Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Letter from Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch

If someone promises twice as much Marvel for a dollar less, you better be abel to back it up. Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch feel they've got the goods to do such a thing, backing up that statement with a great deal for America's Got Powers in April from Image Comics. Issue one will be 38-pages for $2.99.

"Since I started drawing Ultimates issue one in late 2001," said Hitch, "I may have only delivered two or three 22 page books. I’ve always pushed the story either with additional visual material to underscore what’s been written or to pump action to the level we all wanted but would never have had the room for. So I just drew it the way it felt right to do so."

It's not all that rosy though. Because of the first issue being expanded for the same price, the second issue has been pushed back to a May release.

Check out the full letter and another pencil previews below.

Review - Dead Man's Run #2

If you were stuck in Hell and had the chance to escape wouldn’t you take it? What skills would you need to make it out with your soul intact and get another chance at living? These are just a couple of questions you might ask yourself if you were imprisoned in Hell.

Well don’t worry as Aspen Comics has your possible answers with their series Dead Man’s Run; the second issue of which is in stores March 7. Readers will get to see the next part of Sam Tinker's journey through the bowels of Hell as he searches for his sister and the Captain to get them all out. When dealing with Hell though you're going to need partners that can handle the stuff you'll have to do to make it out.

Dead Man's Run #2 is written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Tony Parker. It's colored by David Curiel and lettered by Josh Reed.

Uncle Silas: Genetis Trailer

How many people do you know can call themselves ecological supergeniuses? If you're like me, not many. Which makes knowing someone like Silas Mortimer Mulch a great thing. And the best way to get to know Mulch is through a graphic novel featuring him, aptly titled Uncle Silas: Genetis.

That's all good and well, but when Uncle Silas goes missing, well, things get a little crazy. When his niece and nephew Selena and Tommy show up and find him missing, they're instructed by his organic computer SOFIA that he's lost in the infinitely changing greenhouse.

The title is written and illustrated by David Follett and you can check out a trailer for it below.

Image Comics Opens the Danger Club for Sidekicks

To my knowledge, the Sidekick Lounge in The Tick animated series is really the only place dedicated to giving sidekicks a place to relax. That was years ago though and Image Comics felt it was time to reinvigorate the concept of a sidekick lounge in Danger Club #1, written by Landy Walker and illustrated by Eric Jones.

"Eric and I wanted to take they typical assortment of sidekicks and strip them of their authority figures," explained Walker. "These are the most powerful beings on the planet, and the oldest is around sixteen. You take any group of teenagers and put them in a positions of absolute power... there will be some serious consequences. Some will seek to recreate the familiar hierarchy or attempt to establish their dominance while some will some will rise to the occasion."

In Dnager Club #1, it's up to the ragtag and fragmented group of sidekicks to battle the cosmic evil threatening the world. As a sidekick though, they have a penchant for wanting to be top dog, meaning their struggle for dominance may destroy them all from within.

"The flexibility of working within our own superhero universe has been a rewarding experience," said Walker. "It's a very different animal — independent creation versus working within corporate-owned playgrounds — and it's allowing Eric and I to show sides of our work that we really haven't been given an opportunity to expose while working under a corporate umbrella. We've kind of gotten a label as 'all-ages' creators. That's not all we are. Fortunately, Image has given us an opportunity to show our range and diversity."

Danger Club #1 will hits tores April 4. A three-page preview appears in Invincible #89 in stores February 29.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Arrivals: February 29, 2012

February 29 isn't a day that happens that often. It's even more special when it's a new comic book day and there are tons of comics to get on Leap Day. Leap Day this year has a great comic from ComixTribe called The Red Ten #2.

Valiant Announces Interactive X-O Manowar Talking Variant Cover

Variant coves are nothing new in the comics game. Variant covers that talk are probably setting new standards for coves beyond just the crazy, exclusive artist variant. Valiant is preparing to offer an X-O Manowar #1 QR Voice Variant.

The cover is the world's first QR code-augmented talking comic book cover. Starting February 29, the variant will only be available at local comic shops all over the country.

"We want fans worldwide to know that something special is happening in their local comic shop during the build-up to May 2nd and the launch of the new Valiant Universe," said Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Valiant's QR Voice Variant is not only a new innovation in comics and a true incentive for retailers, but an enhanced and immersive experience for fans as well. By merging elements of print and digital, we've hopefully created something that fans will just have to seen in person!"

The cover is illustrated by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, scripted by Robert Venditti and animated by Continuity Studios. Both the cover and promo poster will give users access to a video of Manowar delivering a speech. The title hits stores May 2 and begins the journey of Valiant's most famous hero again.

"From a storytelling standpoint alone, the technology we're employing here holds enormous potential," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "For the first time anywhere, and exclusively on the printed page, Valiant can literally give its characters a voice."

Full press release below.

Vertigo Launches New Series in March

Vertigo's got some good stuff on tap in March. Good stuff in the way of four new comics, covering everything fairy tales to UFOs to Voodoo Queens and the undead.

On March 7, writer Bill Willingham starts a Fables spinoff called Fairest. Each storyline will explore the secret histories of one character, from Sleeping Beauty to Rapunzel, Cinderella to The Snow Queen, Thumbelina to Snow White and more.

The first six-issue arc follows Briar Rose after she was stolen away by the goblin army in Fables #107. Phil Jimenez lends his talents to pencil the tale with Andy Lanning on inks and Adam Hughes on covers.

One week later (March 14) has Saucer Country arriving in stores. The dark thriller features Arcadia Alvarado, the Mexican-American governor of New Mexico, faced with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She's about to start campaigning as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. The work features writer Paul Cornell and illustrator Ryan Kelly.

March 21 sees the release of Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and illustrated by Denys Cowan and John Floyd (covers by Rafael Grampá). New Orleans has its share of hauntings guided by the leadership of the Voodoo Queens, but all that changes post-Katrina.

Now, Dominique Laveau is suspected of killing a Voodoo Queen and must clear her name while finding out who's actually responsible.

