Friday, October 29, 2010

DCU Online Introduces Scarecrow

Can't say that I'm entirely surprised, but SOE has made it official and released a slew of screenshots featuring Scarecrow in the upcoming DCU Online game. Check out the official character description below and screenshots after the jump.

In the right hands, Fear can be a weapon....

Jonathan Crane was a skinny, awkward kid who got bullied often because he reminded people of Ichabod Crane, from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As he grew older, Crane became obsessed with the essence of fear, hopefully in an effort to conquer his own phobias. This obsession put him on the academic fast track at Gotham University.

But Crane sabotaged his career by using his students as unwilling subjects in his dangerous fear-based experiments. He was dismissed from the university by the board of regents for his unorthodox methods. In an act of revenge, Crane put his knowledge of fear to work, creating a fear gas, dressing himself in straw and sackcloth and adopting the guise of The Scarecrow.

His quest to heighten and instill fear in Gotham has often run afoul of Batman, attempting to root out any anxiety or phobia that would bring him down. But Batman has faced him down countless times and in the process, Crane has become victim to an ironic type of fear, chiropteraphobia...

...Fear of bats.

DC Universe Online is scheduled to ship early 2011 for both the PC and thePlayStation 3 at an anticipated retail price of $49.99 (PC) and $59.99 (console). DCUO is rated "T" (for Teen) by the ESRB, with Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence.


Solicitation - Grimm Fairy Tales: Different Seasons TPB

There are four seasons in a year. For Zenescope, there are many more seasons in the year that conveniently correspond with many Zenescope one-shots. And like the calendar collects the seasons, Grimm Fairy Tales: Different Seasons TPB collects the GFT 2009 Annual, GFT 2009 Halloween and Holiday editions and Giant Sized Grimm Fairy Tales #1. They're all written by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Raven Gregory and the TPB will be available in January for $17.99 (hey, it's 192 pages).

Preview - Stan Lee's Starborn #1

BOOM! Studios is killing me with all this Stan Lee stuff. I'm running out of accolades and superlatives to describe him! The last in the new Stan Lee trilogy is Stan Lee's Starborn #1, shipping this December. Someone at BOOM! Studios thought you might like to see a preview beforehand and, as such, have sent along some interiors after the jump. The book is written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Khary Randolph and ships with the requisite seven crazy covers. Interiors after the jump.


Top Cow at Long Beach Comic Con 2010

This weekend has a few things going on. Halloween, Rally to Restore Sanity and Long Beach Comic Con. You can bet that Top Cow will be at the latter in that list and will bring their requisite Top Cow awesomeness to the show.

Stop by booth #212 for convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies and celebrate the launch of Echoes. If you stop by you'll also be able to be among the first to launch Pilot Season 2010 voting. The choices for voting are a group of bank robbers, a femme fatale of the digital age, a former assassin for the CIA, a doctor working at a pharmaceutical company, or an ex-pat who made a del with a demon. Several creators for this year’s Pilot Season will be on-hand to sway your vote.

What creators will be there? Joshua Fialkov, Rob Levin, William Harms, Filip Sablik, Jeff Katz, Rick Loverd, Michael Broussard, Sheldon Mitchell, Rahsan Ekedal, Rick Basaldua, Randy Queen, Sarah Queen and Joe Weems. Sablik will also host a panel on Saturday called "Top Cow: We Create...Competition" from 3 to 3:45 in Seaside Ballroom B. He'll take a seat alongside panelists Broussard, Mitchell, Levin, Fialkov, Ekedal and Loverd and all attendees will receive a free gift.

At the Top Cow booth #212, the publisher will have the following new products available for fans: Witchblade #139 Long Beach Comic Con exclusive cover by Randy Queen and Sarah Queen, two Halloween lithographs by the Queens and Stjepan Sejic. Additionally, Top Cow will have several exclusive trade paperback bellyband packages. Full press release after the jump.

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO VOTE FOR PILOT SEASON 2010
TOP COW ECHOES ‘WE CREATE’ AT LONG BEACH COMIC CON 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 28, 2010 – With Halloween weekend upon us, join Top Cow Productions, Inc. in their home city of Los Angeles at the second annual Long Beach Comic Con, October 29-31, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Meet the Top Cow team and creators at booth #212 for convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts, launch of Echoes and the kick-off of the Pilot Season 2010 voting period with them.

