Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hypernaturals #1 Hits Third Printing

Nothing says "bestseller" like a book with "hyper" in the title. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's Hypernaturals #1 has really been a hit for BOOM!, selling out of its second printing and hitting the third.

Featuring art by Brad Walker and Andres Guinaldo, the third printing ships with an all-new cover by David Yardin. It takes place in the far future, when the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that's only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They're a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish.

Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it's up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals -- and their novice recruits -- to save the galaxy from complete destruction.

The third printing boasts a Diamond code of JUN128135. Full press release below.

Review - Anti #1

Demons walks among us. At least, they do in the world inhabited by characters in Anti #1, published by 12-Gauge Comics.

The first issue is written by Peter Calloway, with art by Daniel Hillyard, colors by Charlie Kirchoff and a cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

Zenescope's Fly Returns with Fly: The Fall

Zenescope does have a repertoire that exists outside of all their takes on traditional fairy tales. One of those takes was Raven Gregory's Fly, an original series that posits the question of what life would be like if a drug made you a superhero. It was successful enough to warrant a sequel called Fly: The Fall.

“I can't tell you how anxious I've been to return to this world,” shares Gregory. “There are few books I write that I can pour myself into like this. All the pain and personal struggles make this story the perfect outlet to express how addiction is an ongoing battle, even when one’s clean.”

The title is written by Gregory and illustrated by Robert Gill and features cover art by David Mack, Ale Garza and Darick Robertson. Fly: The Fall continues soon after the life-shattering events of the last volume. Following the death if his ex-girlfriend, Eddie is now a broken man set on a path of self-destruction from which he may not return. Meanwhile Francis sets his game-plan in motion to destroy the man who killed is father.

“What I love about this story is how dark and grounded it is. Ultimately it’s a very character-driven drama which happens to include lots of great action and a badass vengeance plot.” says Zenescope’s EIC Ralph Tedesco “It’s such a personal story for Raven which parallels his own battle with addiction and I think that’s why so many people connect to the series and why it’s been so well received by both fans and critics.”

Fly: The Fall #1 hits shelves in October and is available for order in this month’s Diamond Previews.

Full press release below.

The Walking Dead #97-99 Getting Reprinted

The Walking Dead is a runaway hit. There's no arguing that. It's just hit the centennial issue, but some of you may have missed the boat in all the hype surrounding the issue. You might have also missed the arc leading up to it in "Something to Fear." Don't worry...Image Comics has your back.

The three issues will receive second printings with covers that will combine for form a large, landscape image. The reprint covers will combine to depict the villain Negan and his now-infamous baseball bat, Lucille, and are by series artist Charlie Adlard.

The reprints of are scheduled to be in stores on August 22 and are available for pre-order now with the Diamond codes JUN128147 (#97), JUN128148 (#98), and JUN128149 (#99).

Full press release below.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Review - Alpha Girl #4

At this moment fans are still in a golden age for zombies, as they are blowing up everywhere in just about every medium. This is especially true in comics, as there are so many different ways zombies can be used as the bad guy it's crazy. Alpha Girl #4 doesn’t disappoint in this department with their take on a zombie epidemic with all the women of the world turning into zombies and killing all men.

Image comics has a great one on their hands with a great team made up of writer and co-creators Jeff Roenning and Jean-Paul Bonjour, artists Diego Simone, Jeff Rassier and Drew Gill.

Oceanverse Launches Online Store

You're nothing if you don't have an online storefront these days. Oceanverse artist Mike Schwartz has just gone from nothing to something. Not really, but the comparison is still sort of there.

Schwartz saw his Kickstarter campaign successful enough to fund his web comic anthology Oceanverse: The Collected Edition. With that surge he also picked up a ton of new fans, prompting the launching of an online store to accomodate the continued interest in his work.

Oceanverse.com currently stocks printed and digital editions of Oceanverse: The Collected Edition, as well as the lighthearted “mini-book,” Funnybook Fish, which collects Schwartz’s take on popular comic characters as sea life. Also available are Oceanverse t-shirts, sketch cards, and original art commissions. The latter are 9” x 12” pen and ink drawings, available in color or black and white.

Full press release below.

Mike Deodato, Jr. Launches First Book of Original Cartoons

If you don't know Kickstarter by now, then you probably aren't really that big a comic fan. The site has launched countless indie projects, reprintings of anthologies and a wide variety of other projects. Mike Deodato, Jr., is taking advantage of the site by launching his own Kickstarter for printing a first-ever book of original cartoons. It's title is The Cartoon Art of Mike Deodato, Jr..

"My readers know me from my many years at Marvel, drawing super-heroes. Yet they may not know that I'm also a cartoonist. I'm creating a whole series of cartoons about my life, my work, and my family, and I want to share these with my fans in the form of a book that I publish myself."

The 30-day Kickstarter campaign for the book will feature many rewards, ranging from autographed books to full-size 11" x 17" art commissions.

