Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aspen Launching New Wasteland Tale in Lolo XOXO: Wasteland Madam

Lola XOXO was an interesting story from Aspen Comics that blended survival with an apocalyptic setting and eschewed zombies in the process. Readers took a liking to the work as well; so much so that Aspen Comics is planning a follow-up to the work in Lola XOXO: Waseland Madam. The all-new miniseries will be written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Siya Oum.

“Siya [Oum] and I have been eagerly developing this story for some time now, and we’re really excited to be able to expand the Wasteland Universe she dutifully created in Lola XOXO. We hope fans will respond to this all-new cast of characters, as all of the same action, drama, and adventure they’ve come to expect from Lola is present in this all-new series. We can’t wait to see how it’ll be received!”

Once a woman with a promising future and the love of her life by her side, the “Wasteland Madam” evolved into a ruthless following the nuclear holocaust that destroyed the city of Chicago. She’s now responsible for protecting a loyal band of survivors from the threat of annihilation, but that’s easier said than done in the wild Wasteland, where enemies are everywhere the law of the land is enforced by blood.

Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 will hit stores on April 8th with two direct edition covers, the first by Oum and the second by Lori “Cross” Hanson, as well as two retailer incentive variants by Oum and Dawn McTeigue and a blank sketch cover. Full press release below.

Review - Witcher: Fox Children #1

"A Witcher is a Witcher."

Being a Witcher comes with a lot of notoriety. You're expected to be more than capable as a warrior and you're often sought out for your talents. That doesn't mean that any mission you accept is any easier because of your talents. It does mean that things are certainly exciting and Witcher: Fox Children #1 from Dark Horse Comics has some intrigue to it. The issue is written by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Joe Querio, colored by Carlos Badilla and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Superpowered Detroiters Take on Corruption in MPH

Going fast gets you where you need to go, well, faster. It also has a way of making the mundane seem exciting, as it does in Mark Millar's MPH. The first five issues have proven to be quite the hit with readers and Image Comics is taking note, offering up those issues in a trade paperback. Millar teams up with Duncan Fegredo for a book about a mysterious new drug known as MPH.

“Driving through the middle of Brightmoor was like being on the set of I Am Legend or The Walking Dead,” he wrote. “How could the richest country in the world allow so many of its people to live in such abject poverty? Where were all those superheroes now? The idea of empowering the powerless is a superhero trope, but what if we took the safety catch off and had these guys using their powers to take down the bankers and the corporations and all the crooked politicians who had sold Detroit down the river for three successive generations?”

Endowed with super-human speed, four young Detroiters zoom across the country, taking back ill-gained funds from banks — and then giving it back to the people (keeping a little for themselves, of course). But the supply of MPH is finite, and the “Runners,” as the media have dubbed them, are finding that power has its downsides. What will happen when their time runs out? Millar, who hails from Scotland and grew up inspired by American superheroes, was moved to write MPH after visiting Detroit and seeing the city’s plight first-hand. When the first issue of MPH debuted in May 2014, Millar sent a copy to President Barack Obama and every United States Senator. He wrote about this decision in The Spectator.

A superhero story with a social conscience and contemporary edge, MPH will be in comic book stores on April 22 (Diamond Comic order code FEB150530) and in bookstores on May 5 (ISBN 978-1-63215-265-7). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Dead Drop #1 Recruits X-O Manowar, Archer and More

Dead Drop #1 is a team-up unlike many other team-ups out there. Why? Because it's the first issue of an all-new, four-issue superhero conspiracy thriller from Ales Kot and Adam Gorham. That team will be lead by X-O Manowar on a voyage across the Valiant universe into a high-stakes hunt through New York City for a lost alien artifact that could soon threaten the entire globe. X-O Manowar, Archer, Neville Alcott, Detective Cejudo and Beta-Max are ready to save the world.

A virus on the loose… A king after him… Things are not what they seem. There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight – in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off – and the most extraordinary agents are released to stop the disaster before it occurs. Otherwise, in less than thirty minutes, there will be no world to come back to.

