Joe Keatinge's Comics & Stories

“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)

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: Hell Yeah #6

This comic book is back.

NEW READER FRIENDLY JUMPING ON POINT BLAH H#R372r2r

Written by me. Art by Andre & new inker Fabio Redivo. Letters by COMEBACK’s Ed Brisson. Covers by RICKEN. Colors by Jason Lewis. Edited by Ron Richards. Good times by all.

Also features a letters page, TIGER LAWYER and a new comic written by Chris Sebela. All for $3.50. CHEAP.

Here’s a big ass preview.

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.

The Glory finale teaser, as debuted by Comics Alliance.
Yup. It’s ending.

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.

STUFF I WROTE: December 2012

This one’s a little more surreal than usual. 

First up, over at our regular Image Comics stop…

GLORY #31
story JOE KEATINGE
art ROSS CAMPBELL & ULISES FARINAS
cover NATE BELLEGARDE
DECEMBER 19
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$3.99
"WAR TORN," Part One
The entire first year of Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell’s GLORY saga has been leading to this: Glory vs. Silverfall. PLUS: a special flashback sequence illustrated by Ulises Farinas finally revealing why Glory was near death when Riley found her.

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"WAR TORN" is THE BIG ONE. The story arc the entire series has been leading up to. We’re going to get a whole new perspective on stuff brewing from our very first issue and finally tie off a lot of threads that have been hanging there for almost a year.

HELL YEAH #6 is being resolicited for JANUARY. Not only will this catch us up, but it’ll give us a chance to properly advertise our all-new cover artist, Ricken, and give retailers a better idea of the art time, which is certainly looking better than ever now that Fabio Redivo has taken over inks. 

And now, for something completely different.

From Marvel Comics.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699.1
Dan Slott & Joe Keatinge (W) • Al Barrionuevo (A)
Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
• As Doctor Octopus’ schemes take shape, MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE returns with a Vengenace!
• Will he be able to resist the siren song of blissful bloodsucking or will Spider-Man sling him straight back into the slammer?
• Your first look at next month’s all-new Morbius ongoing series.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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You guys have no idea how surreal/appropriate it is my first published work at Marvel is an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

Check me out at age four.

Little dude knows what’s up.

It’s like he’s Babe Ruthing a home run he won’t hit for another 26 years.

And yes, I can confirm that is definitely a Spider-Man sweatshirt.

Anyway, yeah, well beyond stoked about this. It’s a big lead in - more or less an issue #0 - for the ongoing Morbius: The Living Vampire series I’m doing with illustrator Rich Elson. 

It’s gonna be good, folks. 

STUFF I WROTE: October 2012

October 2012 solicits are out and OH, MAN this month’s gonna be big!

For those of you wondering where THANOS: SON OF TITAN #1 is, well - this pretty much says it all. Don’t worry - in the end, I’m a very happy dude. More news on me doing stuff at Marvel coming very soon.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT IMAGE COMICS…

In addition to HELL YEAH & GLORY I’ve got a story in…

CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012
story HOWARD CHAYKIN, ANDY DIGGLE, WARREN ELLIS, CHRIS GIARRUSSO, KIERON GILLEN, BRANDON GRAHAM, DAVID HINE, JOE KEATINGE, ROBERT KIRKMAN, JIM McCANN, TERRY MOORE, CHRIS ROBERSON, JAMES ROBINSON, JONATHAN ROSS, STEVEN T. SEAGLE, RICHARD STARKINGS & ERIC STEPHENSON
art CHARLIE ADLARD, MIKE ALLRED, NATE BELLEGARDE, J. BONE, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, IAN CHURCHILL, MARCO CINELLO, CHYNNA CLUGSTON-FLORES, CHRIS GIARRUSSO, SINA GRACE, BRANDON GRAHAM, ROGER LANDRIDGE, JANET LEE, JOHN PAUL LEON, TERRY MOORE & BEN TEMPLESMITH
cover A GABRIEL BA
cover B TERRY DODSON
OCTOBER 10
48 PAGES / FC / M
$4.99
A COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND BENEFIT BOOK!
“IT’S GOOD TO BE FREE!”
CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL returns! This year’s installment is edited by Image Comics Publisher ERIC STEPHENSON, who has recruited an all-star line-up of writers and artists to make ALL-NEW stories about the positive qualities of freedom! All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for over 25 years!
All proceeds from CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012 will benefit the important First Amendment legal work of the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers.

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I really love these CBLDF Liberty Comics anthologies. In addition to going to a really good cause, the talent line up is always insane. I’m very humbled to be in this lineup. 

I’m thrilled to say that I’m reteaming with my STARDUST THE SUPER WIZARD collaborator Michael Allred on a story I can’t believe is being done. Mum’s the word on just what that story is, but we’ll be telling you soon.

AND THEN…!

