Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review - Bedlam #1

The world is full of psychopaths, all of whom are seeking some perverse joy in life that doesn't exist for others. Their chaotic nature makes for nothing but unpredictability and it's that chaos that leads to Bedlam #1 from Image Comics.

The issue is written by Nick Spencer, with art by Riley Rossmo, colors by Jean-Paul Csuka and letters by Kelly Tindall.

Disney Buys Lucasfilms

Walt Disney is buying Lucasfilms to the tune of 4 billion dollars. Now only that, they're also planning to release a new Star Wars movie (Episode VII) in 2015. I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Aall I have to say is wow. Over the past few years, with the addition of Marvel and now Lucasfilms, Disney is positioning themselves to be a powerhouse in pop/geek culture for many years to come.

News of another Star Wars movie might be the meatiest part of the whole deal. This is news that every--if not most, myself included--Star Wars fans have been waiting to hear ever since they rereleased the original trilogy back in 1997 for the 20th anniversary. I remember when they announced the prequel movies how exciting and awesome it was too see more Star Wars movies on the big screen.

Review - Ronin 47 #1

Japan is rife with history. A history steeped heavily in tradition and honor, best exemplified by the code of the samurai. It's that code which led to the legend of the 47 Ronin and their years-long mission to avenge their disgraced master. That tale will now see new light as a comic from Dark Horse Comics called 47 Ronin #1.

The issue is written by Mike Richardson, with art by Stan Sakai, colors by Lovern Kindzierski and letters by Tom Orzechowski and Louis Buhalis.

BOOM! Studios Returning to Long Beach Comic and Horror Con 2012

Start making your schedule for Long Beach Comic and Horror Con 2012, as it's here this weekend. On publisher you can count on being on hand is BOOM! Studios (booth #301) and they'll be featuring two exclusive variant covers for Bravest Warriors #1 and Supurbia #1.

Joining the BOOM!ers at the booth throughout the weekend will be special guest, Russell Dauterman. Additionally, the publisher will be bringing a ton of trades and single issues, as well as hosting the BOOM! Studios/KABOOM!/BOOM! Town Panel on
Saturday, November 3rd, from 2:00 PM to 3:00PM.

Full press release below.

Image Announces Two First Issue Sellouts

What does bedlam and a resourceful man have in common? Besides the first setting the table for the latter, they're also the subjects of two brand new series from Image Comics. Series which have been so successful they've sold out their first issues and are seeing reprints.

Bedlam #1 is a new horror series by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo. It's a story about the "rehabilitated" mass murderer named Madder Red, known a decade later as Fillmore Press. Recruited by the police to aid in capturing of other killers, Press finds himself fighting against his own nature — against Madder Red threatening to re-emerge.

Magyver: Fugitive Gauntlet #1 is co-written by Lee David Zlotoff. You know, the one who wrote the TV show. The comic re-introduces the world's most resourceful hero, star of the television show MacGyver, which ran from 1985 until 1992.

Full press release below.

New Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Limited-Edition Statue

McFarlane Toys thinks this Halo 4 thing might be big. So big, in fact, that they're teaming up with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries to bring a brand new collectible from the Halo universe.

Leading up to the release of Halo 4, Microsoft created the live-action digital series, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. This online, live-action digital series delivers an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice taking fans back to the beginning of the Human-Covenant War, leading into the events of Halo 4.

To commemorate this riveting action story, the McFarlane Toys Collectors Club is offering the first-ever Halo resin statue exclusively on the McFarlane Toys online store. This highly detailed, hand-painted, cold-cast resin statue depicts a pivotal scene from Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn that Halo fans will likely be interested in.

The statue will be revealed by Todd McFarlane, McFarlane Toys’ creator, during the final episode of “Halo After Dawn,” airing on Machinima Prime on Nov. 2 at 10AM PST and Halo Waypoint.

The limited-edition statue stands more than 14-inches tall on a base spanning 13” wide by 7” deep. Only 500 pieces have been produced and each statue and its box are sequentially numbered. As an added bonus, each statue will include a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed McFarlane.

The Statue retails at $225 with FREE Shipping (only available in US and Canada). Preordering will begin at 10:15 am PST on Friday, November 2nd at The statue is planned to ship December 2012. Customers will not be charged until the order is ready to ship.

Full press release below.

Cabra Cini Returns for Halloween

Halloween is upon us and it brings out almost everyone into the craziness. If you look hard enough, you might even find Cabra Cini, Voodoo junkie hitwoman, fighting for a night off. Needless to say, trying to take a night off on Halloween is not very realistic. Writer Sam Johnson wants readers to know that Cabra Cini has a way about her.

“Anyone familiar with Cabra Cini knows she’s a badass; she used to be in the unfortunate position of being her now-ex pimp’s abused girlfriend, and having gotten out of that ‘hole’ and found her vocation in life, she’s a much stronger woman--to the point that she’s feared by any who know her--but beneath her badass exterior, she is still a human being.”

