Friday, June 29, 2012

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.)

I don’t know how long my luck is going to hold out, but at least it's still kicking strong for me. All I have to say about this week is damn.

Last time I broadcasted I was at the top of a control tower in some airport in Canada with a good number of zombies down below trying to get in. I still haven’t figured out why they are back to having an interest in me as I still feel I have a zombie side in me that the meds haven’t cured. Needless to say I was in a bit of a conundrum that no amount of ammo was going to get me out of.

This is where luck comes in.

Review - Mortifera #1

Whether or not your religious it's always been suggested that there is a battle being waged between humans and demons. For whatever reasons, the demons are looking for something and it's usually up to a reclusive religious sect to maintain order behind the scenes.

According to Mortifera #1, that battle has been waged since the Dark Ages. The title is written by Stephan Frost and illustrated by Sarah Partington.

Image Comics Announces Comic-Con Plans

Image is quite possibly putting out the best and most diverse books out these days, so it only stands to reason that they showcase most of that at Comic-Con. And now you'll know the who, what, when and where.

Highlights range from introductions to new Image creators and craft-oriented conversations about comics writing to room-busters like The Walking Dead panel and the Image Comics 20th Anniversary panel featuring Image's founders and partners, the Image Comics programming has something for every kind of fan.

Comic-Con International takes place on July 12-15 in the San Diego Convention Center. The Image Comics booth (#2729) will be the destination for Skybound, Shadowline, and Image central titles, while the Top Cow booth (#2629) will have all the latest in Witchblade and The Darkness.

Full panel schedule below.

Big Name Creators Headed to Wizard World Chicago

Wizard World Chicago is getting some big talent at the show, a scant few weeks after the proverbial big show in San Diego. That talent includes Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo and J. Scott Campbell. The top of the list rounds out a massive number of other big names at the show.

In addition to the superstar creator lineup, the expanded, four-day event features more than 50 celebrities, including headliners like William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Tom Felton, Jon Bernthal, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and CM Punk and John Cena.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Deluxe Releasing First Good Luck Trolls Assortment

Trolls are good at one thing really: scaring the hell out of people. It doesn't matter their color, size or intelligence...they're creepy. Of course, the Good Luck Trolls were made in 1959 as an effort to redefine what a troll is. They're poised to make a comeback this July thanks to Dark Horse Deluxe.

The Good Luck Trolls mystery box are a new collectibles merchandise program by Dark Horse Comics under a license granted by Dam Things, who hold all rights to the works of Thomas Dam. The mystery box is being introduced to the market with an on-sale date of July 25.

Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy, notes, “When we considered developing Trolls for the first time, we were confident that they would resonate with our audience of pop culture fans and modern collectors. We have a good sense of our customers’ tastes, and are not afraid to commit to an under-the-radar property if we think that it is likely to be embraced by our young adult consumers.”

The Good Luck Trolls are presented in a counter display unit holding fifteen individual blind boxes. Each Troll is packaged in an opaque foil bag inside its box to prevent tampering or viewing prior to purchase. The first collection offers up fifteen different versions of the figures in various colors and with unique surface treatments, including metallic, flocked, black-light sensitive, glitter, and glow-in-the-dark.

Mystery box (also known as “blind box”) trading figures are essentially the same product, varying in decoration and materials, and sold randomly out of sealed packages. Some of the figures are common to every counter display, whereas “chase” figures are much harder to come by. The ratio of availability is printed on each package, so the consumer knows the relative scarcity of the figure purchased.

Dark Horse has also created a one-time limited edition of 1,500 green-body Good Luck Trolls with snow-white hair that are sensitive to black light. They will be sold exclusively at the Dark Horse booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 12–15, 2012.

Full press release and the green troll with haunting red eyes below.

Archaia Gears up for Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell

Things are looking up for Royden Lepp. Rust Vol. 1 is currently with 20th Century Fox as a movie being developed, has a free interactive app on iPad and can now add a sequel to its ever burgeoning cap. Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell is zooming into book stores and comic shops this fall.

