Friday, April 29, 2011

Defense with the BoomStick


(Disclaimer: This post is set in a world where zombies have taken over and people live in small spots all over the world. It was a weekly broadcast of news from around the globe and a tip to help survival, but now I have been bitten.)

Bombing runs were done on our location as the amount of zombies here was just too many. I am holed up in the deep basement of what’s left of the main building with rubble on top of me, but that isn’t even the worst part. Not sure how it really happened, but after being bitten last week and taking a possible cure I am still a zombie that can think. This whole week I can’t remember anything after taking that cure and now find myself without a pulse in addition to the hunger.

I can’t believe they didn’t try to rescue the survivors here before deciding to blow us all up. I'm going to get myself out of this rubble and figure out what steps I can take from here in searching for a permanent cure or direct my zombie rage towards the group that decided to take us out. Being a zombie is a weird thing with the sporadic flash of my senses that is sometimes overwhelming and at other times subdued to the point I don’t feel anything. One thing I must learn is to control the hunger. It's a gnawing feeling that is going to devour me and make me just another zombie.

Preview - Space Warped #1


A galaxy far, far away a long time ago had a lot going on for it. There was that whole Empire/Rebellion thing according to George Lucas. Writer Hervé Bourhis and artist Rudy Spiessert have a different perception. Space Warped #1 is that perception. The story is familiar. Orphaned farm kid with daddy issues is trying to rescue an orphaned princess with daddy issues of her own. The two issue mini-series is a parody if you couldn't tell and will hit stores this June (Diamond Code APR110907).

A ten-page preview is after the jump.










Tank Girl & Lenore Make Digital Debut in New Titan Comics App


You remember Tank Girl right? The crazy, punk heroine of a dystopian world? She was kind of a big deal a little over ten years ago, back in the heady days of printed comics and ads for Power Rangers. Her age shouldn't preclude her from getting in on some digital action and the Titan Comics App is looking to make that happen.

The Titan Comics app will feature Tank Girl and Lenore comics for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users. The first incarnations of the characters available will be Lenore Volumes 1 & 2 by Roman Dirge, Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising by Alan Martin & Rufus Dayglo and Tank Girl: Skidmarks by Martin & Dayglo.

Lenore is the cute little dead girl and her twisted menagerie of friends fighting Nazi zombies, dealing wiht Mr. Gosh's love and fending off the forces of Heck. Bad Wind Rising is a new series that has Tank Girl and Booga splitting up. Finally, Skidmarks features Tank Girl in an Outback race to win prize money for her friend Barney's operation.

For the first time Titan’s wide-ranging portfolio is available in one app, featuring exclusive free content including WWE Heroes, Transformers (exclusive UK strips), Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit. Brand new comics are set to be released by Titan via the app throughout the year.

Full press release after the jump.

Tank Girl & Lenore Make Digital Debut in New Titan Comics App

Titan Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new comics app, featuring Tank Girl and Lenore comics, available on iPhone and iPad for the first time ever!

The new stand-alone app allows iPhone, iPod touch or iPad users to explore Titan’s digital comics portfolio, including – for the first time in digital format – Lenore volumes 1& 2 (Roman Dirge), Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising (Alan Martin & Rufus Dayglo) and Tank Girl: Skidmarks (Martin & Dayglo).

The dark surreal world of Roman Dirge comes to life on the iPhone and iPad with the digital debut of his cult comic creation Lenore. These gruesomely grisly tales see Lenore, the cute little dead girl, and her twisted menagerie of demented friends do battle with Nazi zombies, avoid the unrequited love of Mr. Gosh, and fend off the massed forces of Heck and an overeager, hungry earthworm. Your Apple device will never be the same again!

Bad Wind Rising is the brand new Tank Girl series by Alan Martin and Rufus Dayglo, which sees Tank Girl and her long-term partner Booga split up in dramatic and outrageous circumstances. Described by Ain’t It Cool News as ‘possibly this year’s coolest comic!’, the series is a must-read for all Tank Girl fans!

Martin and Dayglo’s previous series Skidmarks sees Tank Girl participating in an Outback ‘take-no-prisoners’ race in an attempt to win prize money for her friend Barney’s operation. The series is also available digitally for the first time in the new app.

For the first time Titan’s wide-ranging portfolio is available in one app, featuring exclusive free content including WWE Heroes, Transformers (exclusive UK strips), Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit. Brand new comics are set to be released by Titan via the app throughout the year.

To explore Titan’s digital comics, simply go online to the iTunes app store and search 'Titan Comics' to download the app.

More information about the app can be found at TitanMagazines.com.

Titan Comics app
http://itunes.apple.com/us/ app/titan-comics/id388961811

I'm OK With Superman Renouncing His US Citizenship


Superman's not my favorite character. I still respect his ability and his ideals though. From a fan perspective, Batman has always appealed to me more, if for nothing else his ability to hang with the big boys despite being a human being. There are a lot of people out there though who love Superman. Love everything he stands for. In Action Comics #900, Superman decides to renounce his citizenship in America. No big deal right?

Well considering you're reading this post you can imagine it is a big deal. Especially when idiots like Jonathan Last (way to ruin the namesake) at The Weekly Standard fires off a grossly misinformed and tragically obtuse few words about the action.

I shouldn't call Last an idiot. I'll just caveat that by saying that the statement is not intended to be an actual fact and that should clear me. Some context regarding the situation and his column would be great no?

Writer David Goyer has Superman stating the following in Action Comics #900:

"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy. The world's too small. Too connected."

It turns out that he doesn't actually renounce his citizenship. Why should he? In 1974 he was granted citizenship in every member country of the United Nations. He can pick and choose where he wants to live and has the power to do so. But Last (and many other complainers) are missing some very key points here.

Superman's originally from Krypton. The self-described defender of "Truth, Justice and the American Way" couldn't even be President of the US based on our Constitution. Despite this he has still toiled away for 900 issues fighting to save the Earth while contributing to the American economy as a taxpayer employed at the Daily Planet in Metropolis. You know, the city that's near...um...oh wait that's right. IT'S FICTIONAL! A city BASED on American cities.

