Monday, March 31, 2014

Review - Anne Bonnie #1


"Bunch of sea jackals! It was better in the days of the pirate queen, I say! At least she kept them in check!"

The days of pirates on the high seas are long gone. Still though, the legends of some of those pirates live on, as does the notion that pirates adhered to some sort of code that governed them and directed their decision-making. The lack of pirate royalty leads to a leadership void, one that a pirate queen like Anne Bonnie historically filled well in Anne Bonnie #1 from Blue Juice Comics. The issue is written by Tim Yates and Lelan Estes, layouts by Tony Vassallo and illustrated by Yates.

Tech Jacket Returns


Joe Keatings and Khary Randolph are a busy couple of guys. They're ok with adding to their workload though, as the duo has just announced that Tech Jacket will return to Image Comics as an all-new, ongoing series. They plan to launch Zack Thompson (a.k.a. Tech Jacket) into an ongoing print series with a July 2014 release. In celebration of launching the new series, Image Comics will be offering an exclusive discount on Comixology. Get issues of Tech Jacket and associated Skybound series Invincible Universe, Guardians of the Globe, Science Dog, The Astounding Wolf-Man and more for only $0.99, with collections up to 50% off. Sale ends at 11 p.m. EST on 3/30.

“After the success of the miniseries, Skybound was excited to get more Tech Jacket out there and with Khary on board, I’m on board,” said Keatinge. “Whether or not people read the past series, the DIGITAL miniseries, or none of it, they’re in for what’s going to be the biggest scale science-fiction series I’ve worked on yet. Extremely excited to do so with Khary, Robert Kirkman, and company!”

“This project is a dream come true for me,” added Randolph. “Working with Joe, Robert Kirkman, and the rest of the Skybound family has been a blast and I’m sure the fans will see how much fun we are having on this series. If you like action, adventure and excitement then you will love TECH JACKET."

Full press release below.

Dynamite Announces War Cry as Latest in Dresden Files


The Dresden Files: War Cry is a New York Times Bestseller and it's done wonders for author Jim Butcher. Not only that, but Dynamite is pretty keen on the book as well, poised to release the first issue of a comic sharing the main book's name. War Cry is co-written by Butcher and Mark Powers. Fans are in for a visual treat with this newest series, as the amazing Stjepan Sejic has signed on to do covers and Carlos Gomez is handling the interior art on the series.

"The greatest frustration about writing the Dresden Files is all the stories I come up with that are too small or too straightforward to write into a novel," says acclaimed novelist Jim Butcher. "One of the great pleasures I've had as a writer is getting the opportunity to tell some of those stories in a short-story format, and in graphic novels like this one! WAR CRY is one of the stories I always wanted to tell but never got the chance to in the context of the novels, and I'm extremely pleased with how well it's coming out."

In War Cry, four months have passed since the events depicted in Dead Beat, the 7th novel in the Dresden Files series. A war is raging between the vampire forces of the Red Court and the White Council-a war the wizards are losing. So desperate are the Council that they've dragooned the experienced and the outcast to reinforce their thinning ranks of Wardens. One of these draftees is one Harry Dresden, Chicago's only wizard for hire and a guy who's long been looked upon with suspicion by the supernatural authorities. Now, he's one of them, and his first big mission as a Warden is a doozy: take a small team of greenhorns to a frigid town in the middle of nowhere to rescue a handful of mortals who've been targeted by the Red Court. The question is, why exactly are these particular mortals so crucial to the outcome of the war? The answer will come only if Harry can keep them, and his team, alive for one very long night.

"I'm very excited to once again play a part in bringing the world of the Dresden Files to comics--and to be working with someone as talented as Carlos," says series writer Mark Powers. "War Cry will show some aspects of the war with the Red Court fans haven't glimpsed before, and it's packed with intense moments and great visuals. I hope fans enjoy it as much as I do."

War Cry #1 ships in June, shortly after the much-anticipated new novel in the Dresden Files series, Skin Game, published by Roc Books and releasing in stores everywhere May 27th. The graphic novel collection of War Cry will be shipping later this year from Dynamite. The Dresden Files: War Cry #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' April Previews catalog and is slated for release on June 4th, 2014.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 28, 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 32.

Carson City is a city under siege. This time though, survivors are the ones doing the destruction while the zombies are being obliterated. We have been battling on the streets of Carson City for about two days now, pressing any and all advantages available to us. So far we're winning.

With constant bombing strikes on any mass of zombies and precise artillery strikes hitting in front of our advancements these zombies don’t know what's hitting them. Fighting is going on all over the city as our forces keep pushing through from one side to the other. We've encountered some of the radioactive zombies that tend to give us the most troubled fights and casualties. Even then we continue to push, not wanting to lose this battle.

Review - The Machine Stops #1


"The pod is lit neither by window nor by lamp, yet filled with a soft radiance..."

Life is full of philosophical arguments that challenge those conversing. It's these thoughts that keep conversations moving along and engaging and they also make for pretty fantastic sci-fi stories. Alterna Comics has one such story in The Machine Stops #1, written by Michael Lent and illustrated by Marc Rene.

Rai #1 Plus Edition Features Extra Pages


Valiant isn't content with maintaining the status quo. They're playing with a brand new, experimental format that will expand the debut of a brand new book from the restless publisher. Rai #1 Plus Edition features Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain's talents on display and the edition will feature exclusive stories and art from the creators. Additionally, Sean Ryan and Raul Allen will offer their talents in giving the reader the chance to explore the far-flung world of 41st century Japan with never-before-seen stories, maps, posters and pin-ups drawn directly from the mythology of Valiant's next smash-hit series.

Fans should pay attention though and pick up Rai #1 Plus Edition when it hits stores. When the book is collected in trade paperback, the extra material won't be included in the collection. And for Valiant’s dedicated pullbox subscription customers, celebrate the launch of VALIANT FIRST with a special expanded edition of Rai #1, featuring 16 extra pages of in-story bonus features and dedicated looks inside the world of 4001 A.D. that won’t be collected for the trade paperback.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Explodes in Awesome at Emerald City Comicon 2014


Dynamite's having a big year, celebrating their 10th anniversary celebration and that feting continues at Emerald City Comicon 2014, as they're bringing great talent to the show. Gail Simone raises the banner with Red Sonja! Bill Willingham creates a brand-new Steampunk world in Legenderry! Fred Van Lente punches machines to death with Magnus: Robot Fighter! Tim Seeley is there to talk about the upcoming Chaos! relaunch! Lastly, Cullen Bunn will be on-hand to speak about his upcoming top-secret new project from Dynamite. Get the latest news right from the source, as the Dynamite team gives you a dynamic glimpse behind-the-scenes.

