Friday, April 24, 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 35.

Back on the road.

Staying behind walls and waiting for life to come to you just doesn’t suit me anymore. Living in a zombie world would make you think that staying behind walls and living in fear is the only way to survive. I remember those days of thinking like that. Worried about where my next bit of shelter was going to be; hiding from a pack of zombies and hoping they didn’t see me duck in somewhere. Those days were ones all of us here can remember.

Now look at us.

Venturing out more and more, setting up new outposts and basically taking the fight to the zombies. As I'm speaking there is a group of us currently en route back to northern California to get some supplies and weapons back to them that we took from Texas. After that large-scale battle a couple weeks ago in Salt Lake City, we spent time getting the aftermath cleaned up and resetting up defenses and traps to secure the location.

Review - Beyond Belief #1

"No need to wait there, leave the door open and find a safe place nearby. Of course I mean a bar, Donna, yes. Goodbye."

If you're afraid of ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night, then living in a haunted house isn't for you. Actually living in a haunted house isn't really for anybody, unless you're Cordelia Chase. Otherwise, you want someone capable of getting the spirits out of the house for a more satisfying living experience. Enter Frank and Sadie Doyle in Beyond Belief #1 from IDW Comics. The issue is written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, penciled by Phil Hester, inked by Eric Gapstur and Mark Stegbauer, colored by John Rauch and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

KaBOOM! Heads to the Loo in Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John

There's never not an audience for potty humor, especially when it's brazenly entertaining. KaBOOM! is taking that humor to the next level with the May debut of the oversized Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 one-shot, packed with short stories focused on the property's lavatory, the Holo John. Paul Allor, Ryan Ferrier, Kat Leyh, Mad Rupert, Eryk Donovan, Adam Del Re, Jorge Corona and John Omohundro all team up for the new book, promising to offer plenty of laughs for readers.

“I think, deep down, we all wish we had a Holo John,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “But until that technology exists, we’ve enlisted some fantastic talent to showcase the many hilarious adventures that can be had with a holographic toilet. It’s especially exciting to have John Omohundro stepping out of the recording booth to make his comics debut!”

What happens when you flush a pet fish down the Holo John? (Hint: It fantasizes it was a shark instead!) Or what if the Holo John gains sentience and “dreams of electric pee”? All that and more are covered in this collection of short stories about the Bravest Warriors’ out-of-this-world outhouse. Who knew they used their emotions-based powers in the loo, too?

Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 arrives in comic shops on May 27th with a main cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer for the price of $4.99 under Diamond order code MAR151109. Also available in a limited quantity is a retailer incentive cover by Artyom Trakhanov. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is May 4th. Full press release below.

Red Sonja #1973 One-Shot Celebrates History of Character

Red Sonja has been around for what seems like forever. In reality, she's been around since 1973. This July, Dynamite plans to celebrate her many years of adventuring with Red Sonja #1973, featuring the talents of Roy Thomas, Gail Simone, Luke Lieberman and Eric Trautmann. That group of immense talent will be joined by Cullen Bunn, Dave Acosta and Rich Buckler to offer up a new tale featuring the She-Devil with a Sword as she battles with monsters, rivals, and ne'er-do-wells, stories retro-tinted to capture the flavor of her classic comics era. Roy Thomas, the first writer to ever script the adventures and spoken words of Red Sonja, reflects on the long legacy of the character.

"It's been very gratifying to me to witness the popularity of Red Sonja over the past four decades. It was a lucky day when I read a fan-article about Robert E. Howard that mentioned a story in which one of his historical heroes fought alongside a "Russian hell-cat" or whatever precisely the phrase was (her name wasn't mentioned in the article), so that I obtained a copy of the long out-of-print story from the estate's literary agent, Glenn Lord, and read it: 'The Shadow of the Vulture.' Red Sonya of Rogatine clearly had possibilities as a sometime companion/opponent for Conan in Marvel's Conan the Barbarian comic, so I changed her name to the (to me) slightly more exotic Red Sonja, thereby making her a somewhat new character and adapted 'Shadow' as an issue of Conan. From that time on, she had a life of her own. Barry Windsor-Smith was inspired to do great things with her in the two Conan issues we did together in which she co-starred. Esteban Maroto, over in Spain, couldn't resist giving her a different look, which came to be called 'the iron bikini' after I decided that should be what she wore from then on. John Buscema and Howard Chaykin did a handful of nice stories with her. Frank Thorne came aboard to virtually make her his own. And that was just in the 1970s! I suspect Red Sonja will be around for a long, long time!"

