Friday, February 27, 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 27.

On our way to Texas. Supplies and personnel were left behind in Salt Lake City and now our team of forty is on the move to the gulf coast region of Texas. The ultimate goal is Corpus Christi for all the naval and air forces bases down there. If we're going to find the drones and gear we're wanting it’s going to be there.

We didn’t have any issues getting to Salt Lake City, beyond the sporadic walker on the road. There weren’t any massed hordes in our way or obstacles blocking our path. It went smoothly and now we're on the road again. Even with a safe haven for us survivors to live out our days in, I still find myself constantly moving and staying out beyond secure walls. After fighting to survive for so long that transition makes it rough and for most of us out here, again doing what we do makes living worthwhile.

Review - Joe Frankenstein #1


"The question is, who are you?"

If you're a pizza delivery driver, things might not be the best. You may have a girlfriend, you likely have little money to your name and you may not be related to Frankenstein. Or vampires. Or maybe you are and just don't know it. Regardless, it all makes for a fascinating tale, as in Joe Frankenstein #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Graham Nolan and Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Nolan, colored by Gregory Wright and lettered by Chris Mowry.

People Never Change With the Times in Hit: 1957

Hit: 1957 #1 Main Cover

Los Angeles is rife with glitz and glamour, but part of that atmosphere comes at a cost. There's a pretty violent history at times for the city, with individuals doing all sorts of intense things to get what they want. BOOM! Studios plans to delve even deeper into that sordid past, as Bryce Carlson and Vanessa R. Del Rey are returning for the next chapter in Hit: 1957. This new limited series is a follow-up to the Harvey Award-nominated miniseries Hit: 1955 and takes readers later in the violent decade of change for Los Angeles with familiar faces, new threats and more sharp, smart noir.

“Hit: 1955 took us deep into the gritty past of the City of Angels, and we couldn’t wait for Bryce and Vanesa to continue the story of their clandestine LAPD hit squad,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Vanesa’s artwork is stunning, Bryce’s noir-infused writing is sharp, and the stakes are even higher as we find Harvey Slater and ompany in 1957. We can’t wait for you to join us for another Hit!”

Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

Hit: 1957 #1 arrives in comic shops on March 25th with a main cover by Del Rey for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN151099. A new cover by Terry Dodson has been added and can be ordered in any quantity under Diamond order code DEC148680. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Trevor Hairsine and a retailer incentive cover by Dustin Nguyen. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is March 2nd. Full press release below.

Archie Comics Pits Sega Vs. Capcom


In 2013, Archie Comics collided two worlds. That crossover featured Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, two representatives of the more storied franchises in video game history. It's 2015 now and Archie Comics feels there's more to their worlds that can be smashed together, as they're preparing to debut Worlds Unite. The new book will feature characters from both universes, including characters from Alex Kidd, Billy Hatcher, Golden Axe, NiGHTS, Skies of Arcadia and Panzer Dragoon, along with characters from Breath of Fire, Ghosts N' Goblins, Monster Hunter, Street Fighter, Okami and Viewtiful Joe series.

"This crossover event is unlike any other you've ever seen before," Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski said. "So sit back, grab a chili dog and an E-Tank, and prepare yourself for the ultimate multi-franchise crossover comic book experience!"

Worlds Unite begins in May with a special prelude comic available for free in comic book stores nationwide on Free Comic Book Day. The 12-part crossover event begins in Sonic Universe #76 and continues through the other Archie Action titles including Sonic Boom, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man. Full press release below.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review - Mister X: Razed #1


"It's like the neighborhood is cursed."

Mister X is an architect who's developed a city. That city is more or less like any other city, yet Mister X goes to great lengths to ensure that the city treats its citizens with the same level of respect that its citizens treat the city with. In Mister X: Razed #1, Dark Horse Comics brings readers into more events overseen by the mysterious guardian. The issue is written and illustrated by Dean Motter.

Archaia Brings The March of the Crabs to English-Speaking Audience

The March of the Crabs

The Earth is a great, big place. It's got a lot of countries and different civilizations. With those civilizations comes a lot of differing stories, one of which is about to be released to an English-speaking audience for the first time. This March, Archaia is pleased to announce the debut of The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition hardcover from French animator Arthur de Pins. Combining the slick look of Art Deco with tongue-in-cheek humor, de Pins tells the story of a hapless species of crab that is one of nature’s cruel jokes, and what it means when they start breaking out of their set evolution.

