Thursday, December 31, 2009

Usagi Yojimbo feeling plush

If you can name me any other sword-wielding, ronin rabbit besides Usagi Yojimbo I'll consider you a genius. I'm guessing you didn't come up with anything. Don't worry though, I won't let that affect your ability to be a genius. In any case, Dark Horse feels the need to give Usagi fans the chance to bring the rabbit home. The chance to bring the rabbit home is in the form of a fourteen inch tall plush doll based on Stan Sakai's beloved character. It celebrates the 25th anniversary of the character's creation and is something Sakai is very proud of. “I have always thought that a doll of this type would be an excellent presentation of Usagi,” Sakai remarked, “and have been happy to assist as the prototype evolved with commentary and revisions. I think he came out very well indeed.” The upcoming Usagi Yojimbo plush toy hits Diamond’s Previews this month, with an on-sale date of May 2010. Full press release after the jump. THE RABBIT RONIN FINALLY GETS HIS OWN PLUSH TOY! DARK HORSE DELUXE ANNOUNCES A NEW USAGI YOJIMBO PLUSH TOY FOR RELEASE THIS SPRING DECEMBER 30, MILWAUKIE, OR—In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Stan Sakai’s best-loved character, Dark Horse brings this fluffy, badass bunny to life with an all-new plush toy, with art direction by the creator himself! Usagi Yojimbo is a long-running comic set in seventeenth-century Japan, with anthropomorphic animals replacing humans, featuring the lovable rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi, who wanders the land as a shugyosha (student warrior on a pilgrimage), occasionally selling his services as a yojimbo (bodyguard). Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most celebrated ongoing comics, adored by critics and fans of all ages for the last twenty-five years. This new toy stands fourteen inches tall from his carefully detailed sandals to the tips of his movable ears. Stan Sakai, who provided extensive reference art for the project, oversaw every detail in the design process. “I have always thought that a doll of this type would be an excellent presentation of Usagi,” Sakai remarked, “and have been happy to assist as the prototype evolved with commentary and revisions. I think he came out very well indeed.” “We at Dark Horse couldn’t be prouder to be associated with one of comics’ most cherished characters and its creator,” product development head David Scroggy said, “and feel that this might just be the best 3-D way to present him. One thing’s for sure—it is by far the cutest presentation! We worked hard to get the nuances right, and I am happy to say that I think we nailed it.” The upcoming Usagi Yojimbo plush toy hits Diamond’s Previews this month, with an on-sale date of May 2010. About Dark Horse Comics Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, and Serenity. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the third-largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

Chew selling out everywhere

I hope you've been keeping up with Chew through its first seven issues. If not, you might be out of luck as the seventh issue has sold out, making it the seventh consecutive sellout in the series. "WOW. Months ago, if you told me that CHEW would still be selling out by the seventh issue, I'd have asked what you were smoking," Rob Guillory said. "Thanks to everyone, retailers and readers alike, for making this book such an incredible success story well beyond anything John and I could've dreamed up. You guys are the ones that make CHEW a hit!" There are currently no plans to reprint the seventh issue (or any of the other issues I can imagine). If you make enough of a ruckus though then maybe -just maybe- Image will oblige your request. In the meantime, Chew #8 will be hitting stores on January 27 for $2.99. Full press release after the jump. PRESS RELEASE - CHEW'S INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR CONTINUES WITH THE SERIES' SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE SELL OUT! John Layman and Rob Guillory's CHEW continues its new story arc with a total distribution-level sell out, despite significant overprint! 30 December 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - CHEW, the highly acclaimed new series by writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory, continues its second story arc, "International Flavor" with yet another complete distribution-level sell out! "WOW. Months ago, if you told me that CHEW would still be selling out by the seventh issue, I'd have asked what you were smoking," Guillory said. "Thanks to everyone, retailers and readers alike, for making this book such an incredible success story well beyond anything John and I could've dreamed up. You guys are the ones that make CHEW a hit!" CHEW's star, Detective Tony Chu, is a cop with a secret. As a Cibopath, Detective Chu gets a psychic impression from whatever he eats. While it means he's a hell of a Detective if he can stomach the evidence, once his secret gets out the government makes plans for him, whether he likes it or not. CHEW blends horror, mystery and the strangest ability of them all in an ongoing series of horrific crimes solved in the most horrific way possible. While copies may still be available at your local comic book store, there are no plans to reprint the issue at this time. CHEW #8 (NOV090374), a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores January 27, 2009. Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com.