IF-X: Halloween pairs Johnson with artist Dan Lauer. A friend’s Halloween fancy dress party proves to be as eventful and bizarre as any of her assignments.

Johnson continues, “No one has been able to get close to Cabra since she became the ‘Voodoo Lady’; though she does have physical ‘relations’ (as a former President might say) with her neighbor Jeff…

“Only, Jeff’s fallen for her. He’s been wanting to take things to the next level--for them to have a real relationship--he’s had this idea in his head for awhile, and after a couple of drinks at the party, Jeff’s going to make his move and try and break through the ‘wall’ Cabra’s put up. However--he may not like what he finds on the other side of it.”

The book aimed at mature audiences is available now for $2.99 and $1.99 (regular and digital editions) in black and white at The comic also features ‘Brody and Lisa’, a supernatural romance strip from Kelci Crawford and ‘Recovery Unit’, an offbeat vampire tale from Patrick McEvoy & David Beyer, Jr.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mario Gully Joins Billy Tucci, Chris Giarrusso with Lazerman Variants

HBComics is about to see the end of their first Kickstarter campaign on November 2 and they're oh so close to completing it. They've just announced a surprise that might put them over the edge though. A new variant for their trade paperback by Image Comics artist Mario Gully.

“I got to do another one of these for (HBComics) later down the road!! Fun..FUN!!,” said Gully, via facebook.

Gully joins Billy Tucci and Chris Giarrusso in producing variant covers offered for the “Lazerman: This Man, This Lazer!” Kickstarter campaign. It's aimed at getting a TPB collecting the first four issues of the Lazerman issues.

“Mario's cover is fantastic," said Chris Herbert. "It's a little more provocative than we usually go for Lazerman, but as a special kickstarter reward, it's a nice bonus for the older fans. Don't worry, Lazerman is still an all ages title.”

Full press release below.

Review - Ghost #1

Finding yourself on the run after murder and unsure as to how exactly you got into that situation is something that would make fans of Memento proud of. Being a ghost amidst all that is something that makes for an interesting read. Such is the case in Ghost #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

The first issue is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, with art by Phil Noto and letters by Richard Starkings.

Preview - Vampirella vs. Fluffy #1

What do you get when you combine the hormones of high school with a substitute teacher like Vampirella? A one-shot written by Mark Rahner, illustrated by Cezar Rezak, colored by Inlight Studio and lettered by Marshall Dillon. That one-shot features the aforementioned Vampirella squaring off against Fluffy in the appropriately titled Vampirella vs. Fluffy #1.

Young, horny high school couples are being horribly mutilated by demonic Puritans. That's as good a time as any for Fluffy to take a study break and fight some of that evil. Meanwhile, Fluffy’s pals are wagging their tongues at the hot new substitute teacher – Vampirella. When the iconic vampire and the teenage warrior face off in this one-shot, the clash is more epic than stripes and polka dots.

The book is in stores October 31 with interiors below.

Thrilling Adventure Hour Creative Team Wants More

Receiving over $100,000 for a $55,000 Kickstarter goal is certainly nothing to scoff at. The folks behind Thrilling Adventure Hour aren't content with the higher amount though...they want more. Quite a bit more. With a movie on the other side of it.

In only 20 days of the 30 day campaign, the Kickstarter has proven beyond successful. That prompted the creative team to announce a concert film as another reward for the backers and, in the five days since it was announced, the page has reached 25% of its goal.

“The largest challenge facing TAH is that we can only share the full experience with our live audience,” says co-creator Ben Acker. “Fans can listen to our podcast, but there is something indescribably magical about seeing it live. Some of the top actors in the industry are delivering their best work on our stage, and we want to share that experience with fans around the world.”

Scheduled for Fall 2013 at the Largo at the Coronet Theater in LA, this intimate 125-person performance will capture the quintessential TAH live experience. Tickets to the concert film (and its exclusive after party with the cast and crew) are only available via their current Kickstarter campaign. Fans unable to attend can pre-order a Kickstarter exclusive DVD, which will include bonus features such as behind-the-scenes featurettes, podcasts, and tons more.

In the Kickstarter spirit, TAH is offering a series of immersive fans experiences as reward tiers, which grant backstage access, various positions on the production crew, even producer credits on the film. “We want to make this performance as special as possible for the people who matter the most: our fans,” says TAH co-creator Ben Blacker. “Our backers have made so much possible for us, and this concert film will forever stand as a testament of our gratitude.”

Full press release below.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Eric Munoz Launches Smoke and Mirrors Kickstarter

“Man stretches his soul, reaching out, to the fabulous, the puzzling lure of space, [that] still brings dreams of wonder, and excitement to young minds.”

