Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

So I finally got around to watching TMNT. Yes, I'm that guy who makes decisions this whimsically. I don't go see it in theaters and then pay more than I would have to watch it on Xbox Live before it's rentable, just because I'm bored and impatient. And if someone attacked the judgment of the opinion I'm going to offer on this movie based on that alone I suppose I wouldn't really be in a position to defend myself.

But you know, I found that I enjoyed it.

Review - Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1

"There's no point in living if you sacrifice everything you are to do it."

For as much as Optimus Prime worries about other races in the galaxy being hurt by his ongoing war with the Decepticons, there really doesn't really seem to be anyone willing to make their safety priority number one. It takes a special Transformer to set aside their investment in the war on either side to so. A Transformer like Drift, recently exiled and looking for his own personal redemption in Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 from IDW Entertainment. The issue is written by Shane McCarthy and illustrated by Guido Guidi.

Deep State #1 Sells Out

Deep State #1 2nd Printing

Deep State #1 has proven to be quite a hit amongst the comic book readers out there, as the first issue has sold out at the distributor level. What does that mean? Well, it means excitement and elation for Justin Jordan and Ariela Kristantine. It means more work for BOOM! Studios, seeing as how they have to rush a second printing to stores. And it means another chance for readers to get on the work most recently garnering attention as a television drama with 20th Century Fox TV.

“Justin has hit a home run with the first of his three BOOM! original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The story of Deep State is rife with mysteries and cover-ups, and Ariela’s art is perfect for it. This second print announcement comes hot on the heels of the announcement for the Deep State TV deal at Fox—it’s been a good week for Agents Harrow and Branch.”

In Deep State, John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret.

Deep State #1 second print ships with a modified cover by series cover artist Matt Taylor and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of OCT148207. Final orders close for retailers on December 1st and it's anticipated to be in stores on December 17th. Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Deep State #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you.

Full press release below.

Hinges Explores a Clockwork City

Image Comics is certainly no stranger to fantasy graphic novels, so it only makes sense that they're offering a brand new entrant in that realm with Hinges. Written and drawn by Meredith McClaren, the graphic novel introduces the nuts and bolts of a city called Cobble, where one girl new to the city, Orio, must depend on help wherever she can find it. Her assigned familiar, Bauble, has his own agenda however. As the two explore the walls of the city, they find they are not the only new arrivals. Visually, McClaren had thought about creating a world inhabited by dolls, puppets, and stuffed animals for a few years before a story was even attached to the idea.

“I also wanted to play with a world that had a lot of ambiguity," said McClaren. "When I look back at the stories I love—the ones that tend to have a more enduring presence—I always come back to the type of stories where the audience isn't given the full explanation but rather a great big sandbox of a world that they can also play with. It's been my observation that the stories people enjoy most are the ones in which they feel they can also participate. I wanted to give my audience that kind of experience. I love it when my audience starts to develop their own theories for why the world of Hinges is the way it is. And I would be ridiculously pleased should some of them find their own stories to tell there.”

Hinges Book One: Clockwork City will hit stores February 25 for $15.99 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-253-4). It can be pre-ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code DEC140649. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review - Ody-C #1

"Cunning Odyssia prays."

When you're far from home, you either like being on the road or just wish you were back in your bed. Odysseus was a man who started to enjoy being far from home, but then did everything in his power to get back. It's a timeless story that's getting a space opera treatment in Ody-C #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Christian Ward, flatted by Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Chris Eliopoulos.

Dark Horse Announces Cyber Monday Deal

You can't have Black Friday without Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday. Dark Horse already has some action planned for Black Friday and readers who miss out on those deals can get down on some on Cyber Monday. In fact, the entire Dark Horse Digital storefront will offer fans 50% off their entire order for 24 hours.

This offer is good for 24 hours beginning at midnight (PST) on Sunday, November 30 ($20 cart minimum). Visit to take advantage of this amazing web store only offer. Sign up for the Dark Horse Digital Newsletter by Thanksgiving to get even more discounts ( All newsletter subscribers will receive a stackable coupon for an additional 10% off.

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both Google Play and iOS apps. Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get a massive discount on all the Dark Horse comics you could want and more. Full press release below.

The Dying and the Dead Touted as Last Story of Greatest Generation

Generations come and generations go. What makes them last a little longer is the things they leave behind. It's these things that merit stories and recountings of their impact on society. Image Comics is recounting their own tale that's possibly the last story of the greatest generation in The Dying and the Dead. The story is written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Ryan Bodenheim, with an expected release date of January 28.

