Friday, August 30, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick


(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 to survive and to keep on living.)

The end of the line is near for us. Up ahead on the railroads is Barstow, California, a city sure to still have too many zombies to fight through, forcing us to abandon our mobile safe house and take back to walking. It’s been an enjoyable week on the railways, having plenty of peace and quiet to our days without zombies being around us constantly.

The six of us have decided to stick it out together to see what sort of go we can make at surviving. After five years now since this outbreak began there can't be too many living people left walking around. We all need to stick together--that's the feeling of the group and I have to say the company is welcomed after the months of solitude I have endured.

Review - Robocop: Last Stand #1


"Get them for me Murphy."

Efforts to fight crime have evolved. Long gone are the concepts of a sheriff holding court over a sleepy town in the west. Now, we've got SWAT teams and police forces and surveillance. The future expects to take those concepts a little bit further, perhaps by offering robots in law enforcement. Enter Robocop and Robocop: Last Stand #1 from BOOM! Studios.

The first issue is written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Korkut Oztekin, colored by Michael Garland and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Preview - Rocket Girl #1


Teenage cops from high-tech futures aren't quite the norm yet. They are in Rocket Girl #1 though from Image Comics, written by Brandon Montclare and illustrated by Amy Reeder.

A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home – an alternate reality version of 2013 – shouldn’t exist at all.

The issue hits stores October 9 with interiors below.

Titan Comics Announces Lost Planet: First Colony Comic Series


Space explorers have a penchant for finding and discovering new planets and solar systems. Sometimes though, the planets stumbled upon are better off left alone...maybe even lost. Lost Planet: First Colony is a new series from Titan Comics that looks at the Capcom inspired planet. The two issue digital series is in stores now, with the hardcover graphic novel in stores December 31.

Lost Planet: First Colony uncovers the dark secrets of the iceworld of E.D.N. III – the lost planet – and its deadly, indigenous Akrid. In E.D.N. III’s icy wastes, no-one is safe – least of all the crew of the pirate vessel, Crusader, come to pillage its technology! There’s a strong chance that no-one will leave this world alive…

The work features the art of Massimo Dall'Oglio and written by Guillame Dorison. Retailers can order the LOST PLANET original graphic novel from the September 2013 edition of Diamond PREVIEWS.

Full press release below.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review - Rosa Goes for a Walk


"Let me tell you my sad, sad story little one."

When you hit a certain age, there are some things about your past life you end up missing. It may be a loved one, it may be a certain memory. Or you may miss the spirit of adventure, prompting you to pack up and move on to a big adventure to see the world in its current state. That's the premise behind Rosa Goes for a Walk.

Rosa Goes for a Walk is written and illustrated by Nic Lawson.

Archaia Announces Moon Lake Volume 2


Things are presumably quiet on Moon Lake. They're about to escalate real quickly, considering Archaia is sending readers back there in the all-new Moon Lake Volume 2, a hardcover graphic novel sequel to the 2010 original that meshes genres and stories into one insane anthology inspired by Tales from the Crypt and Heavy Metal. Once again narrated by the hilariously deranged Man in the Moon, Moon Lake Volume 2 features the talents of a who’s who of some of the top writers and artists in the business.

“Moon Lake is a crossroads of so many different brands of evil that it's hilarious—unlimited haunted tales as told by the twisted and gregarious Man in the Moon,” described creator Dan Fogler. “I really wanted to craft an eclectic Lovecraftian tale that linked the separate short stories together like the pieces of an elaborate puzzle.”

“Volume 2 is a meal that can’t be devoured in one simple reading and stays with you long after you’re done, like a delicious steak rotting in Alfred Hitchcock's lower intestine,” Fogler added. “It’s a freakin’ labor of love to put a book like this together and manage all those different personalities, but the combined artistry in Moon Lake Volume 2 proved to be the perfect ingredients for our sick smorgasbord. Packaged spectacularly by Archaia for your delightful digestion. Bon appetit!”

Moon Lake Volume 2 is created, edited, and written by Fogler and features art by Nadir Balan (who also illustrated the cover), Kevin Colden, Dan Dougherty, Fernando Pinto, Darick Robertson, Alex Sheikman, Jeff Stokely and Anna Wieszczyk. In addition, the book features a story co-written by Andrew Harrison and a story written by New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson. Moon Lake Volume 2 ($24.95, hardcover, 160 pages, full color, 7.25” x 11.25”) is available for pre-order now at your local comic book shop. To pre-order, provide your retailer with Diamond Order Code SEP13 0873.

“There’s no other anthology out there like Moon Lake!” said BOOM! Studios VP of Development Stephen Christy, who edited Moon Lake Volume 1 and worked closely with Fogler in developing Volume 2. “Dan has taken everything we loved growing up about Heavy Metal and Tales from the Crypt and filtered it through his hilarious and off-the-wall vision. Moon Lake was a book I loved the first time around, and Dan’s assembled a top-notch group of people for Volume 2.”

Full press release below.

God Hates Astronauts


Astronauts are so smug. They brag about their weightlessness and intelligence, literally lording over all of humanity when in space. They fly up on super sophisticated contraptions that catapult them off the planet and through the atmosphere, awful close to where some would say heaven is. It only makes sense that God hates astronauts then, which is chronicled in the upcoming God Hates Astronauts by Ryan Browne with historical accuracy.*

NASA hires the Power Persons 5 to keep the nation's farmers from launching themselves into space in homemade rocket ships. The bad news is that NASA is wasting their money, because this gang of hooligans is going to hang out, get drunk, have extra-marital affairs, and occasionally save the day in spite of themselves. It began life six years ago as a comic written and drawn over the course of 24 hours, resulting in a madcap and free-wheeling pace and approach to storytelling. After that, Browne published GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS as a webcomic. Now, the softcover collection of God Hates Astronauts includes not just a fully remastered edition of the original webcomic, but one hundred pages of rare and all-new material not available on the web.

There are 21 pin-ups from artists like Chris Burnham, Rebekah Isaacs, Tom Fowler, Mike Norton and more. The two original 24-hour comics are included, along with a reference guide that explains the parodies and inside jokes and 18 all-new two-page origin stories written by Browne and drawn by some of the best talent in comics, including Tradd Moore, Tim Seeley, Riley Rossmo, Tom Scioli, Nick Pitarra, C.P. Wilson III, Zander Cannon, Jenny Frison, Chris Mitten and Hilary Barta.

"The origin stories were a fun way for me to flesh out the backgrounds that were only hinted at within the first story arc," says Browne. "On top of that, I love my friends and I love forcing them to draw what I write so it was a win-win situation for me."

God Hates Astronauts will be in stores on October 9 and is currently available to pre-order from the August issue of Previews (Diamond Code AUG130620). Full press release below.

