“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

IN EXISTENCE NOW: Glory, Vol. 2 TPB + Morbius #7 feat. Superior Spider-Man!

It’s the first day of San Diego Comic Con (c’mon, Preview Night’s a full day, let’s just admit it) and to coincide I’ve got two brand-new releases coming.

First up, the long-anticipated…

GLORY, VOL. 2: WAR TORN completes the GLORY storyline featuring Ross Campbell and guest artists Ulises Farinas, Roman Muradov, Emi Lenox, Greg Hinkle, Sloane Leong, Jed Dougherty and the covers by Ricken, Ulises again, Nate Bellegarde and Kris Anka. Ernest Hemingway shows up. NOTE: the cover connects with the first trade by Nanaja’s tail! 144 pages of bad ass bad assery all for a measly $14.99.

There’s a preview online, but it’s from the penultimate chapter, which seems like a really odd choice for a preview since it’s basically at the ending. So, yeah, I’m going to avoid posting that on here, but if you really want it, you can seek it out.

ALSO

The conclusion of our Superior Spider-Man crossover is here. Lots of punching. Morbius gets a new costume. The set up for our final arc, The World Breaks Everyone, is here! 

Check out this preview

THE END. SEE YOU AT COMIC CON.

STUFF I WROTE: May 2013

Here’s what I’m rolling out this May, courtesy of Image and Marvel Comics:

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 3
story ALEXANDER GRECIAN, KURTIS WIEBE & JOE KEATINGE
art / cover RILEY ROSSMO
MAY 22
40 PAGES / FC / M
$4.99
GOLDEN-AGE FORMAT
Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire, RILEY ROSSMO, interprets stories from three of today’s top writers. From KURTIS WIEBE (PETER PANZERFAUST) comes a heartbreaking love story—in this world or the next. JOE KEATINGE (GLORY, HELL YEAH) offers up Day of the Dead 3000. As Ultra Muertos falls at the hands of Mother Slaughter, his grandson takes over the mantle with a death wish for all-out apocalypse! And New York Times bestselling author ALEXANDER GRECIAN (PROOF) tells a tale of ghost children.

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Yeah, my story is gonna stand out a bit. Seems like everyone else are doing these quiet love stories or people reconnecting with family from beyond the dead. My story is… not. It’s essentially me writing 70s comics, 3/4ths Kirby, 1/4th R. Crumb. I wanted to try writing an issue of 2001: A Space Odyssey. So, I did.

also from Image…

Actually, Ricken’s cover is such a massive spoiler that we solicited it with some art from Andre that won’t be on the final cover, but here goes…

HELL YEAH 10
story JOE KEATINGE
art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & FABIO REDIVO
cover RICKEN
MAY 22
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$3.50
"DEATH OF PLANET EARTH," Conclusion
2013’S SUPERSPLOITATION REVENGE EPIC REACHES ITS GRAND FINALE (for now)! 
Planets are blown up. Destinies are realized. The good guys don’t win.
BONUS: WHAT IS JOE KEATINGE & JAMES HARVEY’S NULL/VOID?! (Find out!)
SERIES ONE CONCLUDES

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First thing, no — HELL YEAH is NOT ending. Frankly, this books not one that can come out every month just due to behind-the-scenes issues that are boring. So, we’re going to have to do it in chunks. The format will be altered in the future, but I’ll get to that when the time comes.

Second thing — James Harvey is awesome.

AND THEN…

MARVEL

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MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #5
JOE KEATINGE (W)
RICHARD ELSON (A)
Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
VIVA LA REVOLUCION!
• As Brownsville gets more treacherous, Morbius takes matters into his own hands!
• Which Morbius will survive? The man or the vampire?
• Find out why Morbius is the breakout hit of Marvel Now!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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MORBIUS makes a massive mistake at the end of #2 (out this week!) and the full repercussions are felt in this issue. It’s gonna be nuts. #4 is also a big, big issue, one that fully explains some of the things you probably even didn’t realize were mysteries in issue one. You’ll see what I mean.

IN EXISTENCE NOW: Amazing Spider-Man #699.1

Holy crap. I wrote an issue of Amazing Spider-Man that Marvel actually published and is in comic book shops right now.

Even better, it’s illustrated by Valentine DeLandro with an intro drawn by Marco Checchetto (with a writing assist by the Reigning King of Spider-Man, Dan Slott, and all lettered by Chris Eliopoulos). All of those folks were majorly ideal to work with. Extra huge thanks to Editor Stephen Wacker for bringing me on board, Associate Editor Sana Amanat & Assistant Editor Ellie Pyle for being so incredible to work with and every single person at Marvel who has been a massive support, like Axel Alonso, Ryan Penagos, Jim Viscardi, Arune Singh, Tim Stevens, Ben Morse, CB Cebulski and — holy crap, everybody. Its been nothing but super ideal working with every single person there. Making mine Marvel has been a mighty fine experience.

Anyway, there’s a preview up on CBR. I’ve been answering questions in the comments thread in case you have questions.

