“Joe Keatinge has established himself as the latest new writer I want to undermine and destroy. It’s just top class stuff.”
- Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War, Wanted, Ultimates)

"I think Joe is definitely one to watch."
- Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible)

e-mail: joe@keatinge.com

STUFF I WROTE: March 2013

Look like we’re hat tricking it up once more, with comics coming out from Image, Marvel and DC!

First up…

DC

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #18
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by FEDERICO DALLOCCHIO
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale MARCH 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Writer Joe Keatinge and artist Tyler Kirkham turn the spotlight on STARFIRE!

—-

The artist is Federico Dallocchio.

Anyway, yeah, this companion piece to last issue’s Arsenal story is happening. Starfire blows stuff up. Things ensue.

AND THEN…

IMAGE

GLORY #34
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover ROSS CAMPBELL
MARCH 27
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.99

“THE END”
100 Years Later. Goodbye.
FINAL ISSUE

—-

After a solid year, the conclusion’s here. Ross and I talked to Chris Sims all about it in this Comics Alliance exclusive exit interview. 

Man, I’ve had that solicit written in my head since about March.

BUT DON’T WORRY ‘CAUSE…

HELL YEAH #8
story JOE KEATINGE
art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & FABIO REDIVO
cover RICKEN
MARCH 13
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50
“THE DEATH OF PLANET EARTH,” Part One
ALL-NEW STORYLINE! ALL-NEW DYING!
Everything has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

—-

Man, that Ricken, am I right? So good.

Also, DEATH OF PLANET EARTH is a Big Deal for this series. Expect a lot of death.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #3
JOE KEATINGE (W) • RICHARD ELSON (A)
Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
Variant Cover by TOMM COKER
• The hot new new horror book continues!
• Morbius gets closer to two people who don’t know the dark, deadly secret he carries.
• How does a fugitive remain hidden if his face is everywhere?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Morbius does get close to two people who don’t know the dark, deadly secret he carries and oh, man, it all goes to Hell pretty quick here. 

THAT’S IT FOR MARCH. BYE.

STUFF I WROTE (Special Hat Trick Edition): February 2013

Holy hot damn it’s a big month for me in February. I’m hitting a Comics Hat Trick by having at least one book at each of the Big Three.

First up…

DC

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #17

Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by RICKEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale FEBRUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS fans take note as ARSENAL takes the stage in this special issue!
• Roy Harper is all too familiar with the road to hell being paved with good intentions, so he’s not totally surprised when an attempt to help Killer Croc leaves him running for his life on the streets of Japan.
• Guest-starring Red Hood and Starfire!

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Like I mentioned earlier, I’m making my DC Comics debut this month. Pretty darn stoked about this one, in big part because I’m making it with HELL YEAH cover artist RICKEN, who’s in turn making her American interiors debut. And guess what? Her art is just as amazing on the inside of a comic as it is on the outside. Speaking of covers — RYAN SOOK WHAT.

IMAGE

GLORY #33
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover  ROSS CAMPBELL

FEBRUARY 27
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$3.99
"WAR TORN," Part Three 
In final battle.
The penultimate issue of Ross Campbell and Joe Keatinge’s GLORY saga ties threads together from its very beginning amidst the most brutal war Glory has ever fought. 

Destines will be realized. Lives will be destroyed. The end begins here.
—-
This is The Big One.
50% more comic book pages than usual, all drawn by Ross. No price increase. Threads started in our first issue finally wrap up. See what all of Riley’s dreams have been leading up to.
And yeah, “penultimate.” More info on what we mean by that coming from Image Comics soon.

HELL YEAH #7
story JOE KEATINGE
art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & FABIO REDIVO
cover RICKEN

FEBRUARY 13
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50

"THE LOST SUPER-VILLAINS OF MARS," Part Two

Ben Day, the secret assassin for the superheroes of Earth, is on mission to Mars. Everything has come undone. His failure unleashes something far worse than he could have ever comprehended. Humankind will suffer the consequences.
—-
Speaking of tying up threads. The second and final part of “LOST SUPER-VILLAINS OF MARS” comes showing a very different side of what happened in issue #1. This leads into next issue’s big storyline, “THE DEATH OF PLANET EARTH.”