*God Hates Astronauts is not a historical work of non-fiction. It's unclear whether or not God hates astronauts. Further, they're actually pretty cool, going up in space and all.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review - Touching Evil #1


"I don't know. He just reached out his hand and-"

There are a lot of evil people in the world and not really enough justice to handle them all. That's what makes someone like Judge Dredd so efficient: he judges, sentences AND executes, leaving little wiggle room for all that appeals business. We're not quite to the point where Mega-City One is offering the law of the land, but there are some in different worlds who have a similar power, as in Touching Evil #1 from Beardo Comics.

The first issue is written, illustrated and lettered by Dan Dougherty, inked by Wesley Wong and Dougherty, colored by Wong (color assists by Sheila Johnson).

Five Ghosts Become Ongoing Series


We all need a little more literary pulp in our lives. So when Image advertises such a work in Five Ghosts, you're interest is peaked. Perhaps the recent news that the series will be an ongoing series start in October will peak your interest even more. It should, which means will get even more of the goodness that comes from the minds of Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham.

“Both Chris and I, as well as the whole Five Ghosts team, were amazed by the fantastic reception to our first few issues.” said writer Barbiere, who hopes to excavate more of the world of FIVE GHOSTS as the series continues, “We certainly have a lot of stories to tell in this universe and are very excited to have the opportunity to tell them in an ongoing series.”

Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #6 follows the story of infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray, who, after being bewitched by the mysterious power of "The Dreamstone," must battle the unwieldy power of five archetypal ghosts that both possess and guide him. Lost in forgotten cities, Fabian faces enemy shadows in a mesmerizing series riddled with literary allusions. The sixth issue will borrow the talents of guest artist Garry Brown to reveal the next chapter of Fabian's story.

Barbiere says, “We're also excited to have our good friend Garry Brown contributing some amazing art to the series for issue six; Garry's a fantastic artist and we think our readers will enjoy his take on the Five Ghosts universe!”

Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #6 will be in stores on October 30, and is currently available for pre-order from the August issue of Previews (Diamond code AUG130582). The first volume of the series, Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray Vol. 1 TP will be published on September 18 and is available for order (Diamond code JUL130450).

Full press release below.

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Brian Wood


If you're on the fence about going to Baltimore Comic Con, then maybe the CBLDF can give you the motivational kick you need. The foundation is offering convention-goers Brian Wood. Not in a weird, you can have him capacity, but in a friendly, come see his talents on display at the show. He'll also be the subject of a spotlight panel courtesy of the aforementioned CBLDF.

"We're thrilled to be adding Brian [Wood] to our guest list this close to the show," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Thanks to the folks at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, fans of Brian's prolific work will have the chance to meet him and get their favorite book signed. In addition, they will have a great chance to check out a very worthy cause while he's signing at the CBLDF booth!"

Brian Wood's first professional work in comics was a 5-issue miniseries, titled Channel Zero, published by Image Comics in 1997. It was created as part of his final project for graduation from Parsons School of Design. In 2000, he was offered a co-writing job by Warren Ellis to join him on Marvel Comics' Generation X. After a 12-issue run on the title, he returned to the world of creator-owned comics where, between 2001 and 2005, he would create such titles as Couscous Express, The Couriers, Jennie One (AiT/Planet Lar), Pounded (Oni Press) and Fight for Tomorrow (Vertigo), as well as the critically-acclaimed 12-issue series, Demo.

After the success of Demo, Wood continued to create independent comics for Oni Press, Image Comics and IDW Publishing before signing a 2-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. During his tenure with DC, he wrote DMZ, another critically-acclaimed series from Vertigo for which he has become best-known. In addition, he launched Northlanders, a historical-fiction series set during the Viking Age; The New York Four, a young adult graphic novel; and a new Demo mini-series. In 2012, Wood began writing Marvel's Ultimate Comics: X-Men beginning with issue #10, as well as Conan the Barbarian from Dark Horse Comics. In addition to those titles, he is currently writing the ongoing series, The Massive and Star Wars for Dark Horse.

Wood will be appearing and signing at the CBLDF booth (#1601) from 12:00 - 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as being featured in a creator spotlight panel on Sunday in panel rooms 302-303. Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Protectors, Inc. Combines Celebrity, Murder and Superpowers


Ever wonder what it's like to be a hero in a world without villains? It's a world that should be a great place to live, without fears of being accosted on a random street corner or dragged into an alley. Considering today's climate, it's extremely likely that such a hero would have tons of corporate sponsors. At least, that's how it works in Protectors, Inc., written by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Gordon Purcell.

"I've always loved superhero stories told from the bottom-up, from the point of view of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, between people with massive amounts of power that can be used for good or ill," says Straczynski. "The book is a twelve-issue maxiseries, a superhero story crossed with a mystery and a procedural police story, and should be a fun read for folks interested in any one of those three genres."

The life of a superhero is wonderful, thanks to a bevy of corporate sponsors, an adoring public, polite rivalries, sports franchises, and best of all, no super-powered bad guys to worry about. Wonderful, that is, until a hero is murdered in such a way that the only possible culprit is an unknown person with superpowers, throwing the status quo into upheaval. The story focuses on Lieutenant Detective John Riley's search for the truth behind the murder of a being that shouldn't have been able to be murdered by anyone. Nothing is as it seems, however, and Riley's case will lead to a fifty-year-old secret, love affairs, and possibly even more death.

Purcell is equally excited.

"Protectors, Inc. is one of the best projects I've ever worked on! Joe's script (I have all 12 issues here!) is fantastic and fascinating, and I feel like I'm drawing on all my comic experience to flesh out the Protectors world. I'm so jazzed to be able to share this project with the fans! Dig in--this is tasty stuff!"

Protectors, Inc. #1 will be in stores on November 6, is currently available to pre-order from the September issue of Previews, and features two separate covers. Cover A (Diamond Code SEP130489) features art by Purcell and Mike Atiyeh, while Cover B (Diamond Code SEP130489) features art by Whilce Portacio and Atiyeh.

Full press release below.

Review - Overtaken #1


"Long before man..."

Yes, life does occasionally happen pretty fast in all manner of town, even the small, mountain lake towns. What helps to accelerate the pace of life in those towns could be new inhabitants, both human and alien. The combination of the two make for an interesting read in Overtaken #1 from Aspen Comics.

The issue is written by Frank Mastromauro, illustrated by Marco Lorenzana, colored by Wes Hartman and lettered by Josh Reed.

Aspen Dragon Con 2013 Appearance Features Aquarium Beach Party


Aspen likes to party. They've got something big planned for Dragon Con and the publisher's tenth anniversary. Not only that, but it's Fathom's 15th anniversary, the coinciding of both resulting in an Aspen Comics Beach Party at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday, August 31. Featuring DJ Spider, an Aspen-themed costume contest, and a special live dive with the whale sharks by the creators behind Fathom, Soulfire and other notable Aspen hits, this is a one-of-a-kind night to commemorate ten years of Aspen Comics at Dragon Con.

Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Siya Oum, Alex Konat and Jordan Gunderson will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth in Artist’s Alley as well as the Aspen Comics Beach Party and offering new Dragon Con 2013 exclusives as well as free sketches and live cosplay photo ops throughout the weekend. In addition to the special Beach Party event and booth appearances, the publisher will be offering three new exclusive books for the show, beginning with the world premiere of their seventh “10 for 10” title, Overtaken, with a special issue one Dragon Con 2013 cover by Oum, limited to 200 copies. Also, Aspen will be offering an All New Fathom #2 Dragon Con 2013 exclusive cover by Konat and Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.

Aspen will also be offering the latest Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Edition by Michael Turner and Steigerwald, limited to 75 editions, as well as a new lineup of their industry-leading art prints. The Aspen Comics Booth in Artist’s Alley will also be featuring free live cosplay photo ops with cosplayers Jenifer Ann and Heather 1337 throughout the weekend as they will be appearing as Aspen’s popular heroines, Soulfire’s Grace and Fathom’s Kiani.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Brings Ruckus to Baltimore Comic-Con


Baltimore Comic-Con is right around the corner and newly partnered BOOM! Studios and Archaia will be at the big show. They're bringing along the talent and the requisite exclusives, not to mention hosting the legendary Mike Carey at booth #1303. Baltimore Comic-Con just so happens to be his only convention appearance of 2013 by the way.

Talent on hand will include Natasha Allegri, Mike Holmes, Noelle Stevenson, Ian McGinty, Travis Hill and Allison Strejlau signing and sketching at the KaBOOM! Studios booth (#1301) all weekend long. The publisher will also be hosting Paul Jenkins, Brian Stelfreeze, Matt Gagnon, Mike Kunkel and Eric Esquivel throughout the weekend along with signings by Archaia creators, including David Petersen and Charles Soule. Archaia will also be there, showcasing great books such as Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, Cyborg 009, Rubicon, Strange Attractors, The Reason for Dragons and The Thrilling Adventure Hour.

Two variant covers will be an Allegri cover for Garfield #17 and an 8-bit Robocop: Last Stand #1 cover by Matthew Waite. As an added bonus for convention-goers, an exclusive Adventure Time: Candy Capers #3 by Fellipe Martins will be available at the convention exclusives booth and VIP ticket holders will receive an exclusive SONS OF ANARCHY #1 “Road to Baltimore” exclusive variant cover.

Full press release below.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


Well, I knew something like this would happen. That’s all I’m going to say.

See, I know they can’t keep it going forever but I would be totally comfortable just watching another six Christopher Nolan directed and produced--or at least, Nolan-styled--Batman movies. That vision of the character has just been so perfect and you could make the argument that tragedy and dark storytelling have always been a big part of Batman. Let’s face it though: the old-school Batman was like gadgety and quirky. He was more like James Bond than Bruce Lee but he was this James Bond type that used spiffy, non-lethal super-tools.

The thing is, after a few successful movies they’re going to be looking for a revamp. And I think the only revamp available is going to be to make Batman more pulpy. Give him more personality and make it more about him being a super-detective than a crime fighter. It’s sort of Batman done Dick Tracy style. Add to that that the next step is to see Batman in the Superman universe rather than strictly Gotham alone and it seems inevitable that the next incarnation of Batman is going to take this form (at least, I wager).

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Realm Knights #1


"I'm sorry...which branch did you say you're representing?"

Team-ups are all the rage these days, with publishers bringing together all their big guns onto one super team to fight an immeasurable evil. Zenescope is jumping into the fray with Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Realm Knights #1, a brand new, four-issue miniseries that looks to get readers a new glimpse of the Zenescope universe.

The new offering is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Butch Mapa, colored by Kevin Volo and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Stan Lee Battles Martians


At this point, there's very little that Stan Lee hasn't accomplished. Teaming up with The Topps Company is one of the newer accolades and the partnership will lead to quite the exclusive at Comikaze Expo. That exclusive is a trading card featuring Stan Lee himself fighting against the iconic Martian invader.

"In 1962 when Mars Attacks was making its mark on the world of trading cards, Stan and his stable of sensational superhero stories were transforming the landscape of comic books," said Topps' Adam Levine. "I can't think of any better match-up than these two pop culture icons to face off in the most outrageous, out-of-this world trading card crossover we've ever seen!"

Limited to just 2500 cards and fully painted by Joe Jusko, the card entitled "Stan Strikes!" will be given away FREE on a first-come-first-served basis and available ONLY at Comikaze. Topps will also be on hand at the show to promote the release of Mars Attacks: Invasion, the modern revival of the classic card series and the first all-new story based Mars Attacks card series in more than half a century. The set boasts all-new art by some of the most renowned illustrators in the industry, including Jusko, Earl Norem, Glen Orbik, Greg Staples, Alex Horley, Sanjulian, Dan Brereton and many more. A limited edition print featuring Jusko's stunning painting will also be available for sale at the Topps booth, signed by the artist, while supplies last.

Full press release below.

Where's Serenity?


Where's Serenity? Only Mal knows.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick


(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 to survive and to keep on living.)

Always some interesting days in the zombie world we live in. At least now I have some company to enjoy these days with me on the railways. There are about six of us now on this tiny engine car, making it a bit cramped, but a much better situation then where they were.

I found these folks in that plume of smoke I was heading towards, which turned out to be a town on fire being attacked by zombies. As I was coming into town I made sure to blow my horn to see if I could draw any zombies to me that might help any survivors out there. In addition to letting people know there was a way out of town if they could get to me, as I couldn't slow down too much since it took a bit of time to get moving again.

Review - Hero Bear and the Kid #1 - The Inheritance


"...he appeared."

Calvin had Hobbes. Ren had Stimpy. Pinky had the Brain. And Tyler has Hero Bear? That's right kids. The classic tale from way back when is being revisited by KaBOOM! in Hero Bear and the Kid #1 - The Inheritance.

The issue is written and illustrated by Mike Kunkel.

IDW Brings Darkness Over Cybertron


Even darkness finds a way to fall over far-flung planets such as Cybertron. And when that happens, the Autobots and Decepticons are forced to adapt and adapt they will starting in Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1, written by John Barber and James Roberts and illustrated by Phil Jimenez.

"I've been a fan of the TRANSFORMERS brand since I was 13," said Jimenez, "and this was a fanboy dream come true. The beauty of this story is it plays to the strengths of the characters and to my strengths as a storyteller; epic, world-shattering scale as well as those beautiful character moments that make readers care about a bunch of giant 'Robots in Disguise.'"

