Friday, December 30, 2011

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

Interesting week…

I have been camped out overlooking a possible entrance to the other side of the wall. I have Sam and his group to thank for pointing me this way; they are the four survivors I came across last Friday. The only problem with this spot is the amount of trouble it's going to be getting through it. Looks like plenty of wire, landmines and even some automated guns as well.

You can say they didn’t want anyone getting in close, zombie or survivor alike. I did actually see some movement on the wall that looked like patrols, but I couldn’t tell as I only saw them one night in the rain and not since.

I've spent the past few days looking for any weak spot or possible way in through and it's not looking good for me here. I thought that maybe I would spot one eventually, but after three and half days I cannot find a single one. They did their homework in reinforcing this place.

I even got a chance to see it in action when a group of about seven zombies ambled that way and got blown to pieces or just outright flattened. Short of an RPG or a bazooka there's no way I'm going to be able to get close enough to plant some C-4 and blow the doors as a way in.

Speaking of that group of survivors they said they were giving up on the wall and heading back west to find somewhere to ride it out a bit. I gave them general directions and a mark on their map to that barbershop I came across back in Pennsylvania. They can stop there for a bit to resupply, mainly to get better guns since I only gave them some extra pistols I had.

Provided they make it there as zombies have been a lot more agitated and bloodlusting. They don't give up a chase so easily anymore.

Back to the problem at hand with this gate. It's beginning to look more and more like I am gonna have to try to get around it by sea. I'll go up a little ways further north first just to make sure there aren’t any ways to get across up there. If that path fails than it's back south and finding a boat is the next plan to try.

Back to recon duty…

Review - Princeless #3

If you've ever wondered what happens when a talented and spunky blacksmith's daughter meets and equally spunky princess in denial then wonder no further. Princeless #3 responds to both of those wonders and carries the story of Adrienne one issue closer to completion.

Jeremy Whitley's tale continues, with art and colors by M. Goodwin and lettering by Dave Dwonch.

In Princeless #3, the reader is introduced to Bedelia Smith, the blacksmith's daughter in an otherwise sleepy hamlet that Adrienne happens upon. She's desperately searching for a new suit of armor, one that's slightly better fitting than the disjoined collection she's currently wearing.

Bedelia's talents are just about equally matched with her talkativeness, prompting her to learn the truth about Adrienne. This is ok though, as it gives Bedelia reason to show off her special line of armor called "Women Warriors," all of which are nods to classic costumes in comics. The closing panel features a triumphant Adrienne in what can only be described as equally triumphant armor.

Whitley has more or less used Princeless as sort of a soapbox for women's equality, but Princeless #3 takes that idea to a whole new level. The bulk of the issue features intelligent discussion between Adrienne and Bedelia regarding the efficacy of certain armor types. Adrienne doesn't see how wearing skimpy costumes are really that protective, which leads Bedelia to create a new line called "Warrior Women."

It's a nice juxtaposition of words that flips the emphasis from "women" to "warrior" and is really empowering. Whitley's tact with Adrienne reminded me a lot of Michael Mayne and Tyler Fluharty's stance with Bonnie Lass. Both are equally strong and driven women looking to upset the status quo in a male dominated world. What's more is that Bedelia is actually the one running the blacksmith show in town, with her father always at the pub.

Goodwin's art continues to be consistent and affords the issue the chance to tackle a relatively serious topic without taking itself too seriously. There's a full-page panel of an almost maniacal looking Bedelia which really adds credence to her notion that women can be warriors first and women second.

Princeless #3 continues to please. My only concern is that with one issue left I'm not sure everything will be wrapped up neatly. In any case, you should definitely check this issue out (as well as Princeless #1 and Princeless #2 if you haven't already. All three should be available, with the fourth issue due in January 2012.

Invincible Invades The Tick #100

I miss the Tick. It was a fantastic TV show (the animated one), but the comic just hasn't really seemed to catch on with me. It could be that I just don't know when new issues are actually coming out. I do know that The Tick #100 will hit stores in March and it's got a special guest.

Robert Kirkman's Invicible will take part in a special crossover celebrating the centennial issue. Writer Benito Cereno has Invicible transported to The Tick's world where two heroes confront a pair of baddies in Chairface Chippendale and a brand new villain.

As an added bonus the comic includes a 20-page, full color history of The Tick's career, illustrated with covers and artwork from all 99 previous issues of The Tick.

The issue will set you back $6.99 and also features the art of Les McClaine. Full details below.

THE TICK #100 - THE TICK MEETS INVINCIBLE!

We celebrate the 100th issue of The Tick with a 48-page full-color blockbuster co-starring Robert Kirkman’s INVINCIBLE! In a full-length 24-page epic, Invincible is transported to The Tick’s Universe where the two mighty heroes confront the combined threat of the master criminal Chairface Chippendale and a mysterious and menacing new villain who makes even Chairface look like an ordinary umbrella stand! A story so awesome that it requires two planets (and at least one moon!) to contain it! Added bonus: THE SAGA OF THE TICK, a 20-page full-color history of The Tick’s illustrious career, heavily illustrated with covers and selected artwork from all 99 previous issues of THE TICK!

Writer: Benito Cereno Artist: Les McClaine

Cover price $6.99

Saddlestitch, 48 pages Color text, color covers

Solicitation - Battlestar Galactica: Origins Omnibus Collection

Battlestar Galactica has been off the air for a while now (both incarnations of it). The show still has a devout following and remains one of the must watch shows on Netflix if you haven't already seen it. If you want maximum exposure you can watch the series while you read a graphic novel tapping into the characters.

Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Battlestar Galactica: Origins Omnibus Collection. It features a story by Robert Napton, Kevin Fahey, Clay Carmouche and Brandon Jerwa and art by Jonathan Lau and Adriano Batista. The 312 page trade paperback collects two of Dynamites runs with the property.

Battlestar Galactica: Origins and Battlestar Galactica: Zarek are both featured in the TPB. The stories feature the origin tales of William Adama, Tom Zarek, Gaius Baltar, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace and Karl "Helo" Agathon. From the academy to their assignment onboard the Galactica the TPB collects 14 issues of the series.

