Tuesday, March 11, 2014
With it a great time to be a comic book fan and all, there are a lot of good comics out there for folks to read. Figuring out which books are worth your time makes being a fan a little difficult, which is why Dark Horse has listened to retailer feedback on how to spark interest in monthly series. In June, Dark Horse begins the Starting Points program, a new way to dive into great ongoing series. Each month, Dark Horse will highlight an issue in an ongoing or long-running series that is a great place for readers to try something new! Starting Points titles will be noted in Previews with a special logo and incentivized for increased orders.
June’s Previews will launch this program with two great ongoing series: Mike Mignola’s Abe Sapien and Captain Midnight, a key title in Dark Horse’s ever-evolving Project Black Sky line of books. In Abe Sapien #13, the amphibious Abe is haunted by guilt over the staggering death toll in Arizona and vows to never let such horrors happen again—until a crazed healer and a frog-possessed teen block his path! If you haven’t been keeping up with Hellboy’s one-time partner, there’s never been a better time to get onboard with this ongoing series cowritten by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, with art from Sebastián Fiumara.
Meanwhile, Captain Midnight #12 kicks off a brand-new arc. Reeling from the death of one friend and the betrayal of another, Captain Midnight throws himself into his work. Disillusioned with why he wears a costume, the time-traveling hero ponders what the world needs more of: the brawn of Captain Midnight or the brains of his civilian identity, genius inventor Jim Albright.
Dark Horse will offer retailers an additional 10% discount for orders exceeding 110% of the previous issue. Full press release below.
"Haven't touched on yet but I've seen lots."
Contending with stray bullets is not a good problem to have to deal with. Typically, they're accompanied by things that are a bit more sinister and threaten the seemingly idyllic setting one is used to. In Stray Bullets: Killers #1 from Image Comics, the comfort of suburbia is shattered by reality. The issue is written and illustrated by David Lapham.
Political conspiracies and rival mobs are bad enough as it is, but when you pair those with a planet like Mars, then things are likely to get worse. In Red City from Image Comics, writer Daniel Corey and illustrator Mark Dos Santos give fans a new look at old themes on Mars. In the wake of a system-wide civil war, hard-nosed interplanetary investigator Cal Talmage is given a simple mission to find a missing ambassador’s daughter in Mars Central City. It all seems routine at first, but an experienced vet like Cal knows when trouble is brewing.
“You might say RED CITY is like L.A. Confidential on Mars,” said Corey. “Ellroy and Chandler shaking hands with Bradbury. We’ve got a likable-but-troubled cop who tackles a complex case in the midst of a vast criminal conspiracy, and it happens to take place on Mars. The really exciting thing is that we’re building an entire world, and the art of Mark Dos Santos brings a retro-futuristic vibe that will make RED CITY the most dangerous place in the New Solar System.”
Coming off a run on the acclaimed series Moriarty, also published by Image Comics, Corey brings readers a new mystery that combines femme fatales and hard-boiled heroics with classic science fiction. Federal Security Officer Talmage just wants to be left alone, but with a girl in danger, a corrupt mayor in power and the lives of an entire race at stake, he’s got some tough choices ahead, because no one comes out clean in this town. The first of four issues of Red City arrives in stores June 11 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond code APR140490.
Full press release below.
Cartoon Network makes cartoons cool again, bringing viewers all manner of old and new cartoons. They're definitely not hurting for source material, but some new creativity sources can never hurt. To that end, Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, and BOOM! Studios are proud to announce a groundbreaking first look deal, the first agreement of its kind that the network has done in publishing. The partnership will give the award-winning comic book publisher the first option to license all-new Cartoon Network original comedies for adaptation into comics and graphic novels. The new expanded partnership will allow BOOM! to work with Cartoon Network Enterprises to introduce new animated comedy properties to the comic book and book markets closer to the debut of each show.
“The ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW comic book series have become all-ages successes as a direct result of our strong partnership with BOOM! and its ability to tap talented artists that bring our brands to life into comics,” said Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products, North America for Cartoon Network Enterprises. “As we grow our roster of original comedies, it’s a great opportunity to expand our relationship with BOOM! and allow us to build on this strong success with additional brands debuting later this year.”
The first property to be encompassed by this new partnership is Steven Universe. Created by Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe is Cartoon Network’s newest original comedy series about a boy named Steven and a team of magical Guardians of the Universe, and it will debut as a monthly comic series in August. A sneak peek of the new title premiered within the Adventure Time 2013 SPOOKTACULAR in October 2013. Additional properties along with creative team details will be announced at a further date.
