Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Arrivals: February 1, 2012

Xbox Live Arcade is fantastic at reviving some of the older properties and adapting them to online play. One of those games is Magic: The Gathering, a game I fondly remember playing through my high school days. It's a game I've always had a soft spot for, so of course IDW's release of Magic: The Gathering #1 has intrigued me.

Preview - A.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division

ADD is a problem for some sections of today's society, but it's clearly been over-diagnosed. That's the bad news. The good news is that ADD in the sense of A.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division isn't played out. In fact, it's in stores now and provides a look at some of the world's luckiest team gamers.

Written by Douglas Rushkoff and illustrated by Goran Sudžuka, A.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division is about a group of gamers raised from birth to test media, appear on reality TV and enjoy corporate lavishing.

One by one, they "graduate" to new levels that are not what they seem. But their heightened abilities can only take them so far as the ultimate search for their birth families leads to an inconceivably harrowing discovery.

The book is in stores now, with interiors below.

Lady Death Turns Twenty

Lady Death is a fetching young lass who's about to turn twenty years old. In actuality, she's a lot older than that, but we mere mortals try to throw our conventional timekeeping upon her, which makes her twenty. In honor of the event, publisher Brian Pulido is teaming up with Zenescope artist Mike Debalfo for an elite series of limited edition comics.

"Mike knocked this one out of the park," Pulido says. "This was a dream come true drawing one of the most iconic femme fatales in comics," says DeBalfo.

Lady Death: Tribulation #1 – Valentine’s Edition with a cover by Mike Debalfo and colorist Sanju R.Nivangune is limited to 250 serially numbered copies and retails for $20.00. Lady Death: Rapture #1 * Raw Edition features a "raw art" cover by Debalfo is limited to 100 serially numbered copies and retails for $22.00.

Finally, Lady Death: Rapture #1 - Naughty Edition features a cover by Debalfo and coloring by R.Nivangune, limited to 69 serially numbered copies and retails for $40.00. All three are available exclusively at www.CoffinComicsShop.com.

"I think fans will dig Mike’s take on Lady Death. I know I do!" Pulido says.

Full press release and other covers below.

BOOM! Studios Takes a Shot at Avengers

If imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, then BOOM! Studios and Rich Johnston must love Marvel. The publisher and Johnston will team up for a series of one-shots that parody some of Marvel's most famous characters, including Captain America, Iron Man and Thor.

"Rich Johnston takes us on a raucous ride through politics, fanaticism and the healing power of Hollywood and no one is spared," says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. "Expect his typical irreverent personality, along with a big dollop of black humor and some scathing satire. This one's not for the feint of heart!"

Each one-shot will be released on one of the four Wednesdays leading up to The Avengers big screen release on May 4th. April 11th, sees The Avengefuls drawn by Joshua Covey, followed the next week on April 18th with The Iron Muslim drawn by Bryan Turner.

The week after, April 25th, sees the release of Captain America Idol, penciled by Chris Haley, with the final title, Scienthorlogy, shipping on May 2nd drawn by the great Bronze Age Batman artist Michael Netzer. Each issue comes with a special Hembeck retailer order incentive.

"It's very flattering when someone calls you up and asks you to write for them. It's even better when they actually let you write. And when you go past your deadline, not to start screaming," Rich Johnston said. "Many people ask me how to break into comics. Now I can tell them, write a gossip column about comics for twenty years and then they'll let you write four of them. I don't know what BOOM! is thinking. My only conclusion is that they think by employing me, I'll drop that story about Ross Richie being found unconscious in the backroom of a Tijuana strip joint with three budgerigars that had to be removed surgically. Come to think of it, it might actually work."

"I don't want to have anything to do with this," said Matt Gagnon, BOOM!'s Editor-in-Chief.

Full press release and covers below.

The Walking Dead Returns February 12

Waiting two weeks for The Walking Dead to return is so lame. Don't you want to see it now?

Well, you can't see the entire episode yet, but you can check out the first three minutes of the return episode. Obviously, it goes without saying that there are massive spoilers below. The camera work is really good though, capturing the gravity of the situation viewers were left hanging with.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I think it’s cool that the adventure video game is making a big comeback.

For a long time, Lucasarts were the big kids on the block as far as this went. Lately, there’s been a slew of revivals of this style. Most notably at the hands of Telltale Games, with titles like Sam & Max and Back to the Future.

What I sort of adore about the old-school adventure games is I think they were sort of akin to comic books of that era. They sort of were their own medium, you know? Like in the old days, comics didn’t try to be like movies or novels; they just tried to be like comics.

John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist's Edition in Stores Februray 1

With what is quite possibly one of the longest names imaginable, John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist's Edition is slated to hit stores February 1. It's not coming from Marvel though; it's coming from IDW. And it's coming big, collecting six classic issues from Romita's run with every page scanned from the original and presented full size.

"It’s such a treat to put these books together and be able to get up close and see pages by great artists, like John Romita," said Artist’s Editions Editor, Scott Dunbier "His work is so precise and clean, he is one of the true masters of the Silver Age of comics."

The thing that makes this book unique is that it's an Artist's Edition. While all the pages will appear in black and white, each page has been scanned in color to mimic the experience of viewing the actual origina art. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

The massive tome will set you back $100 for 152 pages, and it sure is a thing of beauty. Full press release below.

Image Capturing Moriarty for Second Term

Moriarity is a man not caught very easily, but I'm sure he'll happily oblige being chronicled for a comic book. In fact, he's already done such a thing and Image wants to remind you of that with the upcoming Moriarty: The Lazarus Tree Vol. 2 TP.

The TPB collects issues #5 through #9 of the ongoing series featuring the art of Anthony Diecidue and Mike Vosburg, as well as colors by Perry Freeze and letters by Dave Lanphear. Oh and Daniel Corey is the writer.

