Monday, October 20, 2014

Review - Archeologists of Shadows: Volume 3

What is life and what is death? Does everyone have a destined path? Or are we free to choose how our lives should go? These are the sort of question one ponders about after reading Archeologists of Shadows: Volume 3. I had the chance to check out it out and once again I was just blown away by the visuals, the story and enjoy the questions posed by the third installment. Publisher Septagon Studios has one amazing graphic novel on hand, as co-creators Lara Fuentes (Writer) and Patricio Clarey (Artist) have created a polished graphic novel that just keeps you turning the page to see what's in store for the characters. This has been a project five years in the making and in reading this latest volume you can tell it was a labor of love for all those involved.

Drifter Reveals Early Artwork

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein have a reputation as a fantastic comic creating duo. It's a reputation that engenders a great amount of respect from industry peers and readers. And Image Comics is slated to publish a new book from them called Drifter, launching on November 12.

In Drifter, mankind has spread across the universe in a frantic rush to survive and has colonized and strip-mined countless planets in the process. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

Drifter #1 will be available on November 12 and the Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is 10/20. Full press release below.

The Boys Are Back

The Boys is a comic that has managed to span 90-issues during its run. Dynamite Entertainment has spanned much more than that in its run as a publisher, but there's no reason to believe the two can't coexist and release something commemorating both milestones. And The Art of the Boys: The Complete Covers by Darick Robertson is just that. This 208-page collection will showcase series co-creator Robertson's finished cover artwork from the ongoing series, plus three spin-off miniseries, Herogasm, Highland Laddie and Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker. In addition to never-before-seen bonus contents like pencil sketches, a brand new cover image and artist commentary, The Art of The Boys includes a cover gallery featuring alternate covers by Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, David Lloyd and John Cassaday, as well as an afterword by film producer Adam McKay. Scheduled for release in December, this high-end art book will make the perfect holiday gift for fans of this highly regarded comic series.

"Dynamite has put together a great collection featuring all the cover art from The Boys, presenting alternate version, early drafts, sketches, and more into a cool hardcover collection," says Robertson. "I'm proud of this book as I really enjoyed my collaboration with (Garth) Ennis while creating these covers, and am pleased to show The Boys fans a peek behind the curtain as to what went into creating these covers. I think this will be a very unique collection and a must-have for any fan of The Boys series."

In addition to The Art of The Boys hardcover edition, Dynamite will make two collectible editions also available, each featuring a personal touch from Robertson. A Signed Edition, limited to only 250 copies, will feature Robertson's autograph in the front of the book. Also, a Remarked Edition will feature a character illustration and signature from Robertson; this especially rare edition is limited to only 100 copies in existence.

The Boys, a monumentally successful comic book series co-created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, introduced a world where superheroes may stand as pinnacles of justice... but when they abuse their power and authority, who brings justice to the superheroes? The answer: The Boys do. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female comprise the tough-as-nails crew that keep the "supes" in line - protecting mankind from some truly deranged superheroes.

"We simply couldn't let our ten year anniversary end without tipping our hats to the series that, even after all this time, is still beloved by so many fans," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "The Boys was a runaway hit that served as a cornerstone of our company throughout its run. Darick Robertson's cover artwork, with its powerful imagery and uncompromising attitude, made it the can't-miss item on comic shop racks everywhere. It's high time we celebrate his vast body of work on this seminal Mature Readers title!"

The Art of The Boys: The Complete Covers by Darick Robertson is currently solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Art of The Boys with their local comic book retailers. The Art of The Boys will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Friday, October 17, 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 8.

After that rough time we had last week with the battle and the continued search for more zombies, this week has been quiet. We continued to send out search parties to hunt down radioactive zombies. That's been about the only excitement any of us have gotten around here, which is fine by me. The downtime has become a necessity for us; blowing off some steam is required to keep one's sanity. Makes you miss the comforts you had before the zombie world.

Go catch a game, drink a beer, play some video games or even just relax on a porch and stare at the sky without fear of a zombie wandering up and munching on you. Being able to not pay attention to your surroundings is something you miss; that feeling of just being in the moment and shutting out the outside world. Now you do that you are probably gonna die or get bit and become a zombie that will lead you to hurt and kill others. With this break in the action we've gotta create or find ways to keep us relaxed.

