Friday, January 30, 2015

Dark Horse to Publish Rubín's The Hero


Champions are born with something special. Something that makes them stand out from those around them. That gives them an edge in almost all the day. Something that warrants a special tale be told about their travails. Storyteller David Rubín plans to reexamine the life of the world’s greatest champion in The Hero, coming this June from Dark Horse. Heracles, the son of Zeus, came into the world with strength, charm, and a fighting spirit. Featuring an introduction by John Arcudi, The Hero brings the legend to life through Rubín’s masterful storytelling and dynamic art!

Throughout Heracles’s incredible adventures from his innocent boyhood to his meteoric rise to popularity as he tackles the Twelve Labors, his journey is tempered by a steady decay that never relieves him of his heroic burden. And this burden becomes his only grip on reality as Heracles edges toward his fateful end. Preorder your copy of The Hero Book 1, coming in June 2015. The Hero Book 2 will be available in December 2015.

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speculating the Comic Book Movie Bust


It's a great time to be a comic book fan. Besides what the big two are doing, smaller publishers like Image Comics, Dark Horse, IDW and BOOM! Studios are consistently putting out quality titles on a weekly basis. Other publishers such as Dynamite, Aspen Comics and Zenescope are climbing the ladder as well. And there's also Comixology and Comixology Submit, giving non-affiliated creators their own chance to get their book in front of as many eyes as possible. The barriers to entry in writing and illustrating a comic have been shattered and now anyone with the motivation to contribute their talents to a book can do so.

The success of indies (in addition to Marvel and DC) has ushered in a Golden Age of comics on film. The First Era featured major titles such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Dark Knight and Spider-man trilogies, among others. There were also a few X-Men films and a bunch of other properties from smaller publishers, such as Hellboy, Wanted, Road to Perdition and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The quality of those movies is by and large phenomenal, speaking to a renewed dedication and focus on doing quality adaptations. The First Era was punctuated by The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, both of which seemed to cap off a phenomenal ten years or so of great comic book films.

Since 2012, it feels as if the number of films based on comic book properties have skyrocketed. Marvel is digging deep into their character reserves, planning films for Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther. DC has four shows on television in Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine and a Supergirl show planned as the fifth. And other publishers are also getting into the action, with films like B.P.R.D., 2 Guns and Oblivion getting the big-screen treatment. There's a growing sentiment among new creators now that the path to success is create a great comic, sell a lot of copies and then get a call from Hollywood about adapting the comic into a film. Basically, anything and everything do with comics is all the rage, causing publishers and creators to put out as many comics as possible for success. If this formula sounds a little familiar, then chances are you were a comic book fan in the 90s when the speculator bubble popped and the bottom of the industry fell out.

Review - The Dying and the Dead #1


"If you think about it, they died the moment they made their choice."

Life is meant to be lived. It's full of ups and downs, highs and lows. It inevitably ends in death, which makes everyone dying from the moment they're born. Being able to cheat death in exchange for an offer of extended life is tantalizing indeed. In Image Comics' The Dying and the Dead #1, it's an idea that's explored to great effect. The issue is written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Ryan Bodenheim, colored by Michael Garland and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Red One Reveals Another Russian Spy


Image Comics isn't one to shy away from hot-button topics. The publisher has made a name for itself in publishing all manner of content, most of which is pretty solid work overall. Their latest foray into a fun era comes courtesy of Xavier Dorison and Terry and Rachel Dodson in Red One. It's 1977—the height of the Cold War between the USSR and the US—and the Kremlin has a plan to win the war against Uncle Sam: propaganda.

Vera Yelnikov is an elite agent in the Soviet Army during the Cold War—she IS the atomic bomb. Vera is sent to Los Angeles by her bosses at the Kremlin. Her mission? Become a true "American superhero." She must spearhead a propaganda operation of communist values from within the United States and fight against the "Carpenter"—a fascist serial killer who blames America's ills on liberals. In her cover identity "Alabama Jones," Vera must find a day job that conceals her true mission—to do the Kremlin's bidding when the USSR needs her...as Red One.

