Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review - Zombie Tramp Saves XXX-Mas #1 (@ActionLabDanger)


"Maybe I'll get lucky this year and Santa will bring me exactly what I want--"

Zombies have typically been associated with two things: Halloween and Michael Jackson's Thriller video. Now, thanks to The Walking Dead, they're everywhere, invading all forms of media at any time of the year. Zombie Tramp is one of the more unique takes on the genre and Action Lab Danger Zone is putting her to work over the holidays in Zombie Tramp Saves XXX-Mas #1. The issue is written by Jason Martin and Dan Mendoza, illustrated by Marcelo Trom, colored by Marcelo Costa and lettered by Adam Wollet.

BOOM! Studios Announces Second Printing for Klaus #2


BOOM! Studios knows a thing or two about playing Santa Claus, especially considering their release of Klaus #1 was such a big hit. So big, in fact, that Klaus #2 has sold out through its first printing at the distributor level, prompting a second printing. Klaus #2 second print ships with a new cover by David Rubín and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code NOV158280. Orders close on January 4th and copies are anticipated to be in stores on January 20th.

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism—taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus—Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One.” In issue #2, as the downtrodden people of the twon of Grimsvig struggle under totalitarian rule, Klaus stealthily evades the guard and slips magical, living toys into the poorest of homes to lift their spirits.

Full press release below.

Divinity II Arrives in 2016


2016 is poised to be big for Valiant Entertainment and Divinity II will be part of the reason why. The work by Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron hits stores in 2016.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review - The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1 (@ValiantComics)


"That's great, Hwen. But no more evil spells today. We've got evil to thwart."

At this point in time, there's no second lives. Sure, down the road medical advancements will either prolong life or make us immortal, but as it stands right now there's really no way to bring someone back from the dead. Fortunately for some, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1 from Valiant Comics prides itself on thinking outside the box. The issue is written by Jen Van Meter, illustrated by Roberto de la Torre, colored by David Baron and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

UDON Celebrates Osamu Tezuka


Before Naruto there was Astro Boy. Before Akira Toriyama there was Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is a legend in the world of anime and manga, often referred to as "the grandfather of manga and anime." UDON Entertainment isn't one to let such a revered man go by unnoticed and is celebrating his life's work with the release of two Tezuka art books: Osamu Tezuka: Anime Character Illustrations and Osama Tezuka: Anime and Manga Character Sketchbook.

Both of these prestigious volumes are presented in an elegant hardcover format worthy of the man whose work they celebrate. Inside readers will find a diverse collection of character designs and rough concepts from animation and manga projects representing Tezuka’s entire illustrious career, including Mighty Atom (Astro Boy), Jungle Emperor (Kimba the White Lion), Phoenix, Black Jack and many more. In many cases these illustrations include Tezuka’s own hand-written design notes, accompanied by translations through footnotes. Both books also feature an illuminating afterword by Tezuka Productions’ Chief Archivist Haruji Mori.

Each volume should be available now. Full press release below.

Heavy Metal Goes Gene Kong


Pepe Moreno has some great graphic novellas to his name and Heavy Metal Magazine is bringing one of them to English for the first time in Gene Kong. Gene Kong will be serialized in two parts in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine issues 278 and 279. Issue #279 will also have a Special Limited Edition Gene Kong cover by Pepe, which will be available only on HeavyMetal.com

“NYC was a rough town in the 80’s; crime and decay were part of the city’s “charm,” said Moreno, "back when 42nd St. was still 42nd St. and not a street from Disneyworld, back when the later to-become-mayor- Rudolph Giuliani was NY’s us attorney and back in the time when “Bernhard Goetz”, The infamous “subway vigilante” was loose on the streets.”

Set in NYC in the 1980’s, Gene Kong is the tale of Eugene Wong, a biogenetics engineer, whose secret backroom experiments have out him far ahead of his colleagues. Sick of the crime and degenerates who have taken over New York , Gene dreams of the day he can clean up his city. Gene, being of small stature and no fighting skills, decides to take things into his own hands and begins injecting himself with the altered DNA of a gorilla. Nothing seems to be happening until one fateful night on a subway train when Gene is accosted by a bunch of hoodlums, his anger somehow ignites his Frankenstein chemicals into action. Let the underworld of NYC beware!

"We're very excited to bring Pepe Moreno's Gene Kong to the pages of Heavy Metal," explains Heavy Metal Co-CEO Jeff Krelitz, "Pepe was instrumental in bringing the look and feel to the early issues of the magazine and we're glad to have him back."

“We worked closely with Pepe to get the art just right,” explains content editor Frank Forte, “all the scans were from the original artwork and Pepe went in and did minor touch-ups and EFX additions. It really looks stunning.”

Full press release below.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review - Princeless: Make Yourself #0 (@ActionLab)


"Free. I feel free."

When she's not saving her sisters from, well, being saved, Adrienne in the Princeless series is learning more and more about herself. That self-awareness continues in Princeless: Make Yourself #0. The issue is written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Alex Smith and lettered by Emily Spura.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Steampunk Offers Alternate Reality


Zenescope has made its name offering more modern takes on famous fairy tales. That doesn't mean they can't take it back in time a little bit if the need arises. In Grimm Fairy Tales: Steampunk, that's exactly what Pat Shand, Annapaolo Martello and Robert Bevard are doing. There will also be various covers by the likes of Sean Chen, Richard Ortiz, Mike Krome and Renato Rei.

In an alternate Steampunk reality, Robyn Hood, Alice Liddle, Cinderella, Van Helsing, Nathan Cross and many other of the most popular Grimm Universe characters live in a stunning but dangerous world unlike any you’ve seen before. When a group of outlaws led by the infamous Robyn Locksley pulls off a major heist, her and her crew are hunted down by Shang, the local Sheriff, a mysterious assassin, and an extremely dangerous gangster who runs the town named Snow White.

Local comic shops are ordering Steampunk until January 4, 2016, so those interested in reserving a copy should contact their local retailer with the following Diamond Order codes: NOV151806, NOV151807, NOV151808 or NOV151809. Full press release below.

Valiant Teases 4001 A.D.