Dead Drop #1 hits stores on May 6. The issue will feature covers by Raul Allen, Adam Gorham, Juan Jose Ryp and Brian Level. Full press release below.

Full press release below.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke Trailer

Halo 5 Guardians has a date: October 27, 2015. Let the hype begin with the Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke trailer below.

Review - Space Riders #1

"--and it's Capitan Peligro."

Venturing into space requires the right equipment and the right people. A shortcoming in either regard and your trip into space could turn into a nightmare. Finding that right combination is always a challenge, which is sometimes why you just have to settle for the devil you know. Black Mask delves into such a scenario in Space Riders #1. The issue is written by Fabian Rangel, Jr., illustrated by Alexis Ziritt and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

KaBOOM! Presents Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake: Card Wars

There's always a time for adventure and KaBOOM! has it in spades. In fact, they're doling some out this July when they launch Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake: Card Wars, a new miniseries featuring the famous characters. The first issue features the writing talents of Jen Wang and art by Britt Wilson. The all-new story delves into the world created by Natasha Allegri and features the actual Cryptozoic card game, Card Wars, which itself was created from the game in the show.

Cake is a Card Wars champ who can’t be beat, and Fionna...is really tired of getting beaten! They set off in search of a challenger who can really test Cake’s mettle. When they stumble across some gamer slugs, they think they’ve hit the jackpot, but these guys have never heard of Cake and refuse to even play with her.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse to Publish The Big Guy and Rusty The Boy Robot Hardcover Collection

Hearts of gold and fists of steel make for an interesting partnership. Dark Horse wants to give readers a glimpse into that dynamic by publishing The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot hardcover collection. From the minds of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller, the duo is set to return in a big way after the previous collaboration on Hard Boiled.

Everything you remember about being eight years old and watching monster movies is right here, but with all the magnified detail that you always wanted to see, collected in hardcover for the first time ever. With remastered color by the inimitable Dave Stewart, this stunning edition includes the Dark Horse Presents special and surprise extras.

Preorder your copy of the Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot hardcover edition, coming in October 2015, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or IndieBound or contact a local comic shop through Comic Shop Locator.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 27, 2015

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. This is my story of survival)

Year 6. Week 31.

Success is measured by the benefits of an outcome being greater than the worse parts of the mission. For us it was a successful mission and victory in what we can to accomplish, but it did come with some loss.

Once again with the planning of our mission and its execution, the past two weeks have been busy ones. Goes to show working so hard we lost track of the days and didn’t even realize it was past my usual report-in time. The resistance at this base was a lot stronger than we saw and the fighting was fierce. At the start of it all, the plan was going perfectly--our teams going in by boat sniped all the zombies in sight, clearing a path as one of the boats headed for shore. They made it to land and set up a perimeter for the next boat to follow. An added bonus was their noise on the shore pulled more zombies out into the open for the sniper teams to take out. With both teams on the shore they begin to fan out and secure the perimeter near the gate to let the rest of the convoy onto the base.

This is where the fierce fighting went down, as the convoy had to deal with a little crowd outside the gates and us on the inside had a higher number of zombies to deal with as well. Even with the ear plug in one ear and headset on the other, the noise was just incredible. This was one of the largest scale battles we've had in a long time with air support knocking back any big horde of zombies with the use of helicopters and gunships.

Review - Hit 1957 #1

"Things change. People don't."

Maybe it was prescient to name Hit that name, as the series was a hit. Like most successes, there's always a yearning to revisit that universe and explore the characters a bit more in the process. BOOM! Studios appreciates that as much as the next publisher and is releasing Hit 1957 #1. The issue is written by Bryce Carlson, illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, colored by Niko Guardia and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Preview - Stringers #1

Oni Press is all about fun, edgy books. Stringers #1 by Marc Gugenheim, Justin Greenwood and Ryan Hill appears to be just that.