“I was totally overwhelmed by the response to Rust this year. I’m so excited that people have picked up this story and invested themselves in these characters,” said Lepp. “I’ve been working on Secrets of the Cell like crazy trying to make sure it’s the best follow-up possible to Visitor in the Field. We’re going to learn a bit more about Jet and the war and we’re going to meet a new character who’s incredibly important.”

In Rust Vol 2: Secrets of the Cell, the story continues as the oldest son, Roman Taylor, eager for reprieve from the stress of running the farm, becomes preoccupied with gaining a new workforce in the form of reprogrammed war robots. Distracted by his work and his childhood friend, Jesse, Roman doesn’t see the effect Jet is having on the rest of the family, particularly his younger brother, Oswald. Everything falls apart as the Taylors discover they aren’t prepared for what it may cost them to learn the “secrets of the cell.”

“Royden really ups the ante in Secrets of the Cell, answering some of the burning questions readers had at the end of Visitor and raising a bunch more,” said Associate Editor Rebecca Taylor. “The world of Rust gets richer with each volume, and the characters spill even more of their hearts onto the page for readers to see. Secrets is a gut-wrenching and action-packed installment that will leave readers both satisfied and eager for the final two volumes in the series!”

The sepia-toned, 200 page hardcover will set you back $24.95 when it hits stores this fall. It will also include the short story "Oswald's Letter," a story featured in Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover, and it will bear a striking, blue, cloth cover and sepia-toned interiors. It is scheduled for release this Fall and is available for pre-order now through comic book shops (Diamond Order Code JUN12 0795) and wherever books are sold, including Amazon.com.

Full press release below.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Heavy Metal Announces Day and Date Distribution

Day and date distribution is music to tech-savvy comic book fans. It means that they can get the books they want digitally on the same day as the print versions. And it's especially good news when it concerns Heavy Metal works.

Starting with the release of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 1: Helldiver on June 27, all future books will be released digitally the same day as their print counterparts.

Creator Michael Mendheim commented "With the great reception and fantastic reviews for Book 1: Helldiver we're excited to bring The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to digital. Fans can now enjoy the brilliance of Simon Bisley's awesome and intense artwork in whatever format they desire."

There's a method to the madness, as best explained by Heavy Metal CEO Kevin Eastman.

“We have fans all over the world and the demand for digital is overwhelming. It's not just about releasing new product anymore. The digital platform creates a new playing field. Fans want to be able to see a new product on the release day whether they are near a brick and mortar store or not. Four Horsemen has drawn a massive international appeal and it simply made sense to start the process as it hit stores.”

The second book is due in stores in August. Full press release below.

Review - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #2

Hell on Earth brings lots of nasty creatures with it and B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #2 is certainly no exception.

Published by Dark Horse, the second issue is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with illustrations by Tyler Crook, colors by Dave Stewart and letters by Clem Robins.

Valiant Teases Archer & Armstrong and Bloodshot

Valiant's in a playful mood today, teasing events in both Archer & Armstrong #2 and Bloodshot #3. Both issues hit September, but the speculation hits now.

Check out the Bloodshot tease below.

The Walking Dead - Episode 2 Launch Trailer


The latest installment of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is set to hit online marketplaces on June 29. That means there's a launch trailer.

It's called "Starved for Help," so take that for what it's worth. All choices made in the first episode--"A New Day"--will play a part in the next episode.

Check out the full press release and launch trailer below.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Frankenstein Joins Robin Hood, Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde


Your confusion is understandable. It was just the other day that Robin Hood spelled his name "Robyn" and was a she. That was in the Zenescope world. In the Mohawk Media/Eco Comics world, Robin Hood is the more traditional character, fighting a non-traditional battle against some heavy hitters of fiction.

Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde will be published as a monthly, three-issue series, pitting the aforementioned title characters against one another. And Frankenstein will be thrown in for good measure.

British writer Chris Bunting says: "Frankenstein's Monster will play a pivotal role, not just in this series, but in a subplot bubbling away that will encompass many other titles from Eco Comics."

Frankenstein will first appear in the third issue. Chances are you won't recognize him as you previously have.

Bunting adds: "You will see Frankenstein in a way never portrayed. And this monster is not this issue's only legendary guest star, as a colossal character from the Robin Hood myth is also introduced."

Full press release below.

