Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Arrivals: June 1, 2011


New comics may be delayed a day due to the Memorial Day holiday. Not a bad thing, but something to be mindful of when purchasing your weekly haul. The pick for this week is relatively thin on the physicality side of things, but it's a great read and sets up the character for some new storylines. Fathom Vol. 4 #0 hits this week from Aspen Comics.

Written by Scott Lobdell and featuring art by Alex Konat (colors by Beth Sotelo and letters by Josh Reed), Fathom Vol. 4 #0 has Aspen Matthews awakening in an unknown lab that's heavily secured by armed guards. Aspen must quickly survey the situation and figure out where she is, why she's there and how she can get out.

The 12-pager sets the stage for Fathom #1 hitting stores in July. There's also an additional sketchbook section and never before seen art. It should be in stores Wednesday, but the release date of this item has yet to be confirmed. It might be wise to check with your local shop for availability.


Check out our review here. Enjoy!

New Arrivals: June 1, 2011

Preview - Hellboy: The Fury #1


I'm sure Hellboy has faced multiple furies in his time with the BPRD, but I have a feeling that Hellboy: The Fury #1 is the first title to specifically call it out. Written by Mike Mignola and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo (colors by Dave Stewart), the $2.99 first of three issues has Hellboy finally confronting the Queen of Blood one on one. Basically, stuff goes down and gets real.

The book is due in stores Wednesday and interiors are after the jump.





Isaiah Mustafa Pitches Luke Cage


The Old Spice commercials with Isaiah Mustafa were classic, epic and all-around awesome. I'm unaware of the numbers but I'm sure sales of the brand's cleansing products have increased dramatically in light of his involvement in the ads. Now that Mustafa has the acting itch, he's hoping to parlay his "commercial" success into a film career, starting with a role as Luke Cage.

After the jump check out a video that he put together selling himself as Luke Cage. I'm sure someone at Marvel Studios has seen the video and, while it's short, does showcase Mustafa in a somewhat impressive light as Cage. His stint on Chuck shows he can pull off an action-hero type role, so Marvel, if you're reading, let's make this happen. Unless you have someone better in mind for the role.


Grimm Myths & Legends #8 Reintroduces the Little Mermaid


This is NOT Ariel as you may remember her from the Disney movie way back in the day. THIS Little Mermaid is Zenescope's imagining for the upcoming Grimm Myths & Legends #8. The issue starts a new story arc where an orphan teen has spent her life alone and on the run with no home. That is, until the ocean calls upon her to journey abroad and find her destiny taking her to unimagined places.

The 32-page issue will be $2.99 and would be a great place to pick up the series, what with the new arc and all.

Friday, May 27, 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.)

I managed to accomplish a good bit over this past week. I made it in one piece to my secondary secure compound, although from the looks of it there were some squatters in it for a bit. Not really sure how long ago they cleared out of the place, but it looks like they did it with zombies on their tail judging by the dead bodies inside the perimeter wall. They all did a number on the supplies too, taking a good bit in addition to destroying some in the battle too.

The only real bit of gear I can use is what was in a sealed room they didn’t get into before the zombie attack with the most important piece being a better radio transmitter and receiver as well as some weapons with ammo. With me carrying a weapon hopefully that will make survivors not shoot first at me as zombies don’t carry guns last I checked. I don't even really need to use weapons, but you never know when they might come in handy.

Zombies still aren't bothering me or looking at me twice as they think I'm one of them, which is true in a manner of speaking. From the looks of the zombies that were milling about inside the perimeter wall they were pretty badly decomposed; these zombies must have been zombies for quite some time. A lot of the zombies I passed in my trek over to this place look about the same with a few exceptions that looked a lot fresher. Maybe after enough time the zombie bodies will keep breaking down until dying completely. It’s just a theory that I will have to monitor during my journey and I hope this will prove true as if it does survivors just have to wait them out, but for how long will it take is the big question though.

Now that I have gotten some gear for my trip I'm heading out in the morning towards New England and the government colony there. I foresee this being a one-leg trip unless some working vehicles are along the way. Man it’s gonna suck. Until next week keep surviving.

Preview - Angeltown


Moonstone Comics has a new series due out called Angeltown written by Gary Phillips and illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough (cover by Michael Stribling). The story is a reimagining of the classic jungle girl genre in following the Rae sisters, recent UCLA grads, as they travel across modern-day Africa defending the defenseless. Mr. Eden serves as a guide for them, allowing them to reveal their Savage Beauty persona.

Check out the interiors after the jump. The book should hit stores in July.







Baltimore Comic-Con Announces Stan Lee as the Guest of Honor


Baltimore Comic-Con just got real. Stan Lee has been announced as the Guest of Honor.

"There is no bigger star in all of comics. This will thrill all comics fans on the East Coast," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Personally, I am so excited, I can't wait!"

Lee will be appearing at the Baltimore Comic-Con on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as attending the banquet for the Harvey Awards on Saturday evening. Details regarding ticket pricing for signings and VIP packages will be released over the next few weeks. To receive the latest information about Stan Lee and all of the Baltimore Comic-Con news, you can sign up for the mailing list at www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Full press release after the jump.

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces Stan "The Man" Lee as Guest of Honor!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - May 26, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to officially announce that Stan "The Man" Lee will be the Guest of Honor at this year's convention. The show will be taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of August 20-21, 2011.


