Friday, August 31, 2012

Tragedy in the TARDIS: A Pond Loss is Bigger on the Inside

A version of this article also appears on The Nerd Machine.

Doctor Who season 7 kicks off tomorrow night with a five-episode run that promises to feature Daleks, dinosaurs and death. Well, the death part may or may not come to fruition, but head honcho Steven Moffat has promised a heartbreaking end.

“Not everybody gets out alive – and I mean it this time!”

Based on that statement and the fact that there’s a new companion slated to meet the good Doctor in the Christmas episode, it’s a good bet that either one or both of the beloved Ponds will meet an untimely end. In fact, the latest episode of the webseries Pond Life show discord between the happily married couple.

If they are going to meet a tragic end, how will Moffat do it? Let’s take a look at the upcoming episodes to try and guess which Doctor Who big bad it’s going to be that drains the Ponds.

Caveat time. Clearly these are all hypotheses and shouldn’t be taken as fact. If they were, I’d be a very rich man helming one of the best sci-fi shows on right now.

Instead, they’re just quick takes on each episode and the likelihood of the Ponds meeting the end of their companionship with the Doctor in that episode.
Whether or not the companionship between Amy and Rory survive is a whole different thing entirely.

Spoiler alert ahead in episode names and descriptions.

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.

BAMBAMBAM

That’s the last of ‘em.

Good thing too as I've just about run out of the ammo that I brought with me on this run. Time to loot what I can off of them and get back before more show up to find the source of the shots.

Hello out there. Been a busy week? For me it's been one hell of a week.

Review - Creepy Scarlett Volume 1

Last April, Omnicomic reviewed Creepy Scarlett #1, an interesting look at a witch with defending duties. Since then, writer Graeme Buchan has released a "remastered" volume one, which includes the original two stories (Creepy Scarlett vs. Zombies and Creepy Scarlett vs. Pumpkinface) as well as a new story in "Creepy Scarlett & the Order of the Red Sun."

The remastered issue is written by Buchan, with art by Felipe Sanhueza Marambio, Ozzy Longoria and J.C. Grande, with the cover by Longoria and Sergio Arcuna, colors and letters by Jessica Jimerson, SFX lettering by Keith Perkins and the chapter covers by Nadica Boskovska.

Escape from Hat Debuts September 4

If you've ever tried putting a hat on a child, then you know it's an adventure. The kid fights, twists and turns to take it off, if for nothing else to throw it on the ground. That scenario puts into context a new children's book called Escape from Hat.

The new book is written by Adam Kline and illustrated by Brian Taylor. It tells the story of a lucky rabbit, a sinister black cat and the boy named Leek whom they both lay claim to. The book reimagines the classic hero’s journey, combining a traditional epic narrative with a contemporary aesthetic. The result has garnered considerable praise.

Chris Wedge, Oscar-winning director of Ice Age, cites the book’s notable peers. “‘Escape from Hat’ is effortless fantasy,” he writes, “a modern cousin to the works of Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, and L. Frank Baum, that comes alive in your hands. It is an exquisite pastiche of story, prose, and illustration – which is a five-dollar way of saying it is a very good book.”

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is equally enthusiastic. “This is a classic fairy tale laced with the wit of a contemporary humorist, and the intensity of Taylor's artwork is breathtaking,” says Eastman. “‘Escape from Hat’ is truly a grand adventure, completely original and just so totally cool.”

The hardcover and digital versions of Escape from Hat launch exclusively through Amazon on September 4, 2012.

Full press release below.

Vegas Billboard for Scam Spurs New Customers

The saying goes "what's good for the goose is good for the gander" and it seems to be ringing true for Joe Mulvey's Scam, its publisher ComixTribe and comics in general.

Two weeks after erecting a 48-foot billboard to promoting the world-wide launch of a new creator-owned comic book near the Vegas strip, local shops are reporting increased foot traffic and inquiries into both Scam and comics. This creator/publisher/retailer promotion done in coordination with Vegas retailer Jay Bosworth of Maximum Comics was intended to raise awareness for the new superpowered con-men series which released this Wednesday, and for comics in general.

"A billboard for a comic book-- on the Las Vegas Strip? Crazy, I thought. Nuts. Who would do that? Comix Tribe's Tyler James and SCAM creator Joe Mulvey, that's who," said Bosworth, whose Maximum Comics boasts three locations in the Las Vegas area.

"I was thrilled to be asked to try something so new for our industry, and yet so familiar in the world of marketing. And you know what? It's working. The buzz and online chatter about looking up and seeing a billboard for a comic book has translated into visits to the shop and reserves for the new Diamond printing of issue #1.

The very fact that these guys are willing to take a risk to try something new to get new readers into comic shops deserves your consideration when ordering and promoting this title! This is the kind of marketing that'll make the Big Publishers take notice, and maybe even get them to try new ways of reaching new readers, too!"

The billboard, located on Tropicana and the Vegas strip, will run for another three-weeks on the Vegas strip, but it seems to be having a positive effect for retailers outside of Vegas as well.