Finally, The New Deadwardians is from writer Dan Abnett and illustrated by I. N. J. Culbard. The upper classes of post-Victorian England have become vampires to escape the lower classes, who are all zombies. Chief Inspector George Suttle is the lonely detective investigating murders in a world where everyone's already dead.

Full press release below.

Image Comics and the Danse Macabre


Sometimes people lie about things. Like the past. Alan Fisher is one such liar who must confront his past in a form with a familiar face. All of this lying takes place in Dancer from Image Comics.

Writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Nic Klein are pairing Alan with Quinn, a ballerina. Quinn is used to the pain and discipline of dancing, but that's nothing compared to life on the run.

"Nic and I have sought to evoke the feel and vibe of the classic spy feature--like The Man Who Came in from the Cold or The Conversation, and tie that into a modern-day thriller comic," said Edmondson. "So DANCER has a spiraling, complex darkness in it punctuated with all the firepower of a high-octane thriller.

"We wanted to offer a book unlike anything we could find on the bookshelves," Edmondson continued, and the character of Quinn is at the heart of that difference. "At the crux of it all is a vibrant, strong-willed ballerina. She ads a visual and psychological motif to the story and it is through her that we can understand the lead characters in this story."

Dancer #1 is a full-color, 32-page comic for $3.50 and hits stores May 16. Full press release below.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Daniel Johnston's Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness Launches April

Any time something is described as both "infinite" and "greatness" then it better be both. Those aren't words you just bandy about to describe anything. Judging by the cover to Daniel Johnston's work Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness it's wholly possible those words aren't misused here.

Johnston's debut graphic novel is a chance for his work to get out there in a different way. He's done covers for over 20 albums, was the subject of the 2006 documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" and his illustrations have hung in museums around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. BOOM! Studios President Ross Richie is pleased.

“This is another instance of bringing it all back home for me personally because I'm a native of San Antonio and went to school in Austin,” says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. “Daniel is a fixture of the central Texas music scene and an international symbol of the unique creativity the region offers. Getting a chance to work with a seminal voice like Daniel is exactly why I got into publishing in the first place."

Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness is a one-of-a-kind interactive comic experience that's complimented by the Space Ducks album and iOS app. The app will take readers through the Outer-Space world of Ducks and Devils, giving them games, surprising voice talent, animations and videos, links to merchandise and even Easter eggs.

The work launches at SXSW on March 13 with a show and invite-only launch party. THe 96-page book will hit stores nationwide in April for $19.99

Full press release below.

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

We at Omnicomic understand the kind of power pop culture can wield. In fact pop culture is so, ahem, popular these days in America that it’s essentially a lot less anti-establishment and a lot more a distinguishing feature of our culture in and of itself.

I mean, if you were going to describe adolescents and young adults in America and what distinguished them from other cultures wouldn’t it BE pop culture? I think for the last generation? It was rock and roll. It was the Beatles.

But this generation? I actually think it’s the Simpsons.

Seriously, do you ever take a step back and consider the magnitude of the impact this animated television show has had on our culture?

It’s more than just the catch phrases like ‘D’oh!’ (which is in the Oxford Dictionary). It’s like the show’s STYLE of humor has just become infused. In the way we talk, in the way we think. Even in the kind of humor you see in live-action movies and television shows.

The Simpsons set the new standard for funny. To be absurdly honest about your own incompetence and neediness was the new cool. To say aloud what you were thinking, no matter how idiosyncratic and childlike it was. And oh yes: this was especially funny if you were a full-grown adult.

Not that the show was some brutally dark comedy. Satire, yes, but at its core The Simpsons is probably a show about loving yourself. Loving your human-ness, loving your life even though it isn’t perfect. All of that.

Now all that being said? The Simpsons has been on the air for a LONG frickin’ TIME. And like any show it's gone through its own sort of ‘evolution’. So as our own tribute to The Simpsons here’s a little trip back through memory lane of how the show developed over the years.

Dark Horse FCBD Includes Alabaster Story

Alabaster is a new series from Caitlin R. Kiernan. It's a series that is generating quite a bit of praise and anticipation and fans wgot to see what the fuss was about thanks to a preview in Dark Horse Presents #9. Dark Horse fans have a bit more Alabaster to look forward to on Free Comic Book Day 2012.

Alabaster: Shelter will be featured in both Star Wars/Serenity and Buffy/The Guild FCBD comics on Saturday, May 5. Readers are encouraged to pick up both if they want to get the whole Alabaster story spread across them. That story will give readers a glimpse into Dancy's world and the line that separates her from the angels she serves and the monsters she hunts.

Full press release below.

Review - The Red Ten #2

Things for the heroes of The Red Ten don't seem to be getting much better. After the events in the first issue find The Oxymoron dead and Androika suddenly blowing up, the remaining members of the Alliance are forced to continue their mission for survival. The Red Ten #2 doesn't take it any easier on the heroes, giving the nine left even more to contend with.

The title is written by Tyler James and illustrated by Cesar Feliciano, with inks by Vic Moya, colors by Guillermo Ucha and a cover by CP Wilson III. Publisher ComixTribe wants to make sure you're paying attention with this one.

Moriarity Showcasing Musical Talents

Sherlock Holmes is usually the one character from that whole mythology that people remember most. And rightfully so. Image Comics wants you to remember Moriarty more, as the comic by the same name has been so successful it's now becoming a musical.

Daniel Corey is teaming up with Raymond Schnurr to create a musical based on the comic written by Corey and illustrated by Anthony Diecidue. The musical will be loosely based on the first story arc in the comic, with Corey writing and Schnurr composing. Oh, and Schnurr is also scoring Neil Gaiman's We Can Get It For You Wholesale

"I am very excited to be collaborating with Ray on the upcoming MORIARTY stage musical," states creator Daniel Corey. "Ray is very in tune with the sort of storytelling style and sensibility that Anthony and I have worked so hard to convey with this series. This show will be epic in scale, and Ray's music will bring that extra level of dynamite that will be sure to knock the audience into the abyss where the Professor resides. It will be a dark journey, but an exciting and entertaining one."