Look for it in stores soon.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review - Avengelyne #6

The fight between good and evil is one that will be fought until all existence finally ends. It's always a struggle to see which side will win out over the other. In comics we get the chance to actually see the end game and who wins the battles.

With Avengelyne #6 it looks like evil is getting the upper hand on good and that does not bode well for Avengelyne. This issue ends the three story arc, but trust me...there's a lot going on that sets up the next issue beautifully.

Past issues had a bit of the heads being blown up or some downright, dirty bloody action, but this issue takes it to a whole new level. Seeing Father Michael go into pretty much berserker mode when he is a possessed man was crazy. And it's only going to get a lot more intense in the issues to come.

With the way this issue ends there's no telling what the fallout will be from the Red Dragon’s plan. One thing's for certain though: Avengelyne is going to have her hands full with what seems like hell on earth not far behind. Keeping plenty of twists and hidden agendas on both sides this series continues to intrigue and will keep you guessing.

Writers Rob Liefeld and Mark Poulton have made Avengelyne #6 my hands down my favorite one so far. There's depth to the characters that makes it more than just sheer violence. It just has everything right going for it with the compelling story, accented by the blood, brains and action depicted perfectly by artist Owen Gieni and colorist Dexter Weeks.

Like the issues before it, Gieni's art just continues to blow my mind as it just fits so perfectly with the story. Panel layout is just superb and progresses naturally. It doesn’t use gimmicks or anything like that to force the story. The artwork just stands out on every page, with one page in particular coming to mind of Father Michael with blood on his face and just letting loose with his gun.

Avengelyne #6 has all the signs of one kickass comic as it keeps you interested, reading and wanting more. The entire time I was reading the issue I couldn’t think of a single thing that it needed to make it more complete. I can’t wait for the next issue.

Avengelyne #6 should be in stores now.

Pilot Season First Round Voting Extended

In an offer of goodwill (in addition to all the comics the publisher puts out), Top Cow Productions have announced that they're extending the first round of Pilot Season voting through the end of the year.

That's right folks. The voters were so enamoured with the voting that the first two weeks of voting overwhelmed Top Cow's servers, leading to the site being down for a few days last week.

“This is just another great example of the excitement and passion fans bring to Pilot Season,” commented Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, “The number and velocity of votes completely exceeded our expectations and this is the sort of high class problem you don’t mind solving. All of us at Top Cow are eager to see which Pilot Season competitor emerges victorious.”

Top Cow's website has been restored and migrated over to a better capable server. The downtime means that the voting for the contest will now run until December 31st at 11:59 PM PST. The second round of voting will begin on Sunday, January 1st at midnight PST. As a reminder, the second round will be narrowed down to the top four vote-getters and will be limited to one vote per person per day.

The second round of voting will run until Saturday, January 7th at 11:59pm PST and the final round will commence on Sunday, January 8th at midnight PST (limited to one vote per person per day). The top two vote-getters will compete until Saturday, January 14th at 11:59pm PST and a winner will be announced the following week.

Additionally, Top Cow has announced that beginning January 2nd, the top four vote-getters will be available in their entirety for free through Top Cow’s digital distribution partners and on topcow.com for fans to read and make an even more educated voting decision. Top Cow’s distribution partners include comiXology, Graphicly, iVerse, Wowio, DriveThruComics, MyDigitalComics, and others. The titles will be free until the end of the voting period.

Full press release below.

FIRST ROUND OF PILOT SEASON VOTING EXTENDED!
TopCow.com Back Online After Overwhelming Fan Response to Contest

Berkeley, CA – 28 December 2011 – Top Cow Productions announced today that they would be extending the first round of Pilot Season voting through the end of the year. The enthusiasm and volume of votes in the first two weeks of voting overwhelmed the servers at topcow.com and as a result the company’s site was down for several days last week.

Every year, Pilot Season pits a number of original concepts and creative teams in a head-to-head battle for fan votes to see which one title will continue. This year eight single, self-contained “pilot issues” were released and voting began at topcow.com on December 5th. The competition quickly became heated and despite Top Cow increasing their bandwidth with their hosting company, voting overwhelmed the company website and exceeded its bandwidth.

“This is just another great example of the excitement and passion fans bring to Pilot Season,” commented Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, “The number and velocity of votes completely exceeded our expectations and this is the sort of high class problem you don’t mind solving. All of us at Top Cow are eager to see which Pilot Season competitor emerges victorious.”

The publisher’s website has now been restored and migrated over to a new more substantial server capable of handling the additional traffic. In the interest of giving each competitor the full allotted time, Top Cow has also extended the first round of voting until Saturday, December 31st at 11:59pm PST. The second round of voting will begin on Sunday, January 1st at midnight PST. As a reminder, the second round will be narrowed down to the top four vote-getters and will be limited to one vote per person per day. The second round of voting will run until Saturday, January 7th at 11:59pm PST and the final round will commence on Sunday, January 8th at midnight PST (limited to one vote per person per day). The top two vote-getters will compete until Saturday, January 14th at 11:59pm PST and a winner will be announced the following week.

Additionally, Top Cow has announced that beginning January 2nd, the top four vote-getters will be available in their entirety for free through Top Cow’s digital distribution partners and on topcow.com for fans to read and make an even more educated voting decision. Top Cow’s distribution partners include comiXology, Graphicly, iVerse, Wowio, DriveThruComics, MyDigitalComics, and others. The titles will be free until the end of the voting period.

ABOUT TOP COW PRODUCTIONS INC.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise,WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008.WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. A second game is slated for release from 2K Games in the Fall of 2011. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.


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.








Win the Dark Horse Presents #10 Release Party

If you're a comic book store owner you always appreciate a king's ransom. That ransom may be in a fantastic collection that a customer brings in or a slew of prizes from a publisher for a contest. Either way a king's ransom is A-OK in my book. Dark Horse is nearing the release of the tenth issue of the publisher's flagship anthology and it wants one comic shop owner to have a king's ransom in the latter form.

The way to enter is simple. Cut out the Mike Richardson mask in this issue of previews and comment or post images on the Dark Horse blog until January 31. The posts should explain why your stores deserves a day with Richardson or can be a photo of yourself in the mask in your favorite store.