“Our partners at Cartoon Network have a stellar lineup of new shows that we are looking forward to publish as equally stellar all-ages comics, following the tremendous success of ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW,” said BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “STEVEN UNIVERSE has that same edginess that will resonate with readers—and that’s just the beginning. Wait until you see what else is in the pipeline!”
Full press release below.
Sometimes, characters fall through the cracks and are forgotten. It takes something special to bring them back to life in all new stories. Fortunately for some heroes, a group of classic British comic book characters have been brought back to life with their first stories in decades being published in the magazine Comic Heroes. The Glasgow League of Writers (GLoW) has teamed up with revered publisher DC Thomson to create new versions of some of their most beloved characters to appeal to modern comic book readers. For most on the roster of updated characters it will be the first time they’ve been in print in decades when the series debuts on the 14th of March in Comic Heroes’ digital magazine Comic Review.
“‘Project Lazarus’, as we’ve named the project in recognition of the resurrection of many characters thought of as dead, came from an idle daydream on a train when I had an idea for a story for the old DC Thomson character The Smasher," said GLoW’s founder Gordon Robertson. "DC Thomson has such a varied and rich universe with characters like General Jumbo, Johnny Jett, The Supercats, my beloved Smasher and many more. They’re quintessentially British characters that were unique and didn’t deserve to remain forgotten and so I suggested to other GLoW members that we write stories for these characters to see if we could ‘reboot’ them."
With their scripts being given the green light by DC Thomson the members of GLoW were able to team up with some of the best up-and-coming artists from the UK to bring the new versions of the characters to life on the page. The finished versions of the comic book strips caught the attention of Future Publishing’s Comic Heroes magazine and they will be publishing one strip a week in their digital magazine off-shoot Comic Review starting with Invisible on Friday 14th March.
“We have some amazing teams working on the project and I honestly believe that we not only do the originals justice but that we make them modern and relevant as well," said Robertson. "That the characters work so well in a modern setting is a testament to the work of the original creators and the strength of their creations.”
The full list of strips that will be published:
The Smasher by Robertson (writer) and Cuttlefish (artist)
General Jumbo by Gordon Mclean (writer) and Andrew Docherty (artist)
Invisible by Gary Chudleigh (writer) and Graeme Kennedy (artist)
Johnny Jett by Luke Halsall (writer) and John Grieve (artist)
Supercats by J T Mirana (writer) and Fanny Bystedt (artist)
Scarlet Star by Sam Read (writer) and Leonie O’Moore (artist)
Full press release below.
Monday, March 10, 2014
"I guess...I guess...I haven't decided yet."
Kiani needs no introduction to fans of Aspen Comics. To those who don't know her though, all you need to know is that she's immensely powerful and capable of a wide variety of carnage. How much she relies on the latter is put to the test in Fathom Kiani #1 from Aspen Comics. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, illustrated by Giusuppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman and lettered by Josh Reed.
When Gary Goldsmith and his young son Asa are involved in a deadly hit and run, their night goes from bad to worse when their grisly deed is witnessed by a disturbing stranger. Find out what thirty dollars, a dirty diaper, and a girl named Yummy will reveal about the true meaning of life in a little story we like to call “The Love Ride.” Featuring the return of Spanish Scott.
If you're a Stray Bullets fan, then Stray Bullets: Killers #1 from David Lapham is right up your alley. This new arc of stories about life and love and all the things we do to kill them starts out in the best noir tradition, then turns the genre on its ear. Would you expect any less? If you've never read Stray Bullets before, jump in here. Hell, jump in anywhere. Every issue always presents a complete story that fits into a larger whole.
The book hits stores March 12 with interiors below.
Star Trek afficianados are very familiar with some of the series' better known episodes. One such episode--"City on the Edge of Forever"--is regarding by many as the greatest episode of all time. Harlan Ellison's original teleplay for "City on the Edge of Forever" was modified before the episode was filmed, but now, at long last, fans will be able to enjoy his original teleplay in the form of an all-new miniseries coming from IDW in June: Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay.
"Presenting Harlan Ellison's brilliant original script for 'City on the Edge...' has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007," said series editor and IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. "The episode justifies its position atop 'best Star Trek episodes' lists but even it ain't nuthin' compared to what Ellison did in his original teleplay. This is truly going to be a Star Trek adventure unlike any other, even to fans who have that beloved episode memorized."