On the convention floor, the Dynamite will be located at Booth #1803. Dynamite will be a flurry of activity with countless superstar comic book creators to greet fans during the convention. The "Dynamite 10th Anniversary: The Best in Barbarians and Sci-Fi" panel will take place on Saturday, March 29th from 12:00PM - 12:50PM and will be located in Room 2B. The Emerald City Comicon will also feature fans' first opportunity to pick up a special Emerald City Comicon exclusive. You can get a Legenderry #1 ECCC "Emerald Green" Exclusive by Johnny D. himself. If you're attending Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this coming weekend, make sure to visit Booth #1803 and join in on the fun.

Full press release and signing schedule below.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review - Orision #1-3


"Run...run...keep moving Gill!!! It's right behind us!!!"

Human curiosity is something that won't be denied. It takes humans to the most dire locations possible and all for a variety of different reasons. Typically though, those locations offer their own surprises, as in Orision #1-3. The first issue is written by Bradley Golden, illustrated by Ugur Sertcelik and lettered by Chris Allen. The second issue is written by Golden, illustrated by Matt Santorelli and lettered by Allen. The third issue is written by Golden and Nick Philpott, illustrated by Santorelli and lettered by Allen.

The Power and the Glory


Glory is something that comes with victory. Living up to the name takes quite a feat, as you don't often hear of history's losers proclaiming glory for their loss. That's why Glory as a character is quite accomplished and the half-Amazon, half-demon gets a hardcover graphic novel in April from Image Comics called Glory: The Complete Saga, by Joe Keaton and Ross Campbell.

After her heroics in World War II, she became a symbol of hope and justice, inspiring old and young around the world. And then she disappeared. The book tells the complete story of a young woman’s quest to find Glory and bring her back into a world that needs her. But what Riley doesn’t anticipate is that the global conspiracy that has kept Glory hidden for decades could make Glory’s re-emergence more dangerous than anything else the world has known.

Created in 1995 by one of the Image Comics founders, Rob Liefeld, Glory received a contemporary reimagining in 2012 with a new comic book series that ran for twelve issues. Those issues are now being collected into Glory: The Complete Saga, a 352-page hardcover tome due in comic book stores on April 23 and bookstores on May 6. The deluxe oversized edition includes never-before-seen sketches, scripts, commentary, interviews, and a stunning wraparound cover with art by Campbell.

Full press release below.

Immortality Doesn't Equate to Living Forever

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


I’ll be interested to see a third Thor film. I mean, I think the Thor: The Dark World was a really excellent follow-up to what we’d already seen. Of course the focus was still mostly on Thor and Loki, but in this different way than what had come before. And we got a little more screen time for Asgard and some of the population of the Nine Realms. I never cease to be amazed at just how well Marvel has done bringing these characters to life. If you had asked me fifteen years ago, would they ever even make a Thor movie my answer would have been "Unlikely...how weird would that look on film, right?"

But they’ve done it. And they’ve done it well. I joked that to some extent Thor: The Dark World is the best Masters of the Universe film I’ve ever seen, but that’s just me being snarky. Marvel did a great job capitalizing on what makes this comic tick by embracing the sort of Shakespearean drama between the characters and the elaborate weirdness of the world Thor exists in, which really is kind of a step removed from your standard weirdness in the Marvel Universe.

Review - Argent Starr: Tales From the Archive #1-2


"So let me get this straight, 57's the new 51 and a guy named BoB's got your stones."

Whenever aliens finally decide to make their way down to Earth, there's going to be all manner of insanity and general zaniness going on. Having someone on the planet to help handle that zaniness is always a good thing and Argent Starr is that man in Argent Starr: Tales From the Archive #1-2. The issues are written by Lyn T. Bird and Altemus, illustrated and lettered by Altemus and colored by Byrd.

Herobear and the Kid Returns with First New Series in a Decade

Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time Cover A

Even after lengthy breaks, the good works manage to resurface with new stories. There's usually a publisher for those good stories and when that publisher knows what they're doing with said stories, things get better for everyone. KaBOOM! Studios plans to do just that, as they're publishing the first original limited series in over a decade in Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time #1. The new, five-issue limited series will feature covers by Kunkel that will connect into one giant Herobear and the Kid image.

“We are extremely proud and excited to debut the first, new HEROBEAR AND THE KID comics series in over 10 years,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Mike is a one-of-a-kind creator, and SAVING TIME is a beautiful story that will please longtime fans and new readers alike.”

Tyler and Herobear are back in an all-new original adventure! We’ve been waiting to see these two back in action and we’re looking forward to see what shenanigans these two get up to in SAVING TIME, the first new Herobear series in over 10 years. Henry, the family’s magical butler, is missing!! It’s up to Tyler and Herobear to figure out what happened to their friend—only they might learn a lot more about Henry than they initially thought and be forced to get help from an unsuspected source.

Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time #1 arrives in comic shops on April 23rd with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code FEB141078. The first issue will ship with two, retailer incentive variant covers by industry favorites Humberto Ramos and George Pérez. Full press release below.

Monsters and Titans Showcases The Art of Battling Boy


Paul Pope's Battling Boy was met with much fanfare in 2013, debuting in a highly anticipated fashion to a fanatic audience. It makes sense that the book would debut at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels. Now that Pope is taking his art on the road in a touring exhibition, it's rational that original art from that tour has been reproduced for the show's companion book, Monsters and titans: Battling Boy on Tour.

Presented as they look on the drawing board, without clean-up or colors, Pope’s inked pages are accompanied by the artist’s commentary (in English, French, and Italian) on his influences and process. Also included are character designs, concept art, and even Pope’s lettering test for Battling Boy, giving readers meaningful insight into the creation process behind a bestselling graphic novel. The Battling Boy touring exhibition wrapped up at the Society of Illustrators in December 2013 and will be moving on to Italy and France in 2014.

