Friday, January 31, 2014

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.)

Year 5. Week 24.

Prisoners. That's what they were doing there building up that large zombie horde. Somehow, the radioactive zombies gained control over the regular zombies and were able to get them to corral survivors to take back to Carson City. They had a whole pen of them; at least five hundred caged in together with zombies eying them.

We were able to learn this thanks to the brave group that was airlifted into the city and dropped off on a rooftop. The team managed to sneak around Carson City for a few days to get an idea of what we were dealing with in there. When it was time for extraction, only two of them made it out of there with plenty of zombies in hot pursuit.

Dark Horse Announces The Sakai Project


In case you haven't heard, Michael Bay is making a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The jury is still out as to how much he'll massacre a vital part of many viewer's childhoods and whether or not that massacre will spread to other characters besides the Turtles remains to be seen. One such character is Usagi Yojimbo, a fierce rabbit with a propensity for honor and a few appearances with the Heroes in a Halfshell. In Bay's hands, the character could be awful, but thankfully Dark Horse is putting him into more capable hands in The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo”.

“It has been an absolute pleasure publishing Stan’s work over the years, and recently collaborating with him directly on 47 Ronin,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson. “With the thirtieth anniversary of his most beloved creation, Usagi, and in a time of need for Stan and his family, we are honored to publish this tribute to Stan and his work. We are donating all of the proceeds to Stan and his wife, Sharon. We hope you will join us in honoring one of the comics industry’s shining lights.”

The participating artists bring their own interpretations and their own styles to the subject, making this book a one-of-a-kind treasure. The Sakai Project is produced in association with the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS) and ll proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Artists include Adam Hughes, Alain Mauricet, Alex Maleev, Allison Sohn, Andy Grenen, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Bill Morrison, Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh, Brian Michael Bendis, Carlos D'Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Chris Scalf, Dan Panosian, Dave Gibbons, David Mack, Dough Wheatley, Edgar Delgado, Eric Powell, Gabriel Hardman, Geof Darrow, Howard Chaykin, Jan Duursema, Jeff Smith, Joyce Chin, Mark Crilley, Matt Groening, Matt Wagner, Michael Allred, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Golden, Mike Kunkel, Mike Mignola, Oscar Martin, Paul Gulacy, Paul Renaud, Phil Yeh, Richard Corben, Scott Shaw, Sergio Aragones, Stephanie Gladden, Tim Sale, Tom Mandrake, Tom Richmond, Walter Simonson, William Stout and more.

Dark Horse would love to add to the "and more" part, by offering artists the chance to submit their own tributes by February 20. For technical specifications and other information, e-mail Dark Horse at sakaiproject@darkhorse.com. The Sakai Project will be released on July 23. Pre-order with your local comics retailer. Full press release below.

Review - A Frozen World


"It's an unnatural world. A concrete and iron lake of fire...a vast urban hell known to those who live there as Irongates."

If literature is any indication, the future of humanity involves any combination of zombies, vampires or robot uprisings. The common theme among all three is the concept of a mega-city, culling all the remaining survivors into one location that is typically ruled with a dystopian bent. While that concept isn't exactly new, it does offer a great setting for a book like A Frozen World to explore the daily lives of some of the citizens in that world. A Frozen World is written and illustrated by Nick Andors.

Red 5 Comics Promises Bad Dreams


If you've ever played Maniac Mansion, then things like Purple Tentacle and feeding a man-eating plant soda and fertilizer makes perfect sense. If you haven't then boy, did you miss out. Maniac Mansion had a special type of atmosphere that made the game memorable and Gary Winnick was one of the reasons for that tone. Winnick was one of the co-designers on the game and fortunately for comic book fans he also makes a living as a comic book writer and illustrator, putting those talents to use for a new, five-issue comic book series from Red 5 Comics called Bad Dreams.

"BAD DREAMS truly resonates from my creative core," said Winnick, "that's why I've spent all these nights and weekends on it. I think it's my best work. I hope the audience agrees."

Mary doesn't remember being afraid of the dark. In fact, since waking up in a dream world of eternal day, she doesn't remember much of anything. When night vanished, so did her memory, and now maybe it's time to be afraid of the light...
BAD DREAMS -- a somewhat twisted tale of whimsy -- chronicles the adventures of an odd group of Dreamworld characters: Mary, Nimrod, Sir Spanks (a Night Mouse Knight), Spide, and Shroom. Mary wakes to discover both her memory and Night have gone missing from the land. Mother Night's absence is causing havoc as everyone slowly goes insane from lack of sleep. The friends must pool their resources, working together to uncover the strange secret of their past and exactly who's behind it all.

"During my time at Lucasfilm and LucasArts in the 2000s, Maniac Mansion was considered one of those legendary titles that we were inspired by and aspired to," said Red 5 Comics co-founder, Paul Ens. "When I heard that Gary was completing his graphic novel passion project, I knew it would be a perfect fit for Red 5 -- imaginative, clever and fun."

As Red 5 is an independent publisher, the best way to ensure your copy of Bad Dreams this spring is to pre-order it before February 28 from your comic shop using order code FEB141419. Bad Dreams #1 of the five-issue series is set for release on April 23, 2014. Full press release below.

Image Offers Rise of the Magi #0 for Free Comic Book Day


Ever wonder if the world we live in is at risk? Well, it is--constantly--yet that doesn't mean there are other things we should be concerned about subverting our civilization. There are things we don't see that push the world to the brink of destruction, something that Marc Silvestri and Sumeyye Keagin plan to reveal to readers in Rise of the Magi #0 from Image Comics. And it'll be offered on Free Comic Book Day, which means more readers will get in on the secret threatening to end our world.