"I relaized that I get hundreds upon hundreds of commission requests per year," Deodato explains, "and I'm usually unable to take on any of them due to my schedule. What's more, since are rarely do Conventions and I tend to draw most of my work digitally these days, with the exception of cover art, that means it's hard to get any new art from me. This is fandom's chance. I'm setting aside a chunk of time specifically to create custom commissions as part of this Kickstarter campaign, so it may be the only chance most art collectors have of getting a new, custom sketch from me, and it ends up support a personal project that's near and dear to my heart."

Full press release below.

Friday, July 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.)

Day 8 of this siege.

Since late Thursday of last week, zombies numbered low at first, but have slowly built up as the week moved along. Those radioactive bastards keep bringing more and more back, biting them as they go; that's making the smarter shamblers. Now we are surrounded by about 150 of them and ammo is starting to become a bit of a problem.

Review - Bad Girls #1

Typically, when villainous types get together, villainous things happen. There are four characters in the Zenescope universe that have the capacity to be quite villainous and it's these four ladies who unite in Bad Girls #1

Joey Esposito is the writer, with pencils by Rafael Lanhellas, Eduardo Garcia and Marco Cosentino, with colors by Jason Embury and Bruno Cotic and letters by Jim Campbell.

Preview - The Crow: Midnight Legends Vol. 1

What does the Crow do late night? Fight criminals and visit seedy locales, that's what. It's more of the same in The Crow: Midnight Legends Vol. 1 from IDW, written by James O'Barr and John Wagner and featuring art by Alex Maleev (cover by Kyle Hotz and Dan Brown).

After a ten-year hiatus, O'Barr returned to The Crow with Dead Time, a story he envisioned as a new Crow film. A tale of grief, reincarnation, and long-sought vengeance.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Friday Night With Stan Lee at Baltimore Comic-Con

In what's seeming to become an annual tradition, Stan Lee will be at Baltimore Comic-Con. As part of his appearance, he'll be on a special panel that only VIP members will access, where they'll also be privy to a meet and greet afterwards.

"We're so excited to provide this limited opportunity to Stan's super-fans," said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We've found a great way to provide much-requested Friday programming and provide special value in doing so. It's the chance of a lifetime."

On Friday, September 8th, Stan Lee will participate in an off-site limited-access Q&A panel and meet-and-greet along with newly-expanded special guests Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mark Buckingham, Larry Hama and Roger Stern. Only guests with a VIP Gold Ticket will have access to this very special event.

VIP ticket holders will also get one item signed by Stan Lee, a photograph with Stan the Man, priority seating at the panel and a Stan Lee t-shirt. VIP Gold Ticket purchasers will receive details (times, places, etc.) approximately 1 week before the show.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

Full press release below.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review - Debris #1

If it's not one thing it's something else. The plight of humanity's future is quite bleak it seems, with our race facing robots, intergalactic threats or even plagues in the near future. It's a tried and true scenario, even on display in Debris #1 from Image Comics.

The first issue is written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, with illustrations by Riley Rossmo, letters by Ed Brisson and colors by Owen Gieni.

Force Is Strong in This One: Sizing Up Geeks of Both Genders

Like it or not, it's hip to be square. That is, there's an almost unprecedented coolness associated with being a geek. Maybe it's the rampant success of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, Twilight taking up residence at Comic-Con or both Marvel and DC being owned by larger parent companies. Finding the source for the geeksplosion is about as tough as convincing Han that tauntauns don't smell worse on the inside.

It's not a problem, everyone wanting to be a geek. It should be viewed as a good thing. More people wanting to read comics means more people buying comics, which inevitably leads to more comics being made. The same goes for video games. And movies. And t-shirts. Just about anything that geek culture can sink its teeth into.

Yet, for some within the geek community, there's a need to battle. It's almost as if a civil war is brewing, where geeks will be forced to demonstrate their geek cred before they're able to continue calling themselves "geeks." Where we'll have to choose sides and decide we're pro-Twilight or against Twilight.

Quick, what's the name of the episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer with next to no dialogue?

In what comic did Spider-man first appear?

What's the name of the main female character in True Blood?

Can't answer all three? Guess you're not a hardcore geek yo.

There are articles like this one by Joe Peacock of CNN's Geek Out blog, questioning the correlation between being a hot female and a geek. Clearly, it's impossible for a geek to be both a woman and a geek simultaneously. It's like walking and chewing gum at the same time. It's nigh impossible.

And if that female geek is hot? Well, that's a combination causing the fabric of space and time to swallow itself as we speak.

Review - Soulfire: Grace #1

Ah the plight of Malikai. The pivotal character in the Soulfire universe has lots of big players looking for him. The search reaches its conclusion in Soulfire: Grace #1, published by Aspen Comics.

The issue is written by J.T. Krul, with illustrations by Pasquale Qualano, colors by Beth Sotelo and David Curiel and letters by Josh Reed.

