Friday, October 24, 2014

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. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 9.

Well it's been determined that a larger search needs to be done. It was decided that two others and myself--as well as two other teams of three--are going to take a scouting mission on a prolonged timetable. We spotted a local airport that had some small private planes there that could still be serviceable and hopefully flyable. The aim of this mission is to determine if any of those planes are working and flight ready; then we plan on taking one of those planes to begin a low level flying search for zombies.

Using a map of the known airports around this part of the country, we plan on journeying from one to the other. This way we can expand our search for supplies and zombies in new areas and also mark potential outpost locations too. With the three different teams scouting new areas and provided we have enough working planes, we should be able to clear off larger spots of the map. This plan is ambitious if all of us plan on making our way back to the outpost here after three weeks. That amount of time should give us the maximum amount of searching without beginning to run low on supplies and needing to get back.

Review - Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate #1

"Stand down, dirty minions of evil--or face my hamster's wrath!"

Dungeons and Dragons is a storied franchise that really needs no introduction. The universe has been around seemingly forever, with lots of people delving into it for great stories. And with good reason, as there's a lot of good stuff there to be mined. IDW is tapping into one of the more familiar corners of the universe in Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate #1. The issue is written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Max Dunbar.

Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant Gets Lots of Creators

Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant Main Cover

Ever wonder what it’s like to gaze into infinity and have an all-knowing understanding of the universe, so much so that it paralyzes you entirely? It's a pretty heady question for sure and BOOM! Studios has the answer this November in Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant, a 48-page special containing the various adventures of one of the most mysterious characters in the Bravest Warriors, Beth’s Paralyzed Horse. Dive into the mind of a horse with far-reaching knowledge of the future with a cast of talented creators including James Tynion IV, Mairghread Scott, Tessa Stone, Erica Henderson, Pranas Naujokaitis, Kat Leyh and Meredith McClaren.

“Bravest Warriors is known for having a cast of strange characters, but the Paralyzed Horse is in a league of his own,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “In the last two seasons alone, he’s gone from a pet horse that just kind of laid there to a psychic warrior defending the Bravest Warriors from an Aeon Worm. That’s pretty incredible for a horse that can’t move! Now we get to explore his other adventures with some of the comic industry’s top talent, and the result is as hilarious as it is heartwarming.”

He might be paralyzed by the vast knowledge of time and space, but Beth’s pet horse won’t let that stop him from protecting her and the rest of the Bravest Warriors! Throughout the Bravest Warriors’ young lives the Paralyzed Horse has always been there to lend a helping...hoof, whether it’s stopping evil from messing up a putt-putt date or saving their very lives. Bravest Warriors was created by Pendleton Ward.

Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant arrives in comic shops on November 19th with a cover price of $4.99 under Diamond order code SEP141190. The Final Order Cutoff Date for retailers is October 27th. The main cover is illustrated by Tessa Stone, with an incentive cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer. Full press release below.

Archie Comics Come to Television with Riverdale Series

Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are all making waves as fairly big-budget shows. Marvel has a deal with Netflix for four more shows, exclusive to the content provider. Shows shouldn't be limited to the big two though, as Archie Comics is looking to get in on the action with Riverdale, a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, debuting on Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions.

“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to Riverdale.

Riverdale offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, Riverdale will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.

The show will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions (Arrow, The Flash) and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Looking). Bertlanti’s track record as a producer includes a number of small-town teen dramas, such as Jack & Bobby and Dawson’s Creek and superhero fare pulled from the four-color pages of legendary comic books like Arrow and The Flash. Aguirre-Sacasa, in addition to being the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics, also writes two of the publisher’s best-selling titles - the horror series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He spent three years as a writer on Glee and penned the remake of teen-angst classic Carrie and the cult horror classic The Town that Dreaded Sundown, as well as the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of American Psycho.

“This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale' is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review - Father's Day #1

"Why are they chasing Better yet, who are you?"

There are two days every year meant to celebrate parents in Mother's Day and Father's Day. The days are supposed to be testaments to parents and all they endure in trying to raise children. Very rarely does it involve a daughter seeking her hitman father out after years of separation, but that's what Dark Horse is going for in Father's Day #1. The issue is written by Mike Richardson, illustrated by Gabriel Guzmán, colored by Java Tartaglia and lettered by Nate Piekos.

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment Join Forces on Polar

You won't find many people who say they love the cold. The arctic temperatures typically make morning commutes miserable and clean-up after a snowstorm a pain. Constantin Film and Dark Horse beg to differ with both sentiments, seeing as how they're now teaming up to bring Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos to the big screen. Constantin Film has pre-emptively purchased the spec, “Polar″ written by Jayson Rothwell.

The action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen. But Kaiser’s gun-blazing and bloody universe is at odds with the doting and protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks. Faced with the ultimate battle for survival, Kaiser must choose between saving his life and saving his soul.

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are currently out to directors with the aim of shooting Polar in the spring of 2015. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer will be producing along with Jeremy Bolt as well as Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg. Rothwell is also writing an Untitled Heist Thriller for Thunder Road. He is repped by WME.

Full press release below.