Monsters and titans: Battling Boy on Tour is a 9” x 12” paperback book and will be in comic book stores on March 26 and in bookstores on April 8. Full press release below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BOOM! Studios at Emerald City Comicon


You may not be heading to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon, but that doesn't mean the show isn't happening. And that publishers like BOOM! Studios won't be there. In fact, they'll be holding down the entire Sky Bridge at #1002, bringing along a good number of panels and signings. That talent list is pretty extensive and includes:

Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, Christopher Sebela, Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Moreci, Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer, Ed Brisson, Max Bemis, Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, Mark Miller, Ben Meares, Tim Daniel, David Petersen, Royden Lepp, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Wook­ Jin Hunter Clark, Ibrahim Moustafa, Chip Zdarsky, Brian Joines, Caleb Monroe, Grace Ellis, Kate Leth, Megan Hutchison, Michael Alan Nelson, Mike Kunkel, Noelle Stevenson, Paul Jenkins, Tom Hammock, Allison Strejlau, Brooke Allen, Ian McGinty, MAD Rupert, Missy Pena and Travis Hill.

Full press release and signing schedule below.

Review - Star Slammers Remastered #1


"I also saw that I was right about the Slammers. There were less than fifty of 'em. A lot less."

Walt Simonson is a legend in the comic book industry, providing a very heady mix of writing and art in all of the comics he worked on. The height of his talent was on display decades ago, so it's nice when publishers such as IDW come along and remaster old classics such as Star Slammers Remastered #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Simonson, colored by Len O'Grady and lettered by John Workman.

Image Comics at Emerald City Comicon


Image will be in Seattle this weekend for Emerald City Comicon. And they're bringing everything that makes the publisher probably the hottest publisher around these days. Appearing at the booth will be the likes of Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chip Zdarsky, Matt Fraction, Scott Snyder, Jason Aaron and Greg Rucka. Additionally, there will be numbered prints of Wytches, Souther Bastards, C.O.W.L. and Shutter for signings with Scott Snyder and Jock, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, Kyle Higgins and Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca. Each convention attendee will receive an exclusive The Walking Dead #1 ECCC color variant—additional copies, as well as the B&W version, will be available to purchase at the Image booth.

Also exclusively for sale at the ECCC will be the hardcover edition of Sex Criminals Vol. 1 available for $40 and an exclusive 18" x 24" print available for $25, at Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s tables, C-10 and C-11. Purchased together, hardcover and art print will be available for $60. The Five Ghosts #10 ECCC variant will also be for sale at Ed Brisson’s table at X-04, and a The Field #1 ECCC variant can be purchased at Frank Barbiere’s table, X-03.

Image Comics is also proud to host several panels this year at ECCC that you won’t want to miss. On Friday check out “Robert Kirkman’s Skybound: On the Rise” and “Image Comics Presents Comedy in Comics.” On Saturday join us for “Image Comics Presents Sex Criminals” and “Image Comics Presents Crime, Adventure, & Fantasy!” On Sunday we’ll explore a popular speculative fiction genre in “Image Comics Presents Building a Better Dystopia.”

Full press release and schedules below.

Rai #1 Gets Release Date Bumped


Rai #1 is slated to be another feather in Valiant's ever-burgeoning cap. The book is slated to be released soon, but fans will be excited to know that soon will happen sooner than later. The Matt Kindt/Clayton Crain collaboration will be hitting stores one week early on April 30th, just in time for Free Comic Book Day 2014.

"Free Comic Book Day has been a major component of Valiant's success since our return, and we always like to make sure that our retail partners are adequately equipped for the single biggest day of foot traffic in stores across the world," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Moving the release of Rai #1 up to April 30th is the perfect way to ensure that local comic shops shops can get the jump on the launch of the Valiant First initiative, and introduce as many fans as possible to the stunning world of 41st century Japan as realized by two of the most phenomenally talented creators working in comics today."

The year is 4001 A.D. – led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father’s benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed…and his own long-lost humanity…

Full press release below.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Review - Blackout #1


"There he is!"

Fancy yourself a superhero and you get some great powers. You also get the proverbial responsibility as well, requiring that you do certain things befitting of your newfound abilities. Being able to move through a shadowy, parallel dimension makes for an even more intriguing reason to handle the abilities in Blackout #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written and lettered by Frank Barbiere and illustrated by Colin Lorimer.

Dark Horse Announces Emerald City Comicon Schedule


Emerald City Comicon is quickly becoming a big deal way up there in the northwest. It's more or less in Dark Horse's backyard and you can bet they'll be on hand at booth #206, where all signings will be free. Comics featuring ECCC exclusive variant covers are $5.00 each and available in limited quantities and all proceeds from the ECCC variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.

Some of the talent at the show will include Matt Kindt, Paul Tobin, Jai Nitz, Adam Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, Joshua Williamson, Christopher Sebela, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Frank Barbiere, Fred Van Lente, Mike Norton, Tony Parker, Chad Hardin, Rebekah Isaacs, Stan Sakai, Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, Adam Warren, Patric Reynolds, Sara Ryan, Andrew C. Robinson, Colleen Coover, Damon Gentry, Bryan J. L. Glass, Michael Avon Oeming, Richard and Wendy Pini, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Dave Wilkins, Brian Thies and Ron Chan.

The publisher will be hosting the requisite panels, as well as teaming up with Multiversity Comics for the Big Emerald City ComiCon party, where you can hobnob with top creators like Stan Sakai, Greg Rucka, Matt Kindt, Gail Simone and more. Best of all, all proceeds from the event go to benefit The Hero Initiative, comics preeminent charity that helps support creators in need.

Full press release and schedules below.

Preview - Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds


Scratch is a cat with the ability to summon any of his nine lives. Stories about those lives gives cause to an all-new, monthly adventure filled with surprising twists. Fans who picked up last summer's "Cat Tails" anthology know that Scratch's nemesis, Dr. Schrödinger, is back. This time he's not alone. The mad scientist has allied himself with Strick, who fans will first see in the FCBD special. Strick will prove to be our hero cat's most formidable enemy.

The story is by Rob M. Worley, illustrated by Joshua Buchanan and colored by Digikore Studios. The book hits stores June 4 with interiors below.

Friday, March 21, 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 31.

