[Solicitations] Aspen Comics – July 2018

Aspen Comics July Solicits

PopCultHQ looks at all of the comics releasing
from Aspen Comics in July 2018…

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July 2018 Solicitations



Story: J.T. Krul ; Michael Turner
Art: Michael Turner ; various

FC 24 pages .25c

Celebrate Aspen’s 15 Year Anniversary with 25-cent Primer issues!

New readers and fans alike can find everything they need to know about Aspen’s flagship title in this new Michael Turner’s Soulfire 15 Year Anniversary Primer issue! Join in on the battle between Magic and Technology, and one young orphan’s quest as the “Bearer of the Light” to usher in a new era of magic! Check out never-before-seen commentary, art and creator secrets in anticipation of Volume 7 and more…All for only a quarter! These Aspen Anniversary edition primer issues are the perfect compliment to discover more about Aspen’s upcoming slate of new and returning titles!

The SOULFIRE PRIMER 2018 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

SOULFIRE Vol. 7 #1 – Cover A by Ladjouze

SOULFIRE Vol. 7 #1

Story: J.T. Krul
Art: Chahine Ladjouze
Colors: Wes Hartman

FC 32 pages $3.99

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of its creation, Michael Turner’s incredible vision of magic and wonder returns for an all-new volume!

As the new age of magic continues in the shadows of this future landscape, Malikai and his friends try to enjoy a little down time, but such plans never seem to last.

Grace continues to serve as a protector for all things magic, more specifically the dragons, but she is growing tired of having to keep the true power of the world a secret. And, there is a new danger on the horizon, a new figure in the Soulfire universe who may be the greatest threat to the fragile balance between magic and technology yet!

Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark fifteenth year and the creative team of long time Soulfire writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans, Jirni), newcomer Chahine Ladjouze, and colorist Wes Hartman have joined forces to bring new readers as well as loyal fans alike a Soulfire story for the next generation!

SOULFIRE Vol. 7 #1 is in stores July 18th, 2018!



Art: Siya Oum ; Jordan Gunderson ; Alex Konat ; Various

FC 32 pages $3.99

Aspen’s popular swimsuit issue has returned for a 15-Year Anniversary Special!

Join Aspen Comics’ top talent as they have fun in the sun and offer a playful look at our most popular characters! Industry talents and Aspen veterans such as Siya Oum, Jordan Gunderson, Alex Konat, Talent Caldwell, Marco Renna and more grace the pages of this gorgeous pinup book! Don’t miss the return of the HOTTEST book of the summer!

ASPEN SPLASH 2018 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1 – Cover A by Gunderson
DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1 – Cover B by Manapul
DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1 – Cover C by Chatzoudis


Story: Jordan Gunderson ; Christopher Fielder
Art: Jordan Gunderson
Colors: Luis Guerrero

FC 32 pages $3.99

In the not so distant future…

The U.S. has spent several years embroiled in a conflict with the invading forces of China. In the war zone of the American Southwest, small bands of freedom fighters have formed to help guide refugees away from the destruction. Isabel Vasquez, known to her squad as “Delphi”, has been leading rescue missions inside the combat zone for years. Escorting those displaced from the war has fueled her faith that she is making a difference. But now that faith is increasingly tested by reoccurring nightmares of a coming apocalypse. She fears the war is only the beginning of a great threat…one that promises to bring humanity to the brink of extinction!

Unbeknownst to Delphi, a band of renegade angels has fled Heaven seeking a new refuge. The Earth has become their new home, where they view humanity as a plague that must be purged. As their path forges ahead toward global genocide, it is yet to be decided if Delphi and her growing visions of a global Armageddon can help stop them in time.

From artist and creator Jordan Gunderson comes Aspen’s most thrilling new series of the summer, DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL!

DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1 is in stores July 25th, 2018!