Raymond Schnurr adds, "When I read MORIARTY for the first time, I was riveted. I contacted Daniel immediately and said, 'Let's turn this into a kick-ass musical!' I am excited to work with Daniel and create a musical as intelligent and exhilarating as his comic book series!"

Full press release below.

Zenescope's Alice in Wonderland Sells Out and Reprints


Zenescope announces Alice in Wonderland sell-outs and reprint

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans for a second printing of Alice in Wonderland #1. The company’s newest Wonderland mini-series was released in January of 2012 and the initial printing sold through its 20,000 copy print run within the first few days of its release.

Further, the company has announced that Alice in Wonderland #2 has also sold out of its first printing within one day of its release after hitting shelves Wednesday, February 22nd.

Zenescope has decided to go to a second printing of issue #1 due to significant demand for additional copies from retailers and fans. Zenescope is hoping to have this second printing of issue #1 available for a March release. The company has not yet announced a reprint of issue #2.

“In five years of publishing various Wonderland mini-series, we’ve seen the demand for more Wonderland continue to increase.” said Zenescope EIC Ralph Tedesco. “Our loyal fan base has been at the heart of it all and we can’t express enough gratitude for their support.”

This news comes on the heels of CS Moore’s announcement for an Alice in Wonderland action figure. The figure was sculpted by industry star Clayburn Moore as Zenescope has teamed with CS Moore Studios to release a series of action figures based on Zenescope’s strong and sexy heroines from the series.

Alice in Wonderland #1 and #2 can currently be downloaded digitally using the Zenescope app for iphone and ipad and at Comxiology for ios or android users.

Full press release after the jump.

Friday, February 24, 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.)

It’s only been a week and I already can’t stand the ocean. Granted it's been a quiet week too with no incidents, accidents or anything else to put us in certain doom. We've made good headway up the coast and are currently parked offshore near the outlying branch of Long Island, on Fire Island.

Will Eisner Week in March Features MoCCA Panel

If you don't know who Will Eisner is you should probably start reading some more comics and then come back. The man was a legend when it comes to comics and left an indelible mark on comics. It's a good thing too, because it makes the fact that there's a week honoring him even better.

Will Eisner Week takes place Thursday, March 1, 7 PM, and is a panel discussion entitled “Will Eisner: Making the World Safe for Graphic Novels.”

The panel will consist of comics legends Paul Levitz (who will also moderate) and Dennis O’Neil, who knew and worked with Eisner, longtime Eisner agent Judith Hansen and Columbia University Comics Librarian Karen Green. The panel, organized by Will Eisner Week Planning Committee chair Danny Fingeroth, will discuss Eisner’s creative and business accomplishments and legacy, and his continuing impact on the world of sequential art, from the 1930s to the present.

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration around his March 6th birthday, promoting graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness and the legacy of Will Eisner.

Full press release below.

Preview - Turning Tiger: Special Edition

When a top secret robot goes rogue and collides with the world of a suburbar American family, things get real. Written by Richmond Clements and illustrated by Alex Moore and lettered by Jim Campbell (cover by Moore and Campbell), Turning Tiger: Special Edition comes from Arcana Studios an presents the above scenario.

The 58-page book will hit stores April 25 for $7.99. Check out some interiors after the jump.

ComixTribe Expands Mico-Distribution

If you're a small indie publisher looking to get bigger and get the name out there more, then doubling your direct-to-retailer sales for a month can only be good news. ComixTribe is rolling in good news right now.

The publisher has just announced that it has doubled the number of retailers carrying its books for the month of February. Not only that, but they're also shipping twice as many books direct-to-retailers in February as well. The publisher has opted to circumvent the traditional direct market distribution channel and their books are now being carried in more than 50 retail locations in the US and Canada.

"We couldn't be more excited about where we are as a young imprint," said ComixTribe Publisher Tyler James. "SCAM has done extremely well for us, and orders for THE RED TEN are way up for the second issue. ComixTribe has shipped more than 2,000 books direct-to-retailers in 2012, and we're just getting started." Both The Red Ten #2 and Scam #1 second printing debut February 29.

It's not just James that's excited. Local comic book shops are equally thrilled.

While the direct market has sometimes been luke-warm to new publishers, many retailers are finding real value in carrying these books. "What I love about ComixTribe is that not only are they creating quality stuff, but they never stop hustling to promote it," said Chris Proulx of Double Midnight Comic.

"THE RED TEN & SCAM have been very popular in our shop! They are selling better than mid-tier Marvel & the guys at ComixTribe work their butts off," said Ernie Pelletier of Friendly Neighborhood Comics.

On February 29 at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA, James and The Red Ten co-creator Cesar Feliciano will be on hand to sign books and provide witty banter with fans. They'll also be bringing along The Red Ten #2 first printing, The Red Ten #2 Blood Smear Variants, The Red Ten #1 first printing and The Red Ten #1 Artist Edition. Joe Martino will also be on hand to sign books as well.

Full press release and interiors below.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Darkness Reaches the Century Mark

Go ahead and smoke that cigar Jackie Estacado. You've earned it.

That's right kids. On February 29, The Darkness marks a milestone with the 100th issue, hot on the heels of the release of The Darkness II. Writer Phil Hester is ending his run with a bang, setting the stage for David Hine to take over. Not only that, but artists Romano Molenaar, Leandro Oliveira and Jose Luis are stepping aside for Jeremy Haun.

“Why couldn't they have hired someone else? Anyone else? I've been successfully pulling the wool over Darkness readers' eyes for years now, and the second they get a look at what David Hine is up to they're going to forget all about my dog and pony show,” Hester commented. “Don't believe me? Crack open Hine and Kane's BULLETPROOF COFFIN and see one of tomorrow's classics while it's fresh, then get in line behind me for The Darkness #101.”

Jackie is on a collision-course with the source of his power in the Darkness itself. Only one of them will survive the battle though and odds are it's going to be a good one.

The oversized, 48-page issue will hit stores March 21 for $4.99. It will boast covers by Todd McFarlane, Michael Golden, Haun and Michael Broussard. To commemorate this achievement, the issue will also feature a complete series cover gallery, a Darkness timeline, the winners of the Darkness II deviantART contest and a special preview of Darkness #101.