“Archaia has always taken pride in bringing beautiful European graphic novels to English-speaking audiences, and The March of the Crabs is a wonderful new addition to that catalogue,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Beautifully drawn and bitingly funny, Arthur de Pins’ striking work is poised to be a delightful new discovery for the industry this year.”

For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what could their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition hardcover arrives in comic shops from Archaia on March 25th with a cover by creator Arthur de Pins for the price of $19.99 under Diamond order code JAN151150. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is March 2nd. Full press release below.

High Moon Returns as Webcomic (Again)


Remember ZUDA Comics? The DC Comics imprint was sort of Comixology Submit before the giant digital distributor made it easier for creative teams to get their works in front of interested readers. One of the greater successes of ZUDA Comics was High Moon, the Harvey Award winning series by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. Now--eight years after the series first debuted--the creative team are poised to bring High Moon back to readers. The HighMoonComic.com site officially launches today with the first 8 pages of the story and will now be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, the creative studio run by Gallaher and Ellis, with 4 new pages running every Monday. Later this year, the site will debut original content continuing the High Moon saga.

“With werewolves, gunslingers, and the sumptuous artwork of Steve Ellis," said Molly Crabapple, "HIGH MOON will change everything you thought you knew about the Old West.” In HIGH MOON, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse-- for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

“It’s a thrill to have HIGH MOON back online,” said Ellis. “I could not be more excited to illustrate stories about Macgregor as he explores the weird and wild west.”

High Moon will be available exclusively online and digitally. It is the second webcomic to be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, following the young adult webcomic The Only Living Boy which launched last year. The series will be available on the new mobile-responsive HighMoonComic.com site, Tapastic and Comixology; readers can support Bottled Lightning via its recently launched Patreon Fan Club.

“HIGH MOON was our first collaboration,” said Gallaher. “We have so many more Macgregor stories to tell and fans of both HIGH MOON and THE ONLY LIVING BOY can expect more announcements soon. 2015 is going to be a big year for Bottled Lightning.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review - The Black Hood #1


"My name is Gregory Hettinger. This is what happened."

Archie Comics is going through something of a change of heart recently. Gone are the carefree days of Archie and Veronica, only to be replaced by Afterlife With Archie and Sabrina. Some of their works are getting very dark very quick, adding a breath of fresh air into franchises that may feel a little stale. The next work to get their edgier approach is The Black Hood #1, written by Duane Swierczynski, illustrated by Michael Gaydos, lettered by Rachel Deering and colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

One Man Takes Up a Mantle of Unimaginable Power


Ed Brisson and Brian Level can do wonderful things together. The combination of the two makes for some great books, the latest being a new book about an average man who becomes an unwilling host to tremendous power. On May 13, Image Comics launches The Mantle #1.

"Brian and I have been talking about working on a project together for a few years now, so we're both thrilled to finally have the opportunity to do so," said Brisson. "The Mantle is, in my opinion, a really fun direction for a superhero book where not everything is black and white and where, by the end of the first issue, I think that readers are going to realize that what they think is happening... is not what's really happening."

The Mantle follows Robbie—just your average, run-of-the-mill guy—as he drunkenly stumbles out of a punk show one evening. On his way home he’s hit with lightning and wakes to find that he’s been chosen as the new host for The Mantle, a power set of unimaginable scope. Despite his lack of interest, he’s forced into action. The Plague, a being who has spent 50 years killing every previous host of The Mantle, is already coming for him.

The Mantle #1 hits stores on May 13. Cover A (Level) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150475. Cover B (Phil Hester) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150476. Full press release below.

Dark Horse Advises Androids on How to Pass as Human


Wouldn't it be helpful to have a field guide to preparing for the inevitable takeover by the robot overlords? Something that gives you a fighting chance to survive? Dark Horse Comics wants to give you the information you need to get by in a tough world, with Nic Kelman offering a handbook to help androids and artificial intelligence hide among humanity. Illustrated by Pericles Junior with a gorgeous cover by Terry Dodson, the novel takes the form of a field guide written by Android Zero (a.k.a. Zach), who helpfully provides sketches, graphs, flow charts, and further information on how androids can pass as human completely undetected.