Retailers may post as many photos as they can of store staff, customers and people off the street. Dark Horse will then narrow it down to five finalists based solely on the number of comments and notify them the following day, February 1. Then, after two more weeks of competition, one winner of the five finalists will be selected and announced on February 13. The selection brings with it the aforementioned king's ransom.

A party will be held the day Dark Horse Presents #10 is released in stores. One store will win a release-night party package including:

200 various Dark Horse comics to give away
10 trades to give away
Dark Horse Comics key chains
An assortment of Dark Horse Comics buttons
4 Dark Horse Comics coffee mugs
Pizza
A store-exclusive Dark Horse Presents miniprint
Mike Richardson at your store

The other four finalists will each receive 10 copies of Dark Horse Presents #10, signed by the big guy himself.

Full press release below.

WIN THE DARK HORSE PRESENTS #10 RELEASE PARTY!

DARK HORSE PRESIDENT MIKE RICHARDSON VISITS YOUR COMIC SHOP!

December 28th, MILWAUKIE, OR - You may be asking yourself why your issue of Previews features Dark Horse president Mike Richardson’s handsome mug.

Well, as we near the landmark tenth issue of Dark Horse’s flagship anthology, we are offering one very lucky comic shop the chance to host the official Dark Horse Presents #10 release party!

In addition to a king’s ransom in prizes, the winning store will receive a visit from Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson!

Here’s how the contest works:

Step 1: Cut out the Mike Richardson mask in this issue of Previews. Enter to win by commenting or posting images on the Dark Horse blog (http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/777/mike-richardson-comes-your-store) beginning on December 28. You have until January 31 to tell us why your store deserves a day with Mike Richardson, or post a photo of yourself in the mask in your favorite store. Retailers may post as many photos as they can of store staff, customers, and people off the street. We’ll narrow it down to five finalists based solely on the number of comments and notify them the following day, February 1.

Step 2: After two more weeks of fierce competition, Dark Horse will pick from the five finalists, based subjectively on a combination of volume and creativity of the Mike photos and comments. The winning store will be announced in the February 13 FOC newsletter, and on the Dark Horse blog that same day.

Retailers: Tell us why your store deserves to host this exclusive event!

Fans: Here’s your chance to show your comic shop loyalty!

One entry per person.

The party will be held the day Dark Horse Presents #10 is released in stores. One store will win a release-night party package including:

200 various Dark Horse comics to give away
10 trades to give away
Dark Horse Comics key chains
An assortment of Dark Horse Comics buttons
4 Dark Horse Comics coffee mugs
Pizza
A store-exclusive Dark Horse Presents miniprint
And more!

The other four finalists will each receive 10 copies of Dark Horse Presents #10, signed by the big guy himself.
The fine print: No purchase necessary. You must be eighteen years of age or older to enter. Contest entries only accepted if they are submitted by 11:59p.m. (PDT), Jan. 31st, 2012, to be eligible. Winner will be selected, as determined at Dark Horse's sole discretion, from all applicable entries and will be notified by Feb. 13th, 2012. Entry becomes the property of Dark Horse upon receipt. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner's name for the purposes of promotion of the Contest without further compensation. Contest void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.

Zenescope Announces The Jungle Book

Thought that Zenescope mined all the public domain characters out there? Not so fast. The latest property to be folded into the Grimm Fairy Tales label is a brand new series called Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1.

The new five-issue miniseries will follow Mowglii (in this version a buxom young girl) raised by wolves who finds herself in the middle of what the animals call The Great Animal Battle. It's here that she must learn her place in the jungle and fight for survival against exotic beasts. She's not alone though, as there are three other children raised by different animal tribes.

Bomani grows up in the tiger tribe that is led by the conniving Shere Kahn, Akili learned the ways of the jungle from the mischievous Tavi mongoose tribe and Dewan comes of age within the unpredictable Monkeys of Bandar Log, which is led by the insane King Bandar Louis. Mowglii and the rest of the human cubs play key roles in the ongoing Great Animal Battle of Kipling Isle as they approach adulthood.

“I’ve always thought an animal civil war was a fun idea full of potential,” says writer Mark L. Miller, an editor for Ain’t It Cool News who also authored “Nanny & Hank” and, more recently, “Luna: Order of the Werewolf” for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. “Once I started thinking of it in the context of Kipling’s famous stories, it all fell into place. I treated the different animal species as warring armies, each with their own leaders and soldiers, each with a purpose they are fighting for. There will be huge scenes of animal battles like you’ve never seen before. There will also be scenes of adventure, horror and discovery as the human characters (Mowglii, Bomani, Akili and Dewan) give you a chance to learn about the sometimes perilous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying ways of the jungle through fresh eyes. Plus, I get to play around with all of these characters I grew up reading about and loving as a child. It’s a dream come true.”

The first issue of the new series wil hit stores March 2012 and feature four connecting covers by artist Ale Garza and a retailer incentive cover by Mike DeBalfo. Full press release below.

Zenescope Entertainment to Unveil Miniseries Inspired by ‘The Jungle Book’

Dec. 28, 2011 — Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to release a brand-new miniseries under its Grimm Fairy Tales label entitled “The Jungle Book.” Just as Zenescope has cleverly and effectively reimagined stories inspired by literary classics such as Wonderland, Sinbad, and Neverland, this new miniseries will use Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories as a springboard to tell tales exploring the adventure, the wonder, and the horror of the jungle and the beasts that inhabit it.

The new five-issue miniseries will follow Mowglii, a young girl raised by wolves who finds herself in the middle of what the animals call The Great Animal Battle. Mowglii must learn her place in the jungle and fight for survival against many exotic beasts. But she is not the only human in this jungle island. Three other children have been raised by different animal tribes: Bomani grows up in the tiger tribe that is led by the conniving Shere Kahn, Akili learned the ways of the jungle from the mischievous Tavi mongoose tribe, and Dewan comes of age within the unpredictable Monkeys of Bandar Log, which is led by the insane King Bandar Louis. Mowglii and the rest of the human cubs play key roles in the ongoing Great Animal Battle of Kipling Isle as they approach adulthood.

