Friday, November 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 in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 14.

Zombies just do not fracking give up. We've been hounded the past five days by a group of zombies that continue to stay on our tail. No matter what we do, somehow when we take a break zombies appear on the horizon every time. With the amount of ammo and general state we're in there's no way we can wait to surprise and fight them all.

After our crash landing we’ve been making good time, heading back to Kansas City. We were resting up in this one small motel on the side of the road when we started to hear noises. We packed up our gear when we saw a group of zombies heading our way and made our way slowly to the back of the room to sneak out the window. Zekk went out the window first and as soon as he set his feet on the ground he was set upon by another pack of zombies we didn’t even see. All we heard were his screams and the sound of ripping meat as we stood there in horror, frozen at the sheer destructive power going on out there.

Review - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1


"The future brings uncertainty and fear."

There's no question that apes are intelligent. There is a question as to whether or not they really want to take over the world and subvert humanity to their will. Until that question gets answered for real, we'll have to settle for speculation as to how the event and aftermath would go down. BOOM! Studios is keen to offer their suggestion in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1, written by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Dan McDaid, colored by Jason Wordie and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape 1B on the Year

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 Cover A

Nothing against BOOM! Studios, but it's likely that the BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape will be the second best mix tape this year; second only to the Awesome Mix Volume 1. That may be selling it a little short, so maybe it's better to call it 1B in the list, as the oversized (8.5” x 11”) BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 will offer some top-notch reading. Featuring new shorts from BOOM! Box comics Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, Teen Dog and Cyanide & Happiness and showcasing upcoming comics Help Us! Great Warrior and Munchkin, this is a collection of the best comics of 2014 that are truly made “for the love of it.”

“This is one of the most unique collections of short comic book stories you’ll see this year,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The Mix Tape is our love letter to experimental comics and a platform for the BOOM! Box family of creators to cut loose!”

If you’re loving The Midas Flesh, Lumberjanes, Teen Dog and Cyanide & Happiness and are excited for the comics adaptation of the Munchkin card game, delve into a world of like-minded stories. From the wacky to the touching, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. Here's a tip: This collection features a brand-new Lumberjanes story written by Noelle Stevenson and the first-ever Munchkin comic by John Kovalic, the illustrator of the popular card game. BOOM! reached out to a bunch of their favorite creators with one mission in mind: to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Talking hamburgers, misunderstood ghosts and punk rock grandmas are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”

The oversized BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 arrives from BOOM! Box in comic shops on December 24th with a cover price of $9.99 under Diamond order code OCT141168. Both the main cover and the retailer incentive cover are illustrated by Jake Lawrence. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 1st. Full press release below.

Zenescope Announces Launch for Two New Characters


There are still a few corners of the Grimm universe left for Zenescope to discover. Despite delving deep into realms such as Oz, Wonderland and Neverland, the publisher has a few new tricks up their sleeves. In early 2015, the publisher will debut miniseries for two characters in the Little Mermaid and the White Queen.

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid will feature the creative team of writer Meredith Finch, cover artist David Finch and colorist Ivan Nunes. Additional cover artists include Ed Benes, Jason Metcalf, Mirka Andolfo and Mike Krome. Having first appeared in Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Zenescope's Little Mermaid, Erica, now embarks on a brand new journey set a few months after her original story and Erica, now imprisoned, has some painful and violent reminders of how cruel fate can be.

"I am really looking forward to exploring Zenescope’s version of The Little Mermaid," said Finch. "We are going to explore the history of the character from a new perspective and the impact of past rivalries on her present. I’m also really looking forward to writing the character of the sea witch. I’m having a lot of fun with her as I get into the character."

Grimm Fairy Tales : The White Queen will feature covers by Billy Tucci, Talent Caldwell, Sabine Rich, Sean Chen and Giuseppe Cafaro. The creative team includes writer Troy Brownfield, artist Luca Claretti and colorist Leonardo Paciarotti. The Age of Darkness has arrived in Wonderland. The White Queen, Calie Liddle (daughter of Alice), has begun her rule in Wonderland and hopes for peace. Though she has allies, Calie's hold is tenuous and when the Dark Queen comes demanding tribute, will Wonderland survive?

"We have a few new titles that we’re really excited about like the Little Mermaid," said Zenescope Entertainment Co-Creator and President, Joe Brusha. "[Also, there's] a story about Witches set in the Grimm Universe. We have the conclusion to the Oz trilogy as well as the Grimm Fairy Tales [series] and Robyn Hood ongoing series. I’m pretty excited about all of them." - Zenescope Entertainment Co-Creator and President, Joe Brusha, when asked about his favorite upcoming Zenescope Launch title.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review - Capture Creatures #1


"I might even miss this."

What's an intrepid young explorer to do if she's told she can't explore? Do it anyway. Those types of stories make for fun reads and when you mix in a sense of foreign wildlife, things get even more exciting. KaBOOM! Studios has a story that focuses on exploring the world in Capture Creatures #1. The issue is written by Frank Gibson, illustrated by Becky Dreistadt, inked by Kelly Bastow, colored by Tracy Liang and lettered by Britt Wilson.

Bravoman Volume 1 Excels for Children


UDON Entertainment takes comfort in knowing that the characters in their books are familiar with victory. Everyone from Ryu to Mega Man know a thing or two about emerging victorious, so it should come as no surprise that another character is victorious in another way. The character affectionately referred to as the "Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence" has notched a victory in the world of Canadian children's publishing, as Bravoman Volume 1 scored a starred review in the Best Books for Kids & Teens: Fall Edition, 2014. The committee judged titles based on excellence in writing, illustration or performance - provided in this case by UDON's Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine.