2016 is right around the corner. For Valiant, that means 4001 A.D. and all the action the series will bring.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Review - Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special 2015 (@IDWPublishing)


"It's no big deal. Just get a gift for whoever is on your slip."

Secret Santa exchanges are very hit or miss. The problem is that the person getting you something might not know you well enough to get you anything you'd actually enjoy. What compounds that problem even more is when your Secret Santa is from a rival band that you really can't stand to be around at all. Leave it to Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special 2015 from IDW Publishing to delve into that one for the holidays. The issue is written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Amy Mebberson, colored by M. Victoria Robado and lettered by Shawn Lee.

The Discipline Gets Seductive


Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez have big plans for a new look at seduction. This March, Image Comics displays those plans in The Discipline. In The Discipline #1 readers meet Melissa, one woman who—between fighting her sister and hating her husband—still finds time to fall in lust with a stranger who's an awful lot more than he seems. What appears to be a simple seduction is revealed as something much darker and more dangerous.

“This might be the edgiest story I've written,” said Milligan. “In most ‘erotic thrillers’ sex is the end-game, the objective. In The Discipline the erotic charge is simply a step towards something stranger, darker… beyond human.”

This controversial and erotically-charged tale of sex, death, and metamorphosis begins with an explosion of carnality and weirdness. The Discipline #1 (Diamond Code JAN160523) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, March 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, February 8th. Full press release below.

Future Gadgets Team Travels Through Time in Steins;Gate


Steins;Gate fans are keen on the series, offering a new spin on the well-worn concept of time travel. That popularity is sure to grow even more with UDON Entertainment planning to release the first two volumes in the series. Those volumes will be localized into English for the first time.

Anime and game fans have already fallen in love with Steins;Gate, a wildly successful, critically-acclaimed science-fiction thriller that provides a fresh, unique spin on the oft-explored subject of time travel. Now, the Steins;Gate phenomenon is set to spread like wildfire into the world of manga with UDON Entertainment’s release of the first two volumes in the series, localized into English for Western audiences for the very first time!

Based on the original game, the Steins;Gate manga begins with a vital question: what do you get when you cross a microwave with a cell phone? A time machine, of course! Thanks to this wacky experiment, self-proclaimed mad scientist Hououin Kyouma and his Future Gadgets team now have the ability to send text messages into the past. But will this incredible power to alter the past be used for personal gain, to change the world, or for something much more sinister? The answers to these questions as well as the unpredictable consequences of time travel are explored in Steins;Gate, a gripping science-fiction adventure with a comedic edge.

The first two volumes of Steins;Gate are available now in finer comic book shops, book stores and online retailers. Volume 3, the final in the series, is set for release in March 2016. Full press release below.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review - King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"I'll be content with a moment of peace...if the gods grant that it lasts so long."

Every good warrior comes to a point where they have to take a step back. Very few of those warriors get the benefit of retiring to a throne, but when you're Conan, you get slightly preferential treatment. King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1 from Dark Horse Comics is another entry in the series about the legend and it doesn't miss a beat. The issue is written by Timothy Truman, illustrated by Tomás Giorello, colored by José Villarrubia and lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft.

Colleen Doran Adapting Neil Gaiman's Troll Bridge


Neil Gaiman is nothing if not a prolific science-fiction writer. One of his works is Troll Bridge which Dark Horse is adapting with the help of artist Colleen Doran. Based on a story originally published in Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, Troll Bridge is a tragic coming-of-age fantasy masterpiece. The artwork of the inimitable Doran makes this book a gorgeous new addition to your Gaiman library.

“She showed me an unusual style that isn’t like classic comics. Her pencils are wonderful, layered full-color drawings. They’re subversive, more like children’s book illustrations from 50 years ago,” said Neil Gaiman in an exclusive interview with Publishers Weekly.

Troll Bridge tells the story of Jack, a young boy whose world was full of ghosts and ghouls, one of which—a ravenous and hideous troll—would haunt him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack’s fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all.

Troll Bridge is in stores September 14, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop. Full press release below.

Red Agent Takes Zenescope in Slightly Different Direction


Britney Waters doubles as Red Riding Hood in Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales universe. Come January 20, 2016, she'll find herself a little busier though. That's when Zenescope introduces Red Agent, a new series written by Lou Lovino, illustrated by Diego Galindo and colored by GROSTIETA. Covers will come courtesy of Mike Lilly, Caio Cacau, Jamie Tyndall, and Giuseppe Cafaro.

Red Riding Hood is recruited by a secret government agency to help take down a rogue organization that is determined to take out any and all Highborn threats across the globe. Using the codename Red Agent, Britney must infiltrate the mysterious organization and ultimately confront a seemingly unstoppable weapon called “Alpha”—a sadistic laboratory-enhanced warrior whose sole purpose is to seek and destroy. Don’t miss this brand new Grimm Universe spy series from Zenescope!

Local comic shops are ordering Red Agent until January 4th, 2015, for the January 20th 2016 release date. Full press release below.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review - Venus #1 (@boomstudios)


"Tomorrow, May 15th, 2150, is a day humanity will forever remember."

When humanity decides to completely wreck the planet, we'll need to find somewhere else to inhabit. It'll be a true space race at that point, with superpowers fighting to claim whatever corner of the galaxy they can for themselves. What we find on the other side remains to be seen, but BOOM! Studios has a pretty good idea in Venus #1. The issue is written by Rick Loverd, illustrated by Huang Danlan, colored by Marcio Menyz and lettered by Colin Bell.

UDON Entertainment Set to Deliver on Free Comic Book Day 2016


Free Comic Book Day 2016 will be here in a few months, but you're planning can start now. UDON Entertainment is throwing their name into the ring when it comes to free comics, offering up Street Fighter V #1 FCBD 2016 Special. With three exclusive stories by Ken Siu-Chong and Matt Moylan brought to life by sumptuous art from Edwin Huang, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, and Brendon Tapper, Street Fighter V #1 FCBD 2016 Special is a perfect way to highlight the celebrated publisher’s third year participating in Free Comic Book Day.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of UDON’s recent launch of the new Street Fighter Unlimited monthly comic series and this one-shot special is sure to give fans a tantalizing glimpse of the intense action and dynamic artwork the Street Fighter comics have to offer. This special will mark the first-ever comic appearances of Street Fighter V newcomers like Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter Laura and Middle Eastern parkour master Rashid, as well as the return of longtime favorites like Charlie Nash and Karin Kanzuki.

