This summer, Adam Jensen continues his technologically augmented adventures in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The video game picks up a few years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, in which Jensen attempted to stop the Illuminati's plans to ruin advances in transhumanism. Unfortunately because Mankind Divided is a prequel to the original Deus Ex, the events of the Panchaea Incident, in which augmented humans go on a hallucinatory rampage brought about by the Illuminati, are unavoidable. The only thing Jensen can do is choose just how much of the truth the public learns about what really happened on that fateful day.
In Mankind Divided, the augmented populace is a minority fighting for equality, though the efforts have been set back by the Panchaea Incident and a rise in terrorist activity in the years since. Jensen is now a member of a global coalition that attempts to quell the insurgences, and he must delicately balance his own opinions as an augmented human with those of his employers and the people of the world in fear for their lives on both sides of the conflict. Before Mankind Divided arrives, Titan Comics will release a prequel comic to the prequel sequel which is also still a prequel, which will detail Jensen's first mission with Task Force 29.
The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.
It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.
Album-inspired covers seem to be all the rage this year, with both Marvel and Black Mask going the hip-hop route --- but the idea is nothing new. Back in the days when albums were actual physical objects, their nearly-square covers provided a cover for some iconic images that became indelibly familiar.
Titan Comics is the latest publisher to tap in to the cultural cachet of classic album art, with three new Doctor Who variant covers by artist Simon Myers riffing on albums from David Bowie, Blondie, and Bob Dylan. The covers feature on the upcoming third and fourth issues of the Twelfth Doctor series, featuring Peter Capaldi's Doctor and Jenna Coleman as the companion Clara, and a retailer-exclusive cover for the first issue of the upcoming Eighth Doctor series, featuring Paul McGann's take on the Doctor.
The received wisdom about your favorite Doctor from the various iterations of Doctor Who is that most people prefer the one they grew up with, or the first one they encountered. Your first Doctor is the one who established what the Doctor is meant to be. In that regard, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor has an advantage, simply because his unmatched seven year tenure in the role made him a presence in more people's childhoods.
Even without that statistical advantage, Baker's Doctor still towers above his peers from the original series in terms of reputation and affection --- and his most enduring companion, Sarah Jane Smith, is still one of the most popular companions, brought to the screen by the late and beloved Elisabeth Sladen in multiple series. So it's no surprise that Titan's next Doctor Who mini series, following on from those spotlighting versions of the Doctor most recognizable to modern audiences, will bring back the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane for brand new adventures.
Long before Snowpiercer was a film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Le Transperceneige was well known in Europe as a classic of the science-fiction genre. Created by writer Jacques Lob and drawn by Jean-Marc Rochette, the first volume – The Escape – was published in 1982 at the height of the severe global economic recession and the dawn of Thatcherism and Reaganomics on the world stage.
The fact that the English translation didn’t arrive until last year, after the greatest post-war slump of all, is perhaps no coincidence – the tale of a massive train harbouring the last humans on earth, sorted by class from richest to poorest with no room for progression is as timely today as it was in the ‘80s.
And now, one year later, not only do we have the subsequent sequels available on the English market but also a brand new volume (just released in France) that will hit our shelves in February – and we've had a chance to read and review it in advance.
There are a lot of good reasons to be excited about Johnny Red. For one thing, Garth Ennis writing a war comic has been a pretty solid bet for about two decades now, and Keith Burns' brutal, gritty art makes a perfect fit for a story of dogfights over Stalingrad. Beyond that, though, there's also the idea of resurrecting an action-packed character from the history of British comics for a modern audience, and the hook of seeing a story about a British airman flying for Russia during World War II.
If, however, you still need more convincing, then read on! With the fist issue set to hit shelves next week, Titan has shared a preview, complete with Carlos Ezquerra's variant cover for the first issue.
With the fourth issue of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor arriving in stores today, writer Cavan Scott continues his commentary on the five issue mini series with his notes on issue #3, exclusive to ComicsAlliance. Last time we met Glom the space octopus, visited the Temporal Bazaar with Captain Jack, and left the Doctor at the mercy of the Lect. Grab your copy of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #3 and read along as the story continues!
For the last few weeks, writer/artist André Araújo has been publishing pages from his new Titan Comics series Man Plus as a webcomic, offering a free look at the opening chapter in his story about a robotic dystopia. As he puts it, it's a story about "a shimmering metropolis where technology rules with a heavy hand, and cyborg strike teams are commonplace" --- or in other words, the perfect chance for him to assemble an entire city using only his imagination.
Having completed a thesis in architecture, Man Plus provides Araújo with the opportunity to realize some of his ideas on the page, and create not only a futuristic world and narrative, but a futuristic landscape as well. With the series heading to print in January next year, ComicsAlliance spoke to Araújo to find out more about how it came to be.
Independence Day: Resurgence appropriately takes place 20 years after the events of Independence Day, as the world has united to form the Earth Space Defense, using tech leftover from the last alien invasion to build weapons to defend ourselves from potential future attacks. But how did we get to that point, exactly? A new prequel comic will help fill in the gaps.
A brand new volume of Snowpiercer from Jean-Marc Rochette and award-winning writer Olivier Bocquet is set to debut in France next month, and Titan will race to publish the English edition in February, giving us the entire set in gorgeous matching hardcover.
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