Produced by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Best Books for Kids & Teens guide contains recommended books for kids and teens ages 0-18 and helps parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers and children’s literature enthusiasts stock their bookshelves with the very best books Canada has to offer. All titles in Best Books for Kids & Teens have been handpicked by expert committees of educators, booksellers, school and public librarians from across Canada, so every book included in the guide is guaranteed to be a great read!

Bravoman Volume 1: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence is a 160-page hardcover graphic novel that collects more than 130 strips from the ultra-stretchy, monster-battling, giant robot-smashing hero’s adventures! The book is also jam-packed with bonus pin-ups, rough sketches, creator commentary and much much more. It's available for $19.99.

Full press release below.

What If They're Not Like Us?


Sifting through the nuances that differentiate one person from another is always a fun exercise. Some people are smart, others are funny. Others look good, others are leaders. What if you can't find shared characteristics though? What if people are different than everyone else? It would surely make for good reading and in They're Not Like Us from Image Comics, that's just the case. Written by Eric Stephenson and illustrated by Simon Gane, They're Not Like Us hits stores December 24 as an all-new, ongoing thriller series.

We all have advantages over one another, but what if the next generation of youth were capable of things most of us could only imagine? What would they do—and who would they be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Since the beginning of time we’ve all had to make choices about how to use our own unique abilities, but not like this generation...They're Not Like Us.

In a spotlight interview with Stephenson, he described the series as a “slow-building horror” that explores what happens if people take advantage of their special abilities for personal gain instead of goodwill. “Power does different things to different people, and in They’re Not Like Us, we’re going to meet a group of very desensitized young people whose extraordinary abilities have put them in a very unique position within the modern world.”

“When Eric told me the concept of They're Not Like Us and asked if I'd like to draw it, I said ‘Yes’ with something approaching superhuman speed,” added Gane. “It's smart, satirical and more than a little bit sinister. Now, I'm not psychic or anything, but you expect that edge from Image Comics and Eric's writing.”

They're Not Like Us #1 arrives in stores December 24 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code OCT140592. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, December 1. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


So I finally got around to watching TMNT. Yes, I'm that guy who makes decisions this whimsically. I don't go see it in theaters and then pay more than I would have to watch it on Xbox Live before it's rentable, just because I'm bored and impatient. And if someone attacked the judgment of the opinion I'm going to offer on this movie based on that alone I suppose I wouldn't really be in a position to defend myself.

But you know, I found that I enjoyed it.

Review - Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1


"There's no point in living if you sacrifice everything you are to do it."

For as much as Optimus Prime worries about other races in the galaxy being hurt by his ongoing war with the Decepticons, there really doesn't really seem to be anyone willing to make their safety priority number one. It takes a special Transformer to set aside their investment in the war on either side to so. A Transformer like Drift, recently exiled and looking for his own personal redemption in Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 from IDW Entertainment. The issue is written by Shane McCarthy and illustrated by Guido Guidi.

Deep State #1 Sells Out

Deep State #1 2nd Printing

Deep State #1 has proven to be quite a hit amongst the comic book readers out there, as the first issue has sold out at the distributor level. What does that mean? Well, it means excitement and elation for Justin Jordan and Ariela Kristantine. It means more work for BOOM! Studios, seeing as how they have to rush a second printing to stores. And it means another chance for readers to get on the work most recently garnering attention as a television drama with 20th Century Fox TV.

“Justin has hit a home run with the first of his three BOOM! original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The story of Deep State is rife with mysteries and cover-ups, and Ariela’s art is perfect for it. This second print announcement comes hot on the heels of the announcement for the Deep State TV deal at Fox—it’s been a good week for Agents Harrow and Branch.”

In Deep State, John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret.

Deep State #1 second print ships with a modified cover by series cover artist Matt Taylor and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of OCT148207. Final orders close for retailers on December 1st and it's anticipated to be in stores on December 17th. Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Deep State #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you.

Full press release below.

Hinges Explores a Clockwork City


Image Comics is certainly no stranger to fantasy graphic novels, so it only makes sense that they're offering a brand new entrant in that realm with Hinges. Written and drawn by Meredith McClaren, the graphic novel introduces the nuts and bolts of a city called Cobble, where one girl new to the city, Orio, must depend on help wherever she can find it. Her assigned familiar, Bauble, has his own agenda however. As the two explore the walls of the city, they find they are not the only new arrivals. Visually, McClaren had thought about creating a world inhabited by dolls, puppets, and stuffed animals for a few years before a story was even attached to the idea.

“I also wanted to play with a world that had a lot of ambiguity," said McClaren. "When I look back at the stories I love—the ones that tend to have a more enduring presence—I always come back to the type of stories where the audience isn't given the full explanation but rather a great big sandbox of a world that they can also play with. It's been my observation that the stories people enjoy most are the ones in which they feel they can also participate. I wanted to give my audience that kind of experience. I love it when my audience starts to develop their own theories for why the world of Hinges is the way it is. And I would be ridiculously pleased should some of them find their own stories to tell there.”

Hinges Book One: Clockwork City will hit stores February 25 for $15.99 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-253-4). It can be pre-ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code DEC140649. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review - Ody-C #1


"Cunning Odyssia prays."

When you're far from home, you either like being on the road or just wish you were back in your bed. Odysseus was a man who started to enjoy being far from home, but then did everything in his power to get back. It's a timeless story that's getting a space opera treatment in Ody-C #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Christian Ward, flatted by Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Chris Eliopoulos.

Dark Horse Announces Cyber Monday Deal


You can't have Black Friday without Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday. Dark Horse already has some action planned for Black Friday and readers who miss out on those deals can get down on some on Cyber Monday. In fact, the entire Dark Horse Digital storefront will offer fans 50% off their entire order for 24 hours.