Holding a bachelor’s in brain and cognitive science from MIT, Kelman is not only an acclaimed prose novelist but also an accomplished screenwriter, with original screenplays sold to Steven Spielberg, Roland Emmerich, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Warner Bros. Pictures, and more. Sure to appeal to fans of The Zombie Survival Guide, How to Pass as Human puts a new spin on a science-fiction tradition as a curious android questions his own creation and explores the purpose of his existence.

Releasing in October, How to Pass as Human will be available for $19.99. Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review - Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth #1


"Brik Jones. Transfer to case 1314."

What do you get when a fighting lion works on comics? You get a publisher named Fighting Lion Comics publishing a book such as Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth #1, featuring an attorney tasked with defending an entire planet. The first issue is written and lettered by Phil Smith and illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro.

BOOM! Studios Drops New Volume 1 Trade Paperback Collections in April

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 TP

April showers are known to bring May flowers. This April, BOOM! Studios will also use the month to bring a slew of new, volume 1 trade paperback collections to readers. April 2015 will see the trade paperback releases of Lumberjanes Vol. 1, Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1, Translucid (complete miniseries), Clockwork Angels (complete miniseries), Thomas Alsop Vol. 1 and Cow Boy Vol. 1: A Boy and His Horse, its first time in softcover.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 TP collects the hit series from the BOOM! Box imprint that features five rad ladies who fight monster baddies with the power of friendship. Written by Noelle Stevenson and newcomer Grace Ellis, and illustrated by Brooke Allen, this new series has taken comics by storm and has placed on many best-of-the-year lists. Lumberjanes Vol. 1 TP collects issues #1-4. Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1 TP broke the record for the most-funded web series campaign on Kickstarter, and now popular creator Natasha Allegri, Garrett Jackson and more bring their whimsical adventures to comics for the first time. This quirky take on the magical girl genre comes to life with Bee, a not-so-graceful temp worker, and her partner Puppycat, the sour curmudgeon who helps her pay rent. Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1 TP, published under the KaBOOM! imprint, collects issues #1-4.

Translucid Vol. 1 TP allows readers to discover the tortured psyche of a superhero, a story from Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez and co-creator Chondra Echert, the writers behind The Armory Wars saga, Key of Z and Kill Audio. The psychedelic superhero mindscape is brought to vivid life by artist Daniel Bayliss and colorist Adam Metcalfe. We call The Navigator a hero. We call The Horse a villain. The two have been locked in a battle for years, fighting for the soul of New York City. But are they just two sides of the same playing card? Translucid is a startling deconstruction of the classic bond between a hero and his villain, and shows what it takes to push a person to take up either mantle. Translucid TP collects the entire miniseries, issues #1-6.

Rush's Clockworks Angels TP is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—from concept album to novel to international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, and newcomer artist Nick Robles take it one step further with the Clockwork Angels graphic novel. Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire existence is meticulously planned, down to the exact second. But not any more. Owen decides to go against the gears and finally start making decisions for himself. Featuring a new cover by Hugh Syme, the Clockwork Angels TP collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-6. In Thomas Alsop Vol. 1 TP, Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt have created a warlock for these modern times. Fans of John Constantine and Dr. Strange will love this new take on the magic-wielding hero who battles demons on the streets...and in his own mind. What would you do if you had the magical ability and responsibility to protect the island of Manhattan from supernatural forces of evil? Well, if you’re Thomas Alsop, you get a reality television show and make some money off of it. Thomas Alsop Vol. 1 TP collects issues #1-4.

Finally, Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse TP is written by Nate Cosby and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos. The Eisner Award-nominated Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse is collected in softcover for the first time. Boyd Linney ain’t no ordinary 10-year-old. This here is the tale of the young bounty hunter, determined to round up his whole outlaw family. He travels across the Old West on an unstoppable quest to put his entire family in the clink—or die tryin’. This original graphic novel from the Archaia imprint also includes short stories by Roger Langridge, Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, Mike Maihack and Colleen Coover.