IXth Generation Enters in January

Imagine utopia built on genocide. Imagine that same utopia built on genocide and residing within the Top Cow universe. Imagine if that utopia built on genocide and residing within the Top Cow universe was written by Matt Hawkins, illustrated by Stjepan Sejic and called IXth Generation. It's a lot to imagine for sure, but on January 7, you can stop imagining and start realizing. Set in the future, IXth Generation inhabits a world where there is no more natural death, no needs unfilled and everything you could ever want is yours… as long as you’re one of the ones chosen to live in this new Utopia and you’re willing to subjugate yourself to these new self-proclaimed gods with "IX"s emblazoned on them.

Do the ends truly justify the means? Is a utopia built on genocide worth the price? Aphrodite, Velocity, Hades, and the other Nines establish fiefdoms in this new world and attempt to rule. Their internal clashes have escalated, but they are forced to put that aside as they face off against the relentless hordes of The Darkness. The sins of the past have come to claim those who would pretend to be Gods. The cybernetic future established in Aphrodite IX and Cyber Force finally comes face-to-face with the supernatural Artifacts side of the Top Cow universe.

IXth Generation #1 arrives in stores January 7 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code NOV140555. Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Honestly, I sort of thought Xandar was an unexpected choice to feature in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I’ve never been a huge Nova fan, although I noticed that over the last couple of years this character has been getting pushed a bit more than usual. And truth be told, I’ve read some of the most recent run of the comic and it was quite good (everything Nova related in Annihilation: Conquest was pretty compelling). Still, I sort of assumed that the featured Galactic peacekeepers in any Marvel cosmic film would be the Shi’ar. I mean, yes, it does occur to me that Xandar is sort of the Marvel equivalent of Green Lanterns’ Oa. It’s a planet with a huge, intergalactic police force drawn from members of many different races.

But my sense was always that the Shi’ar were sort of the closest thing in the Marvel universe to the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek or some such. It’s a huge, galaxy spanning empire that incorporates hundreds of races. Granted, it would be an overstatement to characterize the Shi’ar as strictly "good." It’s a nation like any other: it does a lot of good but it also does some bad to maintain the status quo. It’s seen its share of wars, right and wrong.

Xandar always seemed like a smaller blip on the map to me.

Review - Memetic #1

"I don't get it, what's making you guys so happy?"

The apocalypse seems to be inevitable. The question is what's going to cause it. Robots, zombies, vampires, name it, chances are it could be the downfall of civilization. A meme though? That's a slightly harder sell, but one that BOOM! Studios is publishing in Memetic #1, written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Eryk Donovan, colored by Adam Guzowski and lettered by Steve Wands.

Preview - Age of the Wolf #1

A new female character, a fresh twist on a well-worn trope, a post-apocalyptic world unlike any other – this is Age of the Wolf. Alec Worley and Jon Davis Hunt are two of the latest talents to emerge from 2000 AD and in their debut graphic novel collection humanity’s days are numbered. This is the complete saga and entirely complete in one volume, a fiercely intelligent dissection of werewolf mythology inside a fast-paced character driven action-adventure. It's the classic werewolf story brought not just up to date, but taken into the future.

Age of the Wolf hits stores October 22 with interiors below.

Fantasy Adventure Goes Full Reyn

Fantasy tales never seem to get old. They have a way of tapping into our imaginations and staying there, offering stories that are just as outlandish as they are exciting. The sword and sorcery genre is a great facet of fantasy tales and in January, Kel Symons and Nathan Stockman visit that well for an all-new series in Reyn #1, a sweeping fantasy following two unlikely adventurers on the path to uncovering the mysteries that surround their destinies.

“Reyn pays tribute to adventures that dazzled my imagination,” explained Symons. “Fantasy tales, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, was a huge part of my formative years. I doubt I was the first kid who wanted to live in epic worlds like Middle Earth, Greyhawk or Hyboria. Tolkien and Howard created remarkably timeless worlds and practically invented the language of modern fantasy. Honestly, it's hard to believe they were created in the 1930s.”

Reyn #1 introduces the main character of the same name, Reyn, a freelance swordsman and monster hunter who also might be the last of the legendary “Wardens” of the land of Fate, whose ranks long since faded into myth. Haunted and driven by visions from a “guiding angel,” Reyn sets out on a great quest—though he’s hardly the errant knight-type. Along the way he’ll rescue and partner with the sorceress Seph, a member of a coven known as the Followers of Tek, hunted as heretics for their beliefs, but who may also know what secrets Fate holds...

“His guiding angel is hardly a blessing, because it's just not in his nature to be a do-gooder—he's too unprincipled for that,” said Symons. “I imagined some of Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name from the Dollars trilogy in Reyn. In fact, when I pitched this to Image, I said the vibe for the series should be 'What if Frazetta painted spaghetti westerns?' His traveling companion, the witch Seph, provides a nice emotional counterpoint to Reyn's moral ambiguity. She was born to a cause and brings passion where Reyn lacks an emotional connection to the destiny that's been forced upon him.”

Reyn #1 (Diamond Code NOV140564) is in stores on January 21. Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review - Retropunk

"I was debating whether or not your fleshy body was worth saving. I have often contemplated the aesthetic you would make on impact. -BZZZR- That, or I was stuck in traffic."

Bounty hunters have a penchant for always being in the thick of things. Their jobs require a lot of danger and risk on their part, but the payoff is typically worth it. Sometimes though, their bounty brings with it other bounty hunters, some of whom are going after the original bounty hunters. It's a fun dynamic to keep up with in Retropunk from Markosia. Retropunk is written by James Surdez and Matthew Ritter and illustrated by Jhomar Sorian.