"Kudos to Joe Mulvey and ComixTribe, for raising the bar on small-press promotion," said retailer Larry Doherty of Larry's Wonderful World of Comics, whose New England Comics Retailer's Alliance was instrumental in getting SCAM off the ground earlier this year. "Now, where are Marvel and DC's billboards promoting comics?"

Mulvey has been trying to convert non-comics readers into avid fans one person at a time in his popular "What Do You Really Know About Comics?" series of interviews. The common thread that runs through those interviews is that comic books have next-to-no public awareness to the non-Wednesday warrior.

"All to often, the comics industry spends its time preaching to the converted," said James. "You and I know how great the medium is, and that pop culture follows comics and not the other way around. But it's important to let the rest of the world know that, too."

Scam #1 is the Diamond Comics debut for ComixTribe and the debut series for Mulvey. Scam #2 (AUG120968) will be on the shelves in October.

Full press release below.

Skullkickers #18 Goes Anthology

Skullkickers from Image Comics is a big hit. The series boasts hilarious writing, vibrant art and violence befitting of the comic book's name. In the upcoming 18th issue, the book will feature some of independent comics' best with stories of their own. "Tavern Tales" is a collection of short stories.

"We put out the call to fans of Skullkickers or any creative comic creators at all — submit your Skullkickers short story ideas or submit a two-page sample of artwork based on a sample script we had posted at www.skullkickers.com,"explained series creator and writer Zub. "With over 300 entries, it was incredibly difficult narrowing it down to one writer and one artist, but in the end Aubrey Sitterson and Ivan Anya popped to the top of their respective groups and their short story collaboration is going to knock people out!"

Included in the mix are John Layman and Rob Guillory, Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore, Blair Butler, Charles Soule and J. Torres. Meanwhile, Aubrey Sitterson and Ivan Anya won the Skullkickers Tavern Tales contest and will have their short story featured in the book.

Skullkickers #18 hits stores September 26. Full press release below.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

StarWarp Concepts Attends the Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con is getting more and more street cred in the comic community with more and more publishers signing on for the show. The latest? StarWarp Concepts.

Artists Alley table #A189 is where you'll find the publisher. On site will be Steven A. Roman promoting The Saga of Pandora Zwieback and Richard C. White, who will be promoting The Chronicles of the Sea Dragon.

On sale at the booth will be Blood Feud: The Saga of Pandora Zwieback, Book 1, Lorelai: Sects and the City and The Bob Larkin Sketchbook. There will also be t-shirts, comics and role-playing game figurines.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Pandora Zwieback Website right now to download a free digital copy of The Saga of Pandora Zwieback #0. The comic is written by Roman and with art by Eliseu Gouveia.

Full press release below.

Lady Death is Baltimore Bound and Ready to Rock

There are tons of exclusives being named for Baltimore Comic-Con, but very few of them can compare with the grave seriousness of the ones from Coffin Comics. The group announced that Brian Pulido will be at the show and to commemorate the event, three new Lady Death exclusives will be revealed. Oh, and they'll feature covers by Greg Capullo and Joseph Michael Linsner.

Lady Death: Judgment War #1 - Heavy Duty Edition features cover art by Capullo and is enhanced with seven 1/4" heavy metal spikes. It will be limited to just 99 serially numbered copies. Lady Death: Judgment War #1 - Blood Red Skies Edition features art by Capullo and is limited to 199 serially numbered copies and features a cardstock cover.

"Greg and I share a love of heavy metal and Judas Priest," Pulido says. "These editions, named after classic Judas Priest songs, commemorate that."

Also premiering is Lady Death: Tribulation #1 - Blood Beach Edition, featuring a Linsner cover and limited 199 serially numbered copies.

"Back in the day, Linsner showed me the path and inspired me to publish comics," Pulido admits. It's an honor to have him contributing to the Lady Death legend."

The first two will be $40 each, while the last one will be $20. Preorders are accepted on a first come, first serve basis at www.CoffinComicsShop.com. The three creators will also be on-hand at the show for signing copies. All exclusives ship September 12, 2012.

Full press release below.

Review - Shining Force Feather: Design Works

A lot goes into making a video game. There's story, graphics, audio. You name it and it's likely in there. A lot of it happens behind the scenes, but fans don't get to see all that good stuff too often.

That's why when a book like UDON Entertainment's Shining Force Feather: Design Works is released, fans will want to take notice.

Cy Dethan Returns With Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours

Vince Morley is a very sick man. It's more than just cancer. No, he's afflicted with Cancertown, a monstrous alternate world where a very violent and vengeful creature has emerged. Sound like a fun time to you? If it does, then you'll love Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours from Markosia. Bryan Talbot seems to think highly of it.

"For a first graphic novel from a new creative team, Cancertown is remarkable. Cy's Dethan's concept alone is brilliant. We’re seeing here the first outing of creators who will make their mark on the future comic industry. Cancertown will disorientate you, suck you in, chew you up and spit you out and you might well be in need of a change of underwear by the end. Don’t say I didn’t warn you."

