“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

On my birthday fifteen years ago this Ladrönn-drawn Silver Surfer graphic novel (acting as a sequel to the Moebius-drawn Silver Surfer: Parable AND Jack Kirby’s then unresolved cliffhanger from Silver Surfer #18*) was cancelled.

On my birthday this Wednesday it’s my wish this thing gets restarted after Ladrönn finishes Hip Flask. Way more information here. Apologies for the scan quality, but it’s what out there.

*And yes I know that was resolved in two issues of Web Spinners, but who cares?

Ladies and Gentlemen, ramonvillalobos.
Your very first sneak peek at his inks for What If Age of Ultron #2, featuring the reunion of the New Fantastic Four, decades after a Tony Stark-less Armor Wars scorched the Earth.
The entire issue is on a 16-panel grid and Ramon’s absolutely killing it. 
And yes, Hulk’s a Shaolin monk now. 
And yes, Wolverine is kinda dressed like someone I may run a Tumblr about.
And yes, Spider-Man’s costume is comprised of various costumes because he can’t find his old one anymore.
And no, you haven’t seen this Ghost Rider before. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, ramonvillalobos.

Your very first sneak peek at his inks for What If Age of Ultron #2, featuring the reunion of the New Fantastic Four, decades after a Tony Stark-less Armor Wars scorched the Earth.

The entire issue is on a 16-panel grid and Ramon’s absolutely killing it. 

And yes, Hulk’s a Shaolin monk now. 

And yes, Wolverine is kinda dressed like someone I may run a Tumblr about.

And yes, Spider-Man’s costume is comprised of various costumes because he can’t find his old one anymore.

And no, you haven’t seen this Ghost Rider before. 

STUFF I WROTE: May 2013

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

IMAGE

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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.

MORBIUS IS NOW

THE WAIT FOR MORE VAMPIRE COMICS (THE LIVING KIND) IS FINALLY OVER!

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MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #1, my first-ever Marvel Comics first-issue is finally slamming its way onto new release comic book racks the world over. Illustrated by the brilliant Rich Elson of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY fame and colored by Antonio Fabela of coloring a bunch of awesome comics fame. I’m gonna be celebrating the event by a release party at Anaheim, CA’s Beach Ball Comics.

I talked to USA Today’s Brian Truitt, about all things Morbius, including a special sneak preview. Any time I have a new project coming out, one of the things I look forward to most is talking to Brian.

If you want a taste of what’s coming, don’t forget you can still pick up Amazing Spider-Man #699.1.

The early buzz on MORBIUS is quite nice.

“Here’s the best kept secret of next Wednesday. Joe Keatinge killed it on Morbius the Living Vampire #1. Email your shops & reserve it!” - Acme Comics

Morbius the Living Vampire #1 could easily be your introduction to the character. Everything you need to know is all in this comic.” - Alpha Comics

“First came Daredevil. Then Hawkeye. What is the next must read Marvel series? Morbius by Joe Keatinge on sale this week!” - Arune Singh, Director of Communications at Marvel

“Morbius, The Living Vampire, is another successful launch of a character usually seen in a supporting role, now ready to establish himself on his own. Fans should not hesitate to jump on in.” - Brian Thomer, examiner.com

BUT, WAIT — THERE’S MORE!

GLORY #31 - the first issue of the final arc of the series, ‘War Torn’ - hits shelves as well. Comics Alliance has a gigantic preview featuring my favorite panel in the series thus far. I’m pretty sure you can guess which one it is. Also features a very special flashback section by Ulises Farinas finally revealing just why Glory was in such bad shape when Riley found her.

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!

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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…

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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

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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.

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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.

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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2012

I hope you dig it!

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.