Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review - Super Human Resources #1 (@ActionLab)

"We had spreadsheets and everything."

Office politics and bureaucracy are two of the less entertaining aspects of any office job. They can be demoralizing in ways that really make the employee hate their work. That feeling can be amplified when the employees are superheroes and Super Human Resources #1 from Action Lab Entertainment recounts those feelings. The issue is written by Ken Marcus, illustrated by Armando Zaniker (color assists by Christian Leaf) and lettered by Brant Fowler.

BOOM! Studios to Publish Spanish-Language Version of Sombra

BOOM! Studios is focused on worldwide domination. And if they can't accomplish that, they'll settle for the next best thing in reaching a wider audience for its upcoming limited series Sombra. BOOM! Studios announced it will publish a Spanish-language version day and date alongside the English-language version. Additionally, BOOM! has partnered with publisher Editorial Kamite to publish Spanish-language editions of the Sombra limited series in Mexico day and date.

In Sombra, writer Justin Jordan tackles a provocative topic—the violent drug cartels of Mexico—partnering with artist Raúl Treviño, who lives in Mexico and is drawing on his first-hand experiences to inform the story. A DEA agent who disappeared in Mexico years ago and presumed dead has resurfaced and is now out-brutalizing some of the cartels he was sent to investigate. His daughter—also a DEA agent—has been tasked with stopping him…by any means necessary.

Sombra #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on July 20th with a main cover by internationally renowned illustrator Jilipollo for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAY161222. The Spanish-language version features a cover illustrated by series artist Treviño and bears Diamond code MAY168415. Also available is an Final Order Cutoff (FOC) incentive cover by Chris Brunner (Diamond code MAY168414) that can be ordered in any quantity. Readers interested in reserving a copy of issue #1 should contact their nearest comic retailer. The FOC deadline for retailers is June 27th.

Full press release below.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Review - Black Hammer #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Ten years today since we arrived. Ten years!"

What does a superhero do when they're all done saving the day? Sometimes they'll have a replacement waiting in the wings. Other times they go out in a blaze of glory. Rarely though are they banished to another world and forced to live out their days as "normal" as they do in Black Hammer #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dean Ormston, colored by Dave Stewart and lettered by Todd Klein.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Review - She Wolf #1 (@ImageComics)

"This is all your fault, y'know that?"

Werewolves are fierce fighters every full-moon. Coming to terms with those newfound abilities isn't exactly the easiest thing to do considering you're not completely in control at the time. That's something worth reading in She Wolf #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Rich Tommaso.

Valiant Reveals Faith #1 Coloring Book Edition

Adult coloring books are all the rage with the ki---adults. That's not something that's lost on Valiant as they're gearing up to offer Faith #1 Coloring Book Edition to the rabid colorers out there. The specially produced black-and-white edition of Faith's stratospheric first issue printed on deluxe matte paper stock for the color-it-yourself comics sensation of the summer. In stores on July 20th alongside the all-new Faith #1 – the lead title from "THE FUTURE OF VALIANT" initiative continuing throughout 2016 – Faith #1 Coloring Book Edition comes complete with the issue's finished lettering and an exclusive bonus cover gallery, so you can enjoy the full storytelling experience of Valiant's spotlight-stealing hero…even as you unleash your inner artist.

In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters and even worse...celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence - like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe...and could they just be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless?

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Reveals First Look at Angel Catbird

Dark Horse Books is slated to get weird this fall with the release of Angel Catbird, the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood. For her first graphic novel, Atwood is collaborating with artist Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain for a weird and wonderful tale about a part-cat, part-bird superhero. Timed to Atwood’s appearance at the American Library Association Conference in Orlando, FL this week and ahead of her appearance at San Diego Comic Con next month, Dark Horse Books has revealed the first look inside Angel Catbird. Angel CatbirdANGEL CATBIRD is being published by Dark Horse Books in tandem with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, www.catsandbirds.ca, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in the country.

"I grew up in the 1940s drawing comics, and I've continued: I even drew a strip in the 1970s. So what better way to explore cat/bird interactions and the welfare of both than through a flying catbird superhero? I'm thrilled to be working with Johnnie Christmas, who can draw way better than I can!" said Atwood.

“This project has been a fun mix of advocacy, humor, and adventure,” said Johnnie Christmas. “Margaret Atwood is a fountain of ideas, it’s been an absolute blast working with her. And our tale of ‘half-cats’ gets a fine boost from the wonderful Tamra Bonvillain. Her vibrant colors help bring the world of ANGEL CATBIRD to life.”

ANGEL CATBIRD (978-1-50670-063-2) will be a 3 volume series of 6'' x 9'' full color hardcovers, priced at $14.99 each. More information about the Angel Catbird graphic novels and Nature Canada’s campaign will be released throughout 2016. Full press release below.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review - Lucas Stand #1 (@boomstudios)

"We're all just animals at the mercy of our impulses."