Full press release and covers below.

I'm Not a Plastic Bag Goes Green

There's a new green initiative in the graphic novel industry and it's called digital comics. Wait. No, that's the other initiative, the one that's threatening the very fabric of comics as we know it apparently. No, the other green initiative is being spearheaded by Archaia Entertainment with their upcoming release of I'm Not a Plastic Bag by Rachel Hope Allison and published in association with JeffCorwinConnect Inc.

And yes, this is based on a true story in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an accumulation of human consumer waste that floats in an area between Hawaii and the California coastline.

“I found out about the Pacific Garbage Patch kind of randomly, just stumbling on an article about it,” said Allison, who, in her day job, works as a strategist for Big Duck, a firm that helps nonprofit organizations raise funds and awareness through smart communications. “Like a lot of people, just learning that something so big and dangerous existed out in the ocean was kind of a shock, and the image of all that debris, trapped in such a remote part of the ocean, really stuck with me. That said, even some of the most disturbing pictures of the Garbage Patch also had a kind of beauty to them, and it got me thinking that the island itself might be a sympathetic character, that this might even be a love story of sorts.”

The story is told entirely without words and follows the journey of some trash. The all-star cast of discarded trash includes a supermarket plastica bag and an old umbrella as they make their way to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where they join together into a tragic and destructive island of trash that searches for its place amidst the fragile beauty of nature.

The work will also include eight pages of educational material on topics such as threated wildlife and things readers can do to decrease their footprint on the environment.

“If this story can inspire anyone else to put the power of their own imagination toward tackling the environmental challenges we face today, then I can’t imagine any higher honor,” said Allison.

Not only that, but the book will also debut Archaia’s new printing initiative in conjunction with Global PSD. Through the efforts of American Forests® and the Global ReLeaf® Program, for each tree that is cut down for the printing of I’m Not a Plastic Bag, two trees will be planted. The 88-page, full-cover, hardcover will hit stores in late March for $19.95.

Full press release and interiors below.

Preview - Ramiel - Wrath of God

Ramiel is the most fearsome warrior in God's army. I'll bet you didn't know that. It's also a safe bet that you didn't know that Javier Grillo-Marxuach knows the story of Ramiel and is presenting it to you, fine reader, in the appropriately named Ramiel - Wrath of God from Ape Entertainment.

Grillo-Marxuach is better known as one of the writers/producers on Lost, who's also had a hand in Boomtown, Medium, Charmed, The Pretender, Charlie's Angels, Jake 2.0, The Chronicle, The Dead Zone and Law & Order: SVU. As you can see, he's got some pedigree to him. Not only that, but he also wrote Annihilation: Super-Skrull and Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith for Marvel and Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse for Dynamite.

The work is illustrated by Peter Wonsowski and lettered by Deron Bennett, carrying a Diamond Code of FEB120734. Ramiel is plagued by visions calling him away, forcing him to make a decision that will affect both Heaven and Earth.

Check out the interiors below.

Leah Moore and John Reppion Make 2000 AD March 28


Leah Moore and John Reppion are like few other couples. Sure they have their squabbles, shared bank accounts and date nights. They also have a creative streak the pair shares with each other and that streak will be on display for 2000 AD for the first time.

And, oh yeah, Leah's dad is Alan Moore. Yeah, that guy.

"We are really excited to be finally working for the comic we have all grown up with (some of us more than others!)," said Leah. "I remember my dad taking me to the 2000 AD office when I was small (maybe eight?) and meeting Tharg in the flesh!

Moore and Reppion's first work for the publisher is a Tales from the Black Museum story called "Scouting for Bots" that will debut in Dredd Magazine #322. The issue goes on sale in the UK March 28 and the US April 11.

Art on the nine-page tale has been supplied by another 2000 AD fan favourite - D’Israeli, otherwise known as artist Matt Brooker.

"Leah Moore and John Reppion are amongst the exciting new generation of comics writers," said Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, "and I’m delighted to have them contributing to 2000 AD for the first time – hopefully, we’ll see more from their pen in the pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comics in the future!’

Full press release below.

Mind the Gap Brings Jim McCann Back

Books with a spirit twist can be awesome of just plain bad. Books with a spirit twist and memory loss have the potential to be more the former than the latter. Jim McCann is definitely hoping it's the former with his new series Mind the Gap, coming from Image Comics on May 2.

"I love the genre of the 'whodunit.' Psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, and film noir all influence me, and this story, heavily," said writer Jim McCann. "It’s a preternatural story — something science acknowledges on the fringe but hasn’t proven yet."

Elle Petersen is a young, wealthy and beautiful woman with someone pursuing her, only she can't remember who or why. Between her family members' and her friends' perceptions of her, Elle can't be sure which version of Ellis Peterssen is who she really was. But Elle must put together the pieces. Her identity holds the key to stopping her attacker before he can strike again.

"This is a book I've been excited about since Jim first pitched it," noted Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "I feel like we really got lucky with this one, because Jim is a great writer and just a consummate professional, and Rodin — well, I've been admiring his cover work for ages, but that still didn't prepare me for how insanely awesome his interior work is! Pleased beyond belief to be associated with such amazing talent!"

The series features art by Rodin Esquejo and colors by Sonia Oback. It's a full-color, 48-page book available for $2.99 in May. A preview of the issue's 9-page prologue ran in USA Today on February 22.

"This story will take on some otherworldly scenes, which the team handles beautifully, as well as some very real and gritty situations, sometimes even violent," he said. "I wanted that to look as realistic as possible, and juxtapose it with the clean, beautiful atmosphere Rodin and Sonia deliver."

Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review - Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

A few years ago, Big Huge Games was on the verge of being shut down. THQ had just bought them in a buying spree, but quickly realized that the bread and butter of BHG didn’t really align with what THQ wanted to do. This led to a bit of uncertainty at the developer, until Curt Schilling and 38 Studios snapped them up.