Known the world over as the architect of the Marvel Universe, Lee -- along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko -- co-created some of the most iconic characters of the Silver Age, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange.

Lee began his career in comics in 1939 at the age of 16, working for Martin Goodman at Timely Comics. He made his writing debut in 1941 with a text filler story in Captain America Comics #3 and wrote his first back-up story for that title two issues later. Lee continued to write for the publisher and, at the age of 19, was installed as interim editor. With a head for business and an eye for comics, Lee graduated to become editor-in-chief and art director of the comics division.

Throughout his illustrious career, which has spanned more than 70 years, Lee has been a writer, editor, publisher, President, and Chairman at Marvel Comics. He's made cameo appearances in 14 films based on his creations and had a supporting role in Kevin Smith's 1995 film, Mallrats.

In 2010, Lee teamed up with Boom! Studios to create three original superheroes titles -- Soldier Zero, Starborn, and The Traveler -- for the publisher, and in January of 2011, he worked with the National Hockey League (NHL) on the Guardian Project, creating a "Guardian" character based on the team mascot for each of the 30 cities with NHL franchises.

"There is no bigger star in all of comics. This will thrill all comics fans on the East Coast," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Personally, I am so excited, I can't wait!"

Lee will be appearing at the Baltimore Comic-Con on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as attending the banquet for the Harvey Awards on Saturday evening. Details regarding ticket pricing for signings and VIP packages will be released over the next few weeks. To receive the latest information about Stan Lee and all of the Baltimore Comic-Con news, sign up for our mailing list at baltimorecomiccom.com!

In addition to Guest of Honor Stan Lee, other confirmed guests for the show include: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O'Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries


About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

US Army Announces Third Chapter of America's Army - The Graphic Novel


I'm all for the Army and recruiting. I think it's interesting that their using comics as a form of recruiting as well. The latest chapter called "Under a Watchful Eye" is now available on the America's Army Website. The chapter continues the lives of US Army Soldiers, including a UAV Operator, Intelligence Analyst, Medic, Infantryman, and Apache Helicopter Pilot. In America's Army - The Graphic Novel, readers explore the continuing saga of America’s Army through stories of leadership, bravery and teamwork that showcase Army operations, advanced training, diverse careers, and high tech equipment and weapons.

The first chapter "Knowledge is Power" features a U.S. Army Long Range Surveillance team is deployed as a conflict rises between two neighboring countries, Czervenia and the Republic of the Ostregals. During the mission, the LRS team comes under fire by Czervenian NME forces while gathering critical information on a suspicious package. The second chapter, “Rise to the Challenge,” follows Combat Medic Roy Lacroix from high school graduate to U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier saving lives during the Czervenian invasion. Finally, “Under a Watchful Eye,” U.S. forces use state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft to provide support to the war-torn region in order to gather information about the attacking Czervenian Army, and rescue a member of the VOC Resistance who claims to have essential information about the mysterious package, one that could have terrifying consequences to the region and even the world.

Full press release after the jump.

The U.S. Army announced today the launch of the third chapter of America's Army - The Graphic Novel, a free online comic publication based on the popular computer game, America's Army 3. Chapter 3: “Under a Watchful Eye” is now live on the America’s Army website (www.americasarmy.com/graphicnovel/).

Come follow the lives of U.S. Army Soldiers, at home station and while deployed, in occupations including UAV Operator, Intelligence Analyst, Medic, Infantryman, and Apache Helicopter Pilot. In America's Army - The Graphic Novel, readers explore the continuing saga of America’s Army through stories of leadership, bravery and teamwork that showcase Army operations, advanced training, diverse careers, and high tech equipment and weapons.

In Chapter 1: “Knowledge is Power” a U.S. Army Long Range Surveillance team is deployed as a conflict rises between two neighboring countries, Czervenia and the Republic of the Ostregals. During the mission, the LRS team comes under fire by Czervenian NME forces while gathering critical information on a suspicious package. In Chapter 2: “Rise to the Challenge” follow Combat Medic Roy Lacroix from high school graduate to U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier saving lives during the Czervenian invasion. In Chapter 3: “Under a Watchful Eye,” U.S. forces use state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft to provide support to the war-torn region in order to gather information about the attacking Czervenian Army, and rescue a member of the VOC Resistance who claims to have essential information about the mysterious package, one that could have terrifying consequences to the region and even the world.

The online graphic novel features an original flash interface with advanced viewing controls to grab and flip pages or zoom-in on a specific comic panel. A “field manual” offers a glossary of terms and Army acronyms and many pages have embedded context links to learn more about Army life, jobs, or gear.

Chapters of the Graphic Novel will also be available as motion comics. Experience the America’s Army Graphic Novel in a whole new way, as an animated comic, complete with sound track, animations, sound effects and voice actors. Currently Chapter 1 (Part 1 of 3) is available on the America’s Army website and YouTube channel.