Review - Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #3

Four tales, tons of anachronistic characters and one Atomic Robo. If you looked up a recipe for Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #3, those are the ingredients it would call for.

Published by Red 5 Comics, Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #3 features the talents of of Brian Clevinger, Cody, Gurihiru, Broglia, Speroni, Christian Ward and Jeff Powell.

Preview - Magic: The Gathering: The Spell Thief #1

There are thieves and then there are spell thieves. The latter are arguably more dangerous, especially when you're talking about characters in the world of Magic: The Gathering. Characters like those in Magic: The Gathering: The Spell Thief #1.

The title is written by Matt Forbeck and illustrated by Martin Coccolo, with colors by J. Edwin Stevens, letters by Shawn Lee and a cover by Christopher Moeller and Coccolo.

Planeswalker Dack Fayden has followed Sifa Grent into a mysterious plane, where a Titan’s castle looms invitingly in the distance. Entering the castle in search of Sifa, Dack is soon imprisoned by the Titan and added to his vast collection. Dack must find a way out before the trail to Sifa runs cold and he remains the Titan’s prisoner forever.

Every issue features a playable card, so there's that in addition to the interiors below. The book hits stores June 27.

The Hypernaturals Hits Second Printing

Readers seem to be keen on The Hypernaturals #1, the new work from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. That fondness has found the first issue hitting a second printing, fourteen days before its release today. The second printing has an all new cover by Mitch Breitweiser.

It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that's only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They're a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish.

Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it's up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals -- and their novice recruits -- to save the galaxy from complete destruction.

Check out Omnicomic's review of the first issue here. Full press release below.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Interview - Rob Salkowitz

Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture is a labor of love, marrying a love of comics with a love of looking how the industry is changing in the face of technology and transmedia. It's written by Rob Salkowitz, a man with a great perspective on the comic book industry, and told through the eyes of a visit to Comic-Con.

Salkowitz was awesome enough to sit down for an interview amidst a slew of other appearances and interviews. Check out what he has to say. Fair warning...he doesn't give as much dirt on the Dead Dog party as you'd like.

Review - The Hypernaturals #1

BOOM! Studios has been teasing the new collaboration for months now. Building up to an event of interstellar and galactic consequences. Creating an entirely new superteam of two creators with the team name DnA. And rolling it all up into a brand new series starting with The Hypernaturals #1.

The series is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. It features art by Brad Walker and Andres Guinaldo, colors by Stephen Downer and letters by Ed Dukeshire. Oh, and it has nine (!) covers by Francesco Mattina, Trevor Hairsine, Phil Noto, Timothy Green II, Stefanie Gonzaga, Bill Sienkiewicz and Brad Walker.

Aspen Solicits - September

Aspen's got five books on tap for September 2012 and they're quite the doozies.

Idolized #2 is written by David Schwartz, illustrated by Micah Gunnell and Pasquale Qualano and colored by David Curiel. It hits stores September 19 and featuers Joule tearing through the competition on a quest to make it in the top 10 for a date with Stasis.

Homecoming #2 is written by David Wohl, illustrated by Emilio Lasio and colored by Stefani Rennee. It hits stores September 12 and proves that being a teenager is never easy. Hunter and Jay go on a date while Paul returns to his family.

September 5 sees the release of Soulfire Vol. 4 #2, written by J.T. Krul, illustrated by Mike DeBalfo and colored by Nei Ruffino. Grace has become an agent of chaos and it's up to Malkai and friends to stop her before Sarin get to her with other motives.

Executive Assistant: Assassins #3 hits stores September 12 and features the writing talents of Vince Hernandez, illustrations by Jordan Gunderson and colors by Teo Gonzalez. Mazutsu seeks the death of Lily, while his righthand man Tarver learns with great power comes great responsibility...er, fatalities.

Finally, Broken Pieces #5 is written by Mark Roslan, illustrated by Cory Smith and colored by Beth Sotelo. The final issue features Ludas and his conglomerate struggling to contain the monster they've created. Meanwhile, Richard and Gabriella's fate meets a conclusion, with Richard forced to choose between love and civilization.

Full solicits and covers below.

Preview - Atomic Robo Vol. 7 #1

Atomic Robo turns seven! Sort of. The character hits its seventh volume in the aptly named Atomic Robo Vol. 7 #1, featuring the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific.