"It's not often that you work on something that feels almost perfect from day one, but working with Ryan again and how we're both so in sync regarding the story, it really does feel like it could be something special," said co-creator Hickman.

The adventures begins in The Dying and the Dead #1 when a murder at a wedding sets off a series of reactions, unraveling secrets hundreds of years old. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly unconnected events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.

The Dying and the Dead #1 (Diamond Code NOV140534) is a massive, over-sized, 60-page Indiana Jones-style high adventure that arrives in stores this 1/28 and will be available for $4.50. Full press release below.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review - Fight Like a Girl #1

"Her fate is up to us and his fate is up to her. Let's let it be and press forward."

The phrase "fight like a girl" is often used as a derogatory insult towards a man, insinuating that the man is fighting somewhat weakly and would only be evenly matched by a woman. There's another side to the phrase though, with the implication being that a woman who "fights like a girl" is actually fighting with great ferocity in defense of a cause deemed worthy of fighting for. Action Lab has made a name for itself offering up strong female characters, so it should come as no surprise that the publisher relies on the latter definition for their new book Fight Like a Girl #1. The issue is written by David Pinckney and illustrated by Soo Lee.

Dark Horse Offers Black Friday Revenge

Starting Thanksgiving, Dark Horse Digital will offer six MegaBundles of comics & graphic novels for $99.99 each. Thousands of pages of comics over 60% off. It's a little ridiculous and gets you a TON of quality comics for pretty close to dirt cheap. Sure, you can complain about Dark Horse starting the sale on Thanksgiving, but at least they're virtual, so there's really no one clocking in.

The works include:

Star Wars MegaBundles

This year we are giving Star Wars fans two different options! Get 200 digital Star Wars comics or get every Star Wars Omnibus. Purchase these MegaBundles, you should. Too late will it be if you wait!

Whedonverse MegaBundle

Joss Whedon has created some of our favorite worlds to play in. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Serenity, Dollhouse and even Dr. Horrible are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Mignolaverse MegaBundle

Dive into creator Mike Mignola’s dark worlds. Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Witchfinder and even Sledgehammer 44 are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

REHverse MegaBundle

Acclaimed writer Robert E. Howard created worlds of adventure. Conan, Kull and Solomon Kane are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Project Black Sky MegaBundle

Jump into Dark Horse’s superhero universe, Project Black Sky. Ghost, X, Captain Midnight, Skyman, The Occultist and Brain Boy are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both Google Play and iOS apps. Full press release below.

Archie Comics Welcomes Harper Lodge Back to Riverdale

Riverdale has been missing something recently. More specifically, someone. Come March 4, Archie #665 will welcome Harper Lodge--Veronica's cousin--back to the town. Harper will make the triumphant return courtesy of a new story by writer and artist Dan Parent.

Harper's latest venture: writing a romance book about the boys in Riverdale, has everybody trying to figure out the big question: Who is Harper writing about? Will the gang be able to solve the mystery? Find out why people are raving about Harper and how she fits in perfectly with the rest of the gang in Riverdale!

Full press release below.

Friday, November 21, 2014

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. 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 in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 13.

Well, that didn’t go as planned.

We crashed in western Tennessee on our way back to Kansas City. Everything was going smoothly on the flight back, but I guess we just had a little too much weight in the back. Next thing you need the engines are stalling out and we started to fall from the sky.

I've gotta give it to Ryan; he did his best to keep the plane level and aloft as we searched for a place to do a more gentle crash. He thought he could glide it down onto a road and be ok, but all the roads beneath us were thick with abandoned cars and zombies. This forced us to go to plan B, which involved us doing a gentle crash into a lake that wasn't fun at all. One minute up in the air bracing for the impact with the water, next thing I know we're slamming into the water and then scrambling to save ourselves.

Review - Archer and Armstrong: The One Percent #1

"From 1997 to 2007 'the richest one percent alone absorbed nearly sixty percent of the total increase of US national income.'"

The One Percent have been described as villains in just about all media, but in the world of Valiant they're actually a cult of super-rich bad guys content with screwing anyone and everyone over. What they have is a perception problem, especially when compared to the heroics of Archer and Armstrong. Maybe a book like Archer and Armstrong: The One Percent #1 will alter that perception slightly (probably not). The issue is written by Ray Fawkes, illustrated by Joe Eisma, colored by Ulises Arreola and lettered by Dave Sharpe.