That's a good quote. It's even better when used to describe a brand new series from Eric Munoz and Julius Dean Abrera called Smoke and Mirrors: He by Whom We Live. And it's got a Kickstarter that needs some extra kicking.

Smoke and Mirrors: He by Whom We Live is the story of Max “Smoke” and Samantha “Mirrors,” age 17. They are two people who were raised and trained on a remote space station for reasons unknown. From the moment they could stand they were taught combat, tactics, and survival by a man named simply as Morbain. They live in a world where thirty planets have been colonized and more than a hundred stations float in space, making 3131 quite the year.

Despite advances in technology mankind finds itself trapped between two powerful forces. The Corporations and the crime Syndicates, both have deep ties in the galactic government. It’s a war of shadows, information control and deception with everyone caught in the middle. Waking bruised and bloody in a jail in the city of Eiolon on Venus, Smoke and Mirrors learn they are wanted criminals. The crimes they stand accused of include theft, assault, and multiple murders. The memories of their last day on the space station are still burning in their minds. They know the pieces had been set, the rules established and the game begun.

Full press release below.

Review - Extermination #5

Heroes and villains come together under the strangest of circumstances. An alien invasion qualifies as truly strange in Extermination #5 from BOOM! Studios.

The issue is written by Simon Spurrier, with art by V Ken Marion, colors by Michael Garland and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

IDW's True Blood: Where Were You Hardcover

When IDW or a vampire ask you the question "where were you?" it's best to have a good answer. The best answer would be any response that involves a promise to purchase IDW's True Blood: Where Were You?" hardcover edition.

The first collection of the True Blood ongoing series will debut in hardcover this December, written by Ann Nocenti and Michael McMillian. Additionally, the collection includes creative collaboration by True Blood creator, writer, and producer Alan Ball. Taking on artistic duties are Michael Gaydos, Greg Scott and Federica Manfredi, with cover art by Tim Bradstreet.

“I’m so excited to help launch the True Blood ongoing series,” McMillian said. “The TV series created such a rich mythology, the possibilities for exciting stories starring Sookie Stackhouse and the citizens of Bon Temps are endless. This first volume flashes back to where Sookie, Eric, Bill and Alcide were when vampires came out of the coffin while they fight a bold new vampire villain in the present!”

The collection will show readers the roles of the characters in the "Great Revelation," in addition to their reaction to the event. Sookie and the crew look back and reflect on the day that changed their lives forever.

“Our various TRUE BLOOD miniseries proved so popular, an ongoing series was a no-brainer. And we were lucky to have assembled such a talented team to produce it,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “This book represents months of their hard work as well as that of the tremendous folks at HBO and Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. I think you’ll be able to see that effort in these pages.”

The hardcover will be available in stores December 12 for $24.99 and 120 pages.

Full press release below.

Witch Doctor is Hungry

If the doctor is in, it's a good idea to see him or her. If the Witch Doctor is hungry, then steer clear.

This November you'll find out why.

Friday, October 26, 2012

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 after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

Ammo? Good.

Medicine? Good.

Food & Water? At least a few months worth.

Things have been looking up around here. Working together we've consolidated all the gear and useful equipment into the strongest building. We're reinforcing it as we go along, making sure there aren’t any weak points just in case there is a zombie breach of the fence.

With most of this past week's focus being on consolidating and improving everything on the inside of the fence, we decided to turn our attention towards the outside. Started laying traps and pitfalls for zombies using burned out cars as walls to at least funnel them to where we want them to go. Ever since that push of zombies a week or two back, there haven’t been too many recently, which has allowed us the time to get more fortifications done.

Review - Kodoja Terror Mountain Showdown #1 & 2

In the history of cinematic beasts, Godzilla stands head and shoulders (times one hundred) above the rest. The massive lizard has seen his fair share of destruction and battles, but he came from the sea. Kodoja on the other hand is a man-made beast who's not cinematic, but that doesn't make his wrath any less dangerous in Kodoja Terror Mountain Showdown.

The first two issues of the five-issue series are written by Keith Foster and illustrated by Rory Smith.

Image Comics The Activity Moves to American Soil

Have you been following Team Omaha lately? The organization conducts missions in exotic locales, including Netherlands, Colombia, Afghanistan and Thailand. The Activity #11 by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads takes the unit to a place not quite as exotic, but just as foreign: Minnesota.

In "The Butterfly Effect," the comic's first depiction of an operation on American soil, Team Omaha must find and disarm a bomb in Minneapolis, without letting the people of that city know they were ever in danger. For Edmondson, the issue is a landmark.

"THE ACTIVITY makes landfall in the USA," he said. "This is a moment in our story we have reserved for a very particular moment— and as readers will discover, the gravity of the mission in Minneapolis will set the tone for events to come. Events that may reflect the real world and real events in ways disconcerting and dangerous for our operators."