The book is a sequel to Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth and features Cy Dethan as the writer, Graeme Howard on pencils and inks, Peter Mason on colors and Nic Wilkinson lettering.

The book is slated to hit stores in November is currently available for preorder with Diamond Order Code SEP12 0727.

Full press release and interiors below.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch Becoming a Star

Rachel Hope Allison wrote I'm Not a Plastic Bag from Archaia, taking a look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She did an interview regarding the work, hoping to draw attention to the monstrosity floating aimlessly throughout the ocean. Image Comics has their own look at the garbage patch in a new series called Great Pacific by Joe Harris and Martín Morazzo.

"Chas has a noble heart, but human frailties," said Harris of the series protagonist. "He wants to solve this massive environmental problem but he's going to do it his way and by his rules. He doesn't just mean to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He means to conquer it."

In Great Pacific, Chas Worthington, the twenty-three-year-old heir to the world's biggest oil fortune, takes on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, leaving his privileged life to try to make a difference in the world.

"The Patch itself becomes a character throughout the story, along with the strange new inhabitants that come to live both atop it, and under its surface!" said Morazzo. "I love just letting myself go while drawing the trash continent. It's a lot of work, but in some ways it is relaxing too!"

The first issue of the monthly series hits stores November 7. Its first issue (SEP120391) is available for pre-order in the September issue of Previews.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Bringing Adventure Times: Marceline and the Scream Queens #1 Variant to Baltimore Comic-Con

Adventure Times: Marceline and the Scream Queens #1 is quite a hit among the comics loving community and BOOM! Studios wants to celebrate that success with a special variant cover. A variant cover exclusive to Baltimore Comic-Con.

The cover will feature art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. It will be sold at the BOOM! Studios booth (#2507) in an extremely limited quantity. You'll even be able to get it signed by the artists at the show, if you're so inclined.

Don't know who Marceline and the Scream Queens are? Well, the paranormal rock band tours the land of Ooo, with Princess Bubblegum counted among their ranks. Naturally, they're threated by everything from scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt. The work is written and illustrated by Meredith Gran and features a back-up story from Jen Wang.

Full press release below.

Reasons to Not Read The Goon

If you're not reading The Goon from Dark Horse, don't worry. You're not missing much.

Or are you?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Interview - Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins

It seems that Disney was a little off when they made the animated Pinocchio movie. He wasn't a little wooden boy, desperately trying to be real. He was a vampire slayer, using his lying ability to have an infinite number of stakes. At least, that's how creators Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins see it.

The two collaborated on a series of books called Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer. The series of graphic novels has just reached its conclusion and both Jensen and Higgins found some time to talk about the book.

The premise behind the story is as awesome as it sounds. Trust me.

Review - Debris #2

In a world with scattered civilizations, organic robots and general danger, a typical day can be pretty hard. Even more so if you're a Protector like Maya in Debris #2 from Image Comics.

The second issue is written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, with art by Riley Rossmo, colors by Owen Gieni and letters by Ed Brisson.

215 Ink Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusives

215 Ink tablet
If there's a comic convention, then there's going to be exclusives. It's like the old saying where there's smoke there's fire. 215 Ink will have quite a few of note, inlcuding a fully functional Android 4.0 tablet loaded with the full line-up of 215 Ink titles for $99.

In addition to the tablet, the studio will be releasing a Baltimore Comic Con exclusive set of 11 posters from some of their current and upcoming titles. This set of 8x11 posters will only be available at the show and in limited quantities of 100 each.

215 Ink has also invited wrestlers from Chikara. In attendance Saturday only at the 215 Ink booth, A66 and A67, will be the legend Mike Quackenbush and others from the wrestling organization.

Full press release below.

Black Beetle Returns in December

There's nothing quite as satisfying as being a creator and having a complete comic book to show for it. It's not necessarily a new feeling for Francesco Francavilla, but he still has to appreciate The Black Bettle #0 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue collects the three-part story "Night Shift" that originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents. The issue will feature a brand-new cover, twenty-four story pages, and bonus sketch material and art.

In Night Shift, an ancient artifact known as the Hollow Lizard—a powerful totem of dark magic—shows up at the Colt City Natural History Museum. Hitler sends his fearsome Werwolf Korps to collect the piece in hopes it will help him unlock the secrets of ancient Egypt’s Black Priests. Cue the Black Beetle.

In January, Dark Horse will launch The Black Beetle: No Way Out, a four-issue story that marks the first full series for Francavilla’s Black Beetle, continuing from the self-published, limited-edition ashcan comic of the same name—the first appearance of this exciting new pulp hero.

In No Way Out, Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses is interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters—taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop. Who could pull off such a coup, and what damage might that murderous bomber inflict upon Colt City and Black Beetle?

Look for The Black Beetle #0 on comic store shelves everywhere on December 19, 2012.

Full press release below.