The story is written by Brian Clevinger, illustrated by Scott Wegener, colored by Ronda Pattison and lettered by Jeff Powell. The creative team is banking on your interest being peaked when the book hits stores June 27.

Interiors below.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I think Future Foundation deserves a little more press as a comic, really.

Honestly, most attempts to monkey around with the Fantastic Four have turned out pretty badly. I have a little bit of a soft spot for the New Fantastic Four, although having Spider-man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider on one team rivals the Defenders in terms of ridiculousness.

Also, is it just me, or do these not seem like the four guys that the F.F. are going to contact in an emergency? Spidey maybe…but somehow, I doubt Ghost Rider is on the Reed and Susan Richards rolodex.

Most other meddlings with these four have just been…bad. Having a She-Thing on the team or having Reed die and Susan become this over-the-top, single mother, sex kitten stereotype were all just really bad ideas.

And I’m not sure about the whole thing where Doom is Reed’s long lost brother. I SORT of like that, because it sort of makes Doom that dark and brooding in-law that shows up at family barbecues or something that you just can’t de-invite. F.F. is about family.

Valiant Entertainment Presents Archer & Armstrong

What do you get when you combine Obadiah Archer, an 18-year-old tasked with the sacred mission of his family's sect and Armstrong, whose death is the target of said mission? A whole lot of crazy.

Valiant Entertainment presents Archer & Armstrong #1, written by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry. There's more to it than just Archer hunting Armstrong, as both learn they are part of a much larger conspiracy stretching back five millennia and their survival hinges on their ability to be an odd couple.

The first issue hits stores August 8th with four frenetic covers by superstar artists Mico Suayan, Clayton Henry, David Aja and Neal Adams.

Full solicitation and interiors below.

Review - Idolized #0

Being a superhero is more than just having some unique ability or power that gives you an advantage in life. Something that makes it easier for them to get by. Or something that gets ratings and has the capacity to either make or destroy a life. Cue Superhero Idol #0 from Aspen Comics.

The title is written by David Schwartz, illustrated by Micah Gunnell, colored by David Curiel and lettered by Josh Reed.

Zenescope Announces Robyn Hood Miniseries

Rob from the rich and give to the poor. That's the mantra of Robin Hood, the timeless folk hero who epitomized the 99%. Zenescope tends to like those stories rooted in mythology and folk tales, so it's only natural they plan on doing a five-issue miniseries using that tale called Robyn Hood, written by Pat Shand.

"Robyn Hood is the story I've been waiting to tell. We're taking this girl, who pretty much has everything good in her life taken from her, and we watch as she evolves into a hero," states Shand. "Like Katniss Everdeen, Robyn is a strong female character that realizes what her destiny is but approaches it on her own terms."

The series will feature the artistic talents of Eric Basaldua, Greg Horn and Stjepan Sejic and is an updated take on the tale, the foremost update being he's a she. In Bree, a tyrant rules with an iron fist, while back on Earth, Robyn is the new kid at an upper class high school where it doesn't take long to realize she's out of place. That is until she's summoned to the realm of Myst.

The first issue is currently available for preorder in the July issue of previews. Full press release below.

IDW Bringing Tons of Exclusives to Comic-Con

Comic-Con has some of the best exclusives in town. Not just in town, but internationally, as it is an international show and everything. IDW is one of the publishers bringing the awesome sauce to the show, with lots of great stuff.

Topping the list will be Daredevil: Born Again Artist's Edition, packaged in a deluxe slipcase, signed, numbered and featuring a variant cover of David Mazzucchelli’s historic artwork. It's limited to 250 copies and priced at $200.

Also on hand will be Sergio Aragones' Groo the Wanderer: Artist's Edition, premiering at the show. Signed, numbered and limited to 250 copies, this edition will feature a variant cover and be priced at $150.

There will also be copies of Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories (250 copies), Parker: The Score (175 copies), TMNT Ultimate Collections 1-3 (40 copies), Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks (300 copies) and a slew of other stuff on hand.

Full press release and convention exclusives below.