Fans who stop by the booth will be among the first to launch the Pilot Season 2010 voting period. At voting stations, attendees can decide who deserves a series of their own: a group of bank robbers, a femme fatale of the digital age, a former assassin for the CIA, a doctor working at a pharmaceutical company, or an ex-pat who made a del with a demon. Several creators for this year’s Pilot Season will be on-hand to sway your vote.

Among the creators appearing at the Top Cow booth #212 will be Joshua Fialkov (Tumor, Echoes), Rob Levin (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), William Harms (Impaler), Filip Sablik (Pilot Season: Asset), Jeff Katz (Pilot Season: Crosshair), Rick Loverd (Berserker), Michael Broussard (Artifacts, The Darkness), Sheldon Mitchell (The Darkness), Rahsan Ekedal (Echoes, The Crazies), Rick Basaldua (Artifacts, The Darkness), Randy Queen (Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain), Sarah Queen (Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain) and Joe Weems (Artifacts, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia).

Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik is hosting a panel on Saturday, October 30, Top Cow: We Create…Competition, at 3:00-3:45pm in Seaside Ballroom B. Join Sablik and a host of Top Cow creators as he walks attendees through what the Cow has in store for you in 2011, including the next arc in Artifacts and Magdalena, Top Cow mainstays Witchblade and The Darkness, what's coming out first at Minotaur Press, and more. Panelists include Broussard, Mitchell, Levin, Fialkov, Ekedal and Loverd. All attendees will receive a free gift!

At the Top Cow booth #212, the publisher will have the following new products available for fans: Witchblade #139 Long Beach Comic Con exclusive cover by Randy Queen and Sarah Queen, two Halloween lithographs by the Queens and Stjepan Sejic. Additionally, Top Cow will have several exclusive trade paperback bellyband packages.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Preview - Stan Lee's The Traveler #1

Two things are in vogue right now. Zombies and Stan Lee. BOOM! Studios has let loose a ten-page preview of Stan Lee's The Traveler #1, written by Mark Waid and with art by Chad Hardin and shipping in November.

Interiors after the jump.

Chris Evans as Captain America

Entertainment Weekly has the first look of Chris Evans as Captain America. What's really interesting is that Evans almost didn't take the role.

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’ I was just scared. I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’”

Evans, of course, then signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the Cap and is happy for doing so.

“I can’t believe I was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

July 22, 2011 kids.

Udon Entertainment Announces Street Fighter Gaiden Manga

You can never have enough manga right? Udon Entertainment doesn't think so and have recently announced the release of Street Fighter Gaiden manga series.

This is the first time the two-volume manga series from Japan has been translated for American eyes. Written and drawn by Mami Itou, Street Fighter Gaiden looks at the adventures of the World Warriors outside of the whole street fighting thing. Although, if you check out the interiors you'll see they're still involved with fights on the street. The series is made of short stories, each devoted to a classic character. This means you'll get Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile. There's also Cammy with Delta Red against Vega, T. Hawk versus Balrog, Fei-Long teaching martial arts and Ryu and Ken teaming up against Akuma.

Street Fighter Gaiden Vol. 1 goes on sale November 24, while Street Fighter Gaiden Vol. 2 hits stores in January. Full press release and interiors after the jump.

THE WORLD WARRIORS GET BACK TO THEIR ROOTS WITH STREET FIGHTER™ GAIDEN

UDON to release Street Fighter™ Gaiden manga series

Toronto, ON – Oct 28, 2010 – It’s time for more fast-flying Hadokens, jaw-breaking Cannon Spikes, and earth-shattering Sonic Booms as the gang at UDON brings you another never-before-translated STREET FIGHTER™ manga series straight from Japan! This November UDON returns to the most classic of all fighting game eras with STREET FIGHTER GAIDEN, a 2-volume manga series featuring the classic cast of Street Fighter(R) II!

Written and drawn by Mami Itou (Darkstalkers/Red Earth, ROBOT, Pilgrim J├Ąger), Street Fighter Gaiden spotlights the World Warriors’ adventures outside the tournament scene. The series is made up of short stories each devoted to a classic Street Fighter character. Fan-favorites like Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, and Guile each get their due, as do many other skilled fighters. Cammy teams up with Delta Red against the narcisitic Vega, T. Hawk has a desert showdown with Balrog, Fei-Long teaches everyone what it truly means to be a martial artist, and Ryu & Ken face off together against their deadliest rival – Akuma!