About America’s Army

America's Army is the only action game that delivers an authentic and entertaining Army experience by reflecting the training, technology, skills, and career advancement of a United States Army Soldier. The game has become an online phenomenon, ranking among the most popular PC action games played online. America's Army games are rated T for Teen and can be downloaded free from Steam (www.americasarmy.com/steam) and from partners listed on the website (www.americasarmy.com). The Army launched America's Army in July of 2002 and the most recent version, AA3 launched in June

2009. In keeping with the dynamic nature of Soldiering, the America's Army game will continue to expand and allow players to explore the Army of today, tomorrow and the future. America's Army is produced by the Army Game Studio, part of the AMRDEC Software Engineering Directorate at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville Alabama. Managed by Program Director Frank Blackwell, the Army Game Studio houses the development and management staff for the America's Army online PC game as well as numerous Military and Government applications.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review - Tattered Man One-Shot


One of the comic industry's more prolific duos is Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly, bringing you works that are gritty and require you to think twice. Their latest collaboration is a one-shot from Image Comics called Tattered Man and features art by Norberto Fernandez and lettering/design by Bill Tortolini (covers by Fernandez and Amanda Connor with Paul Mounts).

The book hit stores yesterday. And yes, you should go back to check it out.

Tattered Man focuses on a few main characters and ends with even fewer. Zeke, David and Danikka are junkies looking to score on Halloween, but the man they've chosen to rob to satisfy their craving proves to be more than they bargained for. Through this robbery the reader is taken back via flashback to a concentration camp in WW2 Germany.

It's very sobering to see the events depicted in the camp. Sure, we all know our history and I'd wager that most of us have seen Schindler's List, but it's still chilling to be confronted with the callous regard for human life exhibited by the Germans at this time. It's from this immense anguish and pain that the Tattered Man is born, serving as a conduit for vengeance against those that have pure evil in their hearts.

It's easy to say that Tattered Man is a story of redemption. In fact, that's exactly what the Tattered Man seeks from his hosts- redemption. The mechanism for delivering redemption is what's most interesting here. Two of the characters are given shots at redemption in the book and both have the "choice" thrust upon them due to circumstances beyond their control. That's what Tattered Man really seems to want you to see. People can be redeemed if there's even a sliver of humanity in them. If you're committed to hurting others then you deserve a different redemption.

The art by Fernandez lends visual grittiness to the story, really hitting home the idea that ill-will is met with even iller will in most cases. It's a somber story for sure in its own right and, as I mentioned earlier, it's tough seeing the camp exterminations laid out. Their inclusion serves a purpose other than shock value and Fernandez successfully gave you even more reason to revel in redemption thrust upon the Germans.

The issue is a double-sized, one-shot, which means that it's not a series. Yet. Clearly, Palmiotti and Gray have future plans in mind for the Tattered Man and his endeavors. Essentially, there's a TON of story crammed into the one-shot and these could have easily been longer. The fact that it's a one-shot does something of a disservice to the story though. It's paced well, but the character development moves at a pretty breakneck pace. There are questions about some of the characters that you want answered that just aren't, primarily because the issue is short.

Tattered Man will remind many of DC's Ragman and there's even a hint of Spawn in there as well. It's a classic story about finding a required, perverse solace in helping those that need help. These individuals chosen by Tattered Man are redeemed, but their redemption often comes in the form of their death.

The book should be in stores now and interiors are below.





12-Gauge Comics August Solicitations


12-Gauge Comics has two books due out in August that they'd be obliged to you for picking up and reading.

The first is ICE #2, written by Doug Wagner and illustrated by Jose Holder (cover by Brian Stelfreeze and colors by Michael Wiggam) and follows a string of drug-runner murders in the US. The main suspect, drug kingpin Luis Morales, is about to be captured and chaos on the streets ensues in the form of bullets and explosions. As the battle rages, Morales attempts to escape and ICE agent Cole Matai is forced to leave his team and pursue the ruthless killer on foot. Cole corners Morales and gets the upper hand--- but makes a critical decision that will end up haunting him forever.

The second book is Loose Ends #2, written by Jason Latour and illustrated by Chris Brunner (colors by Rico Renzi). It releases in a rather unique size of 7 - ¼” x 11” and has Sonny and Cheri on the run. When not looking ahead at the drug cartels and crooked cops looking for them, they're forced to contend with their pasts, filled with betrayal, conspiracy, promise rings and varsity jackets.

Full press release and the cover for Loose Ends #2 after the jump.

ICE #2 (of 4)
Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Jose Holder
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors: Michael Wiggam

$3.99

Following a string of brutal drug-runner murders in the States, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency’s top tactical team is in hot pursuit of the killer. As they close in on the suspect (drug-kingpin Luis Morales), chaos erupts on the streets in a jumble of bullets and explosions! As the battle rages, Morales attempts to escape and ICE agent Cole Matai is forced to leave his team and pursue the ruthless killer on foot. Cole corners Morales and gets the upper hand--- but makes a critical decision that will end up haunting him forever.

12-Gauge Comics is known for high-octane action, and ICE is taking that reputation to a new level! Don’t miss the next installment of this summer’s hottest new series!


LOOSE ENDS #2 (of 4)
Writer: Jason Latour
Art and Cover: Chris Brunner
Colors: Rico Renzi

$3.99 (please note size: 7 - ¼” x 11”)


In the wake of the worst night of their lives, Sonny and Cheri are ‘wanted’ and on the run. Vicious drug cartels and crooked cops lie in wait on the road before them, but tonight it's the past that looms largest in the rear view mirror-- a past filled with betrayal, conspiracy, promise rings and varsity jackets. Tonight, no matter how fast they drive, they can't escape the mistakes of their youth.

LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow cooked, "southern crime romance", that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida...12-Gauge style.