This offer is good for 24 hours beginning at midnight (PST) on Sunday, November 30 ($20 cart minimum). Visit Digital.DarkHorse.com to take advantage of this amazing web store only offer. Sign up for the Dark Horse Digital Newsletter by Thanksgiving to get even more discounts (http://goo.gl/FP6Eva). All newsletter subscribers will receive a stackable coupon for an additional 10% off.

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both Google Play and iOS apps. Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get a massive discount on all the Dark Horse comics you could want and more. Full press release below.

The Dying and the Dead Touted as Last Story of Greatest Generation


Generations come and generations go. What makes them last a little longer is the things they leave behind. It's these things that merit stories and recountings of their impact on society. Image Comics is recounting their own tale that's possibly the last story of the greatest generation in The Dying and the Dead. The story is written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Ryan Bodenheim, with an expected release date of January 28.

"It's not often that you work on something that feels almost perfect from day one, but working with Ryan again and how we're both so in sync regarding the story, it really does feel like it could be something special," said co-creator Hickman.

The adventures begins in The Dying and the Dead #1 when a murder at a wedding sets off a series of reactions, unraveling secrets hundreds of years old. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly unconnected events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.

The Dying and the Dead #1 (Diamond Code NOV140534) is a massive, over-sized, 60-page Indiana Jones-style high adventure that arrives in stores this 1/28 and will be available for $4.50. Full press release below.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review - Fight Like a Girl #1


"Her fate is up to us and his fate is up to her. Let's let it be and press forward."

The phrase "fight like a girl" is often used as a derogatory insult towards a man, insinuating that the man is fighting somewhat weakly and would only be evenly matched by a woman. There's another side to the phrase though, with the implication being that a woman who "fights like a girl" is actually fighting with great ferocity in defense of a cause deemed worthy of fighting for. Action Lab has made a name for itself offering up strong female characters, so it should come as no surprise that the publisher relies on the latter definition for their new book Fight Like a Girl #1. The issue is written by David Pinckney and illustrated by Soo Lee.

Dark Horse Offers Black Friday Revenge


Starting Thanksgiving, Dark Horse Digital will offer six MegaBundles of comics & graphic novels for $99.99 each. Thousands of pages of comics over 60% off. It's a little ridiculous and gets you a TON of quality comics for pretty close to dirt cheap. Sure, you can complain about Dark Horse starting the sale on Thanksgiving, but at least they're virtual, so there's really no one clocking in.

The works include:

Star Wars MegaBundles

This year we are giving Star Wars fans two different options! Get 200 digital Star Wars comics or get every Star Wars Omnibus. Purchase these MegaBundles, you should. Too late will it be if you wait!

Whedonverse MegaBundle

Joss Whedon has created some of our favorite worlds to play in. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Serenity, Dollhouse and even Dr. Horrible are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Mignolaverse MegaBundle

Dive into creator Mike Mignola’s dark worlds. Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Witchfinder and even Sledgehammer 44 are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

REHverse MegaBundle

Acclaimed writer Robert E. Howard created worlds of adventure. Conan, Kull and Solomon Kane are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Project Black Sky MegaBundle

Jump into Dark Horse’s superhero universe, Project Black Sky. Ghost, X, Captain Midnight, Skyman, The Occultist and Brain Boy are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both Google Play and iOS apps. Full press release below.

Archie Comics Welcomes Harper Lodge Back to Riverdale


Riverdale has been missing something recently. More specifically, someone. Come March 4, Archie #665 will welcome Harper Lodge--Veronica's cousin--back to the town. Harper will make the triumphant return courtesy of a new story by writer and artist Dan Parent.

Harper's latest venture: writing a romance book about the boys in Riverdale, has everybody trying to figure out the big question: Who is Harper writing about? Will the gang be able to solve the mystery? Find out why people are raving about Harper and how she fits in perfectly with the rest of the gang in Riverdale!

Full press release below.

Friday, November 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 in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 13.

Well, that didn’t go as planned.

We crashed in western Tennessee on our way back to Kansas City. Everything was going smoothly on the flight back, but I guess we just had a little too much weight in the back. Next thing you need the engines are stalling out and we started to fall from the sky.

I've gotta give it to Ryan; he did his best to keep the plane level and aloft as we searched for a place to do a more gentle crash. He thought he could glide it down onto a road and be ok, but all the roads beneath us were thick with abandoned cars and zombies. This forced us to go to plan B, which involved us doing a gentle crash into a lake that wasn't fun at all. One minute up in the air bracing for the impact with the water, next thing I know we're slamming into the water and then scrambling to save ourselves.

Review - Archer and Armstrong: The One Percent #1


"From 1997 to 2007 'the richest one percent alone absorbed nearly sixty percent of the total increase of US national income.'"

The One Percent have been described as villains in just about all media, but in the world of Valiant they're actually a cult of super-rich bad guys content with screwing anyone and everyone over. What they have is a perception problem, especially when compared to the heroics of Archer and Armstrong. Maybe a book like Archer and Armstrong: The One Percent #1 will alter that perception slightly (probably not). The issue is written by Ray Fawkes, illustrated by Joe Eisma, colored by Ulises Arreola and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Archaia Delves into Rocket Salvage

Rocket Salvage #1 Cover A

A good sci-fi adventure is all sorts of enjoyable. Lovable characters, zany trips and just a general sense of whimsy can be sensed by the reader. And since Guardians of the Galaxy, all those characteristics appear on full display in more and more works; works such as Rocket Salvage from Archaia. Writer Yehudi Mercado and artist Bachan give new meaning to the term “space race” with this six-issue limited series about a disgraced former rocket racer named Primo Rocket and his clone kids as they take off across the galaxy to escape the alien gangsters targeting them.