“The unfamiliar, the uncomfortable, and the things that scare us are what make us grow as people,” said Silvestri. “It’s safe then to say that in Rise of the Magi, Asa and a cast of characters both strange and familiar, will be doing a LOT of growing.”

A small black sphere contains all the magic that exists—past, present, and future. Without it, two worlds would not survive. But someone has done the unimaginable—stolen a piece of the sphere and fled from the world of magic into the world of man. Now only the very common Asa Stonethrow can find him. Asa thought saving two worlds was great enough a burden... until he meets a girl. The Magi are awake and they are legion, and only seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves, and killers can stop them. But as Asa will soon find out, among thieves, there is no honor.

Rise of the Magi #0 debuts on May 2 for FCBD, while Rise of the Magi #1 will hit stores later in the month. Full press release below.

Sam Kieth and Chris Ryall Team Up for Mars Attacks: First Born


Even aliens hellbent on invading Earth and taking it over have to start somewhere. Where does that first alien come from though? Where does it learn the "rat-tat" rally cry? IDW's Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth are tackling the question in Mars Attacks: First Born, a four-issue series that tells the story of the after effects of a Martian invasion.

"This series is a multi-tiered love letter," said series writer and IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. "Every page shows not only the love Sam and I have for Mars Attacks, but also wild science-fiction tales from the past, the sorts of thingsWally Wood drew in the pages of Weird Science-Fantasy and other EC comics. Our adoration of Wally's work is front and center in this series, but it's also a great next move for Sam and I after the working relationship we developed on The Hollows. And it surely gives Mars Attacks fans something special, in addition to also giving them some of the wanton carnage and gallows humor they've come to expect."

In a devastated neighborhood, a few survivors try to rebuild their lives. One of those survivors is an infant Martian, left behind in the attacks. But was she left behind on accident, or as part of a more nefarious plan? Does nature versus nurture apply to horrible invaders from Mars? These are some of the themes being explored in this series. Also: giant bugs. Artist Loston Wallace also pays homage to classic Wally Wood EC covers in each image he's creating for the series.

"Sam has been a friend to Topps for more than 20 years, and we're happy to see him finally put his stamp on Mars Attacks," says Adam Levine, Topps' Head of Outbound Licensing. "His wild style and one-of-a-kind sense of storytelling will no doubt bring a fresh take to our classic Martians."

The first issue hits stores in May. Full press release below.

Calder Macready is The Lunatic


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review - World War Mob #1


"The block was our family, literally. That alone was worth fighting for. Sometimes, it was worth dying for."

Throughout history, organizations and factions have fought over whatever they deemed worth fighting over. The mob is one such organization, capitalizing on violence and strategies to carve out a bigger piece of the monetary pie. It also applies to organized armed forces like the US Army, capitalizing on the same strategies for the cause du jour. Combine the two and you've got very similar operating structures and World War Mob #1 from New Paradigm Studios.

The first issue is written and lettered by Vito Delsante and illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo.

Dark Horse Previews Tomb Raider


Tomb Raider was a rather delightful yet dark return to Lara Croft's origins. The game was a great return to the game's roots, with the exception of a few puzzles missing. Regardless, the game was great, which makes the fact that Dark Horse would jump at the chance to print a comic based on the property. And with the book due in stores February 26, the publisher saw fit to offer fans a glimpse at the work.

The art by Nicolas Daniel Selma and Juan Gedeon (colors by Michael Atiyeh) looks very similar to that of Archer, but there's a good bet that writer Gail Simone won't really infuse Lara with the same brash attitude that Sterling Archer boasts.

Check out the interiors below.

Benjamin Stone is the Wallflower


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


I'm wondering how well Michael Bay’s TMNT is going to bring this distant but treasured relic of our childhood back into the centerstage of pop culture. I couldn’t sit here and say I love absolutely everything the guy did with Transformers, but mostly I think Bay gave us an experience that was worthy of what we wanted out of a big screen movie. What I’m worried about are some of the liberties that he might take with the Turtles and how we might end up with something only sort of resembling the thing that we loved. But I’m cautiously optimistic.

I’m not afraid to admit that I am currently a big fan of the latest TMNT animated show. I really think this one kind of hits the nail on the head in that it’s a very CLASSIC incarnation of what you loved about the green ninja’s when you were a kid. It’s surprisingly well written and features Krang(s), Baxter Stockman and other bits and pieces of Turtle lore.

But most of all?

It’s FUNNY. Like laugh out loud funny sometimes!

Review - Deep Blue #1


"Have to keep moving. Always keep moving."

How you would fare in a post-apocalyptic world is always a good conversation starter. Depending on the calamity, you may think you have a good shot. If you're the last human around though, the scenario doesn't really matter; survival does. In Deep Blue #1, survival against a robotic uprising is crucial to keep the human race in existence. The first issue is created by Bragi Schut and Lewis Fenton, written by Schut and illustrated by John "Roc" Upchurch.

Preview - Half Past Danger HC


In the summer of 1943 amidst of a war waged by monsters, Staff Sergeant Tommy “Irish” Flynn never expected to encounter a real one. But on a remote island in the South Pacific theatre, Flynn and his squad come face-to-fanged-face with creatures long thought dead! History meets Prehistory in this two-fisted race against time. Looking for the rest of that story? IDW's got you covered.

