing down on each page. Currently he’s mid-way into penciling a 10-issue series with Brandon Seifert at Legendary Comics called The Harvestor, the first issue of which debuted this month. Battle also regularly collaborates with renown science fiction and fantasy authors. He’s worked with L.A. Banks on her Vampire Huntress Legends novel series, George R. R. Martin and Daniel Abraham on Martin’s Wildcards: The Hard Call mini-series for Dynamite, and most recently Nnedi Okorafor on her upcoming novel Book of the Phoenix. Battle considers these some of the most artistically fruitful collaborations of his career, as they’ve given him the opportunity to hone and challenge his visual language with great authors.” 

 

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: EMILIO LOPEZ
“Charismagic, Homecoming, Soulfire, and Executive Assistant Iris colorist Emilio Lopez has brought vibrancy to many comics for DC, Image, Boom! Studios, and more He often works together with penciler and fellow Aspen artist Khary Randolph.”

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: KOI TURNBULL
“Born in Elmhurst, Queens, Koi Turnbull got his start in comics working at a shop with future inker John Wycough, living in Asheboro, North Carolina. Turnbull moved back to New York at the age of 21 and began doing background art for Marvel Comics with Adam Pollian and Walter McDaniel. Turnbull’s big break came at the 2002 Wizard World Chicago when Aspen’s Frank Mastromauro and Peter Steigerwald saw his work during a portfolio review and hired him to work with the company. Turnbull moved to California to work under the direction of Michael Turner and followed the legendary artist on Fathom Volume 2. Following this popular string of eleven issues, Koi found work with DC Comics and Marvel Comics.”

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SPOTLIGHT: KERON GRANT
“Jamaican-born illustrator Keron Grant got his start doing a pin up in one of the final issues of Dale Keown’s Pitt. After doing an unpublished comic with Rob Liefeld’s Awesome Comics, he moved into online comics for the Matrix films. An inker there named Rob Stull brought Grant to the attention of Marvel editors, leading to a run on Iron Man. He’s since moved on to turn in work for Marvel, Image and DC, recently doing covers for Dark Horse’s Father’s Day. His work on Aspen’s Idolized brought him into the Aspen family of creators, bringing his detailed, kinetic style to even more fans.”
 Khari Evans Khari_Evans-SoulfireCREATOR SPOTLIGHT: KHARI EVANS
“This talented penciler has worked extensively for Image, Valiant and Marvel. For Aspen, he depicted some of the company’s most popular characters in Aspen Seasons Spring 2005 and Aspen Splash 2006 Swimsuit Spectacular.”

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: TALENT CALDWELL
“A Tennessee native, Talent Caldwell has done a variety of things before his career in comics, including being a dancer in music videos such as “Denial” by Sevendust and “Bug-A-Boo” by Destiny’s Child. He broke into comics in the year 2000, doing background art on Fathom, soon taking on the miniseries Fathom: Killian’s Tide.  His time at Aspen gave him room to grow as a creator, co-writing and drawing the Fathom: Dawn of War and has seen his art in Charismagic, Dellec, the Aspen Sketchbook and Executive Assistant Iris.  Caldwell went on to work for many companies, including Wildstorm, Zenescope, DC, Dynamite and Marvel.”

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: SALEEM CRAWFORD
“Inker Saleem Crawford, proud father of five, helped define the artwork of Soulfire, Aspen Splash 2006 Swimsuit Spectacular, and Shrugged for Aspen Comics. He’s also worked for Marvel, IDW, Archie, DC Comics, Image, Wildstorm, and Dark Horse. He’s currently working on the latest Call of Duty title: Advanced Warfare.