It's incredibly exciting for me to bring Team OMAHA to my hometown," said Gerads. "Minneapolis is rife with the opportunities of a good action thriller and this issue takes full advantage of that."

The Activity #11 (SEP120486) will be in stores on January 2 and can be pre-ordered now from the September issue of Previews.

Full press release below.

Ninjak Makes Way for Debut of Eternal Warrior

Ninjak burst onto the Valiant scene, bringing along with him a whole world of pain and suffering for those in his path. The beastly anti-hero is already one of the best things to show up in the burgeoning universe. There may be some competition though, with the impending arrival of Eternal Warrior in Archer & Armstrong #5 by Fred Van Lente and Emanuela Lupacchino.

After thousands of years on the battlefield, he’s a master of strategy and weaponry, an unrelenting force of nature capable of dismantling entire armies with little effort and less conscience. His brother Armstrong, on the other hand, likes to read poetry and drink beer. Maybe that’s why they had such a bad falling out? But now — after years apart — the Eternal Warrior has a new mission: destroy young Obadiah Archer, Armstrong’s best-est new buddy and teammate in the war against The Sect.

The debut takes place December 12 in Archer & Armstrong #5, with a cover by Patrick Zircher and interlocking incentive variants by Luppacchino. There's also a pullbox exclusive with a cover by Doug Braithwaite.

Full press release and preview images below.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review - Sleepy Hollow #1

Everyone knows the story of the Headless Horseman and the tale of Sleepy Hollow. A headless man riding a horse while wielding a sword looking to seperate your head from body can make a night on the moor scary.

This story was supposed to take part in the 1700s, but what if it took place in modern day. With a Headless Horseman roaming the streets of Tarry Town New York? Well Zenescope has you covered as they've released another great comic in the Grimm Fairy Tales line in Sleep Hollow #1.

The issue is written by Dan Wickline and with art by Ac Osorio, Chandran Ponnusamy and Jim Campbell.

Retrovirus Investigates Survival of the Species

As a human race, we've dealt with our fair share of problems and obstacles. Of course, they all pale in comparison to the inevitable zombie/werewolf/vampire/Dalek apocalypse. Well, not everything looks weak in comparison, as a centuries old virus could be an even more potent undoing. A virus such as that in Retrovirus from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

Dr. Zoe Wallace is one of the best in the field of viral evolution, a brilliant young scientist who attracts the attention of one of the world's largest and most powerful bio-pharmaceutical corporations. Zoe doesn't usually use her expertise for profit, but when Bio-Pharm gives her the chance to research a prehistoric virus, she can't pass up the chance. However, once Zoe is in their Antarctic compound, face-to-face with a perfectly preserved Neanderthal, Bio-Pharm's secrets may ensure that she never sees the outside world again.

"The fun of working on a project like this is looking at the set-up from a point of view like our character Zoe and putting all the pieces, together with her along the way," said Palmiotti. "With every turn the story gets deeper and deeper and more out of control, and like most of the work Justin and I do together, the challenge is to always keep the characters grounded in the madness around them so the reader can relate to every twist and turn."

The work features the artistic talent of Norberto Fernandez and features a cover by Amada Connor. Gray is keen on it as well.

"I always feel the best fiction is propelled by themes, and with Retrovirus there are a number of personal themes that arose in and around the time we began working on this project," added Gray. "Zoe represents motherhood, survival, determination and our core humanity when presented with terrifying situations. We wanted not only to create a story full of big scary action, but also something people could relate to."

Retrovirus a 72-page, full-color graphic novella, will be in stores on November 21 and is available now for pre-order.

Full press release below.

Moon Girl Concludes with Fifth Issue

Moon Girl has been a series with its conclusion a long, long time in the making. That's ok though, considering it's a creator-owned title that suffered delay after delay. After the fourth issue's release way back in September 2011, the fifth issue has taken its sweet time to hit stores. That time is now.

The Tony Trov and Johnny Zito revival of the Golden Age heroine will finally see the series reach its conclusion now. Rahzzah was committed to finishing the project, adding in his quality art. Thanks to the combined efforts of all involved, the series is available in its entirety at comiXology.

The best way to read Moon Girl is as a collected graphic novel, but to put out a printed edition of issue #5 would delay the release of such an edition in print even further. The trade paperback of Moon Girl with extras from the creators can be pre-ordered now from your local comic shop for just $14.95 using order code NOV121284. The deluxe collection includes exclusive extras from the creators and is one of Diamond Previews spotlight items this month and will be on-shelves in February 2013.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review - Halloween Eve

End of October means Halloween time, full of costumes, candy, drinking, pranks, partying and all sorts of other mayhem and fun for all ages. For the comic world you don’t get too many comics with a Halloween theme. Some running series might do a one-shot or an occasional holiday issue. Image Comics has you covered though with Halloween Eve, written by Brandon Montclare and illustrated by Amy Reeder.