The exciting series poses a chilling question, one rife with political overtones: What happens when America's Greatest Hero... is actually a Russian Spy? It hits stores on March 18 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN150575. Full press release below.

Crossed Fans Celebrate Fourth Annual Crossed: C-Day


If you're a Crossed fan, then you've likely got Wednesday, April 15th marked on your calendar. Sure, it's the end of tax season, but it's also the fourth annual C-Day. Avatar Press, publisher of extreme horror comics, designates one Wednesday a year to all things Crossed and now comic shops worldwide encourage rabid fans to don their Crossed cosplay costumes and come in for parties, photos and an opportunity to become a new reader ambassador for the comic series that redefined grueling horror. Fans of extreme horror have a lot to celebrate as a golden age of Crossed settles in during the early months of 2015.

Alan Moore has created an all new vision of the future in Crossed +100 and the bi-weekly Crossed: Badlands core series continues to deliver the most disturbing uncensored horror being published. For the first time ever, the C-Day event is centered on a writer other than Crossed’s prolific creator, Garth Ennis. Uber scribe Kieron Gillen brings a story of the Crossed in the ancient past to the bi-weekly series Crossed: Badlands beginning with the milestone issue #75 which arrives on Wednesday, April 15th - C-Day. The new story arc “Homo Tortor” takes readers to a point in history where the human race nearly slipped into extinction and uncovers what role the vile plague played in that event.

Avatar Press and www.bleedingcool.com will be promoting stores and fans participating in the cosplay events by running their pictures online and in social media for everyone to see. All they ask is that everyone keep the event in perspective, have fun and be safe. Crossed is extreme horror fiction that allows you to step into the most frightening scenario ever published. But in the real world they want to encourage everyone to be responsible and courteous to non-readers and families also enjoying their visit to the comic book shop.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


Ghostbusters, like so many great franchise of the past, will get its chance to shine in the sun again it seems.

My reaction to an all female cast? Mixed.

It’s not for the reason you think. It’s not that I am in any way opposed to the idea of female Ghostbusters or even to a science-fiction movie that might potentially appeal to a female audience a bit more than a male one. See, it all has to do with the kind of movie the people making this reboot want to make (and if it even is a reboot and not a sequel disguised as a reboot as the kids are calling it these days).

I guess the thing that has made Ghostbusters unique is also part of why it’s been stuck in development hell for so many years. The thing is, it turned out to be a really fun, exciting, action-adventure movie. And the fanbase around it for many, many years has worshipped that aspect of Ghostbusters. The 80’s cartoon show, the IDW comics and even the recent video game (which I actually really enjoyed and sort of accept as the third movie Ghostbusters deserved in its own right) all expand the quirky, strange, but heroic fantasy of the Ghostbusters fighting evil. Or at least, paranormal phenomenon that would interfere with our life in New York city.

Push #ComicsForward



The following is an editorial written by BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie that is appearing today in PREVIEWS magazine to kick off Push #ComicsForward, an initiative that BOOM! Studios hopes will spark a movement to actively shape what the comic book industry should look like in 10 years. This is a conversation seen taking place already in different places throughout the industry; BOOM! simply hope to unify and amplify all of those voices under one banner, #ComicsForward, to inspire, motivate and support comics publishers, creators, professionals, press and fans who want to see an industry that welcomes all types of readers.

Check out his letter below.

Review - Munchkin #1


"Warning! You may also be betrayed."

Munchkin is actually a very enjoyable card game. It relies on the player to be savvy and willing to risk friendships over gaining a simple level...or winning the game. That sort of game lends itself to a narrative, one which BOOM! Studios is crafting in Munchkin #1. The issue is broken into four stories. "What is a Munchkin" and "Humans Got No Class" are written by Tom Siddell, illustrated by Mike Holmes, colored by Fred Stresing and lettered by Jim Campbell. "Ready for Anything" is written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Rian Singh and lettered by Campbell. "Table of Contents" is written and illustrated by John Kovalic.

The Fade Out Offers Fame, Sex and Death


Fame, sex and death all make for quite the entertainment. When those topics are thrust into the hands of talented storytellers such as Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, then the result is greater than the sum of the three parts. Image Comics is pleased to inform readers that the first four issues of the series are gearing up to be collected in The Fade Out, Volume 1, due in stores on February 25.