NU WAY #1 – Cover A by Konat
NU WAY #1 – Cover B by Odagawa
NU WAY #1 – Cover C by Sook


Story: J.T. Krul
Art: Alex Konat
Colors: John Starr

FC 32 pages $3.99

In the future, technology continues to dominate every aspect of civilization, and nowhere is it more on display than the city of New Sheng, a vast metropolis where those with means live high amongst the lights and those without wallow in the shadows below. In his desperate struggle to reach a better life, a young fighter named Zihao has sacrificed his body in the ring and now prepares to pay an even bigger price in order to battle in the main arena with the elite cybernetically-enhanced warriors. But will seeing another lost soul from his past make his climb easier or harder?

Don’t miss the first chapter of an electrifying story in a bold new world. Aspen is proud to partner with ZMX Entertainment on their landmark project created by J.T. Krul, Yuyan Song, and Dinna Wu, and featuring the stellar creative team of Alex Konat, Mark Roslan, John Starr, and Sal Cipriano.

NU WAY #1 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FATHOM Vol. 7 #2 – Cover A by Oum
FATHOM Vol. 7 #2 – Cover B by Andolfo
FATHOM Vol. 7 #2 – Cover C by Oum

FATHOM Vol. 7 #2

Story: Ron Marz
Art: Siya Oum
Colors: Peter Steigerwald

FC 32 pages $3.99

1998’s Best-Selling Title of the Year
Celebrates 20 Years in 2018!

This all-new adventure for Aspen’s preeminent hero sees her attempt to navigate an ever-changing world where The Blue are not only present above the surface—but exploited in new and dangerous ways. With her brother Finn suddenly missing, Aspen Matthews takes a deep dive to look for help, arriving in a majestic undersea city. Will she find the allies she so desperately needs, or enemies looking for vengeance? Meanwhile, the mysterious agents who have kidnapped Finn begin a series of unholy experiments to unlock the secrets of his powers!

Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark twenty years since its debut in grand fashion! The superstar creative team of Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) are on board to deliver Fathom, and the iconic heroine, Aspen Matthews, to a new generation of readers as well as loyal fans alike!

FATHOM Vol. 7 #2 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS Vol. 5 #3 – Cover A by Tran
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS Vol. 5 #3 – Cover B by Cha


Story: Blake Northcott
Art: Donny Tran
Colors: Omi Remalante Jr.

Aspen Comics’ hit action-adventure assassin series marks its 10-Year Anniversary with a brand new pulse-pounding volume!

Iris’ journey to Rome ends in murder and mayhem, and a game-changing discovery that reveals Magni Global Security’s true intentions. When Iris confronts Alexander with her findings, she’s given an ultimatum…and an assignment that she never saw coming!

Brought to you by acclaimed author Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by newcomer Donny Tran, this newest pulse-pounding 10 year anniversary chapter of Executive Assistant: Iris is sure to be the greatest volume yet!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS Vol. 5 #3 is in stores July 25th, 2018!

PORTAL BOUND #4 – Cover A by Arizmendi
PORTAL BOUND #4 – Cover B by Archer


Story: Mark Roslan, Gabe Carrasco
Art: Alex Arizmendi
Colors: Wes Hartman

FC 32 pages $3.99

Their Future Depends on Each Other as Aspen’s newest hit series continues!

Sybil has abandoned her friends! As she makes her way to face her father alone, an unexpected but familiar face lies in wait, but are they friend, or foe? Meanwhile Emperor Atilus has all but completed his plan to return Havos to the war-world it was in the glory days, and the Portal Bound crew faces it’s biggest challenge yet… Brett?

Aspen’s brand new action-adventure saga continues from writers Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces) and newcomer Gabe Carrasco, with artist Alex Arizmendi (Edge of Venomverse: War Stories, Secret Empire: Brave New World) as they bring us a tale of two earths in need of two heroes!

PORTAL BOUND #4 is in stores July 4th, 2018!

JIRNI Vol. 3 #5 – Cover A by Santamaria
JIRNI Vol. 3 #5 – Cover B by Marion

JIRNI Vol. 3 #5

Story: J.T. Krul
Art: Michael Santamaria
Colors: John Starr

FC 32 pages $3.99

Aspen’s popular fantasy adventure series, JIRNI, reaches the final issue of its epic third volume!

