Friday, April 17, 2015

Review - Bloodshot Reborn #1

"Who was Bloodshot? Red eyes. White skin. Guns...lots of guns."

Stripping a character down to its core character tells you everything about them. Batman is a justice seeking detective, Superman is a being using his power for bettering mankind and Wonder Woman is a fierce warrior defending her people. If you take away their abilities, their core personalities still persist. Bloodshot is another character like that--take away the nanites and you've likely still got a man willing to be a hero. In Bloodshot Reborn #1 from Valiant Entertainment, he demonstrates a desire to return to form. The issue is written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Mico Suayan, colored by David Baron and lettered by David Lanphear.

Green River Killer Strikes Again in TPB

October is a month of frights and terrors. Overcast days. Halloween. Terror in all forms, one of which is a trade paperback known as Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case. And in case you're wondering, Jensen just so happens to be the sone of Tom Jensen, the detective on the case. Sure to appeal to fans of True Detective, Green River Killer features a story by Tomorrowland writer Jensen, gorgeous art by Case and is priced at an affordable $19.99.

Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets—an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.

Full press release below.

Aspen Comics Headed to Big Wow! ComicFest

Aspen Comics will be up north weekend to exhibit at Big Wow! ComicFest in San Jose, California, April 18th and 19th at booth #601. Coming along for the ride will be Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Siya Oum, Mark Roslan and Heather Finley will be in attendance. The publisher will also have a panel on Saturday, April 18th at noon in Room 230C: The Official Aspen Comics Big Wow! Panel 2015, during which they will detail upcoming releases and unveil never-before-seen art.

Aspen will have a Big Wow! Comicfest exclusive variant cover limited to 200 by Oum, available for their Wednesday release Executive Assistant: Iris Annual #1, which collects three all-new stories in the Executive Assistant universe. As well, there will be three exclusive prints available for purchase among Aspen’s usual selection of industry leading prints: Executive Assistant: Iris by Joe Benitez, The Four Points #1 variant by Khary Randolph and Shahrazad #1 variant by Oum. Limited quantities of all convention exclusives will be available on following the event.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review - Harrow County #1

"The folk of Harrow County put the witch to death...but the witch did not die easily."

Crystal Lake. Elm Street. Haddonfield. These are all locales that boast entities hellbent on inflicting as much pain and misery as possible on their inhabitants with what would seem to be no apparent remorse. Dark Horse Comics has one more locale they'd like to add to the list in Harrow County, introduced to readers in Harrow County #1. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Tyler Crook.

Space Riders Returns for Second Ride

Space Riders #1 seems to be pretty big with readers. It's so big that before it even hit shelves, it managed to sell out at the Diamond Distributor level and on April 1, the issue flew off the shelves. Black Mask pays attention though and they're rushing the first issue back to a second printing. The Space Riders #1 reprint features an all new cover by artist Ralph Niese. It will be on shelves May 13, the same day as issue #2.

If you want to get copies of Space Riders you can make your comic shop clerk's life easier by using the order codes for the books:

Space Riders #1 (2nd Printing)- FEB158576
Space Riders #2 (still available)- FEB151093
Space Riders #3 (still available)- MAR151021
Space Riders #4 (still available)- MAR151021

Full press release below.

Bloodshot Reborn #1 Leads Valiant's 25th Annivesary

Valiant is taking their books and 25 years of publishing to Calgary (Alberta, Canada) for Calgary Expo 2015. And they'll be bringing the requisite panels, creator signings and convention-only exclusives to booth #908-909. Robert Venditti will be on hand all weekend for signings and he'll be there alongside the debut of the Bloodshot Reborn #1 Calgary Expo/Redd Skull Comics Exclusive Variant, featuring an all-new cover by Raul Allen.

On Sunday, April 19th at 3:15pm in Palomino FG, join a panel of Valiant staff and creators for VALIANT 101: The Story Starts Here – a step-by-step panel presentation detailing the origins of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Doctor Mirage and more of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. Stop by VALIANT 101 for the ultimate introduction to Valiant's acclaimed universe of characters!

Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review - The Fox: Fox Hunt #1

"I wake up craving an Ibuprofen the size of a city bus. They should make those. I'd keep them in business."

When you're a superhero, things rarely go as planned. Some superheroes are always at the ready for the unplanned, even going so far as wearing the costume underneath their "normal" clothes. The Fox is one such superhero and he gets another go at the weird in The Fox: Fox Hunt #1 from Dark Circle Comics. The issue is written by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, illustrated by Haspiel, colored by Allen Passalaqua and lettered by John Workman.

Preview - Betty vs. Veronica: Sabotage

Ali vs. Frazier. Superman vs. Lex Luthor. Betty vs. Veronica. All three of those pairings have something in common: a fierce rivalry. The sides in each will go to great lengths to emerge triumphant, but it's the last pairing that could be the most fun. And both Betty and Veronica square off yet again in Betty vs. Veronica Sabotage.

Oh my gosh, it’s a barrage of the best battles of the BFFs! Betty and Veronica are squaring off once again in a mêlée for Archie’s heart! This time, though, the gloves are off and they’re doing anything it takes to win! Get a front row seat as we look at some of the girls’ finest attempts at sabotaging each other. Who will win the war and get the boy? Find out in this mega-sized digital exclusive!