Full press release below.

Friday, February 27, 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 27.

On our way to Texas. Supplies and personnel were left behind in Salt Lake City and now our team of forty is on the move to the gulf coast region of Texas. The ultimate goal is Corpus Christi for all the naval and air forces bases down there. If we're going to find the drones and gear we're wanting it’s going to be there.

We didn’t have any issues getting to Salt Lake City, beyond the sporadic walker on the road. There weren’t any massed hordes in our way or obstacles blocking our path. It went smoothly and now we're on the road again. Even with a safe haven for us survivors to live out our days in, I still find myself constantly moving and staying out beyond secure walls. After fighting to survive for so long that transition makes it rough and for most of us out here, again doing what we do makes living worthwhile.

Review - Joe Frankenstein #1


"The question is, who are you?"

If you're a pizza delivery driver, things might not be the best. You may have a girlfriend, you likely have little money to your name and you may not be related to Frankenstein. Or vampires. Or maybe you are and just don't know it. Regardless, it all makes for a fascinating tale, as in Joe Frankenstein #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Graham Nolan and Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Nolan, colored by Gregory Wright and lettered by Chris Mowry.

People Never Change With the Times in Hit: 1957

Hit: 1957 #1 Main Cover

Los Angeles is rife with glitz and glamour, but part of that atmosphere comes at a cost. There's a pretty violent history at times for the city, with individuals doing all sorts of intense things to get what they want. BOOM! Studios plans to delve even deeper into that sordid past, as Bryce Carlson and Vanessa R. Del Rey are returning for the next chapter in Hit: 1957. This new limited series is a follow-up to the Harvey Award-nominated miniseries Hit: 1955 and takes readers later in the violent decade of change for Los Angeles with familiar faces, new threats and more sharp, smart noir.

“Hit: 1955 took us deep into the gritty past of the City of Angels, and we couldn’t wait for Bryce and Vanesa to continue the story of their clandestine LAPD hit squad,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Vanesa’s artwork is stunning, Bryce’s noir-infused writing is sharp, and the stakes are even higher as we find Harvey Slater and ompany in 1957. We can’t wait for you to join us for another Hit!”

Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

Hit: 1957 #1 arrives in comic shops on March 25th with a main cover by Del Rey for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN151099. A new cover by Terry Dodson has been added and can be ordered in any quantity under Diamond order code DEC148680. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Trevor Hairsine and a retailer incentive cover by Dustin Nguyen. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is March 2nd. Full press release below.

Archie Comics Pits Sega Vs. Capcom


In 2013, Archie Comics collided two worlds. That crossover featured Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, two representatives of the more storied franchises in video game history. It's 2015 now and Archie Comics feels there's more to their worlds that can be smashed together, as they're preparing to debut Worlds Unite. The new book will feature characters from both universes, including characters from Alex Kidd, Billy Hatcher, Golden Axe, NiGHTS, Skies of Arcadia and Panzer Dragoon, along with characters from Breath of Fire, Ghosts N' Goblins, Monster Hunter, Street Fighter, Okami and Viewtiful Joe series.

"This crossover event is unlike any other you've ever seen before," Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski said. "So sit back, grab a chili dog and an E-Tank, and prepare yourself for the ultimate multi-franchise crossover comic book experience!"

Worlds Unite begins in May with a special prelude comic available for free in comic book stores nationwide on Free Comic Book Day. The 12-part crossover event begins in Sonic Universe #76 and continues through the other Archie Action titles including Sonic Boom, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man. Full press release below.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review - Mister X: Razed #1


"It's like the neighborhood is cursed."

Mister X is an architect who's developed a city. That city is more or less like any other city, yet Mister X goes to great lengths to ensure that the city treats its citizens with the same level of respect that its citizens treat the city with. In Mister X: Razed #1, Dark Horse Comics brings readers into more events overseen by the mysterious guardian. The issue is written and illustrated by Dean Motter.

Archaia Brings The March of the Crabs to English-Speaking Audience

The March of the Crabs

The Earth is a great, big place. It's got a lot of countries and different civilizations. With those civilizations comes a lot of differing stories, one of which is about to be released to an English-speaking audience for the first time. This March, Archaia is pleased to announce the debut of The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition hardcover from French animator Arthur de Pins. Combining the slick look of Art Deco with tongue-in-cheek humor, de Pins tells the story of a hapless species of crab that is one of nature’s cruel jokes, and what it means when they start breaking out of their set evolution.

