Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas really needs no introduction. It's got a special place in pop culture, paying homage to the drug-induced stupors of a different era. That doesn't mean that it doesn't deserve a comic though and IDW Publshing is doing just that with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Troy Little.

Dark Horse Day Goes International June 4

The world is a very big place. Dark Horse has embraced the immense size of the world and June 4th the publisher will celebrate Dark Horse Day. Dark Horse is inviting retailers and fans across the world to enjoy the day with them. And there are a slew of retailers all over the world who will help celebrate by offering promo bundles containing all-new posters, window clings, postcards and more. The promo bundles also contain the commemorative Dark Horse Day sampler, a forty-page comic featuring some of the top titles Dark Horse has published from each decade of our past thirty years—including Aliens vs. Predator, Sin City, Umbrella Academy and a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer story.

Full press release below.

The Fuse Charges On

Anthony Johnston and Justin Greenwood are working to set a new story arc in motion in The Fuse starting this July. Previously, Ristovych and Dietrich were faced with the yearly bacchanalia that is Perihelion—a 24-hour festival celebrating The Fuse’s closest proximity to the sun. Rising to the occasion, they battled crowds, fervored citizens, escaped convicts, crazed gunmen, anarchist protesters, attempts on the Mayor’s life, and two homicide cases to boot. It was a long day. In The Fuse #19, Ralph’s mystery might just be solved at last, and retirement beckons for Midway’s oldest, crankiest Homicide detective. Before Klem can hang up her space boots, there’s one final case to solve—and this one will hit closer to home for her secretive young partner Ralph than he’d like…

"This is the one where we burn it all down and dance around the flaming wreckage,” said Johnston. “A seemingly simple homicide will turn into something much bigger, and the cracks in Klem and Ralph's relationship will explode. In the finest comic book tradition, nothing will ever be the same again..."

"It feels to me like this whole series has been building to this story arc,” said Greenwood. “The time has come for Klem and Ralph to put their cards on the table, and the results may not be very pretty."

The Fuse #19 (Diamond code: MAY160600) hits stores Wednesday, July 6th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 13th. Full press release below.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review - Weird Detective #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"The Captain never questioned my methods as long as I delivered the expected results."

Solving mysteries is one of the more pronounced aspect of a detective's job description. Some detectives are better at it than others, but it's likely that a lot of them would be better if they had extrasensory perception abilities. Detective Sebastian Greene in Weird Detective #1 from Dark Horse Comics is one such detective. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Guiu Vilanova, colored by Mauricio Wallace and lettered by

Preview - Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle!

Bros are a special breed of individuals who thrive on constant optimism and fraternal affection for one another. Robot bros are all that and robots. And in Brobots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle!, a trio of robot bros reel in a big challenge and must band together to battle a giant monster in this playful take on classic kaiju-mech and fairytale stories. The graphic novel is written by J. Torres and illustrated by Sean Dove and is slated to hit stores May 25.

Check out the interiors below.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Review - Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Ganymeade Station must go to high alert/lockdown."

At some point when exploring space you've just got to know when to say when. That lesson doesn't seem to hit home for Colonial Marines as their thirst for adventure and exploration continues to outweigh the accompanying threats. Another threat is exposed in Prometheus: Life and Death #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Dan Abnett, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, colored by Rain Beredo and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Devolution Hits TPB in August

In January 2016, Dynamite Entertainment introduced readers to Devolution, an original series from Rick Remender and Jonathan Wayshak. The work proved that when the world devolves, it does so quite rapidly and brutally. And Dynamite wants to make sure everyone gets a chance to read it which is why they're collecting it in TPB form in August.

"To see something I wrote years ago given so much incredible love from Jon Wayshak, colorist Jordan Boyd, and letterer Rus Wooton is a strange treat," says writer Rick Remender. "I rejoice in the rendering. It's worth the price of admission to see what these three have done."

In Devolution, every living creature on Earth has been devolved, the evolutionary clock turned back, reverting all life to odd mutations and prehistoric incarnations. The cities of man are little more than bloody territories ruthlessly dominated by tribal Neanderthals ruling from the backs of mammoths, packs of saber-toothed tigers, and giant man-eating insects. Raja, one of the few remaining "Still Sapien" humans, heads to San Francisco to find the antidote for the world-changing DVO-8 viral agent. But to cross the wasteland, she'll have to convince the last pocket of humanity to join her quest... and survive the Nazi hillbillies that rule them through fear!

"Working with Rick was a great experience. I'm happy that we finally were able to get together and get something like Devolution going," says series artist Jonathan Wayshak. "It was a ton of fun and I got to draw what I wanted. I couldn't ask for more!"