Hitting stores today is Half Past Danger HC, written and illustrated by Stephen Mooney and colored by Mooney and Jordie Bellaire. Check out interiors below.

Karen Jacobs is the Screw-Up


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review - Deadly Class #1


"A positive mental attitude is essential to surviving out here."

To be an assassin means you have to undergo lots of training. Martial arts training, stalking training...even training in how not to freak out in high-pressure situations. In theory, just about anyone can become an assassin, assuming they want to put the time into it. Deadly Class #1 offers a curriculum that will test if even the homeless can channel their anger into something more productive in terms of assassinating targets. The issue is written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Lee Loughridge and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Preview - Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective #1


Robots need detectives too. And sometimes robots need to become detectives too. With Copernicus Jones, things are pretty tough and the latter is a necessity. In Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective #1, deep in debt and with collectors breathing down his stainless steel neck, Copernicus takes on what seems like a simple case that promises a huge payday. Turns out it's not so simple. Figures.

The story is by Matt D. Wilson, illustrations by Kevin Warren and letters by Dylan Todd. The book hits stores January 29 with interiors below.

Magnetic Press Publishing Zaya


France is a lovely country, full of history and rife with culture. It's also got a pretty big comic book presence, with books like Zaya by JD Morvan and Huang-Jei Wei out there. The US has been missing out on great works such as Zaya, but Magnetic Press looks to change that in publishing the book for the first time this summer. Originally published in French in three serialized volumes by Dargaud Editions, Magnetic Press’s edition will collect the complete series into an all-new, 224-page hardcover compilation for its North American debut.

“ZAYA is an absolute feast – you can spend hours just soaking in the atmosphere and exquisite design work on every page,” says Magnetic Press’s Publisher, Mike Kennedy. “We cannot contain how excited we are to put this book in the hands of English-speaking readers for the first time!"

Zaya tells the story of a secret agent in the distant future who left her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat destroys an orbiting colony station and former fellow agents start dying, she is called back into the field to find and stop the danger. Her investigation leads to many questions about her own past, filled with explosive revelations. This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Huang-Jei Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork. The original series received a Silver honor from the 3rd International Manga Awards, granted by the Japan Foundation, established to honor and promote outstanding contributions to the art of Manga worldwide.

Zaya was the brainchild of writer Morvan and Wei, who wanted to establish an original style of “Franco-Chinese” Manga, combining characteristics of both aesthetics with a mutual love of Japanese speculative-sci-fi manga to form something wholly unique and remarkable. Wei’s first published work just out of school, Ya San, earned him a rabid following, but it was Zaya that established him as a sought-after artist among Asia’s great “conceptual mangaka”, including Katsuya Terada, Yasushi Nirasawa, and Range Murata.

Full press release below.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review - Furious #1


"Because her story is my story. And she's made me furious!"

If you had a superpower, would you use it for good? Evil? Regardless, would you want the credit and fame that comes with it? Those are questions we really don't have to answer ourselves, but Furious is a character who deals with those questions constantly. She's also the title character of Furious #1 from Dark Horse Entertainment. The first issue is written by Bryan J. L. Glass, illustrated by Victor Santos and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Preview - 2000 AD #1866


Know what happens when someone becomes ill? Things change all around that character, both good and bad. When Davina gets violently ill in 2000 AD #1866 from 2000AD, things get real and the repercussions are felt throughout the entire French Quarter. The story is by Rob Williams, Guy Adams, Dan Abnett, Pat Mills and John Wagner, illustrated by Henry Flint, Paul Marshall, Patrick Goddard, Clint Langley and Carlos Ezquerra, colored by Chris Blythe and Abigail Ryder and lettered by Annie Parkhouse, Ellie De Ville and Simon Bowland.

Marcel, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah rush to find out what's going on. Sophie approaches the others with some startling information about The Harvest and presents a drastic plan to save Davina. Elsewhere, Hayley is wracked with guilt as she comes clean to Elijah about her role in Sophie’s plan. Last, a sequence of unforeseen events sends shockwaves through the French Quarter. Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Diane Ademu-John (#111).

2000 AD #1866 is available January 29 with interiors below.

Image Gets Caught in Undertow


Undertow #1 is quite capable of doing what an actual undertow does. That is, a comic book can't really drag the reader under the water and carry them away literally, Figuratively though, a comic book can drag the reader under in a tidal wave of covers. The first issue of Undertow by Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov will feature a variant cover by Simon Roy. The second issue of the series will also feature a variant cover with art by Aaron Conley.

In the world of Undertow, Atlantis is a world superpower. Atlanteans Anshargal and his hostage-protege Ukinnu Alal hunt the Amphibian, a legendary creature that may be the key to an air-breathing life on land. The first issue will be available in stores on 2/19 for $2.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130486, variant Cover B can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT138321.

Undertow #2 will be available on 3/19 for $2.99 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN140621. The variant cover for the second issue will feature art by Aaron Conley and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code DEC138395.

Full press release below.

Friday, January 24, 2014

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.)

Year 5. Week 23.

It's begun. We’ve gone to war and so far it's going in our favor. Using the helicopter to drop homemade bombs and Molotov cocktails got the zombies all riled up and circling about to try and find where the ruckus was coming from. Then, using the tanks and some mortars we sustained a shelling of the buildings that had them crashing down on all the zombies in the streets.