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: HANNIBAL TABU
“Born in Rockford, Illinois; raised in Memphis, Tennessee; matriculated in Tacoma, Washington and broadcasting live from Los Angeles, Hannibal Tabu is a writer, a brother, a husband, a misanthrope, a son, an emcee, an uncle, a poet, a father, a designer, a nephew, a romantic, a storyteller, and by god, a fan. He spent more than ten years doing the journalist thing for Vibe, Slave Trade, MTV Online, Rap Pages, America Online, the Los Angeles Sentinel, Spinnerrack.com <http://spinnerrack.com/> , Speak, and The Source. Hannibal has worked as a web designer/producer and graphic artist for American Honda, eHobbies.com <http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FeHobbies.com%2F&amp;h=wAQG3t0eP&amp;enc=AZNvjCim-Htc0wrFu1HslLvi0gYKzkv-vUjHcWwVSeS95mG7zqO7pFOVPUXB_EGzZhk_aMqeT26Cl8ZT3q-VnktqQJ7MQP51VlkNexTXI0IAI0QsxxRQSkiDEqm5AMnYuYE7rbmGcg7PndM4IT8p66DVkOcfql72Wr6tORJfIBB2> , Quicken.com <http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FQuicken.com%2F&amp;h=4AQHA78–&amp;enc=AZN8au10YNgfMqwhM9-Yvd_kGwOKLN19N7ovqsRTZPKYWJcN0jJiGcyvy91c3vWrdT6V9rfRmYmoIxPtYTyU-Crcvn2asrMQiaDi_DGkpcsE1eeBh3SJ78mTKk9N7y8vBTdTpkJ_AvMP6L_ybFIzhDQz45iM19x1Uj1AoX0HQpC8V> , Express.com <http://express.com/> , the California Association of REALTORS, Disney Channel, NextPlanetOver.com <http://nextplanetover.com/> , Toyota Motor Sales, Kaiser Permanente, California Bank & Trust and many more. As a poet, Hannibal has been published in The Drumming Between Us, (sic) Vice Verse, Drumvoices Review, Voices From Leimert Park and other anthologies, as well as being author of the collection BORN BENEATH AN ANGRY STAR and co-author of FLIGHT MANUAL. As a novelist, he’s written THE CROWN: ASCENSION and FARAWAY (both available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Smashwords) and the upcoming sci-fi political thriller ROGUE NATION. He’s the winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, writer of Waso: Will To Power for Stranger Comics, Project: Wildfire for Legends Press, Fathom Sourcebook for Aspen Comics, and co-writer of an issue of Watson & Holmes (alongside 2 Guns writer Steven Grant) for New Paradigm Studios. For six years he was the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Herald-Dispatch group of newspapers, is currently the co-owner and editor-in-chief of Black geek website Komplicated at the Good Men Project, and uses his Operative Network website (www.operative.net <http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.operative.net%2F&amp;h=VAQFllat3&amp;enc=AZP2BQLRMOWIzCfEcR0QXcuFi3TR6TZMfi4uKtJrmPoq2MYT9gtL1Yok_Rb-qElJZp7JGjXu7Biry2vXienjf2Ajnuz4QKvy-OvfpZ4e7RhlolBqCoRAbnV6r0hA4BtgxDDj7RLO6bWMjdFccRJRyeFJ2oO0Ob0yAk7oTJn> ) to publish his poetry, market what he’s doing, rant at the world and emit strangled cries for help. In addition to all that, Hannibal collects comic books, has scores of action figures, DJs private parties, is a Mac OS zealot, sings and sometimes even hosts karaoke, practices a form of spirituality based on ancient Egyptian belief, and goes to bed every day, secretly hoping that half the world will commit suicide in his honor.”

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: MARLA JOHNSON
“Brought up on comics, 80’s nostalgia and manga, Johnson always wanted to draw and make a statement. With a little sweat, a lot of grinding and persistence, she got the chance to create a piece for Aspen’s Summer Swimsuit Issue.