I don't know if Last is aware or not but Superman is a character created by artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel. Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario to a Jewish family. His father was an immigrant from Rotterdam, South Holland, and his mother came from Kiev in Ukraine.

Let me double check something there. OK. Nowhere there do I see American. He didn't move to America until he was 10 when his family moved to Cleveland. Superman was born on Krypton and sent to Smallville when he was a baby. I wonder if Shuster's contribution to Superman was akin to his own immigration to a midwestern, American city? Superman was never inherently "American" in the sense of the word.

His arrival in Kansas could have easily been England. Japan. Australia. Antarctica. The point isn't where he lives or what nationality claims him but his ideals. His morals. Superman seeks to fight injustice and make sure everyone gets a fair shake. I don't know if Last has noticed but America isn't really the most ideal country these days. Greed runs rampant on Wall Street. The middle class is being thrown into the massive chasm widening between the lower and upper class.

I also don't get comparing Superman to Dr. Manhattan. Sure, they're both ripped and can pretty much do whatever they want. Dr. Manhattan was a human before he became the blue man while Superman was never human. Manhattan knows how it was before and after and knows he's above everyone else. Superman never knew the before. He knows he's stronger than everyone else on Earth, but he tries to hard to not exploit that. There's a reason Clark Kent is a "mild mannered" reporter; Superman is so desperately trying to fit in as a human,

Superman isn't "turning his back on America" as Last wrote. He's looking at the broader picture where America isn't the center of the universe. The America Superman was created in was vastly different than the America he inhabits now. He was created as a social activist looking out for the little guy. Would Superman be pleased with the wealthy getting the same tax breaks as the middle class? Would Superman be pleased with the spectre of Social Security and Medicare being wiped out?

Probably not. Superman wants to use his strength to help those not as strong. There's a reason that Superman's primary nemesis is Lex Luthor, a ruthless, international tycoon with a penchant for crushing business rivals. The recent financial crisis showed us there were countless CEOs just like Lex, only without the intergalactic technology. Darkseid is another villain in Superman's canon, a twist of Lex as an intergalactic megalomaniac seeking to enslave the universe.

It's perfectly acceptable for Superman to renounce his US citizenship if that's how he really feels. Well, considering the character is FICTIONAL he only feels whatever the writer at the time wants him to feel. I appreciate DC taking a bold stance and contextualizing him to the modern world, refusing to let his morals and established character sacrifice anything to appease people.

The fact that people like Last abhor his desire to become a citizen of the universe as opposed to just America is indicative of the pettiness and shortsightedness that is wrecking the country. I just wish we as Americans could give him something to be prouder of when he says he's a US citizen. It's comics though and, as Last even admits himself, nothing's permanent. Chances are Supes will renounce and then accept his citizenship again down the road.

If you don't like Superman renouncing his US citizenship that's fine. Don't read Action Comics #900. But when you twist that into him turning his back on America because then others can claim his as their own, well, that's why you fail. America doesn't need Superman to claim as our own. We have a Captain for that. Superman doesn't embrace American ideals. He embraces ideals that are the backbone of modern society.

Oh and one more thing. Calling us "nerd press" isn't going to win over any readers.

Mega Man #1 Trailer


While I'm sure the comic won't have you choosing your path through it via different bosses, but Mega Man #1 from Archie Comics should still be a good read. The first storyline by Ian Flynn and Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante (art also by John Workman and Matt Herma) is called "Let the Games Begin!" Part One as Dr. Light unveils his latest creations in the Robot Masters. Since this is Mega Man and Dr. Wily is around you can imagine that those masters won't stay on the good side for long.

There's a nifty trailer for the book after the jump directed by Alex Kropinak from CBR and the issue hits stores May 11.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Preview - Jake the Dreaming


Jake is a ten-year-old boy with a chronic habit of daydreaming. He's always drifting off in class, at home and even during Little League, which of course means he's an outcast in fourth grade. That changes when Jake dreams of saving a neighbor's son from a monster and the boy thanks him for saving him. This leads him to learn that he's his generation's "Dreaming." That means he's the chosen one with the ability to enter others' dreams and save their souls from evil creatures known as Nocturnus. Think Freddie Krueger, but good. Jake must learn to master the ways of the Dreaming World and defeat Nocturnus before he gains enough power to put the Waking World to sleep forever.

Written by Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin and illustrated by Andrew Jones, Jake the Dreamingm is Radical's first foray in the new illustrated novel format and hits stores this December. A preview will be available on Free Comic Book Day. Interiors after the jump.



Bluewater Announces Lindsay Lohan Comic


Love her, hate her, whatever her, Bluewater Comics just wants you to read her. The "her" in this case is Lindsay Lohan and the vehicle for reading her is the upcoming comic Infamous: Lindsay Lohan. The comic, scheduled for a September 2011 release, predictably follows her up and down life.

“This issue can be seen as a tragedy in motion; its last chapter has yet to be written,” said writer Marc Shapiro. “Lohan is both a victim of the all-consuming celebrity culture and a perpetrator of bad decisions, the lack of self-control and an unhealthy sense of entitlement.”

Shapiro wants readers to know that the book isn't purely about the salacious headlines and raucous behavior. No sir. It also tries to examine the "causes of Lohan’s inability to 'straighten out her life'.” It will also feature the art (and American debut) of manga artist Mimei Sakamoto.

“I wish to expand my career and spread Japanese manga culture. I am keen to work directly with an American publisher to make more people aware of manga style, and I am particularly interested to learn from many of America's attractive women,” said Sakamoto.

Full presser after the jump. It should be noted that I didn't edit the press release (I never do); I just want to point out her being on the fast "rack" to superstardom. Freudian slip?

She was on the fast rack to superstardom until her wild lifestyle, dysfunctional family dynamic and multiple run-ins with the law derailed her career. But despite it all, Lindsay Lohan, the subject of an upcoming Bluewater Productions biography comic, has cornered the market on infamy and yet continues to thrive.