Following the misdeeds of the original supervillain, it is 20 years after the death of Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty finds himself afflicted with unsettling visions. He sets sail for Burma in search of an old ally, but finds himself caught up in a city on the brink of revolt, a troublesome Imperial Policeman, and a secret that holds the key to his destiny.

Moriarty: The Lazarus Tree Vol. 2 TP is a 136-page, full-color book that hits stores March 14 for $14.99.

Full press release below.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Why the Online Pass is Bad for Business

As an astute gamer, you're probably well aware that the release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning from Big Huge Games/38 Studios is due in stores February 7. The massive single-player game has brought together the talents of Todd McFarlane, Ken Rolston and R. A. Salvatore. What you might not know is that it has an online pass, the same online pass that publisher EA is becoming fond of so quickly.

The text on the online pass reads: "Online pass gives you access to the House of Valor faction quest, featuring seven additional single-player quests."

38 Studios head Curt Schilling (never one to mince words) offers the following rebuttal to the rapidly increasing criticism. Note that all caps are original, but italics were added by Omnicomic.

This next part is likely to piss people off, but it’s a truth and it’s how I feel," Schilling wrote. "You can argue the merits and effectiveness of it, but right now it’s how it’s done and as someone that’s as invested as I am in this company, I stand by what has happened.

DAY 1 DLC, to be extremely and VIVIDLY clear, is FREE, 100% totally FREE, to anyone that buys a new copy of Reckoning, ANYONE. If you don't buy new games you buy them used, and in that case you will have to pay for the Day 1 free DLC content the new copy buyers got for free.

It's clear the intent right? To promote early adopters and MUCH MORE IMPORTANT TO ME, REWARD fans and gamers who commit to us with their time and money when it benefits the company... This is not 38 trying to take more of your money, or EA in this case, this is us REWARDING people for HELPING US! If you disagree due to methodology, ok, but that is our intent... companies are still trying to figure out how to receive dollars spent on games they make, when they are bought. Is that wrong? if so please tell me how.

There are a myriad of problems with this logic, none of which are exclusive to 38 Studios. All studios and publishers are moving towards similar setups, so what follows is more of an open debate on the legitimacy of online passes and not an attack on 38 Studios exclusively.

Everything Goes to Hell in 2012

The B.P.R.D. just can't seem to catch a break. 2012 promises to be even worse, with everything simply going to hell.

Stay tuned to see what Dark Horse in store for everyone's favorite paranormal research group.

Friday, January 27, 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.)

Beginning to think leaving that bunker so soon was a bad idea. Left out of it this past Monday since supplies in the place were all exhausted. Think we were going for about an hour and had zombies on us. The shamblers weren’t the problem as they were easy to get around or take out with a blow to the head. It’s those damn radioactive zombies that were the problem. They just don't give up the hunt.

Gave the shamblers the slip and killed a few of the super zombies and they fled off, surely to try again. That break gave us a respite to make a fast getaway southeast back towards the coast. The plan was to get to the coast, find a working boat and sail around the edge of the wall to get to the forces massed on the other side. The zombies had other ideas for us though.

Harbor Moon Trailer

Vampires may be getting played out, but werewolves deserve some love too. Werewolves in Maine even hit a little closer to home for a lot of readers and writer Ryan Colucci has just released a brand new trailer for his work Harbor Moon.

You can check out the trailer below. Definitely make your way over to the Harbor Moon website and check out Omnicomic's review of the book here.

Dikran Ornekian is a co-writer with art by Pawel Sambor and Nikodem Cabala.

Top 5 Episodes of Chuck

Well, this is it folks. After five improbable years, Chuck is saying farewell.

The show managed to reach deep into the psyche of pop culture and pay lasting tributes, while at the same exposing viewers to great indie bands through the song selection during emotional moments. Not to mention all the cameos, Zachary Levi getting buff and Yvonne Strahovski in all manner of outfits. Come on. She made a gourmet hot dog cook outfit sexy.

Fans of the show are sincere and while some will say seasons four and five strayed a little from the working formula, I'll give them a pass. Why? Because they were always "on the bubble" so to speak, twice doing a 13 episode season only to find out they had nine more episodes.

Without including tonight's two hour finale, it's time to take a bittersweet look back at the five best episodes of Chuck. Instead of ranking the episodes overall, we decided to pick the best episode from each season. This, of course, works out well since there's five seasons.

Review - Fathom Vol. 4 #4

Aspen Matthews can't really seem to catch a break, despite being in her element underwater. People wouldn't be interested in reading about Aspen without conflict though, so conflict it is! And Fathom Vol. 4 #4 is rife with conflict.

The title is written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Alex Konat (colors by Beth Sotelo).

Stan Lee's Romeo & Juliet: The War In Stores Now

1812 Comics have combined two institutions of literature. The first is Stan Lee and the second is the timeless tale Romeo & Juliet. Bring them together and you've got a large graphic novel in Romeo and Juliet: The War. It's a giant book that's the brainchild of Stan Lee, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas, founders of 1821 Comics and Lee’s producing partner Gill champion, President and COO of POW! Entertainment.

Romeo and Juliet: The War is a futuristic and stylized retelling of Shakespeare's classic. The Montagues are powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA and the Capulets are genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility. With no one left to fight, naturally the two turn on one another.

It's printed as a large coffee table book with the story re-imagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas, written by Max Work and artwork by Skan Srisuwan. It's available in both hardcover collector's edition and softcover.

Full press release and trailer below.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Preview - Nancy in Hell (On Earth) #1

El Torres has a pretty crazy imagination. It's definitely unique and will bring you along for one hell of a ride in Nancy in Hell (On Earth) #1.

Featuring art by Enrique Lopez Lorenzana and colors by Fran Gamboa, Nancy in Hell (On Earth) #1 has a newly escaped Nancy from Hell. Yet, she finds the Gates of Hades are still open and demons are pouring out on Earth. The world is the newest infernal region and nobody will help the humans.

