NBM April 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an April 2018 release.

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THE MERCENARY: The Definitive Editions, Vol. 3: “The Trials”
Written and Illustrated by Vicente Segrelles


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To be admitted as protector of the Order of the Crater, the Mercenary must undergo strenuous trials, putting even his life at risk. He must confront gigantic warriors, monstrous beasts, ghostly spirits and moral dilemmas to achieve what he so desires, which is nothing more nor less than to be a participant in the secrets of those monks of the order who seem to have the keys to universal wisdom.

9×12, 64 pp. Full color quarterbound hardcover, $17.99.
ISBN: 978168112154351799 (DIAMOND FEB181666)

 

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THE MERCENARY: The Definitive Editions, Vol. 2: “The Formula”
Written and Illustrated by Vicente Segrelles


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Continuing the full reprint of the classic series in breathtaking reproduction and handsome keepsake quarterbound editions. The graphic novel series that set comics on a new path! The Mercenary embarks on one of his most perilous journeys ever as he tries to stop an unscrupulous alchemist who has stolen a highly dangerous mysterious formula. Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9” x12”, 64 pp. Full color quarterbound hardcover: $17.99
ISBN: 978168112128451799

 

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THE MERCENARY: The Definitive Editions, Vol. 1: “The Cult of the Sacred Fire”
Written and Illustrated by Vicente Segrelles


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On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, NBM is proud to bring back one of its bestselling series ever, amongst the world’s first highly realistic fully painted comics. The Mercenary contains all-new scans of the original paintings overseen by the master himself and presented in handsome large quarterbound collectors editions.

In a lost and long forgotten valley high up in the mountains, The Mercenary has been contracted to save a woman from the mysterious and powerful Cult of the Sacred Fire! Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9”x12”, 64 pp. Full color quarterbound hardcover: $17.99
ISBN: 978168112124651799 (DIAMOND FEB181667)

 

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DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 1: “Dragon Cemetery”

Created by Joann SFAR & Lewis TRONDHEIM

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The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT.

Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world, its dark downfall. Marvin, now old and blind, sensing his end, goes on a long trek to the legendary cemetery of dragons.

6.5” x9”, 96 pp. Full color paperback: $14.99
ISBN: 978156163460651499 (DIAMOND FEB181668)

 

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DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 2: “Armageddon”

Created by Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, and KERASCOET


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Marvin, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, simply cannot be let to die like he wishes! Whatever he loses, he regains in different powers. He’s even become invincible. It’s to the point where he’d rather exchange body parts to get back his mortality. But then he is led to a discovery that may make continuing to live actually worth it.

6.5” x9”, 96 pp. Full color paperback: $14.99
ISBN: 978156163477451499 (DIAMOND FEB181669)

 

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DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 3: “The New Centurions”

Created by Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, KERASCOET, and OBION


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The next two chapters in the decline of Dungeon:

Terra Amata has exploded and the Dark Fortress of the Grand Khan needs to master the nitro tech. To that end, they hire Marvin the Red even as others plot malevolently…

In the second episode, Marvin the dragon and Marvin the Red are trapped on a quickly revolving piece of the exploded planet, and must constantly run or fall off into oblivion!


6.5” x 9”, 96 pp. Full color trade paperback: $12.99
ISBN: 978156163578851299 (DIAMOND FEB181670)

 

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DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 4: “High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon”

Created by Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, and Mazan


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The last two stories of Dungeon!
 In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe…

6.5”x 9”, 96 pp. Full color paperback: $14.99
ISBN: 978156163919951499 (DIAMOND FEB181671)

 

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DUNGEON: TWILIGHT COMPLETE SET, VOLS 1-4

Created by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Obion, Kerascoet, Alfred, and Mazan


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The great saga detailing the end of Dungeon has come to a close. All four books are featured here in one specially priced set.

The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as Twilight.

Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world and its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6.5” x 9”, 384 pp. Full color paperback set: $49.99
ISBN: 978168112060754999 (DIAMOND FEB181672)

 

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BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 3
Written by Hartmann
The exploits of Barbarian warrior women in an Heroic Fantasy world continue. Cunning and lasciviousness galore with often a tongue firmly in cheek on these beautifully painted stories set to amuse and arouse!


8.5” x 11”, 48 pp. Full color trade paperback: $12.99

ISBN: 978156163596251299 (DIAMOND FEB181673)

 

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BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 5

Written by Hartmann


The exploits of Barbarian warrior women in an Heroic Fantasy world continue. Cunning and lasciviousness galore with often a tongue firmly in cheek on these beautifully painted stories set to amuse and arouse!