Aspen Announces Director-Signed Print for Vampire Hunters

If you like your Abraham Lincoln angst-ridden and seeking vampires, then getting a book celebrating that life sounds pretty awesome. It's even more awesome if it's an art book, like The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Hardcover.

If you happen to be one of the first 100 to purchase the aforementioned art book from Aspen Comics, you'll get a free, director signed print. The director happens to be Timur Bekmambetov.

Bekmambetov’s production company Bazelevs has teamed up with Aspen MLT, Inc. to produce The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. David Wohl, who is overseeing the project as editor, divulged more about the behind-the-scenes book:

“Timur’s attention to detail and vision for the project, combined with the exquisite artwork for the film in the hands of Aspen’s designers, has created an “art-of” book that is truly unique and visually spectacular. It’s been a pleasure to be part of this one-of-a-kind project.”

The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will contain 128 pages of never-before-seen storyboards, conceptual art, and production illustrations. Bekmambetov discusses the film and the accompanying art book’s release:

“Our visual team, led by Bazelevs’s storyboard artist Indar Dzhendubaev, created a rich and exciting world for the movie. In revisiting their art, we tried to craft a book that pushes the envelope of visual design and does justice to their great work. I am very happy that fans will finally get to enjoy the expanded world of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.”

Full press release below.

Friday, June 22, 2012

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.)

Bam…Bam…Bam…

Zombies surprised me in the night.

I'm still at that airport I was watching last week to fix my radio and recharge my gear with the generators here.

Bam…Bam…

Valiant Hits HeroesCon

Valiant is all about making this summer its summer, launching themselves back into the awareness of readers and fans alike. To that end, the publisher is making their way to Charlotte for Heroes Con, where the team and talent will be on hand for signings, portfolio reviews and panels.

Be sure to stop by booth 228 for signings from Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong). Plus, you can purchase an exclusive X-O Manowar #1/Harbinger #1 double-sided sketch cover flipbook – available only at HeroesCon – and check out the official Summer of Valiant Panel on Saturday from 5-6 PM in room 208AB for an advance look at what the future holds.

Full press release and Valiant appearance schedule below.

Review - Satanic Hell #1

When it comes to states in the United States, every one is known for something. South Carolina tried to secede, Florida is, well, Florida, and Texas is a whole different world. The state has quite a large religious contingent to it, but in today's America that religion is separated from government.

That's not the Texas in the world of Satanic Hell #1, published by Zeno Telos Press. It's written by Grigoris Douros, illustrated by Kevin Enhart and Newel Anderson, colored by Jimmy Kerast and lettered by Enhart.

Comic Book Shops Celebrate The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is slated to hit theaters July 20. Chances are you're aware of it, have tickets and are gearing up to wait in line for good seats. The day before the film's release is getting a boost of sorts as well, with comic book retailers declaring it The Dark Knight Rises Day.

“The arrival of The Dark Knight Rises in theaters is a seminal moment for comic book readers and moviegoers; what better way to mark the occasion than with a free Batman comic book that rewards a broad range of fans and taps into the unprecedented excitement surrounding this film,” stated DC Entertainment Vice President of Marketing, John Cunningham.

Fans who visit their local comic book retailer on July 19 will receive a free, special edition comic book featuring several exclusive previews of current and upcoming Batman comic books and graphic novels. More than 500,000 copies of the free Batman comic book will be handed out that day on a first-come, first-served basis.

The free Batman: Earth One Special Preview Edition comic book features the first chapter of the highly anticipated graphic novel Batman Earth One, written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, as well as a preview of Batman Vol. 1 The Court of Owls, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo.

Full press release below.

Planetoid #1 Sells Out

You ever hear of Planetoid #1? It's the debut of comics creator Ken Garing, published by Image Comics. If you haven't heard of it, you're probably in a minority, seeing as how the first issue has sold out and everything.

The book that features the story of Silas, a hardened space pirate who finds himself stranded on a barren sphere made of scrap metal with no way to escape, features Garing on triple creative duty. He writes it, illustrates it and letters it.

The second printing of Planetoid #1 will be in stores on July 11, the same day as the second issue. It is available to order now with the Diamond code MAY128123.