Street Fighter V #1 FCBD 2016 Special is sure to deliver the hard-hitting goods as classic World Warriors collide with no-nonsense newcomers in a one-two Dragon Punch of Street Fighter fun! The comic will be available for FREE at comic book shops everywhere on May 7th, 2016. Full press release below.

Dark Horse Sets Date for World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1


Blizzard Entertainment knows a thing or two about worlds full of warcraft. Dark Horse Comics is big on publishing art books that detail the history of those worlds. The two make a great combination in joining to release World of Warcraft®: Chronicle Volume 1. On March 15, World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 will hit shelves, taking readers on a journey through an age of myth and legend long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft lore reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

“World of Warcraft: Chronicle is the first in a series of books that attempts to codify, tighten up, and clarify the history of Warcraft,” said Chris Metzen, Blizzard Entertainment senior vice president of story and franchise development. “People often ask why lore is important. The lore, the storytelling of Warcraft is something that we’ve really tried to work on and hone over the years as an integral part of the fantasy you’re playing through. When it catches you, it’s something you want to keep coming back to over and over.”

This beautiful hardcover book features over twenty full-page illustrations by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee and is the first in a multipart series exploring the Warcraft universe, from its distant past to the current era. Volume 1 covers the creation of the Warcraft universe up to the story of the original Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 goes on sale March 15, 2016, in comic shops and bookstores.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review - Transformers Holiday Special 2015 (@IDWPublishing)


"This isn't Santa on a mission The whole world spanin'...it's a Decepticon warlord with an armed fusion cannon!"

The holidays are all about bringing together families. Your brother and that one uncle that never seems to get along. Warring siblings. Autobots and Decepticons. Yes, even Transformers get the chance to enjoy the holidays and their tales are recounted in Transformers Holiday Special 2015 from IDW Publishing. "Choose Me" is written by Marghread Scott, illustrated by Colin Howell and colored by Thomas Deer, "Silent Light" is written by James Roberts, illustrated by Kotteri and colored by Joanna Lafuente and "The Thirteenth Day of Christmas" is written by John Barber and illustrated by Josh Burcham.

Dark Horse Explores Worlds of Broken Age


Dark Horse Books and Double Fine Productions is getting together for something good. That good is a look into the worlds of Broken Age in The Art of Broken Age. With Broken Age, adventure-gaming auteur Tim Schafer returned for the first time in sixteen years to the genre that he helped create, and after a historic, record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, the full adventure is here in all its beautiful, hand-painted glory.

The Art of Broken Age features hundreds of pieces of art, along with commentary from the notable voices of director Tim Schafer, lead artist Nathan “Bagel” Stapley, concept artists Peter Chan and Scott Campbell, art director Lee Petty, and more. Both standard and limited editions of the book will be available for purchase and Kickstarter backers who pledged early will receive a special backer edition with an exclusive signed tip-in plate from the artists.

The Art of Broken Age is in stores May 25, 2016. Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Launches Power Rangers Publishing Program


The early 90s were full of a block full of new kids, pants with a propensity to get puffy and a rash of aliens invading Earth. The latter-most feature prompted the rise of teenagers imbued with special powers fighting back in Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The iconic franchise has been around for more than 22 years and this January, BOOM! Studios is partnering with Saban Brands to prolong its life a little longer. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 by Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya will be the first in a new series.

“We’ve been teasing this launch for a while now, so it’s nice to finally unveil some of the big plans we have in store for the fans,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’ve worked to create something that is fun and fresh, yet still carries the authenticity of the original Power Rangers series we grew up loving and continue to be fans of today. We’re exploring one of our favorite Ranger’s toughest times and doing it in a way that we, as fans ourselves, are excited to dig deeper into.”

Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers make their BOOM! Studios comic debut in this kick-off #0 issue, which sets the stage for the rest of the series. After escaping Rita Repulsa’s mind control, Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger, joins the rest of the Power Rangers to combat her never-ending evil plans. Any semblance of a normal life is now gone for Tommy, but with his newfound family there lies hope for a brighter path. This issue also includes the short story from the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics by Mairghread Scott and Daniel Bayliss and the first installment of a Bulk and Skull-centric adventure by Steve Orlando and Corin Howell.

“The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers served as a launching pad for the now global Power Rangers franchise and it’s been exciting to see it come full circle through our partnership with BOOM! Studios,” said Marcy George, VP of Global Consumer Product for Saban Brands. “BOOM! has brought on notable artists, including Paul Pope and Kevin Wada, to bring to life these iconic characters. It will be fascinating for fans to explore completely new adventures through the comic books and learn more about the original team of Power Rangers.”

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 arrives in comic shops on January 13th for $3.99 under Diamond Order code NOV151136. There will be a collection of seven intermixed Ranger covers by Spectrum Award-Nominated artist Goñi Montes, including the 1-in-50 Green Ranger cover and the ultra rare 1-in-100 White Ranger cover. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is December 21st. Full press release below.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Review - Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"Well, Peachers. Here we are."

It's hard enough surviving a town ravaged by destruction to not have to contend with superheroes turned villains. Those superheroes still have their own agendas, some of which likely involve nefarious plots and schemes. All of the above are the impetus behind Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Gail Simone, illustrated by J. Calafiore, colored by Jason Wright and lettered by Dave Sharpe

Dark Horse to Publish Official Guide to Masters of the Universe Cartoon


Dark Horse is big on releasing art books. One of their more recent releases--The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe--was a bonafide hit. Now, Dark Horse is teaming up with Mattel to deliver another quality book in 2016 in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures. Written by He-Man and She-Ra expert James Eatock, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures also features never-before-seen Bruce Timm artwork and reveals Orko’s face for the first time!