"Rick and Jon have crafted a gnarly, mean-spirited gem whose central questions about human nature might hit closer to home than we'd all like, and I'm psyched beyond belief that I got to help bring their grotesque vision to life," says Jordan Boyd, colorist.

"When Rick and I first discussed this series, the concept blew me away," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "It was both exciting and ambitious, the kind of idea only a writer of Rick's caliber could really pull off. When the art started coming in, and we saw what Jonathan Wayshak and the rest of the team were bringing to the table, we truly had hit a high watermark in storytelling."

Full press release below.

Valiant Entertainment Renews Distribution Agreement with comiXology

Summer 2016 is poised to be big for Valiant Entertainment and it just got bigger. The publisher, comiXology and Amazon announced today an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Valiant Entertainment’s digital comics and collections on the comiXology platform and expand the distribution of Valiant’s library to Amazon’s Kindle Store. The announcement coincides with the May 2016 launch of Valiant Entertainment’s latest comics event in 4001 A.D. #1 by Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and David Mack.

“Valiant’s expansion onto Kindle represents a colossal new audience for our award-winning library of content and characters,” said Valiant Chief Operating Officer Gavin Cuneo. “Valiant’s digital readership continues to grow globally and, with the continued support of comiXology, we look forward to furthering Valiant’s mission of reaching as many fans as possible the world over.”

“We’ve been fortunate enough to work with Valiant for years and to see their growth and explosion since the beginning has been amazing,” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communications, Chip Mosher. “We’re excited to help Valiant grow that much more by introducing them to Kindle fans worldwide.”

Full press release below.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review - Archangel #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"The final procedure was entirely successful. See for yourself."

William Gibson is more or less known as the father of cyberpunk and many aspects of the science fiction genre in general. His work has been pivotal to literature in general, but he's never brought his talents to comics. IDW Publishing wants to change that with the release of Archangel #1. The issue is written by Gibson, illustrated by Butch Guice, inked by Tom Palmer and Guice, colored by Diego Rodriguez and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Art of the Shadow Gets Collected in Hardcover Art Book

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" is one of the most famous taglines in comics. And it's all the more reason for Dynamite to celebrate the character of The Shadow with The Dynamite Art of The Shadow hardcover that features over 320 gorgeously illustrated pages from some of the biggest names in the industry on August 31. The work will include art from artists such as Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Matt Wagner, John Cassaday, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Bradstreet, Wilfredo Torres, Chris Samnee, Jason Shawn Alexander and many more.

"With a line-up of interior Shadow stories by top, cutting-edge graphic storytellers, Dynamite was able to hit home run after home run with its choice of cover artists, ranging from the top painters to top traditional comic book artists to top cartoonists," adds Uslan. "The Shadow is mysterious. His artists are brilliant. And the Shadow art is... Dynamite!"

Michael Uslan, the bestselling author of The Boy Who Loved Batman and Archie Marries, provides the foreword to the compendium. From his foreword, he writes, "If you go with the radio version, he was invisible and had the power to cloud men's minds. If you prefer the pulp version, he mastered the art of stealth in the shadows. Either way, what a challenge to artists to attempt to bring this character to life in a visual medium like comic books! But without a Shadow of a doubt, the deed was done and the coup was pulled off by generation after generation of artists from the 1930's to today, building a legend of contemporary mythology in the process and making The Shadow one of the most widely-known characters in pop culture history."

"It has been an honor for Dynamite to add to the publishing legacy of one of the most iconic characters of all time," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "We have been very fortunate to work with some of the best artists and writers working in comics today to tell all-new tales of this legendary pulp hero. We wanted to give fans a chance to own all of our Dynamite covers to date in a premium format, and couldn't more excited at the result."

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Travels Through Time with Echoes

Mike Richardson and Gabriel Guzmán are busy individuals. That doesn't mean they can't find time for a new graphic novel from Dark Horse called Echoes. Troubled pilot Fred Martin is caught in a bizarre storm and loses control of his aircraft. Martin awakens unharmed, only to discover that he is thirty years in the past with the impossible opportunity to right the wrong that ruined his future. But to prevent murder, will he commit murder?

Echoes (978-1506701233 / $14.99) debuts on November 23, 2016. Full press release below.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review - Snow White vs. Snow White #1 (@zenescope)

"The realms of power are mine!"

Characters like Sela Mathers have seen her fair share of chaos throughout her life. And living in the comic version of the Grimm Fairy Tales offers plenty of chaos. Things get even more difficult for Sela though in Snow White vs. Snow White #1 from Zenescope. The issue is written by Lou Iovino, illustrated by David Cutler, colored by Valentina Cuomo and lettered by Christy Sawyer.