“I’ve always thought an animal civil war was a fun idea full of potential,” says writer Mark L. Miller, an editor for Ain’t It Cool News who also authored “Nanny & Hank” and, more recently, “Luna: Order of the Werewolf” for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. “Once I started thinking of it in the context of Kipling’s famous stories, it all fell into place. I treated the different animal species as warring armies, each with their own leaders and soldiers, each with a purpose they are fighting for. There will be huge scenes of animal battles like you’ve never seen before. There will also be scenes of adventure, horror and discovery as the human characters (Mowglii, Bomani, Akili and Dewan) give you a chance to learn about the sometimes perilous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying ways of the jungle through fresh eyes. Plus, I get to play around with all of these characters I grew up reading about and loving as a child. It’s a dream come true.”

“Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1” will hit shelves in March of 2012, and feature four connecting covers by artist Ale Garza and a retailer incentive cover by Mike DeBalfo. It currently is available for order through Diamond Previews for $2.99 and in full color. For more information, visit Zenescope’s website at www.zenescope.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Zenescope.

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 on the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based on New Line Cinema's successful film franchises.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review - Fathom Vol. 4 #3

Today sees the release of Fathom Vol. 4 #3, featuring a jetsetting Aspen Matthews traveling the world in the wake of the events at the UN in the prior issue. It's written by Scott Lobdell and features art by Alex Konat, colors by Beth Sotelo and letters by Josh Reed. While the first two issues seemed to move at something of a slower pace, Fathom Vol. 4 #3 really picks things up quite a bit.

Aspen is accompanied by Dr. Colin Woreth and personal assistant Judith Bantaski to the Royal House of Rytal in Saudi Arabia. She's brought here to assist in man's neverending quest to stay reliant on fossil fuels as the Sheik has stumbled upon what could be an endless supply of oil. Instead of going over the river and through the woods, Aspen and co. go through the magma to the water below, where Aspen encounters a brave new underwater world.

The issue features quite a surprise at the end, leaving the reader to ponder a few questions. Namely, where does Aspen go from here and what does she make of her encounter with Dr. Padma Singh. There's clearly some others interested in the endless supply of oil, which means Aspen will have to go into save the world mode again most likely.

As mentioned earlier, Lobdell's story has taken a turn for the dramatic with this issue. The first two issues felt a little vague and not really sure of where they were going, but this one sets Aspen on a very clear path. It even gives her an enemy to face off with and a tribulation or two to overcome.

I'm not completely sold on Konat's pencils in this one. A lot of the faces look identical to one another and in some panels you would swear there are two Aspens. There is something to be said though about the claustrophobic feel of the illustrations and I really like Sotelo's coloring. She manages to immerse the reader in the atmosphere using contextual color tones associated with that environment. It's a nice touch.

There's also a nice little bit that may or may not be a nod to Aspen Comics fans. The Sheik has an Executive Assistant by the name of Shethal. It's not clear whether she's "that" type of Executive Assistant, but it would be awesome if Aspen started to blend their universe together in little ways like this.

Where the series goes from here is anyone's guess, but the ending of Fathom Vol. 4 #3 will definitely lead to multiple guesses. This issue was great because it gave both Aspen and the reader a bit more direction and focus with the series. There are questions Aspen must answer and fallout from the end of the issue that readers will want to know about.

Fathom Vol. 4 #3 hits stores today and interiors are below. Check out the reviews for the previous two issues here and here.





Solicitation - The Bionic Woman #1

The old saying goes that behind every great man is a great woman. That applies to normal folks like you and me, but if you're the Bionic Man then it only stands to reason that you've got a Bionic Woman standing behind you. Right?

The Bionic Woman #1 is a new series from Dynamite Comics that's set to launch in March 2012. It's written by Paul Tobin and illustrated by Leno Carvalho (cover by Paul Renaud) and puts Jaime Summers smack dab in the middle of Paris, how on the trail of the Mission.

The Mission is a collective of insanely high-priced surgeons who have been murdering OSI's bionic prototypes. Of course, it's all in the interest of the 1%. But while the Bionic Woman is hunting the Mission, their #1 hunter is after her!

Readers will find out if Jaime can pick up the pieces of her past while protecting her present life.

Full solicitation below.

THE BIONIC WOMAN #1


Price: $3.99

Shipping: March, 2012
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SKU: C72513018786400111
Rating: Teen +
Covers: Paul Renaud
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Leno Carvalho
Genre: Media Tie-In, Action Adventure
Awards: N/A
Publication Date: Mar 2012
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 pages
Rights: WW
Age range: 16+
UPC: 725130187864 00111
UPC: 725130187864 00121
UPC: 725130187864 00131
Paris is the city of love? Not anymore... not since Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman, came to town hot on the trail of the Mission, a collection of insanely high-priced surgeons who've been murdering OSI's bionic prototypes in order to provide new life for billionaire patients. But while the Bionic Woman is hunting the Mission, their #1 hunter is after her! Can Jaime pick up the pieces of her past while protecting her life in the present, or will the city of love turn its back, and its bullets, on the Bionic Woman? Acclaimed writer Paul Tobin brings you a tale of baguettes, bullets, and bionic badass!

Adventure Time Coming to KaBOOM!

Cartoon Network has quite a few bonafide hits on their hands, with Adventure Time being one of them. It's so bonafide that it's making the transition to the comic pages starting in February.

“It's quite exciting to bring this series to comics. My wife and I are huge fans and sing Marceline's 'Daddy, why'd you eat my fries?' song around the house all the time,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said. “Pendleton Ward has created a brilliantly original voice in this show and it's a true 'All Ages' property that appeals both to kids and also has a substantial amount of adult fans. Watch for the waving snail!”

Adventure Time #1 will be written by Ryan North and illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. It follows Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Princess Bubblegum and the other inhabitants of the Land of Ooo.

“It was like a bomb dropped in the office when we announced Adventure Time,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Everyone at BOOM! was just as excited as any fan. Adventure Time is such a classic story at its heart- a boy and his dog on different adventures – but the genius of the show allows us to take a simple concept and get really creative with the presentation. Everyone we've worked with is a huge fan of the show and creator Pen Ward has been instrumental in bringing this comic book to life.”