“Infamous: Lindsay Lohan,” scheduled for a September 2011 release, follows the rollercoaster life and career of the young actress who is now more famous for her off-screen exploits than anything she has done in movies.

“This issue can be seen as a tragedy in motion; its last chapter has yet to be written,” said writer Marc Shapiro. “Lohan is both a victim of the all-consuming celebrity culture and a perpetrator of bad decisions, the lack of self-control and an unhealthy sense of entitlement.”

Lohan, who was last week ordered back to prison for probation violations, is the second notorious celebrity featured in Bluewater’s latest biography comic venture “Infamous”. A biography on actor Charlie Sheen is due on shelves in July. Both issues are written by freelance journalist and author Mark Shapiro.

According to Shapiro, the book is not all about the salacious headlines, mug shots and outrageous behavior, but tries to examine the underlying causes of Lohan’s inability to “straighten out her life.”

Additionally, “Infamous: Lindsay Lohan” marks the American debut of one of Japan’s leading manga artists Mimei Sakamoto, who illustrated the 32-page issue.

“I wish to expand my career and spread Japanese manga culture. I am keen to work directly with an American publisher to make more people aware of manga style, and I am particularly interested to learn from many of America's attractive women,” said Sakamoto.

Bluewater's publisher Darren G. Davis added, “If Lohan contacted us right now and wanted us to donate some of the potential profits to a charity of her choosing, we would happily do so.”

“Infamous: Lindsay Lohan,” will also feature cover art by famed comic book artist Joe Phillips. The issue will retail for $3.99 and be available through most online venues like Amazon.com as well as local comic book stores. To pre-order the book on from MY COMIC SHOP online click here: http://www.mycomicshop.com/bluewater

Marksman Debuts in July


A $1 doesn't go very far in this day and age. What it can get you is a new comic book from Image Comics called Marksmen. The new six issue mini-series features a story by Dave Baxter and art by Javiar Aranda, Garry Leach and Tomm Coker. The series begins sixty years after the nation's oil supply has run out and debts are called in. A civil war has broken America into warring fiefdoms, where New San Diego is a technocratic utopia and Drake McCoy is its best protector. His marksmanship is put to the test when the Lone Star State sends an army to steal their energy technology.

The work is described as being a contrast between a western and post-apocalyptic future. The first issue will hit stores July 20 for $1. Full press release after the jump.

NEW SERIES HITS THE MARK
Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing Offer $1 Debut Issue of Marksman

Berkeley, CA – 26 April 2011 – The battle for New San Diego will begin this July for just $1 when Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing introduce MARKSMAN! This new six-issue miniseries will feature the action-packed story of Dave Baxter, an acclaimed new writer/producer who is making his comics debut with such experienced comic book artists as Javiar Aranda (Star Trek), Garry Leach (Marvelman), and Tomm Coker (UNDYING LOVE).

MARKSMAN begins sixty years after the nation's oil supply has finally run out and debts have been called in, resulting in a civil war that has splintered America into warring fiefdoms. New San Diego is a technocratic utopia that offers the last bastion of peace and prosperity, provided you live within its walls. Drake McCoy is its best protector. McCoy, an expert marksman, defends the city from the numerous threats in the wasteland outside the walls. But when the oil rich Lone Star state sends a powerful army to steal New San Diego’s energy technology, even Drake’s leadership and skill may not be enough to fend off the siege.

This action-packed series contrasts the classic taste of a western against the harsh backdrop of a post-apocalyptic future. With the first issue debuting just in time for San Diego Comic Con, including a SDCC exclusive variant cover, this is one comic you won’t want to miss! Watch as San Diego experiences a battle the likes of which you could never have imagined.

MARKSMAN #1 (MAY110435) is a 32 page full color action adventure comic book that will hit stores on July 20th with the low cover price of just $1!

ABOUT DAVE BAXTER
Dave Baxter is a writer/producer whose first feature film, Shooting Lily, won the 1996 SXSW Film Festival. Dave is making his comic book debut with Benaroya Publishing and Image Comics on the title MARKSMAN. Dave is also the recipient of the 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute screenwriting grant for two science themed film projects he currently has in development.

ABOUT JAVIER ARANDA
Javier Aranda is a Spanish artist who’s worked with publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, IDW, Devil’s Due Press, Avatar Press, and most recently Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing. He is best known for his work on Star Trek, World Of Dungeons & Dragons, Infinity, Inc., Hellina, and MARKSMAN. Javier has also published several short-stories and collaborated with other artists and writers on several Spanish market magazines, books, storyboards, and merchandising.

ABOUT GARRY LEACH
Garry Leach is a British artist known for his work on MARVELMAN with writer Alan Moore and as one of the founders of Atomeka Press with Dave Elliott. Garry is co-creator of Warpsmith and has worked on titles like Judge Dredd, THE V.C.s, Global Frequency with Warren Ellis, and has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible cards game.

ABOUT TOMM COKER
Tomm Coker has worked on comic book characters ranging from Batman to Wolverine and X-men to Punisher. He's contributed art to various video games, toy lines, cartoons and film projects. In 2003 he co-wrote and directed his first studio feature (Catacombs) and is now co-writing and illustrating a creator owned book for Image Comics (UNDYING LOVE). Tomm lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, two cats and a dog.

ABOUT BENAROYA PUBLISHING
Founded in 2009 by Michael Benaroya, Benaroya Publishing is a company dedicated to the creation and cultivation of intellectual property by focusing on thrilling and compelling storytelling. Based in Los Angeles, California, Benaroya Publishing launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of Radical Publishing) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Hidden S in Phone Booth


Dark Horse Comics has recently released Volume 1 and Volume 2 collecting the very early comic adventures of the Buddhist superhero called The Green Lama. Within these volumes there is buried an interesting aviation comic titled Rick Masters. Within the narrative of the comic, Masters is a former WWII ace who was discharged from the army having been labled by the military as an “invalid” (the term the comic uses). Masters, a predictably capable and resourceful aviator re-invents himself as a kind of mercenary/adventurer/aviator who teams up with his Native American cohort/partner Twin Eagles (AKA “Mike”), an ace mechanic and a first rate aviator in his own right.