It feels good to take the fight to the zombies' front door; not so good to have them bring it to ours. After evacuating the camp near Reno and firebombing the hell out of that place, we met up with the other forces near Carson City. The forces have all amassed on the western side of the city, with another smaller force on the south side that will be bait to lure zombies out of the city. Once any large group of zombies head out then we'll do a clean sweep in blowing everything in our path.

I don’t think I've seen a force of survivors this large in I don’t know how many years. We have about a hundred vehicles from tanks, humvees, armored carriers and a mixed assortment of other non-military vehicles that are equally armored and reinforced as well. There are about five hundred or so survivors ready to go in there and do some damage to kill every zombie we come across. To do this with no hesitation or qualms about what we are shooting down was the case when the world was first falling into chaos.

Review - Morning Noon Night


"Morning."

War rarely ends well for anyone involved. Sure, the winner gets all the spoils, but the loss of life tied to that victory is often rather large. Morning Noon Night is a book that really looks at that dynamic and captures the essence of warfare exceptionally well. The issue is written and illustrated by Brent Boates.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1 Hits #1 on New York Times Bestsellers List


Dark Horse is certainly no stranger to the New York Times Bestsellers List, with the publisher sending four books to the top. Now, they can proudly crow about a fifth on the list, as Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1 has just hit number one on the fabled list. The book debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week ending March 8, 2014. It even managed to beat The Walking Dead Compendium and is the ultimate continuation of Avatar and the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra.

This book was written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. This same creative team was behind the best-selling “The Promise” and “The Search,” which continue the adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends past the finale of the beloved television series.

In this installment of the ongoing story, Aang asks his friends to help him honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn't been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of an earlier Avatar lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders. Is this the cause of the pollution Aang finds there or is something more mysterious happening?

Full press release below.

Image Comics Joins Cartoon Art Museum as Corporate Member


The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms. It could always use some bigger names associated with it to help get more funding and Image Comics is doing just that. The publisher has just joined the museum as its newest corporate member.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Image as a corporate member,” said CAM’s executive director Summerlea Kashar. “We’ve developed a great relationship with them over the years and worked closely with them during our 20th anniversary retrospective of their work. Their latest show of support not only gives CAM a boost, but also rewards their employees with free museum admission and discounts at our bookstore.”

Cartoon Art Museum corporate memberships are designed for businesses--both large and small--as a way to reward their team members while also giving back to the community, the Cartoon Art Museum’s Corporate Memberships feature free admission for company employees, bookstore discounts, private tours, museum rentals and advance ticket access to exclusive museum events depending on the level of sponsorship. Basic memberships start at $1,000 and interested parties earn more at cartoonart.org/join-support/corporate-memberships.

“Image is thrilled to support the Cartoon Art Museum,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “They do a fantastic job of fostering enthusiasm for sequential art and its historical and cultural value here in the Bay Area, and after having such a great experience hosting our Image Expo after party at the museum this past January, we look forward to continuing our partnership into the future."

Full press release below.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review - Sovereign #1


"We must venture down into the lowlands and carry out our sacred duties, even if it means our death."

Works like Lord of the Rings do something very powerful: they transport the reader to a whole new world. Crafting those worlds is a task that only certain individuals take on, but if the world is built with care then things can get really awesome really quick. Image Comics is banking on such a world being built in The Sovereign #1, written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Paul Maybury.

Preview - American Vampire: Second Cycle #1


People love their vampire stories. Maybe it's the eternity they live. Maybe it's the invincibility. Or maybe it's that people are scared of their own mortality, yet enjoy the fear. Whatever the case, vampires always make for interesting stories. Vertigo Comics knows this and have again teamed up with Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig for American Vampire: Second Cycle #1.

Pearl Jones is a new kind of vampire, one of an American breed that can walk in the sun and has rattlesnake fangs. She’s beautiful and powerful – and she’s hiding from a tragic past. Skinner Sweet is an American vamp too – the kind you love to hate. He’s good when he wants to be, but most of the time he’s downright bad. He’s Pearl’s maker, but he’s off in Mexico with an agenda of his own. The question is when (and where) will their stories collide and will it help them or hurt them.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

BOOM! Studios Takes Over Emerald City Comicon Skybridge

Adventure Time #25 - ECCC

Emerald City Comicon is about to hit Seattle, ending the oft-referred to emerald month of March. The show takes place March 28-30 and if you're going and happen to look up, you'll likely see BOOM! Studios taking over the Skybridge at Booth #1002. BOOM! will have its biggest booth ever at any convention it has exhibited at in a whopping 20 feet x 70 feet space. An army of BOOM! writers and artists will be appearing either at its booth or in ECCC’s Guest Area. A signing schedule handout will be available at the booth for fans’ convenience.

The publisher plans on bringing a slew of talent to the show, including hosting some sketch artists. What's more, joining the publisher on The Skybridge occupying in-line booths on either side are Archaia artists David Marquez and Royden Lepp, plus BOOM! Studios business partners Mighty Fine and TopatoCo.BOOM! will also have a wide selection of variants available for purchase at its booth (while supplies last).

Check out the full list of talent and variants (along with the press release) below.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


I’m still kind of amazed that there’s been such a renaissance of indie comics this last decade. I remember when Image and Dark Horse started to make their pushes to pick up more of the market. Other comic book companies had tried before, but very few had been able to sustain themselves for long. I’d like to think that all of these independent ideas have really refined and reshaped what we’re looking to get out of a comic book. Suddenly, people aren’t content with just ongoing superhero dramas (well, okay, we still love that but we want it done better than it was being done, anyway). People wanted more.

There’s sort of a high standard these days for comic books, isn’t there? I mean, okay, there’s plenty of just random comics out there that don’t try to be anything they aren’t. But a lot of the then minor/now major companies started to whip out books that had it all: a gripping, action packed-story, a fairly consistent universe, great art, felt new and different and presented well-crafted pacing for storytelling and panel layout.

Review - Hellboy: The First 20 Years


On March 22, 1994, Mike Mignola and John Byrne and Barbara Kesel teamed up for Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1, the first comic dedicated to Hellboy. Dark Horse Comics published the four-issue miniseries which was met both reader and critical claim. In fact, it won two Eisners: one for "Best Graphic Album: Reprint" and one for "Best Writer/Artist" for Mignola. Readers familiar with the miniseries recognized many elements of the plot in the first Hellboy movie, brought to life quite convincingly by Ron Pearlman. Well, it's been twenty years since that first issue and, with March 22 declared Hellboy Day by Dark Horse Comics, it's only fitting that the publisher proudly release Hellboy: The First 20 Years.