The title will ship with three covers in a 75/25 split by Chris Houghton and Jeffrey Brown in a 1-in-10 incentive by Chris Houghton, a 1-in-20 incentive by Jeffrey Brown, and a 1-in-30 Chris Houghton Wraparound Cover.

Full press release below.

WHAT TIME IS IT?! IT'S ADVENTURE TIME!
NEW ONGOING MONTHLY COMIC SERIES LAUNCHES THIS FEBRUARY FROM BOOM! STUDIOS AND CARTOON NETWORK ENTERPRISES WITH RELEASE OF ADVENTURE TIME #1!

December 21, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - Cartoon Network’s smash hit animated comedy series Adventure Time is coming to BOOM! Studios' all-ages imprint KaBOOM! in an ongoing monthly comic book series featuring all-new original stories! Hold on to your swords! Adventure Time #1 ships this February!

The highly-anticipated first issue from the monthly series features a story written by Ryan North, author of the smash-hit webcomic Dinosaur Comics, and drawn by Shelli Paroline, the artist of ICE AGE: ICED IN and MUPPET SNOW WHITE.

“It's quite exciting to bring this series to comics. My wife and I are huge fans and sing Marceline's 'Daddy, why'd you eat my fries?' song around the house all the time,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said. “Pendleton Ward has created a brilliantly original voice in this show and it's a true 'All Ages' property that appeals both to kids and also has a substantial amount of adult fans. Watch for the waving snail!”

“It was like a bomb dropped in the office when we announced Adventure Time,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Everyone at BOOM! was just as excited as any fan. Adventure Time is such a classic story at its heart- a boy and his dog on different adventures – but the genius of the show allows us to take a simple concept and get really creative with the presentation. Everyone we've worked with is a huge fan of the show and creator Pen Ward has been instrumental in bringing this comic book to life. ”

The ADVENTURE TIME comic series will follow Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Princess Bubblegum and the other inhabitants of the Land of Ooo as they explore many varied adventures. Since its debut on Cartoon Network, Adventure Time has become a runaway hit, with explosive growth in ratings, huge critical and fan acclaim, a major presence at fan conventions and more, it's clear fandom is obsessed and 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time! Don't miss out on this new phenomenon—this first issue is sure to get snapped up! You can pre-order the books at your local comic shop. Don't know where it is? Go to www.comicshoplocator.com Or you can stop by BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com)and pre-order issue #1 or a subscription today!

ADVENTURE TIME #1 is written by Ryan North with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. This title ships with three covers in a 75/25 split by Chris Houghton and Jeffrey Brown in a 1-in-10 incentive by Chris Houghton, a 1-in-20 incentive by Jeffrey Brown, and a 1-in-30 Chris Houghton Wraparound Cover. This title ships in February, featuring a price point of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of DEC110939.

Additional information about future books in the Adventure Time comic series from KaBOOM! will be available in the coming months.


About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” and an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generating a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace. Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Classic Movies; Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Arrivals: December 28, 2011

This is that weird week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The week when no one seems to be around and everyone is in some weeklong, time-off daze. Some people don't take the week off though, like the hardworking writers, artists, letterers, colorists and publishers.

This week the books should be on schedule and one you should definitely keep an eye on is the Stitched #1 Auxiliary Edition.

Written by Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer (with art by Wolfer), this is a special edition first printing that will be limited to 1,500 copies. The issue is accompanied with the following teaser.

"Three little figures stagger across the desolate landscape. Their Blackhawk burning in the rocks and the rest of the crew gone with it, the trio must survive both the terrible conditions and the hostile attentions of the locals. But there are worse foes than Taliban fighters in this ancient land, as an old and terrible force arises to serve a twenty-first century evil.”

It's a great way to mix things up in the traditional family week activities.


And since comiXology decided to redesign their website, the new arrivals are linked to ComicList.

Enjoy!

New Arrivals: December 28, 2011

Preview - Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. 1

If you're a fan of The Dark Crystal, I'm sure you'd love to know more about its inhabitants. Skeksis, Mystics, Gelflings. All the creative creatures that live in the world of Thra. Well you're in luck!

This week Archaia will release Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. 1, a graphic novel that tells the definitive origin of the Dark Crystal. The book is written by Brian Holguin and Brian Froud and illustrated by Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John and Froud and will set you back $19.95.

Check out some interiors below.







Dark Horse Presents #8 Debuts New B.P.R.D. Story

Who wants a brand new B.P.R.D. story, the beginning of "The Massive" by Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson, new "Skeleton Key" and the conclusion of Howard Chaykin's "Marked Man?" I mean, that's a lot there to want. Dark Horse wants you to be happy as well and is throwing all those stories into one.

Dark Horse Presents #8 commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan with Thomas Yeates, unravels the mysteries surrounding Neal Adams's Blood, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden returns and more great comics.

Seriously, this is 80 pages of awesome come February 1. Full details and interiors after the jump.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #8 (KRISTIAN DONALDSON VARIANT COVER)

A brand-new B.P.R.D. story, the beginning of Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson's The Massive, new Skeleton Key, and the conclusion of Howard Chaykin's Marked Man?

Join the legendary anthology as Dark Horse Presents commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan with Thomas Yeates, unravels the mysteries surrounding Neal Adams's Blood, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden returns, and more great comics!

* Brand-new B.P.R.D., the conclusion of Chaykin's Marked Man and more!
On sale February 1, 2012 - 80 Pages - No ads.

Writers: John Arcudi, Brian Wood, Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Al Gordon, MJ Butler, Beau Smith
Artist: Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Duncan Fegredo, Geof Darrow, Kristian Donaldson, Thomas Yeates, Mark Wheatley, Eduardo Barreto
Cover Artist: Kristian Donaldson

http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/18-886/Dark-Horse-Presents-8-Kristian-Donaldson-variant-cover


Too Much Coffee Man Loses Moderation in February

Chances are if you have some crazy jitters, then you may be drinking too much coffee. Throw in some insight, wit and nerve-jittering comedy and you've got a work four years in the making in Too Much Coffee Man from Shannon Wheeler. BOOM! Town offers the work for the first time in print. All 192 pages of it.

