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    Babyteeth #1: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Meets Rosemary’s Baby

    Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country, Ghost Fleet) is back at it again. This time, he’s partnered with Garry Brown (Black Road, John Carter: The End) to bring us Babyteeth #1, a story of the not-so-immaculate conception and birth of the Antichrist. Where does this not-so-immaculate conception take place? In Salt Lake City Utah, of all places.

    Sadie Ritter is a pretty normal teen, except for one thing. She’s pregnant, and her baby is the Antichrist. While you might expect this story to unfold in the exact opposite manner as the Nativity, it’s actually pretty innocent. That is, if you can get past the mystery of the baby’s father and the massive earthquakes that coincide with Sadie’s contractions. There’s also the matter of the destruction of the barriers between earthly and demonic planes.

    Sixteen Years Old, Nine Months Pregnant with the Antichrist


    Babyteeth #1 Review

    When asked about Babyteeth in an exclusive interview with TFAW last month, Donny Cates gave us the elevator pitch. “Sadie Ritter is sixteen and pregnant with the Antichrist. Once the baby is born, all hell comes with it. It’s very sweet.”

    Garry Brown’s art style is well known for beautiful brutality. The depth of detail Brown provides in the landscape and scenery makes the modern day setting of Salt Lake City jump off the page. The expressive detail he lends to the characters’ faces sells Cates’ script beautifully and helps make Babyteeth a highly emotional read.

    Donny Cates Knocks It Out of the Park in Babyteeth #1

    Everything Donny Cates is writing these days is pure gold. With God Country currently in its fourth printing, Redneck already going back to press for it’s second run, and the brilliant showing here by Cates and Brown, Babyteeth #1 will undoubtedly fly off the shelves as well.

    MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF BABYTEETH!

    Babyteeth #1, Aftershock Comics, release date June 14, 2017, co-created and written by Donny Cates, co-created and art by Garry Brown, color by Mark Englert, letters by Taylor Esposito, logo by John J. Hill, $3.99

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    Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell Have the Uncanny Ability to Create Great Comics

    Uncanny #1 at TFAW.comWhat would you do if you had the uncanny ability to access and use the skill sets, memories, and abilities of different people around you? Andy Diggle’s new series, Uncanny, shows us just what a man can do when he puts his mind to it.

    The exciting new crime series follows a character named Weaver, as he plays a dangerous game of international intrigue where the rules keep changing, the players are hidden, and the first thing he stands to lose is his life.

    We had the chance to talk with Diggle and series artist Aaron Campbell about Uncanny, which hits the shelves on June 26 from Dynamite Entertainment. Check it out below, as well as our four-page preview!

    TFAW.com: Without tipping your cards too much, can you tell us a little bit about your newest series, Uncanny?

    Andy Diggle: It’s a crime thriller with just a hint of the paranormal. Weaver is a professional con man, gambler and thief-for-hire who possesses a special ability. He can steal a victim’s knowledge, skills, and abilities for a short time — their ability to crack a safe, hack a computer, practice taekwondo, or whatever else he needs to complete his mission. But the clock is always ticking. He has to finish the job before his time runs out and he loses his stolen skill-set. Then he’s in trouble.

    TFAW.com: Weaver sounds like a really unique and interesting character. How long has this idea been percolating? What was the final piece to fall in line so that you could tell this story?

    Uncanny Preview Page 1Diggle: Nick Barrucci approached me last year with a view to being part of Dynamite’s fledgling Crime Line, and I jumped at the chance. It’s exactly the kind of project I’d been looking for. When I first started developing the story, Weaver had a different name, and was more of a small-time loser. Making him more of a self-confident con-man type, and opening up the scale of the story, was when it really started to come to life for me. I realized he’d been conning himself. He’s spent his whole life running away, and we join him at the point in his life where he finally finds something to run towards. Even if it is trying to kill him.