This kept this up for a good hour or so with guys on the ground around the tanks keeping any zombies that come our way out of the fight permanently to allow the tanks more time to keep shooting. After the helicopter hit their threshold of fuel level we stopped our blasting, packed up the fighters and got out of there. We fell back towards our traps and defenses with the horde of zombies heading our way.

Review - Fallen #1


"Well, you're not paying me enough to leave through the sewers."

How do you deal with a new planet with no governments and corporation rule? Take up work doing corporate espionage of course. That's the case with Jennifer in Fallen #1. The issue is written by Justin Peniston, illustrated by Chris Ehnot and colored by Dave Delanty.

Valiant Announces Armor Hunters FCBD Special Retailer Editions


Leave it to Valiant to do Free Comic Book Day in a way that's a little different than all the other publishers. Valiant is planning to offer the FCBD 2014 Armor Hunters Special in a special, customizable edition for retailers. The prelude to Armor Hunters #1 that arrives in June gives readers a glimpse into what they can expect. For retailers that secure a minimum order of 500 copies by the title's February 3rd, 2014 final order cut-off (FOC) date, Valiant will design a specially customized FCBD 2014 ARMOR HUNTERS SPECIAL cover featuring their store's logo and contact information. The customizable area can also be modified to include a store promotion or coupon.

Setting the stage for Valiant's blockbuster crossover event, the FCBD 2014 Armor Hunters Special is the perfect entry point into the ambitious storyline that will engulf X-O Manowar, Unity and a star-studded cast of Valiant's fearless heroes. When Aric of Dacia returned to Earth with the stolen X-O Manowar armor of an alien race, he thought he finally found a weapon to guard the peace and kingdom he’d struggled so long to secure. But now, a relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space – sworn to exterminate the armor and all like it – have found their final target. The ARMOR HUNTERS are coming. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculably destructive power…even if it means taking the Earth with it.

Full press release below.

Jim Zub Handles Manga Red Sonja and Cub


Gail Simone has Red Sonja firing on all cylinders over at Dynamite. The character herself is extremely capable of handling herself in any situation, although chances are she's not prepared for the new one Dynamite is throwing her way. The publisher is pairing Jim Zub with Jonathan Lau for a Red Sonja one-shot done as a manga. The book is called Red Sonja and Cub and is due in stores in April.

"Getting the chance to write a samurai-style story of savage combat and sacrifice with Red Sonja, one of the heavyweight characters of fantasy, is a real thrill," says Zub. "I'm stoked for people to see the big action-big emotion ride Jonathan and I are putting together for this."

In Red Sonja and Cub, blood will rain down upon the snowy ground as the She-Devil With A Sword battles her way across the Asiatic lands of Khitai. In a land of complex family loyalties and death before dishonor, will sharpened steel and the muscle to wield it be enough?

Red Sonja and Cub will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market and slated for release on April 2nd, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Red Sonja and Cub with their local comic book retailers. Red Sonja and Cub will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review - Of Stone


"They must prove their worth to be among us. They must show that they are of the people that they belong. That they are of stone."

Ogres often get a bad rap. It may be the wonton violence or propensity to want to eat anything (or anyone) smaller than they are, but some of them have feelings too. Who knows? They may even feel some sense of community while among other ogres. That inevitably means that one of them must work to protect the others and Of Stone is a book that looks at that angle. The issue is written and illustrated by D. A. Bishop.

Preview - Judge Dredd Mega-City Two #1


It would take quite a lot for Judge Dredd to leave the comfy confines of Mega-City and venture elsewhere. Especially a place like California that some would argue isn't much better in parts. Still though, it makes for wacky, madcap Dredd adventures! That adventure is on display in Judge Dredd Mega-City Two #1 is written by Douglas Wolk, illustrated by Ulises Farinas, colored by Ryan Hill and lettered by Tom B. Long.

As part of a judicial exchange program, Dredd is sent packing to Mega-City Two, a sprawling city covering 5,000 square miles of the Californian West Coast and centered in what was once known as Los Angeles, where he soon discovers that they do things differently there. The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Archaia Offers First 3D Graphic Novel

The Joyners in 3D

3D is something that the public seems to have a love-hate relationship with. There are times when it's all the rage, while other times it's rife with detractors. Still, if it's done right it can add something to the medium. Archaia has a history of doing things right, so it shouldn't be a surprise that The Joyners in 3D by R.J. Ryan and David Marquez debuts in 3D on the right side of things.

“THE JOYNERS IN 3D is not only a labor of love and storytelling for R.J. and David, but a crowning achievement in presentation,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Archaia has consistently pushed the boundaries with the types of stories it publishes, and JOYNERS is no exception. I love that the use of 3D here is not a gimmick. It’s an essential tool for the narrative, and one you’ll enjoy discovering while reading the book.”

Regardless of the technological advances made by the year 2062, people are still just as fallible as they’ve been for thousands of years. Brilliant engineer George Joyner and his team have just invented a revolutionary device that will change the course of human history, yet George is teetering on the edge of self-destruction thanks to his selfishness, narcissism, and relentless pursuit of success in the business world. The Joyners in 3D is the complete account of the sudden unraveling of the “perfect” family of the future, and the hubris that brings about George’s professional demise.

The Joyners in 3D arrives in comic shops on February 19th with a cover price of $29.95 under Diamond order code SEP130875. Every copy ships with a pair of custom “his” and “hers” 3D glasses. Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


Of all the Watchmen characters, you would no doubt be hardest pressed to argue that the Comedian is a hero.