Image Finds The End Times of Bram and Ben


In the waning days of civilization on the planet, as whatever woe besets upon us all, there will be plenty of opportunity for people to define themselves. Some will cower in fear, others will try to be heroes. The point is that no matter who you are in the life prior, you get a chance to be someone else when it all falls apart. Rarely do you get to be someone else thanks to a heavenly clerical error though, which is just the case in The End Times of Bram and Ben from Image Comics, newly minted in graphic novel form. The work is written by James Asmus and Jim Festante and illustrated by Rem Broo, all of whom are pretty excited about the tale.

"Despite the giant, colorful, violent elements of the Biblical apocalypse—this isn't a''religious story,’’’ said Asmus, who was raised Catholic. “The real story Jim and I were excited to tell is one that shows a bunch of people reacting to one earth-shaking question: What do you do when you discover that reality isn't what you thought — and you're about to be punished for getting it wrong?”

Nobody ever figured Bram Carlson for the Rapture-worthy type. All in all, he's pretty much a total jerk. But when the Apocalypse comes, he disappears from the mortal plane along with the blessed—due to a heavenly clerical error. Heaven (somewhat) promptly sends him back. Bram's the only person on Earth who has glimpsed Heaven, and he intends to use his experience for the good of Bramkind. It's up to his morally conflicted roommate Ben to rein in Bram's ambition, but for a guy who never strived for anything important in his life, Bram's going after his dream like — well, like it's the end of the world. But will it be the end of a friendship as well?

The End Times of Bram and Ben is in comic book stores now and bookstores March 25. Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Breaks Down Vigilante and Villain in Translucid

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Claudio Sanchez and Sandra Echert are no strangers to the comic book. The two have already released both Armory Wars and Kill Audio, both of which engendered certain levels of attention and affection. Turns out, the two weren't done, as now they're slated to partner with BOOM! Studios on the release of Translucid #1, deconstructing the classic bond between hero and villain. And Daniel Bayliss is handling the art.

“We’ve loved working with Claudio and Chondra here at BOOM! for years with projects like Amory Wars, Key of Z, and Kill Audio,” said Vice President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “It’s really fun to watch them plunge into the world of superheroes for the first time with Translucid and new collaborator Daniel Bayliss. As with their other projects, they’re bringing a completely fresh perspective to deconstructing one of the core elements of the genre—the relationship between a hero and his villain.”

The Horse has been the arch-enemy of The Navigator for years. But The Horse feels The Navigator's moral compass slipping, and even a villain can’t let that happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator's past that he's buried deep in his subconscious and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what propels someone to make a selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would take the mantle of a superhero.

Translucid #1 arrives in comic shops on April 16th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code FEB141037 with a main cover by Jeff Stokely and an incentive cover by Ming Doyle. Full press release below.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review - Clockwork Angels #1


"But not today. The Watchmaker has a rainstorm scheduled in thirteen minutes. We'll have to run."

Rush is one of the greatest bands in rock and roll history. They've churned out hit after hit and have amassed quite a loyal following. As the drummer and lyricist for the band, Neil Peart has been a big reason for the band's popular impact, but he's no stranger to books as well. Working with Kevin J. Anderson, Peart saw the band's 2012 album Clockwork Angels adapted into a novel. Now, BOOM! Studios has teamed with them to release the book as a comic book, written by Anderson (adapted from a story by Peart), illustrated by Nick Robles and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Valiant Teams Up With Catalyst Labs for RPG


Ever wonder what X-O Manowar's armor feels like? Or if Bloodshot is as efficient a killer as he lets on? Or maybe what the world looks like through the eyes of a superpowered goat? If Valiant Entertainment and Catalyst Game Labs have anything to say about, soon you'll be able to learn all that and more...to an extent. The publisher has partnered with Catalyst Game Labs to produce role-playing and tabletop games featuring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book superheroes. The partnership will lead off in mid-2014 with the release of the Valiant Universe RPG—Valiant’s first-ever role-playing game, designed for the Cue System. Subsequent releases, spotlighting a wide array of Valiant properties, will follow in 2015 and beyond.

“This is really a dream come true,” said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer for Catalyst Game Labs. “I’ve always been a comics fan—as are most of Catalyst’ employees—and getting the chance to publish great games within a fantastic comics universe is spectacular. The fact that it’s Valiant, with its brilliant combination of heroic action and gritty realism, makes this all the more enjoyable.”

The edge between superhero and villain has never been sharper. In the Valiant Universe RPG, players will immerse themselves in a dark and gritty world where every mission and every battle has deadly consequences. Whether playing X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman or even the all-powerful Toyo Harada—or any of dozens of characters—Valiant’s most fearless heroes will unite for the first time in a roleplaying game, allowing you to join their stories and create new ones! Whether you’re a longtime fan or brand new to the Valiant Universe, this is the only source you’ll need to bring Valiant’s leading characters to life in a fantastic superheroes setting.

“Catalyst is exceptional at what they do, and we couldn’t be happier to be working with a games publisher of their caliber on Valiant’s very first RPG. With such a skilled an enthusiastic team at the helm, we have every faith that Valiant’s first foray into the world of role-play and tabletop gaming will live up to the expectations of our fans around the world,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales. “Catalyst is dedicated to doing these characters justice, and we look forward to giving our biggest heroes the gaming debut they deserve when the Valiant Universe RPG arrives later this year.”

Full press release below.

The Art of Millarworld Pays Tribute


Fortunately for us, we don't really live in a world where we have to pay tribute to some far-reaching, all-powerful ruler who manages our well-being. Having said that, it doesn't hurt to pay tribute from time to time to those who deserve the praise and many of the artists who have worked alongside Mark Millar fit that bill. To that end, Image Comics is pleased to pay their own sort of tribute to those artists in Art of Millarworld, a limited-edition (250 copies) special edition that will be signed and numbered. Millar has become known in the comics industry for splitting ownership of properties 50-50 with the artists he works with, emphasizing that shared risk should mean shared ownership.