8.5” x 11”, 48 pp. Full color paperback: $12.99 

ISBN: 978156163714051299 (DIAMOND FEB181674)

 

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BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, VOL.7

Written by Hartmann


From the pages of Sizzle comes the continuation of Barbarian Chicks & Demons. One barbarienne gets taken by a savage stone troll, only to find it’s possessed by a horny demon lover; A magic mirror gives a new meaning to being in love with one’s reflection when the reflection materializes into flesh; And an arrogant young apprentice gets a lesson from two sorceresses that he won’t soon forget. A heroic fantasy romp where the busty barbarian babes know how to get cheeky.

8.5” x11”, 48 pp. Full color paperback: $12.99
ISBN: 978168112069051299 (DIAMOND FEB181675)

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The Mercenary: The Main Character

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
For previous posts, click HERE.

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Actually, this volume is the real birth of The Mercenary. In it, the character is better defined: he is not a super-hero at all, he’s an upright and honest soldier of fortune who makes a living with small businesses and who, apparently, has financial problems. Like many self-employed people, actually. Most of the time I was doing The Mercenary, I alternated that with drawing cover art. Most of them were book covers, but some were made for the magazine that published my comics.

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This is one of those covers and was specially made for an issue that contained one of the episodes of this second volume. As you can see, it has nothing to do with the album and the Mercenary is in a very dangerous situation. The loss of the mount implies, in the best of cases, a forced landing like what happened to Nan-Tay in this story, but most times it does not end so well.

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On the next volume, the Mercenary will face tough tests to be able to enter the Monastery of the Frozen Plains…

 

The Mercenary: Characters That Will Appear in The Whole Story

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
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In this album we discovered characters that will be present in all stories. We’ve met the Lama, an ancient wise man in charge of the monastery, but who is Nan-Tay? And what does a woman dressed as a warrior does in a monastery full of monks?

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CLAUST, THE OFFICIAL BAD GUY

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I needed a villain and I came up with this character, Claust. If he had to steal a formula it was necessary he be an alchemist who made deals with the Crater inhabitants. At first I thought him just a stubborn and ambitious guy, but the idea that he systematically eliminated his guards turned him into a twisted character, with many more possibilities and an interesting road ahead. So, luckily for my scripts, something prevented him to blow up when the kettle exploded. And even better: his thirst for revenge would fit very nicely in my stories. As he would say, he would never forget what those maggots hiding in that damned crater had done to him.

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The Mercenary: Aiming With The Airplane

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
For previous posts, click HERE.

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That the inhabitants of the Crater had a weapon that could aim on a flying animal should give the readers a hint that these monks were more than mere monks. Of course, fixing a high caliber weapon to the saddle is a refinement that, in a more recent age, gave birth to the conventional combat airplane, which, in turn, evolved into the real fighter plane.

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When the pilot Roland Garros shot down his first airplane in 1915, his opponents – both upset and incredulous – said they couldn’t figure out how he did it. He shot down two more this way, worrying victories for his opponents. When his Morane-Saulnier L had to land on enemy ground due to a malfunction, the mystery was solved: Garros had a machine gun mounted on the hood that shot through the barrel of the airscrew and didn’t blow it apart because a piece of steel deflected the bullets that coincided with the propellers. The Germans immediately called Anthony Fokker, who in a matter of days designed his own system to synchronize machine gun and airscrew.

This is Roland Garros’ deflector mounted in a Morane-Saulnier N, an exceptional monoplane that helped rule the air during the French monopoly of the Garros system. It proved superior to anything.

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And this is the Fokker E III, dubbed “The Whip” due to the absolute supremacy it achieved during 1915 because its machine gun was synchronized with the airscrew. This lasted until its opponents devised their own synchronization system.

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The Mercenary: Building a Better Crossbow

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
For previous posts, click HERE.

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The medieval crossbow was a weapon that successfully competed against the large bow and was used along with portable firearms for a long time. A good crossbow could throw 6 oz. arrows at a 1300 ft. distance with great precision and huge penetration power, especially if the impact was perpendicular to the target.

Its biggest problem was its slowness and difficulty to load, which most of the time required special mechanisms.

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To the Mercenary’s surprise, at the Crater, he finds weapons he had never seen and that were unknown in his homeland. He distrusts anything new, which is to be expected considering the weird weapon carried by the guardian of the monastery.

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I added some protrusions to the blades of the arrowhead that unfold when the arrow is shot, due to the aerodynamic resistance caused by the high speed of the projectile.

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With a simple look, the Mercenary understands the mechanism of the artifact but his attention is caught by the weird way the weapon is mounted in the dragon’s saddle. Nan-Tay’s crossbow is very powerful without a doubt. The bow is formed by a steel sheet with several smaller support sheets like the suspension springs of a truck. It incorporates a large crank handle on the right for the difficult task of loading. Plus, the weapon moves vertically a little to adjust aim according to the distance of the target. The projectile shown here is not my invention: this system was already in use in the 17th century by the naval artillery to cut the riggings and anything else that stood in its way during maritime battles.