In fact, the Comedian seems to me to represent everything that's wrong about the "heroes" of the Watchmen universe. He's a guy who is, as far as I can tell, acting out his most base and destructive impulses under the guise of being a superhero. All he's done is gotten society's approval to act like an adolescent psychopath. And as time goes on, things just get worse. He goes from beating up pathetic supervillains to boosting morale for the brutal Vietnam war.

I cannot say even one thing that is redeemable about this guy's actions. Not even one. However, I'll say this. The Comedian ends up getting it.

Review - Bad Ass #1


"That's why I'm going to kill your entire gang."

Deadpool has ridden his rough around the edges personality to success after success, garnering tons of readers and fans. Characters like him have that tendency, as readers want to root for the underdog, anti-hero every so often. Dynamite Entertainment has their own anti-hero they'd like to introduce you to in Bad Ass #1. The issue is written by Herik Hanna, illustrated by Bruno Bessadi, colored by Gaetan Georges and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Genesis Starts in April


If Image Comics can do anything wrong, it sure doesn't like to show it. Everything the publisher sends to stores for readers seems to be a surefire hit, with all sorts of talent gravitating towards the definition of creative control. It's something that's appealed to both Nathan Edmondson and Alison Sampson as well, with the two pairing up for Genesis to hit stores this April.

"Genesis was a fun opportunity to let storytelling and art run wild with the idea of creativity itself—of the boundlessness of imagination and the inevitable vertigo that comes from the unlimited ability to manifest anything into being," said Nathan Edmondson.

Genesis is a trippy journey of creation and destruction as one man finds himself with the ability to manifest anything by thinking it—only to learn that with seemingly unlimited power comes unstoppable terror. The one-shot hits stores April 16 for $6.99 and can be preordered using Diamond Code FEB140504.

“I'm really grateful for Nathan asking me to do this. The script let me draw on my architectural background (twenty five years of it) to bring something special of my own to the project and I hope that comes across—Nathan is a designer's writer,” said Sampson. “I'm relatively new to comics and there was a steep learning curve, but Nathan works with some amazing artists, so there was a standard to meet and this made me work harder.”

Full press release below.

Valiant Promises the "Death of a Renegade"


Anyone can be killed. It's a true fact of life that keeps everyone on their toes and ensures that no one is left behind when the reaper comes calling. That's a little less true in comics, as death in comics seems to be a little on the impermanent side of things. Still though, Valiant is soldiering on with what promises to be a rather gut-wrenching story when one of Renegades dies. Peter, Kris, Zephyr, Flamingo and Torque all find their lives at stake going up against Toyo Harada, the superhuman CEO behind the Harbinger Foundation.

"It's not hyperbole to say that EVERYTHING will change after this," said writer Joshua Dysart. "People say that, but in the past we've proven that we mean it. And this time I think people will be very surprised as to what's going to happen in this book."

The "Death of a Renegade" arch kicks off in Harbinger #22 in April, written by Dysart and illustrated by Clayton Henry. United by their unique abilities, five teenage misfits have come together under the leadership of troubled runaway Peter Stanchek – a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Recruited into the Harbinger Foundation by wealthy business magnate and omega-powered harbinger Toyo Harada, Peter quickly discovered the true purpose of Harada's secretive superhuman empire – subversion, conspiracy and control on a global scale. Now, with only the rejected recruits of the Renegades to aid him, the one boy to ever challenge Harada's vise-grip on the future of humanity has been left with no choice to expose his former mentor to the world – then bring the fight to his front door.

"We're losing one of our most important characters forever," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "This isn't a decision we take lightly – there was heated debate about this in all quarters – but it's a necessary choice, even if it means breaking the hearts of our beloved Harbinger fans."

Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review - EGOs #1


"Some people just come with expiration dates."

Things gets weird in space. The setting offers a wide variety of heroes and villains, both of whom have a penchant for wanting to preserve their own well-being. Sometimes though, you have to look to the past in order to save your future and Image Comics does that in EGOs #1. The issue is written by Stuart Moore, illustrated by Gus Storms and lettered by Rob Steen.

Warlord of Mars #100 Gets Celebratory


Hitting the century mark is a cause for celebration, whether you're a person or a comic. The latest book to hit that milestone is Dynamite's Warlord of Mars and the publisher is celebrating the 100th issue with lots of fanfare and variant covers. The special squarebound issue is written by three key Warlord of Mars writers, with multiple stories by Arvid Nelson, Robert Place Napton and Mark Rahner. Additionally, the book will feature covers by Joseph Michael Linsner, Jay Anacleto, Fabiano Neves, Emanuela Lupacchino and Stephanie Buscema.

"Having been with Warlord of Mars from the very beginning, this issue has deep personal meaning for me," says writer Arvid Nelson. "Our goal from the start was to capture the spirit of the original stories, but also make them accessible for a modern audience. I'm proud of what we accomplished."

In Warlord of Mars #100, we begin with a story by Robert Napton, taking place 400 years before John Carter's arrival on Barsoom, where a young Woola discovers an ancient First Born artifact that isn't quite what it seems. The story continues by Nelson, as the artifact is recovered by the Warlord himself many years later. What happens to the good people of Helium as the evil power begins to be unleashed? And what could it mean for the rest of Barsoom? Then, in the final chapter by Mark Rahner, Woola must do the hardest thing of his life: not protect John Carter. The fiercely loyal calot must resist his strongest instincts to save Carter from horrifying brutality - or pay an infinitely worse price.