The inevitability of death is right up there with the sun rising--it's going to happen. For most everyone who encounters it there's no more. Some people like Lucas Stand get a second chance and that's on display in Lucas Stand #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Kurt Sutter and Caitlin Kittredge, illustrated by Jesús Hervás, colored by Adam Metcalfe and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Humble Bundle Teams with Archie Comics to Celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th Anniversary

Sonic the Hedgehog is turning 25 this year and the blue blur has yet to lose a step. Learning more about the character is always a good time which is why Humble Bundle and Archie Comics are offering up a big digital collection of Sonic the Hedgehog comics. The Humble Comics Bundle: Sonic the Hedgehog features hundreds of pages of action-packed excitement from the longest-running video game comic book in history.

Customers can pay $1 or more for Sonic Universe Vol. 6: Treaure Team Tango, Sonic the Hedgehog #264-272 & #276-279, Sonic Universe #45 & #55-58 and Sonic Boom #1-4. Those who pay more than the average price also receive Sonic the Hedgehog #260-263, Sonic Universe #59-74 & #83-86, Sonic Boom #5-7 and a bonus title revealed on Wednesday, June 29. Customers can pay $15 or more to receive all of the above, plus Sonic the Hedgehog #226-229, #252-259, #280-283, Sonic Universe #18-20, #75, #79-82 and Sonic Super Digest #13-16.

A free sampler of Sonic comics is also available, and includes Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 1: Countdown to Chaos, Sonic Select Vol. 9: The Games and Sonic the Hedgehog Vol. 2: The Chase. These comics usually cost as much as $291. At Humble Bundle, though, customers choose their price! To see the full bundle, head to bit.ly/HBSoniccomics. The Humble Comics Bundle: Sonic the Hedgehog runs from Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11 AM Pacific time until Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 11 AM Pacific time.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review - Action Man #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Now move. The world's not going to save itself."

The concept of a real American hero is one that has made G.I. Joe one of the most popular franchises in toy history. America shouldn't have all the fun though and that's why England offered their own hero in the form of Action Man. Action Man #1 from IDW Publishing gives him plenty of time to introduce himself to new readers. The issue is written by John Barber, illustrated by Paolo Villanelli (prologue art by Chris Evenhuis), colored by John-Paul Bove and letters by Neil Uyetake (prologue letters by Shawn Lee).

Women of Dynamite Statue Line Expands

Dynamite Entertainment has some of the most powerful and assertive female characters in all of comics and the publisher knows that. And to pay homage to them, Dynamite introduced the Women of Dynamite statue line--a line of statues that's about to get bigger. Two new, Limited Edition variant statues are on their way in the Purgatori "Black and White" Statue and the Jungle Girl "Diamond Eye" Statue. Only 49 of the Purgatori and 99 of the Jungle Girl statues will be made available.

"When we were planning our Women of Dynamite line of statues, we knew we had to do something really special with Purgatori and Jungle Girl," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Horror lovers and collectible enthusiasts have expressed such anticipation for the new line in light of our debut, Vampirella. Dynamite and the skillful team at The Brewing Factory want to reward their excitement with special variations, giving them several options for how to best display their favorite femme fatales."

The extremely Limited Edition Purgatori statue, based on the work of Michael Turner and sculpted by Jason Smith, features the stark contrast of light and darkness, with just a touch of deep red to highlight our villainess's classic look. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Purgatori statue stands approximately 12" in height (14" to the tip of her wings) with a 6" base. This rare variant edition of the Women of Dynamite: Purgatori statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The extremely Limited Edition Jungle Girl statue, based on the work of Frank Cho and sculpted by Smith, features comic book sensation Jana in all her primal glory...with a twinkle in her eye, courtesy of jewel placement on her perfectly sculpted face. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Jungle Girl statue stands approximately 12" in height with a 6" base. This rare variant edition of the Women of Dynamite: Jungle Girl statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Dynamite's Limited Edition statues retail for $249.99 apiece. The Women of Dynamite: Purgatori Limited Edition "Black & White" Statue and Women of Dynamite: Jungle Girl Limited Edition "Diamond Eye" Statue can be found solicited in the July-dated edition of Diamond's Previews catalog, corresponding to a release date in September 2016. Full press release below.

Meet ATF Special Agents Andrea Nolan and Daniel Zigler

ATF Special Agents Andrea Nolan and Daniel Zigler are after the head of the family in Briggs Land from Brian Wood, Mack Chater, Lee Loughridge, Nate Piekos and Tula Lotay. It hits stores on August 17.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review - Past the Last Moutain #1 (@ComicExperience)

"After all, if you don't eat your oatmeal the goblins will get you!"

Fantasy realms are thought to exist in scores of literature, movies, games, etc. As of now, that's the only place where you can explore those themes and be exposed to beings of non-human ilk. Past the Last Mountain #1 from Comics Experience looks to change that notion. The issue is written and lettered by Paul Allor and illustrated by Louie Joyce (layouts by Gannon Beck).