Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review - Outré

Anthologies are a great way to give readers a good look at a wide range of stories, writers and illustrators. It's often the case though that anthologies are a one-off, sometimes going into subsequent volumes. Sometimes, readers want a little more frequency in their anthologies and that comes courtesy of Norwegian comic book creators Magnus Aspli and Glenn Møane in Outré.

The anthology features "Taras and the Monolith," written by Dan Hill and illustrated by Kim Holm, "The Heir" by Cecile Brun, "My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center" by Alex Wilson and Ben Garriga, "Her Family" by Jelena Dordevic, "The Most Dangerous Place for Children" by Ronald Montgomery, Jim Giar, Tim Switalski and Rafer Roberts, "Father" by Brian Gilman and K. Michael Russell, "I, Icarus" by Glenn Arseneau and Valentin Ramon and "At the Store" by Aleksander Bozic Ske

Scratch9 Returns for Free

Who wants an all-ages, all-cat comic? You're in luck! This summer sees the return of Scratch9: Cat Tails from Hermes Press. Not only that, but there will be a special edition released on Free Comic Book Day, setting up the series to arrive in stores in July. The work will pair series creator Rob M. Worley with multiple artists, including Armand Villavert Jr, Chris Houghton, Jason T. Kruse, Caanan Grall, Shannon Eric Denton, John Martin, Joe Foo, Justin Castaneda and Mike Roll. Newcomer Joshua Buchanan anchors the series as the cover artist and interior illustrator as well.

“It’s been such a blast telling stories in so many different genres, with artists whose styles could not be more different,” Worley said. “Kids and adults who loved the original series are sure to find something different to like in our nine CAT TAILS.”

Scratch9 features a mischievous house cat who gains the ability to summon any of his nine lives, past and future, to aid him in rescuing animals from the C.R.U.E.L. corporation. The new book gives each of the nine lives a chance to star in their own solo adventure spotlighting their unique abilities. The return of Scratch9 also marks the establishment of the SWAH fund: Savings for the Welfare of our Animal Heroes.

“‘Swah!’ is just one of Scratch’s many exclamations and it’s also the name of a new fund that is my effort to give back to the cats and dogs that have touched my life,” Worley said, noting that the series is a direct homage to his own cats. “So from this point forward, five percent of everything Scratch9 earns, be it comics or elsewhere, will be added to the SWAH fund.”

The SWAH fund will then be distributed as donations to various animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA, Guardians For Animals in Michigan, NKLA.org in California and others.

Scratch9: Cat Tails #1 is available in the current Diamond Previews Catalog (cover dated May 2013) with an ordering code of #MAY13 1167. The book is expected to ship in July. Scrach9 #1 is available for Free on May 4th, 2013 - Free Comic Book Day.

Full press release below.

Asylum Press Released Free Digital Fearless Dawn/Asylum 2013 Preview Comic

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't like free comics. Even better is if those free comics offer fans a look at some unsung properties, as the Fearless Dawn/Asylum PRess Sampler Free Comic Book 2013 for download at Comixology, ComicsPlus, MyDigitalComics, DriveThruComics, Graphicly and AVEComics. It will be available on all platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac/PC, web and Kindle.

"We have a great preview of new and upcoming Asylum titles here and we encourage fans to download this FREE digital comic," explains publisher Frank Forte. "Everything from horror to crime to action/adventure and dark thrillers lies inside these comic pages."

The one-shot features the talents of Frank Forte, Steve Mannion, Dwayne Harris, Jason Paulos, Nenad Gucunja, Szymon Kudranski, Elizabeth J. Musgrave, Bryan Baugh, Mike Vosburg and Pete Ventrella. It clocks in at 56 pages, blending color and black and white and is set to be released May 1. Fearless Dawn: In Outer Space features Mannion's bodacious bad girl back in this superbly drawn comic book masterpiece. In this issue, Fearless Dawn's arch nemesis Helga Von Krause is at it again, this time planning an attack from Outer Space. Of course, no one believes Fearless Dawn when she predicts the attack, so our gal has to do it all alone...again. Will Fearless Dawn save planet Earth? Retro-Rockets, muscle-bound monsters, babes and machine guns litter the sequential landscape in this latest offering from The Maestro.