"It's an amazing milestone for Dynamite and the Warlord of Mars comics that we've reached our 100th issue," states Napton. "It's a testament to the rich world Edgar Rice Burroughs created that we've come this far. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than throwing all the storytellers into the arena together and seeing what kind of mayhem ensues. It should be fun!"

"I've loved John Carter's adventures since I was a kid, and being a part of the 100th issue makes me feel like my life's come full circle," adds Rahner. "So I need to go on a pilgrimage to the River Iss and be devoured."

Warlord of Mars #100 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February Previews catalog and is slated for release on April 30, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Warlord of Mars #100 with their local comic book retailers. Warlord of Mars #100 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

'68: Rule of War #1 Breaks the Rules


There are some who fear the Cambodian jungles for their ferocity. Animals. Zombies. The last one might not be so much of a threat these days, but humans are threatening and they're very real. In '68: Rule of War #1, Mark Kidwell, Jeff Zornow and Jay Fotos bring new terrors to the Vietnam War in '68: Rule of War #1, the first in a four-issue miniseries sure to delight zombie enthusiasts.

“The concept of ’68 owes its roots to the fact that George Romero and John Russo unleashed their original vision of the American flesh-eating undead in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead,” explained Kidwell. “If you take that birthdate as gospel in the creation of the zombie sub-genre, it’s a no-brainer that the conflict in Southeast Asia would have become an instant, overnight hell teeming with hungry ghouls and unburied war dead. The goal then, was to introduce the supernatural horror of the zombie plague into the equation already established by the horrors of an out-of-control war and let the readers decide which is worse.”

In a doom-shadowed Cambodia infested with the living dead, CIA Special Agent Declan Rule and his canine companion Nero stalk a human monster, a neurosurgeon bent on carrying out grisly experiments that turn P.O.W.s into vicious instruments of war. In Vietnam, Private Kuen Yam and his ragtag band of survivors battle their way across a murderous no-man’s-land in a desperate search for a ticket to the skies. The war is over, but the battle for humanity’s survival has just begun.

Kidwell focuses on the horrifying capabilities of humans, rather than just zombies alone. “Readers will see how a human imagination, backed up by years of medical and scientific education, can take a threat like a shambling, cannibalistic demon and make it worse by wiring it to a radio transmitter frequency, packing it with high explosives and aiming it at an unsuspecting opposition,” said Kidwell. “Also, with the dead, surgical application and augmentation could be performed without boundaries. The threat of ‘losing’ a patient due to lab table trauma is zero as long as you don’t destroy the brain. Think Frankenstein on steroids with the bedside manner of Joseph Stalin and you’re getting warm.”

'68: Rule of War #1 with Cover A by Nat Jones can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140498. Cover B, with art by Clayton Crain, can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140499. And Cover C, which is a blank sketch variant, can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140500. The first issue hits stores April 2.

Full press release below.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Review - Hactivist #1


"Steam-powered defense flytrap. It's stubborn. Reroute it to the spaghetti, keep it in the loop."

In an information sharing world, information is king. It can cripple governments and inspire uprisings. It's a new world and a new way to revolt, leveling the playing field and giving everyone a chance to be king. How that power is used is a subject of debate, one that's broached in Hactivist #1 from Archaia Black Label. The series is created by Alyssa Milano, with the first issue written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, illustrated by Marcus To, colored by Ian Herring and lettered by Deron Bennett.

Image Comics Introduces Fans to "Honorverse"


Ever hear of David Weber? Maybe Honor Harrington? Ok, how about Image Comics? It's very likely that you've heard of one or all three of the aforementioned names and this March, all three come together into a multi-platform property. Starting this March, Image Comics will launch Tales of Honor #1, kicking off the first of many immersive science-fiction comics, games, webisodes, and TV episodes, leading up to the release in 2017 of a feature film.

“We chose the comic platform to launch the Honorverse to the uninitiated because it emphasizes visual storytelling and introduces our characters in a strong, iconic way. Comics also offer us the opportunity to interact with audience on a monthly basis to find the right tone and style for this new incarnation of Honor Harrington and her world,” said Scott Kroopf, Chief Creative Officer, Evergreen Studios.

Based on the bestselling science-fiction novels, Honor Harrington by Weber, the stories are set 2,000 years in the future when hyperspace travel has allowed humanity to colonize the far reaches of the universe. Tales of Honor follows the life and times of a brilliant, genetically engineered female spaceship captain, Honor Harrington, as she heroically leads her crew through a series of epic political, military, and personal adventures. The first comic series introduces Honor on the eve of her execution. From her cell, she recalls her first command assignment in a hellish backwater star system, where she discovers an enemy fleet massing for a sneak attack and must find a way to stop them with her lone ship.

“Weber’s story world is so cool because it’s based in real science, which gives it a feeling of authenticity. TALES OF HONOR is to Science Fiction what JASON BOURNE is to spy movies: realistic, gritty, and action-packed,” said Scott Kroopf, Chief Creative Officer, Evergreen Studios.

Matt Hawkins from Top Cow agrees. “I have never taken on outside comic projects, but when Evergreen approached me and I read the books, I was truly intrigued. David Weber has a level of detail that is not given in a lot of stuff now. The way they do the spaceship combat is actually realistic. The idea that the ships are so far apart and have to deal with inertia is something you don’t see in Star Trek or Star Wars. You can’t just turn a ship on a dime that’s going that fast.”