####

About the Publisher

12-Gauge Comics was founded by Keven Gardner in 2004 and currently publishes some of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic books in the marketplace today. 12-Gauge members Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully Hamner, and Doug Wagner are creating new and innovative multi-media concepts for the company, including Pearson’s run-away hit BODY BAGS and THE RIDE, which debuted as the top-selling black and white comic of the year in 2004. After solidifying its position as a force to be reckoned with by packaging THE O.C.T. (Occult Crimes Taskforce), an original comic book concept co-created and starring actress ROSARIO DAWSON. THE O.C.T. has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Access Hollywood,” and many other media outlets.

In 2009 12-Gauge began to firmly solidify its unique identity by publishing under its own banner (prior titles were through Image Comics), starting with the company's first licensed property, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: The Comic Series -- which made a major splash. With all new stories by series creator/director TROY DUFFY, the comics have been selling-out and exposing the 12-Gauge brand to an all-new audience. 12-Gauge then moved into the untapped market of country music with superstar recording artist TRACE ADKINS. In LUKE MC BAIN, Adkins lends his likeness to a hard-as-nails character in an adventure story of revenge and redemption. Trace went on a wide publicity tour for the comics; highlights being a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and a feature story in “USA Today”. 2010 closed strong with the release of 25 TO LIFE, a limited series that pushed the boundaries of the traditional law enforcement procedural.

2011 looks equally promising; the recently launched high-concept series MAGUS is rewriting the world of magic as we know it. R.P.M., from NYT #1 Bestselling author MICK FOLEY, is a crossover hit, and the just announced action-franchise I.C.E. is generating strong buzz in the industry. Other 2011 titles include the zombie-noir themed DEADTOWN and the gritty crime drama LOOSE ENDS. For more information, please visit www.12gaugecomics.com or email info@12gaugecomics.com.

Comikaze Expo Launches November 5-6


For all its trappings as a happening media city, Los Angeles is a little lacking on the comic convention front. Sure there are conventions there. And sure Comic-Con International will forever be rumored to be moving there (since Hollywood moves to San Diego every July anyway). From what I know though there's not a major convention there for the comic lovers. Wait...there's Comikaze Expo!

Launching November 5-6, the Comikaze Expo will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center and boasts headliners Stan Lee and Elvira as in attendance. The show's creators expect 60,000 attendees and more than 300 vendors with the aforementioned icons at the event's ribbon-cutting. And, randomly, there will also be a cast reunion of The Police Academy franchise.

“I’m thrilled to play a role in kicking off this much-needed, one-of-a-kind event,” says Stan Lee. “It’s important for Los Angeles, the city of dreams, to have its own show of this type, where fans and creators alike can mingle and expand the industry while embracing this city’s vivid and diverse culture.”

The talent associated with Comikaze will please fans of every genre. “I’m so excited to be a part of Comikaze Expo,” says Elvira. “Where else would little old me get to stuff myself into my favorite dress and schmooze and mingle with so many fans? Plus, I can finally speak my mind to all the other artists there, especially all those cheesy, sleazy she-demon actresses who got the parts I was meant for—and the directors who cast them!”

Tickets are currently available through pre-sale at $12 each. Each ticket holder will receive their choice of a celebrity lithograph photo valued at $79-$189. For more information about Comikaze, including sponsorship information, vendor applications and ticket sales, visit ComikazeExpo.com.

Full press release after the jump.

Unparalleled Comikaze Expo Launches November 5-6, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Cenrer with Stan Lee and Elvira

Cutting Edge Pop Culture Expo With Strong Focus on Comics, Horror, Sci-Fi, Anime and Gaming Enables Fans to Unleash Their Inner Geek

Beverly Hills, Calif., (May 2011) – Comikaze Expo, the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror and gaming convention in Los Angeles, has set its date and location: November 5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Comikaze’s creators expect 60,000 attendees and more than 300 vendors. The show will kick off with appearances by the father of modern comics, Stan Lee, and Comikaze’s official “spooksperson,” horror icon Elvira, at the event’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The first and only multimedia, cross-genre expo to hit Los Angeles, Comikaze Expo has created a pop culture extravaganza that brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other cult programming. Its wide-ranging appeal has attracted celebrity appearances from icons and budding artists of this exciting world, including animators, comic book and anime artists, special effects teams, writers, actors, and filmmakers, among other creators, from both the mainstream and geek worlds.

“I’m thrilled to play a role in kicking off this much-needed, one-of-a-kind event,” says Stan Lee. “It’s important for Los Angeles, the city of dreams, to have its own show of this type, where fans and creators alike can mingle and expand the industry while embracing this city’s vivid and diverse culture.”

The talent associated with Comikaze will please fans of every genre. “I’m so excited to be a part of Comikaze Expo,” says Elvira. “Where else would little old me get to stuff myself into my favorite dress and schmooze and mingle with so many fans? Plus, I can finally speak my mind to all the other artists there, especially all those cheesy, sleazy she-demon actresses who got the parts I was meant for—and the directors who cast them!”

In addition to Elvira and Stan Lee, confirmed appearances include the cast reunion of The Police Academy franchise, among many others. This unparalleled event’s wide range of innovative programming and activities provide fans access to their favorite artists and creators. From independent film screenings, live shows and star-studded panels to fan contests, games, portfolio reviews and a masquerade ball, there is something for everyone and more at Comikaze. Family-oriented events are scheduled Sunday, November 6.