The first fruit of their partnership is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a game that supposedly combines the MMO 38 Studios was working on in Copernicus (and is still supposedly working on to follow KoA: Reckoning) with the RPG (Crucible) BHG was working on. It’s a game that’s sprawling in size and customization, but sadly is lacking in two things that often count most in RPGs: story and emotion.

The concept behind KoA: Reckoning is fairly solid. You’re a hero—raised from the dead nonetheless—in a world where everything is predetermined by fate. Since you've died and came back, your fate is still uncertain, and it’s up to you, the gamer, to write it. The game blends elements of action and RPGs, providing you ample opportunity to prove your chops through a variety of gameplay styles.

Please note that Omnicomic's review is for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

Zenescope April Solicitations

Things are not well in the Zenescope universe. Well, they're good from a business perspective, with a ton of comics due out in April. They're not good in that those comics have a ton of action going on in them that could spell trouble for the characters involved.

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Alice In Wonderland #4 is written by Raven Gregory and illustrated by Robert Gill (with covers by Jason Embury and Stjepan Sejic) and has the Queen of Spades fully revealed as the grand manipulator behind Alice's escape from the Jabberwocky. This issue answers the question of why, all the while the armies of Wonderland are mobilizing for more madness.

Written by Paul Ruditis and illustrated by Dean Kotz (cover by David Seidman), Charmed #20 has Magic School's doors closed, leaving Knox Academy as one of the few places left for sheltering those in need. Piper, Phoebe and Paige must team with staff to protect themselves and friends.

Zenescope's bread and butter has more with Grimm Fairy Tales #72 by Gregory and illustrated by Mike Capprotti. Sela's journey to find the tomb of Death. In her quest she learns the truth of the temple that was once the training grounds for the knights of the realm.

Grimm Fairy Tales April Fools' Edition #3 is somewhat lighter fare when it comes to Zenescope properties. Written by Ralph Tedesco and illustrated by Anthony Spay, the title re-letter stories from the Grimm Fairy Tales universe with a Mystery Science Theater 3000 slant.

Grimm Fairy Tales presents THE JUNGLE BOOK #2 is a non-Alice related comic, written by Mark Miller and illustrated by Mike DeBalfo. Shere Kahn prepares to strike at the very heart of the wolf clan beginning
with his most hated rival and Mowglii's surrogate mother, mother wolf. Mowglii is off encountering Baloo who has something of a vicious streak in him.

Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends #16 is written by Gregory and illustrated by Sejic. Samantha, Baba Yaga, the Dark One and The Sea Witch all have something in common: each are searching for falsebloods who dwell on earth in preparation of a war that looms on the horizon. That secret and what role the rogue Beast will play are revealed in this issue.

Another of the non-Alice tales is The Waking: Dreams End #1 by Gregory and illustrated by Novo Malgapo. Murder has practically become extinct in the world, but naturally that means there's a void for a new kind of killer.

Grimm Different Seasons TPB Volume 2 is written by Brusha, Tedesco and Gregory. THe second volume collects some of the series' most popular one-shots, including the 2011 Holiday Edition, 2011 Halloween Edition,
2008 original Grimm Fairy Tales Annual
and the 2009 Grimm Fairy Tales Annual.

Finally, Jurassic Strike Force 5 #5 is written by Brusha and illustrated by Ciao Cacau. The evil alien overlord Zalex's secret weapon has been revealed and Rex and the rest of the Strike Force really have their hands full. Will they be able to defeat such a formidable foe?

Full solicitations and covers after the jump.

Exclusive Skullkickers Poster at Image Expo

Image Expo fans get ready to get your skull kicked.

Not only will the property have a presence at the show, but attendees will also be able to get their hands on a 18" x 24" fantasy map of the world of Skullkickers. It's quite the prize that will make any wall look better.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Arrivals: February 22, 2012

Dorothy once famously said there's no place like home. Home is where we all want to be, but you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wants to be home more than Dorothy. Well, maybe Dee in No Place Like Home #1.

Aspen May 2012 Solicitations

Aspen's got some great stuff on tap for May. Fans of some of their flagship series will be thrilled at what will be waiting for them on store shelves.

On May 9, fans of Kiani will be able to pick up Fathom: Kiani Vol. 2 #2 from Vince Hernandez and Oliver Nome (colors by John Starr). Kiani is back in Marielle to establish a new base of operations for her team. The rebuild is set against the backdrop of tensions between the Elite Council led by Siphon and Saba's commander Thallassar have reached a boiling point. Naturally, Kiani has to make a tough choice between the two.

Broken Pieces #3 hits stores May 23, from writer Mark Roslan and illustrator Cory Smith (colors by Beth Sotelo). The broken pieces of Dr. Richard Adams' life starts to come together as he comes to grips with all that's happened--both to him and the world around him. Meanwhile, Gabriella must make a tough decision to continue working for Ludas and Trinion.

Everything you know about magic continues to vanish in Charismagic #6 from Vince Hernandez and Khary Randolph (colors by Emilio Lopez) on May 2. Hank, Sudana and Sparkles must find a way to save Kon to stand against Samsun. The stakes are high, with Hector and Alle at risk for being trapped in the Void Realm forever if things don't work out the way they want.

Finally, May 16 sees the release of Dead Man's Run #4. Written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Tony Parker (colors by David Curiel), the quest of cartographer Sam Tinker continues to rescue his innocent sister from Hell. As he and his merry team make their way through the place of evils he realizes it has an enemy he couldn't imagine.

Full solicitations and covers after the jump.

Preview - Witchblade/Red Sonja #1

What do you get when you take two powerful women who can kill just about anyone and pair them up? A Republican's worst nightmare. OR Witchblade and Red Sonja.

The latter occurs in Witchblade/Red Sonja #1, written by Doug Wagner and illustrated by Cezar Razek (cover by Ale Garza). In it, Red Sonja is investigating a cannibalistic monstrosity in a mountain while Sara Pezzini investigates the death of a Catholic priest. It doesn't take long to realize these two events are probably related.

The issues hits stores February 22 and interiors are below.

Adventure Time #1 Hits Third Printing

Normally when kids are having adventure time it can get a little out of hand. The parent (or some other responsible adult) has to step in and bring things down a bit. Cool it on the rambunctiousness as it were. Readers are having such a blast with Adventure Time #1 from KaBOOM! that the good times aren't ending. In fact, they're hitting round three.

