Friday, May 22, 2015

Defense With The BoomStick


(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. This is my story of survival.)

Year 6. Week 39.

On our way through Arkansas. Man is it boring.

I mean the number of zombies we've had to stop and kill from following our scout team has kept it interesting, but the landscape is boring. All we keep on finding is burnt shells of small towns and just empty land. This view was something you would see back at the beginning of zombie takeover. Kinda surprised there are this many zombies still wandering around the fields though. Makes me think of those old zombie movies where they stagger around, moaning out "brainsssss." It's nice to laugh again and be in a place where laughter doesn’t get you killed.

Pretty soon we're going to leave Arkansas and I believe will be entering Mississippi. We don’t plan on going down too close to the coast, but skirt along the northern part of Mississippi. Our goal is to track along the northern parts of these states on our way to South Carolina. We've heard from the other three scouting teams and they are progressing well too.

Review - The Adventures of Aero-Girl #1


"The criminal mind is a confusing thing. What we need to focus on is wrapping this up quickly and quietly. I promised your mom we'd be home in 10 minutes."

The family dynamic is consistent on only one thing: that it's called a family dynamic. Families vary in how they interact within said family, largely owing to how the parents were raised when they were kids. Not many families can say though that they have to contend with being a superhero, which adds another layer of intricacy to the family dynamic. That intricacy is on full display in The Adventures of Aero-Girl #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by DeWayne Feenstra, illustrated by Axur Eneas, colored by Juan Pablo Riebeling and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Dark Horse Announce Ultra Variant Cover for Fight Club 2



Dark Horse Comics Announces Ultra Variant Cover for FIGHT CLUB 2 Issue 2

May 21, 2015) Dark Horse Comics announced today an ultra variant cover for FIGHT CLUB 2 issue 2, drawn by FIGHT CLUB 2 cover artist David Mack. The FIGHT CLUB 2 #2 David Mack Ultra Rare FOC Variant will be available to order by retailers who match or exceed 100% of initial orders for FIGHT CLUB 2 issue 1.

ORDERING DETAILS:

Initial orders Fight Club 2 #2 [APR150011 & APR150012 COMB] matching or exceeding 100% initial orders Fight Club 2 #1 [MAR150014 & MAR150015 COMB] at FOC (6/1/15) unlock unlimited ordering under FIGHT CLUB 2 #2 ULTRA RARE FOC VAR. ULTRA RARE FOC VAR only open for orders prior to Final Order Cut Off on 6/1/15.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Tyler Durden lives… a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . . Rize or Die.

On Wednesday May 27th, Dark Horse Comics will will publish the first issue of one of the most anticipated comic book and literary events of the year: FIGHT CLUB 2written by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk, illustrated by Eisner Award winning artist Cameron Stewart and colored by award winning Dave Stewart. The first issue of FIGHT CLUB 2 will be available at comics shops, select book stores and digitally via the Dark Horse digital store and app.

Each issue of the series will feature covers by bestselling artist David Mack. Additionally, issue 1 features previously revealed variant covers by Lee Bermejo, Amanda Connor, Steve Lieber, Cameron Stewart, and Chip Zdarsky as well as as-yet-unrevealed variant covers by Joelle Jones, Paul Pope, and Tim Seeley. The series is edited by Scott Allie, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief.

Dark Horse Comics has encouraged fans to further contribute to the mayhem with a guerilla marketing campaign utilizing the phrases "Tyler Durden Lives" and "Rize or Die" in order to win Easton Press limited, leather-bound editions of Palahniuk’s novels BEAUTIFUL YOU, FIGHT CLUB and SURVIVOR. Fans are encouraged to e-mail their photos and letters using the phrases "Tyler Durden Lives" and "Rize or Die" to: projectmayhem@darkhorse.com.

As Dark Horse Comics publishes FIGHT CLUB 2, Palahniuk’s first foray into comic book writing, Doubleday will publish MAKE SOMETHING UP, the novelists’ first ever short story collection, on May 26. Palahniuk will embark on a book tour later this spring with events in New York, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC., Kansas City, Chicago and Portland. For more updates on FIGHT CLUB 2 and Project Mayhem, follow Tyler Durden on Twitter and visit the official FIGHT CLUB 2 website and the official Chuck Palahniuk fansite, www.chuckpalahniuk.net.

Now is the time to talk about FIGHT CLUB 2. #TylerDurdenLives

Full press release below.

Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour Hits Phoenix Comicon


Comicon heads to Phoenix for the last weekend of May. Heading there alongside the show is Valiant Entertainment at Booth #7058/7060. Fans can check out a complete collection of Valiant trade paperback and hardcover collections. Fans can also browse a limited supply of convention-only exclusives from this summer's Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour, featuring limited edition copies of Ninjak #1, Bloodshot Reborn #1, Dead Drop #1 and more.