Army of Darkness Omnibus due in February

February is a month of love and adoring. In Dynamite's eyes, it's also about zombies. And Bruce Campbell. Due in stores in February 2010, the Army of Darkness Omnibus collects a ton of Ash. Stories included are the first 18 issues of "Ashes to Ashes" (that pick up where the first film left off), "Shop till You Drop (Dead)" where the Necronomicon has it in for Ash's old boss and customers, "Army of Darkness - Reanimator" which chronicles Ash's visit to Arkham Asylum and "Old School," where Ash attempts to destory the Deadite plague once and for all. Also included are short stories presented in the popular spin-off series "Tales of the Army of Darkness" and a complete cover gallery. The $29.99 trade paperback is a whopping 488 pages and features writing by Andy Hartnell, James Kuhoric, Robert Kirkman. Pencilers include Nick Bradshaw, Sanford Greene, Kevin Sharpe and more. The book is scheduled for a February 2010 release date and is probably a perfect addition to that Bruce Campbell fan in your life in completing their collection. Full press release after the jump. TAKE A BITE OUT OF ARMY OF DARKNESS THIS FEBRUARY Devour your fill of Army of Darkness in the first ever Army of Darkness Omnibus now available for order through Diamond Previews! S-Mart worker, horror hero and professional zombie killer Ash Williams is back in over 450 pages of Dynamite's Army of Darkness written by Andy (Danger Girl) Hartnell, James (Freddy vs. Ash vs. Jason) Kuhoric, Robert (The Walking Dead) Kirkman and many more! Follow Ash through the first 18 issues of the acclaimed series with story arcs "Ashes to Ashes", picking up at the end of the original Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi film where Ash must insure his past self's destiny; The Necronomicon has it in for Ash's old boss and customers - and only Ash can rally them in "Shop till You Drop (Dead)"; Ash gets thrown in the loony bin of Arkham Asylum and crosses over with H.P. Lovecraft's "Herbert West - Reanimator" for a throw-down of mythic proportions in "Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator"; and Ash's attempt to destroy the source of the Deadite plague once and for all in "Old School". Also included are short stories presented in the popular spin-off series "Tales of the Army of Darkness" and a complete cover gallery. As a special thanks to our retailers, Dynamite is pleased to present this special offer. For every 3 copies of the Army of Darkness Omnibus Volume 1 Trade Paperback ordered, retailers will receive 3 FREE RARE LIMITED EDITION ARMY OF DARKNESS VARIANT COVERS at NO EXTRA COST! Don't miss out this amazing opportunity to jump onto the exploits of the greatest zombie killer of all time! Praise for Dynamite's Army of Darkness: "Illustrator John Bolton kicked off the first Army of Darkness comic book series, an adaptation of the movie written by Sam and Ivan Raimi. Since then, Ash has crossed over with several other movie and comics franchises, meeting everyone from Raimi's Darkman to zombie Spider-Man. Ash has had so many comic book crossovers (Reanimator, Freddy and Jason, even Xena), he's starting to make Batman look like a homebody.)" - AMC.com's Horror Hacker Blog "If you aren't reading this series...then why the hell not? It's currently the most enjoyable indy title I'm reading right now." - Liam Bradley, ComicRelated.com ARMY OF DARKNESS OMNIBUS VOLUME I TRADE PAPERBACK SKU: C1606901001 ISBN-10: 1606901001 ISBN-13: 978160691007 Price: $29.99 Rating: Teen + Cover: John Bolton Writer: Andy Hartnell, James Kuhoric, Robert Kirkman and more Penciller/Inker: Nick Bradshaw, Sanford Greene, Kevin Sharpe and more Colorist: various Genre: Horror Awards: Publication Date: FEBRUARY, 2010 Format: Trade Paperback Diamond Order Code: Retailer Incentive: n/a Page Count: 488 Dimensions: Approx. 10.1875"Hx 6.625"H Marketing Description: Continuing the all-new line of MASSIVE Dynamite Omnibus Editions! Designed for reading (or, in this case, DEVOURING) a HUGE chunk of awesome Dynamite Comics in one sitting! This time around, Dynamite presents the first 18 issues of the acclaimed Army of Darkness series in one massive omnibus! Featuring the movie adaptation based on the screenplay by Sam and Ivan Raimi, and illustrated by John Bolton, as well as the first four story arcs from the ongoing series -- Ashes to Ashes, Shop till You Drop (Dead), Ash vs. Re-Animator, Old School, and the shorts stories presented in Tales of the Army of Darkness! Featuring the work of Andy (Danger Girl) Hartnell, James (Freddy vs. Ash vs. Jason) Kuhoric and so many more (including a short story by Robert (Walking Dead) Kirkman! Also includes a complete cover gallery! RETAILER INCENTIVE #1: FOR EVERY 3 COPIES OF ARMY OF DARKNESS OMNIBUS VOLUME I TRADE PAPERBACK ORDERED, RETAILERS WILL RECEIVE 3 FREE RARE LIMITED EDITION ARMY OF DARKNESS VARIANT COVERS AT NO COST! SKU: C725130138057 UPC: 725130138057 To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook For art and more information, please visit: www.dynamiteentertainment.com ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT: DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT, the publishing division of DYNAMIC FORCES, INC., was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including Red Sonja, Project Superpowers, The Boys, Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica, The Lone Ranger, Zorro and more! In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Turner, Jim Lee, Michael Avon Oeming, Brian Reed, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner¬ and a host of up and coming new talent and fan favorite creators! DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their more recent launches - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's PROJECT SUPERPOWERS - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a "GEM" award for Best New Publisher and another "GEM" in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious "Eisner" Award. Aside from their monthly periodical comic book series, DYNAMITE also produces new and classic material, including Tim Truman's SCOUT, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso's BORDERLINE and TALES OF TERROR, Jim Starlin's DREADSTAR, as well as well as reprint editions of classic RED SONJA material

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year of Spider-Man is 2010

You know the deal by now.

The Hidden S in 2010...

The Hidden S look into his crystal ball for 2010.... Say what you will about 2009, but it was not a great year for superhero films: Watchman underwhelmed a tad and X-Men Origins: Wolverine did nothing to have even the most hardcore Wolverine fans clamoring for a follow up. What then to think of '10? No sequel to The Dark Knight on the horizon; no Superman re-boot; even the Green Lantern film seems a pipe dream despite the casting of Mr. Johannson. Marvel has thus far lapped DC a couple of times with its success in Hollywood. This year's underwhelming Watchmen and talk about a DK sequel just being talk means that 2010 will likely be a strong year for Marvel yet again with Iron Man 2 and filming to begin on Thor and possibly Captain America. What can a respectable comic fan look forward to? I give you the following... Iron Man 2 The most anticipated superhero film sequel since The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2 looks to put up DK like numbers when it is released on May 2010. The film's trailer is surprisingly dark, focusing on Mickey Rourke's promisingly charismatic turn as Whiplash. The trailer's money shot is Rourke/Whiplash bearing down on a dazed and confused (non-ironclad) Tony Stark with supercharged whips. The film also promises a leather encased Scarlett Johannson as The Black Widow. Despite this, there are some troubling signs from Marvel. First,the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film was not much beloved (I know there is talk of it, but don't hold your breath for X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2), and the company has gotten into a slightly sloppy habit of using some of there flagship films as a tryout for minor characters (Electra anyone?). I can already see talk of a Black Widow film with an EW cover story on Johnannson and how she worked out to get into her leather catsuit. Solomon Kane This film has had a lot of internet chatter for (seemingly) several years and most of the buzz has been positive. The character, a strange superhero type who is both a badass and a 17th century Puritan has great movie potential and the film stirred up a minor buzz at the San Diego Comic-Con (for the few who were happened to see the trailer). Oddly enough, it seems a little unclear whether the film has a proper US distributor yet (it looks like Lionsgate picked it up in November, however). Editor's Note: I can vouch for the awesomeness of that trailer. Solomon Kane, a character created by Robert E. Howerd of Conan The Barbarian fame, looks to be part of a mini-resurgance of the Sword and Sorcery genre, and, more importantly, a possible resurgance of the hoary old sword and sorcery genre that had a mini resurgence in the early 80's with Conan: The Barbarian, Excalibur and Dragonslayer. Sword and sorcery films typically have a very narrow, yet rabid, following and if this film ever sees the light of day it could make a significant impact and pave the way for remakes of er, Conan: The Barbarian, Excalibur and Dragonslayer. Kick Ass This film promises to be a kind of "Napoleon Dynamite of superhero films" with its every line a catchphrase and every frame an ironic comment on comics and itself (how very post-modern). In any event, this film is as much anticipated by hard core comic fans as Iron Man 2 because nobody knows what the fuck to expect from the film realization of Mark Millar's mini- classic. This film will not put up Iron Man 2 box office, but it might be a breakthrough for more esoteric comic works to get on the silver screen. The scene where the little girl gets shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest? Priceless... S....