The first two printings of the series by Ryan North and Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (back-up story by Aaron Renier) have completely sold out. The third printing (Diamond code: JAN128109) will feature an all-new cover by Chris Houghton. Despite the new cover, the story will be the same.

Finn the Human, Jake the Dog and Princess Bubblegum are traipsing all over The Land of Ooo for adventure after adventure. Apparently, 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time and not the end of the world as we know it.

Full press release below.

More Guests Added to Boston Comic-Con

What, you think the folks putting together Boston Comic-Con 2012 were done adding talent? Psshaw I say.

A slew of new creators have just been added, including Joe Sinnott, Kevin Eastman, Eric Canete, Keu Cha, Todd Dezago, Ian Glaubinger, Daniel Govar, Mark Morales, Sara Richard, Stephane Roux, Matteo Scalera, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Charles P. Wilson III and Dexter Vines. The show organizers are trying to make the show's fifth-year anniversary kind of a big deal.

Sinnott is best known for Thor, Silver Surfer, Captain America and the Avengers. Eastman is "that TMNT guy" (and I say that affecitonately) while Eric Canete is an animator who's worked on Aeon Flux, Exo Squad and X-Men.

You might know Cha from The Darkness, Fathom, Rising Stars and Witchblade. Dezago is a renowned writer, scribing alongside artist Mike Wieringo on Sensational Spider-Man and creating Young Justice with Todd Nauck.

Glaubinger is a featured artist at Gallery 1988 in LA and Govar knows a thing or two about Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings. Morales makes his wage by inking titles for Marvel, inlcuding Secret Invasion, Siege and Thor. Richard is best known for Atomic Robo and is also found in Pre-Historic Times Magazine, several Marvel trading card sets, Zombie Bomb and in her new children's book Kitty and Dino.

Hold on. Let me catch my breath.

Roux is making the trek from France (lovely country that it is) to bring her sex, pinup-style to adoring fans. Scalera is an Italian artist (not coming from Italy that I'm aware of), known for his work on Marvel's Deadpool line.

Sniegoski has written The Fallen and is the only writer ever invited to work on Jeff Smith’s award winning series Bone, working with Smith on Bone: Tall Tales.

Wilson III is the illustrator and co-creator of The Stuff of Lenged and Vines is one half of the eDex Team, alongside Ed McGuiness. He's worked on titles for Marvel and DC including Civil War, Superman/Batman, JLA Classified and Wolverine: Old Man Logan.

Phew. They join all the talent already announced, giving this year's show the potential to be really, really good. Check out the full press release below.

Image Expo Welcome Party Celebrates Comics, Music & Free Speech

The Image Expo kicks off next weekend and a west coast convention isn't a west coast convention without a convention kick-off party. It's even better when the party is for a quality cause. February 24 at 8 PM will be the start of the convention, with the Image Expo Welcome Party getting things off on the right foot. And proceeds from the party will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who will have a gift bag for members and donors.

"The way Downtown Oakland has transformed itself over the last couple years is really inspiring, and I have a lot of admiration for all the people who made that happen,” said Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson. “Being able to involve Image in an event that takes place within such a vibrant community feels really good."

Many of the superstar creators appearing at the Image Expo will be in attendance for the Image Expo Party, including Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, Erik Larsen, Jim McCann, Blair Butler, Rob Guillory, Fiona Staples, Tim Seeley, Sina Grace and Joe Keatinge.

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said, “The Bay Area is an incredible creative place, and we’re thrilled to be working with Image and iFanboy to make this killer celebration of art and music that thanks our members for supporting our important work! I can’t wait to meet everyone who comes out!”

The party will also which will feature a musical performance by The Philistines, as well as music from DJs Dollar Bin and Wall Piece and some special celebrity guest DJs.

“We’re super excited to be teaming up with Image Comics and the CBLDF for this event,” said iFanboy co-founder Ron Richards. “There’s nothing better than celebrating comics and rocking out on the eve of a great convention like Image Expo!”

Doors open at 8 PM at The Uptown in Oakland. It's free for CBLDF members and a suggested $10 donation for everyone else. Full press release below.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

You know what I’m NOT that into? Toys.

I’ve just never been one of those guys that collects toys. You think I WOULD be, what with everything else I’m into. Video games, role playing games, comic books.

I’ve just never been one of those guys that goes to Toys R' Us and picks up the entire LINE of the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures as soon as they came out. You know? And I’m not talking about having an action figure on the hood of your car or something cute like that.

You KNOW the guys I’m talking about. With T-O-Y-S. Lots of them. Complete with little accessories and everything.

I’m not quite sure if I get the appeal. Actually, maybe I get the appeal and it scares me. I mean, to me, what I love about fantasy is usually to take it very, very seriously. Buying toys as an adult seems the antithesis of this, to sort of recapture that feeling you had as a kid.

Not that that’s wrong, I suppose.

Interview - Dov Torbin

Dov Torbin is a young go-getter. The type of creator that's thriving right now thanks to sites and tools to get his work out there. His newest work, The Revolution Will Be Televised, is available at the ACT-I-VATE website. He's also working on a Kickstarter project that gives fans the chance to by shirts screened with strips from some of the finest artists around.

Torbin was awesome and decided to sit down with Omnicomic to talk about his works, the Kickstarter project and a few other things.

Dynamite Entertainment Presents The Spider

In what seems to be the theme in the industry these days, Dynamite Entertainment is being sued by the Burroughs estate over Tarzan and John Carter. It'll probably drag on for a while, ending in a settlement of sorts. In the mean time, Dynamite is still going to crank out new series, with The Spider being next on the docket.

The Spider is considered to be one of the greatest pulp characters of all time and The Spider #1 is the first of the character's relaunch in May. The series will be written by David Liss and drawn by Colton Worley, with covers by Alex Ross, John Cassaday and Francesco Francavilla.