Colorist David Baron will be on hand to sign all weekend at the booth. Fans can also join a panel of Valiant staff and creators on Friday, May 29th at 1:30 PM ET in Room North 231 for Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here – a step-by-step panel presentation detailing the origins of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. If you're looking for where to start with Valiant, this panel is a great place to start.

Full press release below.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review - Insufferable #1


"I don't need your help."

Being a superhero certainly isn't easy. Being a superhero with a partner makes things a little easier, but when those partners have a special bond things get a little more complicated. IDW's release Insufferable #1 is a book that pairs two superheroes together in a way that stops evil at the expense of their relationship. The issue is written by Mark Waid, illustrated by Peter Krause, colored by Nolan Woodard and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Preview - Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1


Mad Max: Fury Road has more or less been met with critical acclaim. George Miller's work has been met with equal praise, which incentivizes his participation in Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1. Teaming up with Nico Lathourie and Mark Sexton, Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1 features the artistic talents of Mark Sexton, Leandro Fernandez, Riccardo Burchielli and Andrea Mutti (colors by Michael Spicer and lettered by Clem Robins).

In a fallen world ravaged by oil and water wars, humanity exists without law or mercy. All those who wander the Wasteland are ruled by a single imperative…survive. Among them is Max Rockatansky, a Road Warrior haunted by his turbulent past. In Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1, fans can witness the rise of Colonel Joe Moore, a war hero turned tyrannical warlord…The Immortan Joe. Not only that, but the story of Nux is also revealed.

Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1 is in stores now with interiors below.

School's Back in Session with Gunnerkrigg Court


The latest installment of Thomas Siddell's adventurous fantasy series may just have another number in its title, but that won't stop it from being awesome. In fact, this June's release of Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover offers even more opportunity for readers to heap praise upon the work. The collection is the latest to follow the adventures of Antimony Carver at the mysterious boarding school, Gunnerkrigg Court.

“Gunnerkrigg Court has been running online for ten years now, and Antimony’s journey has only become more and more exciting,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Thomas has created a fantastic world filled with magic, science, and myth, and Antimony is the perfect character to explore that world. Most impressive of all are the fans from all corners of the globe who have continually supported and cheered on this series, so we’re honored to be collecting Thomas’ work in these beautiful hardcover collections.”

Antimony’s new responsibilities thrust her into the heart of the forest, taking Parley and Smitty along for the ride! Meanwhile, Kat is left to deal with the mysterious letter she received, and Renard takes the time to reflect on his past decisions. As the year reaches a close, some friendships will grow stronger and some will have to come to an end.

The Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover arrives in comic book shops on June 17th with a cover by series creator Siddell for the price of $26.99 under Diamond Code APR151222. The Final Order Cutoff date for comics retailers is May 25th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review - Immune


If a zombie apocalypse ever went down, would you have what it takes to survive? Scrounging for supplies, banding together with other survivors or going at it alone are some of the questions you'd have to ask yourself. Would you fight for what you need to survive or run away and cower? These questions and more are answered in Immune, an open-world MMORPG pitting you against zombies in a fight for survival. You and your fellow survivors are up against both zombies and crazed nut-jobs hellbent on shooting anybody they come across. Currently in Early Access on Steam, Immune gives you a chance to see the world envisioned by creators Vidiludi Games and Entertainment, as well as provide input to help shape and change the game.

Dark Horse Debuts New Characters in Figures Line


In case you haven't noticed, Game of Thrones is kind of a big deal. It's one of the--if not the--most popular books and shows of all-time and continues to barrel through pop culture as a juggernaut. Dark Horse has hopped aboard that train and created a line of figures that's looking to expand with a slew of new characters. Those characters include Sansa Stark, Jorah Mormont, Sandor Clegane, Brienne of Tarth

“We have been floored by the response to these figures,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy noted, “and these will give fans the new favorites we have come to know as the epic saga unfolds."

Sansa Stark, the oldest Stark daughter, fled King’s Landing to the Eyrie with Littlefinger’s assistance after Joffrey’s murder and now travels alongside him. The figure measures 7.75” in height. The fine detailing of her black and midnight blue dress is exactly as seen in the HBO series. Jorah Mormont, an exiled Northern lord, originally joined Daenerys’s company as a spy on behalf of King Robert, but ultimately became committed to her cause. He followed Daenerys, providing counsel, but was banished when she learned of his betrayal. The Jorah figure measures 7.85” in height, with the paint application reproducing the nuances of his likeness and costume.

Sandor Clegane, the former Kingsguard better-known as The Hound, abandoned King Joffrey and his post during the Battle of Blackwater. After encountering Ayra Stark at the Riverlands, he held her captive while travelling to the Eeyrie in hopes of collecting a ransom. The Hound’s formidable proportions are reflected in this 8.4” figure. He is shown wearing his signature helmet, which is hinged so that it opens and closes. Brienne of Tarth, warrior of House Tarth and vassal to House Baratheon, is a skilled fighter. After serving as the Kingsguard for Renly Baratheon and the sworn sword of Catelyn Stark, she bonds with Jaime Lannister while escorting him back to King’s Landing, where he gives her a new suit of armor and a Valyrian steel sword reforged from Eddard Stark’s great sword, Ice. This armor is reproduced on our 8” tall figure, with all the impeccable details accounted for.