Masters was created by Walter Gardern (with workmanlike art by Ira Turner) and was a dashing creation seemingly inspired by stars of the silver screen during the 30’s/40’s such as Errol Flynn. Masters' adventures started out as pretty much standard issue stuff dealing with saboteurs, ssmugglers, gangsters and the like. Eventually though they moved into a slightly more sci-fi realm, traveling back in time and testing out early versions of "flying squirrel suits." In this way, the strip was apparently influenced by some of the scientifically advanced pulp fiction stuff like Doc Savage and G-8 and his Flying Aces that were forerunners of traditional comics.

There is a sense that the comic was popular at the time but it's mostly an obscure title today (it appears that the character was in the public domain for many years until recently). There is little about it on the internet; there isn't even a Wikipedia entry about this character. Despite this, there is a sense that the Masters adventures may have influenced globetrotting superhero types like The Challengers of the Unknown, Rip Hunter (a time traveler like Masters) and even The Fantastic Four.

In some ways this series was well ahead of it's time in the depiction not only of aviation technology but also in its portrayal of race relations. Native American Mike was portrayed as Masters' partner and equal. In the 1940's this was a big deal and is still a striking dynamic even today.

(For more on this title see www.darkhorse.com)

Preview - The Homeland Directive


There's enough going on in the news to write a library of books about political espionage and the like. Writer Robert Venditti and artist Mike Huddleston have chosen to focus on bacteriology and an underground plot that could impact the lives of every American. The Homeland Directive features Dr. Laura Regan as the one of the world's foremost authorities on viral and bacteriological study. Her life has been devoted to stopping the spread of infectious disease, but when her research partner is murdered and she's blamed and is thrust into a conspiracy.

The 152-page graphic novel from Top Shelf is slated to hit stores next month for $14.95. Interiors are after the jump.






Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard #1 Hits Stores in July


For whatever reason, Duke Nukem doesn't really appeal to me like other folks. I'm not offended by the character or anything. It's just that I feel the game really has no substance. There are a lot of gamers who disagree with me though and love the series and hey, more power to them. Those people may be more interested in IDW's recent announcement of a Duke Nukem comic book.

Partnering with Gearbox, IDW will release Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard this July. The four-issue series will feature the talents of Tom Waltz and Xermanico, the duo also responsible for the Duke Nukem one-shot, pack-in comic featured in the Duke Nukem Forever: Balls of Steel edition of the game.

“I know plenty of fans have been asking for it and we’re excited to finally bring it to ‘em,” said David Eddings, Vice President of Business Development at Gearbox Software. “Duke will be in some of the most insane action-packed stories that will show fans a whole new side of the one and only King. That’s the marketing-speak for saying it’s gonna f&#king rock!”

The series won't be outside the Duke Nukem canon, featuring time-traveling Nazi UFOs, space pigs and a hot French Resistance babe code-named the “French Tickler.” All will cross paths with Duke Nukem, while not all will survive. There will also be a Duke Nukem Forever concept-art team cover and the awesomely over-the-top foil-stamped, glow-in-the-dark, embossed cover by John K. Snyder III.

“Duke Nukem is the kind of character that comic books were made for,” said Waltz. “He’s over-the-top, bombastic, rude, crude, and doesn’t have a politically correct bone in his muscle-bound body—I love him! Xermanico and I had an absolute (and literal) blast writing and drawing the pack-in comic for the video game, and it’s been no different with this new mini-series. Get ready for fun because, when it comes to The King, the only rule is that there are NO rules!”

Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard #1 will be in stores this July for $3.99. Full press release after the jump.

Duke Nukem Tears into Comics
First comic series for baddest good guy ever starts in July

San Diego, CA (April 26, 2011) – IDW Publishing and Gearbox have joined forces to bring “The King” to comics for the very first time, in DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD. An integral part of the massive Duke Nukem relaunch happening in June with the long-awaited release of the Duke Nukem Forever video game, this four-issue series will kick off in July and bring all the awesome battles and babes (and beers!) that Duke fans have wanted for more than a decade. Rising comics and video game writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime) pens DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD, while artist Xermanico fills every panel with non-stop fun and action. Waltz and Xermanico are also the brains and brawn behind the special Duke Nukem Forever one-shot pack-in comic, which is featured in the Duke Nukem Forever: Balls of Steel special edition game boxset.

“I know plenty of fans have been asking for it and we’re excited to finally bring it to ‘em,” said David Eddings, Vice President of Business Development at Gearbox Software. “Duke will be in some of the most insane action-packed stories that will show fans a whole new side of the one and only King. That’s the marketing-speak for saying it’s gonna f&#king rock!”

Debuting in July with issue #1, DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD combines time-traveling Nazi UFOs, space pigs, and a hot French Resistance babe code-named the “French Tickler,” as they all run head-on into Duke Nukem. It’s an action-packed and mayhem-filled collision course in the making, and for some of them (the ones that don’t look good in bikinis, that is), it’s gonna end painfully.

“Duke Nukem is the kind of character that comic books were made for,” said Waltz. “He’s over-the-top, bombastic, rude, crude, and doesn’t have a politically correct bone in his muscle-bound body—I love him! Xermanico and I had an absolute (and literal) blast writing and drawing the pack-in comic for the video game, and it’s been no different with this new mini-series. Get ready for fun because, when it comes to The King, the only rule is that there are NO rules!”

In addition to an inspirational movie poster-like regular cover, DUKE fans can ask their local comic store about a variant Duke Nukem Forever concept-art team cover and the awesomely over-the-top foil-stamped, glow-in-the-dark, embossed cover by John K. Snyder III.

DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in July. Diamond order code MAY11 0328.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.