Black Powder #3, a bloody frontier adventure, by Harris, can be described as a "Buckskin Apocalypse Now." Vosburg delivers the sexy occult heroine Lori Lovecraft. The publisher also previews Farmhouse #4 by Musgrave and Kudranski. Take a look into the fan fave horror anthology EEEK! #9 by Paulos. Experience the gothic horror that is Wulf and Batsy by Baugh. Retrowood, by Vosburg, is a neo-noir tale in a grim alternate reality of Tinsel Town. There's also a preview of the latest Zombie Terrors and the upcoming Undead Evil.

Full press release below.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Things go in cycles; in comics, this saying is doubly true. It’s kind of funny when you think about it: on the one hand, part of why we love comic books is because we love to see a certain character grow, change, and evolve. On the other, as soon as we reach a certain threshold where it feels like things have changed just a little too much from the original concept that we loved to begin with, we tend to rebound and want things back to the way they were.

Tim Drake is a good example of this. Jason Todd was dead and Dick Grayson had moved on, but something about Batman without Robin just didn’t feel right. So after a while, everyone just decided what the hell? Give him a kid sidekick. That’s what Robin was always supposed to be right? Of course, this time around, someone seemed to get the ‘kid’ part right. I’m actually a big fan of Tim Drake as a character because he seems like such a reasonable compromise between what we want out of Batman and Robin and the reality that, hey, the Department of Social Services shouldn’t be offended by Batman comic books.

Review - Night of the 80's Undead #1

Remember the 80's? A heady time rife with bright colors, keytars and a generally relaxed approach to life? That approach to life was set against a much more intense backdrop of a world embroiled by mistrust, specifically between the US and Russia in the Cold War. What if that war escalated and coke zombies were involved? Night of the 80's Undead from Action Lab Entertainment asks just that question.

The issue is written and lettered by Jason Martin, with artwork by Bill McKay.

Halo Comics Come to Dark Horse

If you think that Halo 4 is the end of the Halo universe, then you clearly don't understand cross-media advertising and branding. No, 343 Studios won't let the Halo property be restricted to only video games, relying on books and comic books to help expand the stories within. The latter is of slightly more importance to Dark Horse Comics and they've teamed up with 343 Studios for a new comic miniseries launching in August called Halo: Initiation, written by Brian Reed and illustrated by Marco Castiello.

"A rich science fiction universe driven by compelling characters, Halo has all the makings for show-stopping comics, " said Dave Marshall, Dark Horse Editor. "In Initiation, Brian and Marco are delivering an action-packed thrill-ride with a beating heart of authentic human drama."

Before she was a supersoldier defending humanity as part of the Spartan-IV program, Sarah Palmer was an ODST—Orbital Drop Shock Trooper—carrying out the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines. See how she became the first Spartan-IV commander in this must-read series for fans of Halo 4 and the Halo franchise.

“It’s really exciting to work with Dark Horse in continuing the Halo story in comics. After Halo 4 and Spartan Ops, fans wanted to know more about the origins of the Spartan-IV program and Sarah Palmer in particular. So it’s great fun to be able to grant those wishes with a partner like Dark Horse,” said writer Brian Reed.

Halo: Initiation #1 is on sale in comic shops everywhere on August 14. Full press release below.

Aphrodite IX Gets Re-Launched

Remember Aphrodite IX? Well, if you don't, Image Comics wants you to get reacquainted with the heroine on Free Comic Book Day (May 4), when the character will get a new debut, courtesy of Matt Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic.

"Aphrodite IX has always been my favorite character at Top Cow,” said Hawkins. "She's interesting visually, combined with a personality that's sort of out of control of her own experiences and lost in the tangled web of her own mind. Combining my love of real futuristic tech and genetics with Stjepan Sejic's insane visuals we're hoping the readers enjoy the ride."

The green-haired, memory-challenged assassin is being introduced to a new generation of readers. In a dystopian future populated by warring factions of the genetically modified and the cybernetically enhanced, Aphrodite IX awakes to world where the sky is scorched, humanity as it was known is gone and two disparate groups fight for survival and dominance of the very scarce resources left on what's left of Earth.