The war between the Autobots and Decepticons is over, but when the relentless Shockwave enacts a scheme millions of years
in the making, yesterday's nightmares tear apart today's peace. "Optimus Prime, Rodimus, Bumblebee--even Starscream--all these characters believed war was behind them, for better or worse," says Barber. "The big question-other than who will survive-is whose side will the Decepticons be on?"

The twelve-part series starts in Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1, then alternates between the monthly Transformers titles Robots In Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye, concluding in a finale issue in March. This is the first time that both Transformers series have crossed over.

"It's thrilling to see the two casts crash back into each other's lives," says Roberts. "Fittingly, given the scale of SHOCKWAVE's ambition, this is a massive, galaxy-spanning story-and one that shakes everything up."

Full press release below.

Manifest Destiny Explores Explorers


In the nascent days of the USA, there was a sense of exploratory entitlement best described as manifest destiny. The concept was that American settlers were destined to spread across the continent and spread they did. There are numerous recountings of such travels, but few of them were chronicled in comic book form. Until now, with Image Comics proud to present Manifest Destiny written by Chris Dingess and illustrated by Matthew Roberts.

“I'm fascinated by the pop culture phenomenon of taking historical characters, both real and fictional, and placing them in big, fake, extraordinary adventures,” said Dingess when asked about the origins of the series, “I'm also intrigued by the modern world's growing obsession with vast government conspiracies, both real and fictional. I was excited to take these two concepts and make them have a baby. And Matt Roberts has made this baby very pretty.”

In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out from St. Louis, Missouri with the intent of blazing a trail to the western coast of North America—a trip that would set the foundation for the future of the United States of America. But what the history books don’t tell you is the true purpose of Lewis and Clark’s journey to the west. In this imaginative retelling of their famous trek, Lewis and Clark embark on a secret mission under direct orders from President Thomas Jefferson. They are going to do more than explore the wild frontier: they’re going to catalog exotic life and eliminate the monsters that stand in the way of the safe and rapid expansion of the United States.

Instead of being a dry reinvention of history, Dingess and Roberts are aiming for something that’s a lot of fun and action-packed, but still true to the era they’re depicting. Roberts is interested in being historically accurate. “Chris has written such a crazy, fun adventure, but he always leaves me enough rope to hang myself in the details,” said Roberts. “For example - I had no clue how in vogue popped up collars were in the early 19th century. That and leather chokers. Researching and drawing all these things is such a turn from drawing shiny, spandexed muscles. I'm having a blast.”

Manifest Destiny #1 will be in stores on November 13 and is currently available to pre-order from the September issue of Previews (Diamond Code SEP130486). Full press release below.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review - Zombie Tramp #1


"Hey lover boy. How bout a kiss?"

Zombies are good at two things: causing mayhem and eating people. It's just about everyday that the two objective intersect and that's really all they need to do. Sometimes, zombies need a little more motivation to get into the world and that motivation makes for interesting reading in Zombie Tramp #1 from Action Lab Entertainment.

The first issue is written and illustrated by Dan Mendoza with letters by Zen.

Preview - Powerpuff Girls #1


The citizens of Townsville have three staunch defenders in the Powerpuff Girls. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup all bring different traits to the table, but the one thing they have in common is that they can wreck it when need be. It's been a while since the trio shared the limelight, but IDW is remedying that with a brand new series in Powerpuff Girls #1.

With Troy Little handling all the creative duties, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are back to take down the meanest of the mean and the ugliest of the ugly. Plus, what fiendish secret is Mojo Jojo hiding? The answer is sure to surprise! The book hits stores in September with interiors below. It's Powerpuff Girls though, so you know what to expect.

Ghosted #2 Sells Out


As the supernatural goes, the Ghostbusters ain't 'fraid of no ghosts. Clearly, readers tend to agree with the sentiment as they've helped in making Ghosted #2 a sell-out for Image Comics. It only took one week after its release and the issue will be reprinted alongside the release of Ghosted #3 in September.

Written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Goran Sudzuka, Ghosted stars Jackson Winters, a career thief who is released from prison for one reason: to steal a ghost from a haunted mansion for a very rich man. Winters gathers a team of psychics, magicians, ghost hunters, skeptics, and more to execute the heist, but even the most intricate of plans is far from foolproof. How do you prepare for the unknown?

The second printing of Ghosted #2 can be pre-ordered now (Diamond code JUL138232) and will be in stores on 9/11, the same day as Ghosted #3. Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review - Captain Midnight #2


"I assume this Bill Gates you speak of is some sort of mad genius? I need more access to information."

Captain Midnight is the type of hero who could give Captain America a run for his money in the patriotic defense of our country category. The two of them both handle Nazis on the regular and both are revered for their combat abilities. Captain Midnight also happens to be a genius and ace pilot, both of which are on display in Captain Midnight #2 from Dark Horse Comics.

The issue is written by Joshua Williamson, illustrated by Fernando Daguino, colored by Ego and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot!.

Th3rd World Entertainment Unleashes The Pack


Everyone needs a good murder mystery in their lives. It's a bonus if that murder mystery involves werewolves because hey, even werewolves are suspects in werewolf crimes. Th3rd World Entertainment has all the werewolves flinging accusations you could possibly want in The Pack - Volume 1, written by Mike Raicht and illustrated by Daniel Faccilongo.

"This is my attempt to combine my love of movies like Halloween, Friday the 13th and The Howling (which I watched at much too young an age) with the classic teen angst movies like Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful. Our artist, Daniel Faccilongo and the guys at Th3rd World have done an amazing and creepy job of channeling that era. I hope this gives everyone the feeling I had as a kid, secretly watching those horror movies on low volume in my living room so my mom wouldn't catch me."

The town wrestles with the murder of local high school football star, Brian Foster. Everyone loved the local high school star football player, but Greg Jordan, the new kid in town, has his suspicions. But perhaps the question shouldn't be who killed Brian Foster, but what? If the high school drama of The Breakfast Club mixed with the intense werewolf action of new horror-dramas is something you crave, hunt down this book by the light of the full moon this October.

The Pack - Volume 1 collection is available in August Previews (order code AUG131448) for $16.99, released just in time for the Halloween season. Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Launches Artist Submissions Facebook Page


It's a brave, new, social media heavy world. Everybody knows everybody and everybody is pretty easy to access. So why shouldn't aspiring artists be able to submit their work to editors in a way that doesn't involve stalking them at conventions? BOOM! Studios agrees and is offering up a brand new way for artists to get their work in front of their eyes: Facebook.