Tickets are currently available through pre-sale at $12 each. Each ticket holder will receive their choice of a celebrity lithograph photo valued at $79-$189. For more information about Comikaze, including sponsorship information, vendor applications and ticket sales, visit ComikazeExpo.com. Please address media inquiries to chaton@fusionintegrated.com.


About Comikaze
Comikaze Expo is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. The brainchild of Southern California siblings, Regina and Mario Carpinelli, this unique event brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other cult programming. Comikaze takes place November 5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and offers a slate of innovative programming, panels, contests and other activities that provide fans access to their favorite artists and creators in this adventure-packed weekend. For more information, visit ComikazeExpo.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Platinum Studios Announces Memorial Day Launch of Blood Nation


If you're not familiar with Platinum Studios, you probably will be this summer. The company is producing Cowboys & Aliens, the crazy, alien/western mashup that actually looks pretty spiffy. Memorial Day will see the company launch their comic series Blood Nation via those newfangled digital means (iPad, iPhone and all Android phones and tablets) through its licensee Graphicly.

Blood Nation tells the story of a country overrun by vampires and walled off from the rest of the world. Decades later, rumors that these creatures have found a way to escape their isolation force a small group of humans to pierce into the heart of the nation on a desperate mission to save humanity. But what they find there may not be the wasteland they expect.

Since Platinum Studios is a production company, they're also already working on developing the series into a movie. Good times.

Full press release after the jump.

Platinum Studios, Inc. Sets Memorial Day Launch of Comic Series "Blood Nation" on Graphicly

"Cowboys & Aliens" producer Platinum Studios, Inc. (OTCBB: PDOS), an entertainment rights company that controls an international library of more than 5,000 comic book characters, announced today that Memorial Day will mark the release of its comic book series "Blood Nation" for the iPad, iPhone and all Android phones and tablets via its licensee Graphicly. Graphicly, one of the web's premier destinations for digital comics with over one million app downloads and over one million monthly visitors, plans to unveil the comic across their platforms starting May 30.

Set in the not-too-distant-future, "Blood Nation" tells the story of a country overrun by vampires and walled off from the rest of the world. Decades later, rumors that these creatures have found a way to escape their isolation force a small group of humans to pierce into the heart of the nation on a desperate mission to save humanity. But what they find there may not be the wasteland they expect.

Platinum Studios is currently developing the comic book series into a feature film with producer Alexandra Milchan's EMJAG Productions ("Righteous Kill" and the upcoming "Headshot" starring Sylvestor Stallone and directed by Walter Hill).

"Blood Nation" is just one of the properties Platinum Studios controls among a multi-universe library of over 5,000 comic characters. While other large comics-based libraries are already spoken for, Platinum Studios remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Marvel was acquired by Disney for $4 Billion, and is the second major comic library to be acquired by a Hollywood studio after DC Comics, which is owned by Warner Bros.

About Platinum Studios, Inc.
Platinum Studios (OTCBB: PDOS) is an entertainment company that controls an international library of comic book characters from all over the world, which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media including print, film, online, mobile / wireless, gaming, and merchandising. Platinum Studios - Comics Fueling Media EVERYWHERE!

To learn more about the company, please visit our website:
http://www.platinumstudios.com/

For news, please become a fan on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/platinumstudios

About Graphicly
Graphicly is a cutting-edge digital content delivery system and community platform for the publishing world. Graphicly's first product focuses on comic publishers, creators and enthusiasts, and provides an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated merchandise. The company is looking to expand its community and content platform and become the de facto solution for print media. For more information, please visit http://www.graphicly.com.

Platinum Studios Safe Harbor Statement
Matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Although expected, actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations of Platinum Studios and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with: the impact of economic, competitive and other factors affecting Platinum Studios and its operations; its markets, products, and distributor performance, the impact on the national and local economies resulting from terrorist actions, and U.S. actions subsequently, and other factors detailed in reports filed by Platinum Studios with the SEC.

Review – Brimstone #1


Hello there boys and girls. After a bit of a hiatus – I wonder how many times I can write something similar to that before I just get lazy – I’m back to tell you about a little Zenescope title called Brimstone. Now I don’t know about you, but the only situation I can think of where you’d really hear the word brimstone is in the phrase “fire and brimstone”. That would seem to indicate to me that we are in for some creepy demonic stuff in this issue. After one look at the cover showing a rather dead but not – commonly referred to as undead – preacher and a ghostly looking woman I have a feeling that assumption is going to play out.

Written by Michael Lent and Brian McCarthy with artwork by Hyunsang Michael Cho, Brimstone #1 is set at the similarly named Brimstone Mining Outpost in Nevada in 1864. Obviously greater things are going on in the country during this period of time but this title doesn’t appear to be touching on any of that.

The story opens with a preacher who has discovered a gold mine, but an Indian in the area warns the priest not to dig due to unsettled spirits. Since when has something like that ever been paid attention to in comics or movies? The man instructs his crew to detonate the dynamite, killing the Indian shaman, but when he picks up the gold things get strange. From here the supernatural tale set in the old west picks up quickly. People die unpleasantly.

Mine owners aren’t known for just letting their property be overtaken without putting up a fight from what I gather, and so a crew of bounty hunters is gathered up. The group looks almost like a Dungeons & Dragons group in both its array of skills and unlikely mix of characters. There is the wiseass Irish thief, the giant yet intelligent African-American escaped slave, the disgraced Confederate deserter, the white Gunslinger with a past, the Chinese monk and bomb maker and the mastermind leading the whole process. They are all offered $500 a piece to clear on the town and recover the mine.