Armored Up: Inside ‘The Mercenary V.2’

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
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HIS ARMOR, BARGAINING CHIP
LOOKING FOR TROUBLE

merc1The Mercenary’s adventures take place around 1,000 A.C. but the armor he acquires is not typical of that era, besides being of European design. Let’s just say the tools contributed by the monks of the Crater had placed the people of the Land of Eternal Clouds several centuries ahead.

Actually, full armors did not exist at the time in western civilization; at most, coats of mail and iron helmets were used. Armors like the one used by the warrior shown to the left would not appear until the end of the 13th century. This is an Italian armor from 1400, an age when apparently the trunk pieces were covered with fabric or leather to identify oneself on the field or protect iron from rusting.

Armors were always very expensive, an elaborate handcraft work. Nowadays, tons of steel sheets can be manufactured by huge machines at low cost, but back in those days armors were made with hammer and anvil. They were custom-made suits for people with large financial resources. No wonder the Mercenary accepts Claust’s conditions without much hesitation…

The Mercenary will use this armor, which almost cost his life, through all the series with some slight modifications suggested by the master armorer of the Monastery of the Crater.

I need to tell you that when the Mercenary went to the armory to buy his new armor, Claust’s presence at the store was no coincidence.

The Mercenary had been followed by order of the alchemist, who had him already in his sight for his next trip to the Crater.

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Claust’s relationship with the Monastery of the Crater went back a long way. Ten years before, when the alchemist made a living swindling people with snake-oil formulas, he watched some merchants exchanging manufactured products for food. The quality of their merchandise caught his attention and he decided to discreetly follow them to find out where they came from and whether he could somehow benefit himself. To his amazement, he watched a string of flying dragons enter the pass into a bleak zone of freezing cold. He had to give up because he was not prepared to get inside that labyrinth, but soon he found them again and this time, better prepared, followed them, steadily reaching the Great Frozen Plains. Stunned, he saw from a distance how they disappeared into a steaming crater. That was so mysterious and promising that it deserved to be explored in depth. Always alone, so he wouldn’t share anything he found with anyone, he managed to leave the merchants behind and, well camouflaged at the edge of the crater, he spied the string passing through the waterfall at the precise moment he was detected.

What he never knew was that the monks considered two options: one, make him disappear and the other one, obtain his silence rewarding him with gifts he could not refuse. It was a mistake to choose the second one. The alchemist became rich, powerful and more and more demanding.

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I bought this armor replica to check what it was like to be inside one, and it was an interesting experience. It is made from a 1/32” iron sheet and it’s very heavy, slightly less than the real ones which weighted about 65 pounds though later some reached 220 lbs. This armor’s design is not correct: the shoulder pieces are not properly jointed which does not allow raising the arms adequately. Besides I found the chest and back pieces too rigid, so I did the right thing putting two pieces for the chest and back in the Mercenary’s armor.

 

The Process: Inside ‘The Mercenary V.2’

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
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GUNPOWDER, THE IDEAL “FORMULA” TO START A SERIES

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For this second volume of The Mercenary, the way I worked was more reasonable. With this I mean I wrote the full story, a script up in the air but a script anyway, and from the very beginning I already knew how it was going to end. Considering how I made the first volume, this was a great leap forward.

The central theme was gunpowder. It turned out to be a good choice, because this explosive would make regular appearances in the following volumes of the series and play a relevant role. To be clear to our readers, the monks of the Crater secretly wandered all over the world on their mission to gather all human knowledge to later share with other countries as they saw fit.

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These trips included China, where gunpowder was already known by that time. Actually the Chinese knew gunpowder way before 1,000 A.C., but used it for pyrotechnics and fireworks. Apparently there were some fireworks used for military purposes. Somehow, the formula reached the West and circulated through the small guild of alchemists and a select group of people, many of them monks who knew how to read and write.

Gunpowder is much more dangerous than it looks. It has lots of power. Just to give you an idea, the small amount inside a Mauser cartridge (smokeless gunpowder) creates a pressure of 3500 kg/cm2 inside the chamber. Pressure is relieved through the weakest part of the chamber where the bullet is located, but we need to understand the bullet is wider than the cannon’s bore and pressure needs to deform it to adapt it to the grooves, and the bullet is still capable to travel 1 ¼ miles with enough power to pierce armor. The old Mauser I used in the army shot bullets more than twice the speed of sound, which meant the bullet always reached the target before the sound of the shot.

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So having the exclusivity of the formula and knowing how to use it, was holding absolute power.