Full press release below.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dreading Dredd: A Look at the New Trailer and Expecting More from Comic Book Movies

The word on the internets is that the new trailer for Dredd has been loosed on the world. Karl Urban appears to have a handle on the role, although it's tough to say the deep, gravelly voice is really necessary.

The film also boasts Lena Headey, who's all over the map these days, making a name for herself in the hearts of fanboys and girls everywhere with her roles. She plays the role of Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal, a drug kingpin of sorts who rules Mega-City One.

Early response seems slightly tepid at best. Sure, there are all the requisite shootouts, dystopian settings and expected lines of dialogue, but that seems to be it. The movie appears to be hollow and devoid of emotion. Granted, this is based on the trailer, but you would think the trailer would showcase the movie's best parts.

This begs the question: are we asking too much from our comic book movies?

Review - Complex #1

Waking up in a surrealistic nightmare is never an enjoyable experience. Waking up in a surrealistic nightmare with gaps of memory missing is even less enjoyable. That's the scenario one man finds himself entrapped by in Complex #1 from Impulsive Ideas/Alterna Comics.

Complex #1 is written by Michael Malkin, with art by Kay, letters by Dekara and cover colors by Vladimir Popov.

IDW Announces Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Borg are back. It's a reality. That and everything they bring will wreak havoc on the crew of the USS Enterprise. At least, that's what could happen. Writer Brannon Braga has a different idea in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a new series from IDW in honor of the show's 25th anniversary that joins him with Terry Matales and Joe Corroney.

"It’s a thrill and privilege to be writing in the Star Trek universe again,” said Braga. “This graphic medium will provide the narrative ambition and visual scope this story deserves -- the final chapter in The Borg saga!"

In a distant future, where the deadly Borg have assimilated the entire Galaxy, Picard, his crew and some unexpected allies must prove once and for all that resistance is not futile.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #1 hits stores in September and brings with it plenty of colons.

Full press release below.

Preview - When Judges Go Bad

Judges do have a propensity to "legislate from the bench" as the say goes, but it's highly unlikely they go bad. Unless they're the judge, jury and executioner, in which case all bets are off.

When Judges Go Bad is written by John Wagner and Mark Millar, illustrated by Chris Weston, Will Simpson, Greg Staples and more, lettered by Tom Frame and with a cover by Simpson. The 2000 AD publication shows what happens when absolute power corrupts absolutely.

From the crazy Judge Kurten - who thinks an invisible blue demon called Mo is telling him what to do - to the brutal psychopath Judge Manners and the embittered failed cadet Ralphy Bryce, this is a collection that shows even Judges of Mega-City one aren’t above the law.

The $17.99 collection will be in stores soon with interiors below.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Valiant Comics Posits "Are You Different?"

Are you different? Maybe you'll find out in Harbinger #4.

Review - Saga #4

Welcome to Sextillion! At least, that's the primary setting for Saga #4, the latest in the series from Image Comics.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue their creative rampage, with Fonografiks providing lettering.

Head Smash Being Adapted into Film


Arcana Comics has a graphic novel called HeadSmash, written by Erik Hendrix and illustrated by Dwayne Harris. It's a sci-fi thriller set in the fictional city of Ares and centers on an orphan named Smash who finds safe haven with a brutal syndicate.

Vladar is working with Arcana on the graphic novel and the cover for it will debut at San Diego Comic Con next month during the Arcana Comics panel. Vladar also directed "Big Pun: The Legacy" and "Last Day of Summer."

If you're at San Diego Comic-Con, you may want to check it out at the show.

Full press release below.

Pantha #1 Goes Back for Second Printing

Pantha #1 has stormed onto the comic book scene, taking the popularity to a second printing. This makes Dynamite and the Pantha creative team very happy.

"When I found out that Pantha #1 sold it, it was a very pleasant surprise," says Pantha writer Brandon Jerwa. "We tried to give this book its own identity, separate from VAMPIRELLA but still in the same universe. Hopefully, we've achieved that."

The first issue is written Jerwa and drawn by Pow Rodrix, with covers by Mark Texiera and Sean Chen. First appearing in Vampirella #30, Pantha is an ally of Vampirella is an ancient Egyptian cursed to live forever by the gods because of a killing spree she had gone on in ancient times.