Red Sonja #1973 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog. Full press release below.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review - Apocalyptigirl: An Aria for End Times TPB

"What are you narrating your own life now?"

How will you cope in the apocalypse? Will you have a sporty, survivor look? A faithful pet companion? Maybe all of the above and then some? Apocalyptigirl: An Aria for End Times TPB Dark Horse Comics features a brazen hero with a pet cat and a lot of confidence. The book is written and illustrated by Andrew MacLean.

Image Comics at C2E2

Image Comics will have a presence at C2E2, taking up residence at Booth 119. The publisher will bring variants of Kaptara #1, Spread #6, God Hates Astronauts #6 and Deadly Class #12, host a few panels and offer up a slew of talent for signings. All you have to do is show up at the right time.

Check out the full signing/panel schedule and press release below.

Swords of Sorrow Draws in More Characters

Gail Simone isn't quite done with Swords of Sorrow, the crossover of female characters in the Dynamite Universe. No, this summer will see two more entries into the series in Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris and Irene Adler by Leah Moore and Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow and Lady Zorro Special by Erica Schultz. One month later, the three-part Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl miniseries will release its first issue, written by Marguerite Bennett. The tie-in storylines, created to explore ideas introduced in Simone's core series, will run concurrently throughout the summer with Swords of Sorrow and additional announced tie-in titles. Artist Jay Anacleto will provide the cover artwork for both Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler and Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja/Jungle Girl #1, while artist Joyce Chin is contributing cover artwork to the Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special.

"Gail has brought in incredible creators for the strongest female event of the year. This is the only event that is led by all female writers (Marguerite Bennett, Erica Schultz, Leah Moore, and Nancy A. Collins, just to name a few), and female artists are working on the series, as well -- pencillers, colorists, and cover artists. It's one of our biggest events ever, and an opportunity for fans who want more comics with female voices. We can't wait for readers to check each series out," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

In June, Moore returns to Dynamite on Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #1, the first chapter in a miniseries illustrated by Francesco Manna. It will reintroduce Adler as a fugitive, a master of disguise, and a femme fatale, but even she is surprised to find herself made bounty hunter, tracking savage foes across the grimy streets of London. Meanwhile, in a far-off world, Princess Dejah Thoris is defending Barsoom against an influx of trespassers and ready to put the guilty to her sword. Also in June, writer Schultz will team with artist Cristhian Crizam Zamora to deliver Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow/Lady Zorro, a one-shot special that unites the Western heroine with the shady mercenary first introduced in the pages of The Shadow. In the done-in-one issue, Lady Zorro and The Black Sparrow join forces to fight a wicked prince's Shards of Chaos in a prehistoric land.

In July, Bennett will bring together two of Dynamite's most action-oriented characters in Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja/Jungle Girl #1, featuring art by Mirka Andolfo. Of the crossover, Bennet says, "Red Sonja / Jungle Girl is pulpy, witty, charming, campy, and packed full of more action than one chainmail bikini can contain. As the Rift begins to set entire worlds crashing into each other, an ice wyrm from far Hyrkanian tears through the portal, raining down destruction the likes of which Jana's jungle has never seen. The once-tropical island is plunged into winter as chaos overtakes the jungle with killing cold. Red Sonja and Jana the Jungle Girl must battle magic, monsters, Mistress Hel, and each other to destroy the cause of the curse and return balance to the world."

"It's very exciting to be able to experiment creatively with characters from different eras and place them in these unusual situations," says Schultz. "This whole crossover runs the gamut of genres, and I think it'll be very exciting for fans."

Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review - American Nature Presents

"It's payday, sucker!"

As far as comic anthologies go, they can range in tone from dramatic to irreverent. Ones that skew toward the latter are generally entertaining because of how ridiculous they can get and American Nature Presents by Bogus Books is no exception. The anthology features "Mediokrates!" by Ralph Niese, "R.A.D. in Time" by Austin Tinius, Robert Salinas and Antonio Brandao, "Beef Jams and Jr. Duck and Run" by Marc Koprinarov, David Landsberger, Greg Petre and Fake Petre, "Vigilante Girl Gang!" by Benjamin Marra and "The Walking Light: A Witch Gauntlet Tale" by Ze Burnay.