Ara has once again come face-to-face with the evil sorcerer Torinthal as she tries to free her mother. But, she never imagined where her search would lead her and what life-changing results might befall her. If she’s survives. Don’t miss the climatic finale to the biggest Jirni story yet. The Fall of the D’jinn!

Created by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Green Arrow) with art by newcomer Michael Santamaria, this next exciting chapter of Jirni will once again return readers to a land of untapped wonder!

JIRNI Vol. 3 #5 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

CHARISMAGIC Vol. 3 #6 – Cover A by Vazquez
CHARISMAGIC Vol. 3 #6 – Cover B by Randolph


Story: Vince Hernandez
Art: Joey Vazquez

FC 32 pages $3.99

The forces of magic have returned—and this time no magical being is safe!

All bets are off as the Magic Harvester’s plan to eliminate all magical beings– and humans in the process—and start over with a new civilization is set into motion. Only Hank, Sudana and their allies hold a fighting chance to save the world of magic from imminent doom in this epic finale to Charismagic volume three!

CHARISMAGIC Vol. 3 #6 is in stores July 11th, 2018!


SHRUGGED Vol. 3 #6 – Cover A by Risso
SHRUGGED Vol. 3 #6 – Cover B by Gunnell

SHRUGGED Vol. 3 #6

Story: Frank Mastromauro
Art: André Risso
Colors: Valentina Taddeo

FC 32 pages $3.99

Volume three of Aspen’s hit series’ Shrugged reaches its final issue!

A storyline over 12 years in the making, the finale of Shrugged volume 3 will set the stage for the future of the series, in ways you’d never expect! As Theo, Kiori, Ange, Dev and one unexpected ally make one last attempt to save both Earth and Perspecta, relations between the humans, Elysians and Nefarians will never be the same again!

SHRUGGED Vol. 3 #6 is in stores July 25th, 2018!


Story: J.T. Krul
Art: Giuseppe Cafaro
Colors: Wes Hartman

FC 216 pages $19.99 TPB

Return to the world of magic with MICHAEL TURNER’S SOULFIRE in this great jumping-on point for new readers!

Following the events of ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS, the world of SOULFIRE has a new status quo, as magic and technology have intertwined as never before! Meanwhile, Soulfire’s Grace, Malikai and friends now must also discover that things are not as they seem in the year 2211—including new—and old—dangers that seek to eliminate them!

Please join longtime Soulfire writer J.T. Krul, artist Giuseppe Cafaro and colorist Wes Hartman, as they bring readers back to the wonder and everything you loved about SOULFIRE! Collecting together the entire sixth volume and including a complete cover gallery, this newest SOULFIRE Vol 6 TPB is not to be missed!

SOULFIRE Vol. 6 TPB: FUTURE SHOCK is in stores JULY 18th, 2018!


Story: Vince Hernandez
Art: Sana Takeda

FC 152 pages $14.99 TPB

Discover the early years of Soulfire’s heroine Grace in this acclaimed mini-series!

The seeds of conflict have grown into a deadly battle for territory as the winged races of Rahtumi and Sethoru enter into an all-out war. Amidst the chaos, two Rahtumi lovers, Grace and Kelsyn, share their own pending engagement, that of marriage. But the reaches of war soon envelops them both, and their life together will be forever compromised! While high in the snowy mountain passes of the Sethoren realm of Ontiria, the dark wizard Azar, using his own horrid creation of a powerful new form of magic, plans to overshadow both kingdoms of Rahtumi and Sethoru in death and despair.

Written by Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Fathom: Kiani) with stunning art by Sana Takeda (Monstress), this brand new SOULFIRE trade paperback collects together the entire sold out SHADOW MAGIC mini-series and includes a complete cover gallery!

SOULFIRE: SHADOW MAGIC TPB is in stores July 11th, 2018!

Publisher: Aspen Comics





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