The book should be in stores now while interiors are after the jump. Fair warning...they're pretty intense.

Mudman Breaking Free for More

Paul Grist created Mudman. Mudman was wildly successful. Image Comics wants to capitalize on that success and is planning to offer the first two issues as a second printing.

New printings of Mudmen #1 and Mudmen #2 will be in stores Wednesday, February 14. Right beside Mudman #3. Not only that, but the second printing of the first issue will feature a brand new cover by Grist and Mudman #2 will have new covering.

“Even after producing amazing work over the course of almost 20 years, Paul Grist remains one of comics’ best kept secrets,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “MUDMAN is just the latest example of Paul's wonderfully unique sensibilities, and following the rave reviews the early issues have received, we want to this is something new readers can discover at any time.”

Owen Craig is a distinctly British superhero, but in an entirely different way. An unsure teen in an English seaside town, Owen discovers that he’s different. His body is turning to mud, and he must learn to control it before he gets stuck in his tiny hometown in a way he never anticipated.

Full press release below.

Readers Look for Tanpopo in March

I'll just come right out and say it. Camilla D'Errico can draw. Her style is quite simply stunning and deserves your attention. Lucky for you, BOOM! Studios is bringing more of her work your way in March in Tanpopo.

“TANPOPO is a completely new type of book,” says Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios. “It is a new graphic novel experience that combines an Camilla's unique aesthetic in both the storytelling format and character development. We're combining classic literature with her ephemeral art.”

Tanpopo brings to live the story of a mysterious young girl--Tanpopo--who takes a journey to experience true emotion. The words and images are woven together as Tanpopo is guided (or misguided) by the Faustian devil, Kuro, on her journey into humanity and what it means to feel. The chapters in this volume are reflective of Goethe’s Faust, Samuel T. Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Psu Sung Ling’s Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio.

“I love teaming up with creators like this,” says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. “We used Kickstarter in a new way to bring the public comics that they might never see otherwise. Camilla d'Errico's work is both lovely and literary. We are proud to bring books like this into the market."

Tanpopo (the Japanese word for Dandelion) is superhumanly intelligent and inhumanly emotionless. Attached to a mysterious machine, she is ruled by her mind and vast knowledge. But one day, her heart rises up to struggle against her ruling mind. Torn and confused, she now seeks her humanity, longing to feel what other humans feel.

The book will ship in March for $24.99. That nets you 176 pages of story and the first three chapters of D'Errico's self-published work as well as an all new chapter. Diamond Code of JAN120963. Full press release below.

Alice in Wonderland #1 Sells Out

Readers like their Zenescope twist on fairy tales. So much so that Alice in Wonderland #1 has sold out. It's sold out through both Diamond Comic Distributors and the 19,000 initial printing on the first day of release.

"To sell out of a large print run this quickly is stunning.” said Zenescope Editor-in-Chief Ralph Tedesco. “It’s a great feeling to have such a loyal and continually growing fan base that responds so well to our re-imagining of Wonderland. The good news is that there’s more of it to come.”

Alice Liddle is back on her insanity-filled journeys through Wonderland. It's the latest in Zenescope's multiple returns to the classic tale. It's written by Raven Gregory and illustrated by Robert Gill and Jason Embury. The first issue features cover art by Artgerm, Ebas and Nei Ruffino.

At this time there are no plans to do a second printing of the book but Zenescope has made the comic book available for digital download immediately through the Comixology and Zenescope Apps and can be purchased there.

"We’ve been planning to tell this story for a long time and it seems that our fans have been patiently waiting for it. It’s awesome to see this kind of response”, says series writer Raven Gregory.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review - Fracture Vol. 1

Superheros thrive on secret identities. There are a variety of reasons as to why a superhero would want to keep their identity a secret, the most salient one being proven in DC's Identity Crisis. But what if you're a superhero who doesn't know your secret identity? How would you find out? And what would you do when you did?

Fracture from Action Lab Entertainment is a three-issue series that tackles these questions. It's written by Shawn Gabborin and illustrated by Chac Cicconi (colors and lettering by Dave Dwonch).

March Sees Supurbia Moving In

That quiet, busy mother next door? Wife of a superhero. The PTA leader? Wife of a superhero. The soccer mom who always drives you crazy? Well, she's probably just that intense, but could still be the wife of a superhero. That entire neighborhood featuring the wives of superheroes gets exposed in an upcoming title from BOOM! Studios in Suburbia #1, due this March.

Written by Grace Randolph and illustrated by Russell Dauterman, Suburbia tells the other side of the superhero story. It's a four-issue series that takes a look at the private lives of superheroes and the drama, conflict and outrageous behavior of their everyday lives.

"So often in superhero comics, the girlfriend or boyfriend is left totally in the dark and unable to participate in their loved one's heroic activities. But in the real world, significant others not only know what their other half is up to, but they have an opinion!” said writer Grace Randolph. “These couples have a fabulous and fascinating mix of ordinary problems seen through the superhero lens, and superhero problems seen through the ordinary lens. However, what really makes this book soar is that with BOOM! I'm able to push these characters in directions that the bigger publishers simply can't or won't. See your favorite archetypes explored as you only wish they could be and should be."

The Real Housewives of Earth's greatest superteam--the Meta Legion-- are full of tantrams and betrayals. The series takes the tried and true super-team concept and throws in scandal for excitement.

“Superheros are an institution in comic books. It's always fun and interesting to tell a story that shows a different side of the genre,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Grace's writing is top-notch. It delivers all the drama of a really juicy tabloid story.”

Suburbia #1 is slated to ship in March, with an Alè Garza cover and 32 pages of story for $3.99 carrying a Diamond Order Code of JAN120927. Full press release below.

Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2 #1 Flies in March

Normally, it's ill-advised to strap a rocket pack to your back and take to the skies. The Rocketeer isn't quite normal.

Hitting stores this March is the Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2 #1, and extra-long issue featuring 25 pages of story and art. The first issue’s line-up includes Peter David, Marc Guggenheim, Sandy Plunkett, Stan Sakai, and Bill Sienkiewicz, with Arthur Adams supplying a pin-up (covers by Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stevens).

“The Rocketeer takes us back to another time,” said series editor Scott Dunbier, “one stuffed to the brim with heroism and thrilling adventures. Some might call these stories old-fashioned—and what’s wrong with that?”

Other contributors to the series include Kyle Baker, J. Scott Campbell, Eric Canete, Paul Dini, Michael Golden, Dave Johnson, David Lapham, John Paul Leon, Bill Morrison, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Chris Sprouse, Tom Taylor, Matt Wagner, Colin Wilson and more.

As with the first series, a portion of the profits from Rocketeer Adventures will be donated to the Hairy Cell Leukemia research. Dave Stevens, the creator of The Rocketeer, died of the disease in 2008 at the age of 52.

Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2 #1 hits stores in March. Full press release below.

Baltimore Comic-Con Parks Ron Marz in the Tour Bus

For some reason the Ravens couldn't manage to take timeout (sorry Ravens' fans), but you can. As in, take the time out to see that Baltimore Comic-Con is bring Ron Marz to Maryland and Northern Virginia.

This Sunday, January 29, at the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show promoter Marc Nathan is bringing along a friend: 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con guest Ron Marz. Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.

For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website, www.shoffpromotions.com. The event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person.

On Saturday, January 28th, Ron will be stopping by Cards Comics & Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD, 100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136 from 11am-2pm (which will feature 50% off trade paperbacks and hardcovers during Ron's visit!) and Laughing Ogre Comics in Fairfax, VA, 10647 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-2202 from 4pm-7pm.

Full press release and Baltimore Comic-Con guest list below.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Arrivals: January 25, 2012

The first month of 2012 is almost behind us. That means we've already been privy to three new comic book days in the year and a slew of good comics along with them. This week is no exception as stores should get a property that's an oldie but a goodie.

This week's pick is King Conan: Phoenix On the Sword #1.

Interview - David Schwartz

Idolized is a brand new series by Aspen Comics that takes the world reality competition shows and gives it a slight twist. It's written by David Schwartz and illustrated by Micah Gunnell (colors by David Curiel) and fans have been instrumental in deciding the comic's look.

Well, the first issue's release is right around the corner and series creator Schwartz was awesome enough to do an interview.

Aspen Comics Presents New Idolized Contest

I bet you thought your involvement in determining where Idolized is going next was over. Think again folks! Aspen is now offering readers the chance to actually appear as a character in the series.

One lucky winner will be drawn into an issue of the series as one of the superheroes auditioning to win the title of "Superhero Idol." The contest has a few simple rules.

“Given the subject matter of IDOLIZED, having a contest like this, and allowing our fans to really interact with and be a part of the series, seemed like a no-brainer,” said Aspen President Frank Mastromauro. “And, after all, who wouldn’t want to be a super-hero?”

Simply tell Aspen what super-powers you would have if you were a superhero, and why. Your entry can be purely text, or can include drawings and/or photos of yourself as the super-hero you’d dream of being. You can enter any time between now and February 13, simply by posting your submission on Facebook.com/IdolizedComic and/or tweeting it with the hash-tag “#Idolized” in your tweet. There’s no limit on the number of entries you can make.

Aspen will choose their five favorite entries, and the fans will then have the chance to vote among those five finalists to choose the ultimate winner. That winner will be drawn into issue #2 and their name and likeness will appear in multiple panels as they join in a large-scale superhero battle.

And, as if actually being a superhero in a comic book wasn’t enough, the winner will also receive a page of original art that they appear in and all five of the finalists will receive copies of each issue of Idolized, signed by series writer David B. Schwartz and series artist Micah Gunnell.

“IDOLIZED is shaping up to be an absolutely mind-blowingly amazing book,” added Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez. “The story is a blast, the artwork that Micah’s turning in is some of the best art I’ve ever seen, and I think that whoever ends up winning is going to be incredibly proud to have been a part of this series.”

Full press release and interiors below.

The B.P.R.D. Training Camp Wants You!

There's a checklist you need to work through. Do you live in Portland (or be in the area July 16 through July 20)? Are you between the ages of 9 and 17? Do you like spending times outdoors? And, most importantly, do you have a penchant for the supernatural?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then Dark Horse Comics proud to announce a partnership with Trackers Earth offering officially licensed B.P.R.D. and Hellboy camps, made possible through the generous permission of Mike Mignola, creator of B.P.R.D. and Hellboy.

“Trackers Earth is part of what makes Portland such an interesting place to live, and the most fun place in the country to raise a kid. This year my 6-year-old did Trackers camps focusing on forest ninja skills and stealth archery, and attended a school of magic. I wish he were old enough for B.P.R.D. camp, and I can’t wait to participate myself,” said B.P.R.D. editor Scott Allie.

The camp will give you the chance to get immersed in tactical training, including survival skills in any environment (both earthly and non), martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities, hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more) and forensic investigation. All these are key skills that every agent must have; plus, you will be steeped in the history of the Bureau and the legacy of paranormal research.

There are different focuses depending on your age group. It's an exciting program if all of the above are relative to you. To find out more about B.P.R.D. Camp (AKA Hellboy Camp), head over to the official website at http://trackerspdx.com/youth/summer-camp/day/hellboy-camp.php. Full details below.

Pete and Miriam Show Up in March

BOOM! Town is about to welcome some new residents in the form of Pete and Miriam, the best friends in a complicated relationship. The series is written and illustrated by Rich Tammaso and the couple should fit right in with the neighbors at BOOM! Town.