From 1983 to 1987, He-Man and his twin sister She-Ra entranced a generation of boys and girls all around the word with their animated adventures, offering not only cartoon excitement but also important moral guidance. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present the first-ever official companion to the classic series, featuring nearly 600 pages of fascinating story synopses, behind-the-scenes artwork, and trivia for every single episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures is in stores August 17, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop. Full press release below.

Aspen Comics Announces New Direction


Free Comic BooK Day 2016 is months away, but Aspen Comics is taking the day to celebrate new decisions. The publisher's free offering--Worlds of Aspen 2016--will serve as a precursor to an all-new summer crossover event combining Aspen’s two flagship titles, Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, for the first time ever. For over a dozen years since its inception, Aspen Comics fans have experienced both titles as standalone properties existing in separate universes. Now, however, the publisher is listening to overwhelming fan response and merging both worlds into one cohesive universe—with more titles soon to follow. Aspen has also debuted a new Aspen Comics logo, cover dressing and branding to coincide with this new direction for the publisher.

Joshua Hale Fialkov and J.T. Krul are teaming up to write the offering, Worlds of Aspen 2016, a new Free Comic Book Day 2016 exclusive zero issue kicking off the crossover, to be followed by the event series beginning in June 2016, along with more news to be revealed. Artist Jordan Gunderson of Aspen’s The Four Points and Executive Assistant: Assassins titles will take on art duties for the event. Aspen’s Worlds of Aspen 2016 will be available at all participating stores on Free Comic Book Day, May 4th, 2016, and will be supported with multiple trade paperbacks and related products to be announced by the publisher in the coming months.

Full press release below.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Presents 2015 Giant-Size Realm Knights (@Zenescope)


"So. Welcome to Arcane Acre."

Magic schools may differ from place to place, but one thing they all seem to have in common is their propensity for serving as ground-zero for battles. Arcane Acre in Grimm Fairy Tales Presents 2015 Giant-Size Realm Knights from Zenescope doesn't change that. The issue is written by Jeff Massey, illustrated by Marc Rosette and Ferran Sellares, colored by Valentina Cuomo and lettered by Ghost Glyph Studios.

Gingerdead Man Stalks Readers


That terrible looking fellow above is the Gingerdead Man. Action Lab Entertainment has decided he should get his own comic book, which is why they're teaming up with Full Moon Features to announce The Gingerdead Man: Baking Bad. And yes, it is based on the movie starring Gary Busey. The first issue, The Gingerdead Man: Baking Bad #1 was maniacally written by comic book veteran, Brockton McKinney with art by Sergio Rios and variant covers by the creator of Zombie Tramp, Dan Mendoza.

Danger Zone publisher Jason Martin adds, “We here at Action Lab are fans of the Full Moon Features properties, and we knew that once we had the rights to publish Puppet Master comics, we also needed to bring some of Full Moon’s other fabulous gonzo creations to the comic book world. Gingerdead Man is one such concept begging to be further unleashed, and Brockton McKinney is the perfect man for the job!”

There is a new designer drug on the streets, and it’s called Confection! It’s so powerful that it has to be baked into a culinary treat. When a gang of drug dealers take over the abandoned Betty’s Bakery, all pastry-hell breaks loose when they use a leftover box of baking ingredients containing the remaining ashes of deceased crazed murderer, Millard Findlemeyer, unwittingly unleashing that cookie of doom: The Gingerdead Man!

The Gingerdead Man: Baking Bad will be available in stores starting with issue one on February 3rd, 2016. The book is open for pre-order now, and comes with three covers; regular (DEC150925), Mendoza variant (DEC150926) and a Masuimi Max risqué photo variant (DEC15092)--both variants are limited to only 1,500 copies each). Full press release below.

Humble Bundle Celebrates Ten Years of BOOM! Studios


It's been a solid ten years for BOOM! Studios. The publisher has assembled an array of comics, bought Archaia and has many of their properties primed for film and television. What better way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the publisher than with a Humble Bundle? In Humble Comics Bundle: 10 Years of BOOM!, customers can pay what they want for Irredeemable Vol. 1 - 2, Bee and Puppycat Vol. 1, Steed and Mrs. Peel: A Very Civil Armageddon Vol. 1, RoboCop Vol. 1, Sons of Anarchy Vol. 1, Bravest Warriors Vol. 1 + 2, Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 - 6, Hacktivist Vol. 1, Lumberjanes Vol. 1 and Clive Barker's Hellraiser Masterpieces Vol. 1.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #1 - 3, Steed and Mrs. Peel Vol. 2 - 3, RoboCop Vol. 2 + 3, Sons of Anarchy Vol. 2 + 3, Bravest Warriors Vol. 3 - 5, Hacktivist Vol. 2, Clive Barker's Hellraiser Masterpieces Vol. 2, Bee and Puppycat #5 - 9, RoboCop: Dead or Alive Vol. 1 and Lumberjanes Vol. 2. In addition, customers who pay $15 or more receive all of the above plus RoboCop: Dead or Alive #5 - 12, RoboCop: The Human Element, Sons of Anarchy #15 - 25, Irredeemable Vol. 3 - 7, Bravest Warriors #21 - 36, Lumberjanes #9 - 20 and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus (#1 - 24).

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—between BOOM!, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and, if you'd like, a second charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what we do, you can leave us a Humble Tip too. Humble Comics Bundle: 10 Years of BOOM! will last until December 30, 2015. Full press release below.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review - Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1 (@IDWPublishing)


"Inviting unwarranted speculation is illogical."

Star Trek is one of the most enduring science-fiction franchises around. The property continues to find new ways to offer elaborate takes on what we believe to be out there among the stars. The franchise was rebooted on film a few years ago and now IDW Publishing is offering readers more in regards to that movie in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1. The issue is written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott, illustrated by Derek Charm and lettered by Neil Uyetake.

Injection Dishes Out New Story Arc


Injection continues its ongoing status as a series in January with a brand new story arc. Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire start off the new arc in New York in Injection #6 where consulting detective Vivek Headland takes on a case that quickly invokes a murderous sandwich.