About Gearbox
Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for the award winning, best-selling original and licensed video games they have developed for major video game platforms. Founded in 1999 and located near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation and development of their original blockbuster franchise, Borderlands, and has developed numerous top selling add-on packs for Borderlands. Additionally Gearbox now has ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise, created and developed the Brothers in Arms series and developed games and added value to many of the industry’s top franchises including Halo, Half-Life, Tony Hawk, James Bond and others. Gearbox Software’s success has been enabled and supported through several key mutually beneficial business relationships with strong publishing partners including Activision, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Entertainment, Microsoft Games Studios, Sega of America and Take-Two/2K Games.

Currently Gearbox Software is in development with Duke Nukem Forever published by 2K Games, Aliens: Colonial Marines, published by Sega, and other unannounced AAA games for multiple platforms including the Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, PSP and more.

Elephantmen #31 Features a Peep Show


If you go to Target, CVS or any grocery store chances are you'll see a ton of Peeps on clearance. It's a good way to stock up on Peeps if that's your pleasure. There's another type of peep you can also put some money towards and it involves raging Elephantmen. Elephantmen #31 will feature a special preview in the issue of featuring Axel Medillin's art.

Starkings commented, "Axel is clearly the hardest working artist in comics, and this is obviously a big year for him. It's hard for me to believe today that he presented me with a fully painted ELEPHANTMEN sample page over three years ago and now 22 gorgeous pages of full colour art every month! 50 GIRLS 50 shows yet another side to Axel and I for one can't wait to lick every page!"

"I'm so glad that Axel is the new regular artist for ELEPHANTMEN,” added Cho. “Not only is Axel a superb storyteller, he's one of the most dedicated artists in the business. I can't wait to see how his work progresses over the months ahead!"

Elephantmen #31 will hit stores May 11 and include the five-page preview of 50 Girls 50 #1. The first issue of the series will hit stores June 1.

Full press release after the jump.


PEEP SHOW
50 Girls 50 Gets Previewed in Elephantmen

BERKELEY, CA – 26 April 2011 – Before he became the regular artist on ELEPHANTMEN, astonishing newcomer Axel Medellin was selected from a number of gifted applicants in the talent search for Frank Cho and Doug Murray's 50 GIRLS 50. With the first issue of their four-issue sci-fi miniseries set to debut this June, Richard Starkings is showcasing Axel's 50 GIRLS 50 work in his own sci-fi series, with a preview set to run in ELEPHANTMEN #31, on sale May 11.

Starkings commented, "Axel is clearly the hardest working artist in comics, and this is obviously a big year for him. It's hard for me to believe today that he presented me with a fully painted ELEPHANTMEN sample page over three years ago and now 22 gorgeous pages of full colour art every month! 50 GIRLS 50 shows yet another side to Axel and I for one can't wait to lick every page!"

"I'm so glad that Axel is the new regular artist for ELEPHANTMEN,” added Cho. “Not only is Axel a superb storyteller, he's one of the most dedicated artists in the business. I can't wait to see how his work progresses over the months ahead!"

Readers enjoying Axel Medellin’s depiction of the dystopian future of ELEPHANTMEN will see an altogether different side of his work as they're introduced to the very special crew of the ship ESS Savannah. The gritty streets of Los Angeles circa 2259 are replaced with the sleek interiors of a state of the art spacecraft and the lush forests of alien worlds for a dangerously enjoyable journey through space.

ELEPHANTMEN #31 (FEB110456), a 32-page full color science fiction comic book, including a five-page preview of 50 GIRLS 50 #1, will be available in stores May 11 for $2.99. 50 GIRLS 50 #1 (APR110392) will be landing in stores June 1 for $2.99.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Arrivals: April 27, 2011


Boston Comic Con is fast approaching. As in this weekend. Tons of big name talent will be there, but unfortunately the talent behind this week's pick won't be there. That doesn't mean you shouldn't pick up Echoes #5 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal.

The fifth issue ends the psychological thriller that has pit Brian Cohn against madness and the history of his father. He's also figured out who is following in his father's footsteps. Unfortunately, the stress of dealing with his father's legacy has taken its toll and Brian worries it may too late. This series has been incredibly phenomenal and is truly chilling. It's a journey into the psyche that truly frightens you at the end and I'm excited to see how it ends up.


Enjoy!

New Arrivals: April 27, 2011

How Twitter Makes Us All Superheroes (Or Villains)


Comic book fans have been raised on the secret identity. Who is Superman without Clark Kent? Spider-man without Peter Parker? The dual-identities allow the characters to express two distinctly different sides of themselves. One side is the heroic, save the world side. The other side is the seemingly ho-hum and normal everyday man (or woman) side. These two sides are often so drastically diametrically opposed to avoid arousing suspicion that the two identities are really the same person.

On the other hand, there are some individuals who embrace their namesake regardless of their actions. Lex Luthor is both the ruthless businessman AND the ruthless supervillain. Professor X is both the leader of the Charles Xavier School for the Gifted AND one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe. Ironically, both Lex and Professor X are bald, but that doesn't really have anything to do with secret identities.

Does this sound familiar? To me it sounds a lot like Twitter.

Twitter is a marvelous little service. On the surface it seems pretty superfluous, a service dedicated to what are essentially status updates. The internet made anonymity immensely easy, but Twitter has leveled the playing field by giving everyone the same power. That power? Say something that will stay with readers in under 140 characters. Some take to comedy, some take to politics. Others pitch their works, while a few call out other Twitter folk. Twitter users are analogous to superheroes (or villains if that's your cup of tea) with this 140 character power at their fingertips.

Twitter is creating a universe filled with superheroes (and villains). Every minute its users are flinging their powers left and right in their tweets, fighting what they perceive as bad or touting the virtues of what they perceive as good. We're all simultaneously heroes to some and villains to others depending on our point of view in a single tweet. That's something that other social networks have yet to capture with such brevity and succinctness.