    TFAW.com: You’re no stranger to the crime genre, having written books like Snapshot, Six Guns, Rat Catcher, and The Losers. How has this series challenged you creatively compared to previous projects?

    Diggle: I guess the biggest challenge when working in a specific genre is not to fall into cliché. There are certain tropes and conventions that crime fans might expect, so you have to steer around those traps, or invert them. That’s one of the benefits of having this subtle supernatural angle to the book–you can use it to hook out the clichés and spin them off into new and unexpected directions.

    TFAW.com: How many issues do you have planned at this point? Does this series have a distinct end?

    Diggle: I have the first six issues all mapped out, and we’re all hoping so see it continue long term. The first story introduces us to Weaver and his abilities, and opens up a whole new world for him. We can spend as long as we want exploring that world.

    TFAW.com: You’re working on several books at once. Can you tell us a bit about how you move between projects?

    Diggle: It’s a bit of a juggling act. In addition to Uncanny, I’m currently writing Doctor Who for IDW and Thief of Thieves with Robert Kirkman at Skybound, plus developing some new projects which I can’t really talk about just yet — including a second crime title at Dynamite. The key to keeping it all running smoothly is to lock down the story outline well in advance. Once the publisher approves it, they can just let you get on with it, and you can hit a steady rhythm of writing an issue a week. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for rewrites, though, so you pretty much have to get it right first time.

    TFAW.com: How did Aaron Campbell come to work on the series? How has he been as a collaborator?

    Uncanny Preview Page 2Diggle: Aaron’s been doing great work on Dynamite’s The Shadow, so it made a lot of sense for him to jump onto Uncanny, which has a similarly noirish feel, albeit contemporary. He’s been a pleasure to work with. I always try to strike up a correspondence with the artists I’m working with — usually we’re on different continents — and Aaron’s been a gent. He sends me his thumbnail layouts before he goes to pencils, which helps me iron out any kinks in my scripting before they make it onto the page.

    TFAW.com: Hi Aaron! How involved were you with the character design process for Uncanny?

    Campbell: Save for one small caveat, the Weaver you’ll see in the book was all my design based on Andy’s written description of him. The covers had already been completed, which I had not seen yet. So when I designed the character I drew him with very dark hair, while on the covers he is depicted with lighter hair. So I lightened his hair. Not a particularly interesting story, is it?

    TFAW.com: Ha! No it’s always interesting knowing those little details. Can you take us through your process? After you get the script, how do you get your head in the game?

    Campbell: Well, assuming that my head ever has the opportunity to come out of the game, I would imagine that my process isn’t too different from anyone else whose style is based more on realism. I start with layouts, though typically I don’t do them all at once. I break the book in chunks based on the different locations in the script and focus on them one at a time. Once I get approval on that set of layouts, I’ll design the space and shoot my photo reference. I then do my pencils digitally, print them out blueline, and ink over the digital print. Something new I’m doing for this book, though, is working at a Golden Age scale. My original pages measure 14.25″ x 22″. I’m really liking it, too. I can get in there with big tools and really work the page over with much more of a fluid line.

    TFAW.com: You’ve worked on a bunch of Dynamite books, from Dark Shadows and Sherlock Holmes to pulp books like Green Hornet and The Shadow. Has Uncanny posed any unique challenges compared to your other work?

    Uncanny Preview Page 3Campbell: For the first time ever I’m working in the here and now. I get to hang up my trenchcoats and fedoras and put away my classic car models. And I no longer have to pore through research trying to reconstruct what some place might have looked like back in the 1930s. Not that I wouldn’t want to do more period work in the future, but it’s quite a relief actually to take a break from it.

    TFAW.com: How’s it been working with the folks at Dynamite, Andy?

    Diggle: Blissfully stress-free, I’m happy to say. They pay me well and on time, and they don’t mess around with the story. What more could a writer wish for?

    TFAW.com: What’s your favorite part about working in the comic book industry, Aaron?