“Yehudi and Bachan are exactly who you want to take you on a crazy racing adventure through space,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’re two high-energy storytellers who are great at building new worlds. And Rocket Salvage just happens to be filled with racing-obsessed aliens and rocket ships! But the heart of this story is about a family sticking together against all odds, and that’s what makes it a special project.”

Primo Rocket was the fastest racer in the galaxy until a crash changed his fate and that of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo. Now, Primo is the owner of a spaceship salvage yard with his two “kids,” clones Beta and Zeta. But everything changes after they become the target of a manhunt leading them on a string of intergalactic adventures. It’s up to this dysfunctional family to stay together and, ultimately, save their home.

Rocket Salvage #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 17th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141161. The main cover is illustrated by series artist Bachan, with an incentive cover by Mercado. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 24th. Full press release below.

Widow's Web #0 Marks Return of Raven Gregory


Raven Gregory may have stepped out of the comics spotlight for a while, but believe it or not, he's had some stuff percolating. Now, the work both he and Autumn Ivy have worked on in Widow's Web will be debuting next month at Phoenix Fanfest on December 12-14. Not only that, but Gregory, Ivy, penciler Ian Snyder and cover artist Nei Ruffino will also be on hand at the show. Widow’s Web #0 will feature two separate covers exclusive to the show, an Exclusive Premium Preview Edition limited to 150 and an Extinction Sketch Edition limited to 50, each with a free 11×17 Mike Krome and Ula Moś print, and will take pre-orders now at www.theravengregory.com.

Set in a world that is not our own, the story follows Dahlia White, an unassuming bartender living in the strange yet familiar Tcesni City, where she attempts to balance her normal -- and sometimes not so normal -- life with the horrifying secret of who and what she really is. A balance that is thrown into absolute chaos when a down-on-his-luck guy, Pterra Atrus, walks through her door and catches her eye, turning her already crazy world upside down. A world where not everything or everyone is what they seem. Where the fairy tale of boy meets girl ends, and the horror begins.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review - Intersect #1


"We tumble past flakes of frosted blood."

The point where multiple things cross is often called an intersection. It's called that because everything converges on point temporarily before continuing on their respective paths. It can be applied to a lot of different things, from something as simple as roads to something as complex as personalities. Image Comics feels the latter is a lot more interesting than the former in Intersect #1, written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes.

Shinobi: Ninja Princess Debuts New Webcomic


Shinobi: Ninja Princess is preparing to release its fourth issue as a series for readers. The Action Lab Entertainment work gives fans a look at the inner workings of the Asumi Ninja Clan and their quest to find Shianndrea Toshigawa. A comic apparently isn't enough though, as now series creator Martheus Wade is offering up a brand-new, webcomic tie-in.

These 1-4 page webstories weave into and out of the existing six issue mini series. Each story will give readers more information on the characters and world of this martial arts adventure as well as serve as a gateway for new readers. The stories mix the lighter side of the series and answers those burning questions fans have been asking for such as “how did the Azumi Ninja Clan get the contract to find Shianndrea Toshigawa in the first place?” and “What do young ninjas do to blow off steam?”

The free webstories are available at the official Jetta website at http://toshigawa.com. Full press release below.

Sunstone Offers Bondage, Discipline and Love


Sunstone has engendered quite a following as a webcomic and a bestseller on Amazon. Stjepan Sejic's work has earned tens of millions of views on DeviantArt as well and now it's getting the graphic novel treatment in December courtesy of Image Comics and Top Cow. The story of two women who find love through their shared passion for bondage, SUNSTONE is poised to introduce readers to a new kind of S&M story, one that will surprise readers with the heart and humanity of its story.

“In Sunstone," said Sejic, "the main theme is in fact human nature. Sunstone has over time become a book showing the very human and understandable nature of fetishism and people responded to that.”

Ally and Lisa are happy, well-adjusted young women, but they’re both a little lonely. Ally loves the creativity of being a “domme” in her sex life but hasn’t found the right person to share it with. And Lisa… Well, Lisa loves to be tied up. When they find each other online, they know they have to meet. But bondage is all about trust, and even after they’ve explored every facet of their sexuality together, Ally and Lisa will find the ultimate test of this trust lies in three simple words.

Sunstone will be in comic book stores on December 24 (Diamond Comic order code OCT140613) and bookstores on January 6 (ISBN 978-1-63215-212-1). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition


"The popcorn is for decoration, not eating."

What's a good holiday gathering without some prerequisites? Hot cider, mistletoe, a tree and good company. Most of those pretty much go without saying, but spicing things up a bit with stories of holiday lore is always a good time. Stories such as those of Krampus--the anti-Santa Claus--told in Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition from Zenescope Entertainment. The story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Pat Shand is written by Anne Toole, illustrated by Butch Mapa, colored by Hedwin Zaldivar and Valentina Pinto and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Divinity #1 Returns to Earth in February


Valiant Next is chock full of prestige and is another entry in the Valiant universe that reflects the publisher's rather sterling reputation as a publisher. That collection is slated to get another entry on February 11 in Divinity #1, featuring the talents of Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine. Readers get to view a shocking vision of 21st century science fiction in Divinity #1.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist.

Divinity #1 is seeing a release amidst Ivar, Timewalker #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry, Imperium #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite, Ninjak #1 by Kindt and Clay Mann and Bloodshot Reborn #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan. Full press release below.

Image Reveals Secret Identities #1


Every superhero worth their weight knows that a secret identity is crucial to survival. It protects both them and the ones they love from untoward villains and danger. What happens when someone turns their identities against them typically makes for good theater and Brian Joines and Jay Faeber tap into that for Secret Identities #1 from Image Comics. They're joined by artists Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff for the new series this February.