Shadowman Returns from Valiant in November

You knew he was coming back. If the blacked out teaser wasn't enough proof, then how about the fact that Valiant are copping to it and admitting that yes, Shadowman #1 hits stores this November. It'll be written by Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher and illustrated by Zircher.

"Shadowman is one of the most popular characters in the Valiant Universe and the fans have been asking me since day one when he's going to return," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "Justin and Patrick have put together an action-packed debut that also adds an incredibly important new dimension to the Valiant Universe. And as Patrick's pages clearly demonstrate, he's one of the finest artists working in the medium today. We've got an amazing team at the helm of our fifth ongoing launch and I can't wait for the first issue to hit the stands."

The Big Easy is full of dreams, but it's the nightmares that bear paying attention to. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?

Shadowman #1 features covers by Patrick Zircher, as well as Dave Johnson and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Full press release and preview pages below.

Chew: Secret Agent Poyo Hits Second Printing

An angry rooster plays fast and loose with life. An angry rooster who also happens to be a secret agent gets his life chronicled in not one but two printings of a comic named after him. Such is the life of Poyo, with Chew: Secret Agent Poyo by John Layman and Rob Guillory getting a second printing in August.

Commented Layman, "Secret Agent Poyo is the most important thing to happen to comics in the last three hundred and fifty years, and it's clear that the public recognizes it for the towering literary achievement that it is."

The Comic-Con International Exclusive foil-stamped cover edition of the one-shot about the fan-favorite rooster was one of the stars of Image Comics exclusive offerings at Comic-Con International in San Diego. That convention exclusive was limited to 750 copies and will not be reprinted.

The second printing that will be available will hit stores August 29 and is available now for pre-order with the Diamond code JUN128113. You can check out our review of the issue here in the meantime.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Zenescope Visiting Sleepy Hollow

Every now and then it's nice to take a trip. Get away from things, clear your head. Sometimes though, that trip leads your head being cleared in other ways, especially if you reside in Sleepy Hollow. Zenescope is headed there this October with a brand new series, written by Dan Wickline and illustrated by Allan Otero.

“I’m very excited about taking on this project,” states Wickline. “If you think about it, Sleepy Hollow is the starting point for a lot of the horror out there today. It was the first story to use the basic premise that we see in slasher films and the blueprint to many of the unstoppable anti-heroes we have today. I call them anti-heroes because deep down inside most of us are rooting for the killer when we read or watch these kinds of stories. With this series I want to do what Zenescope has become famous for doing, taking classic tales told to children and turning them up to eleven. I get to crank up the fright and it should be a hell of a ride.”

The Zenescope twist has the series taking place on campus of a fictional Tarrytown University in upstate New York. The Headless Horseman has been referred to only as myth, but that myth becomes reality when a college prank goes wrong. Those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a disturbing revenge that none will ever forget.

Sleepy Hollow #1 hits shelves in October and is available for order in this month’s Diamond Previews.

Full press release below.

Point of Impact Debuts from Image Comics in October

Murders have a way of revealing so much more than just the actual crime itself. In the case of a Nicole Rafferty's murder in Point of Impact it reveals that those who thought they knew her best really didn't know how her at all. Writer Jay Faerber and illustrator Koray Kuranel elaborate.

"Point of Impact was born out of the idea that a person can be different things to different people," said Faerber. "We behave differently, and play different roles, depending on who we're with. That's a theme I wanted to explore in the context of a murder mystery."

"Koray is a fantastic artist recommended to me by my old friend and collaborator, Yildiray Cinar," said Faerber of his collaborator. "His layouts and sense of storytelling are incredible."

The four-issue miniseries, which will debut in October, is illustrated in stark black and white. It's available for for pre-order in the August issue of Previews.

Full press release below.

Review - Soulfire Power #1

Everyone knows the adage: with great power comes great responsibility. It rings true in just about every scenario, especially when that scenario involves powerful magic returning as it does in Soulfire Power #1 from Aspen Comics.

Soulfire Power #1 is written by David Wohl, with illustrations by Nacho Arranz and Khary Randolph, colors by John Starr, Emilio Lopez and Etienne St. Laurent and letters by Josh Reed.

Archaia Premieres Rust Vol. 2 and Spera Vol. 2 as Digital First Titles

You know, there might just be something to this whole digital comics thing afterall. With companies like comiXology tearing up the digital charts and makes great comics available digitally and publishers like Archaia announcing digital first titles, there's a digital wave growing bigger and bigger.

Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell is the follow-up to Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field, the debut graphic novel by Royden Lepp. In this volume, the dysfunctional Taylor family continues to rebuild their farm lives after the devastating loss of a recent war, and the appearance of the mysterious jet pack-wearing boy, Jet Jones.