"So far, The Fade Out is the most popular and most-widely written about book that Sean and I have ever done," said writer Brubaker. "And I'm so proud of that, and the work that Sean and our amazing colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser are doing on the series, that I just wanted to make it easier for new readers to try us out. And hopefully this move will help stores meet demand, since we keep selling out of the issues the first week they come out."

The Fade Out focuses in on the chaos in a Hollywood studio that follows the death of a starlet under suspicious circumstances and one writer’s guilt over a secret he’s keeping to save his skin. With a $9.99 price tag, The Fade Out, Volume 1 is one of more than fifty Image Introduces titles that have specially priced first volumes to encourage readers to delve into their next favorite comic book series.

The Fade Out, Volume 1 will be in comic book stores on February 25 (Diamond Comic order code DEC140664) and in bookstores on March 10 (ISBN 978-1-63215-171-1). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Curb Stomp Carries on Tradition of Punk Rock

Curb Stomp #1 Main

Curb stomp is a pretty vicious and deadly maneuver that typically leaves your opponent incapacitated and, quite frankly, unrecognizable. The sheer brutality of the act is abhorrent, buoyed by what has to be an innate disdain for the target of the action. That's the bad definition of "curb stomp." The better, slightly more upbeat definition comes when it's applied to the title of a new comic by Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi. In February, BOOM! Studios' Curb Stomp will create the unflinching story of Machete Betty and the girls of The Fever, a gang fiercely committed to protecting their home of Old Beach.

“Turf wars, fierce ladies, teeth-rattling action—Ryan and Devaki are going to be keeping readers on the edge of their seats with this series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “It’s got everything we love about punk rock, and it’s got everything we love about a good story. There’s a lot of heart in this one. It’s just studded with spikes.”

Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs.

Curb Stomp #1 arrives in comic shops on February 25th from BOOM! Studios with a main cover by Tula Lotay for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC141182. Also available in limited quantities is a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Trevor Hairsine and a retailer incentive cover by Marie Bergeron. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is February 2nd. Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review - Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1


"This calls for...FURIOUS FIERY FELINE!"

Sugar and spice and everything nice makes for a great little rhyme. When you mix in a little bit of the Chemical X though, the results could easily be catastrophic. Fortunately, when you've got a genius like Dr. Utonium at the helm, the results are a bit more capable of crime-fighting. The trio of the Powerpuff Girls fight the good fight, even if it takes them out of Townsville in Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1 from IDW Entertainment. The issue is written and illustrated by Derek Charm and lettered by Neil Uyetake. The Courage, the Cowardly Dog bonus story is written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by Jorge Monlongo.

The Humans, Volume 1 Offer Motorcycle Apes


Humans sometimes have a tendency to join groups. It's possible that those groups are even biker gangs. In the 1970s in Bakersfield, CA, there was a specific group of humans called The Humans who just so happened to be apes. They deal out beatings, cook drugs, party endlessly and struggle to keep their turf and status amongst the numerous outlaws, rival gangs, and bonafide killers — all of whom are trying to take their spot at the top of the heap. It's not until The Humans, Volume 1 from Image Comics that a member of the gang long thought dead returns…haunted by memories of hell on earth. It's written by Keenan Marshall Keller and illustrated by Tom Neely.

“I just love me some biker flicks and exploitation/genre in all forms,” said Keller. “It wasn’t like I was trying to do an ape project and settled on them being bikers… The Humans were bikers from the start. It’s my love affair with the fringe, with outlaws and no-good-doer’s and made me focus on biker culture.”

Neely has relished the chance to draw full-time. “I get up and draw monkeys and motorcycles all day and it’s the best,” he said. “It’s also really great collaborating with another artist – Kristina Collantes is doing the coloring and I love to see how she transforms my pages. I love my black and white drawings for this book, but they really don’t come to life to feel like a real comic book until Kristina’s colors complete the picture.”