Preview - The Rejects

Picture this if you will. The US government has a dirty secret (not too hard to picture I'll admit but work with me). The Weaponized Human Proliferation Department (WHPD) abducts random citizens from their homes, erasing information about them. Their goal? Genetically alter them as weapons for their control. What the hell am I talking about? The Rejects by Anthony Ferrante and illustrator Noah Barret. Ferrante and Barret's tale focuses on the WHPD's efforts to subdue these citizens with "The Blue," an injectable serum that gives them control. One of two things happens here: the subject gains altered abilities and becomes mentally submissive or the subject reacts negatively and dies. Yeah. Of course, there's always door #3, where the injected become rife with ability and intellectually independent. Cue The Rejects. The first issue is available for purchase for a mere $1.99 hardcopy, while a PDF copy will set you back $0.99. Order it here, and check out a preview after the jump. Of course, it's not available until January 2010, but the preview is available now.

Andrea Grant a "Women of the Web"

Andrea Grant is freaking hot (see Exhibit A above). G4TV knows that the vast majority of their audience are 13-25 year old males, so naturally they'll be doing a show called "Women of the Web 2." And, naturally, Grant will be on the show. Tonight at 7 PM ET. What does she have to do with comics? Besides being a minx, she's created a comic called Minx (illustrated by Rey Arzeno). Minx is about the half-Native American character of the same name. Once a struggling young artist in New York City, Minx experiences a massive change after being attacked and left in a coma. While in the coma, she finds herself in Dreamtime, and alternate reality that humans visit while they sleep. While in this "slumber" she comes to the realization that she's evolved into a warrior, tasked with protecting her people from a plan to transform nightmares into realities and vice versa. Of course, her new role as vigilante comes as a result of and elaborate conspiracy, ancient prophecy and devastating betrayal. Check out Minx here, and be sure to tune into the show tonight at 7 PM ET. Full press release after the jump. Andrea Grant to be featured on G4's 'Women of the Web 2' Comic creator Andrea Grant will be featured on G4's 'Women of the Web 2' which airs Wednesday, December 30th at 7 pm ET. Grant is a writer/multimedia artist who is best known for her comic book series 'MINX' and her 'Pin-Up Poet' persona. "I was thrilled when G4 called me up, because I am taking MINX in a new direction for 2010. This is the first time people will get to see the amazing art of Rey Arzeno." Andrea Grant is the President and founder of Copious Amounts Press. She has published essays, poetry and photographs in numerous publications internationally, and is the author and star of the graphic novel series MINX, which merges Native American mythology with contemporary fantasy. She recently launched her first poetry/photo collection entitled 'The Pin-Up Poet' and is working on a new web comic project called 'Ready to Where?' that will launch in 2010. According to their website, "G4 is the one destination on television that feeds your addiction for the latest must-have tech gadgets, web culture and video games." More information about Grant's appearance can be found here: http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/700976/women-of-the-web-2-december-30th.html More information about Andrea Grant please visit: http://www.copiousamounts.com

G-Man going online as video game

Comics and video games tend to go hand in hand. Like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Selina Kyle and leather. What better way to fill this week's void in new comic releases than a video game adaptation of a comic? See the connection? Chris Giarusso is bringing G-Man: Cape Crisis to computers. "Escape from Dark Forest" adapts the chase scene from G-Man: Cape Crisis #4 where G-Man must stay one step ahead of forest monsters that want to eat him. After you've had your fill of the game, Giarusso would be ecstatic if you would head down to your local comic store and G-Man: Cape Crisis #5 on January 13. No, you don't have to go immediately and sit in line for two weeks, as I'm sure Giarusso would be just as happy if you went on the 13th. "I'm very happy to see that comics and gaming fans have been enjoying the classic 8-bit style G-Man video games we've been adding to chrisgcomics.com," Giarrusso said. "Long-time gaming fans dig that familiar old-school feel they grew up with, while younger fans are discovering the undeniable charm of these games for the first time. I personally couldn't be more thrilled with the way these games tie directly into aspects of the Cape Crisis comic series." Full press release after the jump. PRESS RELEASE - CHRIS GIARRUSSO RELEASES NEW FREE ONLINE G-MAN VIDEO GAME! Mini-Marvels cartoonist Chris Giarrusso brings his superhero hit G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS to the interactive computer screen once again! 29 December 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - While most comic books are taking a week off, Mini Marvels cartoonist Chris Giarrusso invites fans to fill that time with G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS: ESCAPE FROM DARK FOREST, the all-new video game featuring his beloved creator-owned superhero! "I'm very happy to see that comics and gaming fans have been enjoying the classic 8-bit style G-Man video games we've been adding to chrisgcomics.com," Giarrusso said. "Long-time gaming fans dig that familiar old-school feel they grew up with, while younger fans are discovering the undeniable charm of these games for the first time. I personally couldn't be more thrilled with the way these games tie directly into aspects of the Cape Crisis comic series." ESCAPE FROM DARK FOREST adapts the memorable chase scene from G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS #4, where G-Man must stay one step ahead of the deadly forest monsters seeking to devour him. Once readers are finished being thrilled, they can head down to their local comic book store in January to pick up the shocking conclusion to G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS, as well as the currently available digest collection of G-MAN's previous comics, G-MAN: LEARNING TO FLY. G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS #5 (OCT090421), a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in stores January 13th, 2009. Printable order info can be downloaded at http://www.chrisgcomics.com/newspages/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/OrderForm_GManCC.pdf to help your retailer assist you in finding G-Man books. G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS: ESCAPE FROM DARK FOREST is available for free online play right now at http://www.chrisgcomics.com/ccgame3.html Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com.