“Every time we put a new book out there we’re a bunch of creators working from our spare bedrooms up against massive multi-billion dollar corporations in New York and Burbank with every advantage that comes with those deep pockets,” Millar writes in the introduction. “Guys like Dave Gibbons or Frank Quitely could draw any book they want at Marvel or DC, so it’s actually very humbling for them to put their trust in me and devote a year or two of their lives to something that’s only previously existed on my scattered notepads.”

Each chapter profiles an artist with an interview and the cover art created for a Millarworld title, in full color and without trade dress. The featured artists are JG Jones, Peter Gross, Tony Harris, Steve McNiven, Leinil Francis Yu, Dave Gibbons, John Romita Jr., Frank Quitely, Duncan Fegredo and Goran Parlov. Also included in The Art of Millarworld are variant covers by twenty-five top-name artists, including Marc Silvestri, Phil Noto, Bryan Hitch, Adam Hughes, Kyle Baker, Amy Reeder and Michael Allred. The dynamic, eye-catching book cover is by Jock.

The Art of Millarworld will be in comic book stores on April 9 and in bookstores on April 22 (Standard Edition ISBN 978-1-60706-826-6, $39.99; Signed and Numbered Edition ISBN 978-1-60706-833-4, $99.99 (limited to 250)). Image Comics is currently publishing the Millar-penned titles Jupiter's Legacy, Starlight and MPH, the title that kicks off a new Millarworld Universe with its first issue on May 21, 2014.

Full press release below.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dynamite Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Heart of the Beast


Twenty years is quite a bit of time to pass since the release of something, but it does offer a decent duration for which anniversaries are in order. Dynamite Entertainment is keen on the double decade, preparing to offer a digitally remastered edition of Sean Phillips' Heart of the Beast in May, featuring additional scrapbook material and commentary by the creators. The work celebrates the 20th anniversary of the hauntingly evocative graphic novel written by Dean Motter and Judith Dupré and features lavishly painted artwork by Phillips.

"Heart of the Beast is an incredible graphic novel with a wonderful story and majestic artwork," states Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "As we've come to work with Sean on a few projects, he recommended that Dean and Judith consider us as a potential publisher. I'm honored that Dynamite has been given the opportunity to publish this book in a beautiful form never before seen! It's a personal project for all involved, and the work that Sean is putting in to remaster each and every page in the series is incredible."

"I'm not sure why Dean and Judith trusted me with painting almost a hundred pages of their story," says Phillips. "I'd been drawing comics professionally for over ten years back then, but almost all for UK publishers and mostly sci-fi. New York was as much sci-fi as Mega City One to me then though, as I'd never been there. Still, I'm glad they did and I got to illustrate their great story and learn to paint in the process. It all turned out alright even if nobody bought the book. After spending months scanning all the original art, it's great to see it remastered and available again in a handsome new hardcover."

The Heart of the Beast explores the timeless themes of classic horror literature, set against the backdrop of New York City's decadent art world of the nineties. Phillips personally spent months scanning all the original art, so it can be provided to the public in a beautiful brand-new hardcover. Sandra, a beautiful and young bartender, meets the enigmatic Victor, a man with strange scars and stranger secrets. A tale of gothic love and modern horror, this graphic novel drew praise from critics and fans alike, and is long overdue for a 2014 release in an all-new prestige format edition.

"Writing The Heart of the Beast was a way to honor the wild, exciting, and uncertain decade of Soho's heyday," states Dupré. "It was great fun inventing a new Rembrandt-apparently, I didn't sleep through all my art history classes. I get sentimental remembering things that are no longer new, like ATM cards, or no longer used, like answering machines. Art, though, is a constant. Sean did an amazing job capturing the sultry grit of lower Manhattan."

"I've been privileged to work with a number of first-rate artists and writers over the years," adds Motter. "One of my favorite collaborations was the Heart of the Beast. Working with illustrator Sean Philips and co-writer, Judith Dupré I once more explored an oppidan nightmare. But this time it wasn't Mister X's Somnopolis, Terminal City, Electropolis or even The Prisoner's Village. It was an actual place; lower Manhattan's bohemian artist district, where I made my home for a number of years. Sean's brilliant depiction remains both sublime and evocative of that time, and brings our story to life in all its disquieting glory. I'm thrilled to see The Heart of the Beast restored and reprinted in this edition and look forward to it reaching a whole new audience."

Full press release below.

Review - The Witcher #1


"...but by the time the dice stopped rolling, I'd won a pig, a maiden's kiss, a pair of breeches, and the ire of a bare-legged man. That's when I knew I had to leave town."

In stories of legend, there's often a main character who's something of a beast when it comes to combat, adventuring and all-around questing. One such character in video games is The Witcher, a truly powerful individual capable of bending those to his will and crushing enemies effortlessly. With the next incarnation of the game without a definite release date, Dark Horse is looking to fill that void with The Witcher #1. The issue is written by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Joe Querio, colored by Carlos Badilla and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Dark Horse Publishing Giants: Leaving Megalopolis and Guns of Shadow Valley


Dark Horse is no strange to hot new titles and this summer proves to crank up the heat of their works that much more. Why's that? Well, the publisher is slated to publish Dave Wachter and James Andrew Clark’s The Guns of Shadow Valley and Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis.

Wachter and Clark began The Guns of Shadow Valley as a webcomic of western adventure and the supernatural. It was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2010 and for the Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work in 2011. Somewhere in Shadow Valley lies a secret that could forever change the frontier. Only a posse of gunmen with special abilities can defend that secret from a tribe of ghostly warriors, an advancing army led by a deranged colonel, and the perils of the valley itself.

Leaving Megalopolis, written by Simone and illustrated by Calafiore, reunites the classic Secret Six creative team, with no holds barred. When the caped heroes of the world’s safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil!

The Guns of Shadow Valley is on sale August 13 and Leaving Megalopolis is on shelves September 10. Full press release below.

Dynamite Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Chaos! Comics


Dynamite Entertainment is all about exploding. Exploding in popularity, fun and chaos...as in Chaos!, a six-issue miniseries heralding the return of the shared Chaos! Comics universe, will launch its first issue on May 7th, 2014. And if that wasn't enough, then how does the fact that Tim Seeley joining Mirka Andolfo in reuniting Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and more in the cataclysmic Chaos! Comics 20th Anniversary revival. Dynamite will offer several cover editions to commemorate the event, including artwork by J. Scott Campbell, Tim Seeley, Emanuela Lupacchino, Charlie Adlard, Carlos Rafael, Ken Haeser and Michael Turner.

CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci says, "The year 2014 holds special meaning for the folks at Dynamite, and our staff's decade of hard work has given us an opportunity to see - and serve as the publishing home for - the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking Chaos! Comics line. Let the spine-chilling, gut-wrenching, mind-blowing shenanigans of Evil Ernie and friends commence!"

In the upcoming miniseries, several terrifying figures - including the undead Evil Ernie, goddess Purgatori, vampire Chastity and supernatural band of misfits known as The Omen - individually witness visions of the world's impending doom, and rush headlong into conflict. Some try desperately to avert the nuclear holocaust, out of altruism or self-interest, while others just want to raise some hell. So begins the return of the Chaos! universe on an epic scale, the resurrection of fan-favorite boogeymen and femme fatales amidst a violent, apocalyptic upheaval.

Chaos! #1 will feature a wide selection of cover variants, presented by some of comics' most talented artists. The Main Cover will be supplied by Campbell. Variant Cover A will feature the artwork of Seeley himself, while Variant Cover B showcases Lupacchino. A Subscription-Only Variant Cover, intended as a reward for dedicated fans who preorder with their local comic shop retailers, will feature the art of Carlos Rafael. A Blank Authentix Cover will be created for the first issue, featuring blank white space on the cover perfect for convention artist commissions or the creative whims of the do-it-yourself fan. Additional cover artwork by Adlard and the late Turner will be featured on special Retailer Incentive Original Art Covers, rewarded to and available from select retailers that meet certain ordering thresholds through Diamond Comic Distributors.

In addition to the Retailer Incentive Original Art Covers, Dynamite Entertainment is offering other special opportunities for retailers to support the Chaos! launch in a big way. Haeser has created a Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover, available for retailers to order through Diamond Comics. Numerous retailers can share the Haeser artwork, but have personalized store names built into the front cover design. Dynamite also invites retailers to contact their Marketing Manager, Keith Davidsen (keith.davidsen@dynamite.com, 856-312-1040 x114) if they would like to create unique Chaos! #1 Retailer Exclusive Variant Covers featuring artwork not available anywhere else.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 14, 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 30.

The lines have been drawn and the battle has begun. The zombie horde hit us yesterday morning and ever since it's been nonstop fighting between the two sides. So far there have been no breaches in our walls, but it's only a matter of time before one does occur. There are just too many zombies for us to kill; until that breach we are just going to keep killing as many as we can. Even all the traps and pits we built around us only slowed down a tiny fraction of the zombie horde.

Over the next few hours it will be determined how long we're going to hold out. All of us who stayed haven't gotten any sleep, barely eaten or drank--mostly just enough to keep us in the fight. The government forces did get us some adrenaline shots to use before all this went down and they're going to come in handy in an hour or two. It will definitely give us a boost, but we can't keep this fight up forever without rest. We've been receiving air support with constant bombings against the zombies that is certainly thinning the horde, as well as the few mortar guns we have.

Review - Haunted #1


"It's LA. Nobody walks."

Breaking up is hard to do...at least, that's what the songs tell us. Whether you're the one doing it or having it done to you, long relationships have a way of leaving fragments of memories behind in the two former partners. Those fragments typically come and go, but some people find a way to create an imagined projection of the person composed of those memories. In a way, the imagination haunts the thinker, much like Haunted #1 from Maerkle Press. The book is written and illustrated by Thom Zahler.

Dark Horse Announces Emerald City Comicon Variants


Emerald City Comicon descends upon Seattle from March 28-30 and is rapidly becoming a pretty big show. It's kinda-sorta in Dark Horse's backyard, so you can expect the fine publisher to be there in full force, with a good amount of variants on display. The first few months of 2014 will see some of Dark Horse’s biggest launches of the year and they've chosen to celebrate with Emerald City variants for Serenity #1, Buffy #1, Veil #1 and a very special variant of Witcher #1.

First up is Veil, the much-talked-about new, original series by Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula. For this year’s show, Dark Horse has tapped J. H. Williams III to create the variant cover. Limited to 500 copies, Veil #1 is sure to go quickly, especially with Rucka in attendance. Next is the hotly anticipated Season 10 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a variant cover by Season 9 cover artist Phil Noto, limited to 1,000 copies. Look for interior artist Rebekah Isaacs at this year’s show. Dark Horse also brings Jenny Frison on for a special cover of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, featuring none other than the lovely Inara. A few lucky fans may even get actress Morena Baccarin herself to sign their copies.

Last, and certainly not least, legendary artist Stan Sakai has done a special cover of the upcoming tie-in series The Witcher, a canonical entry in the world of the Witcher video games. All proceeds from the sale of this limited edition variant will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai. Stan will be attending the show, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of his landmark series, Usagi Yojimbo. Each variant-cover issue will cost five dollars and will be limited to ten copies per person, per day. A set quantity will be available at the show opening each day.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Launching Pathfinder Comic Series


When one is lost, they must find their way back. Finding a path is the best way, as it provides a fairly clear direction one must travel to return home. Some people enjoy pathfinding much more than others though and it's for that reason that Dynamite Entertainment is launching the return of the Pathfinder role-playing game to comics in Pathfinder: City of Secrets, written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Leandro Oliveira and with cover art by Genzoman, Carlos Gomez, Sean Izaakse and Steven Cummings. This issue marks the beginning of a new adventure series and is the perfect starting point for new readers. Each issue also includes an exclusive Pathfinder Roleplaying Game encounter, sourcebook appendix and a bonus removable playable tactical map/art poster.

"Writing Pathfinder has been a wonderful experience," says Zub. "The gang at Paizo have crafted a robust and diverse fantasy world that lends itself to dramatic and exciting stories. I can't wait for readers to dive into City of Secrets and see what happens next to the Pathfinder iconic characters."

In Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1, the Pathfinder heroes head to the city of Magnimar, and danger isn't far behind. As the wizard Ezren seeks an audience with the Pathfinder Society, his adventuring allies explore the city's ancient magic, well-hidden secrets and deep political divides. The dangers and opportunities of the big city could bring the adventurers closer together-or tear them apart.

