Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dark Horse Welcomes Avatar Graphic Novel to NY Times Bestseller List

Avatar has earned plenty of fans in its run. And now Dark Horse is pleased to announce its latest entry in the series to the NY Times Bestseller list in the Paperback Graphic Books category for the week of May 1, 2016. Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow is the lucky winner, written by Gene Luen Yang and is the official continuation of the beloved Nickelodeon television series Avatar: The Last Airbender from cocreators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

Children are disappearing in the Fire Nation capital, and Avatar Aang and his friends are doing everything in their power to save them. When Azula, the mad sister of Fire Lord Zuko, appears on the scene, Zuko locks down the city to catch her, igniting fear and riots in the streets. Find out if Zuko will follow in his evil father’s footsteps in order to save those he holds dear in Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Part Three.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Part Three is available in bookstores everywhere. Full press release below.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Review - Hyper Force Neo #1 (@Z2comics)

"Yo there! As you can see, I'm just a little over my head here. It's been the craziest week of my life. Let me explain."

High school is hard enough without having to contend with the responsibility of maintaining a mech suit that's been assigned to you for protecting the planet. That still manages to become and extracurricular activity for some students though and Dean is one of those students. His trials and tribulations are on display in Hyper Force Neo #1 from Z2 Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Jarrett Williams and colored by Jeremy Lawson.

Eagle Resurgent #1 Delivers First New Stories in Over Two Decades

Aside from being the anthropomorphic representation of the American values, the eagle has also made its way into other forms of symbolism. One such form is as a hero in the Neil Vokes' cult classic series. The latter version hasn't been seen in quite some time, but now American Mythology Productions is bringing back the character for the first time in two decades. Created by comics icon Vokes and Rich Rankin in 1986 during the original ‘80s black and white indie comic explosion, Eagle’s return to fans has been a long overdue and a welcome addition to American Mythology’s rapidly expanding catalogue of titles. The new comic will follow the supernatural adventures of the vigilante Richard Eagle in his constant battle to find justice at the end of a sword.

“When are you going to bring Eagle back? Ever since the demise of the EAGLE comic in the early ‘90s our fans have been asking that question. Not a single convention appearance all these years has gone by without at least one fan asking me that. I began a new story line many years back that involved the return of Eagle to Crystal City. This was based on an idea Rich, Jack Herman and I discussed while still doing the series,” Vokes said.

Not only will Vokes and his new publisher be bringing one of his signature characters back to life, there are also plans to release new stories based on his Death’s Dark Angel (previously called Death’s Head) character, a dark future reflection of the twisted killer The Eagle will become. Both tales will entwine into a larger “Vokesverse” the publisher plans to help spotlight the imaginative artistic mastery of its creator with additional releases of Dark Tales from The Vokesverse. These stories highlight a career that spans more than three decades with suspense and blood-drenched creations in an incredible universe of nightmares, monsters, and mayhem.

“We had planned on ending the series at some point with Eagle’s ‘death’ – this was to occur after a final battle with his arch enemy, Wulfgar. My plan then was to have the new storyline open years after the death of Eagle, who has now become a legend and eventually bring him back from ‘the dead” to start new adventures. It is there that we begin our new tale- in the middle of a battle to the death…,” he said.

American Mythology Productions (AM) will launch The Eagle: Resurgent as a hauntingly ink-washed 48-page comic book that celebrates the first classic tale from the original series and features an all-new story that breathes fresh life into the cult hero. The book is featured in the comics section of the March 2016 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, listed under “American Mythology Productions,” on page #277. It carries a $4.99 U.S. cover price. It’s Item Code from Diamond Comic Distributors is MAR161051 and is presently available for reorder.

“This is one of those projects that you can’t help but get excited about being involved in. What Neil’s work has meant to the industry as a whole as a creator and artist has proven to be a benchmark,” said Michael Bornstein, American Mythology’s publisher. “His original work in the ‘80s was one of the catalyst’s lending to a veritable tidal wave of indie characters and comics that have not only survived but thrived and are more popular with today’s readers than ever. Eagle is one of those characters that fans just seem to respond to and we’re overjoyed to be able to bring this staple back to fandom. Join us as we relaunch history with The Eagle: Resurgent.”

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Fight Club Tour

June 28th seems like a long ways away, but it's a lot closer than you think. It gives you about two months to get your Fight Club game on point as that's when Dark Horse Comics will release the hardcover graphic novel of the full, 10-series run of Fight Club 2. And to mark this occasion, creator Chuck Palahniuk will be matching that number with a 10-city signing tour--his first “signing tour” since Tell-All in 2010. Each fan at an event will meet Chuck, have their copy of Fight Club 2 signed and up to two backlist books/memorabilia signed as well. There are some rules of course. The appearances are signings only and Chuck will not be performing or reading. Each event is ticketed and must be purchased in order to join the signing line. Chuck will also pose with fans for pictures.

Full press release and dates of signings below.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review - Micronauts #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Preservation is superfluous to our directive."