Some people choose to identify with who they are (Ron Marz/@ronmarz) while others choose to identify with what they do (@DCWomenKickAss). Obviously, there's no right or wrong way to create the Twitter identity and I'm not here to recommend one over the other. Most of the people I follow use their given name (with or without various forms of punctuation or numerals), but there are some that take on the identity of their outlet, publisher, work, etc. I'm fairly certain that Ryan Penagos didn't choose the Twitter handle @Agent M because he was worried about followers finding out who he was and going after his friends and family. It's because that's the identity he wants followers to identify his tweets with.

Personally, I'm a big fan and am glad to see so many creative types getting a lot out of Twitter. For those of us that need it for changing into our Twitter identity (@Omnicomic included) maybe at some point we'll see some phone booths on the side to change into. Although I hope that a Twitter user never uses tweets to go after someone's "secret identity." It never works out well and makes you out to be the villain more often than not.

Please note that the Twitter handles referenced in this post are purely for example purposes only. I don't think Ron Marz is equivalent to Lex Luthor.

Kill Shakespeare Creators at Boston Comic Con


Believe it or not but Boston Comic Con is quickly growing up before our eyes. They're still being a little rigid when it comes to logistics but other than that they've got quite the show going on. The latest addition? The creators of Kill Shakespeare, Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, will be on hand to introduce details of their upcoming issues, recently-secured film development financing and an exclusive digital promotion. Their appearance is fresh off the first-ever live reading of their work last Saturday at Soulpepper.

“It was incredible to see Kill Shakespeare come alive through the performance of Soulpepper’s exceptional actors,” says co-creator Anthony Del Col. “We have had numerous theatres in the U.S. express interest in doing a stage production of our epic tale and we were glad that it could happen on the Bard’s birth/death day.”

The first ten issues of the series, described by the New York Times as “gripping, violent and dark fun”, have been released to much acclaim and attention. The first trade paperback, released last November, is now in its second printing and Issue #10 was released April 20th. Co-created and co-written by McCreery and Del Col, the artwork is overseen by Andy Belanger.

“It’s an exciting time for our series and I’m excited to appear at the Boston Comic Con this weekend,” says Del Col. “With the theatrical and film initiatives, our story is expanding into new mediums and more people are getting excited about our take on Shakespeare.” Del Col will be at the Comic Con all weekend along with series artist Andy Belanger.
About the series:

Kill Shakespeare is a mashup of sorts, pitting all the great heroes (including Hamlet, Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, Puck) against the Bard’s most menacing villains (including Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard by the name of William Shakespeare. Shakespearan scholar (and Frank Miller girlfriend) Kimberly Cox hates the work while Dea McAnuff loves it.

More information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com. Full press release after the jump.

Fresh from celebrating the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death with the first-ever theatrical presentation of their story, the creators of the IDW Publishing Kill Shakespeare comic book series appear at the 2011 Boston Comic Con this weekend to introduce details of their upcoming issues, recently-secured film development financing, and an exclusive digital promotion.

Co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery worked with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre to present the first-ever live reading of Kill Shakespeare this past Saturday, April 23rd. Soulpepper, one of the top classic theatre companies in North America, elected to present the work on the 23rd as that day serves as the anniversary of both Shakespeare’s birth and death. “It was incredible to see Kill Shakespeare come alive through the performance of Soulpepper’s exceptional actors,” says co-creator Anthony Del Col. “We have had numerous theatres in the U.S. express interest in doing a stage production of our epic tale and we were glad that it could happen on the Bard’s birth/death day.”

In addition, co-creators Del Col and McCreery also received notice late last week that they have received script development funding from The Harold Greenberg Fund. The Fund, which assists Canadian writers in the development of screenplays, is a very prestigious organization that has provided support to filmmakers such as David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence), Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and Vincenzo Natali (Splice) in past rounds. The project has received a great deal of interest from American and international film companies since the debut of its first issue last April.

The first ten issues of the series, described by the New York Times as “gripping, violent and dark fun”, have been released to much acclaim and attention. The first trade paperback, released last November, is now in its second printing and Issue #10 was released April 20th. Co-created and co-written by McCreery and Del Col, the artwork is overseen by Andy Belanger.

“It’s an exciting time for our series and I’m excited to appear at the Boston Comic Con this weekend,” says Del Col. “With the theatrical and film initiatives, our story is expanding into new mediums and more people are getting excited about our take on Shakespeare.” Del Col will be at the Comic Con all weekend along with series artist Andy Belanger.
About the series:

Kill Shakespeare is an adventure story that pits all of Shakespeare’s greatest heroes (including Hamlet, Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, Puck) against the Bard’s most menacing villains (including Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard by the name of William Shakespeare. Called by Aint it Cool News as, “A great read”, the series has been profiled by The New York Times, NPR, BBC, Wired.com, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post. It also created controversy last year when Shakespearean scholar (and girlfriend of comics legend Frank Miller) Kimberly Cox railed against the title on popular U.K. comic blog BleedingCool.com, while others – such as Des McAnuff (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Jersey Boys) are fans of it.

Both Del Col and Belanger will be available for interviews during Boston Comic Con.

More information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com.

IDW Announces The Pound #1


IDW Comics sees a partnership with Frozen Beach Studios as a good thing. So good in fact that the two studios are using their newfound union to release a thriller comedy called The Pound. Created by Stephen Nilson and Charles Pritchett, the first issue will be available for free through IDW Comics' digital app. You heard me. FREE.

The entire series will be digital and released altogether in September 2011. The best way to get you hooked is through the free-ness of the first issue starts the tale of Cleveland Animal Control Specialists Allison and Howard Lynch, who have lost their jobs due to budget cuts and decide to start their own private stray animal retrieval business. At first it's business as usual, starting with retrieving a mother raccoon and her newborn litter from a crawlspace. Then things get weird starting with a large dog running wild through the halls of the high school

"Being an advocate for digital comics, with over 70% of my monthly pull list in that format, I felt it was time to back my words with action," stated Stephan Nilson, writer and co-creator of THE POUND. "Everyone working on THE POUND wanted to deliver a top-notch, original content comic series digitally first. Doing it through IDW Publishing's store front, with its wide reach, is the perfect place to distribute our book to the world."