“Injection #6 begins a new five-part volume. Volume 1 was largely about Professor Maria Kilbride dealing with ancient supernatural horrors. Starting here, Volume 2 is mostly about consulting detective Vivek Headland in New York City, dealing with the mysterious theft of a ghost. And also human ham,” said Ellis. “Eventually, the entire Injection team, the five eccentric geniuses of the old Cultural Cross-Contamination Unit, will be involved in a weird crime story that may also explain more about the Injection itself—the haunted artificial intelligence committing horrors in the dark.”

“With the focus of Injection shifting to Vivek Headland in Volume 2, the scope of the story becomes much wider,” said Shalvey. “An unconventional mystery warrants Vivek's attention as some of the old team arrive in New York. If Volume 1 could be described as a strange sci-fi story, Volume 2 could be described as a strange crime story. Being Injection, of course, the emphasis is on strange.”

Injection #6 Cover A by Shalvey and Bellaire (Diamond code: NOV150509) hits stores Wednesday, January 13th. Injection #6 Cover B by Shalvey and Bellaire (Diamond code: NOV150510) will also be available Wednesday, January 13th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, December 21st. Full press release below.

Free Comic Book Day 2016 Line-Up Announced


The bastion of getting people into comic book stores returns on May 7, 2016, in Free Comic Book Day. The latest iteration of the fan-friendly event is aiming to be bigger and better in 2016. Retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee chose 50 titles overall, 12 Gold Sponsor Comics and 38 Silver Sponsor comics to provide fans a wide range of stories to choose from as well as new genres and publishers to discover. Titles from this year’s Silver comics include The Pink Panther, Grumpy Cat (And Pokey!), Strawberry Shortcake, Sanjay and Craig, Assassin's Creed, March, Spongebob and more.

“We have an incredible selection of Silver comics for fans for Free Comic Book Day this year, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary of the event than with such a diverse range of titles for readers of all ages,” said FCBD Marketing Director Dan Manser. “Free Comic Book Day is such an important day for celebrating fans and their local comic shops, as well as introducing new readers to comics. Our Silver level supporters have really helped make this year special with such an interesting selection of titles.”

A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles can be found in the January issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 23rd, 2015, and online at www.freecomicbookday.com. Full press release and comic list below.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review - Lone Wolf 2100 #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


"Steady. Be brave."

An android is a good friend to have. They blend together some aspects of both humans and robots, creating a being that can be sympathetic at points and calculating at others. Relying on an android at the end of the world is something else entirely though, yet that's what Dark Horse Comics is doing in Lone Wolf 2100 #1. The issue is written by Eric Heisserer, illustrated by Miguel Sepulveda and colored by Javier Mena.

Labyrinth Proves to Be the Ultimate Trap for the Eternal Warrior


Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #7 is setting up to be kind of a big deal for its title character. Mainly because Robert Venditti and Juan Jose Rype are preparing to put the pressure on him in "Labyrinth." The issue also marks the return of artist Raul Allen to the work. The road to "Labyrinth" starts with a two-part prelude in Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #5.

“With LABYRINTH, Robert Venditti is seizing upon one of the great, untapped characters of the original Valiant Universe and bringing them roaring into the modern day,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Soon, the entire Valiant Universe is going to meet this dark inversion of history’s greatest warrior – a figure that has thrived on horror, grief, and injustice while Gilad upheld duty, honor, and righteousness throughout the ages. It’s brutal, it’s terrifying, and it’s going to cast one of Valiant’s most important heroes into an all-new light.”

Across six millennia, Gilad Anni-Padda – an immortal warrior sworn to forever serve the Earth – has felled zealots and madmen, emperors and tyrants in the course of his duty. But nothing he’s faced yet can prepare him to run the "LABYRINTH" – a miles-long maze of horrors specifically designed to undermine his every strength, enhance his every weakness…and to send him screaming into the darkness of death at every turn. But what kind of brilliant but twisted psyche could have possibly conceived such a monument to terror…and for how many centuries have they plotted to break the mind and body of history’s most formidable soldier? The answer lies at the heart of the "LABYRINTH" itself…and as Gilad endures a gauntlet of cutting-edge technology and sharpened steel, he’ll soon discover why the merciless figure known only as THE DYING MAN has singled the Eternal Warrior out for the ultimate deathtrap. He will run. He will suffer. And when his ordeal is ended, the Eternal Warrior’s place in the Valiant Universe will be forever altered by the cruel implements of his enemy’s "LABYRINTH"!

Full press release below.

Four Eyes Blazes on in New Story Arc


Joe Kelly and Max Fiumara are all about new story arcs. And that's just what they're setting up to offer in Four Eyes from Man of Action this Janaury. To this point, readers have met Enrico, a young boy in an alternate 1930’s New York. The untimely passing of his father left him the man of the house, a duty he took quite seriously—seriously enough to step into his father’s shoes as a dragon hunter. But though he tried to be a killer, he ended up bringing home a baby dragon.

“Now that we've set up the players, Max and I really get to dive into the universe and the characters,” said Kelly. “In the first story arc, we fell in love with Enrico and the gothic world he's inhabiting. In Hearts of Fire, we start to see just what effect this world of underground fighting, gangsters, and monsters has on a young boy. This is the beginning of a dark ride for Enrico, Four Eyes and Fawkes...my favorite kind.”

“The world of dragon fighting will be central, and it’s going to hit Enrico really hard,” added Fiumara. “I can't wait to see readers’ hearts broken again!”

Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1 (Diamond code: NOV150484) hits stores Wednesday, January 6th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is today—Monday, December 14th. Full press release below.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review - To A Pulp #1


"And he's just the latest one, Atlas."

Heroes rise and fall. Villains rise and fall. It's pretty clear what they have in common. To A Pulp from Pantheon Comics delves a little deeper into both sides of the parallel. The issue is written by Bobby Simpson and J. Luke Pham, illustrated by George Kambadias, colored by Simpson and lettered by Micah Myers.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties Get Dark Horse Adaptation


If you find yourself having difficulty talking to girls at parties fear not! In June 2016, Dark Horse will offer a graphic novel adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The original work is an award-winning Neil Gaiman short story and the work is getting the graphic novel treatment by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Originally published in Gaiman’s Fragile Things: Short Fiction and Wonders, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” quickly became a celebrated work, receiving a nomination for a 2007 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and winning the Locus Award for Best Short Story the same year.

