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.

Archaia Delves into Rocket Salvage

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A good sci-fi adventure is all sorts of enjoyable. Lovable characters, zany trips and just a general sense of whimsy can be sensed by the reader. And since Guardians of the Galaxy, all those characteristics appear on full display in more and more works; works such as Rocket Salvage from Archaia. Writer Yehudi Mercado and artist Bachan give new meaning to the term “space race” with this six-issue limited series about a disgraced former rocket racer named Primo Rocket and his clone kids as they take off across the galaxy to escape the alien gangsters targeting them.

“Yehudi and Bachan are exactly who you want to take you on a crazy racing adventure through space,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’re two high-energy storytellers who are great at building new worlds. And Rocket Salvage just happens to be filled with racing-obsessed aliens and rocket ships! But the heart of this story is about a family sticking together against all odds, and that’s what makes it a special project.”

Primo Rocket was the fastest racer in the galaxy until a crash changed his fate and that of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo. Now, Primo is the owner of a spaceship salvage yard with his two “kids,” clones Beta and Zeta. But everything changes after they become the target of a manhunt leading them on a string of intergalactic adventures. It’s up to this dysfunctional family to stay together and, ultimately, save their home.

Rocket Salvage #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 17th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141161. The main cover is illustrated by series artist Bachan, with an incentive cover by Mercado. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 24th. Full press release below.

Widow's Web #0 Marks Return of Raven Gregory

Raven Gregory may have stepped out of the comics spotlight for a while, but believe it or not, he's had some stuff percolating. Now, the work both he and Autumn Ivy have worked on in Widow's Web will be debuting next month at Phoenix Fanfest on December 12-14. Not only that, but Gregory, Ivy, penciler Ian Snyder and cover artist Nei Ruffino will also be on hand at the show. Widow’s Web #0 will feature two separate covers exclusive to the show, an Exclusive Premium Preview Edition limited to 150 and an Extinction Sketch Edition limited to 50, each with a free 11×17 Mike Krome and Ula Moś print, and will take pre-orders now at

Set in a world that is not our own, the story follows Dahlia White, an unassuming bartender living in the strange yet familiar Tcesni City, where she attempts to balance her normal -- and sometimes not so normal -- life with the horrifying secret of who and what she really is. A balance that is thrown into absolute chaos when a down-on-his-luck guy, Pterra Atrus, walks through her door and catches her eye, turning her already crazy world upside down. A world where not everything or everyone is what they seem. Where the fairy tale of boy meets girl ends, and the horror begins.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review - Intersect #1

"We tumble past flakes of frosted blood."

The point where multiple things cross is often called an intersection. It's called that because everything converges on point temporarily before continuing on their respective paths. It can be applied to a lot of different things, from something as simple as roads to something as complex as personalities. Image Comics feels the latter is a lot more interesting than the former in Intersect #1, written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes.

Shinobi: Ninja Princess Debuts New Webcomic

Shinobi: Ninja Princess is preparing to release its fourth issue as a series for readers. The Action Lab Entertainment work gives fans a look at the inner workings of the Asumi Ninja Clan and their quest to find Shianndrea Toshigawa. A comic apparently isn't enough though, as now series creator Martheus Wade is offering up a brand-new, webcomic tie-in.

These 1-4 page webstories weave into and out of the existing six issue mini series. Each story will give readers more information on the characters and world of this martial arts adventure as well as serve as a gateway for new readers. The stories mix the lighter side of the series and answers those burning questions fans have been asking for such as “how did the Azumi Ninja Clan get the contract to find Shianndrea Toshigawa in the first place?” and “What do young ninjas do to blow off steam?”

The free webstories are available at the official Jetta website at Full press release below.

Sunstone Offers Bondage, Discipline and Love

Sunstone has engendered quite a following as a webcomic and a bestseller on Amazon. Stjepan Sejic's work has earned tens of millions of views on DeviantArt as well and now it's getting the graphic novel treatment in December courtesy of Image Comics and Top Cow. The story of two women who find love through their shared passion for bondage, SUNSTONE is poised to introduce readers to a new kind of S&M story, one that will surprise readers with the heart and humanity of its story.

“In Sunstone," said Sejic, "the main theme is in fact human nature. Sunstone has over time become a book showing the very human and understandable nature of fetishism and people responded to that.”

Ally and Lisa are happy, well-adjusted young women, but they’re both a little lonely. Ally loves the creativity of being a “domme” in her sex life but hasn’t found the right person to share it with. And Lisa… Well, Lisa loves to be tied up. When they find each other online, they know they have to meet. But bondage is all about trust, and even after they’ve explored every facet of their sexuality together, Ally and Lisa will find the ultimate test of this trust lies in three simple words.