The early reviews are already rolling in and it seems like folks are digging it.

Four stars from Comic Vine!

9/10 from Chicago Comic Vault!

Anyway, “Dream project” is a term that’s so thrown around these days, but seriously this one’s — well, there’s this:

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I hope you dig it!

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.

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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.
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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.
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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!

STUFF I WROTE: January 2013

Man. 2013 already.

ANYWAY, CRAZY BIG MONTH! Lots of comics coming out.

First up, over at IMAGE COMICS.

THE RETURN OF HELL YEAH!

HELL YEAH #6 (RES)
story JOE KEATINGE
art ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ & FABIO REDIVO
cover RICKEN
JANUARY 16
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$3.50
"THE LOST SUPER-VILLAINS OF MARS," Part One
ALL-NEW STORYLINE! ALL-NEW COVER ARTIST! SAME MULTIVERSE-SHATTERING ACTION!
Twenty-five years ago Earth’s first superheroes appeared, but no one knew about the villains. They’ve been hiding, waiting, planning and all these years later, they’re coming. 
From Mars.
PLUS: HELL YEAH is packed to the brim with even more backup stories than ever before, featuring the most exciting up-and-coming talent today, including another exciting installment of TIGER LAWYER! No interior ads - HELL YEAH is all-comics, all the time!

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Yeah, it’s one of those “jumping on points” as our second arc starts. This is going to be the format of the book for the foreseeable future - five issue chunks with a break and possibly something extra in between. Really stoked to have Ricken on board.

Speaking of Ricken.

GLORY #32
story JOE KEATINGE
art ROSS CAMPBELL, OWEN GIENI, EMI LENOX, GREG HINKLE, SLOANE LEONG & JED DOUGHERTY
cover RICKEN
JANUARY 23
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$3.99
"WAR TORN," Part Two
The dawn before war. Glory and her allies face inevitable death. With only hours left to live, everyone’s final moments are revealed in short stories illustrated by some of the greatest new talents in comics, including OWEN GIENI, GREG HINKLE, SLOANE LEONG, JED DOUGHERTY and a very special crossover with EMI LENOX’s EMITOWN!

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Yeah, seriously. GLORY’s having a crossover with EMITOWN.

And yeah, a whole bunch of our favorite up-and-coming artists are joining us to tell a bunch of two-page stories featuring all your favorite character’s preparing to die in February’s GLORY #33.

and finally…

DIAS DE LAS MUERTAS #1 (of 3)
story ALEX LINK, CHRISTOPHER LONG, DIRK MANNING
art / cover RILEY ROSSMO
JANUARY 9
40 PAGES / FC / M
GOLDEN AGE FORMAT
$4.99
Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire, RILEY ROSSMO (DEBRIS, GREEN WAKE, COWBOY NINJA VIKING, REBEL BLOOD) joins forces with nine different writers over three issues to tell tall tales from beyond the grave!
This issue’s writers are ALEX LINK (REBEL BLOOD), CHRISTOPHER LONG (X-Men Unlimited, Hiding In Time, Easy Way) and DIRK MANNING (NIGHTMARE WORLD, Write or Wrong). Future issues will feature stories by ED BRISSON (COMEBACK), ALEX GRECIAN (PROOF), JOE KEATINGE (HELL YEAH), JEFF MARRIOTTE (FADE TO BLACK), KURTIS WIEBE (PETER PANZERFAUST) and JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (XENOHOLICS).
In this issue: A mariachi falls in love with a woman who strongly resembles his lost love, a father is abused by a poltergeist, and a girl who’s mother died when she was born visits the land of the dead in her dreams.

NOTE: Due to the special nature and size of this book and in order to maintain an on-time shipping schedule, this book will be solicited BI-MONTHLY. 

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Also NOTE I DO NOT have a story in this issue, but I WILL be contributing a story to either #2 or 3. Not sure how that plays out just yet. Really stoked to be part of this. Riley’s someone I’ve wanted to work with for a while.

That does it for Image.

Over at Marvel Comics…

MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #1
JOE KEATINGE (W) • RICHARD ELSON (A)
Cover by Gabrielle Dell’otto
Variant Cover by Ed McGuinness
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Blank Cover Also Available
Morbius….the hunted, haunted fugitive.
Morbius…the dead souled scientist.
Morbius…the Living Vampire.
Somewhere inside Doctor Michael Morbius is a good man who just needs a second chance. After escaping from The Raft in Amazing Spider-Man 699.1, Morbius is scraping desperately through each day trying to carve out a life in a world that has turned its back on him. However his redemption…may be worse than his sin.
NOW Morbius returns in this long-awaited ongoing series, where the line between hero and villain becomes brutally and bloodily blurred.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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So, holy crap. The first issue of my first Marvel ongoing series, spinning out of last month’s Amazing Spider-Man #699.1 (which I also wrote). Pretty damn stoked.

Hey, check out this Skottie Young variant cover.