5 Things That You Should Read on ComiXology Unlimited

In case you haven’t heard already, ComiXology has launched a service called ComiXology Unlimited. Similar to the Kindle Unlimited service from Amazon (ComiXology’s parent company), ComiXology Unlimited. “allows you to read freely from thousands of titles, including comic books, graphic novels & manga.”

In the case of CU, you can read anything and everything in the ComiXology Unlimited. catalog for $5.99 a month, after a 30-day free trial.   However not everything is in ComiXology Unlimited..  At the time of launch, just about every major comic publisher has titles to read , except for DC Comics and Marvel.  Now, you might get a lot of varied titles to choose from in the new service, but in a interview with ComiXology CEO, it is revealed that you will only get some of any particular title.  The idea being that if you start on a new title that you like, you would probably be willing to pay to read more.

With that in mind, you are probably wondering if this is a good deal and worth checking out. I signed up myself to check out what was available, and it didn’t take me long to find 5 things that I recommend to read on ComiXology Unlimited.

Here they are in no particular order:

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[PRESS] – DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW BOOKS, NEW CREATORS, BROADER FOCUS FOR THE DC UNIVERSE

DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW BOOKS, NEW CREATORS, BROADER FOCUS FOR THE DC UNIVERSE

Iconic Super Heroes & Super-Villains Universe is Diversifying

To Make Room for More Types of Storytelling, More Fans.

June Slate of Titles Includes Long-Awaited Return to DCU of Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis; Gene Luen Yang & Ming Doyle Join Team of Top Talent.

This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans.  Award-winning, critically acclaimed writers are headlining the June 2015 slate of DC Comics’ new periodicals and graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis and Ming Doyle.

Beginning June 3rd, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering.  The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.

“This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio.  “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June.”

DC Comics will be keenly focused on going back-to-basics with its legendary characters, like BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN, while also reinventing key characters, such as BLACK CANARY, BIZARRO, CYBORG and STARFIRE, with a new contemporary tonality to ensure a diverse offering of titles.  Top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.

Depicting some of these iconic characters in a more contemporary light include National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang who will join artist John Romita Jr. in the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN.  Comic superstar artist Bryan Hitch will write and draw new tales of the world’s greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The pitch perfect team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea returns to DC Comics for a limited series called SECTION EIGHT featuring characters from their popular Hitman comic.  VERTIGO creator Ming Doyle will be lending her talents to DC Comics, penning CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo.

“More than ever before, DC Comics fans are being exposed to our rich portfolio of characters through multiple sources, including an unprecedented number of highly successful TV shows, video games and upcoming major motion pictures,” said Co-Publisher Jim Lee.  “We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone.  For example, fans of the ARROW television show may want more stories about BLACK CANARY. Now they can find modern, fresh takes on the character in the pages of her standalone series both in stores and digitally.”

Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be  writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June.  Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to  helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.

“Beyond character and creators, the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as BIZARRO, BAT-MITE and PREZ,” said Lee.  “Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts.”

A first look at upcoming storylines will be the focus of DC Entertainment’s Free Comic Book Day issue – DC COMICS: DIVERGENCE – available Saturday, May 2, featuring three 8-page previews for the June releases of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s BATMAN, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s launch of the Darkseid War within JUSTICE LEAGUE featuring the biggest villains in the DCU – Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, and Gene Luen Yang’s DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr on SUPERMAN.  More than half-a million free issues of the DC Entertainment sampler will be given away at comic book retailers globally.

“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” said DiDio.

To learn more about the June DC Universe slate, visit www.dccomics.com.

[PRESS] – BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE, A HARDCOVER ANTHOLOGY FEATURING TOP COMIC BOOK TALENTS ALEX GRECIAN, JEREMY HAUN, B. CLAY MOORE, SETH PECK, AND MANY MORE, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL 2015 FROM DYNAMITE

 

BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE, A HARDCOVER ANTHOLOGY
FEATURING TOP COMIC BOOK TALENTS ALEX GRECIAN,
JEREMY HAUN, B. CLAY MOORE, SETH PECK, AND MANY MORE, 

WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL 2015 FROM DYNAMITE

January 12, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Bad Karma Volume One, the highly anticipated hardcover anthology from such comic creators as Alex Grecian (Proof, Rasputin), Jeremy Haun (Constantine, Batwoman), B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull), and Seth Peck (X-Men, ’76, Sorrow), will be available for the first time in comic book stores and book retail chains in April 2015.
Celebrated as “a beautiful representation of collaboration at its best” by industry news site Comics Alliance, Bad Karma Volume One features 200 pages of original comic book and prose stories, plus pin-up artwork, by a huge selection of the industry’s up-and-coming creative people. At its core, Bad Karma highlights four separate, creator-owned concepts: Hellbent, by Peck & Tigh Walker; Old Dog, by Moore & Christopher Mitten; Middleton, by Grecian and Phil Hester; and Chaos Agent, by Haun and Mike Tisserand. The four aforementioned writers also collaborate on The Ninth Life of Solomon Gunn, with Jeremy Haun performing double-duty on art chores.

Additional Bad Karma contributors include Tony Harris, Ben Templesmith, Francesco Francavilla, Rebekka Isaacs, Chris Samnee, Jenny Frison, Shane White, Shaky Kane, Andrew MacLean, and many more. The first volume of this anthology series also features a fold-out gatefold by noted print-maker Mark Englert.