The Year of Spider-Man is 2010 (Part 2)

Another part of the puzzle that is The Year of Spider-Man is 2010" that follows up the piece from Monday. Commence speculation.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Arrivals: December 30, 2009

If you can believe it, this week's new comics will be the last of the decade. As insane as that may sound don't think that publishers have been saving their best for now. We've definitely seen some pretty epic comics and storylines this past decade that have reshaped universes and made names for writers and artists. Having said that (thanks Larry David), this will be Omnicomic's last pick until next year. What do I recommend you end the year reading? Blackest Night #6 of course. Written by Geoff Johns and featuring covers by Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and Rodolfo Migliari. In this issue the secrets of the Nekron are revealed as darkness consumes the DC Universe. There's a catch to this release though. Only those comic shops participating in DC's "Green Christmas" will have the book for sale tomorrow. If you're not near any of these magic comic shops then you'll have to wait until January 6 to get the book for $3.99. Enjoy! New Arrivals: December 30, 2009

Defense with the BoomPick

Tuesday is upon us and so is the New Year that looks to bring a better one to all with a bunch of great comic book movies coming out next year and a whole magnitude of comics you can’t complain. Put the brakes on though as we aren’t there yet and have one more day of new comics to go through first. For my pick of the week I bring to you Fall of the Hulks - Alpha with a special variant cover by Ed McGuinness. There are a number of supervillains in the Marvel Universe causing pain and suffering to many, but they usually get their comeuppance when a superhero arrives to save the day. Within the ranks of the villains is a small group that have crunched the numbers and come up with a plan to bring down the Hulks. This secret group is made up of Doctor Doom, Egghead, the Mad Thinker, The Leader, Red Ghost and the Super-Apes and M.O.D.O.K.; all the greatest supervillain minds. Only they could of come up with a plan to take down the Hulks because everyone else has tried and failed. This comic fills in some truths and origins about these villains and proves if they have the mental mettle to pull it off.

Mr. Freeze in DCU Online

In what is timing that should be considered extremely perfect (with it being a week after the Winter Solstice) Softpedia is reporting that Mr. Freeze will be included in the upcoming DCU Online game from Sony Online Entertainment. Players who encounter him won't experience anything different as far as backstory goes, as it seems the creators are sticking with the tried and true canon about Victor Fries and his quest to save Nora. In the game, his actions will be determined by a need for diamonds and money to power his suit and experiments. Of course, if you're running in a crew with Batman and Superman then he'll probably take the opportunity to attack. It shouldn't really come as any surprise that he's in the game since it is called DC Universe. And he is a relatively important part of the Rogues' Gallery for Batman. What's even more intriguing is the rumors of his inclusion in Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. He was in the first game, albeit in a riddle/nod capacity. I'm curious if the two games will characterize him similarly and if not what the difference will be. Same goes for Batman and the rest of the Rogues' Gallery I suppose. One thing is definitely for sure. Mr. Freeze in the games won't be saying "cool party." If you saw me right now you'd see me shuddering, and not because of how cold Mr. Freeze is. Mr. Freeze in DCU Online

The Year of Spider-Man is 2010

Teasers can be maddening sometimes. Mainly because they tease and give you no inclination as to what the teaser actually means. The latest is the above from Marvel, with the "The Year of Spider-Man is 2010" text attached. Puzzle pieces seem to be forming an image of a Spider-Family, with the black-suited Spider-Man at the family's core. I can only imagine a Hulk-ish storyline focused on Spider-Man next year. Ring in the new year with some web-slinging awesomeness.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Defense with the Boomstick


Afternoon everyone, Brandon here and Monday has come about just a little too quickly for me. I know you would think that with the world we are living in celebrating a holiday makes no sense, but this past week did have Christmas so Merry Christmas to all those listening and remember to keep hope alive. Always important to remember what we're fighting for so that when this is all over we can do Christmas without the fear of zombies around every corner. Was a busy week around here as we had a few glitches with our equipment and of course zombie attacks constantly that have become more frequent causing concern among us. If anyone listening has seen increasing attacks on their locations contact me on frequency 76.8 to discuss our findings and figure out why it’s happening.

For the news I have a little bit to report on as I didn’t pick up too many transmissions this past week or get info from my contacts around the globe. I did hear some chatter about some bombings the U.S. government did to San Francisco and the Los Angeles areas as they have been seeing a huge concentration of zombies there via satellite. Take heart that they didn’t use any nukes on them though as even though we want to kill all the zombies want a non-radiation planet to live on. Also Hawaii has been broadcasting that the zombie outbreak is contained there and are slowly securing the main parts of the islands with parts of the U.S. Navy patrolling.

Speaking of island places the Philippines have been completely consumed as I haven’t heard any transmissions from there in quite some time. That’s all the news I have for you today and with that I bring you my tip of the week. For my tip today I wanted to talk about combat in jungles as I don’t believe this subject has come up (sorry been broadcasting these weekly tips for awhile that they blur together sometimes).

For the most part this is one of the worst environments to fight in as you have no long range sight making any battle a close combat one. Having your group equipped with shotguns, carbines, pistols and machetes are going to be your friends in this jungle nightmare. Using the sounds of the jungle are one of the most vital things you can learn, because animals always run when zombies are near making any spot of complete silence dangerous and should put you on high alert for zombies. While trekking through the jungle use the machetes to clear your way to make traveling easier, but also to see if any zombies are following you. You have to take it slow and be methodical if you are clearing an area of zombies to start your compound, but remember it will be a long task of doing so because zombies can be hidden everywhere.

In regards to that be sure to check the underbrush as zombies can be crawling through the jungle and you wouldn’t know it until they bit your foot or leg. This makes staying in a group and constantly scanning your immediate surroundings important. As always be sure to have an escape plan. That’s all I have for today for you fine folks out there. Keep fighting and keep surviving. This is Brandon signing off and I'll see you next year.