Multiple Warheads Goes on Tour

If you're Brandon Graham, you've got something good going in Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity. The new mini-series is garnering lots of early praise and Graham is taking to the road on a cross-country trip to promote the new series from October 24 through 27.

The tour kicks off in Anaheim, California at Beach Ball Comics on October 24, treks to Texas for a signing at Austin Books on October 25, lands in St. Louis for a signing at Starclipper on October 26, and wraps at Chapel Hill Comics in North Carolina on October 27.

All four stores on the tour will have an exclusive edition of the 48-page, full-color Multiple Warheads #1 with wraparound variant cover by Graham for $3.99.

Full press release and signing schedule below.

Review - Scam #2

There's certainly no honor amongst thieves. Especially when the thieves are conmen with superpowers who are always watching their back for a double-cross. As in Scam #2 from Comix Tribe.

The second issue is written and illustrated by Joe Mulvey, with colors by Chris Sotomayor and letters by Deron Bennett.

Dark Horse Launches Exclusive Comic Book App for Dynamics ePlate

If there's any one that knows about betting on the dark horse candidate, it would be the publisher Dark Horse. See, they're feeling pretty confident about the upcoming ePlate credit car device and are tying in exclusive Dark Horse comics to purchases. And they're offering a five-issue, exclusive series tied to it called Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast.

When the Dark Horse experience is selected, a consumer will earn a page from multiple ePlate exclusive comic book series for every $35 the consumer spends anywhere they use their Dynamics ePlate credit card device. The pages are delivered instantly to their mobile phone the second the purchase is completed. When all pages in a comic book series are collected, the consumer is mailed physical, collector-edition copies of each comic free-of-charge.

“Comic book fans can now earn exclusive digital comic books just by making their normal, everyday purchases” said Mike Richardson, president and founder of Dark Horse Comics. “As soon a purchase is made, comic book pages are sent directly to your phone. So, now you can read your favorite digital comics while you are eating the lunch you paid for with the Dark Horse Experience on the Dynamics ePlate.”

The second exclusive issue is a ground-breaking team-up featuring Dark Horse favorites Captain Midnight, Ghost and X.

“A sweet spot on ePlate is the delivery of meaningful digital content backed by exclusive physical items,” said Jeff Mullen, CEO of Dynamics. “Dark Horse has hit ePlate’s sweet spot dead center with its experience™ application.”

Consumers can sign up for a battery-powered Dynamics ePlate credit card device at

Full press release below.

Quantum & Woody Moving to comiXology

There's a place for every superhero at comiXology, even those also known as the world's worst. It's a good thing that the digital publisher is so welcoming, otherwise, Quantum and Woody wouldn't have a new place to call home.

Starting today, the first 12 issues of the Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright creation Quantum & Woody #1 will debut on comiXology, with the first issue for free. The remaining issues of the series will follow the next week on October 31st.

"With few exceptions, Quantum & Woody are characters that we get asked about in just about every interview, in every piece of fan mail, at every convention, and just about everywhere in between. This is a series that has gained a die-hard following unlike any other in comics. Now, for everyone that never had a chance to jump into Priest and Bright's subversive, envelope-pushing, and outright hilarious tribute to the superhero genre, we promise, it will have been well worth the wait." said Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

"Plus, there is a goat with a cape," he added. "Win-win, if you ask me."

Eric Henderson is a decorated Army tactical officer. Each move he makes is planned with precision. Woody Van Chelton is a goofy white guy, who's idea of detective work is hanging a suspect out a window. Investigating the suspicious deaths of their fathers, they become victims of a high-tech industrial accident that turns their bodies into pure energy.

The metal gauntlets they each wear must be slammed together every 24 hours to reset their energy matrix – or their atoms will break apart. Eric adopts the codename “Quantum” to find his father’s killer. Woody wants avenge his father’s death too, but he'll stick with Woody. Can they solve the mystery without strangling each other – or destroying the world?

Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review - Telikos Protocol #1

It'd be nice if there was a science fiction story where the human race actually has a chance. Instead, we get story after story of robots, aliens and whatever other calamities await us. It's no different in Telikos Protocol #1 from Vanquish Interactive.

The first issue is written by Peter Cooper, with art by Adam Burn and letters by Justin Korthof.

Preview - Number 13 #0

In a postapocalyptic wasteland populated by mutants and terrorized by flesh-eating ogres, a young amnesiac searches for the answers to the mystery of his identity. Wandering aimlessly, he comes to the rescue of Lorna, a young girl who gives him a name: Number 13. Facing danger at every turn, Number 13 fights to stay alive as his quest to find out who he is leads to the deadly truth of what he is.