“They have a storytelling aesthetic where [depicting] body language is everything. The story is all about what’s in the narrators’ heads, so it can be very hard to do that in comics. It’s incredibly enjoyable to write a story and see them make it real,” said Neil Gaiman in an exclusive interview with Publishers Weekly.

In How to Talk to Girls at Parties, two teenage boys are in for a tremendous shock when they crash a party where the girls are far more than they appear! How to Talk to Girls at Parties is in stores June 15, 2016. Full press release below.

ComixTribe Annoucnes Chum


One of the tenets of going to the beach is when you see a fin floating above the water, get back to land. Sharks make short work of anyone bold enough to stick around. Sharks rally to chum in the water--a fact that ComixTribe is using to its advantage. Their new series Chum by Ryan K Lindsay and Sami Kivela tells a surf noir story straight off the drugstore paperback rack that will ruin your faith in people, and keep you away from the water. Each issue of the series features a standard cover by Kivela and a limited variant cover by industry stars and upcoming talent.

"I've long loved terse, brutal, pulp pop crime stories," said Lindsay. "With one foot in taut paperback vintage like old dime stores delivered and the other foot deep in decades of high quality neo noir comics, CHUM is my flag in this fertile blood soaked ground."

Chum is about Summer Stanwyck, a woman who feels trapped. She tends bar on the island she grew up on, the local cop is about to become her ex-husband, and she’s wasting time screwing the local reefer kingpin. But when a bag full of cash and drugs falls into her lap, she sees a way out... and anyone who gets in her way is shark bait.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Sami and Ryan to bring this story to the comic book shelves," said publisher Tyler James. "CHUM is something completely new and different for ComixTribe, but thoroughly inline with the level of quality our readers have come to expect from our titles. Ryan and Sami have crafted a killer book."

"It’s been a huge privilege to work again with such a talented and hard-working writer and gentleman as Ryan," said Kivela. "As a big fan of crime comics, I’ve truly enjoyed illustrating every panel of this thrilling beach noir story. Can’t wait for readers to experience what happens on Kingsford Island."

Full press release below.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Review - Agent 1.22 #0


"Assimilating the human concept of parenting is a complex process...but I am learning."

One day our android overlords will enslave us. Until that day though, there's the potential for the androids for serve and protect. Those stories are pretty interesting in their own right and DMP Publishing has one in Agent 1.22 #0. The issue is written by Stephen Nilson and Drew Garber, illustrated by Douglas Shuler, layouts by Garber and Shuler and lettered by Charles Pritchett.

Time's Up for The Last Contract


Getting clear of your past is a difficult task for anyone. Ed Brisson and Lisandro Estherren turn the tables on a retired hitman in their original noir limited series The Last Contract, coming this January from BOOM! Studios.

“Ed has taken a genre we’re already huge fans of and given it a twist, taking a hitman who’s well past his prime and forcing him to jump back into the game,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Lisandro’s noirish art couldn’t be a better fit for The Last Contract; this is our first time working with him and he’s proved to be a major talent right out of the gate.”

A retired, 80-year-old hitman, known only as “The Man,” is forced back into the game when a list of his kills is leaked by a mysterious blackmailer. The list makes targets out of anyone associated with one of the The Man’s previous jobs, not to mention The Man himself. As he fights to protect those the list exposes, The Man sets off to uncover the identity of the blackmailer so he can move on with his new life once and for all, but will the truth ruin those chances forever?

The Last Contract #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on January 6th with a main cover by Estherren for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV151138. Also available in a limited quality is a retailer incentive cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 14th. Full press release below.

Remains Discovered in Death Follows


Cullen Bunn has made his fair share of contributions to comics. Not all of it has seen the light of day, which is why Dark Horse is releasing Death Follows. Originally debuting digitally through Monkeybrain as The Remains, Death Follows is horrifically and beautifully realized by A. C. Zamudio and Carlos Nicolas Zamudio. The print collection contains the original prose story by Cullen Bunn and a new cover by Simon Bisley.

“Death Follows is the darkest story I’ve written. It’s a supernatural horror tale set in rural North Carolina, the story of a mysterious farmhand who shows up at a struggling farm looking for work—and brings a nightmarish cycle of events with him,” remarked Bunn. “It starts with a simple (if somewhat strange) line: ‘The dead rats danced the day the hired man came around.’”

Birdie, her sister, their pregnant mother, and their frail father all live together on a struggling farm. When an itinerant farmhand named Cole comes to their aid, the children should be relieved. Instead, they find their lives spiraling into nightmare, as Cole regards Birdie’s sister with menacing desire. To make matters much worse, wherever he goes, the dead grow restless. As the horror threatens to consume her home and her family, Birdie is haunted by a chilling warning: Some secrets are meant only for the dead.

“The mystery and dread build to a horrific conclusion. It’s the stuff of nightmares, to be sure. I think readers of Harrow County will absolutely love this book,” added Bunn.

Death Follows is in stores May 25, 2016. Full press release below.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Review - Snow Blind #1 (@BOOMStudios)


"She gave him a look, hard as diamonds, the revolver held tight in her hand."

Great works of literature share many characteristics, one of which is memorable lines. Those lines stand out amongst a myriad of others within the work to make a great story. Whatever the subject of the story is, infusing with references to other works always does a good job in piquing the interest of the reader. That's exactly what Snow Blind #1 from BOOM! Studios does. The issue is written by Ollie Masters, illustrated by Tyler Jenkins and lettered by Colin Bell.

Valiant Future Determined in 4001 AD


Never a stranger to big crossovers, Valiant is always looking to raise the bar. Their biggest crossover to date is poised to hit stores next summer and fans looking to learn more about 4001 A.D. will get a sneek peak in the Valiant: 4001 A.D. FCBD Special on Free Comic Book Day. The story there will serve as a prologue to 4001 A.D. #1, written by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Clayton Crain.