The mobile game, Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet, will be available on iOS and Android and releases shortly after the first comic. This free-to-play strategy game will allow people to battle a multitude of enemies in ship to ship combat across the breadth of the “Honorverse”.

Full press release below.

ComixTribe Publishing And Then Emily Was Gone


ComixTribe continues to delve into publishing great books that people may not necessarily have known to be on the lookout for. Their most recent work Scam has met critical acclaim and other books like Epic and The Red Ten have garnered attention as well. Now, the publisher is slated to bring to stores the 5-issue horror mystery series by John Lees and Iain Laurie.

"We're obviously already all in on John Lees," said ComixTribe publisher Tyler James. "John's work on THE STANDARD and the upcoming OXYMORON: Loveliest Nightmare series has been tremendous. But, I really think EMILY is going to be his calling card. Likewise, Iain Laurie's unique artistic vision complements John's creepy script like a fine wine...at least, I think its wine. It's red."

And Then Emily Was Gone tells the story of a haunted former police detective who goes in search of a missing girl, and finds Hell instead. The first issue will make its direct market debut later this summer, with subsequent issues releasing monthly, a first for ComixTribe. The direct market release will enjoy a full-color treatment by Megan Wilson, and boast covers from Riley Rossmo, Nick Pitarra, Joe Mulvey and Garry Brown.

"I'm thrilled that there’s a space for AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE in ComixTribe’s growing roster of quality titles," said Lees. "I'm excited to expand our partnership, and bring EMILY to the direct market."

Full press release below.

Jim Henson's Legend Continues


Friday, January 17, 2014

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.)

Year 5. Week 22.

The day of reckoning is getting closer. All of our forces have met up and have started the journey down towards Carson City. The rally and fallback points is a place called Virginia City that's a little northeast of Carson City; it has only one road coming in from Carson City and big mountains on the side. This also affords only one way in for the zombies to come at us and allowing us to put people up high to keep an eye on it all.

Spent the week laying out traps and getting defenses in place for when we fall back through this place. When we go to Carson City there's no way we're going to kill all the zombies there, as from last check there were just way too many. The plan is to cause a ton of damage and destruction to the amount there and fall back through this town leading the zombies this way. We'll make sure to have plenty of surprises in store for when they come this way to knock down their numbers even more as the more we kill the better all survivors will be.

Review - Sin Boldly One-Shot


"I have to tempt you somehow, right?"

If you've made it to Hell, something went wrong. If you're the right-hand of a king, something went right (or wrong). In both cases, you may not necessarily enjoy your lot and life and have agendas of your own. Characters Sinful Suzi and Obsidian Stone are two such individuals who have different things in mind for their roles in life. Sin Boldly One-Shot from Image Comics introduces readers to those stories. Both "Hell is Waiting" and "Burning Roses" are written and illustrated by Joseph Michael Linsner and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.

Southern Bastards Deep Fries Crime


Alabama is many things. Hot. Rife with fried food. Southern. What it's not though is a breeding ground for bastards. There are some people who feel that maybe it should be. People like Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, who have teamed up for a brand new series that takes place in Craw County, Alabama, called Southern Bastards. And Image Comics wants the reader to get to know Earl Tubb, a crusty old coot who believes the only way to survive a place like Craw County is to carry a really big stick. Earl's a lonely old man with some serious daddy issues. Years ago, his father, Bertrand Tubb, was the tough as nails sheriff of Craw County, Alabama.

“But Bert's been dead for years, and now something has changed in Craw County,” explained Aaron. “Something you have to squint hard to see, but it's there, something dark and bloody just beneath the surface, something none of the locals want to talk about or even acknowledge. Until Earl comes home and starts asking questions.”

Craw County might seem like a simple town on the surface, but within a few issues the mysteries about some of the residents will start to multiply. Not only that, but the south has a particular style and flavor, which Latour taps into for the book.

“It’s a clichĂ© perhaps but the South is either in your veins or it’s not. There are people who move away and never lose it, people who’ve never been here but find themselves in touch with it over night,” said Latour. “It’s kind of an unshakable feeling, and my relationship with the South is a thing I’ve felt conflicted about my whole life. It's always kind of been in there like a devil clawing at me from the inside. This project was a chance to let it out.”

“We'll meet the new sheriff in due time, the guy who's manning the job that used to belong to Earl's dad,” said Aaron. “But the way he sees things is the same as most everybody else around the county: there ain't nothing wrong here, so go the hell back to the city and mind your own damn business. Basically as long as the Craw County High School Runnin' Rebs football team keeps winning games, nobody's overly concerned with any other sort of business Coach Euless Boss might be up to. So long as the bleachers are full, the folks in Craw County don't rightly care who's buried underneath them.”

Southern Bastards #1 arrives in stores on 4/30 and is available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140475. Full press release below.

I Don't Get It Gets Hardcover

I Don't Get It HC

If you don't get it, then maybe you should. Get what? The I Don't Get It hardcover from Shannon Wheeler and BOOM! Studios. And as with the previous two volumes, the work is a "best of" collection of cartoons Wheeler created for The New Yorker that were not accepted for publication. The New Yorker is a weekly magazine containing articles, short stories and essays that focus on the cultural life of New York City. What's more is that the book features an introduction by Keith Knight.

“A new collection of cartoons from Shannon is always a highlight for me,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon is one of a kind, a cartoonist with a singular voice and a gift for delivering sharp humor and biting observations. We're thrilled to continue this award-winning tradition of collecting Shannon's best cartoons that ended up on the cutting-room floor!”