"I am so proud of the sell-out of Pantha #1, as we endeavored to give her the same long term planning we have given Vampirella," says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "All of the hard work from Brandon, Pow! and our team has paid off, and our fans will continue to be thrilled as more issues come out!"

The second printing of Pantha #1 should be available now, with the next three issues on the horizon.

Full press release and interiors below.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lucille is Coming

Picture an older woman named Lucille winking at you while holding a martini in your hand. If you've got that picture in your head, chances are you're an Arrested Development fan.

There's another Lucille and she's coming in a big way in The Walking Dead #100. Not quite the same personality, but fans will want to pay attention July 11.

Although, you have to admit that Lucille Bluth would add a whole new dimension to the world of The Walking Dead.

Review - Mind the Gap #2

The out of body experience is a scary thing. The fright level gets amped up to eleven when you're both aware of said experience and can leverage the experience as a means of entering other bodies. Both scenarios are what Elle finds herself coping with in Mind the Gap #2.

The issue is published by Image Comics and is written by Jim McCann, illustrated by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback and lettered by Dave Lanphear (variant cover by Francesco Francavilla.

Ex Sanguine Coming from Dark Horse

Watch out now. Tim Seeley is starting to make some noise. Him and Josh Emmons are looking to get under your skin with Ex Sanguine from Dark Horse. Stay tuned.

UDON Presents Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works

Marvel and Capcom are two things that didn't make much sense together at first, but now the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. Their styles have been blended together for three fighter games and that art deserves a second look without the super hyper mega combos. UDON is here to help.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works debuts July 11 at Comic-Con and is a brand new art book collecting all the official artwork, sketches and bonus material from all of the video game collaborations. It weighs in at 200 pages and features extremely rare, high-resolution art and materials.

“This book means a lot to UDON,” says Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Erik Ko. “It was back 10 years ago that Joe Quesada at Marvel Comics gave UDON our first freelance job, and kick-started our creative services department. Then just a few years later, we became our own publisher, working closely with Capcom to publish original Street Fighter®comics! Being able to publish a book containing amazing work from both Marvel and Capcom is like a big ‘thank you’ from us to the folks who helped make us what we are today. Thank you Marvel, thank you Capcom!”

It includes stunning artworks by Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, Adi Granov and more. Complementing the classic pieces is an all-new gallery of Marvel vs. Capcom illustrations by comics superstars including Joe Ng, Long Vo, Chamba, Adam Warren and Takeshi Miyazawa.

The hardcover will feature an exclusive wrap-around cover by UDON and Marvel vs. Capcom artist Alvin Lee and digitally painted by UDON’s Genzoman and only 200 will be available over the course of the show for $100. A standard-format soft cover release will follow in late November 2012, distributed by Diamond to comics and bookstores everywhere.

Full press release and interiors below.

Howard Chaykin Debuts Black Kiss II in August


Howard Chaykin pushed every limit in the 80s with Black Kiss, a hard-boiled, erotic series that merged sex, violence and religion. This merging was made possible by sending a protagonist from LA to the Vatican as she uncovered the secrets of a vampire cult. Chaykin felt it was time to return to the IP, debuting Black Kiss II in August.

"The original series generated far more attention, notoriety and, frankly, income, than I ever anticipated." said Chaykin. "That said, after fielding offers and requests for a follow up, it wasn't until I was listening to Stephen Sondheim's Follies, specifically the anthem that closes act one, 'I'm Still Here,' that I had any idea how or what to do with a sequel. So thanks to Image for being there at the right time, and blame Stephen Sondheim."

The six-issue miniseries recounts the story behind the events of the original Black Kiss. It features Chaykin's black and white illustrations with the first issue in stores August 1. It's rated Mature for graphic depictions of sex.

Of the original Black Kiss, Chaykin has commented that "The California-ness of it is a really big deal," but in BLACK KISS II, he takes readers to New York City in the early 20th century — to a country on the brink of monumental changes, where the melting pot of steaming filth, lust, and fantasy threatens to boil over. And where, as the century moves on, the fantasies that appear on flickering film will present a means for an insatiable evil to spread.

Full press release below.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I’m not a huge fan of the transition of DC mantles from one character to another. It always seems kind of aimless and surprising to me and there’s rarely much of a relationship between the former hero and the new selected champion.