Review - Planet Gigantic #1

"Nice landing. Some "master of gravity" you turned out to be."

Exploration brings with it a lot of unknowns. Discovering those unknowns is the fun part and naming them can be even more exciting. Sometimes though, it's just as simple to name a place something based on its physical description, as in Planet Gigantic #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by Eric Grissom and illustrated by David Halvorson. It's broken into two stories: "Planetfall!" and "The Eye of the Sun."

BOOM! Studios Cracks the Code in Deep State

Deep State #1 Main Cover

Whether you want to believe it or debunk it, stories of the faked moon landing, government-sanctioned assassinations and brainwashing have been around for generations. Fancy yourself a conspiracy theorist and you're in luck. Why? BOOM! Studios is dabbling in the conspiracies, teaming up with Justin Jordan on a new book called Deep State that asks what if those conspiracy theories were planted to cover up an even darker truth? The book teams Jordan with Ariela Kristantina.

“Justin is a writer we’ve been dying to work with,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “His stories are visceral, smart, and they just bleed cool. With Deep State, Justin is setting up a little patch of land for himself at BOOM! and we’re excited to have him. Ariela Kristantina is teaming up with Justin and turning in some spectacular artwork on this series—she’s definitely an artist on the rise. Get ready for them to introduce you to John Harrow in November.”

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 arrives in comic book shops on November 12th with a main cover by Mondo print illustrator Matt Taylor and a retailer incentive cover by Artyom Trakhanov, with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code SEP141117. The Final Order Cutoff Date for retailers is October 20th.

Full press release below.

Masterplasty Gets Reprinted

James Harvey has what some would consider to be a cult sensation in Masterplasty. The problem with that sensation is that it's only been experienced online. Image Comics is keen on changing that, as they're bringing the work to shelves in a standard trim size for $3.99. This is technically the second printing of the work, considering the massive popularity of the oversized-edition that hit shelves earlier.

“James initially wanted to issue Masterplasty in an over-sized format, and I think doing so underscored how different this project was from everything else on the market,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “That being said, we both agreed that reprinting the book at standard comics size would help his work reach a wider audience, whilst simultaneously making the first printing something truly special for everyone who bought it.”

In Masterplasty, a young man decides to leave his college girlfriend after undergoing a new medical procedure which drastically modifies the physical appearance of the human body in ways both beautiful and hideous. But will changing the outside change what’s within? If you didn't read more the first time, November 12 is your chance to dive in and get acquainted (preorder with pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP148035).

When pressed for a quote, James responded, "now you can all stop asking me how you carry this thing home in the rain. Just kidding. I love you."

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

"Now that you ask, there's a small coven in Greendale, just starting up..."

Life as a witch brings with it equal amounts of joy and pain. The times when you're on and tapping into your abilities are great, but the times when you're being scorned for your powers and inadvertently summon unspeakable evils aren't so good. Adding those into the perils of high school just adds another layer of complexity, something that Archie Comics explores in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1. The issue is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, illustrated by Robert Hack and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Dark Horse Releases Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle

Dark Horse may be losing the license to Star Wars comics in the near future, but that doesn't mean they won't do everything they can with them before then. To that end, Dark Horse is offering up the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle, now in progress. Fans of the epic sci-fi franchise can pay what they want for up to $190 worth of digital comics, all while supporting a great cause.

Customers can pay what they want for Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1, Star Wars: Empire Volume 1 - Betrayal, Star Wars: Jedi Volume 1 - The Dark Side, Star Wars: Crimson Empire Volume 1, Star Wars: Darth Maul Death Sentence and Star Wars: Blood Ties - Jango and Boba Fett. Those who pay more than the average price will also unlock Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command, Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1 - Blood of the Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 1 - Commencement, Star Wars: Legacy Volume 1 - Broken and Star Wars: Dark Times Volume 1 - The Path to Nowhere. Hardcore fans who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin, bringing this bundle to a total of 89 issues of Star Wars comics.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators and charity. The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle defies the dark side and supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Thanks to the generosity of the Humble Bundle community, more than $47 million has been contributed to more than 30 different causes to date.