Where do cartoons go when they’ve been bounced by The New Yorker? When they’re as funny as what’s floating in TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN creator Shannon Wheeler’s brain, they’re boiled down to the best of the bounced and presented in one laugh-out-loud volume. F (THE K CHRONICLES, THE KNIGHT LIFE), I DON’T GET IT is the latest collection of wheeler cartoons that will leave you wondering why they never made it to publication.

I Don't Get It arrives in comic shops on January 22nd with a cover price of $17.99 under Diamond order code NOV130881. Full press release below.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review - Guardians #1


"Say that you're bored."

As protectors of a city, being a hero requires a certain amount of investment and desire to save the day. When things are quiet though, they get bored just like the rest of us. Looking for action might not be the best choice, as Element and Chaos learn in Guardians #1. The issue is written by Todd Black and illustrated by Alex Garcia.

Preview - X-Files: Conspiracy #1


The truth may be out there, but that means you have to wade through the conspiracy first. And books like X-Files: Conspiracy #1 from IDW are rife with the smell of conspiracy, based on a story by Paul Crilley and illustrated by John Stanisci.

When The Lone Gunmen discover Internet files from future, they learn that a plague will soon wipe out most of humanity. With Agents Mulder and Scully working one lead, the Gunmen must spring into action and investigate several urban legends: a group of ghost-hunters, mutant turtles that live in the sewers, shape-changing alien robots and a vengeful spirit from beyond the grave.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Pariah Published at Dark Horse Comics


As Dark Horse PR man pointed out, 2014 is the year of the horse in the Chinese calendar. That works out exceptionally well for Dark Horse itself, as the publisher is slated to have a stellar 2014. Kicking off the year is a massive deal that gives Dark Horse publishing rights to Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt's work Pariah. Brett Weldele's art finishes off the trifecta and the first volume collects the webcomics.

In Pariah, genetically engineered geniuses known as vitros are labeled a terrorist cell after an explosion at a military weapons lab. The vitros are rounded up and left on a decrepit satellite orbiting Earth. Now they must band together and use their supergenius abilities to get back to Earth safely.

Additionally, Pariah will see a brand-new, eight-issue miniseries starting next month. Pariah #1 hits stores February 26. Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


And then there’s Ozymandias.

Cold? Yes. Ruthless? Undoubtedly. A bad guy? Well, my gut instinct is to say yes, of course. Anyone who goes around plotting to wipe out all of modern civilization is evil.

Here’s the problem:

Review - Curse #1


"See, Laney, man is the only beast that will do almost anything to preserve the weak."

Werewolves have a way of being terrifying and brutal, yet they're still subject to being caught every once and a while. The bigger question is what to do with a werewolf once you've caught and trapped it. Chances are, it doesn't like sandwiches with the crust cut off. Sometimes though, desperate times call for desperate measures and watching those measures unfold in Curse #1 from BOOM! Studios could be fun. The issue is written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel, illustrated by Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Loki Rocks and Rolls at BOOM! Studios

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1

Loki is known for his mischief and penchant for wreaking general mayhem. What he isn't known for is his musical ability and penchant for rocking out when the situation calls for it. BOOM! Studios has that situation in Loki: Ragnarok and Roll, written by Eric Esquivel and illustrated by Jerry Gaylord. It shows what happens when you take the classic Norse god Loki and throw him into a rock and roll band in the underground goth clubs of Los Angeles in this new BOOM! original series.

“LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL is one of those crazy mash-up ideas that, when you see them put together, is immensely entertaining,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Combine that with the talents of Eric and Jerry—two of BOOM!’s home-grown talents—and it makes for the perfect recipe for a rockin’ good time!”

Loki steps out of the shadow cast by his thunderous brother as Norse mythology crosses over with the only thing on Earth as wild and crazy—rock and roll. What happens when Odin banishes Loki to Earth? He finds a world of outcasts that appreciate his style! While his kin sharpen their weapons, he picks up an electric guitar. It's a rather unique spin on a character who's been shown one predominant way in the Marvel films, so BOOM! Studios' take will be interesting.

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1 arrives in comic shops on February 19th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC130966. Full press release below.

Skyward: Into the Woods Collects Series Run


Tales of adventure are always a good time. Tales of adventure that are reminiscent of JRPGs of yesterday are even better and that's exactly what Skyward was. The story of a young boy named Quinn by Jeremy Dale was quite the hit when it debuted and now Action Lab Entertainment has collected the first three issues and the Free Comic Book Day story into one volume.

Quinn is the son of a legendary warrior named Corin. Living in the Idyllic countryside with not a care in the world his life is turned upside down when an old friend of his father manages to track them down. Herod has come to recruit Corin back into the king’s army, with the promise of adventure and fame, but all ends in tragedy. Now Quinn and his dog Jack are on the run, headlong against a threat more terrible and a world more fantastic than they ever imagined.

The book is in stores now. Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review - S.H.O.O.T. First #1-4


"We only seek the child."

Finding faith is something that people often turn to as a solution to a grave concern of theirs. It often relies on asking questions, but sometimes a lack of faith necessitates asking questions later. Maybe even shooting first when faced with an obstacle. S.H.O.O.T. First #4 from Dark Horse Comics completes the series of faith and the faithless, written by Justin Aclin, illustrated by Nicolás Daniel Selma and colored by Marlac.