Friday, February 5, 2016

Review - Kennel Block Blues #1 (@BOOMStudios)

"Ohhh, it's a per-fect dayyy..."

When you find yourself in a situation you'd rather not be in, there are a few things you can do. You can attempt to make the best of it. You can attempt to escape. Or you can singlehandedly set off a chain of events that puts your life and the lives of those associated with you at risk. Oliver chose all of the above in Kennel Block Blues #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Ryan Ferrier, illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, colored by Adam Metcalfe and lettered by Colin Bell.

Archie Comics Offers Look at Free Comic Book Day 2016 Titles

May 7th, 2016, has the distinct privilege of being the latest in a long line of Free Comic Book Days. The day where fans can get out, check out out new books and throw some dollars at local comic book shops. Archie Comics has two books they're offering fans this year: FCBD 2016 Archie #1 and FCBD 2016 Sonic Sampler. Archie Comics is also doubling down on the day as a Gold Sponsor of the event.

Mark Waid and Fiona Staples get the reprint treatment in FCBD 2016 Archie #1. As the new school year approaches, you'd think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun - but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. Is this a one-off, or a sign of bigger changes awaiting America's favorite teens... and the entire town?

And Sonic fans aren't left out with FCBD 2016 Sonic Sampler. With a script by Ian Flynn and illustrations Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata, Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms, FCBD 2016 Sonic Sampler gives readers the best of both worlds. Join Sonic and friends as they band together to save the world from the evil ambitions of Dr. Eggman in these select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe! Plus, get a sneak peek of what's to come with a special "Fast Forward Feature."

Full press release below.

Hawaii Goes Dark

Ever read a noir story set in a tropical environment? Probably not, as the typically sunny environs don't really afford the right atmosphere for a story of intrigue and mystery. Image Comics wants to change that with the release of Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 by B. Clay Moore and Jacob Wyatt in April.

“Jake and I have been working on this book for some time, and I'm excited to see Hawaiian Dick return to the shelves looking better than ever,” said Moore. “With the announcement that NBC is working toward a television show, we hope interest is at an all-time high. The tone of Aloha is a little darker than previous series, as events take place that alter the entire perspective of our lead characters. I think new readers will feel comfortable, and long-time readers will be rewarded for their patience.”

While Byrd remains in 1954 Hawaii, in Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #11 we meet another Byrd back in the States, and his impending arrival on the scene is destined to change the landscape of Hawaiian Dick forever. Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 (Diamond Code FEB160483) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, April 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, March 28th.

Full press release below.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review - Mirror #1 (@ImageComics)

"Come. It is time."

Magic is a gift and a curse. It grants a user tremendous power, but that power doesn't come without enormous expectations as well. Plumbing the depths of one's magical powers is a thrilling journey that Image Comics takes in Mirror #1. The issue is written by Emma Rios and illustrated by Hwei Lim.

Preview - Unleash #1

Assault survivor Emmie wants to change the world by creating her own superhero persona. Unfortunately her plans are limited, as being a hero takes more than a costume. In a strange twist of fate, Emmie forms an agreement with the most unlikely crime-fighting partner you could imagine. Now she can lay her own brand of twisted justice down on sexual predators. Unleash #1 is written by Jennifer Van Gessel and El Torres and illustrated by Nacho Tenorio, Sergio Mora and Veronica R. Lopez

Unleash #1 hits stores in March.

Heavy Metal Makes comiXology Debut

Heavy Metal is a world-renowned work that brings together the best of science-fiction, fantasy and horror. Now, the magazine is working with comiXology and Amazon on a new distribution agreement to sell the book on comiXology and the Kindle Store. The debut includes Interceptor by Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett, Narcopolis and Heavy Metal #280.

“We’re excited to finally bring longtime Heavy Metal fans a first class digital reading experience, and equally excited to introduce this classic anthology to a whole new generation of readers thanks to comiXology and Amazon,” said Heavy Metal co-CEO Jeff Krelitz. “Blowing the minds of first-time Heavy Metal readers is something that never gets old!”

“At comiXology, we’re thrilled to carry such an established publisher as Heavy Metal and we’re sure that sci-fi, fantasy, and horror comics fans everywhere feel the same,” said comiXology CEO and co-founder, David Steinberger. “Heavy Metal brings an edge to comics that we’re happy to have join us on comiXology and Kindle.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review - Dejah Thoris #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"Once I was called Dejah Thoris, Princess of Barsoom. But that life is no longer mine."

