Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review - And Then Emily Was Gone #1

"And then Emily was gone."

There are stories parents tell to their children to keep them in line. Stories that teeter on the edge of being downright evil. And while many of the stories are just that--stories--there are people in the world who are capable of more evil than the fictional characters of morality. Those people exist in our world and are explored in And Then Emily Was Gone #1 from ComixTribe. The issue is written by John Lees, illustrated by Iain Laurie, colored by Megan Wilson and lettered by Colin Bell.

Preview - Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1

It's summer, which means another quarter of the year is in process. Vertigo likes to celebrate those quarters with quarterlies and the Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1 is on tap for that occasion. The anthology brings together some great talents, including stories by Carla Berrocal, Jody Houser, Rachel Deering, Annie Mok, Rian Hughes, Fabio Moon, Peter Milligan and art by Matteo Scalera, Nathan Fox, Carla Berrocal, Rian Hughes and Fabio Moon.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Mystery Builds in Outcast

From all accounts, Robert Kirkman is pretty popular. In fact, word has it that when he took the floor at SDCC, he was mobbed at every turn, no doubt much like something he would write. Where people shamble towards him with the intent of swarming him and getting a piece of the action. Turns out though, he writes about more than just Walkers and his latest work Outcast (alongside Azaceta) is all the rage, with the second issue being rushed to a second printing. The first new series written by Kirkman himself in years, this demonic possession-focused horror comic builds on the mystery and mounting terror in its second issue and has hooked fans of classic horror. Fox International Channels announced late last week that Cinemax has green lit the pilot for Outcast.

Still reeling from the revelations of issue #1, Kyle Barnes is faced with the implications of what he’s learned about demonic possession and the time during his childhood when his mother was possessed by evil. Kyle must put the pieces together and uncover the truth behind why he seems to attract darkness and demonic activity at every corner.

Outcast #2 remains available for purchase across all platforms, including the Image Comics website, the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (, iOS, Android and Google Play. The second printing of the second issue ((Diamond Code JUN148240)) will be available August 27, alongside the third issue ((Diamond Code JUN140563).

Full press release below.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Charles Gunn cracks me up.

Seriously, I feel like he’s got the best lines on the show. Why? Because everyone else is always expressing themselves in this hyper-verbal Buffy-speak all the time. You know, it’s quick-witted, lightning fast, etc.? But Gunn sort of just tells it like it is, flat out, short and to the point. And the contrast always cracks me up.

I’m a fan of Gunn’s inclusion on the show because I like the idea that he’s a vampire hunter and not a vampire slayer. Gunn is no lightweight despite not being some magical child of destiny born to fight vampires. He’s just a guy who's had to fight off vampire attacks his whole life to survive. He hasn’t got Buffy or Faith’s powers, but what he does have is some slick moves and some ingenuity. The LA of the Buffyverse sort of seems to exist--demons included--in this Jim Henson, don’t question it, sort of way. Still, some of the show’s dialogue leads us to believe that while the majority of people live somewhat insulated lives, never knowing about the seedy underbelly of demons afoot in LA, others are not quite so fortunate.

Review - Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1

"Poyo was there. There to save the day. To dispense justice. And vengeance."

There's a fear of the robots uprising and enslaving humanity. Maybe the fear should shift the other way, towards the animals humanity has domesticated for whatever reason. Because when one of those creatures is domesticated with the ability to easily handle any enemy in combat, we're likely going to be in big trouble. Poyo is one such character and he's doling out even more justice in Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and lettered by John Layman and illustrated and colored by Rob Guillory (with color assists by Taylor Wells).

Saga Gets Deluxe Hardcover Treatment

Deluxe hardcover collections are somewhat a dime a dozen these days, with so many properties going that route. Many of them are worthy of the adaptation, but few of them are as worthy as the fantastic Saga from Image Comics. Thankfully, that work is getting the deluxe hardcover treatment, bringing the first three paperback volumes of the phenomenal work by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. The 500-page-plus Book One will feature a brand-new cover art by Staples and will be released on November 25, 2014.

"Saga is the story of Hazel, and each hardcover edition will feature her at a different stage of life in a new cover from co-creator Fiona Staples,” said Vaughan. “I have no idea how Staples will top this first one, which perfectly captures our heroine's first few months in the universe. But we're even more proud of what's under the cover, 500 pages of story and never-before-seen extras, including a weirdly detailed creator roundtable about how the team makes a complete issue of our comic, from daydreaming to shipping."

Vaughan’s and Staples’ announcement came the day after they received three Eisner Awards at the annual ceremony held during Comic-Con. Saga received a Best Continuing Series Eisner, Vaughan received Best Writer, and Staples was awarded Best Painter/Multimedia Artist. The book is available for preorder under Diamond Comic order code MAR148090 and ISBN 978-1-63215-078-3. The 504 page book will set you back $49.99.

Full press release below.