Over the years though, I’ve become a big fan of Michael Holt, a.k.a. Mister Terrific. A revamp of a DC Golden Age hero, I think Holt is one of those cool and interesting characters that helps round out the DC universe into a more cohesive place to live in.

Holt is a kind of prodigy on par with the likes of Bruce Wayne, Ray Palmer and others and he isn’t afraid to flaunt it. I always thought it was kind of strange that he walked around with the words "Fair Play" on his costume. I mean I know the old-school Mister Terrific did, but it’s finally kind of hit me what ‘Fair Play’ is all about for this guy.

Dark Horse Draws On Your Nightmares

Yep, even Dark Horse is jumping on the teaser train.

Here's hoping that goggle-equipped bear has more to him than just what you see.

Review - Ragemoor #4

Inhabiting a residence hellbent on consuming you and bending you to its will is not exactly the idea of a good time. That's exactly the situation Master Herbert is surrounded by in Ragemoor #4, the last in the four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse.

Ragemoor #4 is written by Jan Strnad and illustrated by Richard Corben (with letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot).

X-O Manowar #1 Charges to Third Printing

A third printing? Surely you jest Valiant Entertainment

X-O Manowar #1 has proven so popular that the revived publisher is set to release a third printing of the book's return to the halcyon days of publishing glory. And the third printing is even getting a spiffy sketch variant cover by Cary Nord to boot.

“The incredibly enthusiastic reception we've seen from fans and retailers is great confirmation that the right steps were taken in introducing the Valiant Universe to a whole new generation,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “For anyone who's missed out, here's your chance to find out why this series is taking everyone by surprise.”

Both the third printing of X-O Manowar #1 (with the sketch cover) and X-O Manowar #3 hit stores on July 18.

Full press release below.

Rob Salkowitz Has a Conversation


Rob Salkowitz is a clever guy. Not only is a huge comic book fan, but he's also got quite the business savvy that makes him a dual-threat as a nerd. He manages to marry both skillsets in his new book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture and interested parties get to hear him talk about the book Thursday, June 21, at MoCCA.

From 7-9 PM, Salkowitz will be on hand for a conversation with Calvin Reid of Publisher's Weekly. The book looks at comics at a crossroads of art and commerce, struggling to find their way as a relevant medium in the present and future.

Salkowitz will also do a short presentation based on his recent TED Talk “Transmedia in the Hour of the Nerd,” followed by Q&A moderated by Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly and Co-Editor of PW Comics World.

Full press release below.

Baltimore Comic-Con Tickets on Sale


The convention scene is well underway, with Comic-Con only a few weeks away. Heroes Con is next weekend and after those two the next big show would probably be Baltimore Comic-Con in September. And now tickets are on sale for that show, which takes place September 8-9.

Tickets that are now on sale include: General Admission for Saturday and Sunday, as well as Single-Day admission for both days; Stan Lee VIP Experience Tickets for Saturday only; and tickets for photo and autograph sessions with Stan Lee for Saturday only.

"Last year was our biggest year ever in terms of attendance and guest appearances," said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "This year, we want to offer the opportunity for those who missed out on Stan Lee last year their chance to get in on the action early."

With Stan Lee returning as Guest of Honor this year, tickets are sure to sell fast, so please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information about the VIP packages and to purchase your tickets online.

Full press release and current guest list below.

Friday, June 15, 2012

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.)

Now is not the time for equipment to be breaking down.

It’s finally happening after almost four years my radio gear is giving up on me……

I'm lucky now that it's working enough for me to broadcast this message. I was making such good time crossing this narrow stretch of Canada to get to the next great lake on my way to Lake Superior.

All of a sudden bam. I slipped into a ditch, got tossed around and broke my radio. It sort of works when it wants to and I've got to get it fixed.

…………………….

Review - Alpha Girl #3

Zombies are still king when it comes to comics and nobody does them better right now than Image Comics. The latest in their family of zombie comics is Alpha Girl #3 out this week.

Writers and co-creators Jeff Roenning Jean-Paul Bonjour handle the script, with artists Robert Love, Dana Shukartsi, Diego Simone and Drew Gill on the illustration side of things.