 

Each of the core Bad Karma writers summarized their experience in bringing this unique, innovative project to fruition:

  1. Clay Moore: “Bad Karmawas intended as a showcase for Jeremy Haun, Alex Grecian, Seth Peck, and me to launch new creator-owned concepts, utilizing the assistance of friends we’d always enjoyed collaborating with, or always wanted to collaborate with. Our goal was to produce as high quality a book as possible, focusing on content and design, and we did just that, from Jonathan Hickman’s hardcover design to Mark Englert’s fold-out Bad Karma print. There are five new concepts in the book, one of which the five of us created together. We also traded off on each other’s concepts, writing short stories based on the others’ concepts. Alex and I also contributed prose pieces. Everything was loosely linked together. We were lucky enough to have the support of a number of amazing talents, contributing art to the stories, as well as spot illustrations and pin-ups.”

    Seth Peck: “Working on the book was the most challenging, exciting, and satisfying experience of my career. The chance to tell any kind of story I wanted to was extremely liberating, and really let me stretch myself creatively. Having complete creative control let us design the entire book from the top down, and let us produce the work exactly as we wanted to.”

Jeremy Haun: “Cover to cover this is a book I’m truly proud of. We had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented folks in the industry. It’s not often you get to completely craft every aspect of a project. We were able to build a book that came out exactly how we wanted, from the design, to the color, to the paper stock.”

 

Alex Grecian: “Bad Karma never should have been as good as it is. Four headstrong creators in complete control of a project as ambitious as this one? It’s a formula for disaster. But somehow it worked. And more than worked. It’s a book I’m proud of. And I plan to keep coming back to it, to build on my creations in it and to steal my own ideas (and those of my co-creators).”
Bad Karma Volume One came to realization thanks to fan support by way of the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. Since its successful campaign, the creators connected with Dynamite Entertainment for greater distribution and marketing opportunities. B. Clay Moore says, “We successfully crowdfunded the project, and the success of the project, and the enthusiastic response from readers, helped fuel our passion for the book. We’re especially grateful to Nick Barrucci and Dynamite for helping us expand the Bad Karma audience.”

“What’s so great about Bad Karma is that it can appeal to such a diverse audience,” says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment. “Within its pages, readers will find gritty crime noir, Victorian mystery, gun-blazing Western action, tentacled monsters, mind-blowing pin-up illustrations, and more. Anyone can pick up this book and find something to love… and that’s just for starters, because the sheer high quality of this package, the considerable wealth of talent involved, will draw eyes to each and every page. We’re exceedingly proud to count Bad Karma as part of our release schedule for 2015.”

 

Bad Karma Volume One will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2015 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Bad Karma Volume One through their local comic book retailers, bookstores, or online retailers.

[PRESS] Valiant Entertainment’s BLOODSHOT #1 Arrives on Visionbooks App FOR FREE

Valiant Entertainment’s BLOODSHOT #1 Arrives on Visionbooks App FOR FREE
Valiant’s Best-Selling Superhero Series Springs to Life with Motion, Animation, and More

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LOS ANGELES, November 4th 2014 – Visionbooks is proud to announce the FREE release of BLOODSHOT #1 – the debut issue of Valiant’s best-selling, critically acclaimed series from writer Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey) with fan favorite artists Manuel Garcia (Black Widow) & Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons) – available now in the Visionbooks app!

Every mission is a suicide mission… Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot is the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks. A reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And he’s just been captured. Start at the beginning and see the adventures of Valiant’s most dangerous man-at-arms in a whole dimension as Visionbooks transforms BLOODSHOT’s action-packed first adventure!

Visionbooks revolutionizes comic book reading by transforming two-dimensional comic books into a digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates dimensional action like explosions, smoke, weather, character conflicts and action, all within static comic panels. Immerse yourself in the unrelenting action of Bloodshot through the innovative Visionbooks platform.

 

Praise for Valiant’s BLOODSHOT:

“A damn fine read… Bombastic and ballsy.”- Ain’t It Cool News

“Fires on all cylinders… Tons of intensity, intrigue and mystery…” – Bloody Disgusting

“The best action comic on the stands.” – Comic Book Resources

“One of the most entertaining books on the shelves right now.”- Comic Vine

“It’s spectacular stuff.” – IGN

 

For more information visit: http://www.visionbooks.co

Follow Visionbooks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VisionbooksApp

Like Visionbooks on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisionbooksApp

Check out Visionbooks on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/visionbooksapp

About Visionbooks: Visionbooks is a division of Visionborne Inc. Founded in 2012, Visionborne created a ground breaking technology that turns static editorial content into enriched, vibrant and skillfully animated format. Visionbooks believes in the universal language of comics and strive to provide artists and writers the best, most innovative means of getting their message across to others. Prior to launching Visionbooks, Francesco Scrufari and Simone Offredo, founded Ulixe, a well-recognized European provider of web-based services and international solutions for the banking and industrial sectors.

About Valiant Entertainment: Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

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Kindle Worlds Expands – Amazon Publishing Announces New Licensing Agreements with Hasbro, Inc. and Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment | Business Wire

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