BOOM! Studios has launched an Artist Submissions page (https://www.facebook.com/BoomStudiosArtistSubmissions) on Facebook in order to create a venue for artists to submit their work and have it seen by the BOOM! Studios editorial team. It's a place for artists (pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers) to post samples of their work that's strictly for artists. Writers can just leave long, expository posts on the wall (not really).

"I'm really excited about this new initiative," said Managing Editor Bryce Carlson. "Not only is the BOOM! Studios Artist Submissions Page an amazing opportunity for aspiring artists, colorists, and letterers to get their samples in front of BOOM! editors on a regular basis and find helpful tips and advice, it's also a great community for creators to interact and learn from each other. Finding new talent is awesome, but providing a home for people to grow and learn together is what really makes this so special."

Artists can upload examples of their work for the BOOM! Studios Editorial staff to review by posting all art samples in the Timeline. BOOM! does not respond directly to the posts or messages and has hired a number of artists this way and will contact you if there is interest. Additionally, the BOOM! Studios editorial staff will regularly post helpful hints and advice for artists to improve their craft on the Facebook page.

Full press release below.

Cyberforce Continues Record Setting Pricing


Readers have been really big on Cyberforce. Marc Silvestri, Marco Turini, Andy Troy Stjepan Sejic have been working hard to keep readers invested for minimal cost. The first five issues were offered free and now the sixth is being offered for $2.99. And it's all thanks to readers and Kickstarter, resurrecting the franchise and keeping the good times rolling.

In Cyberforce, corporations control everything, and a young woman named Velocity must escape her mother and sister’s grasp in order to search for a very important man named Stryker. With the big companies on top, normal people are forced to live in what’s left of the cities. These people are protected by Cyberforce, a group of former soldiers who have banded together to fight for the weak, hunted, and oppressed. After the conclusion of their first story arc, issue 6 introduces readers to a new purpose and mission for the Cyberforce crew. Revenge has been achieved, so survival is now top priority as a more dangerous and uncontrollable threat has been activated.

"The lines between good and evil, and fact and fiction continue to blur as CYBERFORCE falls farther down the technological rabbit hole,” Silvestri explains. “Artist Marco Turini brings our worst nightmares to life as we learn that Cyber Data may in fact be the least of our problems."

Cyberforce issues 1-5 can be read at the Top Cow website, or picked up for free at any local comic shop. Cyberforce #6 will be released in comic shops on September 18 (Diamond Code MAY130409) and will be available digitally on the Image Comics website as well as ComiXology. Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Fifth Beatle Features Forewords by Billy J. Kramer and Andrew Look Oldham


The Beatles don't need any help in getting people to pay attention to them. They're one of the most recognizable bands in music history and still have a lasting impact on people around the world. Still though, when other music legends like Billy J. Kramer and Andrew Look Oldham offer up their words to a work by Dark Horse written by Vivek J. Tiwary and painted by Andrew C. Robinson chronicling the life of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, it's kind of a big deal.

“Telling the Brian Epstein story in The Fifth Beatle has been a true labor-of-love, as I've long considered Epstein my "Historical Mentor” and someone I never had the good fortune to meet, but whose life story I have been greatly inspired by and have tried to learn from. So it is incredibly humbling and affirming to have the input and support of Andrew Loog Oldham and Billy J. Kramer, two music industry superstars who truly knew Brian Epstein. I'm extremely grateful to them both, and I can't wait to share their illuminating contributions with our readers,” said Tiwary.

The standard hardcover edition will be available for $19.99 in an oversized library format on November 19. Both a collector’s-edition and limited edition hardcover of this groundbreaking graphic novel will also be available, featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers, for $49.99 and $99.99. Tiwary will be signing limited prints of The Fifth Beatle at FanExpo America in Toronto, Ontario this Friday & Saturday, August 23rd & 24th at the Dark Horse booth #856.

Full press release below.

Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 Made Returnable for Retailers


Dynamite wants retailers to take a chance on Ash and the Army of Darkness #1. Not that they should be worried, because it's Ash, Army of Darkness and Steve Niles, but still, these are strange financial times. Retailers should feel confident in ordering Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 from Dynamite, as the publisher is offering a returnable incentive for qualifying accounts.

"We have an incredible amount of confidence in the series, and are excited to be part of the select publishers who are able to ship our key projects on a returnable basis," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite. "Steve Niles on Ash and the Army of Darkness will be one of Dynamite's biggest launches of the year, and if Red Sonja is any indication, we will sell out quickly and build a large audience of readers. Anticipating that this huge launch will attract a tremendous readership, and with Steve Niles leading a great creative team, we're proud to bear the risk and have this first issue returnable for retailers who support the launch. This program will allow retailers to order plenty of copies for day-and-date on the shelves and achieve maximum sell-through. And as a bonus, retailers will have sales data for Diamond's Final Order Cut-Off procedure on issues #2 and up."

The qualifier for this special incentive is as follows. Any retailer whose September Previews catalog initial order of Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 (any combination of the Ben Templesmith regular edition and the Dennis Calero subscription-only edition) matches or exceeds 120% of their final Red Sonja #1 orders (corresponding to Diamond item codes MAY130985-89, and MAY130993) will be eligible to return any unsold units during a window after the on-sale date.

Concerning the new direction for the Army of Darkness comic franchise, Niles says, "We start at the last frame of the film and then go right to the next. It's a wild ride and I think fans of the film will be very happy because I am bringing back a lot of what made the movie so fun. My run of Ash and the Army of Darkness takes place almost entirely in the 1300's setting. That was what made Army of Darkness stand apart. I'm hoping readers agree."

Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 is solicited in the September 2013 Previews Catalog #300, corresponding to items shipping in November 2013; the anticipated on-sale date is Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Two cover editions are available for order, the regular edition by Templesmith (Diamond Item Code SEP131050) and Subscription-Only variant edition by Calero (SEP131051); each edition retails for $3.99. Retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors can place wholesale orders online, via fax, or by contacting their dedicated Customer Service Representative. Initial orders may be placed on Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 beginning on August 28, 2013, and the deadline for September Previews Catalog initial orders is September 26, 2013.

Full press release below.

Review - No Tomorrow #1


"I'm scared mommy."

Death is unavoidable. It has a way of seeking you out and no one is immune to it. Still though, you have to admit the human insistence to everything in its power to stave it off. What do you do when Death decides to bring down the world around you to complete its goal? You get a book like No Tomorrow #1 from Zenescope Entertainment.

The first issue is written by Raven Gregory, with pencils by JG Miranda, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Zero Delves Into War Image Style


Violence begets violence...there's no questioning that. Whether or not that violence is required remains to be seen, but it does make for interesting storytelling. Image Comics is all about interesting storytelling, in that it's offering up a brand new series called Zero, written by Ales Kot.