If only tasks like this were ever so easy.

The rest of the issue is primarily focused on giving us brief background into each of the characters and how they came to find out about this little gathering. As they travel to the mine subplots amongst the characters develop, but that all ends when they arrive in Brimstone. Bodies are strewn about carelessly, some fresh and some having lain in the sun for weeks. The stage is set for our band of bounty hunters to face off against whomever – or whatever in this case – has turned this little piece of Nevada into a ghost town.

I’m a sucker for the Wild West so I really enjoyed this issue. The artwork sets the mood really well and I enjoyed the varying setting and colors used to introduce the main characters. The style during the attacks in the town where we get a glimpse of the “unsettled spirits” gives them a smoky eerie feel that I really enjoyed. Nothing irks me more than monsters that aren’t creepy and that is NOT the case here.

Interested? Great, you should be. Check out Brimstone #1 in stores and I think you’ll be entertained as well. Happy reading.

Baltimore Comic-Con Keeps Getting Better


Just when you think that Baltimore Comic-Con can't get any better the convention announces even more talent making an appearance at the show. Cully Hammer, Craig Rousseau, Todd Desago, Brian Stelfreeze and Karl Story have all been announced as being in attendance when the show rolls into Baltimore on August 20-21, 2011.

Hammer is one of the original members of Gaijin Studios and has been in the industry for 20 years. He's worked for DC, Vertigo, Marvel, Image and more and is the artist for Red. He recently finished writing and illustrating the prequel Eyes Only. Rousseau started in the early 90s with Impulse and, after a 22-issue run, went on to become a semi-regular artists on Batman Beyond and Harley Quinn. He co-created The Perhapanauts with writer Todd Desago and most recently worked on Marvel Heroes.

Dezago co-created Young Justice in addition to The Perhapanauts and took over writing duties for Super Hero Squad in 2010. He is currently working on the motion comic versions of his own Tellos and Perhapanauts, as well as an all-new title, Katie Greaven and the Engine-Men, with artist Bret Blevins for MotionWorks Entertainment.

Stelfreeze and Story were also founding members of Gaijin Studios. Stelfreeze is the current art director of 12 Gauge Comics while Story is an inker who's worked on Nightwing, Batman, Aliens versus Predator, X-Men, Terra Obscura, Tom Strong, Ocean, The American Way and Midnighter. Most recently, Story worked on the DC Comics' mini-series, DC Universe Legacies.

"Gaijin was such an influential studio throughout the '90s and 2000s. With Cully [Hamner], Brian [Stelfreeze], Karl [Story] and Laura [Martin] on board for this year's show, we've got the core group of creators that helped propel so many careers," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Also, the addition of Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau to our growing roster adds such talent to the fan-favorite creators already attending the show."

Full press release after the jump.

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Hot Talent to the Summer Heat

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - May 23, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con has just added a slew of fan-favorite creators to the growing list of talent for this year's show. Cully Hamner, Craig Rousseau, Todd Dezago, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story will all be in attendance when the show rolls into Baltimore on August 20-21, 2011.

Cully Hamner, one of the original members of Gaijin Studios, has worked professionally in the comics industry for the last 20 years. His writing and art has been featured in books from DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Image, and many more. The artist behind Wildstorm's Red, which was adapted as a feature film in 2010 by Summit Entertainment, Hamner re
cently finished writing and illustrating the prequel to the mini-series, called Eyes Only, which hit stores in December of 2010.

Craig Rousseau broke into comics in the early-'90s, providing art for DC Comics' Impulse. After a 22-issue run, Rousseau went on to become the semi-regular artist on Batman Beyond and Harley Quinn. In 2005, along with writer Todd Dezago, Rousseau co-created the series The Perhapanauts, which debuted at Dark Horse Comics. Rousseau most recently worked on Marvel Comics' Marvel Her-Oes, which showcased the women of the Marvel Universe, as well as Captain America & the Korvac Saga, a reimagining of the original 1978 classic.

Writer Todd Dezago, whose body of work includes The Sensational Spider-Man and Tellos (with the late Mike Wieringo), is the co-creator of Young Justice from DC Comics and The Perhapanauts from Dark Horse/Image. In 2010, Dezago took over writing duties for Super Hero Squad, an all-ages title from Marvel, and recently finished up Super Hero Squad Spectacular #1. He is currently working on the motion comic versions of his own Tellos and Perhapanauts, as well as an all-new title, Katie Greaven and the Engine-Men, with artist Bret Blevins for MotionWorks Entertainment.

Brian Stelfreeze, who was also a founding member of Gaijin Studios, is the current art director of 12 Gauge Comics. An accomplished painter, penciller, inker and colorist, Stelfreeze's art graced more than 50 covers for DC Comics' Shadow of the Bat. He most recently worked on the Demon/Catwoman feature for DC's Wednesday Comics, which was written by previously-announced guest, Walter Simonson.

Karl Story, yet another founding member of Gaijin Studios, is an inker whose work has added depth and shadow to such titles as Nightwing, Batman, Aliens versus Predator, X-Men, Terra Obscura, Tom Strong, Ocean, The American Way, and Midnighter. Most recently, Story worked on the DC Comics' mini-series, DC Universe Legacies.