The first issue of The Pound is available online for free starting today, through the IDW Comics app for iOS devices, followed by issue #2, for sale starting on May 10, 2011. It will also be available for free for the Sony PSP on June 1, and Issue #2 will be available for sale the same day. Full press release after the jump.

Official Press Release

IDW Publishing and Frozen Beach Studios today announced the launch of the latest supernatural thriller comedy by Frozen Beach, entitled THE POUND. Created by Stephan Nilson and Charles Pritchett, THE POUND will be available digitally, and a collection of the entire five-issue series will be released in September 2011. To introduce readers to this exciting new series, THE POUND #1 is currently available for free through the IDW Comics iPad and iPhone app and will be available through the Sony Digital Comics store for PSP on June 1, 2011.

Rated five out of five stars by Kitty's Pryde, THE POUND follows Cleveland Animal Control Specialists Scott Allison and Howard Lynch, who have lost their jobs due to budget cuts and decide to start their own private stray animal retrieval business. At first it's business as usual - retrieving a mother raccoon and her newborn litter from a crawlspace or removing bats from basements - but everything changes the night they receive a call about a large dog running loose in the halls of the high school.

"Being an advocate for digital comics, with over 70% of my monthly pull list in that format, I felt it was time to back my words with action," stated Stephan Nilson, writer and co-creator of THE POUND. "Everyone working on THE POUND wanted to deliver a top-notch, original content comic series digitally first. Doing it through IDW Publishing's store front, with its wide reach, is the perfect place to distribute our book to the world."

Reviews continue to pour in for THE POUND. Comics Bulletin called it an "easy recommendation." Still on the Shelf called it a "fun read." Comic reviewer Todd H. Latoski praised THE POUND for "some of the best dialogue I have read in a long, long, LONG time."

Underpaid, under-equipped and in way over their heads, Scottie and Howie take it upon themselves to help rehabilitate monsters looking to join society, and stop a plan to turn all Clevelanders into werewolves. For a more in depth look into the character of Howie, follow him on Twitter (@Howie_Lynch) as he continues to tweet exclusive introductions into the comic series.

The first issue of THE POUND is available online for free starting today, through the IDW Comics app for iOS devices, followed by issue #2, for sale starting on May 10, 2011. THE POUND #1 will be available for free for the Sony PSP on June 1, and Issue #2 will be available for sale the same day.

THE POUND #1 (of 5) is now available digitally through the IDW Comics app.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

'68 #1 Back to the Grave


'68 is a new zombie comic from Image Comics. It's so popular that the zombies have gone back to the grave. And in this case, grave means the press for a second printing with an all new cover by Nat Jones. The work originally began as a one-shot found in Horror Book, Vol. 1 TPB that also contained other titles such as Creature From the Depths, Frankenstein and Full Moon. '68 takes place in the jungles and tunnels of Vietnam in 1068 where writer Mark Kidwell guides young soldiers among the undead victims of war as depicted by Jones and Jay Fotos.

"The entire '68 team is blown away by the news of our first issue selling out!" said Kidwell. "As independent creators, we all share a huge workload in bringing the book to the readers, and it's deeply gratifying to all of us that '68 has found its audience and been so enthusiastically received.

"Huge thanks to everyone who picked up the book and to those who took the time to let us know how much they liked it! We invite you all to stick with us as we move deeper into the jungles. It's gonna be a nightmare!"

The second printing of the first issue hits stores on May 18, the same day as (wait for it) '68 #2. Full press release after the jump.

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE NOW
'68 #1 Marches Back to Press

Berkeley, CA – 25 April 2011 – The first issue of Image Comics' grisly new zombie comic, '68, has impressed ravenous horror fans so much that the first printing sold out at the distribution level right as copies were hitting the shelves. In an effort to provide comic shops with uninterrupted availability of this gruesome new miniseries, a second printing of '68 will return to stores soon with an all new cover by artist Nat Jones.

'68 originally began as a one shot which can be found in HORROR BOOK, VOL. 1 TP, an anthology that also contains other horror titles such as CREATURE FROM THE DEPTHS, FRANKENSTEIN, and FULL MOON.

The first issue of the new '68 miniseries delves straight away into the base camps, dark jungles and tunnels of Vietnam in 1968, where writer Mark Kidwell (Bump) guides doomed young soldiers among the countless rotting undead victims of war. Artist Nat Jones (FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER) illustrates the fine details of decomposition and Jay Fotos (LOCKE & KEY, SPAWN) provides expert coloring, including plenty of bloody red gore!

Besides receiving plenty of attention from enthusiastic zombie fans, '68 has also captured the attention of the press:
"Image already has a flesh-eating hit with Robert Kirkman's THE WALKING DEAD, and it may soon have another, with the '68 creative team — writer Mark Kidwell, penciler and inker Nat Jones and colorist Jay Fotos — and their horrific emphasis on war-torn drama, carnage, gore and loads of blood spatter. " — USA Today

"...the team behind '68 actually come across as horror fans and it shows in their work and the details." — Player Affinity

"Deserving of great praise, '68 is a brilliant example of story and art fused together! ...This is an incredibly smart and captivating look at war through the zombie genre. When you start reading, you’ll ask yourself, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?” No comic book fan should miss out on '68..." — Fangoria

"There just aren't very many original zombie stories left out there, but '68 is going to be one of them." — Newsarama

"The entire '68 team is blown away by the news of our first issue selling out!" said Kidwell. "As independent creators, we all share a huge workload in bringing the book to the readers, and it's deeply gratifying to all of us that '68 has found its audience and been so enthusiastically received.

"Huge thanks to everyone who picked up the book and to those who took the time to let us know how much they liked it! We invite you all to stick with us as we move deeper into the jungles. It's gonna be a nightmare!"