"In this story arc, the Pathfinder adventurers leave caves and villages behind for the big city," adds Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. "Jim Zub continues to reveal more and more about our favorite adventurers, and with help from the game supplement included in each issue, this series also reveals more and more about the Pathfinder world and the treacherous secrets at the heart of one of its most important cities. The scope keeps getting bigger and bigger, and Jim's characterizations keep getting better and better!"

In celebration of Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1's May release, Dynamite has partnered with Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play program to connect retail stores with volunteer Game Masters who can run in-store Pathfinder RPG demo events based on the encounters featured in the series. In the game scenario, Pathfinder goblins attack YOUR comic book store and brave heroes must stand in its defense on New Comic Book Day. Contact the nearest Pathfinder Society Venture Captain regional coordinator from the list at paizo.com/pfs/venturecaptains to set up your store's special event. Both Paizo and Dynamite will promote these events through social media.

The Pathfinder RPG game appendix for each issue of Pathfinder: City of Secrets beyond the first will include a special fan-created official Hero of Magnimar, chosen by the Paizo staff and illustrated by one of Dynamite's artists. This is your chance to officially add your character to the Pathfinder universe, with game stats provided directly by Pathfinder's professional game designers. Visit paizo.com/contests for more details on how to enter this exciting monthly contest and check back each month to see if YOUR hero made the cut.

"City of Secrets features a new artist, Leandro Oliveira, who I think fans are really going to like, and Magnimar, a huge new city for the iconics to explore, full of danger and opportunity," states Pathfinder Comics series editor Rich Young. "Jim continues to take the characters and story into cool and exciting territory...I look forward to reading each script he turns in!"

Full press release below.

Image Comics Announces The Superannuated Man #1


Need some chilling dystopia in your life? Want yet another Image Comics book to add to your pull list? The Superannuated Man #1 is the first of a six-issue miniseries from Shadowline from Ted McKeever. By the time most people realized it, they were no longer in charge of the world we know. In an unspecified future, the small seaside town of Blackwater has now been taken over by advanced and mutated animals. Most of the humans that lived there are now either dead or gone, but one old man remains—a man called HE—who scavenges off the scraps and refuse of humanity’s past on the outskirts of Blackwater, and doggedly defies the new tenants. HE lives a life of solitude in Blackwater is a seaside town bordered by a carbon sea of inky blackness, and populated by animals that have been mutated for reasons connected to the sea.

“But it's the animals who are threatened by something they do not understand completely. And for years, there has been a growing inferiority tone of indifference and distrust towards him because of his aloof and self-sustaining ‘humanity,’” revealed McKeever. “He is the unknown. An outsider who refuses to join in. He will not conform to their rules. And what they can't understand, or bend to their ways, they will crush.”

The Superannuated Man #1 arrives in stores on 6/4 and will be available for $3.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code APR140493. Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Goes Camping With Lumberjanes

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BOOM! Studios is diversifying their works in a ton of different ways. They've got all sorts of imprints, doing great stuff with Archaia and making deals with Cartoon Network. One of those imprints happens to be BOOM! Box, which is getting another book to add to its repertoire in Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brooke Allen. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.

“LUMBERJANES is one of those series that just embodies how much fun comics can be,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’re excited to have it join THE MIDAS FLESH under our new BOOM! Box imprint where essentially, anything goes!”

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way. Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but Lumberjanes is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

Lumberjanes #1 arrives in comic shops on April 9th, with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code FEB141071. Full press release below.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review - 4th Hanzo #1


"And the reasons why you left may not agree with why you came back."

Ninja carry with them great skill, resolve and kunai, among other things. All manage to make the ninja a complete and deadly assassin, including the big, bushy tail. Well, that's what a squirrel ninja keeps with him in 4th Hanzo #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Miguel C. Hernandez.

Preview - MPH #1


Millarworld Universe is adding a thrilling new ride to its repertoire. That would, of course, imply that Millarworld is a theme park for rollercoasters when, instead, it's a publishing arm of Mark Millar. To that end, the world is going to get a little more exciting, thanks to a new series called MPH that pairs Millar up with Duncan Fegredo.

When a group of hard-luck teens in Motor City stumble upon a street drug called MPH, they gain the power of super speed. Will they use it to save the world? Hell no! Not when there’s dolla, dolla bills to be had, y’all. A high-octane urban adventure, MPH brings you super speed like you’ve never seen before.

The book doesn't hit stores until May 21 with interiors below.

Dream Thief is Back


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


I actually didn’t see Transformers: Dark of the Moon in theaters. A mistake on my part, I realize that now. I saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and it was decent, but it just wasn’t enough of what I wanted. I was so psyched that the Constructicons were going to be in the movie. And yet, the events of that movie just seemed like such a tangled blur to me that it was hard to appreciate.

Mostly, I think Michael Bay has done right by Transformers; seriously. I think he hits some high notes. I like for example how much Bay emphasizes the war aspect of the whole thing by linking the events very closely with experiences of human beings in the military. Because it invokes the kind of tension that you feel when you’re in the military (I would assume, anyway). It takes guts to put your life on the line. And that’s the thing--the Transformers are ALIVE. By emphasizing that this is war and they could, in fact, be killed you get the sense that they are living.

But you know me, I’m a fanboy through and through. Of course I’m hoping it’s all going to be like G1 and all that. And at times it does seem like it’s a movie that sort of resembles Transformers more than being true to the original cartoon series. G.I. Joe takes this to another level; it seems, to me, to be two movies with characters who are reminiscent of the characters of G.I. Joe only, but aren’t quite them.

So I let Transformers: Dark of the Moon go. And when I finally got around to watching it, I could see that it’s the most intense, the most gripping and even the most like the cartoon (that whole thing with calling Cybertron to Earth was in the show). I remember hearing that there would be a fourth film. And that it would be a reboot of sorts. Based on what I’ve seen in the trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, I’m not getting the reboot bit at all.

Review - Monster & Madman #1


"Can I be of assistance?"

Ever wonder if Jack the Ripper would've been stopped if there were someone more capable of stopping him than just Scotland Yard? What if Batman were on the case for instance? How about Frankenstein's monster? The former seems more likely than the latter, but Monster & Madman #1 from IDW Publishing thinks that the latter is more intriguing than the former. The book is written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Damien Worm.