"Gaijin was such an influential studio throughout the '90s and 2000s. With Cully [Hamner], Brian [Stelfreeze], Karl [Story] and Laura [Martin] on board for this year's show, we've got the core group of creators that helped propel so many careers," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Also, the addition of Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau to our growing roster adds such talent to the fan-favorite creators already attending the show."

In addition to Hamner, Rousseau, Dezago, Stelfreeze and Story, confirmed guests for the show including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O'Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).


In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Dungeons & Dragons #1 Legacy Edition Coming in July


Fans of Dungeons & Dragons probably think they've got it pretty good. A game with virtually endless possibilities and countless nights of almost infinite fun. How can you improve a working formula? Working in a comic format is a good start.

Dungeons & Dragons #1 Legacy Edition is written by John Rogers and features art by Andrea Di Vito (cover by Wayne Reynolds) and is a special, legacy edition of the first issue. It contains all three covers and the adventure found in the rare Module Edition. There's also the first script and a playable adventure you can play as you read.

It's a healthy 48 pages and will set you back $4.99. Playable D&D in a comic? Two fantastic worlds coming together for something even better.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Arrivals: May 25, 2011


New comic day is tomorrow. We'll just skip the pleasantries and get right into what book you should pick up in your weekly run. How about Hack/Slash/Eva: Monster's Ball #1 from Dynamite Entertainment.

Written by Brandon Jerwa and illustrated by Cezar Razek (with the requisite Tim Seeley cover) the issue brings two storied women together. Eva is a time-lost warrior who believes God wants her to the word of foul things lurking in the shadows. Cassie Hack is a 21st century anti-heroine who has devoted her life to the elimination of slashers. The ladies and their majordomos Michael and Vlad are completely different and thrust together by a mysterious figure.


Enjoy!

New Arrivals: May 25, 2011

Preview - Tattered Man #1


I'm a big fan of Jimmy Palmiotti. He's done some really great stuff when it comes to comics. He's teaming up with Justin Gray for a brand new title called Tattered Man #1 that seeks to answer the question as to the title character's identity. With art by Norberto Fernandez and a cover by Fernandez and Amanda Conner, Tattered Man #1 features a spirt of vengeance spawned from the concentration camps of Germany. This spirit was content laying dormant until it was resurrected in modern day New York.

The book is slated to hit stores tomorrow and interiors are after the jump.





New Green Lantern Trailer


Ok. DC Comics and Warner Bros. Why didn't you lead with this trailer in your campaign for Green Lantern? It's got the right amount of awe, it doesn't let Ryan Reynolds' personality take it over and it shows us the villain to be Parallax. And Geoffrey freaking Rush is narrating as Tomar-Re.

If only this was the first trailer seen this movie would have a whole lot more buzz going for it at this point. Check it out after the jump.

Zenescope Offering Free Books at Book Expo America


Book Expo America 2011 is the leading North American Publishing convention. It's kind of a big deal. Zenescope Entertainment has their all-ages imprint Silver Dragon Books that they'd like to showcase and will be appearing at the show at booth 3492 in the Javitz Center in New York from May 24th to May 26th. Writers Joe Brusha and artists Anthony Spay will be in attendance to sign fre copies of their newest books Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks and Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators.

On hand will be BEA Exclusives and Takes from Neverland #1 from 2 to 3 PM on Wednesday. 150 copies will be given out free at the beginning of the signing and go for $25 after that. Spay will be on hand from 10 to 11 AM on May 26th to sign and give out limited copies of his books. The duo will be signing together from 2 to 3 PM on Thursday, May 26 and free copies will be given out to the first 50 customers in line.

Full press release after the jump.

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT TO APPEAR AND OFFER FREE BOOKS AT BOOK EXPO AMERICA

Philadelphia, PA, May 23, 2011- Zenescope Entertainment, one of the nation’s top comic and graphic novel publishers, will be in attendance for Book Expo America 2011, the leading North American Publishing convention. Zenescope and its all-ages imprint, Silver Dragon Books, will be appearing at booth 3492 in the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center, New York, NY from May 24th to May 26th. The two companies will have writer Joe Brusha and artist Anthony Spay in attendance to sign free copies of their newest books Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks and Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators.

Zenescope Entertainment publishes numerous graphic novel and trade paperback titles including Grimm Fairy Tales, Neverland, Return To Wonderland, CBS’ Charmed, Salem’s Daughter and more. Silver Dragon Books, publishes the critically acclaimed Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks, the upcoming Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators, Dino StrikeForce and more. Zenescope will be giving away free books, posters and calendars throughout the show and during their signing times.

The signing and free giveaway schedule is below:
Joe Brusha, author of Zenescope’s Neverland series and Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks, will be signing BEA Exclusives for Tales From Neverland #1 at booth 3492 on Wednesday, May 25 from 2-3p and 150 copies will be given out free at the beginning of the signing. This BEA Exclusive will be available throughout the show for $25.

Anthony Spay, illustrator for Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks and Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide, will be signing copies of Monster Hunters’ Survival Guide Issues #1 and 2 at booth 3492 from 10-11a on Thursday, May 26th. Limited copies of these books will be given out free at the start of the signing.

Joe Brusha and Anthony Spay will be signing together for Discovery’s Top 10 Deadliest Sharks along with copies of the upcoming release of Discovery’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators at booth 3492 from 2-3p on Thursday, May 26th and free copies will be given out to the first 50 customers in line.