Jet’s behavior continues to raise youngest brother Oswald’s suspicion, particularly when the appearance of another robot invader puts them all in danger. Like its predecessor, the second volume is presented in nostalgic sepia tone to help set the industrial atmosphere of the title.

Spera Vol. 2 is the sequel to the first volume, based off the original webcomic experiment by Josh Tierney. In this volume, exiled princesses Pira and Lono travel to the bustling city of Kotequog to avoid the clutches of Pira’s mother, the Evil Queen. Obtaining jobs as adventurers, the two best friends set out on a series of quests that land them in perhaps more excitement than they’d bargained for.

The volume is told in four chapters and a series of stand-alone shorts, each drawn by a different rising talent in comics. It features the works of Giannis Milonogiannis, Kyla Vanderklugt, Timothy Weaver and Afu Chan.

The first chapters of both debut on comiXology today, with subsequent chapters being released each month. The print editions will debut late Fall.

Full press release below.

Zenescope Publishes Jeffrey Kaufman's Whore

Nothing screams controversy like a graphic novel called Whore. And creator Jeffrey Kaufman is out of breath come September. Published by Zenescope, Whore is written by Kaufman and illustrated by Marco Turini (with colors by James Brown. It answers the question if James Bond had no morals and would work for anyone who could pay him?

After getting downsized from the CIA, Jacob Mars will take any job he can to pay his debts and alimony. He isn't a bad guy by nature, but out of necessity. He has to live a life where things don't matter, as long as he gets paid. His motto, simply stated: "Every man has his price."

“A unique but sometimes offensive guy, Jacob Mars in Whore takes you to places you never imagined you’d go,” said creator and writer Jeffrey Kaufman “He couldn’t be a better or worse character to write for. Survival in his world is defined less by air and blood than by dollars and cents.”

The 112-page, full-color paperback will hit stores in September for $9.99. It's available to order in the July 2012 edition of Diamond Previews (JUL121329, ISBN: 978-1-937068-62-2).

Full press release below.

Preview - Crawl to Me: Evil Edgar Edition HC

Crawl to Me deserves to be released. Nay, it DEMANDS it. IDW is answering the call by doing just that, releasing the Crawl to Me: Evil Edgar Edition HC today, written and illustrated by Alan Robert.

The gritty, gut-wrenching tale is re-presented as a deluxe oversize hardcover “Evil Edgar” Edition. Complete with a never-before-seen art gallery by Robert, an introduction written by Walter Simonson and a disturbing painted cover by Menton3, readers will gain even more insight into the mystery of Crawl to Me’s jaw-dropping twist ending.

Crawl to Me: Evil Edgar Edition HC is in stores today with interiors below.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bringing it Full Circle: How The Dark Knight Rises Completes the Trilogy

"Culturally significant movie that perfectly completes the trilogy."

That was my first thought after exiting the IMAX theater at the conclusion of The Dark Knight Rises. It's been four years since The Dark Knight came out and fans have been chomping at the bit for the finale. There's so much going on in the third film that it's almost impossible to come away not impressed.

It boasts a heavy Occupy Wall Street theme throughout, garnering the cultural significance. And it does rather perfectly complete the trilogy, by wrapping up loose threads, setting new ones to unravel and making sure the main characters all have a happy (semi-happy?) ending.

The film isn't without flaws though and Julian Darius provides an excellent look at some of them over at his site Seqart. I'd recommend giving that a read and while I'm not here to critique the film nearly as harshly (but well defended) as he did, he does make some interesting points.

One of the seemingly bigger complaints is that the third film invalidates a lot of the previous two, which as Darius presents is a very valid argument. The thing is that's not entirely the case, as The Dark Knight Rises does stay within the trilogy very well, continuing themes Nolan presents in the earlier films.

This isn't meant to be a point-by-point counter-argument to the Darius piece. Again, he makes very valid points regarding the movie and, again, it's worth a read. This is simply meant to look at The Dark Knight Rises as it fits within and as a conclusion to the trilogy. It fits in especially well as it continues the themes of choice, symbolism and survival.

Before we head deeper, a few quick thoughts on the movie. Overall, it was great, but Nolan may have let his theatricality get the best of him at times. There were some plot holes and the entire film felt plot-driven (as opposed to character driven). Some things were a little too convenient for the story's sake and how everyone knew Bruce Wayne was Batman was a little baffling. The Dark Knight remains the best of the three, but, again, The Dark Knight Rises is a satisfying conclusion.

Now then. Let's roll. Yes, there are spoilers ahead. Yes, you have been warned.

Review - Extermination #2

Extinction level events have a way of bringing people together, even archenemies such as The Red Reaper and Nox. The brothers from a different justice mother are on the same side in Extermination #2 from BOOM! Studios.

The second issue is written by Simon Spurrier, illustrated by Jeffery Edwards, colored by Blond and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. It features covers by John Cassaday and Laura Martin, Trevor Hairsine and Blond, Michael Gaydos and Ben Oliver.