Betty vs. Veronica Sabotage is available digitally now with interiors below.

Aspen Comics Premieres Executive Assistant: Iris Annual

Annual issues are always celebratory in nature. The first annual issue for a property adds in another layer of joy, one that Aspen Comics is sure to be feeling in spades with the upcoming release of Executive Assistant: Iris Annual #1. Executive Assistant: Iris, created by David Wohl, Michael Turner and Brad Foxhoven centers on a redeemed assassin named Iris and her adventures. Executive Assistant: Iris is the third Aspen series to premiere an annual issue, following flagship titles Fathom and Soulfire.

“When we first created Executive Assistant: Iris, our hope was that we could create an enduring universe where countless Executive Assistants could live their lives, all in their own unique and compelling stories,” says Wohl. “Then, with the advent of Vince Hernandez's Assassins ongoing series, we were introduced to a panoply of interesting characters in interesting and exotic locales. And now, with the release of Aspen's first Executive Assistant: Iris Annual, we have a chance to see some of the top creators in the business showing off their own takes of my favorite creations, along with some special guest stars. This is one book that even I am looking forward to checking out!”

Executive Assistant: Iris Annual #1 contains three all-new stories set in the Executive Assistant universe, written by Wohl, Vince Hernandez and Heather Finley, with art by Randy Green, Beth Sotelo, Tony Parker, JUANCHOo, Michael Shelfer and Stéphan Lemineur. As well, the publisher has included a few introductory pages to the series from the very first volume of Executive Assistant: Iris, written by Wohl. The annual issue features a cover by Joe Benitez, with an exclusive Big Wow! Comicfest variant coming soon from fan favorite Lola XOXO creator Siya Oum. The book is in stores today.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review - The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

"I have the power!"

In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children’s entertainment forever. Fortunately, Dark Horse has teamed up with Mattel for a comprehensive retrospective chronicling He-Man’s decades-long, epic journey from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon. The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is chock full of illustrations and insights into that phenomenon.

Max Bemis Loves 90s in Oh, Killstrike

Oh, Killstrike #1 Main Cover

Comics in the 90s have a certain flair to them. Beside nearly bankrupting the industry through every issue having an almost infinite number of foil variant covers, it saw a pretty interesting boom in new characters and the birth of Image Comics. It was a fun time to be a comic book fan though and Max Bemis is throwing it back old school in Oh, Killstrike. Bemis teams up with artist Logan Faerber for a personal story that combines his deep love of ’90s superhero comics and the anxieties that come with being a new dad in a coming-of-age, twisted buddy comedy.

“When you combine Max’s love letter to ’90s comics with the same deeply personal storytelling that we saw with Polarity, Oh, Killstrike is what you get,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is a story that’s hilarious, heartwarming, and will likely put a smile on the face of anybody who loves comics. Logan’s artwork is spectacular—there’s nobody better to bring Killstrike to life. We’re so proud of this series; I genuinely can’t wait for readers to get this into their hands!”

Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike—a single-minded, vengeance-loving antihero—onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. But before that happens, Killstrike leads Jared on a quest of self-discovery to make him realize the kid who loved this character is not the man he has become.

Oh, Killstrike #1 arrives in comic shops on May 20th with a main cover by Faerber for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR151035. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years incentive cover by Frazer Irving and a retailer incentive cover by Kris Anka. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is April 27th.

Full press release below.

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare Debuts in August

ComixTribe is hard at work, publishing the next big indie thing. Of course, they want you to know about it as well. What is that thing? Well, John Lees, Tyler James and Alex Cormack are teaming up to deliver Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1 to tell a cop versus contradiction-obsessed killer thriller in the vein of Hannibal and Se7en. Each issue of the series features a standard cover by Cormack and a variant cover by industry superstars and upcoming talent, including Charles Paul Wilson, III, Iain Laurie Joe Mulvey and more.

"Imagine the Joker came to a Gotham WITHOUT Batman?" offered Lees. "That'll give you a hint of the flavor of this series. While current Oxymoron fans are sure to be on board, The Loveliest Nightmare is very much a Year One style series, and the perfect jumping on point for new readers," said Lees.

The Loveliest Nightmare tells the story of Mary Clark, an afflicted detective suffering from a debilitating chronic illness, and reeling from a demotion back to street cop after her partner’s death. She hates being in uniform, resents her young, wide-eyed partner, and is persona non grata with the rest of the police department. She's sleepwalking, but the Oxymoron case wakes her up. When what appears to be a lone nut job in a mask jumping off a skyscraper turns out to be the opening gambit in a killer’s master plan to cleanse a corrupt city of its many contradictions, Mary sees taking him down as a chance to prove herself and earn back her Detective badge. But once the true severity of the Oxymoron's plan is revealed, she realizes there are much higher stakes than her career in play.

"I could not be more excited for this series to drop," says Oxymoron creator and series co-writer James. "Last year, the John Lees made the comic industry stand up and take notice with AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE. His work on this series is equally brilliant. But the real breakout star here is Alex Cormack, who has taken his storytelling to the next level. Alex's linework, paired with the lush colors of Jules Rivera make this one of the most beautifully horrifying books ComixTribe has released yet. You see what I did there?"

Full press release below.