Friday, November 27, 2015

Review - Ringside #1 (@ImageComics)

"The world's done nothing but change, my friend. And you haven't move on at all."

Like it or not, professional wrestling garners a lot of attention and viewers. It's essentially a violent soap opera, but that does nothing to detract from the sheer physical toll that being on the road and performing so many days out of the year takes on the wrestlers. Relationships are formed and broken, with Ringside #1 from Image Comics focusing on it all. The issue is written by Joe Keatinge, illustrated by Nick Barber, colored by Simon Gough and lettered by Ariana Maher.

Preview - 2000 AD #1958

2000 AD #1958 is the latest in a series of great stories. The latest line-up includes "Judge Dredd: The Beating" by John Wagner, Patrick Goddard, Adam Brown and Annie Parkhouse; Defoe: The London Hanged by Pat Mills, Leigh Gallagher and Annie Parkhouse; Brass Sun: Motor Head by Ian Edginton, INJ Culbard and Ellie De Ville; Terror Tales: The Crow Gifts by David Baillie, Joshua George and De Ville; Bad Company: First Casualties by Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo, Jim McCarthy and Simon Bowland.

Check out the issue in stores now.

San Diego Comic Art Gallery Presents The Comic Art of Star Wars

Star Wars is poised for a mega-resurgence later this year when The Force Awakens releases in a few weeks. Truth be told, the popularity of the franchise never went anywhere and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery is celebrating that popularity again with Comic Book Art of Star Wars Exhibition, which will run from November 21st through January 31st, 2016. The exhibit will feature 30 pieces of rare Star Wars original art from the very first comic book series that was released by Marvel Comics in 1977.

The majority of these originals are from the first six issues, which adapted the blockbuster George Lucas film. Included in this landmark display are many key and historically significant pages. Most art featured in this stunning exhibition are by renowned comic artist Howard Chaykin, who will be on hand at the SDCAG on Saturday, November 21st from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, signing copies of the Star Wars Artifact Edition. This Artifact Edition is a 12″ x 17” oversized hardcover art book and features an incredible selection of Star Wars pages. Additionally, the book will include many other pieces of Star Wars art not in the exhibition

Each page of the Star Wars Artifact Edition is scanned from the actual original art and printed same size as the physical art boards. While appearing to be in black and white, an Artifact Edition features art scanned in color so all the subtle nuances of original art are clearly visible to the reader, including white out, blue pencil editorial notations, paste-over corrections and more. The Star Wars Artifact Edition will be available at the SDCAG from November 21st and in finer comic book shops on 12/9. You may also order it direct from IDW Publishing here.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review - Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Prowl has disappeared."

The Transformers are varied, with different factions interacting with other factions with mixed results. One of those factions is the Wreckers, who IDW Publishing hasn't revisited for a few years. They're fixing that in Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #1, written and illustrated by Nick Roche, colored by Josh Burcham and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Aspen Comics Debuts Black Friday Fathom Cover

Black Friday is a couple days away. Aspen Comics wants in your wallet for some of that action, which is why they're debuting an exclusive Fathom Blue #5 cover by Siya Oum. The cover will be available starting November 26th at 6 PM EST at The all-new variant cover will be offered for $4.99 during the Black Friday holiday weekend exclusively on the publisher’s of cial webstore.

Fathom Blue is Aspen’s top-selling new series for 2015 written by Vince Hernandez and with art by newcomers Claudio Avella and Justice V (letters by Josh Reed). The penultimate issue, Fathom Blue #5 is available now at all retail comic book shops and on digital. will also be featuring a host of sale items and other incentives for shoppers throughout the Black Friday holiday weekend (November 26th-30th) including a 27% site-wide Black Friday sale, reduced prices on all black and white, Sketch and Black variant covers, as well as statues and more.

Full press release below.

Valiant Announces Prestige Format for The Analog Man

Ad-free is all the rage these days. Valiant got that memo as well, planning to offer a Valiant Prestige edition of Bloodshot Reborn #10. Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa's work will debut in the special format, offering a special, ad-free presentation featuring laminate card-stock covers and custom-designed heavyweight end sheets for the standard $3.99 cover price. The issue will feature covers by LaRosa, Ryan Sook, Dave Johnson, Jeffrey Veregge, Tula Lotay, David Lafuente and Jeff Lemire.

"'THE ANALOG MAN' is a milestone for one of Valiant’s biggest characters, due in no small part to the positively jaw-dropping artwork of Lewis LaRosa. There simply aren't any other comics on the stands that look this good or feel this epic,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Not only is BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 a perfect jumping-on point for new readers, it's an example of comic book storytelling at its finest. Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa are throwing off sparks with each new page that comes in and we knew right away that nothing short of the acclaimed VALIANT PRESTIGE format would give THE ANALOG MAN the blockbuster treatment it deserves."

Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland and the once unstoppable killing machine known as BLOODSHOT has become THE ANALOG MAN. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot’s taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life – Magic – and protecting a group of stragglers who’ve weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement’s survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review - Vampirella #1969 (@DynamiteComics)

"Oh, my! This Earth is a place of chaos and turmoil! Drakulon was a dying planet, but this one may be even more dangerous."