Aspen Comics Heads to C2E2 with Big Dog Ink

Aspen Comics is hitting C2E2 in a big way this year, making their way to the show with a multi-imprint presence. Aspen Comics will be exhibiting alongside Big Dog Ink at the show, their first since 2012. Aspen president Frank Mastromauro will join Big Dog Ink founder Tom Hutchison, as well as Shahrazad writers Kim Hutchison and Kari Castor, at booth #706. There will also be a handful of Aspen/BDI creators available in Artist’s Alley: V Ken Marion at B11, Jordan Gunderson at K12, Nei Ruffino at P8 and Dirk Manning at H8.

C2E2 marks the premiere of Shahrazad #2, which will not be in stores until May 6th, 2015. Aspen will have a C2E2 exclusive cover for Shahrazad #2 by Ruffino available for purchase at their booth, in addition to a Fathom: Kiani #3 exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. These variants will also be available as exclusive full-size art prints, in addition to two Shahrazad #2 prints by J. Scott Campbell and Mike DeBalfo.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Celebrates Four Digital Years

Dark Horse is nothing without the fans and the fans are why the publisher is celebrating a four-year anniversary for digital printing. To celebrate the milestone, Dark Horse Comics is offering readers a free comic. Starting Thursday, April 23, Dark Horse will issue a two-dollar credit to all confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers with a registered Dark Horse Digital account. This credit can be used toward downloading a free digital comic or toward the purchase of any bundle or graphic novel.

The very same day, Dark Horse Digital will also be offering 50 percent off all purchases made in the app or through the web store, including thousands of comics, graphic novels, manga, and more! And it doesn’t stop there! Confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers will receive an exclusive coupon for an additional 10 percent off purchases. The newsletter coupon stacks with the web store discount, offering an even greater savings on your entire transaction. Dark Horse will also be giving four lucky winners an iPad mini loaded with Dark Horse digital comics. Dark Horse will randomly pick one winner per day over the course of the weekend. The winners will be given the digital collection of their choosing the following week.

To enter to win, all you need to do is download a comic to your collection and with over fifty free comics to choose from, there is no purchase necessary to be entered to win. The fourth-anniversary sale starts Thursday, April 23, and ends Sunday, April 26, at midnight PST—so head over to today and sign up for a Dark Horse Digital account.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review - The Infinite Loop #1

"We're doing today what someone did yesterday, and another will do tomorrow."

Turn an "8" on it's side and you get the infinity symbol, appropriately named because it never seems to end. In many ways, time is the same way, making the term "infinite loop" applicable to time travel itself. IDW applies the label with gusto in The Infinite Loop #1. The issue is written/lettered by Pierrick Colinet and illustrated/colored by Elsa Charretier.

Valiant Announces Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer

The Geomancer is a big part of the Valiant Universe. The character boasts tremendous powers and plays a role in dictating the futures of various big names in the same universe. Now, the publisher wants to give the role even more importance in releasing Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer, written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp. The work is created specifically to promote Valiant's upcoming Book of Death event and will expand the mythology of the newest Geomancer.

"LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER is designed to be something special and something distinct from your typical 'event' tie-in story," added Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "This is a little known story, the history of which is only known to a select few of the most important players in the Valiant Universe, and it's telling will mirror its method of distribution. This will be a rare series that we hope fans will seek, much as they did decades ago for tales like the original HARBINGER #0."

The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died. Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world. Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?

"With LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER, Fred and Juan are crafting a dazzlingly beautiful, action-packed corollary to BOOK OF THE DEATH. This is the story of a character that is not only new to the Valiant Universe, but is also vitally important to its history – Anni, the very first Geomancer," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons.

A special, retailer-incentive limited series, all four issues of Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer will be printed in limited quantities and will only be made available to retailers who qualify based on their orders of Book of Death: #1-4. Fans interested in obtaining this special incentive limited series should contact their local comics retailer to pre-order their copy before the May 28th initial order date for Book of Death #1 (of 4).

Full press release below.