"Brian and I have been friends for a long time, and one of our common interests is super-heroes,” said Faerber. “So it only made sense that our first writing collaboration would be on a project like this. And Ilias' art is explodes off the page, mixing a classic super-hero style with an alternative sensibility."

In Secret Identities #1, the supergroup known as The Front Line has just invited the new hero Crosswind to join them. But what they don't know is that Crosswind is a mole, sent to learn all their secrets. And the Front Line has LOTS of secrets. While issue #1 introduces Crosswind as a traitor, what readers won’t know is what form his betrayal will take. When will he turn on the team? How will he do it? While he bides his time gaining their trust, he must also learn to act like a hero. Is there a chance that acting like a hero will actually turn him into one?

"It's great to be dipping my toe into super-hero waters,” added Joines. “And to be doing it with someone with a track record like Jay is a true thrill. On top of that, watching Ilias bring these characters, some of whom have been warming the bench in my head for a very long time, to life with such vibrant style and energy… absolutely amazing."

Secret Identities #1 lands in stores on February 18 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code DEC140617. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review - Bravest Warriors 2014 Paralyzed Horse Giant


"Lords of chaos, rip my consciousness away from this world."

A horse is a horse, of course of course. Unless it's a telepathic horse who can see things that others can't and happens to go by the name of Paralyzed War Horse. A character such as he demands a plethora of tales and that's what KaBOOM! is going for in Bravest Warriors 2014 Paralyzed Horse Giant. The one-shot is comprised a few short stories. "Jellyfish Beach" is written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Erica Henderson, "Flies" is written and illustrated by Kat Leyh, "Got Your Back" is written and illustrated by Tessa Stone, "Paralyzed With Hunger" is written and illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis and "Outside the Realm of Time" is written by Mairghread Scott and illustrated by Meredith McClaren.

Abigail and the Snowman Debuts New Year's Eve from KaBOOM!

Abigail and the Snowman #1 Cover A

Two things go together: snowmen and New Year's Eve. The two work out because you usually don't have one without the other, as New Year's Eve finds itself in the throes of winter. There's one more part of the equation though that makes it even more spectacular in KaBOOM! Studios. Group the three of them together and you've got Abigail and the Snowman, a book slated for release on new Year's Eve from Roger Langridge. This heartwarming story follows young Abigail, the new girl at school with a habit of talking to imaginary friends. When her newest friend turns out to be a real yeti named Claude who escaped from a top-secret government facility, it’s up to Abigail to keep him safe from the “Shadow Men” chasing him.

“Roger is a master of creating emotionally resonant stories that pull at your heartstrings and put a smile on your face,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “He’s proven it time and again, from his work on Snarked! to his most recent adaptation of Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow. Now, he’s constructed a brand-new story about a girl and her Yeti. Abigail and Claude are reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes; they’re best friends to the end and a delight to follow around the town of Shipton-on-Sea. This is one of those rare comics that I think virtually anybody will enjoy. Roger is that good.”

Abigail and the Snowman #1 arrives in comic shops on December 31st with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141174. The main cover is illustrated by series creator Langridge, with an incentive cover by Sonny Liew. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 1st. Full press release below.

Dark Engine Provides Humanity's Last Hope in Primal Killer


Let's face it. There's a very real chance that humanity will be forced to square off against some form of apocalypse, which means we'll need people willing to make tough decisions in order for us to survive. That enemy may just so happen to be a plague of spore-beasts terrorizing the living. This will prompt humans to dig deep and get a little dangerous in creating a being named Sym. And her story starts in Dark Engine Volume 1: The Art of Destruction, by Ran Burton and John Bivens and colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

“I wanted a female Beowulf…a Gilgamesh…a Kratos that didn’t shy away from her instincts, that was violent, that was fury-born,” said Burton of his fierce protagonist in an interview at Women Write About Comics. “That wasn’t afraid to get hurt or make a incredibly violent gambit in order to cut down her enemy. I believe that all women are a force of nature — they are capable, they are adaptable, they are scary smart. So with all that, it felt natural to make Sym a woman.”

Sent back in time to save humankind, Sym is a relentless killer, with gore in her long hair, ribsword in her hand, and a skull as her helmet. But what her creators do not realize is that, though they created her, Sym will not necessarily do their bidding. Dark Engine Volume 1: The Art of Destruction will be in comic book stores (Diamond Comic order code OCT140619) on December 24, 2014 and in bookstores (ISBN 978-1-63215-176-6) on January 6, 2015.

Full press release below.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review - Punk Mambo #0


"Punk used to be so different. It felt dangerous."

Punk and mambo are two seemingly disparate types of music. The former is known for fast, hard-edged music, while the latter is generally more upbeat. Combine the two though and you get an almost entirely different beast altogether. What's that beast you ask? Valiant Entertainment has a response in Punk Mambo #0, written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Robert Gill.

The Valiant Immortal Enemy


Pirate Eye Returns in January


Despite the almost continuous appeal of zombies and vampires, pirates still hold a soft spot in the heart of fans. Their popularity probably peaked with the Pirates of the Caribbean films, but since then they've been a little out of the limelight. Action Lab has a light they're ready to shine on a few pirates in Pirate Eye, the first issue of which is slated to hit stores in January. The four issue mini-series starts with Pirate Eye: Exiled from Exile and brings back Carl Yonder for a variant cover limited to 1,500 copies and the writing talents of Josiah Grahn.

Combining elements of pirates and noir, Pirate Eye is the story of Smitty, an ex-pirate turned detective. Banished from the sea, he is forced to take up residence in a port, relying on his brigand-honed skills as a ‘finder’ to make a living-until an old enemy exposes a secret that forces Smitty to flee for his life. With a price on his head on land and at sea, Smitty will have to survive long enough to find out what went wrong, how to make it right, and who is responsible.