“Archaia has always taken pride in bringing beautiful European graphic novels to English-speaking audiences, and The March of the Crabs is a wonderful new addition to that catalogue,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Beautifully drawn and bitingly funny, Arthur de Pins’ striking work is poised to be a delightful new discovery for the industry this year.”

For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what could their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition hardcover arrives in comic shops from Archaia on March 25th with a cover by creator Arthur de Pins for the price of $19.99 under Diamond order code JAN151150. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is March 2nd. Full press release below.

High Moon Returns as Webcomic (Again)


Remember ZUDA Comics? The DC Comics imprint was sort of Comixology Submit before the giant digital distributor made it easier for creative teams to get their works in front of interested readers. One of the greater successes of ZUDA Comics was High Moon, the Harvey Award winning series by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. Now--eight years after the series first debuted--the creative team are poised to bring High Moon back to readers. The HighMoonComic.com site officially launches today with the first 8 pages of the story and will now be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, the creative studio run by Gallaher and Ellis, with 4 new pages running every Monday. Later this year, the site will debut original content continuing the High Moon saga.

“With werewolves, gunslingers, and the sumptuous artwork of Steve Ellis," said Molly Crabapple, "HIGH MOON will change everything you thought you knew about the Old West.” In HIGH MOON, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse-- for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

“It’s a thrill to have HIGH MOON back online,” said Ellis. “I could not be more excited to illustrate stories about Macgregor as he explores the weird and wild west.”

High Moon will be available exclusively online and digitally. It is the second webcomic to be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, following the young adult webcomic The Only Living Boy which launched last year. The series will be available on the new mobile-responsive HighMoonComic.com site, Tapastic and Comixology; readers can support Bottled Lightning via its recently launched Patreon Fan Club.

“HIGH MOON was our first collaboration,” said Gallaher. “We have so many more Macgregor stories to tell and fans of both HIGH MOON and THE ONLY LIVING BOY can expect more announcements soon. 2015 is going to be a big year for Bottled Lightning.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review - The Black Hood #1


"My name is Gregory Hettinger. This is what happened."

Archie Comics is going through something of a change of heart recently. Gone are the carefree days of Archie and Veronica, only to be replaced by Afterlife With Archie and Sabrina. Some of their works are getting very dark very quick, adding a breath of fresh air into franchises that may feel a little stale. The next work to get their edgier approach is The Black Hood #1, written by Duane Swierczynski, illustrated by Michael Gaydos, lettered by Rachel Deering and colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

One Man Takes Up a Mantle of Unimaginable Power


Ed Brisson and Brian Level can do wonderful things together. The combination of the two makes for some great books, the latest being a new book about an average man who becomes an unwilling host to tremendous power. On May 13, Image Comics launches The Mantle #1.

"Brian and I have been talking about working on a project together for a few years now, so we're both thrilled to finally have the opportunity to do so," said Brisson. "The Mantle is, in my opinion, a really fun direction for a superhero book where not everything is black and white and where, by the end of the first issue, I think that readers are going to realize that what they think is happening... is not what's really happening."

The Mantle follows Robbie—just your average, run-of-the-mill guy—as he drunkenly stumbles out of a punk show one evening. On his way home he’s hit with lightning and wakes to find that he’s been chosen as the new host for The Mantle, a power set of unimaginable scope. Despite his lack of interest, he’s forced into action. The Plague, a being who has spent 50 years killing every previous host of The Mantle, is already coming for him.

The Mantle #1 hits stores on May 13. Cover A (Level) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150475. Cover B (Phil Hester) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150476. Full press release below.

Dark Horse Advises Androids on How to Pass as Human


Wouldn't it be helpful to have a field guide to preparing for the inevitable takeover by the robot overlords? Something that gives you a fighting chance to survive? Dark Horse Comics wants to give you the information you need to get by in a tough world, with Nic Kelman offering a handbook to help androids and artificial intelligence hide among humanity. Illustrated by Pericles Junior with a gorgeous cover by Terry Dodson, the novel takes the form of a field guide written by Android Zero (a.k.a. Zach), who helpfully provides sketches, graphs, flow charts, and further information on how androids can pass as human completely undetected.