Preview - The Death-Defying Devil #1

I don't really need to start with a flowery intro about Alex Ross...his work really just speaks for itself. One of his latest works is for Dynamite Comics and is called The Death-Defying Devil #1. The only thing that would make the book even more special is having it signed by Ross himself. The story spins out of the events of Project Superpowers Chapter One and bridges the gap before the debut of Project Superpowers Chapter Two. The mysterious Devil has to track down the terrorist organization known at "The Claw." This one isn't run by Dr. Claw, however, and it's up to The Devil and Justine (sounds like a sitcom) to figure out what The Claw is up to. Of course, someone is tracking The Devil as well. Alex Ross and Joe Casey wrote the book and features pencils by Edgar Salazar. There are a slew of covers featuring works by Ross, John Cassaday, John Romita, Sr. and Edgar Salazar. All covers will be printed on high-end card stock paper (similar to Civil War and Secret Invasion) which is ultra-spiffy. Because this version is signed by Ross the asking price is a little bit higher. Namely $29.99. But imagine how nice a comic signed by Alex Ross would look amidst your collection. Of course, if you're the type of person that would pay $29.99 for an Alex Ross autograph you're probably also the type of person that already has a couple things signed by the man. Preview - The Death-Defying Devil #1

Main Event: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

The year 1978 predates me (just barely). It was the end at the tail end of a turbulent decade and a time when comics weren't nearly as popular. This year though there was one comic that featured a character fresh off a feature film debut against quite possibly one of the greatest athletes at his craft. Yep, there was a comic pitting Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. And it's going to be reprinted. The historic one-shot featured the Man of Steel teaming up with the The GOAT (Greatest of All Time) to fight of an alien invasion of Earth. The story was co-plotted and written by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams and features the art of Adams. The reprint will feature the same great story and art in two formats: deluxe hardcover edition with an expanded sketch section and new content and cover by Adams as well as a limited edition hardcover in the original trim-size and cover. Both should be available next fall (2010).

Soicitation - Tracker #5

We're big fans of Tracker here at Omnicomic. Tom is fond of the werewolf whodunnit story with lots of gore and intensity. But like all good things, it must eventually come to an end. That end is in Tracker #5 on March 31. The final issue by Jonathan Lincoln and featuring art by Francis Tsai features the face-to-face encounter between Alex O'Roark and the serial killer Herod. Alex has to contend with the serial killer as well as his own animalistic instincts to get some of Herod's blood. As always, the book will be $2.99.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Manga - The Other White Meat

With the holidays looming let's save the suspense and jump right to what happened in the Bleach and Naruto mangas in the past week. It looks like Bleach is back to its old tricks and no one good will ever die. Someone who seemed SUPER powerful is defeated by a side player, and just when things were looking to get interesting…they fizzled. Naruto in the meantime is just getting started with yet another crazy fight for Sasuke. I’ll tell you what, if Naruto doesn’t start either training or fighting some people Sasuke will be untouchable by the time their seemingly fated battle happens. So…for some quick but informative reviews of the action in more detail, read on! BLEACH So last week we left off with Aizen facing off against Shinji while Komamaru tried to battle Tousen in his released form. In chapter 386 we pick up right where that left off. Apparently that form is that of a rather grotesque looking fly or mosquito. Tousen, who has been blind for his whole life, spends a bit of time screaming and laughing about being able to see. He insults the fact that Komamaru is really a giant rodent, and then unleashes a crazy attack that essentially destroys the captain’s bankai. Since Komamaru takes the same damage that his bankai does, this essentially blasts his chest open. Much of the fight consists of Komamaru discussing how he feels about Tousen, but I’m just starting to wonder if people just don’t know where they are going with fights, and are stalling. So…just when I thought Komamaru was about to get finished, who should show up but Hisagi, someone with no business being in the fight. Hisagi gets the drop on Tousen and decimates him. Tousen dies, I just don’t get it. He was SUPER powerful and Hisagi shouldn’t have been able to touch him. I say this only because there have been several times in this series where people have been unable to cut others because their reiatsu was so much higher then their own. I guess this is just an ability where certain people who specialize in battle can just harden their skin with their reiatsu. I suppose Hisagi was so weak in comparison that Tousen just couldn’t detect him through his own crazy outburst of power. My guess is that next Shinji and Aizen will begin to fight and Ichigo will show up. I’m not sure who former Captain Gin is going to fight. I’m pretty sure he’ll be a badass. This chapter dashed my hopes that SOMEONE who was a central figure in this manga would die. Oh well…such is life. NARUTO In chapter 476 we open with Madara watching the battle begin between Sasuke and Danzo, one of the village elders who ordered the destruction of Sasuke’s former clan and life. Danzo hasn’t yet revealed the power of all the sharingan eyes in his right arm, only stating that they have their purpose. Danzo attacks head on, only to run into Sasuke’s defense that he obtained after his fight with Itachi, Susanoo. It is the ultimate defense. In the meantime Naruto hyperventilates and nearly passes out trying to figure out what he will do about Sasuke. Kakashi sends out his ninja hounds to inform everyone of what has taken place since they are fast and effective message carriers. Kakashi knows it would be suicide for Sakura to face off against Sasuke so he intends to go after her. Danzo in the meantime admits to ordering the destruction of the Uchiha clan, and Sasuke appears to basically turn him into a puddle in anger afterwards. It appears that it was all just a genjitsu illusion though, as Danzo appears perfectly unharmed forming a seal a ways away from Sasuke. Sasuke is very surprised as well. Perhaps the power of that many sharingan really can make him super powerful. To be honest…Sasuke is in over his head, just like he was when he attacked the leaders of every ninja village at the same time. I’m sure Madara will step in to save him if necessary. This was a good chapter. I love that there is always a trick in these battles. There will be at least two or three more little shocking twists before it is all said and done. It has all the unpredictability that Bleach currently lacks. Until next time…

Review - Witchblade #132

Better late then never right? Sara and boyfriend Patrick Gleason have decided that an appropriate thing to do in the aftermath of the War of the Witchblades would be a nice vacation. Nothing like a little rest and relaxation to clean up some of the relationship strains that happened while Sara was under the influence of the dark half of the Witchblade, right? Now that she has complete possession of it again (and for now at least is in complete control of her faculties) let’s go on vacation! Dani Baptiste is off being the host to Angelus. What could go wrong? Well…apparently lots! Everyone knows heroes don't get vacations. The small town in Vermont that Sara and Gleason decide to vacation in seems to have a disappearing child problem. The kids go to the playground, then go into the woods and then they are gone. Being the cops that they are, the vacationing NYPD duo offer their assistance. While I find it a little bit of a stretch that minus any verification of who they are or even any ID the cops just invite them into the investigation…I can overlook that. Big things are going on in this town, and it is a bit of a nice change of scenery from the dark and gritty side of NYC. This issue really focused more on the setup to the conflict over the children and who…or what…is taking them in the night. The real focus to me is the fractured relationship between Gleason and Sara. While they seem to talk it out, might it have been a little foreshadowing when Sara was reflected in a broken wine glass on the floor where the splattered wine looks a lot like blood? Who knows? As usual the Witchblade images and characters are drawn really well with an almost lifelike quality to them, but not in a photographic way. There is definitely a little sexiness to be had in this issue, nothing like a little fan service every now and then to keep the masses coming back. This issue does it in context with what is going on in the scene though, so it didn’t seem out of place at all. Overall, something really scary is going on in this town, and hopefully Pezzini is up to the task of solving the mystery and probably saving the kids while she's at it. This issue ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but somehow I think Sara will find a way to pull it out. This was a good set up issue. It is going to be hard to match the intensity of the last few issues, but I have a feeling that we may see some of that dark side of Witchblade coming out in issues to come.