MARVEL

MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #2
JOE KEATINGE (W) • RICHARD ELSON (P)
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
• The ALL-NEW Michael Morbius?
• Morbius, is back, but on the run and desperate to quell his vampiric tendencies. But has the midnight son really changed?
• As Morbius tries to stay under the radar, a new threat arises, and they want Morbius dead.
• The series fans have been asking for continues its thrilling debut!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Morbius NOW! More horrible decisions turn into horrible consequences as Morbius’ latest attempt to do right goes as wrong as it possibly can.

Marvel Universe AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES #11
JOE KEATINGE & FRANK TIERI (W)
KHOI PHAM & TIM LEVINS (A)
Cover by KHOI PHAM
• You won’t need to wait for Sunday Morning – grab the Avengers Adventures today!
• First, Captain America must fight the deadly Nightmare in the one place he can’t have a fair fight – his own dreams!
• Then, it’s a battle of Mythic Proportions as The Mighty Thor takes on Hercules, the Prince of Power!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

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And finally, a one-shot story from me featuring a character I’ve wanted to write for twenty years, teaming up with Captain America! Watch out!

THE LAST CON: My NYCC 2012 Details

New York Comic Con is finally here and it’s my absolute last convention of the year! So, we’re doing it up big.

Not only am I rolling the whole con in Artist’s Alley, I’m sporting two tables (R7 & R8) with a tight crew of dudes I collaborate with.

INCLUDING:

ROSS CAMPBELL (Glory)

ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ (Hell Yeah)

KEN GARING (Intergalactic)

+ Surprises??? (Maybe!) 

This will be the very first convention I’ll be slinging both GLORY Vol. 1 AND HELL YEAH Vol. 1. In addition, it will be the WORLD PREMIERE of the return of GLORY, as we’ll be debuting GLORY #29. It’s the origin of her little sister. If you’ve read 28, you know that means it’ll be really violent.

Here’s a preview page I haven’t shown anywhere else:

(UPDATE! 10/09)

I will also be on TWO THREE panels! 

The first one’s not actually at NYCC, but rather at the world famous Jim Hanley’s comic shop. 

On Wednesday, October 10th, at 7pm, Depth Of Field Magazine is presenting A Celebration of Pop Music Comics at Jim Hanley’s Universe in Manhattan. I guess I’ll be talking about pop music in comics. There will be a bunch of rad folks there, including moderator Patrick Reed (editor of Depth Of Field Magazine), High Moon’s David Gallaher, Phonogram & Uncanny X-Men’s Kieron Gillen, PUNK Magazine’s John Holmstrom, Molly Danger’s Jamal Igle, ethnomusicologist Elizabeth Keenan, The Fifth Beatle & Dusty Star’s Andrew Robinson (holy shit i love Dusty Star), 27’s Charles Soule, Human Being Lawnmower’s Avi Spivak, Fifth Beatles’ Vivek J. Tiwardy and Prince of Cats’ Ronald Wimberly. Hot damn that’s a ridiculous line up. Very stoked to be part of the proceedings.

AND NOW A NEW PANEL.

On Thursday, I’ll be on the Image Revolution Documentary Panel in  ROOM 1A04 at 6:30 PM. It’s a panel on the upcoming Image Comics documentary and I guess I’l talking about Image Comics. I used to work there doing PR. Now I write comics for them. WHAT’S NEXT? (probably more writing comics)

ALSO, on Sunday…!

Marvel NOW!: Amazing Spider-Man and Beyond, 10:45 AM in room 1E07. Here’s Marvel’s official description: Marvel NOW! is on the horizon and Spidey & Co. are in the spotlight. Find out what to expect from the Spider-Man Office when Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Joe Keatinge (Morbius), Kevin Shinick (Avenging Spider-Man), Ryan Stegman (Scarlet Spider), Declan Shalvey (Venom) and Arune Singh (Director of Communications) come to town! And Spider-Man won’t be the only topic of discussion here! Get the details on Daredevil, Punisher, and more!

Yeah, so if you wanna here me yammer on about Morbius, this is your golden opportunity!

And finally, if you’re looking for me, my banner stand is currently locked in Emi Lenox’s car while she’s in Japan, so just look out for this face at R7 and R8.