“It's a timeless story. We all struggle with identity and the mystery of being an adult when we grow up,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Tammaso brings a lucidity to this slice-of-life that reflects why he's already and Eisner Award-winner.”

The two best friends (which the comic is named after) Pete and Miriam must contend with New Jersey in the 1970s. Everythin from Mischief Night to schoolyard fights, parents, washed-up film directors and a roomful of ex-girlfriends. The mundane and the unpredictable collide as Pete and Miriam forge their friendship through the odyssey of coming of age in America.

The Pete and Miriam graphic novel ships in March with 112 pages of black and white art for $14.99. Full press release below.

Zenescope Announces The Waking: Dreams End

The Waking was quite the hit for Zenescope in 2010, when Raven Gregory unleashed it on the masses. There's a new series set to debut on the heels of the first one called The Waking: Dreams End, written by Gregory and illustrated by Novo Malgapo.

The Waking: Dreams End picks up years after the original events took place. Murder has become practically extinct in a world armed with the knowledge that those who are killed will return from the dead to take the lives of their killers. But within this new world comes a new kind of killer and an original breed of horror will be born.

“Several months after the release of The Waking, I had a splinter of an idea that just grew and grew over the course of the past year. Says Writer Raven Gregory, I knew I needed to follow up the original story and set it in a brand new world. In The Waking, we established all the rules but in Dreams End, we find someone who has found a way to break those rules. And now the stakes are raised to a higher level and it’s really going to mess with fan’s minds.”

The Waking: Dreams End #1 hits shelves in late April. Full press release and interiors below.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Man. Almost out of time. Just not enough time these days.

I’ve got just a little bit of time this week to throw a brief shout out to what I loved about time travel in the under-appreciated Earth X/Universe X/Paradise X trilogy (sadly left incomplete…sniff. Sniff.)

I had a discussion a week or so about Back to the Future with fellow editor Brandon. Brandon made some interesting points about plotholes in BTF I had never thought about before.

What it came down to, ultimately, was this:

Does time travel account for free will? That is, can I CHANGE time…make a choice that restructures time…

Review - Archeologists of Shadows Vol. 1: The Resistance

Could you imagine if all life was of the machine nature? A world where anything organic must be turned into a machine version by choice or forced into conversion and losing one's identity. I was given the chance to read a new graphic novel from Septagon Studios named Archeologists of Shadows Vol. 1: The Resistance, which depicts such a world in a steampunk mechanical setting.

This graphic novel was created by writer Lara Fuentes and artist Patricio Clarey, who bring a world to life that's full of some vivid imagery that has to be some of the most fantastic artwork I've seen in a graphic novel. All manner of detail and color is done to a fine line that makes the story that much more impactful.

IDW Unleashes Zombies vs. Robots ePub Program

IDW is launching two months of singles. No, not those singles (get your mind out of the gutter). This singles are e-singles and they will feature all-new stories in the Zombies vs. Robots universe. The property was first published in 2006 as a two-issue miniseries by Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall and now IDW is releasing (digitally) a new prose story each week for eight weeks.

"We're calling this our '8x8' plan," explains Jeff Conner, the IDW contributing editor responsible for the ZVR prose line. "Each week, from January 20 to March 9, we'll debut a new short story torn from the festering jaws of the shambling, clanking world that is ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS. And these all-new tales will be a tasty $0.99 each—it's our New Year's gift to the brain-eating reading public."

"Pammi Shaw: Creator of Gods and Also Blogger" is the first 8x8 offering and comes from actress/writer Brea Grant. Told via blog entries, her story extends the recent Zombies vs. Robots: Undercity comic book miniseries, which introduced readers to the young blogger from India and ended with the members of an elite subterranean enclave underneath the Washington Monument being wiped out by ravenous zombies—or so we are led to believe.

"I wanted to put someone in one of the most difficult places possible by ripping away her community, family, and everything she knows, leaving her with her own thoughts," states Grant. "I wanted this person to deal with religion, love, gods and sanity all alone, separated from the raging violence outside. And who better to put in that position than a jaded, flippant teenage blogger named Pammi?"

"We're quite committed to e-singles," Conner noted. "They're such an effective way to present our scintillating shambling dead vs. gun-crazed warbot content. Going exclusively digital with 8x8 was, as we say around IDW, a no-brainer. For sure we'll be doing more digital-only promotions as the year unfolds."

Debuting weekly starting on January 20, 2012, the ZVR e-singles will be available on the Kindle, Nook and in iBooks. The works will all be collected in print in March 2012.

Full press release and schedule below.

Archaia Proclaims Cow Boy the Law

To few things in today's world are "dandy." It's a gerat word that is severely underused, so it's always nice to see when a property comes along that merits using the word both based on setting and just for general dandiness. Archaia's upcoming Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse is a graphic novel rife with being dandy.

Written by Nate Cosby and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos (and featuring short stores by Roger Langridge, Colleen Coover, Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener), Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse is about a ten-year-old bounty hunter. He's determined to round up his entire outlaw family, scouring the Old West on a horst that isn't his.

“This is my favorite thing I’ve ever written,” said varmint author Nate Cosby. “And it’s the best thing Chris has ever drawn. It’s an all-ages tale of justice, redemption and growing up with the knowledge that you can love your family…but that doesn’t mean you can let them get away with everything. I’m so excited Archaia is giving Chris and I the chance to bring our story to a big audience.”

“Creating a book that can be read by anyone and everyone gives me a great feeling,” spouted yella-bellied Chris Eliopoulos. “Knowing I can hand COW BOY to my parents or my children and know they will both enjoy it is something very rare these days in comics. And for me personally, I enjoyed the chance to push my art in new ways. From the coloring, the action to evoking a feeling with a few simple lines, this has been one of the best things I’ve ever done and I know that when people read it, they’ll love it, too.”