And Then Emily Was Gone Trailer

ComixTribe is getting closer and closer to the release of And Then Emily Was Gone. That means, it's time for a trailer! The 5-part monthly comic event is created by John Lees and Iain Laurie and features variant covers by Riley Rossmo, Nick Pitarra, Garry Brown and more.

Greg Hellinger is a man who sees monsters. A former detective driven to the brink of madness by terrifying apparitions, he is tasked with finding a missing girl named Emily. Hellinger’s search takes him to a remote community in the Scottish Orkney Islands, where strange and terrifying things are happening… EMILY #1 features a variant cover by superstar artist Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Drumheller.)

Check out the trailer below.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review - Low #1

"We huddle together. My small family seeking comfort from a world determined to separate us."

Family coping amidst harsh living situations always makes for fascinating reading. How those families cope in situations where they can play a pivotal role in the survival of the human species if even more fascinating. That's what the reader finds in Low #1 from Image Comics, written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Greg Tocchini and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Dark Horse Poised to Publish The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Dark Horse is big on their art books. That's with good reason too, as all of their books always showcase various properties through a variety of phenomenal art. There's seemingly nothing stopping them from offering artistic looks at any and everything you can possibly want. Well, they've taken their sweet time, but they've finally got around to offering an artistic look at He-Man in The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Made in close cooperation with Mattel and He-Man historians, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe collects over 30 years of behind-the-scenes material, lore and classic imagery.

In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man and Masters of the Universe. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children’s entertainment forever. Join Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling the decades-long epic journey of He-Man® from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon. The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives. Featuring beautifully restored art from master illustrator Earl Norem—celebrated artist of the most memorable He-Man images.

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe arrives in comic shops on April 1, 2015 and in bookstores April 14, 2015. Preorder your copy today. Full press release below.

Aspen Announces SDCC 2014 Announcements

One year wasn't enough for all the action that Lola XOXO is bringing to readers. Aspen Comics has announced as part of their SDCC surge that the property will see new life in 2015 with Lola XOXO: Volume 2 by creator Siya Oum. Not only that, but fans of the series can also look forward to Lola XOXO: The Wasteland Madam, featuring an all-new heroine struggling to maintain control over a renegade force of post-apocalyptic survivors, while trying to come to grips with her horrific and tragic past.

Aspen's series Dellec by Frank Mastromauro and Vince Hernandez returns for a second volume, with art pencils by Pasquale Qualano. This return of one of Aspen’s leading heroes focuses on the aftermath of the catastrophic first volume’s climax, while offering an all new jumping on point for new readers. Legend of the Shadow Clan returns next year with creator/writers David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven returning to the family clan of ancient ninja heritage with art by penciler Giuseppe Cafaro. 2015 will also see the debut of the first series of Aspen Sourcebooks line, featuring essential and never-before-seen handbooks of Aspen’s most popular and longest-running titles, including Michael Turner’s Fathom, Soulfire and Executive Assistant: Iris, written by Hannibal Tabu, with future editions planned for Aspen’s later titles.

Aspen Novels, the new prose imprint from the publisher, will release its second novel this November, Seven to Die, from author T.G. Roberts. Seven to Die tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life. At the helm of an enormous operation to eradicate all of Lex’s kind, Egil captures Lex’s long-lost mother, forcing Lex to confront him head on and save those she loves from certain death.

This October, Aspen continues its push to a broader reach with a more kid friendly library with the release of Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie on October ComicFest 2014. This kid-friendly coloring and activity book will feature a story written by Hernandez with art by Agnes Garbowska. Aspen has signed on with the consulting firm, The Powell Group, to expand their multi-media publishing in the video game industry with a plan to adapt their popular titles into several platforms. Aspen has teamed up with the app beacon company Webble to produce a Cosplay Card Set featuring the industry’s most popular cosplayers as Aspen’s top characters.

Full press release below.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review - The Chronicles of Faro: Chapter 1

"You can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding."

History is filled with defining events, both good and bad. Every event has consequences unlike any other event and arguing the merits of whether or not that event should be changed (if it were possible) always makes for a fun evening. There are some characters who feel the need to change some events though for whatever reason and their journeys through time offers up pretty fascinating reading. The Chronicles of Faro: Chapter 1 from HooligansCO recounts such a tale. The book is written by Faro Kane and features illustrations by Ale Garza, Pat Broderick, Richard Clark, Franchesco, Paolo Pantalena, Elias Chatzoudis and Monte Moore.

Star Trek Ventures to the Planet of the Apes

The mission of the Enterprise is simple: to boldly go where no man has gone before. Aside from being a split infinitive, it's a very ambitious aim for a ship full of diverse characters. Their journeys take them to all manner of planet and civilizations, but nothing is likely to prepare them for their next destination. The crew of Star Trek will venture to the Planet of the Apes, courtesy of a crossover from BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton will handle the writing, while Rachael Scott will tackle the art duties. IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series.

“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius' orangutans,” explains Tipton. “Taylor won't be happy with that!”

“What an epic pairing! I'm so excited to see Taylor, Kirk...and those damned dirty our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We're eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.”

Full press release below.