“I bought one of the original TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN mini-comics from Shannon himself back in Austin in 1990. Shannon and I go back that far, so it’s with great pride and joy that I point out that Shannon Wheeler is one of the alt-comix greats,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “I've avidly followed his continued posting of TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN online and couldn't help but want to bring it all to print.”

Too Much Coffee Man: Cutie Island tells the story of a cynical anxiety-riddled superhuman who waxes long on everything from politics to the state of the world to people along with other featured non-Coffee Man tales in Wheeler's world.

“This character has been vital and relevant for 20 years and continues to be one of the gold standards in comic book humor!,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Too Much Coffee Man is an icon in the indie world and we have a chance to continue the legacy. Shannon’s long-underwear hero has displayed decades-long staying power. This beautiful graphic novel collects great new stories any fan, or TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN beginner will adore.”

The book will set you back $17.99 when it hits stores in January. Full press release after the jump.

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: CUTIE ISLAND FROM EISNER AWARD WINNER SHANNON WHEELER and BOOM! TOWN THIS FEBRUARY!

December 22, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - This February, BOOM! Town issues the first all-new TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN work from Shannon Wheeler in 4 years! Share in the new, insightful, witty, nerve-jittering comedy of the stories that continue Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler’s (I THOUGHT YOU'D BE FUNNIER, GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP) 20-year career. BOOM! Town offers this first-time-in-print, 192-page graphic novel of Wheeler's classic character on the heels of his Eisner win for Best Humor Publication.

“I bought one of the original TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN mini-comics from Shannon himself back in Austin in 1990. Shannon and I go back that far, so it’s with great pride and joy that I point out that Shannon Wheeler is one of the alt-comix greats,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “I've avidly followed his continued posting of TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN online and couldn't help but want to bring it all to print.”

“This character has been vital and relevant for 20 years and continues to be one of the gold standards in comic book humor!,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Too Much Coffee Man is an icon in the indie world and we have a chance to continue the legacy. Shannon’s long-underwear hero has displayed decades-long staying power. This beautiful graphic novel collects great new stories any fan, or TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN beginner will adore.”

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: CUTIE ISLAND tells the story of a cynical anxiety-riddled superhuman who waxes long on everything from politics to the state of the world to people along with other featured non-Coffee Man tales in Wheeler's world.

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: CUTIE ISLAND is written and drawn by Shannon Wheeler (I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP). The book features 192-pages of story and carries a price point of $17.99 with a Diamond Code of DEC110934.

About BOOM! Town

BOOM!Town is the lit comix imprint of the Eisner, Harvey, and "Best Publisher" Award-winning BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com). BOOM! Town recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER. BOOM! Studios that generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Defense With The BoomStick


(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

Since last week I've continued my walk along the wall. I'm looking for any openings or gates that would be manned so I can get through, but so far I've come across nada. Just more destruction and death has been all I've seen as I walked this past week. Winter is coming soon and I have to figure out what my plan is or else getting caught out in the cold is going to be the death of me.

Wait a minute. I hear voices coming. A small group it sounds like and I can’t tell whether they're friend or foe. I'll let them get a bit closer before deciding my course of action. I hate this part more than facing zombies. With zombies you know what has to be done, but with other survivors it's a toss up. They can be your friend or try and kill you for your supplies just like that.

“Friend or Foe?” I yelled out at them and they all dived for cover.

“Not looking for any trouble,” one of them yelled back at me. That's a good sign.

“I'm not looking for any as well. Just information if you have it,” I repliedb ack as I had my gun sighted in their direction in case any of them tried anything funny. “Were are you heading?”

He responded back “North, trying to get as far North to cut around the wall or find a safer place.”

“How about we meet out of cover," I replied, "and discuss this then. I saw a nice safe building over here we can all rest in."

Keeping an eye on them as they came out of cover I saw they were a pretty ragged bunch with mismatched gear and clothing. Perhaps two guns between the four of them with the rest carrying melee weapons. From the looks of it I gathered they hadn’t had a real meal in days.

We meet up over by the entrance of the building and go in. Next comes some of the tenses moments as we keep sizing each other up expecting something bad to happen, but when I offer them some food it settles the situation.

We all set around and discuss each other's next move and I know I am gonna rest here a day or two.

Review - Star Wars: Kinghts of the Old Republic - War #1

There’s a lot of good things happening in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1, written by John Jackson Miller and illustrated by Adnrea Mutti and Gigi Baldassini (colors by Michael Atiyeh and cover by Dave Wilkins and Benjamin CarrĂ©). Well, creatively, I mean there are actually a lot of very bad things happening in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1, as far as Star Wars in concerned.

Fans of the Old Republic series are likely to really appreciate the nice blend of old-school Star Wars mythology and the new-school Old Republic era. Set during a brutal conflict between the Republic and the fan-favorite Boba Fett inspired Mandalorians, Star Wars: Kinghts of the Old Republic - War #1 delivers some solid, Star Wars style action. Lightsabers, blasters and speeder bikes abound.

The Republic foot soliders’style of dress and heroism is reminiscent of the Rebellion, but the dark grey outfit and utilitarian methods of their commanding officer reminds you of the Empire. It’s a great vehicle to drive home what the Old Republic mythos is all about. There’s so much power that the Republic has available, but what are they trying to do with it exactly? Defend people? Destroy the ‘enemy’?

I’ve never been a huge fan of making Star Wars very political, but I admit that the kind of tensions that the Republic faces during war time ARE the tensions that any democratic society and government faces, making the Republic’s struggle for identity very pertinent. Not to mention a nice kind of meta Star Wars theme, you know. Light side, dark side, etc.

If I have one criticism of this book, however, it’d be this: Miller’s characterizations are a little heavy handed. The dialogue seems clunky to me and while the action sequences definitely scream Star Wars, I sometimes feel like the choreography falls flat. A little too much of the story seems told to you in a generic way. Too much of the dialogue is along the lines of “Look! (event) is happening!".

I’d like to experience more of the story, have more shown rather than told. This book has a little room to grow.

Regardless, for the hardcore Star Wars fans this is a good read and its first issue lays the groundwork for some twists and turns that will inevitably keep this story hopping. I love this book’s willingness to commit to something so gritty and gripping in the Star Wars universe. My only advice is just that they don’t undersell their own work by playing it a little too safe.