Manifestations Hitting as Digital Graphic Novel

Top Cow Productions think pretty highly of this whole digital comics thing. So highly, in fact, that they're set to release their first-ever, exclusively digital graphic novel in Manifestations this month. The work features the talents of Epic Kill main man Raffaele Ienco.

"I'm a big fan of supernatural thrillers like The Sixth Sense, so I really wanted to create a graphic novel with great twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing, where you don't want to put the book down because you just want to read one more page,” said creator Ienco.

Alice Rackham is a quiet shy girl of ten who, within her tiny frame, holds a powerful secret...if she concentrates hard enough she can reach into "the dark place" and return the spirits she finds there back to the land of the living. Sometimes, it's a recently passed loved one or pet she finds, but other times it's something horrible; something that doesn't belong among the living. Something that wants to take Alice and her mother to the darkness of the grave.

And if you can't get enough of Manifestations the graphic novel, then maybe Manifestations the feature film will get you going.

"What I love about Raff's work on Manifestations is that he has created these great characters that I truly care about and then he constantly puts them in situations where I have no idea how they are going to survive,” said Josh Morris of Content House.

"With Manifestations Raffaele tells a dark tale but it unravels in an inspiring, hopeful way," added Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. "I'm a huge fan of Ienco's work on Epic Kill and am really excited to be working with the guys at Content House on this project."

The 126-page, full-color OGN will be $4.99 and is available today. Full press release below.

Big City Comics at Dragon*Con

The only thing that would make Dragon*Con any cooler is if it were called Double Dragon*Con. Only then, you'd probably have various street thugs patrolling the aisles, waiting to have it handed to them by two fighting brothers. In the meantime, you'll have to settle for appearances by studios like Big City Comics.

The studio will be debuting their newest book Whore. They'll be selling copies of the book and giving away free posters, fans and beanie bags. Big City Comics will also ask "how big a whore are you?" Anyone willing to sit in a six-foot tall cage for 20 minutes will get a free Whore T-Shirt.

When asked about the convention, Big City Comics Studio’s founder and president, Jeffrey Kaufman, stated “Dragon-Con is my favorite convention because the people really get in to it.It’s just one continuous party.”

Jeffrey Kaufman will also be part of the Match Game in the 25th Century panel, hosted by Buck Rogers star, Gil Gerard, at 8:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 1st, in room A601 at the Marriott Hotel.

Dragon*Con runs from August 31st to September 3rd in Atlanta, GA. And while Big City Comics may not have the fighting ability of Double Dragon, they're still pretty cool.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Interview - Brandon Barrows & Ionic

The space explorer is a profession that we may see more use for if Curiosity keeps up the awesome work. In the meantime though, we have to rely on stories centering around the person. Stories like Voyaga by Brandon Barrows and Ionic.

The duo want to get the word out about the book and were awesome enough to answer a few questions about the upcoming book.

Review - Halcyon & Tenderfoot #2

What's a former sidekick and son of a beloved superhero to do in the wake of his father's death? In Halcyon & Tenderfoot #2 from Art Heroes, it's get revenge.

The second issue is written by Daniel Clifford, with art by Lee Robinson and colors by Nadine Ashworth.

Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks Pitches Battle

The age-old hypothetical best of fight between Tekken and Street Fighter has been waged between respective fan bases for nearly a decade now. While the debate likely won't be settled anytime soon, at the very least fans will be given a chance to see which characters look better.

Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks hits stores August 29 and features 192-pages, including character artwork, rough sketches, costume designs and creator commentary. It features all the main players from both franchises, while supplementing them with illustrations with designers.

The book will set you back $39.99 and will be available in stores and at PAX Booth #3828.

Check out our review here. Full press release below.

Imagine a World Without Tragedy

The country right now is moving further into a future where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In the present (immediate future), that really just means more money. In a different future--more specifically one in the world of Image Comics--that cash will buy a reversal of tragedy.

Comeback is a new miniseries by Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh. The secret organization Reconnect sends agents back in time to rescue people moments before their untimely deaths, reversing tragedy and reuniting lost loved ones with their families. Mark is one of these agents, and despite the seeming good of what he's doing, he discovers there is a dark side to saving the dead.

"Mark does this job because it's fairly easy and pays well. Although it's illegal, he justifies it to himself because he's helping people," said writer Brisson. "He's pushed to do some things that go counter to his own beliefs and is stuck with the moral dilemma of breaking his own code of ethics or dying."

"I wanted to treat mortality as a commodity," explained Brisson. "Everyone is still mortal. Everyone dies. But, for the rich, life becomes something that can be extended for the right amount of money. While there are limitations on who can be saved from a premature death, it's still only the wealthy who are able to afford the luxury of bringing back their gone-to-soon loved ones."

The first issue debuts November 21. Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con

Don't worry. Even though they're way over there on the "other" coast, BOOM! Studios hasn't forgotten where Baltimore is. In fact, the publisher is returning to the Baltimore Comic-Con with a big gun in their booth: Paul Pope.

Booth #1301 will feature Pope, Michael Alan Nelson, Jerry Gaylord, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline, Mark Waid, Roger Langridge and Matteo Scalera.