The Dark Horse published comic is written by Robert Love and David Walker, with art by Robert Love, colors by Michelle Davies and Diego Simone and letters by Thomas Mauer. The book hits stores November 21, with interiors below.

Rick Remender Signs with Dynamite

Little late on the Rick Remender train, but hey, it's making local stops! Which is fantastic, because it presents an opportunity to let folks know (if they don't already know) that Remender has just signed with Dynamite Entertainment as a writer. And he's starting with Devolution, pairing him up with artist Paul Renaud.

"It's incredibly fulfilling finally to be able to dive in with super talent Paul Renaud," said Remender. "He's a tremendously gifted and intelligent collaborator. I wouldn't have done the series without Paul and I appreciate Nick and Dynamite being so patient while we waited for the planets-and schedules-to align and make this project possible. We've got a very exciting story to tell with a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth."

"In the long, unwritten history of Dynamite, one thing to note is that it was Rick Remender himself that introduced us to Paul's work - the pair put together a fine Sonja one-shot for us called Vacant Shell," adds Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. "And now here we are, working with the pair of them again, each at the top of their game and Rick at the top of the charts with his marvel work."

Full press release and preview images below.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Looks like TMNT is slated to make a big comeback. At least, that’s what NYCC and Michael Bay would have us believe.

I'm completely on board with this. I’ve always loved the Turtles and while they’ve gone through the ins and outs of popularity over the years, all children of the late 80’s remember being inspired by the cool, witty and zany appeal of this franchise.
I think Eastman and Laird are highly under-aprpeciated in the field of comics. I think TMNT sort of set this new bar for entertainment.

TMNT sort of winked at the camera a little bit more than other comic books and cartoons did. It took itself seriously enough to be incredibly cool, but didn’t take itself so seriously that the characters couldn’t comment on the absurdity of the surreal situations they were facing.

The comic made science fiction funny in this accessible way. The very title itself is funny: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How could these things possibly go together?

And, in keeping with the spirit of the title, the Turtles are constantly caught up into truly absurd and outrageous 1950’s-esque circumstances. So you know, it’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting against the Rockmen from Dimension X.

Review - Idolized #3

The superpowered reality competition continues with Joule on the verge of disqualification. That was last issue, bringing things to the present in Idolized #3 from Aspen Comics.

The issue is written by David Schwartz, with illustrations by Pasquale Qualano, colors by David Curiel and letters by Josh Reed.

KaBOOM! Studios Launches Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake in January

January is as good a time as any for some cake. Come this January 2013, that cake will come with a side of adventure and some Fionna.

KaBOOM! Studios will be releasing Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake as a six-issue limited series in January. It'll be written by Natasha Allegri.

When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from a pack of wild fire lions, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget. The first issue ships in January with covers by JAB, Joe Quinones, Vera Brosgol, Ethan Riley and Frank & Becky.

Full press release below.

Comic Book Think Tank Launches

Think tanks are these fantastical groups whose members put their collective intelligence together to solve tough problems. There's a strong lack of think tanks in the comic industry, leading Ron Perazza and Daniel Govar to start their own, appropriately called Comic Book Think Tank. The website is dedicated to exploring digital comics created specifically for online and tablet reading while sharing the results and technology used in their creation.

“Comics are fundamentally a reading experience,” said Perazza. “What we’re exploring with the site is really about respecting the way people read – using tablets and the internet – and how that affects visual storytelling.”

The first comic is available now, called Relaunch. The website also features Yanapax Viewer, a shareware, digital comics viewer compatible with all browsers.

“Comic book artists have cultivated a unique visual language over the course of decades,” Govar added. “With RELAUNCH we’re interested in applying those techniques with tablet reading in mind but without changing the essence of what makes a comic book.”

Full press release below.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Review - Winter's Eye

Typically, an anthology has some common thread that links all the stories together. It could be a theme or character, but sometimes it's an item. Winter's Eye from Grim Crew is an anthology with a mystical object called the Winter's Eye as the glue holding the stories together.

The series of short stories boasts multiple talents. "Through the Silence" is written by Brandon Barrows and illustrated by Kay. "Birth Pains" is written by Amanda Orneck and illustrated by Fede Marin. "Problem Solver" is written by Tommy Brownell and illustrated by Cary Stringfield. "The Other Side" is written by Gianfranco Staltari and illustrated by Marco Zorzan. "Have You Seen Me" is written by Martin Brandi II and illustrated by Charles Dowd. "Hooky" is illustrated by Barrows and penciled by Rowel Roque (letters by E.T. Dollman and tones by Ionic). "Inheritance" is written by Brownell and illustrated by Ben Soto.

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 after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

Day four. No zombie sightings.

Good on handgun and shotgun ammo. Low on rifle ammo. Medicine is getting low. Food is good, as is water with this place having its own supply.