“War is a disease,” said Kot, “and it seems that a large part of humanity is obsessed with it.” The writer of comics that range from the stream-of-consciousness apocalyptic tale CHANGE to DC Comics’ Suicide Squad draws on this point of view, developed in his native Czech Republic, for his new series ZERO, out from Image Comics in September. “I’ve seen, first-hand, what kind of damage war inflicts on people, and how often the wounds become obscured as the decades progress,” he said.

Zero is named for its main character, secret agent Edward Zero, a sociopath who solves problems with violence, a perfect execution machine. He’s built his life around certain principles, but Zero is the story of what happens when his carefully maintained systems break down and Zero must fight not just a war out in the world but one within himself as well. Each issue will end with this internal struggle producing an indelible change in Zero, and so each issue will be drawn by a different artist. The first issue, in which Zero encounters a bioengineered terrorist whose body is a bomb, is drawn by Michael Walsh. Subsequent issues will be drawn by comics stars like Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske, Tradd Moore and Tonci Zonjic. Kot will write each issue based on the strengths of the artist, and the series will be colored by Jordie Bellaire.

Zero #1 is available for pre-order in the July issue of Previews (Diamond code JUL130415). Variant covers by Becky Cloonan (JUL130416) and Chris Burnham (JUL130417) are also available for pre-order. Full press release below.

Archaia Announces An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp


Despite Archaia now being an imprint of BOOM! Studios, they're not going to stop putting out the top-notch works. This November the publisher will add another book to their repertoire in An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp. The fantasy tale about a young girl who is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, located in the eerie swamps of the Louisiana bayou, is the debut for first time graphic novel writer Tom Hammock and artist Megan Hutchison. Once there, she is introduced to and begins practicing Hoodoo, a form of magic that deals with elements of the supernatural.

“Readers can expect plenty of wicked delights and dark things to envelope Aurora Grimeon,” explained Hammock. “Like any big life change, she will have to contend with the usual things: finding new friends, getting used to a new place to live… but in this case the swamp and its island of tombstones brings with it its sinister residents, supernatural occurrences, disappearances, and murder… to go with unsavory new chores, an unexpected new pet, and maybe even a cute boy.”

“We did extensive research into ancient tools, weather, plants, Hoodoo, and a lot of other aspects to come up with Aurora’s extraordinary world,” added Hutchison. “Aurora’s character was the most fun to design. She is strong, smart, yet vulnerable. Again, through research—and my own closet—I came up with some fun ways for Aurora to express herself to the audience as a young girl finding her voice through her own creativity.”

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o’ the Wisp ($24.95, hardcover, 208 pages, full color, 6” x 9”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-78-7) will go on sale in comic book shops and wherever books are sold this November. It can be pre-ordered through comic book shops using Diamond Order Code SEP130877. Full press release below.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


I have to say, it's surprising how your taste in characters change as you get older.

When you’re younger, you’re into the flashiest characters. The ones with the coolest powers and the baddest attitudes. Wolverine, Hulk, Ghost Rider, etc. And--don't get me wrong--they’re still cool when you get older; however, I’m frequently surprised at how much I’ve grown to love the characters that were least interesting to me when I was younger. Captain America is a good example of this. For the longest time, I thought: "the guy’s got a shield...who cares?"

But it isn’t adamantium claws or fits of superhuman rage that make you cool (although it sure doesn’t hurt). It’s the character. Cap is sort of pure. In the middle of so much controversial stuff in the Marvel universe, he’s incorruptible. And he never stops fighting. It’s hard not to love the guy really.

Imagine my surprise when these days I find that I'm especially drawn to Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. Sure, Hawkeye was always the Avengers’ tough guy, ready to talk trash and flash around a big attitude. He was the Avengers’ Wolverine (before Wolverine actually became an Avenger). But for me, it always seemed strange that a team that sported a line-up of Iron Man and Thor would have a guy with a bow and arrow on the team.

Review - Sidekick #1


"Let's hear it for the Red Cowl and Flyboy!"

Sidekicks tend to have a rough go of things. They're always in the shadow of the "hero" and are often maladjusted in some way that gives them even more of a disadvantage in life. When the superhero dies though, it's up to them to step up and become to hero. Sometimes though, sidekicks don't really handle that promotion that well and it's the subject behind Sidekick #1 from Image Comics.

The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, illustrated by Tom Mandrake, colored by HiFi and lettered by Troy Peteri.

BOOM! Studios Debuts Sons of Anarchy Covers


BOOM! Studios is planning to bring along Sons of Anarchy to the comic books. Now--in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products--the two have announced the addition of a 1-in-10 surprise connecting chase cover for each issue of the series. The six-issue series will feature and bring to life the gun-smuggling bikers with complex pasts and gripping personalities residing in the fictional town of Charming, California.

Each issue of the SONS OF ANARCHY comic book series will feature a 1-in-10 intermixed cover inspired by the striking season 6 promotional images that debuted in July from FX. The six covers will connect to form one complete panoramic image of the show’s characters engaged in a grand melee. The first issue will feature a main cover illustrated by Garry Brown and a 1-in-20 retailer incentive “Mr. Mayhem” cover. BOOM! will offer a retailer incentive cover that has been upgraded with a gold foil-stamped treatment.

The series will be written by Christopher Golden and illustrated by Damian Couceiro. Sons of Anarchy #1 is a 32-page, full-color issue that retails for $3.99 and is available for order under Diamond Code JUL130914. It comes out in comic shops everywhere on September 11. Retailers can increase their orders until Monday, August 19. Full press release below.

Dynamite Announces New Noir Series


Ever wonder if Miss Fury had some unknown desire to join up with Black Sparrow? One of the first female superheroes teaming up with a villainess featured in The Shadow? Dynamite has an answer to your inquiries in Noir, set to hit stores in November and featuring the writing talents of Victor Gischler and art by Andrea Mutti.

"Black Sparrow and Miss Fury are both sexy, dangerous women, and wouldn't it be wild to get them together?" says Gischler. "If readers want the pulp vibe, this is the book. If they've had a taste for the Black Sparrow in The Shadow, or Miss Fury in her own series, and if they want more, then this is the book. And they should expect action, adventure, and intrigue...like the description right off an old pulp movie poster (which is just about right)!"

In the first issue of Noir, the Black Sparrow, a mercenary and thief who had previously fought and loved The Shadow, is hired to steal the mysterious Moon Stone from a New York museum. Deciding to hold onto the precious jewel for a better payday, she angers her former employers and becomes a target marked for death. Only the assistance of an old flame can keep Black Sparrow one step ahead her pursuers... but will The Shadow help the woman he once tried to kill? And when Miss Fury, a dangerous and possibly unhinged heroine, enters the fray, will these three masked adventurers play nice... or go to war?