The Humans, Volume 1 will be in comic book stores on March 11 (Diamond Comic order code JAN150630) and in bookstores on March 25 (ISBN 978-1-63215-259-6). It is specially priced at just $9.99 and is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dark Horse to Publish Rubín's The Hero


Champions are born with something special. Something that makes them stand out from those around them. That gives them an edge in almost all the day. Something that warrants a special tale be told about their travails. Storyteller David Rubín plans to reexamine the life of the world’s greatest champion in The Hero, coming this June from Dark Horse. Heracles, the son of Zeus, came into the world with strength, charm, and a fighting spirit. Featuring an introduction by John Arcudi, The Hero brings the legend to life through Rubín’s masterful storytelling and dynamic art!

Throughout Heracles’s incredible adventures from his innocent boyhood to his meteoric rise to popularity as he tackles the Twelve Labors, his journey is tempered by a steady decay that never relieves him of his heroic burden. And this burden becomes his only grip on reality as Heracles edges toward his fateful end. Preorder your copy of The Hero Book 1, coming in June 2015. The Hero Book 2 will be available in December 2015.

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speculating the Comic Book Movie Bust


It's a great time to be a comic book fan. Besides what the big two are doing, smaller publishers like Image Comics, Dark Horse, IDW and BOOM! Studios are consistently putting out quality titles on a weekly basis. Other publishers such as Dynamite, Aspen Comics and Zenescope are climbing the ladder as well. And there's also Comixology and Comixology Submit, giving non-affiliated creators their own chance to get their book in front of as many eyes as possible. The barriers to entry in writing and illustrating a comic have been shattered and now anyone with the motivation to contribute their talents to a book can do so.

The success of indies (in addition to Marvel and DC) has ushered in a Golden Age of comics on film. The First Era featured major titles such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Dark Knight and Spider-man trilogies, among others. There were also a few X-Men films and a bunch of other properties from smaller publishers, such as Hellboy, Wanted, Road to Perdition and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The quality of those movies is by and large phenomenal, speaking to a renewed dedication and focus on doing quality adaptations. The First Era was punctuated by The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, both of which seemed to cap off a phenomenal ten years or so of great comic book films.

Since 2012, it feels as if the number of films based on comic book properties have skyrocketed. Marvel is digging deep into their character reserves, planning films for Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther. DC has four shows on television in Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine and a Supergirl show planned as the fifth. And other publishers are also getting into the action, with films like B.P.R.D., 2 Guns and Oblivion getting the big-screen treatment. There's a growing sentiment among new creators now that the path to success is create a great comic, sell a lot of copies and then get a call from Hollywood about adapting the comic into a film. Basically, anything and everything do with comics is all the rage, causing publishers and creators to put out as many comics as possible for success. If this formula sounds a little familiar, then chances are you were a comic book fan in the 90s when the speculator bubble popped and the bottom of the industry fell out.

Review - The Dying and the Dead #1


"If you think about it, they died the moment they made their choice."

Life is meant to be lived. It's full of ups and downs, highs and lows. It inevitably ends in death, which makes everyone dying from the moment they're born. Being able to cheat death in exchange for an offer of extended life is tantalizing indeed. In Image Comics' The Dying and the Dead #1, it's an idea that's explored to great effect. The issue is written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Ryan Bodenheim, colored by Michael Garland and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Red One Reveals Another Russian Spy


Image Comics isn't one to shy away from hot-button topics. The publisher has made a name for itself in publishing all manner of content, most of which is pretty solid work overall. Their latest foray into a fun era comes courtesy of Xavier Dorison and Terry and Rachel Dodson in Red One. It's 1977—the height of the Cold War between the USSR and the US—and the Kremlin has a plan to win the war against Uncle Sam: propaganda.

Vera Yelnikov is an elite agent in the Soviet Army during the Cold War—she IS the atomic bomb. Vera is sent to Los Angeles by her bosses at the Kremlin. Her mission? Become a true "American superhero." She must spearhead a propaganda operation of communist values from within the United States and fight against the "Carpenter"—a fascist serial killer who blames America's ills on liberals. In her cover identity "Alabama Jones," Vera must find a day job that conceals her true mission—to do the Kremlin's bidding when the USSR needs her...as Red One.

The exciting series poses a chilling question, one rife with political overtones: What happens when America's Greatest Hero... is actually a Russian Spy? It hits stores on March 18 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN150575. Full press release below.

