Happy Fridayyyy! We’ve had a lot going on in the ‘ol Black Market land but let’s jump into the big one first!
On Wednesday, the Eisner Awards announced this year’s nominees which includes the Best New Series category—
Yeah, everything I wrote on Twitter still applies. The Eisners are not something I’ve been a part of in any way before— the fact that a whole bunch of team Radiant Black/Massive-Verse are going to be at SDCC this year definitely makes this one even cooler.
And hey, at least we can’t technically lose to Nightwing! I don’t know if my heart could take it.
Congrats to everyone nominated this year!
Onto the other reveals!
The Dead Lucky
Yesterday, Gizmodo ran a first look at The Dead Lucky, a killer new Massive-Verse title from Melissa Flores (Power Rangers), French Carlomagno (Books of Magic, Radiant Black) Mattia Iacono and Becca Carey.
The series stars Bibiana “Bibi” Lopez-Yang as a vet who recently returned to San Francisco, only to discover that “tech consortium Morrow is building the city of the future with ‘peacekeeper’ robots looming on every corner—and wherever Morrow isn’t, the Salvation gang is. If she can hold it together, she might be the hero San Francisco needs. But against an enemy this big, it isn’t enough to be good. She’ll have to be lucky.”
Want a sneak peek at some interiors? Head over to Gizmodo now!
Shift #2 featured in Image! #2 (on shelves May 25th)
Here we have the second part of our four part SHIFT series. This month I’m joined by Francesco Manna and Danilo Beyruth with colors by Radiant Black’s own Marcelo Costa.
And if you were looking for more backstory on ACCEL from Radiant Black #14, well that’s just another reason to pick this one up!
Radiant Red #3 (on shelves May 25th)
The new job approaches and planning commences. There’s just one problem: Satomi can’t do what they need her to do. She’d better work it out fast, though, because when her home life and her new career both threaten to come crashing down, Satomi will be forced to decide: which does she want to save more?
Rogue Sun #4 (on shelves May 25th)
While you’re picking up Image! #2 and Radiant Red #3, be sure to grab the latest from Rogue Sun too! You really, really, really don’t want to miss this one.
As Dylan struggles to balance his normal life with his superhero life, a new threat from his father’s past menaces New Orleans. Can Dylan finally tap into the power of THE BLACK FIRE…or…is DEMONIKA the one enemy Rogue Sun can’t stop?
Final Order Cutoff
Radiant Black #15
This Monday is your last chance to pre-order issue 15 of Radiant Black.
The onslaught of new villains continues as Radiant Black faces off against…Blaze? From C.O.W.L.?
Meanwhile, an unauthorized Radiant Black fan film is being shot in Lockport. When Marshall heads over to offer some friendly advice, he just might face his greatest enemy of all: creative license.
This is a big weird one that we’ve had a blast making and—we think—it will genuinely surprise people.
And in fact, we’ve got your first look right here!
Rogue Sun #5
May 30th is the last call to let your shop know you want a copy of Rogue Sun #5. Which after issue #4’s ending wouldn’t be a surprise.
And would you look at that! This morning, solicits for August dropped. Let’s run through a few of them!
RADIANT BLACK #18
WRITER: KYLE HIGGINS & LAURENCE HOLMES
ARTIST: STEFANO SIMEONE
COVER A: STEFANO SIMEONE
COVER B: PARIS ALLEYNE
COVER C (1:25): TOM WHALEN
August 17 / 32 PAGES SELF-COVER / FC / T+ / $3.99
It's 1979. Wendell George graduates from Purdue with a degree in engineering and plans for the future. It's 2020. Wendell George discovers a cosmic artifact in a donut shop. It's 2023. Everything has fallen apart.
Series writer KYLE HIGGINS is joined by Chicago sports radio star LAURENCE HOLMES and rising-star artist STEFANO SIMEONE (Good Luck, Megaman: Fully Charged) for the secret origin of RADIANT YELLOW!
We’ve been planning this issue for a long time. I’m also thrilled to officially announce and welcome my friend Laurence Holmes as a guest co-writer! Laurence is a fantastic storyteller who makes a living on the airwaves in Chicago. I truly can’t wait for people to see this issue. You thought our blacklight one was cool? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet…
ROGUE SUN #7
WRITER: RYAN PARROTT
COVER A: MARCELO COSTA
COVER B (1:25):
August 24 / 32 PAGES SELF-COVER / FC / T+ / $3.99
After the shocking ending to his fight with Cataclysm, Dylan has no idea what to do next-but luckily, he has YOU to help! In this very special issue, you make the decisions and choose Dylan's path in a fight against an enemy who controls time itself!
This is going to be an awesome issue. Without giving too much away, readers will have quite the role to play in this narrative.
ORDINARY GODS #8
WRITER: KYLE HIGGINS & JOE CLARK
ARTIST / COVER A: FELIPE WATANABE and FRANK WILLIAM
August 10 / 32 PAGES SELF-COVER / FC / T+ / $3.99
Once, long ago, she was a polymath of the High Renaissance - a painter, an engineer, an architect.Today, she's an Australian Shepherd, and a very good girl. But the Awakened are in trouble, trapped and betrayed by one of their own. Can Gracie get them out of it? Or will this be their last supper?
As usual, you can pre-order these at your local comic book store, or through our website at blackmarket.la.
Radiant Radio Issue #14
Enough is enough. It’s time for Marshall to take the fight to EpicFront and put an end to this parade of supercriminals for good. But they won’t be going down without a fight—and could their new weapon be strong enough to turn the tables on Radiant Black?
RADIANT RADIO continues with an audio commentary for issue #14, featuring co-creator and writer Kyle Higgins, editor and designer Michael Busuttil, and host Ryan Sidoti (Circle Guy News, The Invincible Podcast).
Don’t have a copy of Radiant Black 14 yet? Find yours here!
Issue #10 Black Market Exclusive Drop
Thanks for everyone’s patience with the CGC #10 Blacklight Edition Exclusive orders. Please reach out if you haven’t received yours yet!
We’ve got a few extra CGC 9.8 Signature Series available so we’ve decided to add them to the store along with a few more non-CGC versions. We’re dropping ten more RIGHT NOW!
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Until next time—
I’ll say what we’re ALL thinking: nice to see more naked Nathan.
No need to thank me, I’m used to being brave.