"David [Liss] and Colton [Worley] are a perfect pairing for the Spider," states Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. "The moment we saw Colton's first pages from #1 we spread them around like proud new parent's showing off pictures of our first-born, they were that amazing. All thanks to the incredible script by David of course. The time is right for a pulp revival and we're leading the charge."

The first issue features Richard Wentworth, a decorated war hero and the son of a wealthy industrialist. He also moonlights as The Spider, fighting for justice in a rapidly decaying New York City. Using wits, technology and pistols he fights a one-man war against crime.

"Part of what always made The Spider so cool was the sheer scope of destruction caused by his villains," says The Spider writer David Liss. "The Spider's enemies thought nothing of demolishing city blocks, killing thousands, turning countless innocents into mindless slaves. Faced with crime this insane, The Spider had turn himself into a force of equal ferocity, destruction and ruthlessness. He's the most badass and take-no-prisoners of the pulp heroes because he has to be, and it's been absolutely awesome transferring that kind of sentiment from the 1930s to contemporary times. Some things have been updated, but he's still the kind of vigilante that makes the bad guys wet their pants."



"This book has it all," adds artist Colton Worley. "It's got action, pulp, noir, horror, romance...everything you could ever want in a story all in one place. And helping to create the world that David Liss has set up has been a great experience.

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The Spider was created by Harry Steeger at Popular Publications in 1933. He fought crime by donning a black fedora, a black cape, a trademark ring and a brace of .45 automatics to terrorize the criminal underworld, while driving in his sleek black specially outfitted Daimler.



Full press release and interiors below.

Peter Panzerfaust #1 Sells Out

The tale of Peter Pan is one that never gets old. In fact, when it's done in a fresh way it seems readers just can't get enough of the tale of hope and lost boys. It also happens to be the case of Peter Panzerfaust #1, which has just sold out and will return to a second printing on March 14.

In the first issue of this new ongoing series by Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins, French orphans in Calais, a French city that has been heavily bombed by the Germans, encounter a charismatic American soldier. Inspired by his esprit, the boys find themselves trusting him with their lives and learning that they can perform feats they would have never thought possible.

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

Friday, February 17, 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.)

Got to the coast? Check.

Locating a boat was not the easy part. Sure I found plenty of boats along the coast, but they were half-sunk, burnt out or generally worthless. I kinda of anticipated it would be bad here along the coast—same as it as pretty much everywhere—but didn't realize how hard the coast was actually hit.

Review - Broken Pieces #2

The brilliant scientist is often a character that is a troubled soul. Typically, their genius is a gift and a curse. While they're always on the verge of solving all the world's problems with one formula, they're also one twist of fate away from suffering at the hands of an experiment gone horribly wrong. Dr. Richard Adams is such a scientist.

Mark Roslan continues writing the near-apocalyptic story that's illustrated by Micah Kaneshiro (colors by Beth Sotelo and letters by Josh Reed) and published by Aspen Comics.

Epic Kill and Girl Assassins

Who says women can't do everything men can? Sure, their pay still isn't up to snuff when it comes to side-by-side comparisons. And yes, there is still a "glass ceiling" of sorts preventing them from climbing too high. Of course, none of that applies to the world of assassins and women, where Epic Kill shows that a woman can be just as lethal as a man.

The series is written by Raffaele Ienco and focuses on eighteen-year-old Song, an assassin who doesn't realize it. She attends the St. Thomas School for Troubled Girls, where hints of her past slip into her daily life. Little things, like catching a tea cup before it falls and shatters on the floor.

"Song was taught to 'suppress all human emotion and compassion' because of her mission — which is far bigger than what you see in the first issue — can’t be completed by someone with doubt, someone who would stop for even a second and question what she is doing," Ienco elaborated. "She’s come to America to fulfill this mission and left all the tears she’ll ever shed back home in the body of the little girl she once was. Anyone who gets in her way… better move."

In Epic Kill #1, Song must fight her way through scores of men trying to kill her in order to find out who sent them, hopefully while solving the mystery of who she is in the meantime.

The first issue from Image hits stores May 2. Full press release below.

2012 Harvey Awards Nominations Available

The Harvey Awards are the prestigious awards of the comic book industry. They're presented at Baltimore Comic-Con and now you can get in on the voting action at Harveyawards.org.

Ballots are due for submission by Monday, April 16, 2012. In addition to being available on the website, ballots will be sent to all major publishers and distributed at comic conventions. Not only that, but Scott Kurtz will be the Master of Ceremonies for the awards banquet on September 8th.

"After Scott, Stan Lee, and the Fake Stan Lee brought the house down again last year, we had to have him back! We are thrilled that Scott agreed to come back to Baltimore and help to make the Harvey Awards ceremony as fun and exciting as the last few years have been!" said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th. Additional details about the Harvey Awards and the awards ceremony will be released over the next few months.

Full press release below.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review – Prototype 2 #1: The Anchor Part 1

Prototype is exactly the kind of IP that lends itself to comic form. Just in case you don’t immediately know from the cover shot, this is a comic that I would assume intends to fill in the gap left between the first and second video games of the same name. I didn’t play much Prototype so I can’t speak for the game with any real intelligence, but I am a HUGE fan of crossovers like this that expand on the story. Having the writer of the game also put together the story for the comic is obviously helpful.

Dan Jolley, Paco Diaz, Michael Atiyeh and Michael Heisler combine to write, draw, color and letter this companion title and Dark Horse is taking care of the publishing. One thing I can tell you is based on the sheer madness of the game and some of the dark titles Dark Horse has put out over the years, it's safe to say that our main character, Alex Mercer, is going to be ripping some people apart.

What else might happen? Well read on for some hints and also to catch whether I think this will be a GOOD crossover from games into comics.

Al Jaffee Honored at MoCCA

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a nice little spot in New York City where you can see some of the pioneering art that's made comics as big as they are today. Occasionally, on a Thursday the museum will have MoCCA Thursday, in which a comic visionary is showcased. On Thursday, February 23, that visionary happens to be none othat than Al Jaffee, who will be on hand himself to talk about the release of the four-volume set of The Mad Fold-In Collection from Chronicle Books.