The BEA show exclusive can be seen on Zenescope’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Zenescope and they can be found on the web at www.zenescope.com and Silver Dragon’s website at www.silverdragonbooks.com.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope's licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema's successful film franchises.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)



I admit- I'm intrigued by X-Men: First Class. I have a few complaints, too. I mean, I see a lot of things happening that have been happening with the X-Men movies all along that is probably going to bother me.

Too many characters, too many different ‘eras’ of X-Men just crammed together. You know, Angel is Grant Morrison’s rather coarse and rude incarnation, not the original of Arcangel fame. Havok is in the movie: Cyclops isn’t. And no, don’t be fooled by that trailer- I don’t think that’s Nightcrawler. It’s some other guy… (Okay- it isn’t just ‘some other guy’. It’s supposed to be ‘Azazel’- who is actually Nightcrawler’s father. But.)

So yeah. Not sure about the planning on this one, again. I mean- it at least looks like it’s gonna FEEL like the old X-Men comic. And I give it credit for that. It looks a little 1960’s to me and I dig that. And I’ll also say this: a movie about Magneto and Xavier is a movie worth watching.

I’ll be willing to forgive all aforementioned flaws if this is done with the grand scope that it really deserves (which, I’m starting to expect, it might). I love Xavier, but honestly, some of my favorite X-Men stories really blur the line between who’s right and wrong in the Magneto-Xavier debate. I mean, I don’t think the debate is about whether or not prejudice is right or wrong- neither of these towering figures has any real debate over that prospect. In the modern incarnation, the argument boils down more to: is humanity good enough to OVERCOME prejudice.

See, I love looking at the debate this way because it isn’t quite as simple as Xavier is the good guy and Magneto is the bad guy. To some Magneto is actually the savior of the mutant race, willing to step up to the plate and do the things that have to be done to change the world.

Magneto doesn’t espouse mutant superiority because he’s just a horrible, racist jerk (although, in the original incarnation of the character- and Grant Morrison’s- this is certainly the case). Magneto is more rallying mutantkind to overthrow humanity and begin a new society. A Utopia.

And really- who’s to say he’s wrong? I mean, the human race IS fearful of mutants. They build Sentinels, hunt mutant children in the streets, and blame any petty problem they have on them. Hell, before that the holocaust exterminated millions of Jewish citizens, the United States enslaved and oppressed Africans for hundreds of years… I mean- there’s a lot of evidence pointing in the direction that Magneto is RIGHT, isn’t there?

So I think one way to ‘read’ Magneto’s actions is kind of like this. If things stay the way they are now, the way they have been, the world we live in will never get better. We need something BIG. Something to bring the whole thing down and pull it on course, so that we can rebuild. And build something better. It’s interesting, isn’t it? When you look at it in that light, Magneto isn’t so vile. But he’s got a different vision about what needs to be done. Now- Xavier.

I haven’t written about Charles much on the site, although I’m perpetually fascinated with the guy. You know, it’s easy to forget since Xavier’s one of the most powerful mutants on the entire planet. I think one of the most interesting things about him is that he’s disabled. This always kind of brings the ‘dream’ home to me. Because it’s sort of like Xavier’s really saying: there’s room, for everyone, in our society. It doesn’t matter- your race, your gender, your strengths and weaknesses…everyone has something good they can contribute.

Xavier’s dream is to ‘bridge’ all cultures and people together, into something better. Of course the kind of world that Xavier wants to build is going to require sacrifice. It requires patience and planning and, well, suffering. See, Magneto is willing to sacrifice all of human society in order to build his vision. Xavier is asking mutants- his friends- to struggle. To suffer. To fight for something better.

Maybe that’s Magneto’s best argument against Xavier: it sounds noble, sure, but LOOK at what he asks you to do? He asks you to tolerate them being afraid of you? To tolerate being treated badly? Don’t you deserve BETTER than to have this old man ask you to ‘suck it up’ just so HE can feel good about the world? Is Xavier’s vision just a dream? Is all the sacrifice and pain the X-Men go through for an ideal- just that- an ideal without any real payoff, just so Charles Xavier can feel good about himself when he gets into bed at night?

That’s the only moment, I think, when it goes off the rails and you really wonder about what the hell the X-Men are doing. When someone spins it that way. Does Xavier ask the impossible instead of facing up to the way things are? And is that right? Wrong? Better or worse?

That's not to say that I write all of this in support of the Brotherhood’s terroristic activities or something. My point is just this: the relationship here, between Xavier and Magneto, their conflict- it’s complex. And part of the reason X-Men was launched to such stardom to begin with. And it’s much more sophisticated than good vs. evil. So, if the film we’re going to watch has even a hint of that in it…hell, I’ll watch.

Preview - Kirby: Genesis #0


It's here. Kirby: Genesis #0 from Dynamite Entertainment is about to hit comic stores everywhere. The book features a story by Kurt Busiek, art by Alex Ross and Jackson Herbert and covers by Ross and Ryan Sook. The Pioneer 10 space probe carried a message to the stars and has been answered. The answer manages to change the lives of three ordinary people and features Captain Victory, Silver Star and more of Kirby's concepts. The prelude gives you all the details you need to get into the full-fledged series.

The book hits stores this week and interiors are after the jump.