Crossed Fans Celebrate Fourth Annual Crossed: C-Day


If you're a Crossed fan, then you've likely got Wednesday, April 15th marked on your calendar. Sure, it's the end of tax season, but it's also the fourth annual C-Day. Avatar Press, publisher of extreme horror comics, designates one Wednesday a year to all things Crossed and now comic shops worldwide encourage rabid fans to don their Crossed cosplay costumes and come in for parties, photos and an opportunity to become a new reader ambassador for the comic series that redefined grueling horror. Fans of extreme horror have a lot to celebrate as a golden age of Crossed settles in during the early months of 2015.

Alan Moore has created an all new vision of the future in Crossed +100 and the bi-weekly Crossed: Badlands core series continues to deliver the most disturbing uncensored horror being published. For the first time ever, the C-Day event is centered on a writer other than Crossed’s prolific creator, Garth Ennis. Uber scribe Kieron Gillen brings a story of the Crossed in the ancient past to the bi-weekly series Crossed: Badlands beginning with the milestone issue #75 which arrives on Wednesday, April 15th - C-Day. The new story arc “Homo Tortor” takes readers to a point in history where the human race nearly slipped into extinction and uncovers what role the vile plague played in that event.

Avatar Press and www.bleedingcool.com will be promoting stores and fans participating in the cosplay events by running their pictures online and in social media for everyone to see. All they ask is that everyone keep the event in perspective, have fun and be safe. Crossed is extreme horror fiction that allows you to step into the most frightening scenario ever published. But in the real world they want to encourage everyone to be responsible and courteous to non-readers and families also enjoying their visit to the comic book shop.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


Ghostbusters, like so many great franchise of the past, will get its chance to shine in the sun again it seems.

My reaction to an all female cast? Mixed.

It’s not for the reason you think. It’s not that I am in any way opposed to the idea of female Ghostbusters or even to a science-fiction movie that might potentially appeal to a female audience a bit more than a male one. See, it all has to do with the kind of movie the people making this reboot want to make (and if it even is a reboot and not a sequel disguised as a reboot as the kids are calling it these days).

I guess the thing that has made Ghostbusters unique is also part of why it’s been stuck in development hell for so many years. The thing is, it turned out to be a really fun, exciting, action-adventure movie. And the fanbase around it for many, many years has worshipped that aspect of Ghostbusters. The 80’s cartoon show, the IDW comics and even the recent video game (which I actually really enjoyed and sort of accept as the third movie Ghostbusters deserved in its own right) all expand the quirky, strange, but heroic fantasy of the Ghostbusters fighting evil. Or at least, paranormal phenomenon that would interfere with our life in New York city.

Push #ComicsForward



The following is an editorial written by BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie that is appearing today in PREVIEWS magazine to kick off Push #ComicsForward, an initiative that BOOM! Studios hopes will spark a movement to actively shape what the comic book industry should look like in 10 years. This is a conversation seen taking place already in different places throughout the industry; BOOM! simply hope to unify and amplify all of those voices under one banner, #ComicsForward, to inspire, motivate and support comics publishers, creators, professionals, press and fans who want to see an industry that welcomes all types of readers.

Check out his letter below.

Review - Munchkin #1


"Warning! You may also be betrayed."

Munchkin is actually a very enjoyable card game. It relies on the player to be savvy and willing to risk friendships over gaining a simple level...or winning the game. That sort of game lends itself to a narrative, one which BOOM! Studios is crafting in Munchkin #1. The issue is broken into four stories. "What is a Munchkin" and "Humans Got No Class" are written by Tom Siddell, illustrated by Mike Holmes, colored by Fred Stresing and lettered by Jim Campbell. "Ready for Anything" is written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Rian Singh and lettered by Campbell. "Table of Contents" is written and illustrated by John Kovalic.

The Fade Out Offers Fame, Sex and Death


Fame, sex and death all make for quite the entertainment. When those topics are thrust into the hands of talented storytellers such as Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, then the result is greater than the sum of the three parts. Image Comics is pleased to inform readers that the first four issues of the series are gearing up to be collected in The Fade Out, Volume 1, due in stores on February 25.