The studio will also be hosting signings and panels all weekend.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Gets Creepier

Dark Horse has the word "dark" in its name for a reason. That's because it can do creepiness and it's doing creepy this October.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review - X-O Manowar #4

Sometimes, you just can't catch a break. Like when a fabled alien suit of armor chooses to merge with you, painting a bullseye on your back and wreaking general havoc on your life. Such is the case in X-O Manowar #4 from Valiant Comics.

The issue is written by Robert Venditti, with pencils by Cary Nord, inks by Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Moose Baumann, letters by Dave Lanphear and covers by Doug Braithwaite and Don Kramer.

Help Get Kuzimu Author Brett Uren to NYCC

Kuzimu is an interesting and almost celestial story. There are crazy aliens looking for something and all sorts of existential philosophies in the book. It's quite an intense tale that's worth checking out.

Anyhoo, Uren is trying to make his way to NYCC to get the word out about Kuzimu and some of his other books he's working on. To that end, he's started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds. And he needs your help.

Uren is looking for $1,750 for flights and accommodations from Saturday, October 13, to Sunday, October 14. He'll be joining Andrew DelQuadro and other 215 Ink creators at booth 2279, showcasing all sorts of awesomeness.

Check out the launch video below and donate money here.

Image Comics Going Free at comiXology

Before you start geeking out (as I assume you have the capacity to geek), note that it's not all Image Comics going for free on comiXology. That would be madness. There are quite a few going on sale from the creator-owned publisher that merits your attention though.

The list of free number ones includes Saga #1, Fatale #1, The Manhattan Projects #1, Thief of Thieves #1, Mind the Gap #1, America's Got Powers #1, Alpha Girls #1, Creator-Owned Heroes #1, Dancer #1, Hell Yeah #1, Hoax Hunters #1, No Place Like Home #1, Peter Panzerfaust #1, Grim Leaper #1, Danger Club #1, Epic Kill #1, Glory #23, Planetoid #1, Prophet #21 and Secret #1.

Many of these titles have been or will soon be collected into trade paperbacks, making the free issues the perfect way for readers to sample new Image Comics titles before purchasing collections.

There are some top-notch number ones in that list, so do yourself a favor and check out some of them at the very least. They are free after all.

Full press release below.

Friday, August 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.)

Good news and bad news.

Good new is that I found the island that I'd heard about with a big survivor camp located on it. Bad news is there's nothing here. All I see around me is burnt out structures and trees; you name it and it's likely razed to the ground.

The odder part is there aren’t a lot of bodies. Sure, there are a few charred ones here and there, but that’s it.

Review - Homemade Heroes #2

At the end of the day, superheroes are just like everyone else. The only difference? They have something that makes them special, but it's not something that necessarily makes them different. Homemade Heroes #2 is a book that looks at such heroes and their daily trials and tribulations.

The second issue is written and illustrated by Russ Walton under the Grim Rascal Presents pseudonym.

Preview - Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC - Blood of the Machine

The Summer of Valiant had to start somewhere and it started with a special series named Bloodshot. That makes for a perfect reason for the publisher to release Valiant Masters: Bloodshot Vol. 1 HC - Blood of the Machine, the first in an all-new line of deluxe hardcovers collecting original stories.

Once, he was the hired killer known as Angelo Mortalli. Now, there is only Bloodshot. Brought back from the grave by the government scientists of Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot is powered by microscopic nano-machines that can repair all injuries and maximize his physical potential.

But the nanites can't replace his lost memories – or help him shake the feeling that he was once anything but a hero. Atoning for his sins in a world he no longer knows, can the man now called Bloodshot recover the secrets of his past? And survive his deadly first encounters with the likes of the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak and Rai along the way?

The work features original series coloring and and re-presents Bloodshot #1-8 from 1992. It features the writing of Kevin VanHook and the work of Don Perlin. It will also features "The Tablet," a brand new tale of the Valiant Universe starting Bloodshot and the Eternal Warrior.

The 200 page hardcover hits stores October 24 for $24.99. Check out the full solicitation and interiors below.

Bedlam Finds an Image

Nick Spencer does write things other than Morning Glories you know. He probably takes walks, plays video games and teams up with Riley Rossmo for other books from Image Comics. Books like Bedlam, a new series set in a city terrorized by a maniacal killer and crime boss called Madder Red. The killer has been rehabilitated and has reclaimed his given name, Filmore Press, but the city of Bedlam is still soaked with the blood and madness he left in his wake.

"It's a scary world these characters live in. A desperate one. It's brutal what we put them through," says writer Spencer. "The shocks aren't confined to the last page, they're peppered throughout. There are a lot of 'shift in your seat uncomfortably' moments. You don't get Riley Rossmo to draw your book and not heap on the horror and violence."

Rossmo's art is in a moody wash of muted tones, with shocks of stark red.