The first issue of the five-part Noir miniseries is solicited in the September Previews catalog for preorder by retailers worldwide. Noir #1 features a cover illustration by Ardian Syaf. As a special incentive, for every 50 copies ordered by retailers, they will receive a complimentary rare variant edition featuring Syaf's black-and-white line art. Full press release below.

Cosmic Blasts Off with Indiegogo Fundraiser


Cosmic is due from Alterna Comics. At least, the publisher wants the book written by Sal Brucculeri, illustrated by Chandra Kelly and colored by Victoria Pittman to be due. It's slated to debut on Alterna Comics' digital line in January 2014, but it needs a little help. That help is in the form of an Indiegogo campaign running until September 30.

Landon Debson is your typical college graduate in today’s world, he has plenty of student loan debt but no job to show for it. Wasting away his education on the unemployment line, Landon finally receives a call-back from one of the hundreds of interviews he went on and is offered his very first job. Filled with excitement to start his new career as a S.T.A.R. at U.P.A., Landon doesn't realize that he has signed a contract to work for the Universal Protection Agency as a Soldier Through All Radars as the superhero “COSMIC”. The first story arc is a year later, Cosmic is faced with the task of protecting the infants of Earth from the alien pirate “Captain Priam” and his crew of baby-snatchers.

The ultimate goal of this campaign is to fund issues one and two with a stretch goal for additional issues. A $25 contribution gets you the indiegogo Edition TPB and the PDFs of issues 1 and 2, but for each stretch goal we reach, anybody who pledged $5 or more will receive the PDF of each issue added! All backers who contribute $30 or more will receive a signed issue of each additional issue added through stretch goals! Even if you can't contribute, just spreading the word about the campaign and comic book would be fantastic and extremely appreciated.

Full press release below.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick


(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 to survive and to keep on living.)

Riding on a train is pretty damn relaxing.

It’s been a week since I got this one going back in that Arizona town as the giant zombie horde was getting ever closer. Ever since packing up my supplies and getting it running I've been riding the rails on my way out west towards California.

A quiet life exists on the railways, as I'm alone with my thoughts as we chug along, occasionally tossing some wood into the furnace. All I have to look at is the rolling countryside passing me by and the railroad ahead of me. Sometimes there is a random zombie here or there in the fields,too slow to catch up or get in my way. I make sure to park on big bridge expansions over rivers as a spot to sleep since zombies can only come from in front or behind me.

Review - The Living Corpse Haunted One-Shot


"You know Edgar, you really are a sick bastard."

Chances are, if you're dealing with foe of the undead nature, you need an ally who boasts the same credentials. A creature who can give you the inside scoop on how the undead think and act. A living corpse perhaps; one who doesn't want to eat your brains but fight alongside you in a way. Those stories would be interesting right? Dynamite Entertainment hopes so in The Living Corpse Haunted One-Shot.

The one-shot features three stories. "Haunted" is written by Ken Haeser, illustrated by Haeser and Buz Hasson and colored by Blair Smith. "Edgar Allan: The King and I" is written by Keith Thomas and illustrated by Smith. "Tears of a Clown" is written by Haeser, illustrated by Haeser and Hasson and colored by Smith.

Image Presents Alex + Ada


Jonathan Luna has an itch that only comics can cure. It's been three years since Luna gave his talents to the comics industry and now he's teaming up with Sarah Vaughn on a new series from Image Comics called Alex + Ada. In this near-future tale, Alex is attempting to recover from a setback in his life and return to normal. Ada, a Tanaka X5 and the latest and greatest model of companion android, comes into his life. She lives to serve, as long as her programming allows it, but does he want to be served?

"It’s so great," said Luna. "I feel like I’ve lost some time, but at the same time I’ve learned so much in the past few years from photography, painting, Star Bright, and life experiences. I’m reinvigorated and I feel so fortunate to be working in comics."

The world of Alex + Ada gives us a glimpse of what our own future may be like. It features a thriving robotics industry, alarm clocks that are floating holographic displays, breakfast served by floating robots, and normal human beings who are able to control their home electronics with a thought. Vaughn says that readers can expect "drama, humor, love, loss, and more robots than you can shake a stick at" in the series.

When asked to describe their working relationship, Vaughn said, "It looks a lot like Misery. I ended up having to hobble Jon. All kidding aside, we’ve been able to reach a good balance between our friendship and creative partnership." Luna, too, praises his co-writer: "Sarah is a good friend first and I never would’ve guessed that we’d be working together in this capacity. I’m very glad that we’re able to. It’s all been a very pleasant surprise."

Alex + Ada #1 will be in stores on November 6 and can be pre-ordered from the September issue of Previews (SEP130479). Full press release below.

Oz #1 Makes Zenescope History


The Yellow Brick Road. Ruby Red Slippers. A Green Wicked Witch. All colors of Oz and all facets of the world that's adventurous and tumultuous. Apparently though, readers dig the insanity, as Oz #1 has sold out of its initial 30,000 copy print run, setting a record for the publisher.

“I'm very happy that so many retailers and fans have taken a chance on this book. I hope they’re enjoying reading it as much as I am writing it.” said Zenescope President and series writer, Joe Brusha. “We've been planning this series for such a long time and it's great to have a successful launch after having put so much work into it. We're looking forward to publishing more Oz series and continuing to expand the Grimm Universe.

Zenescope’s re-imagining of the Oz mythology was one of the top-selling titles through Diamond in July and the best-selling Oz related book of the month. Making that feat impressive is the fact that publishing giant, Marvel Comics, also released the #1 issue of its new series, The Emerald City of Oz, in July as well. The success of Zenescope’s Oz and the company’s other best-selling titles, such as Wonderland and Grimm Fairy Tales, solidifies the ever-growing entertainment company as a top mainstay in the comic book market.

Oz #1 is currently available digitally through ComiXology and can also be ordered directly on Zenescope’s website. Full press release below.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review - Uninvasion #1


"Never mind evacuating the hangar bay, I just evacuated my lunch!"

Aliens have to deal with some of the same things humans do, including inept employees and employees who are too smart for their own good. It's an organizational flaw, but one that still bears handling by superiors. Even the superiors have difficulty controlling things and Univasion #1 is a story that highlights those difficulties.

The issue is written and created by James Dilworth.

Dark Horse Announces Monsters! & Other Stories


As part of its Originals line, Dark Horse has offered up some great and unique works. That trend is poised to continue with the release of Monsters! & Other Stories by Gustavo Duarte. The work promises to bring tons of humor, charm and horror in the creator's American graphic novel debut.

“It is a joy and an honor to have my first book published in the USA by Dark Horse,” said Duarte. “It’s really cool to have Monsters! published by the company that has produced the work of so many guys I admire, like Mike Mignola and Eric Powell, among others. I hope this is the first of many.”