Pirate Eye returns to stores as a four issue monthly tale starting in January, building upon everything from the first four one-shot Pirate Eye stories. Whether you are a new Pirate Eye fan or have been following the book all along, this is the perfect jumping on point for pirate, detective or comic fans. Full press release below.

Friday, November 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 in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 12.

Scouting trip has been successful. We managed to track down the warehouse and man, it's legit. The amount of supplies in the the warehouse is staggering and we're still figuring out how to get it all back to our base. Our plan is to wait here for a few days longer to catalog as much as we can, so we can then figure out what will be needed now and what can be grabbed anytime.

I never imagined the sheer size of these places, with rows upon rows of all manner of things. You have no idea how much use a lot of the items here will help out; from sleeping bags to tents to clothes to batteries. We're going to be able to outfit a number of outposts with all manners of gear and are marking this warehouse as a possible spot for an outpost here in Tennessee. The paperwork in an office we found gives us the locations of all the other warehouses throughout the country, making them next on the list to hit. The plane we used to get here cannot carry even a fraction of this loot. The three of us are going to grab some choice items and load them up in the car we found, as we had to leave the plane at a local airport hidden in a hangar. You can never be too careful leaving a plane out, as some other survivors might decide they can fly and take it.

Review - Django/Zorro #1


"Yeahhh...you really remind me of someone I used to know."

The power of a symbol is awe-inspiring. It can inspire hope in those who view it. It can evoke fear in those who come across it. While a sword-etched "Z" is certainly recognizable to many, there's really not much in the way of a "D" symbol that offers up the same associations. If Django/Zorro #1 from Dynamite Entertainment has its way, Django won't need a D...he'll just "borrow" the Z. The issue is written by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner, illustrated by Esteve Polls, colored by Brennan Wagner and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Ninjak Becomes Valiant


McKelvie and Wilson Portray Comics in December


Image Comics likes to push boundaries. Try new things. Enlist artists to lend their artistic interpretation to a series of covers for new launches and story arcs. That's what they're doing with Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson, both of whom are contributing covers to titles such as Bitch Planet #1, Shutter #7, Rumble #1, Revival #26, The Wicked + The Divine #6 and East of West #16.

"We're huge fans of all the creators behind these series,” said McKelvie. “So to be asked to provide covers for them all this month was an honour. Hopefully fans will enjoy these glimpses of the characters fired through the WicDiv filter!"

Retailers interested in the McKelvie/Wilson covers should refer to the Image Comics Retailer Newsletter for ordering information or inquire with their Diamond Customer Service representative. Bitch Planet #1 (Diamond Code OCT148037) Cover B and Shutter #7 (Diamond Code OCT148038) Cover B by McKelvie and Wilson will hit shelves on December 10. Order details of East of West #16 cover by McKelvie and Wilson to come.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review - Drifter #1


"Law here's a relative concept."

Ever find yourself crash-landed on a strange planet with no recollection of why or how you got there? If so, you may not the only one. When in that situation, it's best to stay calm and try to piece things together as to what it will take to get out of there. Even if you happen to be a little on the injured side like Abram Pollux in Drifter #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Ivan Brandon, illustrated by Nic Klein and lettered by Clem Robins.

Vampires Face Off Against Samurai in Bushido


Vampires have a way of wanting a lot more than humanity is typically willing to give them. It prompts humans to find ways of fighting (and stopping) them, preventing their desires to subvert humans into buffets. That applies to samurai too and in Bushido, samurai quickly learn that vampires may prove to be one of their most formidable foes. In the Bushido TPB that collects the first give issues of the series from Image Comics, Rob Levin and Jessada Sutthi of Studio Hive investigate

“Exploring the philosophy, goals and techniques of vampires and samurai — and doing it all during an epic conflict between these two forces with gorgeous painted art was too good an opportunity to pass up,” said writer Levin. “But even more than that, Bushido allowed me to work with themes of family, honor and what it feels like to be an outsider, which is really what hooked me into the story on a personal level.”

Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan — shipwrecked after marauders killed his parents, he is found and raised by a samurai who teaches him to live by bushido, the samurai code. Though he can never be recognized as a samurai because of his blood, in BUSHIDO, the new Image Comics/Top Cow graphic novel out in December, Kichiro finds he can use his skills and sense of duty to serve in another way: defeating the blood-drinking forces of darkness that have descended on Japan. A clan of vampires is bent on assassinating the shogun and claiming power for themselves. Kichiro recognizes them as the same marauders who mercilessly overran his ship so many years ago and vows to defeat them — to both avenge his past and protect his future.

Bushido will be in comic book stores on December 17 (Diamond Comic order code SEP140600) and in bookstores on December 30 (ISBN 978-1-63215-022-6). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Dark Horse Presents Celebrates 200 Issues


Dark Horse Presents has been a fixture for small stories crafted by up and coming creators for a long time. It's a great source of tons of new material and was the book that launched Dark Horse as a fantastic and well-regarded purveyor of comic books. Now, nearly thirty years later, the publisher is keen on celebrating the release of Dark Horse Presents #200 on February 18 2015. The issue will feature "Masks" by Gillian Flynn and Dave Gibbons, as well as a Hellboy cover byGabriel Bá, an Ape-X variant cover by Eric Powell and stories by some of the biggest names in comics, including Mike Mignola, Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, Alex de Campi, Matt Kindt and Jerry Ordway.

“DARK HORSE PRESENTS #1 was the very first comic book our company published back in 1986 and from day one that comic set the tone for our ambitious and diverse publishing philosophy,” said Dark Horse Comics President & Publisher Mike Richardson. “When we started making plans for the landmark 200th anniversary issue of DARK HORSE PRESENTS, it was imperative we pull out all the stops to celebrate the legacy of the preeminent contemporary comic book anthology title.”