Preview - Debris #1

If comics, movies and games are any indication, the far future for the human race leaves something to be desired. The "best-case" scenario has the world a shell of its former self, with humans struggling to make due. Debris #1 is no exception.

The title is written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Riley Rossmo. In it, ancient spirits called the Colossals rise from the debris and attack the remaining survivors, forcing the human race to the brink of extinction. One warrior woman, Maya, sets out to find the last source of pure water to save the world before the monsters bring it all to an end.

Debris #1 hits stores July 25 with interiors below.

Valiant Casts Shadows in November

Don't you love headlines equally as cryptic as the pictures they refer to?

Udon Scratching the Street Fighter Itch

Udon feels the lack of Street Fighter comics is painful. Like, Ryu, Shoryuken difficult. The best way to counter that is easy--release new comics. Udon is working on that counter, with two new books on tap.

The first is Super Street Fighter: New Generation. Ryu, Sakura, Ken, and Guile are joined by newcomers Alex, Juri, Dudley, Hakan, and more for all-out excitement and pulse-pounding battles. The 144-page, deluxe hardcover graphic novel hits stores in November 2012.

UDON fan favorite artists including Joe Ng, Jeff “Chamba’ Cruz, Omar Dogan, Genzoman and many others have stories in this super-sized graphic novel, showcasing a dizzying array of Street Fighter-centric styles.

The second is Street Fighter Origins: Akuma. Akuma’s past is brought to life through incredibly vivid artwork by penciler Joe Ng and colorist Espen Grundetjern. It’s been in the works for quite a while, but we assure you that it’s worth the wait.

These new graphic novels are the same size as our fan favorite Street Fighter Ultimate Editions. That means they’re larger than regular comics and display UDON’s eye-popping detailed artwork in a killer format right from the start.

Along with these new graphic novels, UDON is proud to announce that the older Street Fighter comic stories are now serializing online for free at www.streetfightercomics.com with new pages posted every week day.

Full press release below.

Higher Earth Gets Teased

You should never tease a planet higher than yourself, but that won't stop BOOM! Studios from doing it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Preview - X-O Manowar #5

If the aliens on the Vine ship aren't even a match for Aric and the armor, is there anyone that is? Ninjak is and he makes his bloody debut in X-O Manowar #5.

Written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Lee Garbet (covers by Mico Suayan, Philip Tan and Patrick Zircher), the fifth issue kicks off an extraterrestrial arms race. After a failed brute force attempt on the life of Aric of Dacia, Vine agents deep within MI6 have only one option left in their gambit to retrieve the X-O Manowar armor – call in the deadly mercenary known as Ninjak.

But what happens when the world's foremost weapons specialist engages the Earth's most powerful weapon head on? And even if Ninjak can defeat the armor's defenses, does he stand a chance against the savage warrior that controls it?

The issue hits stores September 12 with interiors below.

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Saw the Man of Steel teaser this weekend. And it’s getting me pretty stoked.

It got me thinking though. The villain I’ve always wanted to see in a Superman flick? Brainiac.

Of course Lex will be the big bad lurking in the background, but I’m ready to see somebody who can really tangle with Superman-physically-to hit the big screen. I think Brainiac could be perfect for this.

Kevin Smith already caught on to this notion a few years back and, apparently, there’s a script he wrote floating around out there, somewhere, that features Brainiac.

I guess the biggest problem with using this villain is sort of figuring out how to use him. DC is a little notorious for this, but I think Brainiac has had more re-writes than all of their characters combined! So here’s just a few elements that they COULD draw from if my favorite big-headed-robot made an appearance:

Review - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #3

Being trapped in a felled freight train car is never fun for anyone involved. It becomes even less exciting when three ravenous monsters are fighting to break in and devour you. It's safe to say that Devon and Fenix aren't haven't fun in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #3 from Dark Horse.

The conclusion to the three-issue series is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by Tyler Crook, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Clem Robins and covers by Duncan Fegredo, Stewart and Mignola.

Dark Horse Publishing Dragon Resurrection

Dark Horse isn't content to get its dragon fix through publishing the comic adaptation of Bioware's Dragon Age game. Nope. In fact, the publisher really, really wants to do more dragons so much that they announced such a property at Comic-Con 2012: Dragon Resurrection. The title is created by Mark Byers and Lin Zhang.

“It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s cool—we purposely made a book that we ourselves wanted to read,” said Byers. “We’re so happy to be part of the Dark Horse team and to have them share our enthusiasm for the franchise.”

Following the discovery of the remains of a dragon in the mountains of Tibet, adventurer Jesse Chang sends a DNA sample back to his twin brother, geneticist Jack. However, when a rogue American general learns of the discovery, he sets in motion a global pursuit to seize and control the technology for his own shocking ends. Now these twin siblings must synthesize the dragon’s DNA, creating a new generation of living, breathing dragons, in order to take on a tyrant bent on building his own personal kingdom.