GLORY #29
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover  ROSS CAMPBELL
OCTOBER 17
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$2.99
"BLOODSHADOW," Part One
There is only one warrior Glory has ever feared; only one who’s more dangerous than her, only one she knows can stop her. Get ready for the coming of Nanaja, Glory’s little sister.

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When #25 - the ‘500 Years Later. Mars.’ issue - came out I talked a lot about how it was a big leap forward for the book from my perspective (and Ross’). It was us stretching the book to its limits and seeing how something new and different from what came before resulted from it. #29 is a similar big leap (an the first issue after the TPB!). I’m really stoked about this one.

AND FINALLY….!!!

HELL YEAH #7
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover  ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
OCTOBER 10
32 PAGES / FC / T+ 
$2.99
"EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS RIGHT," Part Two
HELL YEAH’s shocking new direction continues as the battle of the century arrives: Ben Day vs. Getting His Ass Handed To Him!

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Speaking of Big Issues, September brought HELL YEAH #6, the first issue of “EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS RIGHT,” the first issue after the first trade. I’m being vague on just what’s so damn big about this new direction, but when the reach of #5, you’ll get it.

STUFF I WROTE: August 2012

This is a very special edition of ‘STUFF I WROTE’ as it includes the very first collections of both HELL YEAH and GLORY. Despite the fact these are both standard length TPBs, we’re doing them both for the introductory price of $9.99, so you can easily hop on board.

FIRST UP: 

HELL YEAH, VOL. 1: LAST DAY ON EARTHS TP
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover  ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
AUGUST 8
128 PAGES / FC / T+
$9.99

THE LAST GENERATION OF HEROES IS HERE!
Today is the worst day of Benjamin Day’s life. He’s the poster child for the first generation raised in a world where superheroes exist, but he wants nothing to do with super-anything. When versions of himself from throughout the multiverse show up dead, this one-man crisis of infinite selves tears open twenty-year old secrets. Ben’s now forced into the super-society he’s long denied. Eisner award-winner and writer JOE KEATINGE and illustrator ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ team to bring the comic described by Third Eye Comics’ Steve Anderson as “Watchmen for the Kick-Ass Generation.” Features an introduction by the acclaimed creator of MADMAN and iZOMBIE, MICHAEL ALLRED.

“With HELL YEAH and GLORY, 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, The Ultimates)

Collects HELL YEAH #1-5

BUT THEN LOOK OUT!!!

GLORY, VOL. 1: THE ONCE AND FUTURE DESTROYER TP
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover  ROSS CAMPBELL
AUGUST 22
144 PAGES / FC / T+ TEEN PLUS
$9.99
After being missing for almost a decade, GLORY’s whereabouts are uncovered by a lone reporter, but the globe-spanning conspiracy keeping her hidden from humanity could make her return more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated! This first collection of a brand-new saga written by Eisner & Harvey award-winner JOE KEATINGE (HELL YEAH) and illustrated by  acclaimed artist ROSS CAMPBELL (Wet Moon, Shadoweyes) reintroduces GLORY to a new century by revealing secrets from her past, journeying to the far-flung future and beginning a war unlike any we’ve seen before. 
Collects GLORY #23-28

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That’s one hell of a wraparound cover by Ross Campbell there, huh? 

Both of these collect their first arcs in their entirety, both for the flat rate of $9.99. We want you all to read these things and know there’s a lot to choose from these days. SO LOOK OUT!

STUFF I WROTE: July 2012

Somebody call your mama! Solicitations for comics I wrote are here once again!

FIRST UP…!

GLORY #28
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover ROSS CAMPBELL
JULY 18
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99
"DESTROYER," Part Three
Mont St Michel is on the brink of annihilation. Riley Barnes is in the hands of the enemy. Gloria West is on the verge of death. All of it’s Glory’s fault and only her friends can stop her. All this plus the face smashing introduction to the newest, most deadliest member of the Extreme universe!

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This issue is fucking nuts. For real, y’all, this issue gets intense as of page one, panel one and doesn’t let up, ending in three pages of the craziest ultra-violence this book has ever seen. Plus, y’know, character development and everything. This ends our second arc on the book, which really, really lives up to its title of “DESTROYER.”

AND THEN…!

HELL YEAH #5
story JOE KEATINGE
art / cover ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
JULY 6
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99
"LAST DAY ON EARTHS," Conclusion
Benjamin Day lays dying as HELL YEAH’s first storyline comes to its bloody end! Secrets blowing out of issue one, page one finally come full circle as the truth behind who Ben really is, who’s trying to kill him and what this book is actually about all come to a head. This is creator-owned, so when we say nothing will ever be the same again, we’re not screwing around!

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This issue? Also nuts. This issue? Also the end of the arc, albeit HELL YEAH’s first, thus ending the worst day in Benjamin Day’s life and getting the table set for our next arc, which takes things in a way different direction. 

THATS IT. NO MORE COMICS.