Ellison's original teleplay won both the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation as well as the Writer's Guild of America's Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay. For decades, legions of fans have speculated about the episode's history, but few people have read the original teleplay, which is very different from the televised version. This comic-book miniseries, produced under the guidance of Harlan Ellison himself, now offers fans everywhere the opportunity to see a classic Star Trek episode the way no one has seen it before. Adapting the teleplay for the comics series are writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton and interior art will be painted by J.K. Woodward.
Harlan Ellison says: "It was a superlative joy of my long life to have worked with Leonard Nimoy, who became my friend, and many others at Star Trek; and an equally heart-happy joy to be working with J.K. and the Tipton Bros. and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original 'City...'"
Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's Original City on the Edge of Forever Teleplay #1 (of 5) will be available in June and is under license by CBS Consumer Products. Full press release below.
Friday, March 7, 2014
(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)
Year 5. Week 29.
The time has come to get out of town. We've seen movement that would imply the zombies know where the base outside of Reno is located and are coming in force to kill us all. Right now, it's a race against the clock to get all of the important gear, supplies and weapons out of here before this place becomes overrun. With the amount of zombies coming there is no illusion about winning a fight here.
We were only able to learn this as a convoy of vehicles that were heading towards northern California were attacked and destroyed by a large zombie force. The thinking is they will figure out what direction those vehicles came from and follow the path back to our doorstep. It was a team from the northern California survivor camp who were the ones to discover the gruesome battle when the convoy was late and alerted us to a possible attack here. For the most part all the folks here as well as the things we can haul out of here are going north to Colorado and then spreading out from there to the other survivor camps, as well as flowing northwest to the government base.
Oh my! So shiny...how delectable!"
Bilateral Comics is a brand new publisher, fighting to get your attention. Their first work is called Valley 01 #1 and it might be the fun space western you've been missing in your life. The first issue is written by David Heath and illustrated by Anita Zaramella.
When Bethesda isn't spending all their time in Tamriel, they like to explore other realms. Offer gamers games that aren't quite as heavy on quests and rely more on sheer grit and violence. Games like Wolfenstein, The Evil Within and Dishonored. There's no doubt though that games will feature some top-notch artistic efforts which will now be collected thanks to Dark Horse: The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Art of The Evil Within and Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.
The first in the collection, The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game's design, including concept art, character designs, settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960's setting. Check out sample pages from the book on http://www.bethblog.com. It's available at comic stores on May 14th and bookstores everywhere on May 27th.
The Art of The Evil Within and Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives follow, with release dates in August and November respectively. Full press release below.
June is as good a month as any for blood to be spilled. Not that violence during the month most typically associated with weddings in encouraged, but Dynamite Entertainment has pegged it as a great time to release a new series called Blood Queen #1, written by Troy Brownfield and illustrated by Fritz Casas. And to commemorate the launch, Dynamite has commissioned artists Jay Anacleto, Ale Garza and Sergio Fernandez Davila to provide the series' cover artwork.
"I'm really excited to be working on Blood Queen for Dynamite," says Troy Brownfield, perhaps best known for his fantasy work on Grimm Fairy Tales. "I've always liked books that pull together different genres and manage to work on a few levels, and that's definitely something that we're doing here. We've got the horror element, the fantasy element, and we have medieval drama and all that entails. That means knights, witches, monsters, warring kingdoms, star-crossed lovers, betrayal, and loads of secrets. Or, as I like to call it: a great time."
Set against the fairytale backdrop of knights and magic, Blood Queen begins with the heartbreaking plight of a royal child, teetering between life and death. Summoned to save the princess, a young woman of untold power begins a journey that will uncover secrets, reveal forbidden desires, and stoke the fires of war. Inspired by the notorious true story of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Blood Queen imagines the Renaissance era as a colorful nightmare of mayhem, lust, and sorcery.
"In terms of characters, one of the central issues is the idea, ‘How are the evil queens of fairy tales made?'" says Brownfield. "It's less a deconstruction like Wicked and more of a look at what could make a fundamentally good person go bad. Then again, that's not to say that it's always going to be the person that you expect, and it's not going to happen in the ways that you think you'll see coming. We want to deliver twists, turns and shocks. We'll also deal with questions of power: who has it, who earns it, who takes it, and why."
Blood Queen #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' March Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Blood Queen with their local comic book retailers. Blood Queen will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital. Full press release below.