The 80-page 200th issue of the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award series will feature:

Mike Mignola and Gabriel Bá revisiting Hellboy’s time in Mexico with a follow-up to their classic story "The Coffin Man"
Fred Van Lente and Miguel Sepulveda delivering a Project Black Sky story about the telepathic cyborg gorilla Ape-X
Brendan McCarthy’s Dream Gang
Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s Sabertooth Swordsman
The first chapter of a new Groo tale by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
A mermaid story by Gustavo Duarte
Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomatic
Ed Brisson’s Murder Book featuring art from Michael Walsh

The first ever U.S. publication of the short story "Masks," which was originally published in the UK’s GUARDIAN newspaper to commemorate the British Library's exhibition of British comics. The story is the comic book debut for Flynn. She collaborates with artist Dave Gibbons for a story about mothers and vigilantes.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


There's one problem about the extent to which we’re continually refining our visions of the comic book characters we knew and loved as kids. It sorts of seems to me that launching anything new and different in the Marvel or DC universe is a difficult proposition! I mean, really, when was the last time one of these two broke out a new superhero/heroine that stuck around, sold comic books and that you felt like was going to embed itself into the hearts and minds of the public?

See, I feel like this is getting harder and harder to do for some reason. Maybe it’s because we’ve gotten so good at telling our favorite characters' stories. They’re all getting Hollywood movies, revised origins, etc. But I just can’t think of the last time a brand new, from scratch character got built from the ground up and seemed significant. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this rule. I mean Guardians of the Galaxy certainly seemed to break the mold. They’d always been around in Marvel in one way or another, but in this somewhat obscure way. Now, thanks to some really excellent marketing and a kick-ass feature film, they seem like they’re a bit at the forefront of the Marvel U.

A few others seemed to have moved up in the ranks from bit characters to very important: Luke Cage, Spider-woman and Iron Fist all come to mind.

Review - Halo: The Master Chief Collection


Way, way back on November 15, 2001, a new entry on the console scene in the Microsoft Xbox released a title called Halo: Combat Evolved. The premise of the game pitted you as Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier tasked with saving humanity. The concept of weapon/melee/grenade as a play style was relatively simple, but gave way to an incredibly intricate and more complex universe. The gameplay revolutionized the FPS genre on consoles, offering a galactic storyline mixed in with extremely advanced weaponry and frenetic multiplayer gameplay. Since that time, the Halo franchise has gone on to be one of the most popular and well-known franchises in the history of video games, preparing for its fifth installment next year. To fill that void of time between now and then, Microsoft and 343 Studios have teamed up to release Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Omnicomic was provided a copy for review by 343 Studios.

Dynamite Entertainment Signs with Comisfix


Dynamite is always looking for new avenues of getting their books in front of as many readers as possible. If that means teaming up with a company like Comisfix to bring their library to readers via subscription basis, then so be it. Comicsfix gives readers access to unlimited quality comic book titles and graphic novels for all ages at a low monthly price. Dynamite's library of popular titles currently available on Comicsfix includes: the first two volumes of The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson; Legends of Red Sonja with Gail Simone; Project Superpowers, featuring covers by Alex Ross; The Blood Queen; Pathfinder, based on the best-selling Paizo RPG; the Bob's Burgers comic book based on the Emmy award-winning television program; Mark Waid's The Green Hornet; Zorro; Vampirella Strikes; the first volume of Evil Ernie; Battlestar Galactica; The Twilight Zone; and the all-ages Lil' Dynamites series by Art Baltazar and Franco. More Dynamite single issues and full series will be added every week. The steady flow of comic book additions will support Comicsfix's ongoing efforts to promote the latest way to read digital comics to new and returning readers alike.

"Dynamite Entertainment partnering with Comicsfix not only validates all the hard work we've done this last year, but also our belief that the subscription model that works for the film and music industries can be successfully translated to the comic book industry as well," said Comicsfix's CEO Felix Kiner. "For Dynamite to take a chance on a new way to deliver comics to readers is a testament of their incredible innovative spirit. Today we have great books from fantastic indie publishers; adding a company of this size with such an amazing history of quality titles is a dream come true for us. I cannot wait for the moment our readers will see Red Sonja, The Boys, Bob's Burgers, Battlestar Galactica, and much more on their Comicsfix app."

"Comicsfix is an innovator in the realm of digital comics, and a welcome partner to Dynamite," says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment. "The good folks at Comicsfix apply technology that's familiar to millions of internet viewers to comic books, making the digital reading experience as enjoyable, affordable, and extensive as what you might find for television and movie viewing. The Comicsfix platform will introduce subscribers to hundreds of Dynamite comic books, and -- as our industry has seen time and again as digital comics have developed -- the increased exposure yields greater success in print sales for our brick-and-mortar retail partners, as well. We look forward to growing our library with ComicsFix, for the benefit of all."

Full press release below.

Kiani Returns in February 2015


Aspen Comics is big on the whole ten year anniversary thing. Besides throwing lots of parties, the publisher is also planning to give one of their popular new characters a brand new series and direction. The character in question is Kiani and the series is Fathom: Kiani Volume 4, written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Alex Konat, Giuseppe Cafaro and Wes Hartman.

“When Kiani was created in 2004, she was an instant hit with Aspen fans because of the depth of her personality and her unique character design. And as our company and fan base continue to evolve, a new generation of readers will be introduced to this wonderful character, including a much larger female audience. We wanted to honor that spirit of progress by updating the look and feel of the series with an exciting new design.”