Holding a bachelor’s in brain and cognitive science from MIT, Kelman is not only an acclaimed prose novelist but also an accomplished screenwriter, with original screenplays sold to Steven Spielberg, Roland Emmerich, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Warner Bros. Pictures, and more. Sure to appeal to fans of The Zombie Survival Guide, How to Pass as Human puts a new spin on a science-fiction tradition as a curious android questions his own creation and explores the purpose of his existence.

Releasing in October, How to Pass as Human will be available for $19.99. Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review - Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth #1


"Brik Jones. Transfer to case 1314."

What do you get when a fighting lion works on comics? You get a publisher named Fighting Lion Comics publishing a book such as Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth #1, featuring an attorney tasked with defending an entire planet. The first issue is written and lettered by Phil Smith and illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro.

BOOM! Studios Drops New Volume 1 Trade Paperback Collections in April

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 TP

April showers are known to bring May flowers. This April, BOOM! Studios will also use the month to bring a slew of new, volume 1 trade paperback collections to readers. April 2015 will see the trade paperback releases of Lumberjanes Vol. 1, Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1, Translucid (complete miniseries), Clockwork Angels (complete miniseries), Thomas Alsop Vol. 1 and Cow Boy Vol. 1: A Boy and His Horse, its first time in softcover.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 TP collects the hit series from the BOOM! Box imprint that features five rad ladies who fight monster baddies with the power of friendship. Written by Noelle Stevenson and newcomer Grace Ellis, and illustrated by Brooke Allen, this new series has taken comics by storm and has placed on many best-of-the-year lists. Lumberjanes Vol. 1 TP collects issues #1-4. Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1 TP broke the record for the most-funded web series campaign on Kickstarter, and now popular creator Natasha Allegri, Garrett Jackson and more bring their whimsical adventures to comics for the first time. This quirky take on the magical girl genre comes to life with Bee, a not-so-graceful temp worker, and her partner Puppycat, the sour curmudgeon who helps her pay rent. Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1 TP, published under the KaBOOM! imprint, collects issues #1-4.

Translucid Vol. 1 TP allows readers to discover the tortured psyche of a superhero, a story from Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez and co-creator Chondra Echert, the writers behind The Armory Wars saga, Key of Z and Kill Audio. The psychedelic superhero mindscape is brought to vivid life by artist Daniel Bayliss and colorist Adam Metcalfe. We call The Navigator a hero. We call The Horse a villain. The two have been locked in a battle for years, fighting for the soul of New York City. But are they just two sides of the same playing card? Translucid is a startling deconstruction of the classic bond between a hero and his villain, and shows what it takes to push a person to take up either mantle. Translucid TP collects the entire miniseries, issues #1-6.

Rush's Clockworks Angels TP is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—from concept album to novel to international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, and newcomer artist Nick Robles take it one step further with the Clockwork Angels graphic novel. Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire existence is meticulously planned, down to the exact second. But not any more. Owen decides to go against the gears and finally start making decisions for himself. Featuring a new cover by Hugh Syme, the Clockwork Angels TP collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-6. In Thomas Alsop Vol. 1 TP, Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt have created a warlock for these modern times. Fans of John Constantine and Dr. Strange will love this new take on the magic-wielding hero who battles demons on the streets...and in his own mind. What would you do if you had the magical ability and responsibility to protect the island of Manhattan from supernatural forces of evil? Well, if you’re Thomas Alsop, you get a reality television show and make some money off of it. Thomas Alsop Vol. 1 TP collects issues #1-4.

Finally, Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse TP is written by Nate Cosby and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos. The Eisner Award-nominated Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse is collected in softcover for the first time. Boyd Linney ain’t no ordinary 10-year-old. This here is the tale of the young bounty hunter, determined to round up his whole outlaw family. He travels across the Old West on an unstoppable quest to put his entire family in the clink—or die tryin’. This original graphic novel from the Archaia imprint also includes short stories by Roger Langridge, Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, Mike Maihack and Colleen Coover.

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