Aphrodite IX was originally created by David Wohl and David Finch in the best-selling graphic novel published in 1996, which is being offered again as part of the relaunch in a limited edition Aphrodite Reloaded hardcover edition this summer. The hardcover features updates to the script by series co-creator and writer David Wohl.

After May's first, free issue, the character will continue on a monthly schedule, with issue #2 in stores on June 12. The full-color, eye-popping issues will be $2.99.

Full press release below.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick

(Defense With The BoomStick Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)

Boring as hell week. Lots of walking, hiding and scavenging.

Not to say that is a bad thing. Any day that goes by without having to fight zombies is a good day in my book. I didn’t find a car or any vehicle like that to aid me in my journey, but I did find this awesome bike that had a rack on the back I could stack my bag on. It's been a lifesaver in covering the distances and think I'm about at the outskirts of Flagstaff, Arizona. My aim is still to head for Reno and that military surplus yard they had going on out there back before this hell came about; I just forgot how far up Reno is in Nevada.

Going into Flagstaff would be a death sentence with the expected amount of zombies to be in a city that size. Not much I can do about that though as there aren’t many ways to get through this part of Arizona and survive off the roads. I will have to get as close to the city as I can and circle around through the suburbs as I head through the forests in California. Going through there should let me live on the land and work my way up to Reno on the backside without having to go through any desert.

Review - East of West #2

Zombies are still a big deal in media, thanks in part to the huge success of The Walking Dead. They're usually accompanied by a post-apocalyptic hellscape, but sometimes the latter occurs without the former. East of West #2 from Image Comics is one such book.

The book is written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Nick Dragotta, colored by Frank Martin and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Image Comics Announces Image Expo 2013

Image Comics is getting big. And powerful. The publisher continues to put out some of the best stuff on the shelves these days, so it only makes sense that they host their own event on July 2 in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. And it's going to be a pretty awesome show.

Image Expo 2013 will be an all-day event featuring announcements from Image Comics, the publisher of the best-selling comic book titles The Walking Dead, Saga, Fatale, East of West and Jupiter's Legacy. There will also be appearances by Robert Kirkman and Ed Brubaker, panels and autograph sessions. It's going to be a packed event.

Image Expo 2013 follows the publisher's successful 2012 Image Expo convention, which was held in Oakland, California. Image Expo 2013 will be be the most intimate comics event of its kind, offering unprecedented access to creators, exclusive swag and the first chance to hear what the publisher that has been taking the comics industry by storm has planned for the future.

Image Comics fans can keep on top of all the latest Image Expo 2013 developments at www.imagecomics.com/expo for ticket information and guest announcements.

Full press release below.

Archaia Exhibiting at C2E2

C2E2 is this weekend and you can expect all the heavy-hitters to be there, including Archaia Entertainment. And they'll bring tons of stuff that will make you happy.

“We love making C2E2 one of our biggest events of the year. Nearly our entire management team is from Chicago, the Chicago fans are great, and our creators really make it a special show for us,” raved Chicago native, Jack Cummins, President & COO of Archaia. “We have great new titles like Strange Attractors, Mumbai Confidential, and HAWKEN: GENESIS, as well as Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 2, and Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out. We are excited for our fans to see these new books and find out about the new upcoming Mouse Guard books directly from Eisner Award winner David Petersen.”

Creators and contributors scheduled to appear at the Archaia booth include Andrew E. C. Gaska, Andrew Rostan, Brent Schoonover, Chandra Free, Charles Soule, Cory Godbey, David Marquez, David Petersen, Janet Lee, Jeremy Bastian, Jim McCann, Ramón Pérez, R. J. Ryan, Royden Lepp, Tom Pinchuk and Yehudi Mercado. The publisher will also be hosting a few panels, including "Archaia Entertainment Presents: Comics Storytelling and the Lost Art of 3D" and "Imaginative Sci-Fi Authors of C2E2."

Meteor Entertainment will be on hand to showcase Hawken, Charles Soule will be on hand to autograph advance copies of his new work Strange Attractors and fans who purchase copies of Hopeless will get free postcards. Mix in some Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter action and you're good to go.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales: Unleashed #1

In the world of Grimm Fairy Tales, there are Highborns and Falsebloods. The two share something in that they've both got supernatural capabilities to be used for whatever reason. When a being arrives who threatens both though, things will get a little crazy, as they do in Unleashed #1 from Zenescope Comics.