“Dragons are not just in fairy tales; they’re real, and they live among us,” says creator/producer Lin Zhang. “That’s the feeling we wanted to create, and since dragons are a part of both Eastern and Western cultures, we made an exciting action adventure that will thrill everyone.”

The first issue will hit stores the summer of 2013. Full press release below.

Image Comics Gets Happy!

Nick Sax isn't exactly a winner. He's been fired from the police force, turned on by his own employees in his murder-for-hire business, has a drinking problem and suffers from eczema. What more could writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson put him through? Readers will find out in September in Happy! from Image Comics.

"HAPPY! is a story I've wanted to write since hit-man Nick Sax and his 'partner' Happy the Horse appeared fully-formed in my head two years ago," said Morrison. In an interview at Newsarama, he described the impetus of its development: "I wanted to do a classic Christmas story – like A Christmas Carol or It's A Wonderful Life – but with all the junkies, killers and pedophiles which make our modern world so colorful!"

Robertson adds, "Happy had a complete transformation from the initial drawing to what he became and what he became is one of the most enjoyable things I've ever designed to draw," said Robertson. "I hope readers will have as much fun with this as I've been having.

Happy #1 will be in stores September 26. The four-issue miniseries will culminate with an issue released Christmas week. Full press release below.

Friday, July 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.)

Sure enough those radioactive bastards have caught up with me.

I'm still at the small, walled-in town near one of the Great Lakes, helping them repair their fortifications and doing ammo runs down in the northern U.S. towns. The faster zombies finally caught wind of me as this morning. Around 3 AM there was a massive moaning sound and then bam...40 shamblers, with 8 of those radioactive zombies.

Hold on…Bam…got em. They're figuring out how to get up those walls.

Review - The Walking Dead #100

The Walking Dead #100. What more can you say about one awesome comic that issue in and out just keeps dealing out a world of hell for those lucky survivors pushing ahead? All of the trials, killing, zombie attacks and some crazy events have happened, all of which are culminating in issue #100.

I've been reading this comic for a long time and after awhile you realize how really nobody is safe from dying and the amount of bodies they have piled up over the issues keeps you on edge.

The centennial issue is written by Robert Kirkman, illustrated by Charlie Adlard, colored by Cliff Rathburn and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Preview - Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #1

The members of G.I. Joe face danger on a daily basis. The danger is amplified when it's in the form of a female, as in Danger Girl. She tangles with the Joes in the all-new Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #1.

The title is written by Andy Hartnell and illustrated by John Boyle and Phillip Moy, with colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr. and letters by Neil Uyetake (cover by J Scott Campbell). The book features spies, ninjas and COBRA, among other things.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Eve Gets New One-Shot in October

There's little to desire about working late at a holiday story. Usually, working late means you miss the holiday and associated festivities, but when you work at a store like Halloween Land things can get extra tricky. Eve is going to learn first hand just how scary things can be in Halloween Eve from Image Comics, written by Brandon Montclare and illustrated by Amy Reeder.

"Halloween Eve will break your heart and blow you away!" said Reeder. "I am so excited to be creating my own characters and story, and I'm glad it's in the hands of what has lately felt like creator-owned central, Image Comics.”

Eve gets a bump in the night that could turn her dead-end job deadly. Surrounded by masks, costumes, and novelties that her that have come to life, Eve will have to fight her way through a horde of horror or she'll never make it to Halloween.

"Working with Amy Reeder to co-create Halloween Eve was already almost too good to be true," added Montclare. "Being at Image—without a doubt the place-to-be for creator-owned comics—is unbelievable.”

The 40-page comic is due in October 2012 to celebrate Halloween. It's a stand-alone, self-contained tale of magic and adventure geared toward teen and adult audiences. It will be available for pre-order in the August issue of Previews.

Full press release below.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review - Kuzimu

There are some comics that don't follow the traditional, capes and tights mantra. Typically, these are indie and small press books and their stories delve deeper into emotions and themes more than the standard superhero stuff. Kuzimu is an excellent example of that delving.

The title is written and illustrated by Brett Uren, with additional design and concepts by Fae Harmon.

PLB Comics Announces Exclusive Cover for Baltimore Comic-Con

PLB Comics will be in Baltimore for Baltimore Comic-Con. They'll be showcasing their work, hoping to make an impression on eager young convention goers. Part of that showcase will be an exclusive variant cover of Gideon and Sebastian: Predators and Prey #2 for only $3.

The series follows the exploits of Father Gideon West, a grizzled Vampire-hunting priest who is haunted by a horrific past, and Sebastian, a happy-go-lucky Vampire bitten in his prime who has volunteered to help the Vatican exterminate the Vampire menace. This odd couple rip through vampires while constantly taking jabs at one another, all the while harboring a grudging respect for each other.

The book is presented in an anthology style, with a collection of indie artists all giving their own unique perspective to the characters. Josh and Mathew Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Nathan Milliner and James Dufendach have all lent their creative talents to this issue.