    Campbell: There are so many great things about working in the comics industry that it’s hard to pick a favorite. For one thing, I get to do what I love to do. I get to work from home. I get to go to awesome cons and meet great fans and become friends with amazing creators. It’s really a dream career.

    Uncanny Preview Page 4TFAW.com: When you picture the person reading Uncanny, what other books would you say they’re reading right now?

    Diggle: Comics-wise, they’d probably be into Garth Ennis, Ed Brubaker, Jason Aaron, and Greg Rucka. That’s good company to be in.

    TFAW.com: What are the favorite comics that you’re reading right now?

    Diggle: I’m not reading a lot of monthly titles these days — I have a stack of trades still waiting to be read, and I haven’t even cracked open my Marvel Unlimited account yet. It’s mostly indy genre books that draw my interest — Fatale, Manhattan Projects, Saga. I was a big fan of Thief of Thieves even before I was invited to join the team, so that was a real thrill. I don’t read a lot of spandex these days, but Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye is fantastic — and pretty much spandex-free, now that I think of it. It reads more like a smart, postmodern crime book than a superhero comic. Highly recommended.

    Campbell: Right now I’m reading Fatale, Andy’s other book Snapshot, Hellboy, Hawkeye, and that’s about all I have time for. And I can go on for a very long time about all the artists that inspire me. But if I’m just talking about people who were working today, Sean Phillips, Jock, Tommy Lee Edwards, David Aja, and JH Williams are a definitely on the short list of artists I’ve been paying a lot of attention to lately.

    TFAW.com: What else are you excited about/what other projects do you have coming up?

    Diggle: The final issue of our creator-owned thriller Snapshot is out in May, which is incredibly exciting for me and Jock. The first three issues have done better than we ever hoped, and I can’t wait to see the trade. I’m also developing another Crime Line book at Dynamite over the next few weeks. It’s about sex, power, and crime, so that should be good, not-so-clean fun. I’m also developing an action thriller for another publisher, which I can’t talk about just yet. Plus I’m writing a new creator-owned miniseries this summer. So I’m crazy busy — and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Campbell: I really don’t have much time to devote to any other projects right now, but there’s a possibility that you might be seeing more of me on Dynamite covers this year. I’m also very excited for the con season and will be attending HeroesCon this year for the first time. So if you’re in Charlotte in June, come by!

    We want to thank Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell for taking time out their busy schedules for this interview! Make sure to pre-order your copy of Uncanny #1 by April 30 to save 35% off the first issue as part of this month’s featured discounts!

    ORDER YOUR COPY OF UNCANNY TODAY!

    What do you think about Uncanny? Going to add it to your pull list? We’re definitely on board. Please post your comments below.

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    New Batman Superman Series Joins the New 52 This Summer

    New Superman/Batman Series hits the New 52 this summer!A new epic begins with the debut of the new ongoing Batman Superman comic book series! Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52.

    Helmed by Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, X-Treme X-Men) and featuring the stunning art of Jae Lee (Dark Tower, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias), this is one series you won’t want to miss.

    “We’ve been given the incredible opportunity to show these two icons meeting for the first time at this very early and raw stage in their careers,” Pak told USA Today. “Neither one of them has ever heard of the other guy.”

    Pak went on to say that this is “a really exciting place to discover who these guys are, and the things we’re going to discover particularly in this first story arc will have ramifications later on down the line. We’re going to start in the past but it’ll reverberate through. It’ll be big and crazy and tons of fun.”

    Jae Lee's Superman from the new Batman Superman comic book seriesJae Lee's Batman from the new Batman Superman comic book seriesYou’ll save 20% off Batman Superman #1 when you pre-order your copy at TFAW. You can also lock in this great price when you set up your Batman Superman Series Subscription by 4/23.

    The series is also available as a Combo Pack edition that comes packaged with a digital download code for the issue.