HELL YEAH IS A BOOK NOW.

With a spine and everything.

It looks like this:

It’s really surreal for me, even moreso than the GLORY TPB. These characters have been in my head for many, many years. Andre and I have been talking about doing it since around 2008, 2009. So, it’s a long time in the making.

And despite it debuting after GLORY, it was - well, is - my first stab at writing an ongoing series, warts and all. Like a lot of people say about their early works, it’s a tough one for me to go back and read, because all I see are the flaws. The things I would have changed. The lessons I learned that I would apply now. Before this I wrote stories that were no more than eight pages. While the basic mechanics are similar, overall it’s radically different. 

So, you know, we were learning what we were doing along the way. In public. On an Image book. During Image’s strongest year in years. Kinda felt like those dreams where you’re naked in Math class, but it’s real. Looking back on the first issue I see a group of guys who weren’t quite sure what they’re doing, but were putting a hell of a lot of passion on the page. I see a writer struggling with what to reveal and what not to reveal, who could have used an editor. I see an artist getting nervous with the new spotlight. A colorist learning his craft. All in all, the transition from that first issue to the fifth is pretty jarring, in what I think is a good way. The quality takes a massive jump. The writer got an editor. The artist got his confidence. The colorist really got it together.

It’s a raw book, to be sure, but one I’m proud of. Without Hell Yeah, there is no Glory, no Morbius: The Living Vampire, no Intergalactic, no the-other-stuff-I’m-working-on-but-can’t-get-into-at-the-moment. There is also no Hell Yeah #6, which is coming together right now and is easily the happiest I’ve ever been on the series. The lessons learned by everyone in the first five issues have definitely been taken to heart and is resulting in a tighter, stronger read. One I’m personally stoked by.

In a way, I view this as our band’s first EP. The bootleg cassette tape you had to be at one of our basement shows to buy. Do you guys remember cassette tapes? 

Regardless, it’s a beginning. A sometimes rough, always passionate love letter to everything we love about comics. And movies. And music. And pop culture. And women. And family. And everything.

Ten bucks. Five issues (two of which are oversized). Intro by Michael Allred. Sketch gallery.

Out now.

Check it out. 

INTERVIEW ABOUT EVERYTHING

Earlier this morning Comic Book Resources posted an interview with me spotlighting Hell Yeah and Glory, wherein I debuted Hell Yeah’s new series cover artist, Ricken, and discuss building toward the ending of Glory. I also get into my thoughts on Dave Sim’s Cerebus and even drop a few announcements.

A few things have changed since this interview was conducted:

1) Obviously, my Marvel work got announced - an issue of Amazing Spider-Man, leading into writing an ongoing Morbius: The Living Vampire series. 

2) The Madman/Hell Yeah crosso
ver illustrated by Michael Allred/Madman isn’t going to make it in the CBLDF Liberty Comics anthology, but will happen after he gets ahead on his Marvel work. That being said, I do have a NEW story with another artist I’ve long admired. More on that soon.


3) I finished Cerebus. Now reading Ostrander’s Suicide Squad. Holy crap.

IN EXISTENCE NOW: GLORY VOL. 1 TPB + HELL YEAH #5

Holy crap it’s a big week for stuff I write.

FIRST UP:

LOOK OUT! It’s the first collection of my run on GLORY, with collaborator/illustrator, Ross Campbell. This thing collects our first six issues and includes every single cover, as well as a sketch gallery! Best of all? It’s only $9.99. What a fine deal!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

LOOK OUT AGAIN! It’s the last issue of HELL YEAH’s first arc! BONUS: It’s the first issue with the series’ new inker, Fabio Redivo, and editor, iFanboy’s Ron Richards! A lot of shit goes down in this issue, setting up the book’s very different direction starting with #6.

STOKED.

Lemme know what y’all think.

ADVERTISED

Image Comics is running a couple of ads now for the GLORY and HELL YEAH TPBs.

Here’s the GLORY one:

It’s a mish mash of the cover of #28 and the cover of the TPB, which is this:

Then there’s HELL YEAH.

Look familiar? It’s a new take on the original #1 cover, re-penciled by Andre and this time inked by our new series inker, Fabio Redivo and colored by interior (and now exterior) colorist Jason Lewis. No one’s seen this before.