The extremely limited in supply comic will set you back $3. Full press release below.

Review - Saga #5

Sometimes a series is just so good you run out of superlatives to describe it. That's where Saga from Image Comics is with the fifth issue.

It's written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples and letters by Fonografiks.

Information Free in Cyber Force

Cyber Force is still one year away from the legal drinking age, but that's not going to stop it from celebrating twenty years. In fact, in honor of that milestone, drinks...er, the first five issues of the series' return, are on Image and Top Cow.

Through Kickstarter, backers will get the chance to snag exclusive variant covers, a signed print, a hardcover edition of the collected first five issues, a smartphone case, original art, and one-on-one sessions with Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri.

There are also several special rewards for comic book retailers who pledge — including exclusive signings by Silvestri. The funding will not only go toward paying the art team but also toward offsetting print costs, thus ensuring the first five issues are available for free.

"My obsession growing up was sci-fi and fantasy and the concept of Cyber Force has always been ripe for mining those genres," said Silvestri. "The best sci-fi has its soul anchored in social commentary and the human condition and then goes nuts with the concepts. Comic books are unique in that they can add to that the thrill of wish fulfillment," he added. "Mash those ideas together add a healthy dose of 21st century paranoia, and voila! You've got Cyber Force.”

Joining Silvestri on the new series is interior artist Khoi Pham. Full press release below.

IDW Blasts Off with Wild Blue Yonder

Mike Raicht, Zach Howard, Austin Harrison and Nelson Daniel are getting their creator owned on with IDW. The fruits of that labor is the story of survivors taking to the skies to avoid an ecological disaster in Wild Blue Yonder.

“I couldn’t be happier to continue my long partnership with Zach Howard,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “He illustrated the first comic I ever wrote, and has been producing some stunning work for IDW ever since. Add to that Mike Raicht’s clever scripting and the amazing colors of Nelson Daniel and WILD BLUE YONDER becomes much more than just an innovative concept.”

Mankind has become accustomed to the reality of a prosperous life only existing in sky bound territory, a desperate war has broken out for control and survival on the ground and high above it. The world features flying machines, massive, makeshift fortresses and a desperate war among the dwindling population left to the scarce resources on land.

“We've been striving to put Wild Blue Yonder together for a long time,” said Raicht. “It is so amazing that it is finally coming together. To be able to publish it at IDW, the same place that has produced some of my favorite creator owned properties, like 30 Days of Night, The Cape, and Locke and Key, is cooler than I can ever truly express.”

Keep an eye out for the book in stores. Full press release below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review - X-O Manowar #3

The saying goes "now we're cooking with fire." In X-O Manowar #3 from Valiant Entertainment, Aric just so happens to be cooking with fire, laser beams, indestructable armor and a host of other special abilities. Yeah, it's getting intense.

The issue is written by Robert Venditti, with pencils by Cary Nord, inks by Stefano Gaudiano, colors by Moose Baumann, letters by Dave Lanphear and covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Mico Suayan.

Dynamite Entertainment Announces The Art of Painted Comics

The painted comic. One could argue it's comics in its truest form. Tons of great artists have tapped into it for their work, including Alex Ross, Greg Hildebrandt, Frank Frazetta, Joe Jusko, Michael William Kaluta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Julie Bell, Joseph Michael Linsner, Glen Orbik, Simon Bisley, Dave Dorman, Phil Noto, Greg Horn, Brian Bolland, Ashley Wood, Charles Vess, Mark Teixeira, Arthur Suydam, Dave McKean, among others. Now, Dynamite is collecting their work and more as a history of painted comics in The Art of Painted Comics.

"Several years ago, Dynamite Entertainment had, at my urging, begun work with writer Chris Lawrence and me to finally create a book devoted to the art of painted comics," says Ross. "I've always found that painted art in comics is regarded by most people as a recent application and not a mainstream part of how comics are made. Painted covers and stories for the comics medium has been around for decades, with some of it going back to the beginnings of the art form. This much labored-over, lushly illustrated book will finally set the record straight and expose the reader to a rich history of how painted art has shaped the popular art form of comics."

Overseen by Ross, The Art of Painted Comics is the art book which offers a complete history of painted comics. It is an overview of the topic: a glimpse into a world that has, to date, been regrettably overlooked; a sampling of artistry that will foster an appreciation of the mastery of the men and women behind the images that have long held our collective imagination.

"This book started out as us wanting to do a retrospective book on the distinguished career of Alex Ross," adds Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Alex preferred to go another route by instead creating the ultimate definitive book of the art and history of painted comics. This project involved lots of work and research since it is the first of its kind, and we are all proud of The Art of Painted Comics!"

Look for the book in stores in October. Full press release below.