"Bedlam's art is pulling a bit stylistically from my last three books," said Rossmo. "I'm trying for a cleaner line, lots of spotted blacks, and strong well-designed color palettes. The Film 'M' and David Mazzucchelli are big visual influences. I'm super-happy with the pages I've finished so far."

The first issue hits stores on Halloween and it's being hoped that it's the first of many.

"There's a long-form, big commitment story here, that we will hopefully tell for years to come," said Spencer. "It's like Morning Glories in that sense. The book's not going to be around a little while then vanish. The goal here is to build a mythology around a modern American metropolis, with Madder Red as our guide. It's exhilarating, starting down the path of something like this."

The double-sized first issue features a cover by Frazer Irving and is available for preorder now.

Full press release below.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review - America's Got Powers #3

All's fair in love and TV ratings and the latter is especially true in America's Got Powers #3 from Image Comics.

The third issue is written by Jonathan Ross, illustrated by Bryan Hitch, inked by Paul Neary and Jason Paz, colored by Paul Mounts and lettered by Chris Eliopoulos.

Preview - Starstruck TPB

Collections are all the rage these days. Collections of series such as Starstruck, remastered and chock full of awesome, are even better.

The series features the talents of Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta, cramming their talents into 360 pages of Starstruck and Galactic Girl Guides adventures. The collection also features covers, pin-ups, glossary, postcards and much, much more. It also includes never before seen pages.

Additionally, Kaluta painstakingly added approximately 20% of art to many pages to ensure the aspect ratio of the comic would be consistent and correct. The end result is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, a head-spinning, synapse-snapping, soul-searing ride to a world like no other…the world of Starstruck.

The book is $34.99 and you can check out below to get starstruck by the interiors. Check them out though with no one looking over your shoulder. They're not exactly safe for work.

An Apple a Day Won't Keep the Witch Doctor Away

Try as hard as you want, but there's no escaping the Witch Doctor. The Image Comics/Skybound imprint makes a triumphant and eerie return this November with a brand new series in Witch Doctor Volume 2: Mal Practice. And the series is bringing the talents of Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner back with it.

"I'm glad people loved Witch Doctor volume one so much — but we're barely getting warmed up!" said writer Seifert, adding, "Mal Practice has more monsters, more magic, more medicine and more peril, as Dr. Morrow has to treat a very different patient — himself! And like they say — doctors make the worst patients!"

Occult physician Dr. Vincent Morrow, paramedic Eric Gast and supernatural patient Penny Dreadful all return in the sequel, playing host to a new infusion of tales to captivate and shock you. When Dr. Morrow wakes up with no memory of the night before, he has to learn whether he just had too much fun or if something more sinister went down.

"This story really ups the stakes and pushes the characters to new levels of desperation — after all, what's a witch doctor to do when he's his own best hope to survive?" said artist Ketner. "I've been waiting to draw some of the stuff in Mal Practice since the very beginning of Witch Doctor, and I'm relieved that we're finally taking the bandages off for all to see!"

The first issue of the new six-issue miniseries hits stores November 28. Colorist Andy Troy is coming along for the fun of it.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Molly Danger Kickstarter in Final Stretch

Molly Danger is in danger. Not the type that fills the pages of her book, which she likely overcomes with relative ease. No, she's in danger of not even getting off the ground in the first place, as the Kickstarter needs just a bit more to see the book come to fruition. The campaign enters it’s final week, with 63% of it’s funding already pledged. Molly Danger is the story of the world’s most powerful 10-year-old girl. A seemingly immortal super strong hero, Molly has protected the city of Coopersville for the last 20 years.

“As the father of a young girl, I’ve found myself disheartened that there isn’t a female superhero character for my daughter to read that hasn’t been turned into a killer, or overtly sexualized. A character that isn’t joined at the hip to a male hero or subservient to one.” Igle said.

Igle will write and pencil the series with Juan Castro on inks and Michael Watkins on colors. Their work features the Danger Action Response Team (D.A.R.T.) assisting Molly in her battle against the Supermechs. The group recruits Austin Briggs, a superhero having trouble forming a relationship with his new stepson Brian. Austin wants to use his connections to impress Brian, an avid Molly Danger fan. However things get turned on its ear when Molly and Brian form a friendship of their own.

Molly Danger will be a four book, 48-page hardcover album series beginning with Book One: Mighty, set for a Fall 2013 release. The 30 day campaign began on August 1st, 2012 and incentives include a limited edition version of Book one for $22 USD (which includes shipping) or a DRM free PDF for $8 USD, posters, prints, a behind the scenes sketchbook and original artwork from the finished book. The campaign ends on August 31st 2012 and will only be funded if it reaches it’s $45,000 Goal.

Join the Kickstarter campaign at www.MollyDanger.com and www.kickstarter.com/projects/mollydanger/molly-danger

Full press release below.

Review - Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks

Street Fighter is pretty much old enough to drink. Actually, it's more than old enough to drink, considering it first debuted way back 1987. Since then, Capcom has put it through a myriad of alterations, upgrades and crossovers. One of the most anticipated (and recent) crossovers was Street Fighter X Tekken, a game that answered a few relatively timeless questions regarding various epic match-ups.