Sunstone will be in comic book stores on December 24 (Diamond Comic order code OCT140613) and bookstores on January 6 (ISBN 978-1-63215-212-1). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition

"The popcorn is for decoration, not eating."

What's a good holiday gathering without some prerequisites? Hot cider, mistletoe, a tree and good company. Most of those pretty much go without saying, but spicing things up a bit with stories of holiday lore is always a good time. Stories such as those of Krampus--the anti-Santa Claus--told in Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition from Zenescope Entertainment. The story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Pat Shand is written by Anne Toole, illustrated by Butch Mapa, colored by Hedwin Zaldivar and Valentina Pinto and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Divinity #1 Returns to Earth in February

Valiant Next is chock full of prestige and is another entry in the Valiant universe that reflects the publisher's rather sterling reputation as a publisher. That collection is slated to get another entry on February 11 in Divinity #1, featuring the talents of Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine. Readers get to view a shocking vision of 21st century science fiction in Divinity #1.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist.

Divinity #1 is seeing a release amidst Ivar, Timewalker #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry, Imperium #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite, Ninjak #1 by Kindt and Clay Mann and Bloodshot Reborn #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan. Full press release below.

Image Reveals Secret Identities #1

Every superhero worth their weight knows that a secret identity is crucial to survival. It protects both them and the ones they love from untoward villains and danger. What happens when someone turns their identities against them typically makes for good theater and Brian Joines and Jay Faeber tap into that for Secret Identities #1 from Image Comics. They're joined by artists Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff for the new series this February.

"Brian and I have been friends for a long time, and one of our common interests is super-heroes,” said Faerber. “So it only made sense that our first writing collaboration would be on a project like this. And Ilias' art is explodes off the page, mixing a classic super-hero style with an alternative sensibility."

In Secret Identities #1, the supergroup known as The Front Line has just invited the new hero Crosswind to join them. But what they don't know is that Crosswind is a mole, sent to learn all their secrets. And the Front Line has LOTS of secrets. While issue #1 introduces Crosswind as a traitor, what readers won’t know is what form his betrayal will take. When will he turn on the team? How will he do it? While he bides his time gaining their trust, he must also learn to act like a hero. Is there a chance that acting like a hero will actually turn him into one?

"It's great to be dipping my toe into super-hero waters,” added Joines. “And to be doing it with someone with a track record like Jay is a true thrill. On top of that, watching Ilias bring these characters, some of whom have been warming the bench in my head for a very long time, to life with such vibrant style and energy… absolutely amazing."

Secret Identities #1 lands in stores on February 18 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code DEC140617. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review - Bravest Warriors 2014 Paralyzed Horse Giant

"Lords of chaos, rip my consciousness away from this world."

A horse is a horse, of course of course. Unless it's a telepathic horse who can see things that others can't and happens to go by the name of Paralyzed War Horse. A character such as he demands a plethora of tales and that's what KaBOOM! is going for in Bravest Warriors 2014 Paralyzed Horse Giant. The one-shot is comprised a few short stories. "Jellyfish Beach" is written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Erica Henderson, "Flies" is written and illustrated by Kat Leyh, "Got Your Back" is written and illustrated by Tessa Stone, "Paralyzed With Hunger" is written and illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis and "Outside the Realm of Time" is written by Mairghread Scott and illustrated by Meredith McClaren.

Abigail and the Snowman Debuts New Year's Eve from KaBOOM!

Abigail and the Snowman #1 Cover A

Two things go together: snowmen and New Year's Eve. The two work out because you usually don't have one without the other, as New Year's Eve finds itself in the throes of winter. There's one more part of the equation though that makes it even more spectacular in KaBOOM! Studios. Group the three of them together and you've got Abigail and the Snowman, a book slated for release on new Year's Eve from Roger Langridge. This heartwarming story follows young Abigail, the new girl at school with a habit of talking to imaginary friends. When her newest friend turns out to be a real yeti named Claude who escaped from a top-secret government facility, it’s up to Abigail to keep him safe from the “Shadow Men” chasing him.

“Roger is a master of creating emotionally resonant stories that pull at your heartstrings and put a smile on your face,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “He’s proven it time and again, from his work on Snarked! to his most recent adaptation of Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow. Now, he’s constructed a brand-new story about a girl and her Yeti. Abigail and Claude are reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes; they’re best friends to the end and a delight to follow around the town of Shipton-on-Sea. This is one of those rare comics that I think virtually anybody will enjoy. Roger is that good.”

Abigail and the Snowman #1 arrives in comic shops on December 31st with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141174. The main cover is illustrated by series creator Langridge, with an incentive cover by Sonny Liew. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 1st. Full press release below.