The issue is written by Pat Shand, with art by Carlos Paul, Jacob Bear and Miguel Mendonca, colors by Anvit Renderia, Francesca Zambion, Ulises Grostietta, Stephen Lemineur and Daniel Morales and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Preview - FCBD: Finding Gossamyr/The Stuff of Legend

May the Fourth be with you! On May 4, those strong with the Force will also be strong with free comic books as well. One of those books comes from Th3rd World Studios and it's called FCBD: Finding Gossamyr/The Stuff of Legend. The issue is written by David Rodriguez and illustrated by Sarah Ellerton and Charles Paul Wilson.

Return to the fantastic world of Gossamyr as Th3rd World's critically acclaimed, all-ages series continues in an brand new, original, adventure just for Free Comic Book Day! The Lorelarks are tasked with chronicling the tales of Gossamyr. But when a young novice feels that the growing legends of Jenna and her brother Denny might become a danger to the siblings, she is moved to action and challenges the code of her order. Also in this issue, The Stuff of Legend continues!

The book hits stores May 4 (obviously) with interiors below.

Dark Horse Digital Celebrates Two Years with Dynamite Entertainment

Two years on the digital front is kind of a big deal. Considering two years ago, nobody was ready to say one way or the other whether or not digital comics would take off. Now, they're a viable competitor to print comics, offering readers the same great stories, only digitally. Dark Horse is celebrating its two-year anniversary offering digital books and they're doing it in a big way: by offering Dynamite Entertainment books as well.

“We’ve been looking for ways to expand our digital presence, and this is our first step to building an even more robust library of digital comics,” said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

Dynamite Entertainment has inked a deal to include its comics digitally through the Dark Horse Digital store and apps. Thirty single issues and more than twenty collections are available for purchase now. New titles will be added weekly, with all upcoming Dynamite releases available digitally the same day as print.

“We’re proud to add Dark Horse Digital to our retail partners selling our digital titles to their audience. Our wide range of titles, from Vampirella to Battlestar Galactica, Grimm, The Shadow, Red Sonja, and many of our other Dynamite titles, are a perfect fit for the large audience who purchase Dark Horse titles. We’re thrilled to work with Mike and his team at Dark Horse Digital on this new endeavor and excited about new opportunities to come,” added Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO and publisher.

As a sign of appreciation for its loyal digital subscribers, Dark Horse Digital announces that fifty free first issues from many of its best-selling series will be available for the next forty-eight hours (promotion ends Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m. PST). Starting Friday morning and throughout the weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10 percent off all bundles in the web store. And confirmed newsletter subscribers will receive an additional coupon! The newsletter coupon stacks with the bundle discount, offering even greater savings.

The sale starts this Friday, April 26, and ends Sunday, April 28, at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize the discount.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review - Lost Vegas #2

High stakes gambling is just that: high stakes. What makes those stakes even higher is when your freedom is on the line, as is Roland's in Lost Vegas #2 from Image Comics.

The issue is written by Jim McCann and illustrated by Janet Lee.

Hero Initiative and Skybound Announce Walking Dead #100 Gallery Show and Benefit Auction

The Hero Initiative is a very, very good cause. The Walking Dead is a very, very popular property right now. Combine the two and you've got the latter pulling its weight to help the former. How so? By having all 106 covers of The Walking Dead #100 on display together for one night only. All of the artists came together to benefit The Hero Initiative, the comic book industry's non-profit corporation helping comic creators in need. While The Walking Dead continues to break records in every form of media, it all started with the comic book and that will be celebrated at this special gallery show and auction.

On Friday, May 31 at GUSFORD | los angeles from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, 7016 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, all comic fans are welcome to witness history in the making and in some cases, take a piece of it home. In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing all The Walking Dead #100 original sketch covers together for the first time ever, four covers will also be auctioned to benefit the industry's favorite charity at the same time. Two covers will be auctioned via eBay during the course of the event, and attendees can bid via their own mobile devices. Another cover will be auctioned live, on-site for attendees.