Astonishing X-Men: Episode 5 motion comic video

Direct from Marvel: Marvel is proud to unveil your first look at episode 5 of the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic, on sale now! Based on the acclaimed story by superstars Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Captain America), the X-Men are faced with a mysterious new villain and a possible cure for the mutant gene! Now Cyclops, Wolverine and all your favorite mutants must face the greatest threats of their lives and, before it’s all done, experience one of the most jaw-dropping moments in Marvel history!

Image United Interlude

Image United shows no signs of slowing down, and that's something I'm sure Image is extremely happy about. But that intensity isn't going to be limited to the Image Universe, as in March the main series spills into Invincible and other Image Comics favorites with Image United: Interlude. The one-shot picks up immediately after Image United #3 as the world is coming to grips with the fallout. Invincible is leading a charge of Image's finest amidst illustrations by Ottley and other artists. "As the scope of IMAGE UNITED became larger and larger, it was apparent we would really need to touch on what the rest of the Image universe is up to," IMAGE UNITED writer Robert Kirkman said. "The goal behind the mini-series is to create an even tighter Image universe than ever before, so not only do we get to see how this affects Image founder characters like SPAWN, YOUNGBLOOD and SAVAGE DRAGON, but we're bringing in INVINCIBLE, among many other surprises." The issue hits stores March 31 for $3.99. Full press release after the jump. PRESS RELEASE - THE ENTIRE IMAGE UNIVERSE UNITES IN MARCH'S IMAGE UNITED: INTERLUDE! IMAGE UNITED: INTERLUDE to unite the larger Image universe in March 2010! 23 December 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - This March the effects of IMAGE UNITED go global with a glimpse of the crossover's impact on INVINCIBLE and many other Image Comics favorites in the one-shot event, IMAGE UNITED: INTERLUDE! "As the scope of IMAGE UNITED became larger and larger, it was apparent we would really need to touch on what the rest of the Image universe is up to," IMAGE UNITED writer Robert Kirkman said. "The goal behind the mini-series is to create an even tighter Image universe than ever before, so not only do we get to see how this affects Image founder characters like SPAWN, YOUNGBLOOD and SAVAGE DRAGON, but we're bringing in INVINCIBLE, among many other surprises." IMAGE UNITED: INTERLUDE picks up immediately after the cataclysmic events of IMAGE UNITED #3 as the entire world reels from the issue's devastation. INVINCIBLE leads the charge with a pantheon of Image's finest, illustrated by Ottley and the many other fan-favorite artists. The complete cast of characters and creators will be announced over the coming weeks. IMAGE UNITED: INTERLUDE, a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.99, will be in-stores on March 31st, 2010. Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Review - Hercules: The Knives of Kush #4-5

Well readers…we've come to the end of this five issue run. Hercules has provided us with some epic battles, a few twists and turns and a fun overall story. Hercules left Greece on the run and ended up in Egypt; there he became involved in the war between Seti and his brother Amenmessu for control of the land. Seti seems to be the rightful Pharaoh, of course that could just be because Hercules ended up on his side. There are a few moments in the series where Hercules begins to doubt whether Seti is as pure and good of a leader as he appears to be. Throughout the course of the story Hercules has been fighting a battle on two fronts. His public purpose that is divulged to the people and advisors of Seti is that Hercules and his group are the bodyguards of one of the queens, Tiaa. In private, however, they are tasked by Seti to root out a spy in his own house. This group of Greeks, however, can not be kept off the battlefield for long and has searched high and low to find out what is happening in this mysterious and foreign land of Egypt. Read on for a review of these final two issues and a wrap-up of the series. Enjoy! Issue four involved quite a bit of running around the castle and revealing that Seti was almost as murderous when it came to defeating his brother as Amenmessu is with his tactics. I actually liked that as it gave Hercules some moral questions about who he was serving, while also making up his mind to leave Egypt as soon as humanly possible. This issue DID have the coolest scene in the entire series though as Hercules and Khadis faced off. The artwork as lightning rained down from the sorceress unto the son of the God of Lightning himself was pretty epic, and leaves both heroes a little worse for wear. While nothing was learned of the spy, the battle was well drawn and the tide of battle shifted enough times that it was never clear who was going to win. I’m also starting to really enjoy the wonders of modern security as getting in and out of key places that should be much more difficult to escape from seems easy in these old times. Overall this second to last issue really seemed like it was going to set up an epic final issue…and for me it just seemed VERY anticlimactic. So, while trying not to give too much away, we start issue five still in battle after Hercules has absorbed, released and subsequently fallen unconscious from something like 20 lightning strikes. The battle is starting to turn against Seti’s forces when suddenly Hercules is awake and just takes apart Amenmessu’s army. While his group is worried about him being fully recovered, I don’t see how he is any weaker. This is forgivable I suppose, he IS the son of Zeus. Personally I would have liked to see a retreat here and then some strategy to get back at Khadis and Amenmessu. One member goes on a suicide mission and easily accomplishes her goal, and then escapes. To me as long as Hercules lives you can do a sequel, but I would have liked to see some of his crafty group members die. Who do they keep escaping easily from what should be inescapable places? Another similar situation happens. So the battle ends and it's all good, but the spy is still in Seti’s palace! Is there a clever plan to flush out this spy? Yes. Does it work and is there a minor twist? I guess so, although the reasons that are revealed aren’t all THAT surprising. Did I care in the least? No. Here's why. To me it felt like wrapping up a sub-storyline after the main arc had already been concluded. The order of events in the end just left me feeling like I was simply finishing the series because I didn’t want to stop halfway through the final episode. I did like how the spy wasn’t the most obvious person that it could have been. The story and artwork throughout this series were really well done. I thought there was a nice mix of humor, but it wasn’t overdone given the rather dark circumstances. The characters were well developed and there was at least some backstory to them and why they act the way they do. I thought this could have been a six issue run instead of five with just a little more time for a more thought-out finish. It was four long issues of set up and background for everything to end unceremoniously in half of the fifth issue. So I have mixed feelings about the way that this series ended. Would this particular ending prevent me from purchasing this and other Hercules titles in the future? No way! The final pages have a nice little twist, and all's well that ends well I suppose. Overall this was a good effort from Radical Comics, the writer Steve Moore and the artist Cris Bolson. The artwork was consistent throughout and it flowed really well. If they take the positives from this and build on them, I could see many more Hercules titles in the future.