It’s a dark, adult, Star Wars story. Anyone reading this book is already likely to be a walking encyclopedia of Star Wars and they won’t require a lot of hand-holding to get what’s going on. I’d like to see the action really flow in this book. Go ahead a let it feel like a movie, not a novel, guys.

I see a lot of potential in this book. There’s good dramatic tension embedded in it, especially in that creepy foreshadowing way that Star Wars is all about these days. The strain that this conflict puts on the Republic and the kind of waffling that eventually leads to the Republic’s usurpation is really evident in the conceptual design of the characters, in a very George Lucas kind of way.

Can’t wait to see where this heads next. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1 hits stores January 11.

Two All-New Transformers Series from IDW

A few days remain in 2011. That's probably bad news for some and good news for others. Transformers fans can all be in agreement that the changing of the calendar year is only good news, what with two all-new series debuting in January from IDW.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye and Transformers: Robots in Disguise won't be winning any awards for original series titles, but they are interrelated series that continue the IDW Chaos event and will spring from Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime (take a guess waht happens there).

“The response to the TRANSFORMERS ongoing series has been phenomenal,” says IDW senior editor John Barber. “This relaunch is a chance to jump onboard for anybody who might have been missing out. We’ve got big stories planned, and there’s never been a better time to read TRANSFORMERS.”

Each title will explore the leadership of Rodimus and Bumblebee and the choices being made on the new world of Cybertron. It's funny when you think about it that all of a sudden Bumblebee is this beast of an Autobot that is second-in-command and is now a leader. It has to be Shia LaBeouf rubbing off on him right?

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye is written by James Roberts and features art by Nick Roche. Rodimus calls on the Autobots to leave Cybertron in search of the Knights of Cybertron. The lost tribe is apparently the guardian of the original Cybertronian culture.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise is written by John Barber and illustrated by Andrew Griffith and follows Bumblebee and the Autobots who remained on Cybertron. There the Autobots are tasked with rebuilding as the Autobots, Decepticons and civilian Transformers all vie for control.

Each series will feature four interconnecting covers for issue #1. Marcele Matere creates the Cybertronian mosaic for Transformers: Robots in Disguise, with Alex Milne bringing the explorers to life for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. Both titles hit stores in January.

Full press release after the jump.

TWO ALL-NEW "TRANSFORMERS" SERIES DEBUT IN JANUARY FROM IDW

Launching in January, IDW Publishing is proud to offer TRANSFORMERS and comics fans everywhere two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comics series-- TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE. Under license from Hasbro, the two interrelated series are a direct continuation of IDW’s CHAOS event and spring directly out of the special TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue releasing in comic stores and online on December 21st. Both series will appeal to existing TRANSFORMERS fans and new readers. Featuring two great stories under one TRANSFORMERS comic universe, each series offers never-before-seen action, new threats and new villains that both current readers and those new to the series will enjoy.

“The response to the TRANSFORMERS ongoing series has been phenomenal,” says IDW senior editor John Barber. “This relaunch is a chance to jump onboard for anybody who might have been missing out. We’ve got big stories planned, and there’s never been a better time to read TRANSFORMERS.”

Created as a stepping on point for both fans of super-heroic and science fiction comics, as well as fans of the TRANSFORMERS characters, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE each explore the new status quo coming out of IDW’s CHAOS event including BUMBLEBEE’s new leadership position for all TRANSFORMERS. The war between AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON is over, and now the hard part begins. In the new world of CYBERTRON, there are only two choices: stay or go.

Helmed by writer James Roberts with art and covers by Nick Roche, RODIMUS calls on his fellow AUTOBOTS to leave CYBERTRON in search of the KNIGHTS OF CYBERTRON in TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. This lost tribe of TRANSFORMERS characters is, according to legend, the guardian of the original Cybertronian culture and RODIMUS and his followers begin a quest that will stretch to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to find the KNIGHTS and restore CYBERTRON to its past glory.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, written by John Barber, with art and covers by Andrew Griffith, follows BUMBLEBEE and the AUTOBOTS remaining on CYBERTRON. Without OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE finds himself in command of a world gone mad. TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE brings readers through the struggle to rebuild CYBERTRON as the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and civilian TRANSFORMERS, who don’t distinguish between the other two groups, all vie for control.

Each series will feature four interconnecting covers for issue #1. Marcele Matere creates the Cybertronian mosaic for TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE, with Alex Milne bringing the explorers to life for TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

These two new, action-packed series are the direct result of IDW’s CHAOS event, culminating in December’s TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME and TRANSFORMERS #31.

In addition to the print editions, IDW’S TRANSFORMERS comics are available digitally through Apple’s App Store in the free TRANSFORMERS app, which features every TRANSFORMERS comic in one place. Many TRANSFORMERS comics are available in the Sony Digital Comics store.

TRANSFORMERS #31 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0323.

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0326.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0260.

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0264.

TRANSFORMERS comics are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store.

Stan Lee Creates New Character for Liquid Comics

I get that he's the Man and everything, but maybe Stan Lee could come up with a character for Graphic India with a slightly more creative name. Oh well, there's a reason he's the Man and Chakra is his latest creation.

Lee will develop the new superhero with a team of Indian artists. Chakra - The Invincible is the story of a young Indian teenager, Raju Rai, a technology genius living Mumbai. Determined to use science to unlock the secrets of human potential, Raju develops a technically-enhanced suit that activates the mystical Chakras of the body, unleashing newfound abilities and powers.

“Wow! I’m incredibly excited to be collaborating with my friends at Liquid Comics and their best-in-class team of artists as we launch a great new, thrill-a-minute superhero saga named Chakra - The Invincible,” said Stan Lee, brimming with enthusiasm as he added, "Against the spectacular backdrop of the great Indian metropolis of Mumbai, we tell the incredible saga of Chakra, our daring and dangerous teenage hero.”

The first digital comic featuring Chakra will be released for free in April 2012 on the Graphic India website. Full press release after the jump.