Vampirella is one of the iconic characters of comics. She's interesting because she's become so iconic while not being a traditional superhero; rather, she relies on her horror ties as a means to make her unique. Dynamite Comics recognizes her contributions to the industry in Vampirella #1969, a throwback to the year she debuted. "'69" is written by Nancy A. Collins, illustrated by Fritz Casas and colored by Inlight Studios, "Mercy's Lullaby" is written by Eric Trautmann and illustrated by Brett Weldele, "Magic" is written by Phil Hester, illustrated by Jethro Morales and colored by Ilsight Studios, "The Beezelebums" is written by Mark Rahner and illustrated by Colton Worley and "Werewolves of Dixie" is written by David F. Walker, illustrated by Aneke and colored by Inlight Studios.

Grimm Fairy Tales Coloring Book for Adults Sells Out

Zenescope has really gotten a lot out of the Grimm Fairy Tales universe, offering a wide range of comics books and merchandise that appeals to a wide number of fans. One of their more interesting offerings was the Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book. Due to the success of the initial printing of that book, Zenescope will be reprinting the work. Zenescope President and chief creative Joe Brusha attributes the response to the Zenescope focus on art.

“Our fans have always responded to the attention to the art in our books. I think this project really shines a light on the focus we put on quality art.”

From Red Riding Hood to Cinderella, Little Mermaid to Robyn Hood, and OZ to Wonderland, fans can color in Zenescope's interpretations of those characters. Fans can hone their coloring skills by collaborating with some of the best artists in the comic book industry such as Jamie Tyndall, J. Scott Campbell, Dawn McTigue and many more. According to Jennifer Bermel, head of licensing and development at Zenescope “We worked closely with our partners on the Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book and paid attention to what our fans were asking for. We are really happy with the pre-order feedback we are getting from Amazon and the response from our online partners.”

Full press release below.

Ninjak #10 Receives Full Returnability, Enhanced Discount and Upgraded Cover Stock

Remember the 90s? The era of TLC, parachute pants and a million different variants of comic book covers? Valiant remembers at least the last part of the equation, tapping into that era in terms of offering a glow-in-the-dark cover for Ninjak #10. Unfortunately, things didn't work out exactly as planned and Valiant is now aiming to make it right. The first issue of the "Operation: Deadside" storyline by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite has been made fully returnable for all accounts and will now feature an upgraded, high-quality cover stock in lieu of the previously solicited glow-in-the-dark cover treatment.

"Valiant's number one priority is the quality of our content and this is one rare instance where the manufacturing process was unable to satisfactorily capture what we had envisioned," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Many fans, retailers, creators, and Valiant staff alike were looking forward to "OPERATION: DEADSIDE"'s glow-in-the-dark covers – a first in Valiant history. Unfortunately, the samples just didn't live up to expectations and, rather than release something that fell beneath our standard of quality, we're upgrading the covers all around to give fans an equally weighty and every bit as exciting reading experience come December."

Retailers that previously qualified for returnability based on Ninjak #10's qualifying incentives will now also receive an extra 5% discount on their orders of NINJAK #10 for a total of 70% off all qualifying orders. The shipping schedule for Ninjak #10 will remain unaffected by this change and will still arrive in stores on time for the issue's December 9th on-sale date, maintaining Valiant's unbroken record of on-time shipping across more than 300 individual issues since their 2012 launch. Additionally, the previously solicited Ninjak #11 and Ninjak #12 will now feature the same upgraded cover stock, rather than glow-in-the-dark cover treatments as well.

In 2015, a covert military intelligence unit sent a team of 20 agents and one special operative into a parallel dimension. Only one came back. The purpose of their mission was classified. Now, out of options, MI-6 has recruited their most elite operative – codename: NINJAK – to follow the doomed mission’s sole witness – the mysterious occult specialist PUNK MAMBO – back into the dimension called Deadside…and bring her missing teammates home. What will they find there? And who will be waiting for them?

Full press release below.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review - Dragon Age: Magekiller #! (@DarkHorseComics)

"The problem with magic is that it cheats."

The world of Dragon Age is replete with all manner of individual, but there seems to be a particular focus on mages and spellcasters in general. Those characters always make for interesting reading, which is why Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Bioware on Dragon Age: Magekiller #1. The issue is written by Greg Rucka, pencils by Carmen Carnero, inked by Terry Pallot, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Preview - Loan Sloane: Delirius HC

The deserted world of Delirius was nothing but a stain on the universe, until it was converted into the debauched Planet of a Hundred Thousand Pleasures by the evil Supreme Overlord, Imperator of all Galaxies. With the populace placated, he can tax them to the hilt and fund his campaign of terror. His opposition comes in the form of the Red Clergy, who attempt to coerce Sloane, the master-less intergalactic vagabond, into doing their bidding. Yet things are not always as they seem, and the piety of the clergy means nothing in a world of licentious chaos. Besides, Sloane always has his own agenda.

The work is written by Jacues Lob and illustrated by Phillipe Druillet. It's available November 25.

Written by giant of the comics world, Jacques Lob, with illustrations by Philippe Druillet at his most fantastical, Delirius is a science fiction epic that leaves readers utterly in awe of the sheer vibrancy of the creator’s imaginations.

Kaptara Thrives on the Outlandish

Chip Zdarsky is no stranger to, well, the strange. When he teams up with Kagan McLeod though for Kaptara, Vol. 1: Fear Not, Tiny Alien gets even stranger. In December, Image Comics will release the trade paperback that collects issues #1-5 in December.

A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash-land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join Zdarsky and McLeod as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part completely in this epic story of punching and love!

Kaptara, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-557-3) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, December 23rd and bookstores on Tuesday, January 5th, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code AUG150535. It can be pre-ordered now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. Full press release below.