Preview - Okko: The Cycle of Earth #4

I swear I think I just did a preview for Okko: The Cycle of Earth #3. Wait, I did. Looks like Archaia is trying to get the finale to you sooner than later. Okko: The Cycle of Earth #4 is written and illustrated by Hub and concludes the Okko story. Okko masquerades as a basket hat-wearing Raven monk to infiltrate their ranks and discover their plan. What would that plan be? The sorcerers intend to raise an army of dead soldiers to fight the Pajan Empire. As a result, an unlikely hero arises to stop them. The 32-pager hits stores today for $3.95. Check out some interiors after the jump.

Finn and Glori return to Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box

The universe that Ron Marz is creating with Witchblade is pretty astounding. I mean, he's kicking it into overdrive between Witchblade and Angelus. Top Cow wants to throw one more series in the mix, but this one isn't written by Marz. Coming sometime in 2010 (early 2010), Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box is co-written by Rob Levin and Bryan Edward Hill, with art from Alessandro Vitti. The six-issue mini-series will feature covers by Tommy Lee Edwards. Hill is excited. “Comics are the most exciting form of genre storytelling right now, and Top Cow leads the pack,” said Hill. “I’m thrilled to co-write this with Rob because he’s as crazy as I am and that should mean readers will get their money’s worth out of this mini-series.” The story here picks up on the Broken Trinity storyline where the Witchblade, the Darkness and the Angelus are the three primary forces, as well as Artifacts, in Top Cow’s universe. The end of Broken Trinity established that there were 13 artifacts that existed in the world, and Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box centers on Michael Finnegan and Glorianna Silver, the bearers of the Artifacts known as the Glacier Stone and Ember Stone, respectively. “Top Cow has a history of working with writers who grab comics by the balls,” said Levin. “They did it with Mark Millar on WANTED, Ron Marz on WITCHBLADE, and Phil Hester on THE DARKNESS. Now they’ve gone and hired two folks who are going to grab and squeeze until everyone is begging for mercy, or is it for more? Either way, with four hands involved, people are going to take notice once again.” Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box will lead up to the 2010 summer event, Artifacts, written by Ron Marz. The 13-issue mini-series will focus on the 13 artifacts hinted at through the Top Cow Universe. Full press release below. FINN AND GLORI RETURN BROKEN TRINITY: PANDORA’S BOX LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 22, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the February-release of Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, a limited series dealing with the aftermath of last year’s blockbuster event, Broken Trinity, marking the beginning of the road to Artifacts. Last year’s Broken Trinity established the Witchblade, the Darkness and the Angelus as the three primary forces, as well as Artifacts, in Top Cow’s universe. By the end of Broken Trinity, it was made known that 13 artifacts existed in the world. Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box centers on Michael Finnegan and Glorianna Silver, the bearers of the Artifacts known as the Glacier Stone and Ember Stone, respectively, who return for a pulse-pounding, world-spanning adventure series. When a fanatic cult embarks on a quest to remake the world with the mythical Pandora’s Box, Finn and Glori’s individual goals of gathering the 13 Artifacts are kicked into overdrive. Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box is co-written by newcomers Rob Levin (The Darkness: Shadows and Flame, The Darkness: Butcher) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Aftermath), with art from Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors). The six-issue mini-series will feature covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (1985). “Comics are the most exciting form of genre storytelling right now, and Top Cow leads the pack,” said Hill. “I’m thrilled to co-write this with Rob because he’s as crazy as I am and that should mean readers will get their money’s worth out of this mini-series.” “Top Cow has a history of working with writers who grab comics by the balls,” said Levin. “They did it with Mark Millar on WANTED, Ron Marz on WITCHBLADE, and Phil Hester on THE DARKNESS. Now they’ve gone and hired two folks who are going to grab and squeeze until everyone is begging for mercy, or is it for more? Either way, with four hands involved, people are going to take notice once again.” Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box will lead up to the 2010 summer event, Artifacts, penned by Broken Trinity and Witchblade writer Ron Marz. The 13-issue mini-series will focus on the 13 artifacts hinted at through the Top Cow Universe. About Top Cow Productions Inc. Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Arrivals: December 23, 2009

December 23, the day before the day before Christmas; that holds true every year. This year there's a slight bit of awesome added to the day in that it happens to be Wednesday. A day of much rejoicing and new comics. Plenty of stuff shipping to keep you occupied while spending time with family, in-laws, friends and general chaos. What should you have at the top of your list? How about The Last Days Of American Crime #1? Interested? The Last Days of American Crime #1 is written by Rick Remender and features art by Greg Tocchini. The not-too-distant future features a secret broadcast signal capable of preventing people from knowingly commiting unlawful acts. Of course, the government wants to keep this program a secret so they create a distraction by implementing a new currency system using digital charge cards. Career criminal Graham Brick plans on stealing one of the charging stations to live a comfortable life, but one week before the snti-crime signal was to go live the media leaked news of it. Obviously this news will have implications on his plan as well as the plan of other criminals all over the country. Enjoy! New Arrivals: December 23, 2009

Defense with the BoomPick

I don’t know about you but these weeks have just flown by and here we are at the end of another year. Even though Christmas is on Friday, you've got other things to look forward to picking up tomorrow in New Comics Day. It’s like a little pick-me-up in the middle of the week to help you make it to the weekend. For me personally it was a bit of a tough choice for my pick of the week since there's not too much was coming out tomorrow that I need to pick up. One comic did pique my interest though. My pick this week is Captain America Reborn: Who will Wield the Shield #1. This comic looks to raise some questions about the fate of the beloved America Shield that Bucky Barnes has been using since the death of Steve Rogers to fight for justice. Now that Rogers has returned from the dead can there be two Captain America’s fighting for the American way or will Bucky return to being the Winter Solider? A number of questions and decisions arise that this comic is going to address in the coming issues. I personally think two Captain Americas would be insane to have running around, but who knows how Marvel will handle it and I can't wait to pick this one up to find out.