The 96-page graphic novel hits stores in March for $19.95.

Full press release below.

Friday, January 20, 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.)

Ack..(coughing). I feel like I am coughing up a lung on this one.

That was one hell of an explosion and firefight we just had. Ever since we broke out of that house last Friday we've been chased by radioactive zombies and shamblers the entire week. For the most part it has been those slow bastards on our tail with intermittent appearances by the super zombies flying out of the woods at us.

We have made at least half a dozen stands in buildings to take out as much of the pursuit as we can. I feel worse for the regular survivors with me as they have been running on little sleep. I can go a lot longer with no sleep maybe one of the pluses that come from being partial zombie.

Review - King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword #1

If you're a big fan of acronyms, you would look at King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword #1 and see "King Conan: TPOTS." This my stir some sense of chivalry and frivolity in you and you may have cause to believe Conan has gone soft. Rest assured, in King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword #1 from Dark Horse, Conan hasn't gone soft. He's still every bit the Cimmerian warrior you remember. Only now he's king.

King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword #1 is written by Tim Truman and illustrated by Tomás Giorello (colors by José Villarrubia and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft). It's a little dense.

Solicitations - Aspen April

Already talking about April. That's how the calendar works as we march towards its end per the Mayans. What's to look forward to in April then? Well, there's PAX East. And there are comics due out from Aspen.

Top of the list is Fathom: Kiani (Vol 2) #1, written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Oliver Nome (colors by John Starr). Kiani is making a comeback and she's pissed. The tides of war have settled between the race of Humans and the underwater race known as the Blue, however, the pact between the two civilizations is not without dissent and retaliatory violence deep below the tides.

Amidst this chaotic uncertainty within the cities of the Blue, Kiani shockingly returns with her own vengeance in mind against those who sought to end her goal of a unified…and superior race. Now, with her sudden arrival all bets are off, as her powerful Elite Blue powers have not only returned—but now, they are even stronger!

Fathom: Kiani (Vol 2) #1 hits stores April 11.

Kiani's back and she's taking aim at Fathom, who also has her own comic hitting another issue in April. Fathom Vol. 4 #6 is written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Alex Konat (colors by Beth Sotelo).

Tensions below the surface have reached a breaking point, and as the war drums sound, the special-forces unit of the Japanese Undersea Army, launches a powerful attack upon the Church of the Eternal Depths…and only Aspen Matthews can prevent a sub-oceanic holocaust that would devastate all life on the planet!

Fathom Vol. 4 #6 is in stores April 25th.

Taking a step back from the Fathom/Kiani side of the house, Aspen will also be releasing Haunted City #3 to eager readers. Written by Chap Taylor and Peter Johnson (art by Michael Ryan), Haunted City #3 continues the tale of NYC as a crazy place to live.

With Cerberus and his werewolf gangsters closing in, Tom steals his father's credentials and breaks into the NYPD's evidence warehouse, hoping to steal enough heroin to buy his way out of a death sentence. But instead of narcotics, Tom discovers evidence that his legendary father may be more sinner than saint. Meanwhile, the Morrigan lures yet another innocent child ever closer to his doom.

Haunted City #3 is in stores April 18th.

Finally, it's back under the water for a Kiani statue of two flavors. Both are designed by Michael Turner and sculpted by Dene Mason. The first is the standard issue Kiani, measuring over 18" tall and 7" wide at the base. The second flavor is a bit spicier, as it's the "Lava Edition".

Limited to 300 statues (and only 50 remain as of this moment), the Lava Edition features a brand new variant paint application, an exclusive dual sword arm sculpt, a light up, pulsating water base and an engraved Kiani name plate. Throw in a matching number parchment print Certificate of Authenticity along with a full-size Kiani Lava Edition color print signed by Turner and Peter Steigerwald.

Both statues are in stores April 11. Check out the full solicitations and covers below.

Richard Starkings Stampedes into Collector's Paradise

Collector's Paradise has another reason for you to check out the store: the man responsible for big, angry elephants.

Signing at the store on January 25 will be Richard Starkings, on hand for the appropriately named Richard Starkings day promoting the release of Elephantmen Vol. 0. Starkings and the store will be celebrating all day (from 12 PM to 7 PM.

"Richard Starkings is a comic book industry legend and one of our stores' biggest supporters. We have had several events with Mr. Starkings in the past, and he makes dozens of new fans of his work every time, by being 100% engaging and charming with every single person," said Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector's Paradise, adding: "His enthusiasm for his own product, and for the industry as a whole is unparalleled. Richard is the ultimate creator of comics, someone who all the new creators should be looking up to."

Richard Starkings and Collector's Paradise will have FREE Copies of Elephantmen comics for anyone who has not tried the book yet, which Richard will sign, as well as a complete selection of ALL Elephantmen graphic novels (both hardcover and softcover editions), including the brand new Elephantmen Vol. 0, Armed Forces, which reprints some of the earliest Elephantmen adventures, in color for the first time.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Presents Voltron: Year One

Everything starts at year one. Voltron's no exception. Dynamite Entertainment is taking us down memory lane to the start of Voltron in a brand new series called Voltron: Year One, debuting in April. Written by Brandon Thomas and illustrated by Craig Cermak (covers by Admira Wijaya and Jonathan Lau), the title brings back the Defender of the Universe for an all-new adventure.

"Voltron is the ultimate action franchise and these epic stories from Dynamite Entertainment take fans deeper into the adventure," said Colin McLaughlin, Senior Licensing Manager, Classic Media. "After the success of the first series, we are looking forward to the unveiling of the second."

Before becoming Voltron, the group was known as Space Explorer Squadron #686 of the Galaxy Alliance. Four young men, led by Commander Sven, are tasked with keeping the Earth safe. That mission was aided by them being approached with an impossible rescue mission.