'68 #1 Second Printing (MAR118186), a gory 32-page full color war/horror comic book, as well as '68 #2 (MAR110569, MAR110570 and MAR110571) will each be on sale May 18, 2011 for $3.99. HORROR BOOK, VOL. 1 TP (APR082177), a 128-page full color anthology of horror comics, is still available for $14.99.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)



I’m on a little bit of a George Lucas kick lately so why stop now, right? Let’s talk about Indiana Jones. Again Jones can really do no wrong, in my eyes. Just because it IS Indiana Jones. I like the new movie. It’s not bad. I mean, if I’m going to watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I could watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull right? I mean, really.

I will admit that if there’s one thing that turns me off about the new film, it’s bringing Marion back. Not that I don’t love Marion! I do. It just, for me, kind of goes against the grain of the whole concept of the character. This sort of serial, James Bond like archeologist. You get these little episodes of his career and his life and each one is really different. I don’t like the idea of commiting to this is ‘THE’ woman, for Jones that he was always in love with.

It’s kind of funny. This is actually, exactly, the kind of thing those who know me would expect me NOT to say. Usually I’m all ‘continuity’ this and ‘character development’ that. But I just LOVE that Indiana’s life is just that- snapshots. It’s always Indiana Jones and the ‘(blank) of the (blank)’, or Indiana Jones and the ‘(adjective) (noun)’.

If there’s one thing I dig about Jones, it’s the little references to American history that gets tucked into his background. Some of it’s real, some of it’s fictonal- Crystal Skull is no exception. Putting Jones in the Cold War era is a gutsy move for example. I mean, let’s face it, Indiana Jones and fighting Nazis go together like peanut butter and jelly. But I like that it’s intimated that Jones was at least mildly involved in the supposed 1950’s Roswell, New Mexico, UFO crash, and that he ends up in a bomb test site, and all that stuff. It’s cool.

I think what’s interesting about Indiana Jones is- despite the huge fan base- there’s like this sort of tight-lid on adding to the canon. You know? There’s never BEEN a whole LOT of Indiana Jones novels, comics or video games. There are a couple of good ones here and there. But it’s almost like he’s TOO great a character. We don’t want to fool around with a good thing. We’re CAREFUL with Indiana Jones. We want to sort of preserve him and remember Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in all its glory, you know?

Now I haven’t heard great things about Marvel’s run in the 80’s (surprises me- they usually do well, with licenses. Just ask G.I. Joe and Transformers), but the Dark Horse Indiana Jones comics are supposedly worth your time these days. These are written as sort of mini-Indiana Jones movies, each couple of issues being a contained arc complete with a formulaic title of: Indiana Jones and…

What I was PSYCHED to find OUT (and please, forgive me, I know this is old news) was that the first series Dark Horse published was: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis! Now why is this important? LucasArts has been a pretty stellar video game company for a long time. Sure, their principle property has always been Star Wars, but they’ve had a history of pushing the limits of video gaming for a long time. Some of my FAVORITE games (the first I think I ever played, really) were old school adventure games that LucasArts made.

Now, when I say adventure games I mean puzzle solving, problem-solving, graphic adventures. It was the kind of game you could play for hours and cruise through and then hit a wall and be stuck for hours until you figured something out or went back and found something you missed. It could drive you nuts, but the payoff- when you worked it out- was always excellent. LucasArts always had an affinity for these kind of games, and they were complete with fun and funny little in-references to the George Lucas ‘universe’ and inside jokes that were cute.

The graphic commodore 64 game Maniac Mansion allowed players to pick up a chainsaw. Unfortunately it has no gas, and while it seems, intuitively, like it should be an item you can use, it serves no purpose in the game. A year or two and a thorough search later of items by a player of Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders reveals a can of chainsaw gas. When you ask your character to ‘pick up’ the gas, he or she responds ‘it’s for another game’. Indy had two of these.

One, a video game adaption of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade- an EXCELLENT video game I might add. This involved multiple story paths (some not featured in the movie), but with the right ‘feel’ for the kind of antics Indy and Henry were going to get caught up in. The other? Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. A completely new ‘episode’ in the Indy universe, written for a video game.

It introduces a cool new cast that you could have seen appearing in an Indy movie too. My favorite is Indy’s love interest, Sophia Hapgood, a retired archeologist turned psychic (who you can never quite tell if she’s faking or not). I loved this game and always thought it was the kind of material that warranted a real movie. Apparently, someone at Dark Horse agreed with me and put the story to good use. Highly recommended!

Editor's Note: I can't believe Tedd didn't mention this, but there was also the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, the TV show that ran from 1992 to 1993. The show actually won ten Emmys and lists among its guest stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Daniel Craig, Christopher Lee, Peter Firth, Vanessa Redgrave, Elizabeth Hurley, Anne Heche, Ian McDiarmid, Max von Sydow and Michael Gough. Maybe if Tedd wasn't writing his own adventure Tedd and the Adjective Noun he would've included the underrated show.

Preview - Danger Girl and The Army of Darkness #1


Abbey Chase is possibly the world's most daring adventuress. I say perhaps because there are a lot of strong-willed female treasure hunters scouring the world for whatever artifact they're looking for. He quest du jour just so happens to be the Book of the Dead, prompting her and the Dange Girls to track it down. Since the Book of the Dead is involved you know that someone else is seeking it as well: a man with a personal vendetta and a literal hand in the book's sordid history. If I need to name that character you should probably just move along.

Danger Girl and The Army of Darkness #1 is a crossover event from Dynamite Entertainment and IDW Publishing and is written by Andy Hartnell. It's illustrated by Chris Bolson and features covers by J. Scott Campbell, Nick Bradshaw and Paul Renaud. Be sure to look for the book in stores Wednesday and interiors are after the jump.







Smallville Finale Promo


Smallville is coming to an end. On May 13 the two hour series finale will air and, of course, Michael Rosenbaum is returning as Lex Luthor. Check out the CW's promo for the finale after the jump and set your DVRs (or watch it live) for the finale's airing.