"So far, The Fade Out is the most popular and most-widely written about book that Sean and I have ever done," said writer Brubaker. "And I'm so proud of that, and the work that Sean and our amazing colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser are doing on the series, that I just wanted to make it easier for new readers to try us out. And hopefully this move will help stores meet demand, since we keep selling out of the issues the first week they come out."

The Fade Out focuses in on the chaos in a Hollywood studio that follows the death of a starlet under suspicious circumstances and one writer’s guilt over a secret he’s keeping to save his skin. With a $9.99 price tag, The Fade Out, Volume 1 is one of more than fifty Image Introduces titles that have specially priced first volumes to encourage readers to delve into their next favorite comic book series.

The Fade Out, Volume 1 will be in comic book stores on February 25 (Diamond Comic order code DEC140664) and in bookstores on March 10 (ISBN 978-1-63215-171-1). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Curb Stomp Carries on Tradition of Punk Rock

Curb Stomp #1 Main

Curb stomp is a pretty vicious and deadly maneuver that typically leaves your opponent incapacitated and, quite frankly, unrecognizable. The sheer brutality of the act is abhorrent, buoyed by what has to be an innate disdain for the target of the action. That's the bad definition of "curb stomp." The better, slightly more upbeat definition comes when it's applied to the title of a new comic by Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi. In February, BOOM! Studios' Curb Stomp will create the unflinching story of Machete Betty and the girls of The Fever, a gang fiercely committed to protecting their home of Old Beach.

“Turf wars, fierce ladies, teeth-rattling action—Ryan and Devaki are going to be keeping readers on the edge of their seats with this series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “It’s got everything we love about punk rock, and it’s got everything we love about a good story. There’s a lot of heart in this one. It’s just studded with spikes.”

Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs.

Curb Stomp #1 arrives in comic shops on February 25th from BOOM! Studios with a main cover by Tula Lotay for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC141182. Also available in limited quantities is a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Trevor Hairsine and a retailer incentive cover by Marie Bergeron. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is February 2nd. Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review - Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1


"This calls for...FURIOUS FIERY FELINE!"

Sugar and spice and everything nice makes for a great little rhyme. When you mix in a little bit of the Chemical X though, the results could easily be catastrophic. Fortunately, when you've got a genius like Dr. Utonium at the helm, the results are a bit more capable of crime-fighting. The trio of the Powerpuff Girls fight the good fight, even if it takes them out of Townsville in Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1 from IDW Entertainment. The issue is written and illustrated by Derek Charm and lettered by Neil Uyetake. The Courage, the Cowardly Dog bonus story is written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by Jorge Monlongo.

The Humans, Volume 1 Offer Motorcycle Apes


Humans sometimes have a tendency to join groups. It's possible that those groups are even biker gangs. In the 1970s in Bakersfield, CA, there was a specific group of humans called The Humans who just so happened to be apes. They deal out beatings, cook drugs, party endlessly and struggle to keep their turf and status amongst the numerous outlaws, rival gangs, and bonafide killers — all of whom are trying to take their spot at the top of the heap. It's not until The Humans, Volume 1 from Image Comics that a member of the gang long thought dead returns…haunted by memories of hell on earth. It's written by Keenan Marshall Keller and illustrated by Tom Neely.

“I just love me some biker flicks and exploitation/genre in all forms,” said Keller. “It wasn’t like I was trying to do an ape project and settled on them being bikers… The Humans were bikers from the start. It’s my love affair with the fringe, with outlaws and no-good-doer’s and made me focus on biker culture.”

Neely has relished the chance to draw full-time. “I get up and draw monkeys and motorcycles all day and it’s the best,” he said. “It’s also really great collaborating with another artist – Kristina Collantes is doing the coloring and I love to see how she transforms my pages. I love my black and white drawings for this book, but they really don’t come to life to feel like a real comic book until Kristina’s colors complete the picture.”

The Humans, Volume 1 will be in comic book stores on March 11 (Diamond Comic order code JAN150630) and in bookstores on March 25 (ISBN 978-1-63215-259-6). It is specially priced at just $9.99 and is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.