the annual ComicsPRO ( the event dedicated to the progress of direct market comic book retailers) was held here in Atlanta this past weekend and for the occasion Dark Horse asked me to do an exclusive cover for The Black Beetle NO WAY OUT #1. This very limited edition of only 300 was given to all retailers attending the event and you can see the cover above.
I was invited to the event as well to sign the book and it was GREAT to hear from all retailers how much they (and their customers) are loving Black Beetle.
Speaking of love, NO WAY OUT #2 came out this week and apparently all the stores are already sold out! (tried to find a copy for myself and had no luck)
I am wondering now if we will see a second printing edition with a brand new variant cover ;)
Here's a partial list - in no particular order - of all the press THE BLACK BEETLE NO WAY OUT #2 has got in these past few days.
THANK YOU again for all the love, everyone, we at BB-Team really appreciate it :)
THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #2 4.5/5
If there's an award for "fastest growth into a new creative medium," I think Francesco Francavilla's "The Black Beetle: No Way Out" #2 (and the first issue as well) would be strong enough to make him a contender. Readers have known for years now that Francavilla is an excellent artist; now, he's shows that he's a good writer, too.
Francavilla is an artist's artist, and the end result is nothing short of exquisite. "The Black Beetle" is the sort of comic where you hope that we'll eventually see an oversized hardcover edition, because you'll want to pore over every single line.
Every time you read "The Black Beetle: No Way Out" #2, you'll notice a little something extra that might have slipped past you the first time. It was on the third or fourth time through myself that I realized the truth: I'm hooked. Any doubts I had before have been dashed; Francavilla's not just an excellent comic artist, he's a great comic creator in general. Here's to a lot more of "The Black Beetle" in the months and years to come.
COMICS THE GATHERING
Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 10/10
Francesco Francavilla is one of the best there is. His style is very much a unique, iconic one that is instantly recognizable as his own. The way the action flows from panel to panel is effortless for the reader and allows for full submersion in the story. The use of different panel progressions, full pages and splash pages is varied and no one format is overused.
STAFF PICKS of the Week :: BLACK BEETLE #2
The thing that stands out most about this book in my mind is that, while it is full of wonderful art, a memborable pulpy character, and lots of energy, the book feels almost effortless. It’s a simple and fun read.
The Black Beetle #2 comics Double Advance Review
BB2 Review #1 8/10
The Black Beetle is the most faithful homage to the pulps since the debut of the Rocketeer.
BB2 Review #2 9.5/10
It is good when a comic book series proves itself not to be a fluke after a dynamite debut issue. How does a creator prove that? Francesco Francavilla does so by creating a dynamite second issue.
Review - The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2
Plain and simple, The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 is a solid, quality book that blends a strong narrative with focused art. As a main character, Black Beetle is rife with savvy and observational skills, giving the reader a glimpse at what a genius at work looks like. The second issue continues what is a really fascinating detective book with a lot of panache.
Comics Should Be Cheap! (Staff's picks)
The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2: You can’t really go wrong with a second helping of this deliciously orange and black pulp universe from Francesco Francavilla.
Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 Advance Review 9/10
What Francesco Francavilla is doing with the script is absolutely refreshing. There are not enough 50's pulp, mobster comics, let alone 50's monster comics with a totally bad ass super hero for a protagonist. [...]
Francesco Francavilla has created something truly great, and after only two issues people will be begging for Black Beetle to carry on further than four issues.
THE WEEKLY CRISIS
Major Releases: BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #2
Black Beetle is classic noir, pulp, and super hero stories all rolled into one, so not only is it an incredibly well done book, it's a time saver, since you can scratch all those itches with a single comic.
Food Or Comics?
Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Beetle #2 (Dark Horse, $3.99). I love the latitude Dark Horse is giving Francavilla in the design packaging here – that cover is something special — and luckily, the insides have the promise of being even better given what happened last issue.
COMICS THE BLOG
You Read These With Your Eyes!
BLACK BEETLE #2
If you like pulp comics, or hardboiled detective fiction, or even just old Batman comics, this is something to pick up. Francavilla is one of the most talented artists around, and seeing him let loose without having to play by anybody else’s rules is pretty breathtaking. This could be your new favourite comic.
Covers of the Week!
BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #2
Francesco Francavilla has gone from Eisner-award winning cover artist to being a respected multi-talented creator with his Black Beetle series. This has been a beautiful continuation of pulp heroes from past eras.
Top Picks Black Beetle: No Way Out #2
I hate Francesco Francavilla for making me curse the heavens each month that his phenomenal Black Beetle: No Way Out is only 20-something short pages. After reading this pulpy thrill ride, I don’t want to go back to the real world; I want to rent a run-down apartment in Colt City and swill bourbon while the Beetle delves down into the muck and the mire of the city’s underworld. If you thought issue one went at a breakneck pace, then think again: issue two barely gives you time to catch your breath before plunging you into a brand new sink-or-swim situation. Anchored by phenomenal art and innovative page layouts (seriously, how are more people not talking about this), Francavilla’s sizzling story leaps off the page, making for one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
Review: The Black Beetle #2 4/5
Even though this is only its second issue, there is a fiercely growing depth throughout the story. [...] Francavilla really gives us a more focused look at his protagonist here, both visually and through his dialogue.
The art in Black Beetle #2 is, again, absolutely stunning, awash as it is in thick atmosphere and shadow, punctured sparingly by bright flashes. Altogether, it’s an unbridled pleasure to look at, with even the panels accentuating its visual storytelling, often becoming as kinetic as the story itself.
GEEKS OF DOOM
Comic Review: The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2
you can tell that this is a total labor of love by Francavilla, and it shows in every way possible. The story is well told, and fits right into the world of the pulpy era of days long gone by. Francavilla writes it like he actually lived through it. This book is ungodly gorgeous too look it.
THE REPTILE REVIEWER
Black Beetle #2 review A+
This is one of the best adventure books out there right now because Francavilla is so confident in his skills and his inspirations that the book practically shines.
Review: ‘The Black Beetle: No Way Out’ #2 4/5
Francesco Francavilla’s cryptic tale continues to unfold before the reader’s eyes in fantastic fashion. This is such a well-crafted story. It has been a while since I have looked forward to the next issue of a series to come out as I do with “Black Beetle: No Way Out”. Get on board this thrilling ride now if you haven’t already.
WORD OF THE NERD ONLINE
Review: Black Beetle: No Way Out #2
Francavilla [makes] No Way Out a subtle, dynamic story, with plenty of action, that doesn’t sacrifice the mystery building within the pages.
Final Thoughts: Read it and love it!
FORCES OF GEEK
THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #2 (OF 4)
Very highly recommended series to get in on the ground level with, and fans of the noir or serial drama will get an extra joy out of this book because of the creator’s heartfelt respect for the radio days.
THE DAY TE WEB STOOD STUPID
Comic Art:Covers of The Week
Black Beetle #2 by Francesco Francavilla
Review: BLACK BEETLE #2 4/5
Reading the Black Beetle’s thoughts during his escapades adds another layer to the noir feel. I can almost hear the noir styled music as I read the Beetle’s dialogue. The lack of information involving the Black Beetle, and how little I care about the omission, continues to surprise me. The book is having a lot of fun, and the reader doesn’t need to know who the Black Beetle is. All you need to know is that he is the good guy.
TO BE CONTINUED...