"The year 4001 has always been a vital component of the Valiant Universe but, now, for the first time, we'll finally be pulling back to reveal the true scale of this world and the wildly diverse cast of heroes that inhabit it," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have pushed themselves to design a story that is positively brimming with crazy-mad energy, continent-sized ideas and unthinkable potential. From cosmic beings and sentient cities to post-apocalyptic warrior kings and cybernetic samurai, 4001 A.D. will see the Valiant heroes pushed beyond the threshold and into territory far beyond anything we have ever attempted before."

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father's control. A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan's justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father's existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father's kingdom… Exiled from the only realm he's ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth. Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Geomancer! Armstrong! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins in 4001 A.D.!

"Over the past two years, Matt and Clayton have defied all expectations with their epic and acclaimed work on RAI. Now, they're expanding that vision to include not just one hero, but dozens for a James Cameron-meets-Jack Kirby vision of Valiant's future and RAI's incredibly important place at its epicenter," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "As always, everyone at Valiant – from our writers to our artists to our editorial team – is challenging themselves to ensure that 4001 A.D. lives up to Valiant's growing reputation for creating the highest-quality and most accessible event comics anywhere in the industry today."

Full press release below.

Grimm Fairy Tales Gets Caffeinated


The latest trend in comics is to find a relatively obscure property, secure film rights to it, make the movie and get credit for being original. It's not often that a coffee shop teams up with a publisher to launch a joint effort. Coffee Shop of Horrors is doing just that, teaming up with Zenescope to provide specially flavored coffees based on their Grimm Fairy Tales series.

“We’re happy we could embrace a company that complimented our horror themes for our first foray into food and beverage licensing! It was a great opportunity for us to develop a Krampus blend in conjunction with our 2015 Robyn Hood Holiday Special, allowing us another avenue to celebrate with our fans and their families," said Jennifer Bermel, Head of Licensing & Business Development.

Based out of Montverde, Florida, Coffee Shop of Horrors is aligned with the largest private importer of green coffee beans on the U.S. East Coast to procure: Grade A, single source, fair trade, and organic beans, roasted with all-natural oils and extracts. Providing the best-tasting and highest quality coffees, they offer a variety of terrifying, whimsically horrific, and fantastical labels which now include:

Krampus Yuletide Terror - Ethiopian Harrar
Harrar Arabica beans, processed naturally, will produce a distinct berry note; and this Ethiopian Harrar has a strong dry edge, winy-to-fruit-like acidity, rich aroma, and a heavy body. One can observe an intense aroma of blueberries, blackberries, and dark chocolate in this holiday blend.

Show White's Enchanted Apple - Apple Strudel
Starting with green Columbian Supremo coffee beans—noted for their medium body, bright acidity, fruit notes, chocolate and caramel notes, as well as a balanced taste with a clean finish—this blend is roasted to taste of fresh apple and warm cinnamon, with a vanilla glaze.

Full press release below.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review - The Precinct #1 (@DynamiteComics)


"We'll always keep our monsters hidden in the dark. It's just the nature a' things."

Steampunk technology is a great literary device, as it taps into a bit of history and spins it with some more fanciful trappings. It's a great setting for some works of fiction--works such as The Precinct #1 from Dynamite Comics. The issue is written by Frank J. Barbiere, illustrated by Crizam Chisthian Zamora, colored by Dinei Ribeiro and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Bitch Planet Returns in Force


Bitch Planet is on the verge of getting lonely. Not that it'll lose readers, but that writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Taki Soma will launch a special stand-alone issue this January. Previously in Bitch Planet #6, a new crop of non-compliants settled in for their stay on the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost. When a small group was offered a chance to earn their freedom, they took it, knowing the odds would be stacked against them at every turn. Meiko Maki’s past is uncovered: how she went from promising engineer to killer—and the ace up her sleeve.

“I’ve wanted to work with Taki since we met, and Val and I were so pleased when she agreed to take on Bitch Planet,” said DeConnick. “Her art style matches Meiko’s personality, I think. There’s a vulnerability to it, an honesty, buffered with a sense of humor—which I think is critical for this title. And that’s not an easy thing to balance. Val makes it look effortless, but it’s not. Taki was able to step into our world and meld beautifully, and at the same time, entirely be herself.”

She added, "After lengthy discussions between ourselves, we’ve decided to run this issue with the following content advisory: 'The following is a flashback issue, covering the events that lead to Meiko Maki's incarceration. It contains plot elements and images relating to sexual assault. The creators encourage you to evaluate your comfort level before deciding to proceed. Bitch Planet's main narrative will resume next month with Issue 7. The series recap therein will not recount the assault.’ It’s similar to the tack we’ve taken with racial epithets—these things have to exist in the world of Bitch Planet, we have to talk about them, but we’re trying to figure out a way to do it that isn’t exploitative, that doesn’t contribute to trauma.”

"I gotta say, this has been a dream project,” said Soma. “In this particular issue, you really GET where Meiko Maki comes from in a way that's integral to the overall Bitch Planet title. If that doesn't excite you, let me just say that I feel sad for you and may I suggest that you look into your pet's eyes and hug it a lot."

Bitch Planet #6 (Diamond code: NOV150504) hits stores Wednesday, January 6th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, December 14th. Full press release below.

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 Kicks Off New Monthly Series


Street Fighter Unlimited is winding down as a series for UDON Entertainment. That doesn't mean such a good thing will end though, as Street Fighter Unlimited #1 is now available for purchase. And it's the first-ever UDON comic to receive a “day-and-date” digital release alongside the physical book. UDON has also partnered with several comic and video game stores to provide a slew of retailer-exclusive variant covers for Street Fighter Unlimited #1, giving fans who opt for the physical book plenty of gorgeous art to choose from. The retailers who will be offering these exciting variant covers include Amazing Comic Cons, AOD Collectables, Books-A-Million, GAME, GameStop, Heroes Haven, Newbury Comics and Strange Adventures.

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 – and every issue of the ongoing series thereafter – will ship with two standard covers courtesy of fan-favorite digital painter Genzoman and beloved UDON artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz. Even more excitingly, Chamba’s covers will all connect to form one massive 12-part image showcasing all the playable characters from every Street Fighter game ever – over 60 characters in total!. The release of Street Fighter Unlimited #1 kicks off a thrilling, all-new story for the beloved World Warriors, brought to you by the main creative team of writer Ken Siu-chong and artist Joe Ng. This first issue also features a bonus backup story by fan-favorite writer/artist duo Jim Zub and Edwin Huang.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review - The Eighth Seal #1 (@IDWPublishing)


"I have more stooories to tell you!"