Paul and Nick are the guys who shoot the news. Filming car chases, fires, and shootouts in their busted-up rig, they put their (uninsured, unsalaried) lives on the line every night so that the good citizens of Los Angeles can get their daily update. But when a firefight between the LAPD and the MS-13 goes wrong, Paul and Nick find themselves on the run.

Stringers #1 hits stores August 5 with interiors below.

Dynamite Partners with Groupees

Groupee LLC and Dynamite Entertainment are up to something. That something is positive, charitable and exciting. That something is a partnership that will host - for the first time ever - a ten-day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 80 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with "Pay What You Want" purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry's most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The bundle promotion will run from Thursday, March 26, through Monday, April 6, on the website Groupees.com.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Dynamite Entertainment to offer this First Edition Dynamite Groupees Comic Bundle," says Thomas Brooke, Groupees Founder and CEO. "Dynamite has an exceptional catalogue of titles and is offering fans in this promotion an amazing deal on some truly exceptional books including the likes of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. As we expand into this category of media, we look forward to continuing to work with Dynamite to offer literary fans of all types curated, great deals during our online social events that connect fans and artists."

Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide. The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with the dollar minimum investment, but consumers can double their take by reaching the $5.00 second tier. Dynamite offers a highly desirable batch of comics at the third tier for a $10.00 minimum investment, including the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross art book. For those who participate in the "Pay What You Want" initiative with considerable support, Dynamite will reward the top ten consumers with special prizes. The Top Prize will see the contributor illustrated on the cover of an upcoming Dynamite comic book, alongside the title character, and the cover will be drawn by superstar artist Jae Lee.

The winner will also receive 100 copies of the comic and the original artwork. The second, third, and fourth-highest contributors will be illustrated as characters on one interior page of a Dynamite comic book, while the fifth through tenth-highest contributors will receive a hand-drawn illustration of their favorite Dynamite character, illustrated by Jae Lee. Additionally, top-secret Group Bonuses will be unlocked for all consumers to enjoy when the overall orders reach certain thresholds.

The $1.00 Minimum Tier features superhero action, pulp intrigue, Victorian mystery, tough-talkin' private eyes, and mind-blowing swords-and-sorcery, courtesy of some of the comic industry's brightest stars: Gail Simone, Alex Ross, Tim Seeley, Jim Krueger and more. This accessible bundle includes:

Project Superpowers (Vol. 1) #0 - #7
• Dawn/Vampirella #1
• The Spider #1 - #6
• Chaos! #1 - #6
• Shaft #1
• Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #1 - #5
• Red Sonja (Vol. 2) #1 - #6
• Altered States: Red Sonja

The $5.00 Minimum Tier features 48 comics written by the mainstream's most beloved authors and movie directors, like George R.R. Martin, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Jim Butcher and Nancy A. Collins. Also, the Fox cartoon sensation Bob's Burgers, gaming powerhouse Pathfinder, and rock ‘n roll icon Alice Cooper round out the package, making it worth the additional investment.

A Game of Thrones #1
• Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 - #2
• Warren Ellis' Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1
• Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood #1 - #3
• Alice Cooper #1 - #3
• Bob's Burgers #1 - #2
• Army of Darkness (Vol. 3) #1 - #5
• Purgatori #1 - #4
• Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #1 - #10
• Django/Zorro #1 - #2
• Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Storm Front (Vol. 1) #1 - #4
• Pathfinder #1 - #6
• Cryptozoic Man #1 - #4
• Blood Queen Annual 2014

Finally, the $10.00 Minimum Tier features 17 comic books by Bill Willingham, Jim Starlin and Tom Clancy, as well as the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross, a 328-page retrospective of the influential painter's cover artwork and character designs on such characters as Vampirella, Green Hornet, The Bionic Man, the Kirbyverse, Black Terror and more.

Dynamite Art of Alex Ross
• Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 - #7
• Dreadstar #1 - #6
• Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes #1 - #4

Full press release below.