Capcom and UDON Entertainment have teamed up to release an art book showcasing the art in Street Fighter X Tekken, a title appropriately called Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks.

Aspen Comics Returns to Canada for Fan Expo 2012

Toronto may be a far way away from San Diego, but that won't stop Aspen Comics from returning north to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for this year’s Fan Expo 2012 with top creators, limited Fan Expo exclusives, and a special Aspen panel workshop.

Creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Joe Benitez, J.T. Krul, Nei Ruffino and Alex Konat will be appearing throughout the weekend at the Aspen Comics Booth #841 to sign autographs, meet with fans and provide complimentary free sketches courtesy of the publisher and its creators.

There will also be two very limited, exclusive books. Fathom #7 will get a Fan Expo 2012 exclusive by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. There will also be an exclusive Executive Assistant: Assassins #3 Fan Expo 2012 cover by Marcus To and Steigerwald, limited to only 300 copies.

The Aspen Comics Booth #841 will also have an all new series of their industry-leading art prints debuting at Fan Expo, including the special Aspen Tour Print Fan Expo 2012 edition by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to an extremely low 30 editions. Other new art prints available during the weekend include the Fathom #7 Fan Expo 2012 Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald cover and more.

On Thursday at 6 PM in Theatre 3, Room #716, Aspen will be hosting a “Discussion and Drawing” panel with a first look at what Aspen has planned in 2012 and beyond including their recently-announced “10 for 10” initiative and more.

Full press release below.

Non-Humans Returns Whilce Portacio to Image Comics

Whilce Portacio felt it was a good time to return to the publisher he helped found in Image Comics and he's coming back in a big way. He'll be teaming up with Glen Brunswick on a new book called Non-Humans.

An otherworldly disease brought back to Earth by a NASA space probe has given inanimate objects like toys, dolls, and mannequins the ability to come to life, able to walk, talk, and speak — and to think for themselves. A new minority class called "Non-Humans," the former objects take on part of the personalities of the people who used or even loved them.

"The toys are not only a new minority in our world, but because they come from us they are quite human--with all of the frailties, insecurities and desires we humans possess," said writer Brunswick. "And some of these creatures can be very dark--it's a world filled with toys that envy us, want to be more like us, and are willing to kill us if they can't get what they want. What could be better than that?"

"It's very exciting for me to get back on a creator-owned book," said Portacio. "It took a long time waiting for the right one to come along that would really fire my imagination. I have the same boundless enthusiasm for NON-HUMANS that I had when Image Comics was first formed. I feel like there are no limits to what we can do with this story."

The ongoing series starts in October. The first issue is available for pre-order (AUG120465) and a five-page preview appears in Elephantmen #42, in stores August 15.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review - Scam #1

It's better to die as a conman than live as a mark.

Those are words of wisdom imparted by a man who knows how it goes in Scam #1 from ComixTribe. Whether or not they're really true remains to be seen.

The issue is written and illustrated by Joe Mulvey, with colors by Andrew Crossley, cover colors by Chris Sotomayor, color assists by John Ercek and Juliana Rivera and letters by Deron Bennett.

IDW Announces New Transformers Digital Miniseries

Will fans ever tire of Transformers? Doubtful. IDW seems to agree, looking to bring a new digital comic series in Transformer: Fall of Cybertron, offering fans an exclusive look at the story that precedes the game. A story that focuses on Dynobots.

"It's a lot of fun to have a chance to play in the sandbox of the Fall of Cybertron game. I'm lucky enough to get to write one of our Transformers ongoing comics, and edit the rest, but doing these stories in this setting... well, it's a real blast!” said writer John Barber.

Barber continued "I sat down with Dave Cravens, the head writer of the game at High Moon Studios, and we plotted out the whole comic one afternoon. It was great to get to work that closely with somebody so intimately involved in the game, so we could really make sure this comic actually fits in with the story the game is telling--and plays into the larger Transformers mythology. Plus, anybody who knows me knows I love me some Dinobots, so it was a thrill to get to write them!"

The work also features the art of Dheeraj Verma. The series will run for six digital-only installments on a bi-weekly schedule, and will be available all digital platforms including Apple iOS, Android, and online.

Full press release below.

Image Comics: The Death of Everyone

Well, not quite everyone in the Image Comics universe, as that'd be crazy. Rather, the death of everyone in the Invincible universe. Things could get ugly.

Renegad Arts Entertainment Unveiling Demo for iPad App at Fan Expo Canada

The saying goes that it's the third time that's the charm and for their third appearance at Fan Expo Canada, Renegade Arts Entertainment will be showing their Canadian pride with exclusives and a special, never-before-seen demo for an upcoming iPad app.

Located this year in Artist Alley Space: P28, Renegade Arts Entertainment will be holding signings with writer/artist Lovern Kindzierski, as well as artist Dave Ross. Renegade will also have exclusive The Loxleys and the War of 1812 playing cards and first copies of the Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 10 audio book, featuring Doug, Robert Englund and Jeffery Combs.