Joining him on the panel will be MAD Art Director Sam Viviano, MAD writer Arie Kaplan and artist Arnold Roth. Danny Fingeroth will be moderating and there's the promise of surprise guests!

It all takes place on Thursday, February 23, at the MoCCA, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $7, unless you're a MoCCA member, in which case it's free.

Full press release below.

I Kill Giants Wins International Manga Award

Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura deserve some credit. Their collaborative work I Kill Giants has just received the International Manga Award from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

"We do a lot of books I'm extremely proud of, but this is one is way up there," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "The outstanding work Joe and Ken did on I KILL GIANTS is proof positive of how great this medium is. That something so moving and heartfelt can be both a critical and commercial success should be an inspiration to creative people everywhere. It's nothing short of an honor to be associated with such an extraordinary piece of work."

Originally published in 2008, the book has seen a release in an oversized hardcover collection in 2010 and tells the story of Barbara Thorson. Barbara is an acerbic fifth-grader caught up in fantasy she starts to believe she can actually kill giants with an ancient Norse warhammer.

Kelly and Niimura will receive their award in a ceremony on Friday, followed by a ten-day tour of Japan, during which they will meet with Japanese cartoonists and publishers and visit areas hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year.

Full press release below.

The Dirt That Brings the Hurt

Studio 407 has got a big golem coming your way in May. The "Dirt That Brings the Hurt" is coming to stores soon. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Marvel vs. Gary Friedrich and the Destruction of Artists Alley

Update: Joe Quesada and Dan Buckley speak to CBR about Marvel's side of the Ghost Rider lawsuit. The sky isn't falling on Artist Alley.

By now you've surely heard about Marvel and Gary Friedrich. If you haven't, a recap is in order.

Marvel recently won a lawsuit against Friedrich regarding Ghost Rider (check out the full text here). More specifically, who's actually the "owner" of the Spirit of Vengeance. In 2007, Friedrich sued Marvel, Columbia Pictures and Hasbro that copyrights used in Ghost Rider (the movie) were actually his. Friedrich claimed to have created the character in 1968 and agreed to publish the character through Magazine Management, which eventually became Marvel Entertainment.

Friedrich alleges that—despite Marvel claiming the copyright to the character's origin in Marvel Spotlight #5—Marvel never registered the work with the US Copyright Office. As such, the rights to the character should have reverted to Friedrich in 2001. This didn't happen, and Marvel won the suit and, recently, also won the rights to $17,000 in damages due to Friedrich continuing to sell Ghost Rider merchandise of his own creation.

The $17,000 will get Marvel to drop the countersuit and provide him the chance to continue signing licensed Ghost Rider merchandise. Now people are panicking that Artist Alley is about to be blown up. That's probably not going to happen.

Preview - Jack Avarice is the Courier TPB

Spies! Explosions! Deadly beauties! All are usually the makings of a find spy story with a dashing leading man in the thick of it all. You'll find all that and more in IDW's Jack Avarice is the Courier TPB, in stores now.

Chris Madden is the jack-of-all-trades creator on this one, where a down-on-his-luck kid who dreams of a life like the movies meets the world's greatest secret agent. It's a TPB, so expect to pay the TPB price of $19.99.

Check out the interiors after the jump.

Garfield Gets a Monthly Comic

Antoine Dodson may have you hide your kids and hide your wife (in a surely by now outdated meme), but when the big orange tabby cat Garfield comes around you should hide your lasagna and hide you dogs. He's got a penchant for eating the first and irking the second. This May KaBOOM! launches Garfield #1, written by Mark Evanier and illustrated by Gary Barker.

“We’re excited to be working with BOOM! Studios to bring fans the first comic book with Cattitude,” Jim Davis, Garfield’s creator, said. “Watch out, Dark Knight and Man of Steel…here comes Garfield!”

The title will return Garfield to his roots of monthly exploits with Jon, Odie and all the other familiar characters in the all-ages title. For every 10 copies ordered (Diamond Code of MAR120887), retailers receive 1 free copy. For every 15 copies ordered, retailers may order 1 free Gary Barker "Superhero" variant. For every 30 copies ordered, retailers may order 1 First Appearance Garfield variant free.

“We are incredibly honored to work with this character and this creative team,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said. “Mark Evanier wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode of seven seasons of the show GARFIELD AND FRIENDS, one of the longest-running Saturday Morning cartoon shows in history, and works on THE GARFIELD SHOW right now. He, along with strip artist Gary Barker, were hand-picked by Jim Davis himself, so we know we've got just the right creative team.”

Full press release below.

Jean-Luc Picard Meets Doctor Who

Various crews of the starship Enterprise have boldly gone where no man has gone before multiple times. Some of the things they've seen would make lesser humans tremble in. It's known though that the crew has yet to visit one person. A doctor renowned time and space over. A man named Doctor Who.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 joins two of the grandest sci-fi properties ever. Based on the title, you can probably take a guess as to the nature of the villain in the crossover.

"By joining these two sci-fi powerhouses, fans will be taken on the ultimate adventure through time and space," said Liz Kalodner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Consumer Products.

The Borg and the Cybermen team up against Jean-Luc Picard and Doctor Who in the eight-issue series written by Scott and David Tipton (with an assist from Tony Lee) and illustrated by J.K. Woodward.

"We are excited about this new adventure for the Doctor and the fact that he will be traveling with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his iconic crew. This is a perfect partnership for not only Doctor Who’s incredible fans, but also for the brand. We have just celebrated our most successful year yet. Doctor Who’s latest season delivered record ratings for BBC AMERICA and it was most downloaded full TV seasons of 2011 in the U.S. on the iTunes Store," says Soumya Sriraman, executive vice president Home Entertainment and Licensing.

Full press release below. Try to contain yourselves.

Life on Higher Earth

BOOM! Studios knows something we don't. That is? That space is dead. And we're living on some higher Earth. Interesting.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Arrivals: February 15, 2012

In the week of love (or just the week of mass marketing to make you buy candy and flowers), it's not often that you cheer for a long death. Unless, of course, that long death just so happens to be related to the B.P.R.D., as in B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death #1.