STAN LEE CREATES NEW SUPERHERO FOR LIQUID COMICS' "GRAPHIC INDIA"

Liquid Comics and POW! Entertainment announced today that legendary creator, Stan Lee, co-creator of some of the world’s leading superhero characters (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Hulk, Thor, etc.), will be launching an original superhero for the Indian market.

Lee, will develop the new superhero with a team of Indian artists working at Liquid Comics, a leading creator of Indian character franchises. It will initially launch as a series of downloadable web & mobile comics distributed throughout India on Liquid’s recently announced ‘Graphic India’ platform and www.graphicindia.com website.

Created by Lee, “Chakra - The Invincible,” will be the first Indian superhero created by Lee in collaboration with local Indian artists and writers. Chakra tells the story of the young Indian teenager, Raju Rai, a technology genius living in Mumbai. Determined to use science to unlock the secrets of human potential, Raju develops a technically-enhanced suit that activates the mystical Chakras of the body, unleashing newfound abilities and powers.

“Wow! I’m incredibly excited to be collaborating with my friends at Liquid Comics and their best-in-class team of artists as we launch a great new, thrill-a-minute superhero saga named Chakra - The Invincible,” said Stan Lee, brimming with enthusiasm as he added, "Against the spectacular backdrop of the great Indian metropolis of Mumbai, we tell the incredible saga of Chakra, our daring and dangerous teenage hero.”

Stan Lee is one of the most prolific storytellers in the world today, having created iconic characters that have generated billions of dollars at the box office and are known by nearly every man, woman and child on earth,” added Liquid’s Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “The opportunity to bring Stan’s unparalleled experience of the superhero genre to India and enable him to collaborate with local talents to create a new Indian character is the culmination of a lifelong dream.”

“What better way to conceive of a new generation of Indian superheroes than in collaboration with the Godfather of the genre? Watching Stan mingle in the pantheon of great Indian Gods and Goddesses will go down as one of the most coolest times of my life,” added Liquid Co-Founder, Gotham Chopra.

Gill Champion, president/CEO of POW! Entertainment said “As we continue our international expansion with focus of launching new entertainment properties in India for 2012, we are thrilled to be partnering with Liquid Comics who are an unrivaled name in the field of digital entertainment and franchise partnerships. Graphic India is certainly a premier platform, and we are thrilled at the prospect of further growing our brand and business opportunities in this market.”

Lee’s first digital comic book story on Chakra will be released for free in April 2012, exclusively on GraphicIndia.com.

An exclusive preview of concept art from the series is available online now at: www.graphicindia.com

ABOUT LIQUID COMICS & GRAPHIC INDIA:
Liquid Comics is a digital entertainment company focused on creating cinematic and mythic graphic novel stories with filmmakers, creators and storytellers. The company was founded by entrepreneurs, Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman and uses the medium of digital graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games. Liquid has created and is creating original graphic novels with acclaimed filmmakers and talents including John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Grant Morrison, Shekhar Kapur, Deepak Chopra, Dave Stewart, Marc Guggenheim, Marcus Nispel, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, Nicolas Cage, John Moore, Wes Craven, Barry Sonnenfeld, Stan Lee and others. The Company currently has a number of film and television projects in development based on their properties.

Graphic India is India’s premiere graphic novel platform and community. Launched by Liquid Comics in 2011 the platform showcases Liquid’s large library of high quality content created by Indian creators, while also aggressively commissioning and showcasing numerous original stories by India’s greatest new visionaries.
www.LiquidComics.com
www.GraphicIndia.com

ABOUT POW! ENTERTAINMENT:
POW! Entertainment, Inc., a multi-media and entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book and entertainment figure Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is capitalizing on this combined expertise to create and develop both the legacy and digital media components of the entertainment industry. This includes animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, multi-media, merchandising and related ancillary markets. POW! has established partnerships across the entertainment industry, including studios and networks, for the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises. For further information visit www.powentertainment.com

The Return of Nexus

Dark Horse is really leveraging their whole Dark Horse Presents in introducing a slew of stories to readers. Dark Horse Presents #12 is another in that line of introductions, with the return of Nexus by Mike Baron and Steve Rude.

Nexus was created in 1981 and the tale has been continued for 30 years. According to Baron, "the new stories crush anvils."

“Nexus has never been a stranger to different publishers. Last seen under the Rude Dude banner in 2009, Nexus has stayed in limbo, never quite knowing when to return, or if he ever would return. Things come together in strange ways. With the backing of Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics, Nexus will return to comics,” Steve Rude said. “We especially look forward to the response of Nexus’s devoted fans, and thank them for the wonderful support and encouragement they’ve given us since the book’s debut in 1981!”

The new, three-part series will debut in Dark Horse Presents #12 is on sale May 2012. Full press release below.

THE RETURN OF NEXUS! COMING TO DARK HORSE PRESENTS #12!

December 22, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics announces the return of Nexus in Dark Horse Presents #12.

The fan-favorite title returns with its team of creators, Mike Baron (The Badger) and Steve Rude (The Moth), in their respective positions of writer and artist! Baron and Rude created Nexus in 1981 and have been continuing their canonical tale for thirty years. The Eisner Award winners will craft a brand-new three-part story for readers eager to quench their thirst for what’s next to come in the Nexusverse.

“The new stories crush anvils,” says Mike Baron.

“Nexus has never been a stranger to different publishers. Last seen under the Rude Dude banner in 2009, Nexus has stayed in limbo, never quite knowing when to return, or if he ever would return. Things come together in strange ways. With the backing of Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics, Nexus will return to comics,” Steve Rude said. “We especially look forward to the response of Nexus’s devoted fans, and thank them for the wonderful support and encouragement they’ve given us since the book’s debut in 1981!”

Dark Horse Presents #12 is on sale May 2012.

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Preview - Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

Typically, having a name like Lobster Johnson and having a burning hand are both signs of things being weird. A tribe of phantom Indians scalping policeman only further complicate that weirdness. Lucky for the aforementioned named Lobster Johnson he happens to have a running crew of allies to fight them and their gangster cronies.

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1 is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and features art by Tonic Zonjic (colors by Dave Stewart) and feature's Hellboy's crime-fighting hero. It's slated to be in stores January 11 and interiors are below.