Being the President of the United States is no easy gig, yet lots of people want to do it. Being married to POTUS has its own challenges, none of which are made any easier when you're hallucinating demons eating those all around you. IDW Publishing likes that story and is telling it in The Eighth Seal #1. The issue is written by James Tynion IV, penciled/inked by Jeremy Rock, colored by Nolan Woodard and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Dark Horse Comics Announces First Graphic Novel from Margaret Atwood


Dark Horse Comics has something big to announce: Angel Catbird will be published by them in fall 2016. That's a pretty big deal, mainly because it's the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood. The work pairs Atwood with Johnnie Christmas to tell the story of an unusual superhero over the course of three all-ages graphic novels. The project is being published in tandem with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in the country.

“I have concocted a superhero who is part cat, part bird. Due to some spilled genetic Super-Splicer, our hero got tangled up with both a cat and an owl; hence his fur and feathers, and his identity problems,” said Atwood.

“Margaret Atwood has created a bold and unforgettable new character, paying homage to both classic pulp heroes and traditional comic book origin stories,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse’s publisher and president. “We’re proud to bring Margaret’s Angel Catbird here to Dark Horse, since it is exactly the kind of creator-owned graphic novel we are committed to publishing."

“What should you expect from Angel Catbird? Imagine, if you will, a strange mix of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Grant Morrison and Chas Truog’s Animal Man, and Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s Squirrel Girl,” said acquiring editor Daniel Chabon. “Angel Catbird is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired story. And the only other thing I can tell you at this early date is to expect a lot of cat puns.”

“I wanted to find an artist whose style Margaret liked, and who I felt comfortable working with and who shared the vision for the project,” said consulting editor Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls), who brought Angel Catbird to Dark Horse. “Johnnie Christmas is, by all accounts, a perfect fit.”

“It’s tremendously exciting to work with one of the great contemporary novelists,” said Johnnie Christmas. “I can’t wait for readers to experience the world of Angel Catbird that we’re building. It’s got warmth, heart, humor, and lots of action.”

Angel Catbird will be a three-volume series of 6 x 9–inch full-color trade paperbacks priced at $10.99 each. More information about the Angel Catbird graphic novels and Nature Canada’s campaign will be released in 2016. Full press release below.

Bloodshot Reborn 2016 Annual Offers Massive Showdown


Bloodshot is a big deal to Valiant Universe. So big, in fact, that the publisher is giving him his first-ever annual in March 2016 in Bloodshot Reborn 2016 Annual #1. The 64-page extravaganza will be written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Kano. Not only that, but it also features an all-star cast of special guest stars including Ray Fawkes, Michel Fiffe & Benjamin Marra, Paul Maybury and more!

Terror doesn't wait for Friday at Camp Silver Lake in an extra-sized tale of summertime mayhem. A masked menace has stalked this camp for years, but what happens when one unstoppable killing machine comes up against another? Bloodshot is about to bring his bloody brand of justice to the quiet shores of Silver Lake to take on America's most notorious slasher! Then, from his classified past to the post-apocalyptic future of "THE ANALOG MAN" and featuring the first glimpses of major milestones coming for Bloodshot in 2016 and beyond, duck and cover when the BLOODSHOT REBORN 2016 ANNUAL #1 reveals 64 pages of never-before-told tales for Valiant's nanite-enhanced agent of destruction!

Full press release below.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Van Helsing Year 10 One-Shot (@Zenescope)


"Well, let us say I've never been confused with a proper Englishwoman."

Van Helsing is one of the most formidable vampire hunters in all of history. In Grimm Fairy Tales Van Helsing Year 10 One-Shot, she doesn't shy away from her talents in traveling through time and space to protect those close to her. The issue is written by David Wohl, illustrated by Anthony Spay, colored by Jorge Cortes and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Preview - The Complete Voodoo


The olden days of comics were filled with exaggerated tales of terror, suspense and adventure. There's a kitschy appeal to those works which is something IDW certainly knows about. That's why they're releasing The Complete Voodoo with stories by a variety of writers and art by Matt Baker and the Iger Shop. Filled with lurid pulp-fiction comics like “Zombie Bride,” “The Weird Dead” and “The Crawling Horror.” This large format, full-color book of terrors, is the first of three volumes and has a fear-filled and fascinating introduction by Mike “The Worst of Eerie Publications” Howlett.

The Complete Voodoo is in stores December 9.

Viz Media Announces Release of The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar


For the Magic: The Gathering fan in your life, there's a plethora of options available to them. VIZ Media and Wizards of the Coast are about to add one more option to the list in The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar. Set to debut on January 5th, 2016, The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar is a hefty 240-page book that features full color illustrations from some of Magic's best artists, such as Aleksi Briclot and Adam Paquette, as well as in-depth lore written by bestselling author James Wyatt. The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar will be available in print from VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint and will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $45.99 CAN.

“Magic players and fans of fantasy art will love the breathtaking art and detailed lore that celebrates the rich and imaginative geography and inhabitants of Zendikar,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director. “The new release is also an ideal complement to the Battle for Zendikar game set and will give players greater insight and background about this strange and often deadly world.”

This massive hardcover art book features incredible images depicting the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering. Explore the tumultuous world of Zendikar, a land fraught with perils, and join the fight for survival as the fragments of civilization confront the unnatural Eldrazi. Follow in the footsteps of heroic Planeswalkers as they combine their unique talents, forming the Gatewatch to overcome the greatest threats the Multiverse has ever known. The secrets of Zendikar—its peoples, continents, and creatures—are ready for fans to discover! Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. In the game’s newest release, Battle for Zendikar, Magic returns to the fan-favorite world of Zendikar, where united tribes of elves, vampires, and humans battle the monstrous Eldrazi across strange floating ruins and beautiful landscapes.

Full press release below.