Here’s a version without all the copy:

and here’s the back cover:

DOPE.

THE ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT HELL YEAH

Over the weekend Rich Johnston’s BLEEDING COOL made the exclusive debut of this piece of teaser

I know folks say this a lot, but I gotta stress it: this issue’s a big one for a number of reasons. Yeah, it’s the first issue after the tradepaperback. Yeah, it’s a major jumping on point. Yeah, a lot of crazy shit goes down. There’s more to it than that.

I’ve always viewed the first storyline, LAST DAY ON EARTHS, to be a bit of an extended origin story for Ben. This next one, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS RIGHT, is very indicative of what the series will be like going forward. And it’s to a very different place.

I’ll put it like this, if LAST DAY ON EARTHS was the child of early 90s Image Comics, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS RIGHT is what happens when the kid grows up and is on their own. You’ll see what I mean when it hits in September.

However, there’s more to it than just that. As you can see from the above, the art looks a bit different than usual and radically different from the original version of the cover that got out online.

For comparison’s sake, here’s the original:

 

I like the original. It’s good, but I thought we needed to be great for #6. In a sense, it’s the books true beginning. This is the series I always envisioned doing. We needed it to be even better going forward.

So, first off, interior colorist Jason Lewis has taken over cover colors from Andre. Andre does a good job, but Jason’s been doing an increasingly amazing job on the interiors. It didn’t feel right to hide his work from people peeping the covers on the stands.

Second, you’ll notice a second name under Andre’s signature. That’s Fabio Redivo, who is now handling inks on the book - both on the cover and the interiors. Dude’s such an amazing fit for Andre. The combination of the two of them turn out something really great. 

I think Fabio and Jason working with Andre is making the book even better looking than ever before. Just check out this step-by-step breakdown of how they created the issue #6 cover.

First with Andre’s pencils…

Then Fabio’s inks…

and finally, for comparison’s sake, Jason’s colors (sans text).

Looking pretty good, huh?

With the art even better than before, I thought it was time I receive some additional help. One problem I run in with creator-owned comics is having a lack of an editor. At Image especially, there are no editors, so it’s up to you to self-edit. Regardless of all my experience with PopGun, One Model Nation and so on, I wish I had a different pair of eyes looking over my work and shepherding things along. Some people think having an editor on a creator-owned book is somehow a bad thing, but I know in my own experience editors have been an extremely valuable part of the writing process. I dig ‘em.

So, starting immediately, we have one. I’m bringing on iFanboy’s own Ron Richards to be that second pair of eyes. If you listen to iFanboy, you know Ron has one of the sharpest critical eyes in comics. That guy’s opinion goes a long way with me, so I’m thrilled to have him on board. In addition, the guy is one of my closest friends and was even in the room when Andre and I shook hands to do this book all those years ago. He’s someone I have no qualms trusting with my comics baby.

I gotta say I’m really stoked for the future of the book - now more than ever before. I feel like we’re really hitting a good stride with the new team. The pages coming in are the best the book’s ever looked and it’s feeling like we’ve locked this thing down.

Hell Yeah #6. September 2012. 

BE THERE! 

Stuff I Wrote: JUNE 2012

The wait is over! June 2012 solicits are here! Celebrate my 30th birthday in style by reading these two fine funnybooks.

FIRST:

KRIS ANKA IN THE HOUSE, Y’ALL. Is that one sweet cover or what? Dude killed it.

GLORY #27
story JOE KEATINGE
art ROSS CAMPBELL
cover KRIS ANKA
JUNE 20
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99
"DESTROYER," Part Two
Glory’s home in Mont St. Michel is under siege. Her allies are not prepared. Not everyone survives.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Having already written this issue, I can confirm it’s one huge, bloody mess. Swords fly. More heads blow up. Ben finds out a big secret I hinted at in issue one. 

Shit gets real. 

HELL YEAH #4
story JOE KEATINGE
art & cover ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
JUNE 6
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99
"LAST DAY ON EARTHS," Part Four
The penultimate chapter of HELL YEAH’s first storyline brings an unexpected enemy set on destroying Benjamin Day once and for all. She’s not alone.