The universe is a great big place. Robots probably live there and we want them on our side. Micronauts are a special type of robot that still pack a punch and IDW Publishing has their gloves on in Micronauts #1. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn, breakdowns by David Baldeón, finishes by Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, Jack Lawrence and Baldeón, colors by David Garcia Cruz, Joana Lafuente, Thomas Deer and John-Paul Bove and lettered by Tom B. Long.

I.D. Hits TPB in June

Emma Ríos wants some of your time in June. Why? She's releasing her dystopian tale I.D. in trade paperback that month. I.D. analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a “body transplant” as a solution to their lives. I.D. TP (ISBN 978-1-63215-782-9) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 22nd and bookstores Tuesday, June 28, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers through Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code MAR160635.

“I.D. and ISLAND brought me back to the place in comics I love the most,” said Ríos.

Full press release below.

Agarest War Gets Recorded in Heroines Visual Book

The Record of Agarest War series is known for its unique, multi-generational approach to storytelling, whereby your actions and decisions in one generation directly affect future events as well as the powers and characteristics of the next generation’s hero. That methodology carries on in Record of Agarest War 2, the latest entry in the series and now Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book is in stores now. Collecting the beautiful artwork behind the newest installment in the Record of Agarest War franchise, Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book includes character designs, rough concepts, pin-ups, creator commentary and more for all three generations of the game’s diverse, colorful cast of heroes and villains.

The tome also serves as an ideal companion piece while playing the game itself, including several exhaustive data charts that pull back the curtain on the game’s myriad equipment, items, skills, and prerequisites for viewing every event scene. Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book also features a complete collection of event and Soul Breeding CG scenes as well as detailed looks at every generation’s hot spring event – just like the first game’s art book.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review - Over the Garden Wall #1 (@boomstudios)

"Where are you going sheriff? Gasp! Is there a new case?!"

The boundaries of one's imagination are typically limitless. Having such an active imagination leads to all sorts of adventures. Some of those adventures are getting attention in Over the Garden Wall #1 from KaBOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Jim Campbell, Danielle Burgos and Amalia Levari and illustrated by Campbell and Cara McGee.

Archie Comics Teams with Threadless

Archie is getting bigger and bigger, thanks to a great reboot of the core series and an upcoming show. Your commitment to the Archie cause doesn't have to stop at those two things though, as now Archie Comics has teamed with Threadless for a new line of comic book inspired apparel. Featuring artwork from some of the best and brightest Archie Comics artists of the past 75 years, the Archie Comics Artist Shop on Threadless offers fans a chance to show off their love for Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead through a variety of different designs available on t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and more. The initial offerings available at the Archie Comics Artist Shop span from classic depictions of Archie and the gang to the modern-day New Riverdale designs by artists Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Erica Henderson and Veronica Fish.

Full press release below.

Black Mask Studios Unveils Class of 2016

Black Mask Studios has a lot in store for 2016. The publisher/production company launched in 2014 by Matt Pizzolo, Bretty Gurewitz and Steve Niles has just unveiled its third slate of comics. That slate includes a dozen projects principally from new creators bringing bold and unorthodox points of view to their comics. It features Jade Street Protection Services, Kim & Kim, Black, Run for the Shadows, The Skeptics, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, The Forevers, No Angel, The Dregs, Tomorrow's Ashes, Space Riders vol 2 and We Can Never Go Home vol 2.

"Black Mask is here for the risk-takers, for the daring creators that make other publishers nervous," said Pizzolo. "Our goal all along has been to advocate for brave storytellers, but what's been incredible for me to see is the comic market really step up and support these books and these creators. From the comic shops to the journalists to the readers, there is both a demand for new voices but also, and more importantly, a nurturing community enabling creators to take artistic leaps of faith."

Check out the full press release and creator introductions below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review - Divinity II #1 (@ValiantComics)

"How would you like some warm food and a bed, little mouse?"

Despite the "end" of the Cold War, there are still tensions simmering between the US and Russia. It's an almost constant game of political brinkmanship between the two countries that would surely be tipped in favor of Russia if the events in Divinity II #1 from Valiant Entertainment come to pass. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, penciled by Trevor Hairsine, inked by Ryan Winn and colored by David Baron.

Dark Horse Comics Forms Alliance for World of Tanks: Roll Out

The premise behind World of Tanks seems silly, but in actuality it's actually pretty brilliant. The game has garnered plenty of attention and now Dark Horse Comics wants to shift some of that attention to a comic book in World of Tanks: Roll Out!. The series will be a five issue series, rolling into comic book stores across the US and European territories and digital distribution in the fall of 2016. It will be written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra and feature covers by Isaac Hannaford.

World of Tanks: Roll Out! is set during the tank battles of the summer 1944, featuring British versus German armored units in post D-Day Normandy. It’s the German Panthers vs. British Cromwells, as the British tankers push deeper into France and toward the might of the Germans. World of Tanks: Roll Out! #1 will be available digitally in the fall of 2016 in comic book shops across North America and Europe, and will follow a monthly cadence of release for five issues of brutal tank combat.

Full press release below.