Biggest thing though is no zombies. For awhile there I thought this place would turn out like the last one, with a constant stream of zombies attacking and eventually overrunning it. Me and the other survivors here have been patrolling the fences looking for any weak spots. It feels good to say that there aren’t any that we can see.

The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil's in the Details Poised for Awesomeness

Believe it or not, but Todd McFarlane has been around the artistic block quite a while now. Nearly 30 years in fact. It's high time there was a book collecting his art don't you think?

“I broke into this industry when I was 23 years-old. The only way to put a book like this together is to have actually spent more than two decades creating the art within it,” said McFarlane.

The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil's in the Details is scheduled to hit stores November 21 and will act as a visual biography celebrating McFarlane's career. It follows McFarlane’s journey from a young comic book fan mimicking his favorite artists, to his subsequent rise to comic book stardom. McFarlane, himself, provides hundreds of anecdotes throughout the 400-page book, walking the fans through his groundbreaking career.

“The passage of time allows you to build up a body of work, that as you step back, has meaning, and can be an inspiration for other artists along the way. I’m happy to be able to collect my autobiography in both a written and visual format. I hope the wait has been worth it!”

Fans will receive an up close and personal look at McFarlane’s creative take on beloved characters from both DC and Marvel Comics, and learn more about his history making move in helping to form Image Comics, where he published his brainchild, Spawn. With copious amounts of rarely seen black and white original pieces of his most famous work, and numerous drawings of the comic book industry’s most popular characters, this is a book that can’t be missed. In addition, fans get an exclusive peek at McFarlane’s first forays into various media (toys, film, animation, music videos, video games), where he put his creative stamp on everything through his signature eye-catching imagery.

The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details will be available nationwide Wednesday, November 21st. The oversized hardcover book (9x12) is limited to 5000 copies, with 700 signed and numbered editions available. Each book retails at $64.99 and $100.

Full press release below.

Review - X-O Manowar #6

Ninjak knows how to make a lasting impression. He appeared at the end of the last issue and he's sticking around for X-O Manowar #6 from Valiant Entertainment.

The issue is written by Robert Venditti, pencils by Lee Garbett, inks by Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Moose Baumann and letters by Dave Lanphear.

NYCC Found Sex Criminals

NYCC had its share of cosplayers, fans and former Playboy models. All three of which converged on the Javits Center for the madness. Chances are though, many of them might have missed the fact that there were also sex criminals there. And Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are behind them.

"Not to toot our own horns, but there's never been a comic book like Sex Criminals before,” Fraction tossed off. "There've been comedy books with sex, or sex comics with comedic moments, but no book with 'sex comedy' as its narrative thrust. Hard to imagine, but comedy and sex, which fit together so naturally literally everywhere else in the entertainment world, don't get done in comic books. Chip and I are thrilled to be the first ones in there to plant our seed.”

This new sex comedy follows two young lovers as they go on a lust-fueled crime spree with a twist -- when they have sex, time itself seems to stop. Set in a world where the laws of time and space are as dubious and mutable as the laws of man and society, Sex Crimes promises to scandalize, titillate and provoke when it bursts onto the comics scene next year.

Zdarsky, legendary cartoonist for National Post and impish Canadian prankster, topped that statement: "This project brings together my two loves: crime and an in-depth exploration of the Western banking system and its ill-effects on society. I've spent years working for newspapers and magazines and am looking forward to completing my 'dying industry trifecta' and give comic books my all while holding back the tears.”

Full press release below.

The Victories Returns to Dark Horse Presents

A picture is worth a thousand words. Victory!

You're Asking Me to Divide Myself in Two

Cloning is a dangerous affair no?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review - Winter City #4

Winter in the city is cold, dreary and messy. Winter in Winter City is all of the above and bloody. Winter City #4 from Winter City Productions is all of the above and then some.

The fourth issue is written by Carl and Patrick Purcell, with art by Pablo Verdugo Munoz, colors by David Aravena Riquelme and letters by Patrick Purcell.

Jeff Lemire Covers "Renegades" in Harbinger #8

Valiant continues their awesomeness with all their titles. One of those titles--Harbinger--to be specific is starting a new arc with issue 8 called "Renegades." That new arc merits a special cover by Jeff Lemire. And boy it's awesome. The cover is rendered in ballpoint pen on ruled notebook paper and accompanies the work by Joshua Dysart and Phil Briones well.

"Josh Dysart is one of my favorite people and favorite writers in comics. We've wanted to work together for a long time now, but things never seem to line up with both of our busy schedules. When I heard Josh would be a part of the incredible Valiant relaunch with Harbinger, I immediately asked editor Jody LeHeup if I could do a variant. It may not be a full comic, but at least Josh and I have finally done something together," said Lemire.