Slated for a Fall 2015 release, these four new characters join four other Dark Horse Game of Thrones figures making their on-sale debut this spring:

Tywin Lannister, former Hand of the King and head of House Lannister and Lord of Casterly Rock, was one of the most powerful lords in Westeros.

Joffrey Baratheon, former King of Westeros before his untimely murder at his wedding, was over-indulged and cowardly. He exhibited a cruel streak toward the vulnerable.

Petyr (“Littlefinger”) Baelish, the eyes and ears of King’s Landing, left his role as master of coin in the Small Council to secure the Vale by marrying Lysa Arryn.

Hodor and Bran are practically inseparable since Bran was pushed from a tower in Winterfell and lost the ability to walk. In this figure, Hodor carries Bran Stark on his back, immortalizing the close bond the two characters share. This special “double figure” is larger than others in the line, measuring a Hodor-sized nine inches, including the base.

These Game of Thrones figures have a suggested retail price of $24.99-$39.99 and are presented in deluxe window box packaging. Full press release below.

Book of Death #1 Gets Deluxe Ultra-Coated Cover Treatment


Summer is a time for Hollywood blockbusters, weekend cookouts and mega-events for comic book publishers. Valiant will be partaking in at least one of the three, as Book of Death #1 kicks off their four-issue event series in July. To celebrate the launch of the Robert Venditti/Robert Gill/Doug Braithwaite collaboration, Valiant will use the issue as the first to debut its new, deluxe ultra-coated cover process. To make sure every retailer has an opportunity to examine this new type of cover process up close, Valiant will be mailing sample printings of the the deluxe ultra-coated covers to select comic book stores across the country, along with free Book of Death promotional items including posters, pre-order coupons, bookmarks, pens and more, in advance of the series' June 22nd final order cut-off date.

"BOOK OF DEATH is more than just a summer event. It's a road-map to Valiant's future that will have fans returning to each issue for years to come," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Given the colossal importance that BOOK OF DEATH holds for the biggest heroes in the Valiant Universe – and the suitably epic story that Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite have crafted – it is only fitting that we give BOOK OF DEATH the stunning presentation it deserves…and it's just the first of many surprises yet in store for Valiant's most ambitious event to date."

So let it be written… So let it be done… On July 15th, the next two thousand years of history collide with the most powerful heroes of today. The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died. Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world. Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?

If you're a retailer and would like to ensure you that you receive a Book of Death promotional bundle, including your Book of Death #1 deluxe ultra-coated cover sample, please email retailers@valiantentertainment.com and be sure to include the name of your retail outlet and mailing address. Plus: fans can get in on the action leading up to the release of Book of Death #1 (of 4) with IInside the Book of Death – an exclusive six-page bonus insert arriving in all of Valiant's June 2015 titles.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review - Psycho Bonkers #1


"I'll be fine. Just take your foot off my brake."

It's never easy being the latest in a legacy family. The expectations to perform are hoisted upon future generations solely based on what their lineage did before them. It's a gift and a curse, but it generally leads to talented individuals. Individuals such as Shine in Psycho Bonkers #1 from Aspen Comics. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, illustrated by Adam Archer, colored by Federico Blee and lettered by Josh Reed.

X-O Manowar Ushers in Exodus


X-O Manowar keeps trucking along, serving as the catalyst for the rebirth of the Valiant Universe. That momentum continues in X-O Manowar #39 and the start of the Exodus story arc. Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval team up to trap X-O Manowar between two peoples he has sworn to protect in humanity and a mass migration of alien refugees.

"What an amazing story Rob has planned for you all - a twist on Aric's history that remains true to X-O Manowar's spirit and will be full of surprises for longtime Valiant fans and new readers alike," said X-O Manowar editor Tom Brennan. "X-O Manowar spent so much of his life fighting the Vine and now he must be their champion - how will Earth react? Or his fellow survivors of Vine enslavement for that matter? We're going to answer those questions and more, and Rafa Sandoval's ability to brilliantly blend character drama and widescreen action is the perfect compliment to Rob's story of what it truly means to be a hero."

Aric of Dacia is X-O Manowar, hero to humanity, leader of the remaining Visigoths, and a husband about to start a new family. He is also the bearer of Shanhara, and tantamount to a god in the eyes of the alien race known as the Vine. Now, in the aftermath of DEAD HAND's destruction of their world, the Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. Have these last living remnants of the Vine's civilization come seeking peace? And what changes will their arrival herald for our world? All – human and alien alike – will be tested when an old enemy seizes this moment of turmoil to attack Aric at his weakest…and forces the people of Earth to pay an impossible price for X-O Manowar's allegiance.

X-O Manowar #39 features covers by Sandoval, Robert Gill, CAFU and Brent Peeples. Full press release below.