"Brandon has brought a bold new edge to the Voltron Force and proven himself to be an authentic Voltron fan and skilled storyteller," says Jeremy Corray, Creative Director, World Events Productions. "We can't wait for the surprising twists and turns he will bring to the secret origins of the Space Explorers and we know fans will be as intrigued as we are."

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Review - Dead Man's Run #1

If you were wrongly sent to hell and had a chance to escape would you take it? Of course, to break out of hell you'd have to have a friend with special talents; any old person couldn’t complete this task without someone with certain skills to get the job done.

Well Aspen Studios has a new comic named Dead Man’s Run that shows what it will take to break out of hell. Written by Greg Pak, with artist Tony Parker, David Curiel and Josh Reed, Dead Man's Run #1 brings to you a dark, vivid story with some great artwork backing it up that leaves you questioning what just happened and wanting the next issue to find out more.

New Dejah Thoris Series Delves into Her History

Mars is a happening spot in the world of Dynamite Entertainment. And in general I suppose. John Carter is about to be from there in the major motion picture and Dejah Thoris has been showcasing her own talents with the red planet. In April she'll have to contend with White Apes.

Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars #1 features the talented Mark Rahner (Rahner is joined by artist Lui Antonio, with covers by Brandon Peterson and Alé Garza). On the way to an archeological dig at an ancient battle site at the "face" of Mars, Dejah Thoris and her party are stranded. They take shelter in a dead, ancient city - infested with killer white apes. Hungry ones.

"The most terrifying tale in the annals of Barsoom," says writer Mark Rahner. "A trip to unearth the secret of the "face of Mars" when the Princess, her best friends and crew get stranded in an ancient dead city - infested with ravenous white apes. You've never seen a Mars epic like this!"

Dejah Thoris is the Princess of the Martian city state/empire of Helium, Dejah Thoris is the love interest and later the wife of John Carter, an Earthman mystically transported to Mars, and subsequently the mother of their son Carthoris and daughter Tara. She plays the role of the conventional damsel in distress who must be rescued from various perils, but is also portrayed as a competent and capable adventuress in her own right, fully capable of defending herself and surviving on her own in the wastelands of Mars.

"There are so many more stories that can be told about Dejah Thoris, that we we knew we had to expand Dejah's universe with another Dynamic comic book," states Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Mark is doing a fantastic job on this series, and we are extremely excited by his take on Dejah Thoris!"

Full press release below.

Gone to Amerikay Brings an Irish Flair

It's difficult to mix crime, ghosts and love into one solid story, but I have a feeling that writer Derek McCulloch is probably going to pull it off pretty well in Gone to Amerikay, if the early reviews are any indication.

"GONE TO AMERIKAY is not just a great book, it's an important book. . . . It uses the immigrant experience to talk about us, who we are, how and why we came here, with some echoes of where we might be going. The art is superb, containing some of the best and most evocative images of the period you're ever going to see, and the story is wide in scope but intimate in its details as it flashes forward and backward in time. Forget the hype, this is going to be THE book of 2012."

--J. Michael Straczynski

In March, McCulloch is joined by artist Colleen Doran and color by Jose Villarrubia for a graphic novel from Vertigo that tells a story through three intertwined tales.

From a penniless woman named Ciara O'Dwyer, who's struggling to raise her daughter alone in the notoriously brutal Five Points slum of 1870, to a young artist named Johnny McCormack, who comes to New York intent on becoming a Broadway actor and instead is drawn into the Greenwich Village counterculture of 1960, the year America elected its first Irish-Catholic president. And an Irish billionaire named Lewis Healy who, in 2010, sets out on a quest to unravel the secret of the music that inspired him as a child. After tracking down the haunts of Johnny and Ciara, Healy ultimately pieces together the dire circumstances--and the mysterious song--that ties them all together.

This March, Vertigo brings you a century-spanning original graphic novel that explores the vivid history of Irish émigrés to America via New York City. Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review - Charismagic #4

If you're ever in the situation where "Jungle Law" is declared, things are about to get real. That's the precise situation that both Hank and Sudana find themselves privy to in Charismagic #4, the latest issue in the series that looks at magic in a different light.

Vince Hernandez continues as the writer, joined by Khary Randolph illustrating, Emilio Lopez coloring and Josh Reed lettering.

Radical Entertainment Teaming Up with Dark Horse for Prototype 2

Get ready folks. Dogs and cats are living together. Ok, it's not quite that extreme. But the pairing of Radical Entertainment and Dark Horse is a little strange, even if it is for something such as a new digital comic series tying in with the game, set to release February 15.

“We’re always looking for meaningful ways to expand the PROTOTYPE universe, and Dark Horse Comics is an industry-leading creative powerhouse delivering best-in-class graphic storytelling that integrates deeply to the core of our IP,” said Ken Rosman, Studio Head, Radical Entertainment. “With this partnership, our fans will finally be given answers to some dramatic loose ends from the first PROTOTYPE game, as well as the truth behind Alex Mercer’s descent and evolution into a twisted shadow of his former self for PROTOTYPE 2.”

The new series will be broken into three original stories that bridge the gap between the original game and the sequel. The first entry, “The Anchor,” illustrated by Paco Díaz, continues the story of Alex Mercer, the protagonist from the first game, while the second story, "The Survivors," illustrated by Chris Staggs, follows a small group of residents of New York trying to escape the city after it has been transformed into NYZ with the outbreak of the Blacklight virus. The third and final story, illustrated by Victor Drujiniu, is "The Labyrinth" and provides fans a deeper look into the backstory of PROTOTYPE 2’s new protagonist, Sgt. James Heller.

