• A band of survivors struggles to survive after an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

  • Every kid wants superpowers. But not every kid's father is Omni-Man, the greatest superhero the world has ever known. When teenager Mark Grayson finally inherits his dad's abilities, though, he realizes life isn't getting any easier.

  • Thief of Thieves tells the story of Conrad Paulson, the world’s greatest thief, who has set his sights on his own kind. He vows to steal only what’s already been stolen, in an effort to right the great wrongs of his life.

  • Dr. Luke Taylor's perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones... and they're all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child!

  • Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live...except he's rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he's tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

  • Manifest Destiny follows Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s historic expedition across America, only things might not be quite like you remember from History class...

  • The bruising story of one man's revenge and the dark road he travels.

  • It's a sick world, and Dr. Vincent Morrow's here to treat it. Headhunted into an exciting new career in the black arts after his excommunication from the medical community, Morrow serves the world with both hands -- one in magic, one in medicine -- as earth's protector. Earth's Witch Doctor.

  • The Guardians of the Globe are BACK in an all-new, all-exciting ongoing series! Your favorite heroes - Brit, Outrun, Invincible, Robot, Yeti, Kaboomerang, and more -face new challenges of epic proportions in stories by the all-star team of Phil Hester & Todd Nauck!

  • The Evil Max Maximus wants to get to Inner-Earth! He wants the dinosaurs that live there! He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there! SUPER DINOSAUR and DEREK DYNAMO are the only ones who can stop him!

  • Fight fire with fire. Fight evil with science! Collecting the never before reprinted Science Dog back-up story from INVINCIBLE #75, as well as the ALL-NEW full-length, never-before-seen conclusion of the story!

  • After the Rapture the sole protector of the sinning masses is BATTLE POPE, and his trusty sidekick, Jesus. They're the last line of defense in a world overrun with demons and depravity.

  • When Gary Hampton, corporate CEO, is mauled and left for dead following an attack by a wolf on a family vacation, his life takes a drastic turn! Gary is cursed -when the moon is full he transforms into a beast of the night - a werewolf!

  • Meet Brit, the government's last line of defense when it comes to the really messy parts of keeping the world safe. When super-powered menaces threaten our home soil, send in this one-man killing machine: He's indestructible, unstoppable, and eligible for a senior citizen's discount.

  • Freedom fighter Bowen has lost everything in the war against The Infinite. His only hope is to travel back in time to prevent their world domination before it starts! Bowen can't do this alone, he must turn to the only ally he knows he can trust: HIMSELF.

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Matt Roberts on Character Design in Manifest Destiny

Skybound sat down for a quick chat with Matthew Roberts, the artist behind the awesome characters and creepy critters of MANIFEST DESTINY. With the 4th issue out this Wednesday, it seemed like the perfect time to get some questions answered, especially about the design of Sacagawea!


Skybound: Where do you start when you begin designing a character?

Matthew Roberts: I usually have some part of their personality in mind when I start. Then I'll draw a face and go from there. Especially with this book, faces are so important because of the similarity of outfits.

Skybound: We have to ask about the monsters, too. Do they come straight from the script, or do you design them and Dingess finds a way to use them?
 
MR: I always start from the script. Chris lays out the concept and then I build off of that. Something like the Buffalotaurs were pretty straight forward from what Chris laid out. The Flora I played around with a little more. The reveal at the end of 2 is pretty close to what Chris wrote, but then I start playing around with fungus and vines and thorns more.

Skybound: MANIFEST DESTINY #3 ended with the reveal we’ve been waiting for, a badass rendition of Sacagawea! How did you go about designing her look?


MR: I knew we weren't going with traditional gear. No baggy leather or ponchos. She was going to be presented in a more fantastical way, but I wanted something that allowed her some modesty when she wasn't busy diving into pits of monsters. That's were her "cape" came from.  Other than that, there's some simplified beadwork that I added after researching the Shoshone (her tribe) a bit.

Skybound: Did Sacagawea’s design evolve at all from your initial sketches?

MR: Not really. After seeing Owen's colors for a poster we did for SDCC last year, I'm leaning towards lighter colors for her cape. It was black and grey but I never give Owen that much color guidance. I like seeing what he comes up with. He came back with a lighter color scheme and it looked a lot better. Other than that the only major change was I took out some feathers I had in her hair and spear. They just looked cliche. I like feathers and I may try and work them back in down the road if I can make it look right.
 
Skybound: Can we see some? Pretty please?

MR: I hate sketching. I know it would probably help but I don't brainstorm well on paper. I either hate it and erase it or like it and call it finished. I do a lot of work in my head while I'm researching and thinking about what I want. Once I'm ready to draw I usually just go for it. There are 3 sketches I did for this book. Lewis and Clark (which didn't change much - Lewis lost a dear skin cap), the arch (which changed a lot because I got way more fancy than what Chris was trying to convey) and a flora sketch. I started a sketch of the Buffalotaur and Sacagawea, liked where it was headed and just turned it into a finished piece. Luckily I didn't get any changes back.

 

Skybound: Anything cool we should look out for in MANIFEST DESTINY #4?

MR: A horse eating an apple. I had a dialogue heavy page and wanted to play around with a horses face. Spoliers - there's also a horse. Oh, and Sacagawea makes something bleed. And Jensen is still a jerk.

Skybound: We can't wait to see that horse this Wednesday when MANIFEST DESTINY #4 hits the stands! Thanks, Matt!

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