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: ROB STULL
“Rob Stull is an accomplished illustrator, curator, penciler, inker, designer and creator of comic books. He has worked over two decades for every major publisher in the industry, including Marvel and DC Comics, where his projects include Spider-Man Adventures, Iron Man, X-Force, Wolverine, 52, Nightwing and more. He is featured in the ground-breaking book Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture and in The History of American Graffiti. He created, organized and curated Sequential Art: The Next Step; a first of its kind 10-year traveling exhibition spotlighting the contributions of African Americans to mainstream comic book art and popular culture, featured at the National Center of Afro-American Artists (Boston), Words and Pictures Museum (Northampton MA), Afro-American Cultural Center (Charlotte NC), Tubman Museum (Macon GA) and elsewhere, and his work has been shown in galleries around the United States. He is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.”

Larry Welch

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: LARRY WELCH
“Larry started his inking career in 1990, inking over J.H. Williams III on Demonic Toys. Since then, he has inked over a variety of well known pencilers in the industry, from George Perez, Gil Kane, Robert Roach, Barry Wndsor-Smith to Terry Dodson and Michael Turner, to name just a few. Larry helped bring fan favorite Cannon Hawke to life in the debut issue of the character’s own mini series. Currently, Larry is working on his degree in 3D Modeling & Animation, and penciling his own creator-owned project.”

 

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CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: KHARY RANDOLPH
“Boston-born Khary Randolph moved to New York in 1996 to attend the School of Visual Arts, gaining his BFA in Cartooning and Illustration. He worked on books at Boom! Studios, Image Comics, DC, Devil’s Due, Zenescope, Marvel, and Action Lab. For Aspen, Randolph worked on The Scourge, Worlds of Aspen, Homecoming, Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Assassins and Charismagic. He’s moved into the world of animation, employed by 4Kids Entertainment as Lead Character Illustrator on Chaotic. Khary is currently drawing Tech Jacket for Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics.”

 

 

Scott Lobdell’s The FOUR POINTS coming to Aspen!

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Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Something dark is coming…
Throughout history, oddities have remained hidden away within the fabric of societies across the planet. However, in recent years these unexplained phenomena have begun to emerge with a vengeance…Enter Gia Sorentino.  They thought she was crazy, and locked her away from the rest of the world. Yet, following a family tragedy, she has inherited an empire—-and with it, the keys to unlocking some of the most unimaginable secrets of mankind. Together, with three other women who possess abilities of inhuman nature, Sorentino embarks on a journey to discover the full potential of their collective powers. But, along with the amazing comes the sinister, and some things that should have remained hidden–including those that can threaten not only their existence, but the rest of the world as well!
Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, “The Four Points!”

 

April 8th, for $3.99. Call your comic book store and reserve your copy today!

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Conrad arrives in Sinmora, and is shocked to find out that Lola’s life may be in danger. Meanwhile, a weakened and bloodied Wasteland Trading Co. finally find solace in a small town that may prove hopeful for a post-apocalyptic future ahead. However, Lola soon realizes that looks can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems in the Wasteland—and this mistake could be her last!

Fathom: Kiani Returns!

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Aspen Comics recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of one of their most popular characters, Fathom’s warrior heroine, Kiani. To help usher in a new direction for the character beginning in February for the release of Fathom: Kiani Volume 4, the publisher tasked its current All New Michael Turner’s Fathom artist Alex Konat and Fathom: Kiani artists Giuseppe Cafaro and Wes Hartman to update the character and story’s visual look and design. Fathom: Kiani writer Vince Hernandez explains:

 

“When Kiani was created in 2004, she was an instant hit with Aspen fans because of the depth of her personality and her unique character design. And, as our company and fan base continue to evolve, a new generation of readers is introduced to this wonderful character, including a much larger female audience. We wanted to honor that spirit of progress by updating the look and feel of the series with an exciting new design and feel.”

 

Fathom: Kiani Volume 4 #1 arrives in stores this February 11th written by Vince Hernandez with art by Giuseppe Cafaro and Wes Hartman, and all issues in this series will feature direct edition covers by Cafaro and Alex Konat, with Retailer Incentive Edition water-themed homage covers by Agnes Garbowska.

 

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