“Sgt. James Heller’s heart wrenching backstory meshed with the sheer amount of over-the-top shape-shifting action in PROTOTYPE 2 lend themselves perfectly to a comic book series,” said Dave Marshall, Editor, Dark Horse Comics. “We worked extremely close with Radical Entertainment’s story team for PROTOTYPE 2, and can’t wait to visually walk fans through the many dark secrets strewn throughout the tattered world of New York Zero!”

Full press release below.

Scam #1 Sells Out

The upcoming Scam #1 is quite the hit in its initial limited run. So much the hit that the debut issue has sold out at the distributor level more than a week before its release date. The first printing of Scam #1 was limited to just 777 copies, and physical copies will be sold exclusively in a small number of select retailers who have chosen to support this exciting creator-owned title.

The double-sized, first installment of the five-issue miniseries marks the latest release from ComixTribe. Retailers were grouped based on how many copies of the first issue they purchased, including Hot Tables, Pit Bosses and High Rollers.

A second printing has already been greenlit and will got to print February 15 for a February 29 release date.

“I want to thank everyone who helped make my debut book a sell-out," says creator Joe Mulvey. "2012 looks to be a HUGE year for independent and creator owned comics and a huge year for ComixTribe, and I'm thrilled so many retailers and readers are getting in on the ground floor."

To promote the book, Mulvey will be doing a release party signing at the Comics Den in Queens on Friday January 27, and will follow it with a New England Comics Retailers Alliance (NECRA) store tour, which starts at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 am, and continues on to Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics in Lowell, MA, at 3:00 PM.

Scam #1 follows a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives, taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on a former teammate who double-crossed them. It features a story by Joe Mulvey and inks by John Ercek and Jules Rivera, colors by Andrew Crossley, letters by AndWorld Design and a cover by Mulvey and Andrew Crossley.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Arrivals: January 18, 2012

You can't fault Aspen Comics for anything they're doing these days. They've made a name for themselves as a studio with Fathom, but since then they've branched out into other strong titles, including Charismagic (issue #4 is also out tomorrow), Executive Assistant: Iris and Lady Mechanika.

They have a brand new title launching this week that is a little outside the Aspen family so to speak, tapping the writing talents of a pretty big deal in comic book writers. That writer is Greg Pak and the title is Dead Man's Run #1.

Preview - Red Sonja: Raven

Red Sonja isn't the only warrior in the realm that can kill a man and look good doing it. In Red Sonja: Raven, the goddess Scathach places her blessings on a new warrior in Raven, who dedicates herself to the advancement of women across the land. That mission turns out to be slightly disingenuous as Red Sonja investigates a series of massacres that unravels Raven's story.

The one-shot is written by Marc Mason and features art by Lui Antonio (cover by Frank Martin, Jr.). It hits stores tomorrow for $4.99. Interiors are below.

IDW to Appear at London Super Comic Con in February

What do you need to make a comic con go from great to super? Just put it in London apparently. The inaugural London Super Comic Convention will take place the weekend of February 25 and IDW has big plans for the show.

“I’m very happy to be present at the debut London Super Comic show and meeting the fans,” said Chris Ryall. “In fact, I feel like I owe it to our loyal UK fans to make a good first impression at one of their cons, so I’ll be announcing at least one gigantic new series, if not more.”

In addition to having a booth on the show floor, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Ryall will be in attendance participating in an IDW panel, doing portfolio reviews and promising an exclusive announcement or two as well. The show is billing itself as “the U.K.’s Biggest American Creator-Driven Comic Convention.”

Fans will also have the chance to pick up a con-exclusive cover for Infestation 2: Transformers and get books signed by Ryall and creators such as Tony Lee, J.K. Woodward, Phil Jimenez and others. A full signing and panel schedule will be announced as soon as it is finalized.

Sure, it's not quite in IDW's backyard like San Diego Comic-Con is, but you've got to appreciate them getting out there and seeing the world.

Full press release below.

Man Out of Time

Rob Liefeld counts among his many creations Prophet, a man in one of those newfangled distant future Earths inhabited by alien settlers. John Prophet is so respected that he's reached re-imagining status, as evident by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy in Prophet #21. The issue doesn't hit stores until tomorrow, which of course means it's a sell out at the distribution level.

"This is one of those situations where I hate to say something as glib as 'We told you so,' but in the nicest way possible: We did," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "There's been review after glowing review, along with rousing endorsements from the likes of Warren Ellis – it's not a secret Brandon and Simon have turned in a brilliant first issue. It's always nice to be able to say orders on a book have continued to climb post-FOC, but personally, I think it's better to actually have books on the stands."

Prophet #21 is part of Rob Liefeld's Extreme titles with the first issue including covers by Marian Churchland and Liefeld himself.

"We're going back to press on PROPHET #21 to help retailers grow their orders on this excellent new series, but I'd recommend taking a second look at orders on issue #22 and GLORY #23, as well. PROPHET only gets better from here, and for it's just the tip of the Extreme iceberg."

The first printing is in stores January 18. The second printing is available for reorder and will be on sale February 15, right alongside Prophet #22.

Full press release after the jump.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dark Horse Announces Conan/Groo Crossover

Sometimes the April Fools' jokes are actually legit contenders for something more. Take for instance the suggested battle between Groo and Conan. It's a battle for real now, coming this April.

The four-issue miniseries boasts the talents of Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, aided by master illustrator Thomas Yeates and master colorist Tom Luth. In it, the most heroic warrior in history meets the stupidest.

The first issue hits stores April 18. Full press release below.

The Stan Lee Universe Arrives at MoCCA

There are some folks that want to help celebrate the release of The Stan Lee Universe, a new book by Danny Fingeroth and Roy Thomas about Stan the Man Lee. On February 2 from 7 PM to 9 PM, Fingeroth, Dennis O'Neil, Al Jaffee and Peter Sanderson will be on hand to discuss the book.

Admission is $7 (free for MoCCA members) and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. It should be noted that Stan Lee himself won't be there, so don't get your hopes up.

Full press release below.