In addition, Renegade's editor in chief, Alexander Finbow, will be on hand to provide a demo of the upcoming iPad app for The Loxleys and the War of 1812, from NFB Digital Studio. Based on the graphic novel from writer Alan Grant, artist Claude St. Aubin and colorist Lovern Kindzierski, this interactive version of the book will use the iPad's features to provide animation, music and sound effects; and will include an interactive map for following the story by location.

Fan Expo Canada runs from August 23rd to August 26th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto Canada.

Full press release below.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Oh man, Anne Hathaway....what a performance!

She definitely made me eat my words come movie time. I had been critical of her casting up until then. Not that I didn’t think she was talented as an actress, but for some reason I just didn’t ‘see it’. I imagined Kate Beckinsale or some other action heroine in that part.

Just a few minutes before I went into the theater for The Dark Knight Rises, a stray thought crossed my mind. I had been skeptical of Heath Ledger playing the Joker. And look how that turned out, right?

Roughly three hours later, I was floored by what I had seen. I mean, she had such RANGE in that part! I couldn’t have asked for someone better to bring that character to life.

I think most people will give her credit as having given a stellar performance. But I worry they won’t realize just HOW good it was.

Review - Satanic Hell #2

What's a industrial metal band named Satanic Hell to do in an ultra-conservative Texas? Rock even harder and flaunt religion that much more. At least, that's what happens in Satanic Hell #2 from Zeno Telos Press.

The second issue is written by Grigoris Douros, with art by Kevin Enhart, Newel Anderson and Elias Aquino, colors by Jimmy Kerast and lettering by Erhart.

The Boys Concluding With #72

Every pilgrim reaches the end of his (or her) journey. For The Boys, it just so happens to be issue #72 in November.

"Seventy-two issues plus three minis adds up to ninety issues, making this a very busy six years - more than six years, of course, because we very nearly didn't make it," says writer Garth Ennis. "But all's well that ends well. I finished #72 well over a year before it's due to see print, and I've been missing Butcher and Hughie ever since. Goodbye, Boys. I doubt we'll see your like again."

In The Boys #72, the long day closes on the Brooklyn Bridge, as a hero finally meets his destiny. There's one last deal to be done, as Stillwell finds out the real cost of doing business, and one last surprise for Rayner too as she begins her long-dreamed of political career. The Boys' story comes to an end in this final issue containing 24 pages of story, 5 pin-up pages of brand-new art as well as a complete cover gallery.

"The end of The Boys with this issue ends a chapter in my career I will always look back upon as a significant challenge," adds artist Darick Robertson. "I am proud of the work I've done on the book and will miss it."

"Endings are always bittersweet, but this book has always been just that, bittersweet," says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. "There's not much left to say except thanks to Garth, Darick, Russ, Tony and Simon for all of their incredible work month in and month out. Cheers, all."

Full press release below.

Scam #1 Gets a Billboard in Advance of Scam #2 Preview

If you're a comic book fan in Las Vegas, then good on you. That affinity for the monthly books might have paid off, as you likely saw a 48-foot billboard erected to drum up support for ComixTribe's Scam #1, due in stores August 29.

That's not all it's good for though. See, Scam #2 is already getting solicited in this month's Previews catalog (AUG120968). The second issue is written and illustrated by Joe Mulvey, with covers by Joe Mulvey and Chris Sotomayor and colors by Felix Seranno. A preview happens to be below.

With one team member shot and another being tortured, a crew of superpowered grifters is forced to work for the very man they set out to con. Is their plan falling apart, or just coming together?

Full press release and Scam #2 preview pages below.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Review - Legends of the Night: Mythos

Creating a universe is a tall order, but it's one that Karl White has tackled with the Legends of the Night series. The series includes titles such as Horrors of War, Predation and In The Shadows of Rome, all falling under the Legends of the Night umbrella. Now, there's a new book that gets you ready to read all the other books in Legends of the Night: Mythos

The primer is written by Karl White, with illustrations by Ben Hughes, Breno Girafa, Jesus Garcia Lopez, Rodolfo Buscaglia, Sebastian Piriz, Yu Liang, Fernando Melek and Gaston Zubeldia.

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.)

Ok. Just a few more feet. Gotta get to the boat.

Huff..huff.

I'm gonna be feeling like crap for a while after this one. A bunch of them are right on me and looking to take a bite in the process. Gunning the engine and getting the hell out of dodge.

Hahaha! Look at them stuck on the dock. Not this time you ain't getting me.

Managed to keep all the gear I left that firehouse with intact on the boat; it’s nice for once to not lose any gear in one of those mad dashes from zombies that seem to be happening a lot more often. Now I find myself out here on Lake Superior heading for what I hope will be a better salvation then the last few spots.

Review - Saga #6

Is there anything more imaginative out there than Saga #6 from Image Comics? Maybe, but there's probably little that rivals its creativity and sheer magnificence.

The issue is written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples and lettered by Fonografiks.