Mayor Stan Lee

I think if you took a look at Stan Lee's resume you couldn't help being impressed with his extensive body of work. As of this Saturday (December 26) at 7:30 PM he'll be adding one more position to his work history: mayor. On the return of The Super Hero Squad Show Lee will play the Mayor. His first task is being re-elected while his second task is stopping Egghead from beating him to become the mayor. I'm sure he's running on a pro-awesome platform. Check out an interview with Stan the Man after the jump.

Grimm Fairy Tales hits the holidays

I'm sure that you know the story of the Nutcracker. The story of sugar plum fairies and the Mouse King is surely seared into your memory at this point. I have a good idea though that you don't know it the way that Zenescope knows it. In the Grimm Fairy Tales: Tale of the Nutcracker Sela finds herself in the midst of the story of the nutcracker. The nutcracker prince is beset by an epic monster he must slay in a pretty crazy retelling of the story. It's written by Joe Brusha and features various artists with Rachelle Rosenberg coloring and Jim Campbell lettering. Covers are by Franchesco and DJ MacKinnon (the variants you can check out after the jump. The book is available now

Image United #1 second print pre-sold out

So the second issue of Image United is due out tomorrow. That won't stop Image from announcing a release date of January 20 for the SECOND printing of the second issue. Oh and it's already sold out. "Considering the substantial overprint, we're quite pleased by how quickly IMAGE UNITED has sold out," Kirkman said. "The reception to the first issue was immense with its own sell out the day of release, but to hear it's happening a second time, two days before, makes everyone involved very happy. This crossover is a major labor of love, so we're very thankful for the support by both our fans and retail partners." Full press release after the jump. PRESS RELEASE - IMAGE UNITED'S SECOND COMING RESULTS IN A PRE-RELEASE SELL OUT! The Image Comics founder crossover completely sells out at a distribution-level two days prior to release! 21 December 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - IMAGE UNITED, the six-part crossover written by Robert Kirkman and featuring Image Founders Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino, makes its second coming to comic stands this Wednesday with a pre-release, distribution-level sell out! "Considering the substantial overprint, we're quite pleased by how quickly IMAGE UNITED has sold out," Kirkman said. "The reception to the first issue was immense with its own sell out the day of release, but to hear it's happening a second time, two days before, makes everyone involved very happy. This crossover is a major labor of love, so we're very thankful for the support by both our fans and retail partners." IMAGE UNITED is a six-part crossover encompassing the entire Image superhero universe and features each Image founder illustrating their own characters. Since its announcement, the crossover has garnered headlines from the New York Times, USAToday and other massive media outlets with its once-in-a-lifetime approach to the superhero crossover. Despite a significant overprint, the second issue completely sold out at a distribution-level two days before release. A new printing will be released in January with a new cover by Rob Liefeld. IMAGE UNITED #2 2nd Printing, a 32-page full color comic book for $3.99, will be in stores January 20th, 2010. Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com.

Kick-Ass Hit Girl trailer

What do you get when you combine "Hit Girl" with "red band trailer?" An awesome red band trailer for Kick-Ass showcasing the puppy-loving (not really), milkshake sipping, gun-toting Hit Girl. They're so cute at age. This is obviously for those over 17 (very violent trailer). Definitely worth the watch though.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Defense with the BoomStick



Well Monday has hit us in the face again full force this time, as it was a rough weekend weather wise. Snow, snow and more snow it seems we had in store for us around my neck of the woods; kinda makes you miss weather forecasts. Brandon here, broadcasting out to those who can hear me bringing to you the news and my tip of the week. Before the news I wanted to talk about the incident last week and out of the survivors we saved only lost a few (I lost one of my people). The rest are safe now and this snow has helped out greatly as zombies are much slower in the cold and heavy snow that -from reports- sounds like has hit most of the United States should make things a bit easier. If possible use this time to shore up your defenses or possibly go on supply runs to help you hold out.

The news is first on the agenda today and I have reports from my government contact in the Northeast that they are shipping munitions and some personnel to New Zealand to help them complete the security to hold the entire country. Fresh food supplies and building materials are being sent to help solidify the U.S. government’s position in the Northeast. For more news from North America, I've heard that some of the smaller Alaskan villages are building walls around them and are recruiting people to form a militia as well. They are sending teams to all the secure villages to help in their defense and are out helping anyone in the region, so be on the lookout if you are a survivor out around there.

I did get some intelligence about a possible bandit group that is quite large in size that has been destroying towns that manage to hold out and basically killing and taking what they want. When I get more info about them I'll let you know, but one thing I do know is they have mostly been active in Oklahoma and Kansas, bringing zombies that way in addition to them so be careful in that region. For my tip of the week I am going to go over survival in the frozen tundra regions that you may encounter in your travels.

For the most part this is a tough environment to survive in even without the threat of zombies, with the freezing temperatures and extreme wind that can kill you. These things also affect zombies greatly as they are slowed and can possibly freeze in the spot they are, allowing you to escape from them or take care of them with ease. When traveling through this type of region make sure to do it during the day with the warmth and light of the sun aiding you in spotting zombies from far away and helping you navigate safely. At certain temperatures you don’t even have to worry about zombies tracking you down as they just can’t stay mobile and you get to sleep without that fear keeping you semi-awake (still a good idea to have someone standing watch just in case though). Making it to where you are going is important, but so is staying warm and with that in mind make sure when getting a fire going to keep it from being to visible from the surrounding area.

One of the big problems with these types of cold regions is the frozen zombie. If you clear an area of zombies and set up your new home, you have to be careful when it gets warm around there as zombies can unfreeze and start an outbreak all over again destroying all you built. This environment is tough to survive in, but it is possible with the right know-how and determination to do it. Having the right gear also plays a huge role in your survival; constant maintenance of your weapons is needed as you don’t want your rifle jamming because it’s frozen. That’s it for this week as I've got more work to do. In this day and age your job is never done to keep people alive and help us win. This is Brandon signing off. Until next week keep fighting.

Preview - Witchblade #133

The Witchblade march continues! Witchblade #133 continues the story of Sara Pezzini, the current bearer of the Witchblade. The latest issue features Pezzini on a romantic weekend in New England with Patrick Gleason and children being abducted by trolls. Ron Marz is still the writer, Stjepan Sejic is still the artist and this time there's a variant cover by Jeffrey Spokes. December 23, $2.99 and interiors after the jump.