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.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review - Usagi Yojimbo #150 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Ah, your master taught you well, Usagi-san!"

Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most renowned ronin in all of comics. He's been around for quite a while and now Dark Horse is celebrating that legacy with Usagi Yojimbo #150. The issue is written and illustrated by Stan Sakai.

Adapt or Die on Venus

Exploring space brings with it the requisite uncertainty and unknowns. That won't stop explorers from doing it though and in Venus from BOOM! Studios adventurers do just that. Written by Filip Sablik and Rick Loverd (with art by Huang Danlan), Venus is a new mini-series that that evokes the history of great adventurers from the pilgrims to the Western pioneers, from deep-sea explorers to polar trailblazers, all of whom searched for a new beginning. Loverd just so happens to be the Program Director for the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), whose mission is to inspire better science in Hollywood by introducing entertainment professionals to great science communicators. Since its launch in 2008, The Exchange has completed more than 1,300 consults, including Iron Man 2, Tron: Legacy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

“Survival stories have become a hallmark of pop culture, and Venus is a survival story in one of the harshest environments you can imagine,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Rick and Huang have constructed a harrowing thriller that’s about a group of people pushed well past their limits, on a planet where the average daily temperature is 864° Fahrenheit. It’s a powerful, intelligent miniseries about the enduring spirit of humanity—and how far a person will go to ensure their own survival.”

In Venus, it’s the year 2150. Earth’s resources are depleted, and countries race to outer space to mine what they need from other planets. China has laid claim to Mars, so the U.S. and its allies have to make do with getting what it needs from the inhospitable world of Venus. But for a group of Americans making its way there, survival has become all too real. After their ship crash-lands on the planet, the scrappy crew is forced to do whatever it takes to navigate the harsh landscape in their journey to find the science base they were flying toward. In the vein of great adventure survival stories like Lost and The Martian, there’s only one reality on Venus—adapt or die.

Venus #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on December 23rd with a main cover by W. Scott Forbes for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT151194. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Felipe Smith and a retailer incentive cover by acclaimed illustrator Steven Thomas. In addition, each issue of the mini-series will contain a backmatter essay written by a different scientific authority, including Randii R. Wessen of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Phil Plait of Slate's Bad Astronomy Blog. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 30th. Full press release below.

Bruce Zick's Zone Continuum Goes Graphic Novel

The Zone Continuum was first printed in 1992 by Caliber Comics and then rebooted in 2006 as a web series of over one hundred episodes for Komikwerks. Now, Bruce Zick and Dark Horse Comics will deliver all-new stories and expand on the mythos in The Zone Continuum Volume 1.

“It took me over twenty years, but I’m back in the Zone, thanks to Dark Horse Comics. Everyone from Mike Richardson to my editor Ian Tucker and the art department has been wonderful in helping to create a graphic novel that not only has a four-chapter, epic story, but a Zone glossary and a Zone sketchbook as well,” said Bruce Zick.

High atop the New York City skyline, an invisible war has raged for generations. As two nigh-immortal champions brawl for dominance of the ever-shrinking extradimensional Zone 27, the populace below remain oblivious of the cataclysm that could cause their annihilation from the rooftops above!

“The urgency of the concepts is still valid today—even more so, as you will see—and the old readers as well as new ones will be excited to see where the stories are going,” added Zick. “I’ve added a much richer, deeper mythology of ideas and characters, with clearer and more immediate plots and crises, more humor, and more pathos. At least I think I have. You tell me. I’ll be in the Zone, waiting for you to join me.”

The Zone Continuum is in stores February 24, 2016. Full press release below.