Alan Robert's Killogy Coming Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013 seems to far away. The leaves will change again. The fourth season of The Walking Dead on AMC will be starting. IDW will release Alan Robert's Killogy. Wait. What?

That's right. Musician Alan Robert is returning with Killogy, featuring the talents of Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone and Brea Grant in hero capacities.

“Basing my original characters on the likenesses of Frank, Marky, and Brea has been an awesome experience because I can actually hear their voices in my head while writing their dialogue," said Robert. "I haven’t really seen this done before in comics and thought it might be an interesting and challenging concept to try. Much in the way that The Twilight Zone had celebrity guest stars at the center of its stories, KILLOGY throws three popular personalities into the middle of some very bizarre and horrific situations.”

The first issue is slated for an October 2013 release. Full press release below.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Splitting San Diego Comic-Con: A Tale of Two Cities

Comic-Con is big. Gargantuan. Lines form in the wee hours of the morning. There was a prevailing sense among this year's attendees that whatever time you got in line last year for a panel, this year you should get in line one hour earlier.

A lot of this is attributed to Hollywood's influence on the show, making it less "comic" and more "convention." It's also partly due to the surge in popularity that comics and geek culture as a whole are experiencing, thanks to wildly popular shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Regardless of the reasons, Comic-Con is a show literally bursting at the seams as far as attendance goes. Something has to be done as its reaching critical mass, with events spilling over into nearby hotels. The show organizers have been promised a massive exposition center expansion in San Diego, but reports seem to indicate it won't be ready until 2015ish at the earliest.

What's a mega-popular, financially sound convention to do in the meantime then? According to Airlock Alpha, split into two events. The current, rumored line of thought is that Comic-Con will be broken into two shows: a spring show in Anaheim and the traditional summer show in San Diego.

This is all still just rumored at this point, but let's head down the rabbit-hole for a little bit of speculation.

Review - Wonderland #1

Wonderland isn't all it's cracked up to be. Genocidal queens, insane cats and equally mad tea party hosts. It's not as wonderful as you would hope. Calie Lidle found that out the hard way and now--having escaped the horrors of that funhouse--returns in an all-new, ongoing series from Zenescope, starting with Wonderland #1.

The first issue is written by Raven Gregory, with pencils by V Ken Marion, colors by Thomas Bonvillain and letters by Jim Campbell.

IDW Gets Deified in Let's Play God

The disembodied voice in Saw asks "participants" if they want to play a game. They really have no choice in the matter, as usually their lives are at stake if they don't play along. Zane and Brea Grant have a similar question only with different results. They want to know if someone wants to play God, in the aptly named Let's Play God #1 from IDW Publishing hitting stores this October.

“It’s like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in the Pacific Northwest... but cooler,” Brea Grant said.

Joined by Eric J, Let's Play God combines a punk spirit and kinetic art with chilling storyline for the four issues. After witnessing a murder, Mel finds her and her bandmates have now become targets of the killer. With the list of suspects growing and trust among friends eroding, Mel must find the killer before it’s too late for all of them. This descent into an imaginative world of darkness is sure to delight fans of horror, music, and unbridled adventure.

“We’ve given a punk girl who can barely pay her rent the responsibility of stopping a maniac from killing everyone she knows,” Zane Grant said. “It’s terrifying, really. And I wouldn’t be surprised if our readers petitioned the editor to have our creative team committed.”

Beyond EricJ, the series will be supported by editions signed by the creators, as well as variant covers by Fábio Moon, Tim Seeley and Dennis Calero.

“I can’t express how excited I am about this project,” EricJ said. “Working with Zane and Brea has been awesome. This is the first project I’ve worked on that feels like it’s set in a world that I’ve lived in, which is exciting for me. And the fact that we’re bringing a bit of noir into it is making me feel right at home and adds up to a unique setting for the story. Top that off with getting to work again with editor Denton J. Tipton, and the incredible challenge of contributing full-color art for the first time in my career, it’s fair to say that I’m having the time of my life!”

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Debuts To Hell You Ride

Comic-Con 2012 is over, but the news continues to pour from the show. Dark Horse has some more news worthy of the #SDCC tag, namely that Lance Henriksen is slated to release To Hell You Ride with the publisher.

The work was teased during the "Drawing on Your Nightmares" panel and will team Henriksen up with Joseph Maddrey and Tom Mandrake. A deadly curse plagues the small town of Telluride, melting the flesh from its victims—it’s the violent revenge four warriors set in motion when their sacred burial grounds were disturbed for the sake of gold miners’ greed!

To Hell You Ride #1 is on sale December 12, 2012. Full press release below.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review - Harbinger #2

What would you do if you could talk to a dog? Find out where he hid his bone? Ask him why he's always licking himself? If you're anything like Peter Stanchek, you tend to ask more important questions, such as how I do I get the anti-psiot tech out of my head.

That scenarios arises in Harbinger #2 by Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Joshua Dysart, with pencils by Khari Evans and Lewis LaRosa.