Street Fighter Gaiden Vol.1 goes on sales at comic shops and book stores everywhere November 24, 2010. Street Fighter Gaiden Vol.2 will follow in January 2011.

STREET FIGHTER GAIDEN Vol.1
-ISBN: 978-1926778112
-Diamond code #SEP101152

STREET FIGHTER GAIDEN Vol.2
-ISBN: 978-1926778150
-Diamond code #NOV101054

Solicitation - Grimm Fairy Tales: Blood Bath Collection

Yes, someone at Zenescope has seen Carrie. Where else would the blood-soaked woman have come from? You'll see the cover on Zenescope's upcoming Grimm Fairy Tales: Blood Bath Collection by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco (art by Jason Craig and Josh Medors). The collection includes two early issues of Grimm Fairy Tales that are no longer in print: Grimm Fairy Tales #6: Robber Bridegroom and Grimm Fairy Tales #11: Bluebeard. $3.99 for 48-pages? Yes please. Shipping January.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Preview - Secret Avengers #7

Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato want to let you in a little secret. Actually, a team of secrets in Secret Avengers #7. The team and new friend Shang Chi head to Hong Kong to stop your typical "resurrect great evil" plan.

Book hits stores November 24 and interiors after the jump.

Starborn #1 Covers Revealed (Almost)

Six is better than none. It's not quite seven, but sometimes Stan Lee's work takes a bit more time. So while BOOM! Studios would like to show you the seventh and final super-special Stan Lee cover for Starborn #1, you'll have to settle for six right now.

Stan Lee's Starborn #1 is the third announced work (following Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #1 and Stan Lee's The Traveler #1. Stan Lee's Starborn #1 is written by Chris Roberson with art by Khary Randolph, featuring seven covers. Let's get intergalactic.

Full press release and remaining covers after the jump.

REVEALED! SIX OF SEVEN STAN LEE'S STARBORN #1 COVERS!

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLER CHRIS ROBERSON JOINS STAN LEE TO EXPAND THE UNIVERSE THIS DECEMBER WITH STARBORN

NOT OF THIS WORLD!

COVERS BY GENE HA, HUMBERTO RAMOS AND KHARY RANDOLPH DRAWN BY KHARY RANDOLPH

The third of three new ongoing series from Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios!

Don't miss STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO IN STORES NOW and STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER this November!

October 27, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios and POW! Entertainment unveiled STAN LEE'S STARBORN at a press conference during Comic-Con International 2010. It was there that fans learned that New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson and SPIDER-MAN artist Khary Randolph would be joining Stan as writer and artist on the ongoing series, STAN LEE'S STARBORN!

Today, six of seven covers for STAN LEE'S STARBORN #1 can be revealed!

The December release of STAN LEE'S STARBORN #1 will mark the third of three titles debuting from Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios with STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO #1 in store now and STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER #1 shipping this November. All three titles were announced by Stan Lee during a press conference at Comic-Con International this past summer. STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO #1 opened to record sales and critical acclaim.

Already premiered in October is STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO. This ongoing series, written by DOCTOR WHO and ACTION COMICS scribe Paul Cornell with art by SUPERMAN artist Javier Pina, tells the story of a wheelchair-bound astronomy lecturer who finds himself in a freak accident that bonds him with an alien weapon of war.

Hitting shelves this November is STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER. This series, written by Eisner and Harvey Award-nominee Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, KINGDOM COME) with art by AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artist Chad Hardin, features a mysterious new superhero with time-traveling powers battling the Split-Second Men, super-powered assassins from the future. THE TRAVELER ships this November.

STAN LEE'S STARBORN #1 solicitation appears in this month's issue of Diamond Previews letting fans know about this not-to-be missed publishing event of the year.

STAN LEE'S STARBORN #1 is written by iZOMBIE's Chris Roberson with art by SPIDER-MAN artist Khary Randolph, the title ships with seven covers, including A & B covers in a 50/50 split and 1-in-25, 1-in-50, 1-in-75, 1-in-150 covers and a special 1-in-300 Stan Lee signed variant cover. This title carries a Diamond Code of OCT100875.