The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle runs for two weeks and ends on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11 AM PDT. For more information, please visit Full press release below.

Shutter Opens Up in November

Kate Kristopher has quite the heritage. For generations, Kristophers have faced danger and laughed their heads off. But after her father’s death, Kate leaves it behind. She wants a regular life, and in Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost, she thinks she has it. However, if a Kristopher won’t go find adventure, it will find her. In November, the urban fantasy graphic novel by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca will boast a revelation about Kate’s family draws her back into the life she was raised for, leading her into a mystery darker and more dangerous than any she’s encountered before.

Set in a world where mythical creatures and rusty automatons alike are everyday “people,” where anthropomorphic animal bounty hunters do deals in back alleys and argue Tarantino-style in record stores, Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost gives artist del Duca the opportunity to amaze with her stand-out character designs and knock-out action sequences. Owen Gieni gives the art richness and depth with his bold coloring.

“When I saw that, I was like ‘We got it,’” said Keatinge, in reference to showing his heroine riding the subway with a minotaur. “And it’s not just because there’s a minotaur there and a space guy there, but there’s all this crazy sh** there and you’re still drawn to Kate, and you still feel Kate’s emotion. That’s one of my favorite things that Leila does. No matter how absurd the sh** that I write is, she’ll zero in on Kate. Her emotions are real and that makes it work.”

Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost will be in comic book stores on November 12 (Diamond Comic order code SEP140652) and in bookstores on November 25 (ISBN 978-1-63215-145-2). It's specially priced at just $9.99 and available now for pre-order. Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review - Sleepy Hollow #1

"I have mastered pushing the little red button."

Sleepy Hollow certainly has its devoted followers. The show is pretty solid, despite being grounded in a somewhat ridiculous version of reality, but that's what makes it so enjoyable in the first place. BOOM! Studios wants to take readers into town for another ride in Sleepy Hollow #1. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Jorge Coelho, colored by Tamra Bonvillain and lettered by Jim Campbell. "Movie Night" is written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson.

IDW Publishing To Bring Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s to Comics

Douglas Adams might be best known for requiring travelers bring their towel with them wherever they traveled. And that the answer to the ultimate question is 42. He's also known for a character he created in Dirk Gently, who appeared in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Dirk Gently’s Long, Dark Tea-time of the Soul and the unfinished Dirk Gently fragment that Douglas was writing at the time of his death The Salmon of Doubt. In partnership with Ideate Media, IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Dirk Gently will be appearing in his first-ever comic-book series in 2015, helping to prove the interconnectedness of all things, the precept by which Dirk Gently, Adams’ beloved fictional “holistic detective” lives. Following the recent announcement that Gently will be developed for television by IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media with Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers and Max Landis as showrunner, IDW will also launch an ongoing series of all-new Dirk Gently adventures as comic books.

“I know that an American writing Dirk comics is going to get a certain segment of British Adams fans a bit brassed off,” said Ryall, “but, much like in the case of the oft-referenced Schrödinger’s cat in the Dirk novels, we can all agree that until the world opens these comics, they are both good and not good, right? And certainly Adams’ writing transcends all borders and has rightfully earned him a worldwide following. I can’t wait to bring Dirk into the world of comics.”

Dirk Gently is a charismatic, mysterious, troubled, brilliant, figure—cursed with a relentless intellect, psychic powers he doesn’t fully understand or want, a gift for self-mythologizing, and a supernatural ability to detect disturbances in the fabric of reality. Dirk has found a strange calling as a private detective for impossible crimes, the likes of which will take many forms in the comics. The series launching in spring 2015, will be written by Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. The series artist will be Tony Akins and Chew co-creator Rob Guillory has contributed a first cover image, too.

“Douglas was best known for Hitchhiker, but his real creative passion was always Dirk. Of the two series, this was his secret favourite. I know he would have smiled upon its re-incarnation as a comic book,” said Ed Victor, Douglas Adams’ longtime agent and friend.

Full press release below.