Oversized beasts, in the short story “Monsters!,” wreak havoc on civilians and cities in the tradition of Godzilla and King Kong. In “Có!,” an alien abduction disarms a gentle farmer, and in “Birds,” two business partners run from fate, only to find themselves hopelessly unable to change the future. Beautiful illustration and evocative storytelling fill every page of this unforgettable collection that brings together Duarte’s works, which were previously only available in his native country of Brazil.

Monsters! & Other Stories arrives in finer comic shops everywhere on January 15, 2014, and will carry a cover price of only $12.99 for 152 beautifully illustrated pages. Full press release below.

Black Science Brings Rick Remender to Image Comics


Rick Remender has missed Image Comics. It's been a few years since he offered up his talents to one of the hottest publishers around these days, but apparently few years is too many years. Starting November, Remender returns to Image Comics with Black Science #1, paired up with Matteo Scalera and Dean White.

Remender says, “Black Science feeds on my love of comic book science fiction, the kind that is incredibly reliant on strong visuals. So fortunately, I'll be working with two of my favorite collaborators—Matteo Scalera and Dean White—to bring these hundreds of new worlds to life. I'm incredibly excited to be doing new books with longtime publisher Image Comics. “

Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. But every experiment has its unintended consequences, and instead of finding enlightenment and epiphany, McKay and his team find nothing but chaos as they are lost in an infinite ocean of alien worlds teeming with the unimaginable. Home is suddenly very far away, but McKay and crew have no choice—they must push forward.

“The setup we have here is one that I have absolute faith will lead to years and years of great stories,” says Remender. “I've already got the first two years of the series plotted out and I'm absolutely dying to take people on this shotgun blast of a journey.”

Black Science #1 will be in stores on November 27, featuring a cover by Scalera and White and an alternate cover by Andrew Robinson, and is currently available to pre-order from the July issue of Previews (Diamond Codes SEP130471 and SEP130472). Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Batman: Arkham Origins Collectors' Edition Revealed


Batman: Arkham Origins Collectors' Edition is going to give gamers a lot more of the Caped Crusader than just the game. In fact, they're being offered a Rogue's Gallery so to speak of bonus content when the game hits stores October 25. For the low, low price of $119.99, fans will get the following:
  • Exclusive Arkham Origins highly detailed premium statue featuring LED effects produced by TriForce
  • 80-page, full-color hardcover art book measuring approx. 7.5” x 10.75” x .5”
  • 2 key pieces of evidence taken directly from the Gotham City Police Department crime lab
  • Batman Wanted Poster
  • Batwing Prototype Schematic
  • Anarky logo stencil
  • Glow-In-The-Dark map of Gotham City
  • Wayne Family Photo
  • Assassin’s Intel Dossier, including files on the 8 assassins, as well as Black Mask’s contract
  • 1st Appearance Batman Skin: Look just like Batman did during his first appearance in Detective Comics #27, released in 1939.
  • Deathstroke Challenge Pack – Unlock the ability to play as one of the world's deadliest assassins! Usable throughout all the Arkham Origins Challenge maps. Also includes two bonus challenge maps and two bonus Deathstroke Skins.
  • Bonus (not available in Australia / New Zealand): Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics– This new feature-length documentary from Warner Bros Home Entertainment focuses on DC Comics’ most terrifying villains. Legendary actor Christopher Lee narrates the film.
  • The PS3 edition will also include the Knightfall pack as an exclusive piece of content
Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships. Batman: Arkham Origins will ship with a multiplayer mode developed by Splash Damage that allows players to take the franchise’s award-winning gameplay online to play with friends and foes.

Full press release below.

Review - Bloody Dreadful #1-2


"All right then - who's next?"

Typically, those words are uttered by a person on a rampage, looking to take on all comers. Sometimes though, it works perfectly well when working through a series of something. Like robbing graves in Bloody Dreadful #1-2 from Slave Labor Graphics Publishing.

The issues are written and illustrated by Justin Sane.

Preview - Transformers: 30th Anniversary Collection


It's been 30 years since the Transformers first debuted. And that's a milestone that deserves a celebration and IDW is more than happy to oblige.

Transformers: 30th Anniversary Collection is edited by Jim Sorenson and contains the talents of Bob Budiansky, Simon Furman, Mike Costa, James Roberts, Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior, Pat Lee, Don Figueroa, EJ Su, Alex Milne, Nick Roche and more. The work covers the range of books, from Marvel to Dreamwave to IDW and other iterations of the book. The book is a hard cover, 320 pages and lists for $49.99. It's available in stores now and interiors are below.

Dynamite Welcomes Erf


Garth Ennis is something of a mature writer. That doesn't mean he can't venture into children's works and he's doing just that in a brand new storybook published by Dynamite Entertainment that pairs him with artist Rob Steen in Erf. Originally announced as a project on Kickstarter in 2012, ERF received steadfast support by dedicated fans and saw publication initially as a hardcover available to consumers directly. The Dynamite partnership marks the first time that Ennis and Steen's project will be available through hobby and book market distribution channels.

"Garth and I had been looking for a chance to work together, but the last thing I expected was a children's book," says artist Rob Steen. "All the same, the idea for ERF grabbed me right away and I'm very proud of the end result. Kickstarter gave us the chance to get this strange little project off the ground and do it the way we wanted. I'm glad it's now finding a new audience in comics shops in the US, Canada, and the UK."

Set at the dawn of time, Erf introduces its titular character and his three amphibious friends - Figwillop, KWAAAH, and the Booper - as they take their first nervous steps out of the ocean. Their exploration of exciting new lands beyond the shore leads to a confrontation with the mighty Colossux, a terrifying creature lurking in the prehistoric jungle. What follows is an evolutionary tale of love and loyalty for readers of all ages.

While numerous publishers took interest in Erf from its inception, Ennis and Steen chose to self-publish the project, thereby maintaining creative control over the story. They turned to Kickstarter to raise funds, setting a goal of $12,000 to aid in the printing costs. Thanks to the considerable support of almost 500 backers, the Kickstarter fundraiser was easily met within the forty-day funding period. The successful venture resulted in a hardcover storybook measuring 8" x 10", with 48 full-color pages to tell the tale of Erf and his friends.

"We've had the pleasure of working with Garth Ennis throughout the years, publishing The Boys, Battlefields, Jennifer Blood, and The Shadow," says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "He's a writer who keeps you on your toes, and tells the type of stories that you'd never expect -- especially the variety that includes high-impact, thought-provoking, and often controversial 'mature reader' content. With ERF, he once again does what we'd never expect -- teaming with acclaimed children's illustrator Rob Steen to create a story for readers from age four and upwards. It was a bold move, a success story on Kickstarter, and something that Dynamite feels deserves to be brought to the wide comic-reading audience at hobby stores everywhere."

Full press release below.