After fighting their way out of Toyo Harada's secret academy for superhumans, Peter Stanchek and Faith "Zephyr" Herbert are out to recruit the next generation of psionics and strike the Harbinger empire wherever it may stand. Peter Stanchek. Zephyr. Kris. Flamingo. Torque. Meet the latest member of the resistance on January 23rd in Harbinger #8.

"Jeff routinely conjures some of the most engaging images and stories in comics and I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with him again," said Associate Editor Jody LeHeup. "This incredible cover is a testament to that fact and to his love for the outstanding work that Joshua Dysart, Khari Evans, Phil Briones and the rest of the Harbinger crew are doing right now."

Valiant's Harbinger #8 Lemire Linewide Variant is available to retailers who cumulatively order 125 copies or more of Valiant's January titles in any combination. The issue hits stores January 23 with the full press release and preview images below.

Review - Godstorm #1

History has it that, every now and again, Zeus would come down from Mt. Olympus for the purpose of meddling in the lives of mortals. Inevitably though, he would make his way back to the top of the mountain to resume his ruling duties. What if he stayed on Earth, alongside his brethren? That's the premise behind Godstorm #1, a new series from Zenescope.

The title is written by Pat Shand, with pencils by Jason Johnson, colors by Ben Sawyer and letters by Jim Campbell.

Preview - Cyber Force #1

Top Cow turns 20 this year. One year away from being the legal drinking age. And that's cause for celebration, a celebration which includes the return of a famous title in Cyber Force #1. For free!

The story is written by Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins, with art by Khoi Pham and Sal Regla, colors by Sunny Gho and letters by Troy Peteri. Carin Taylor, codenamed Velocity, has escaped from the CDI-controlled Millennium City and is desperately trying to find the one man she believes can help her prevent the end of the world. When she runs a group of other CDI escapees, will they help her or turn their backs?

Top Cow will also be the first major US comic publisher to launch one of their biggest properties with top tier creators concurrently for both the traditional print market and exploding worldwide digital market for FREE. That’s right: Thanks to the support of fans through Kickstarter and participating comic shops, you can get the first FIVE issues of Cyber Force at no cost.

Image Teases Cloning

"It is wise not to look." It's recommended that you do look though at the above teaser image, as that would make Skybound/Image Comics very happy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review - Star Wars Agents of the Empire: Hard Targets #1

I freaking love Star Wars. The movies, games, books and especially the comics that inhabit the vastness of the Star Wars Universe. Dark Horse Comics knows what they are doing and are really good at it. The latest evidence of that being Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets #1.

The assembled cast behind it John Ostrander, David Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia, Wes Dzidba, Michael Heisler and Stephane Roux.

Dark Horse Collects Mass Effect Comics Into Hardcover

People may have found issue with the ending of Mass Effect 3. In fact, a lot of people weren't really keen on the ending as it stood. Bioware took some flak for it and released an update and all was well supposedly. Mass Effect comics on the other hand have been met with better reception and Dark Horse is paying tribute to that attention by collecting every Mass Effect comic to date.

The hardcover will include all four Mass Effect series: Redemption, Evolution, Invasion and Homeworlds. It also features the short stories from MySpace Dark Horse Presents, and the Dark Horse digital store, all annotated by the artists and writers who worked on them. There's also an extensive sketchbook of never-before-seen art.

Mass Effect Library Edition is on sale May 22, 2013. Full press release below.

Joshua Hale Fialkov Tapped to Write The Devilers from Dynamite

Dynamite has a new comic called The Devilers due out in 2013. Who could they go to? Maybe Joshua Hale Fialkov, who's quickly becoming all the rage in comics.

"Joshua has an impressive track record and I was really impressed with Elk's Run and Tumor. His writing is crisp and smart. We've been developing the Devilers for quite a bit of time, and needed the write voice for the series. Joshua is the going to shine on this series. I also want to take a moment to thank Marc Silvestri for creating such an incredible visual to help take the series to a great artistic level." States Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.

The new series looks to be, well, devilish and Fialkov is happy.

"I'm thrilled to be working on such a fantastic book with the gang at Dynamite," says writer Joshua Hale Fialkov. "It's going to be an explosive thrill ride. Guaranteed."

Stay tuned for more details. Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review - Borderlands 2

Fall 2012 brings with it hot apple cider, falling leaves and the a gem of a sequel in Borderlands 2. After playing the first Borderlands and loving the thrill of searching through the loot, Gearbox wasn't content to leave things at that. And while Borderlands 2 didn’t revolutionize the game play established in Borderlands, the number of improvements and enhancements have made it an all around solid and fun game to play.

The core of the premise behind Borderlands 2 continues to be the weapons. There are tons of different types and styles of guns and equipment that can be found across the lands of Pandora and part of the sheer joy of killing enemies is the possible loot they drop. It’s that possibility that makes a person think before dashing through an area, as the loot you find could possibly alter the way you play the game.