Fathom: Kiani Volume 4 #1 arrives in stores this February 11th. All issues in this series will feature direct edition covers by Cafaro and Alex Konat, with Retailer Incentive Edition water-themed homage covers by Agnes Garbowska. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review - Assassin's Creed Unity


One of the allures of history is that despite the fact that it's, well, fact, there's still some room for interpretation and filling out details. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series has capitalized on that with aplomb, taking players from Renaissance Italy to Colonial America to Caribbean piracy. Assassin's Creed Unity is the latest entry in the time-traveling tales of assassins and the first entry of the franchise into the next generation.

Omnicomic reviewed an Xbox One version of the game provided by Ubisoft.

Fans Will Go Postal Over New Crime Thriller


Matt Hawkins and Isaac Goodhart (of Top Cow's Talent Hunt winning artist fame) feel there's a story to be told. It's a story that the two of them want to team up to tell. It's a crime thriller called Postal that will keep readers guessing when it hits stores in February. In a small sleepy town full of fugitives in hiding, who would risk exposure to the authorities by committing the town’s first murder in decades? And how will the FBI exploit one individual’s weakness in order to get the evidence they need?

"Postal is essentially WitSec for criminals,” said Hawkins. “It's about a remote town that creates new identities for them so they can avoid prosecution. Working with Bryan Edward Hill and Talent Hunt winner Isaac Goodhart on this first volume so I know it will be top notch!"

The town of Eden, Wyoming operates as a haven for the worst criminals at-large, seedy characters who remain in town only long enough for new identities—often including facial reconstruction—to be created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden, with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city. Although the FBI’s attempts to insert an undercover agent in the town have been repeatedly foiled, this murder gives them a new opportunity.

Postal #1 arrives in stores on February 4 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code DEC140626. Cover B by Goodhart can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code DEC140627. Full press release below.

Death is Optional in Eternal

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Humans are forced to contend with the timeless reality of death. It's inevitable for all; or at least, it is until we find some way to prolong even more than we can now. It begs the question though: if you had the option of living forever, would you take it? This December, BOOM! Studios attempts to answer the question in Eternal, a new series created and written by William Harms and illustrated by Giovanni Valletta. Eternal takes place in a world where cloning is not only legal, but highly practiced to the point where a person can essentially achieve immortality by continually cloning themselves.

“BOOM! has always taken pride in the strong collection of sci-fi titles we offer, from The Hypernaturals to Six-Gun Gorilla, so we're excited to add to that list this December with Eternal,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is a world where life is extended past its natural ending, where science rules, and things like morality and ethics have taken a back seat. It’s a scary world, and one we can’t wait to share. William and Giovanni are swinging for the fences with this series.”

In Eternal, in a world of clones, the Human Liberation Army wants to free people from New Life's grasp. Their leader Gail will take the most drastic, personal measures yet to do so. Rathmann, a former homicide detective turned New Life enforcer, is on the case, and is asking tough questions. Violet, a young girl and one of the few non-cloned humans—or Pures—left, is longing to enter the real world. But she has no idea the danger she is stepping into.

Eternal #1 arrives in comic book shops on December 10th with a main cover illustrated by Frazer Irving for the cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141120. A retailer incentive cover drawn by Greg Smallwood will be available in limited quantities. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 17th.

Full press release below.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Review - Princeless: The Pirate Princess #1


"Life just never turns out like you expect."

Life as a princess waiting to be rescued is all sorts of slow and dull. Sure, you get a great view of the surrounding landscape, but other than that, there's really not that much to be enthused about. That's what makes escaping that much sweeter, especially when the liberator is a princess herself. Action Lab Entertainment is delving back into that universe with Princeless: The Pirate Princess #1, written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by Rosy Higgins.

Trees Vol. 1 Takes Root in February


Warren Ellis is certainly no stranger to writing series that are critically lauded and generally popular with readers. His latest teams him up with Jason Howard and the first volume of that collaboration will hit stores in February in Trees, Vol.1. Trees is set in an uncertain future, ten years after they landed. All over the world. Standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if the planet was uninhabited and nothing was under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.

"I wrote Trees for Jason, because nobody understood how brilliant a comics artist he is,” said Ellis. “And I wrote it for me, because I was interested in how the massive and strange things in our lives bend the world around them and make our lives weird and dangerous while we desperately try to pretend that everything is normal."

Trees Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-270-1) hits shelves on February 11 and will be available for $14.99. It can be pre-ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code DEC140696. Full press release below.

Valiant Risks Multiple Woodys


Reality hopping, multiple Woodys and the finest superheroes that North Korea has to offer? It's a proposition that promises to doom the multiverse, which is why Valiant Entertainment is all over it in Valiant-Sized Quantum and Woody #1. It promises to be a 40-page rampage through the infinite Woody-Verse from writers Tim Siedell and James Asmus and illustrated by Pere Pérez and Brian Level. On December 3rd, if you thought one Woody was too much, you were probably right. Not only that, but there's also covers by Chip Zdarsky, Mike Hawthorne and a partially completed “Draw Your Own" Blank cover by Pérez.

When an asteroid with a fifty-fifty chance of hitting Earth is spotted hurtling toward the planet, the unlikely super-team of Quantum and Woody are drafted onto the international team of specialists tasked with stopping it. But when the duo inadvertently cause a training exercise to go horribly wrong, they manage to doom the entire planet along with the only team capable of saving it. With few options and less time, Woody decides to ditch our world and escape into another through a secret space-time rift created by his arch-nemesis – old timey clone-Frankenstein-robot Thomas Edison! (No…you shouldn’t ask.) Our Woody’s betrayal, however, leaves the door to our dimension open to THEIR counter-Woody and his own counter-asteroid…leaving two worlds in the balance as two Woodys cut a reckless rampage through the multiverse.

Full press release below.