    This is a great option for people who want to store the physical copy of the book for collectible purposes and use the digital code to read the issue. Or, you could get the book for yourself and pass along the digital version to a friend! Sharing is caring, after all.

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    Are you excited to see the first meeting of Batman and Superman in the new Batman Superman series? How do you think that’ll play out? Post your comments below!

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    New Hellraiser Ongoing Written by Clive Barker

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    Hellraiser #1 Cover AThis March, BOOM! Studios will unleash Hell as master of horror Clive Barker writes the newest chilling installment of his signature creation with the new Hellraiser ongoing series! Joined by co-writer Christopher Monfette and Hellblazer artist Leonardo Manco, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #1 features covers by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival.

    The release of Hellraiser #1 ongoing will be joined that same month by Hellraiser: Masterworks Vol. 1, the first in a series reprinting the hard-to-find Marvel Comics-era Hellraiser stories. To herald the Hellraiser: Masterworks series, Hellraiser #1 will be an epic, oversized 40-page debut that includes a story by The Matrix co-writer & co-director Larry Wachowski–ripped from the Hellraiser: Masterworks series.

    The debut volume of the Hellraiser: Masterworks series sees a slew of spine-tingling Pinhead tales by such creators as Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross and more, with cover by John Bolton!

    “Beyond being a legendary creator of all things macabre, Clive Barker is truly an amazing individual and I’m proud to be able to work with him on reviving one of his most celebrated creations with Hellraiser,” said Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “I’ve known Clive for years, but this is the first chance we’ve had to work together and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s been unbelievably gratifying to develop this series and witness the visceral, relentless, and shocking story that Clive has in store for a new generation of horror fans. Readers beware! Hell comes home this March!”

    Clive Barker has “touched” Hellraiser only twice before: once to write “The Hellbound Heart,” and once more to write and direct the original Hellraiser film. With the Hellraiser ongoing series, witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites…and Pinhead! So prepare your soul for an epic journey into horror from one of the medium’s greatest voices, and starring one of the medium’s greatest characters, in an unforgettable new chapter of Hellraiser.

    Hellraiser Masterworks Vol. 1Joining the Hellraiser ongoing series in March is the debut of Hellraiser: Masterworks Vol. 1, a collection of classic Hellraiser tales that will light your soul on fire! This must-have collection, originally published by Marvel Comics, features classic spinetinglers for die-hard fans and new readers alike, and collects a host of work from comic luminaries that you will not want to miss! Featuring the work of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Larry Wachowski, Alex Ross, Kevin O’Neill, and many more–including a cover by John Bolton! You will not want to miss this first volume in a series that will assemble the best Hellraiser comics that have ever been!

    Hellraiser #1 ships as an oversized 40-page issue in March with A and B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival respectively, as well as a very special 1-in-50 incentive cover drawn and signed by legendary master of horror Clive Barker. Hellraiser: Masterworks Vol. 1 ships in March, featuring the works of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Larry Wachowski, Alex Ross, Kevin O’Neill and more with a cover by John Bolton.

    What do you think? Are you as excited to see the return of Pinhead as I am?

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    Ongoing Monthly Farscape Series!

    Holy dren, Farscape is ongoing! Yes, Farscape fans have made the mini-series such successes that Boom! Studios has gone and made Farscape an ongoing series!

    Secrets are revealed, alliances are made, and hearts are broken in this, the start of a new chapter in the lives of your favorite characters!

    Be sure to jump on board this ongoing monthly series from the get-go! It’s written by the creator of the show, Rockne S. O’Bannon, so it’s canon, and it’ll be 100% frelling awesome!

    You can also set up “Farscape” as a Series Subscription! Just log in to your account by 9/25/09 and we’ll place an order for issue #1 and all subsequent Farscape ongoing issues for you. No need to remember to order every month, no holes in your collection, no hassles.

    Are you as excited about this as we are? Let us know below.

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