Being a princess brings with it a world of expectations. Etiquette, marriage prospects, proving your innocence amidst kingdom-changing conspiracies. How a princess deals with any or all of the above is always compelling and Dynamite Comics is all about compelling in Dejah Thoris #1. The issue is written by Frank J. Barbiere, illustrated by Francesco Manna, colored by Morgan Hickman and lettered by Erica Schultz.

Faith #1 Flies Into Third Printing

With so many good books on shelves these days, you hear of fewer and fewer sellouts. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but it does mean that a book has to be even more special to get into second printing. Faith #1 from Valiant has hit that milestone and blown past it, making its way into its sold-out third printing. Faith #1 third printing by Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Savauge will hits stores on February 24 alongside Faith #2.

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review - Escape from Monster Island #1 (@Zenescope)

"MASI Island. You won't find it on any map. It doesn't show up on any satellite images on the internet. You saw the buoys warning boats away from the area."

Jack Handey used to say "If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone." The same logic can apply to data left behind on an island full of monsters. The latter is offered by Zenescope in Escape from Monster Island #1. The issue is written by Joe Tyler, illustrated by Carlos Granda, colored by Jorge Cortes and lettered by Fabio Amelia.

IPG Signs Alterna to Exclusive Worldwide Book Market Distribution Deal

It's been ten years that Alterna Comics has been around. Ten years of offering up some great comics to an avid audience of readers. IPG wants to celebrate ten years in a very special way: by becoming the exclusive distributor for the up and coming publisher. As per the specifications of the deal, Alterna will retain control over their accounts at ComiXology and at Diamond Comics Distributors.

"IPG is one of the largest distributors of independent publishers in the world and I'm thrilled that Alterna will be able to grow under their banner," said Alterna Comics publisher Peter Simeti. "Our readership is expected to grow globally up to 10 times in size over the course of the next two years as they will be our exclusive distributor in the book market and ebook market. The deal also shows the growing interest in graphic novels across the world. I hope other graphic novel publishers pursue a deal with IPG as well, as they've been a pleasure to work with. It's an exciting time for the creators here and it's fitting that it comes about as we celebrate our tenth anniversary."

Alterna currently has book distribution with Partners Publishers Group but that contract will be coming to a close over the next few months. IPG will be rolling out Alterna's lineup in their Fall Catalog with frontlist titles and key backlist titles that will see release dates between September 2016 and March 2017. The frontlist releases include the Chair (SEP 2016), Corktown (SEP 2016), The Alterna Anniverseries Anthology (OCT 2016) and If Anthology: Super Powers (NOV 2016). Full press release below.

Fight Club 2 Offers Scratch-and-Sniff Bookmark Contest Revival

Fight Club 2 is preparing to wrap its run as a return to the shattered live of Tyler Durden. Dark Horse doesn't want the end of the series to go without celebration though and they're providing 10,000 scratch-and-sniff bookmarks, numbered to correspond to clues in the final issues of Fight Club 2, to select comic shops around the United States. The scratch-and-sniff bookmarks were produced by Chuck Palahniuk as a special thank-you for the strong support comic shop retailers have shown for Fight Club 2.

Each of the numbered scents is representative of a smell from a specific panel in each of the final five issues of Fight Club 2. Fans can visit and try to correctly identify all five scents for a chance to win special prizes for themselves and for their store. One grand-prize winner will be chosen at random (along with the retailer of their choice) to receive an exclusive Fight Club 2 prize pack that includes a subscription to the series, promo items and more. Additionally, ten runners-up will receive a copy of the Fight Club 2 hardcover signed by Palahniuk (as will their retailer of choice).

Dark Horse will also be making a handful of bookmarks available to Diamond registered retailers who simply need to email with their name, store name, and Diamond account number to be entered into the contest. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified by Friday, April 15, 2016. Full press release below.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review - King's Road #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"'Scuse me, your highness. Emergency."

Everyone knows about worlds full of elves, orcs and wizards. Everyone knows about worlds full of newspaper routes, suburbs and figuring out dinner. Very rarely do those two worlds come together, but when they do you can expect fireworks. Dark Horse Comics has those fireworks on display in King's Road #1. The issue is written by Peter Hogan, illustrated by Phil Winslade and Staz Johnson and colored by Douglas Sirois.