And in an unprecedented move, a fourth cover will be created live that night by artist Todd Nauck for auction during the event. All attendees at the GUSFORD event can watch Nauck, a comic master, live at work during the event as he creates the final and 106th original sketch cover. To enhance the experience for attendees, The Walking Dead #100 original sketch cover artists Sina Grace, Todd Nauck and Jason Reeves will be in attendance to answer questions about their covers. The remainder of the covers will be auctioned off via eBay starting June 4.

The event is free and open to the public but if you feel like more celebrating, there will also be a cash bar in place and zombie-styled treats courtesy of event collaborator and neighboring shop, Golden Apple Comics. The event is a gift from GUSFORD | los angeles and Skybound to benefit The Hero Initiative and the fine work they do as the first-ever federally chartered non-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic legends in need and providing a safety net for them. For information on the event and auction, please visit www.heroinitiative.com or call 626/676-6354.

Full press release below.

Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas Hits Mobile Devices May 2

You can't beat an 8-bit game, much less one that's free. That's exactly what Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas is, a brand new game for iOS and Android, slated to hit on May 2. The retro-styled sidescroller will give players the opportunity to play as either Bloodshot or Harbinger's Peter Stanchek as they fight their way out of a classified Project Rising Spirit compound and directly into the crosshairs of an epic superhuman showdown on the Vegas Strip.

"With Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas, we were very much trying to create a throwback to the greatest games of the late 80s and early 90s, and our partners at Storm City and Gameshastra have managed to strike the perfect balance between nostalgia and cutting-edge mobile utility," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions and Ad Sales. "A cross-promotion like this has never before been attempted by a major comics publisher, and it's our hope that it gets fans and retailers all the more excited for the exciting storytelling that Valiant has in the offing with Harbinger Wars."

Out of the pages of Valiant's smash-hit summer crossover event and onto your favorite mobile device, Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas is a first-of-its-kind gaming experience that mirrors the events of the ongoing Valiant comic book storyline by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski and Clayton Henry. Developed in concert with Storm City Entertainment and Gameshastra, Valiant's first mobile game comes complete with an all-original 8-bit soundtrack, a wide array of Easter eggs for longtime gamers and Valiant fans, and gameplay that emulates some of the most well-remembered console classics of the 1980s.

"Everything that we do starts with producing the best, most accessible comics we can and Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas is an extension of that philosophy," said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "This free mobile game will let fans engage with the story behind Harbinger Wars firsthand, and we've already seen new readers get excited about the game and jump on board the comics."

A 12-issue crossover event from an all-star cast of visionary talent, the defining Valiant Universe storyline of the year continues on May 1st in Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4). Fans can get a sneak peek at things to come this Free Comic Book Day with the Valiant 2013: Harbinger Wars FCBD Special – available in participating comic shops everywhere this May 4th.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eternal Warrior Charges Into Valiant Masters

Valiant Masters has some more feathers to add their already crowded cap. Valiant Masters: Eternal Warrior Vol. 1 – The Fist and Steel HC is a new hardcover collection re-presenting the legendary debut of Valiant's original immortal hero for the first time anywhere. The book presents never-before-collected works by Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Shooter, Kevin VanHook, John Dixon and Yvel Guichet.

For a thousand generations, Gilad Anni-Padda has defended the innocent and dealt out justice as the Eternal Warrior – the undying champion of the Geomancers, the Earth’s chosen Fist and Steel. An unsung veteran of every war ever waged, Gilad’s hard-fought quest from the ancient world to modern day Los Angeles will force him to the forefront of the Valiant Universe – and into a brand new kind of battle alongside the likes of Bloodshot, X-O Manowar and his own long-lost brother, the one and only Armstrong.

Featuring the Eternal Warrior's original solo debut by Shooter and Dixon alongside Windsor-Smith's classic tales "Time & Space," "Space & Time" and "The Musketeers!", this masterfully illustrated epic of the original Valiant Universe collects Eternal Warrior (1992) #1-7 and Archer & Armstrong/Eternal Warrior (1992) #8.

The book will get a sneak peek in the Valiant Masters: 2013 FCBD Showcase Edition in comic shops everywhere for Free Comic Book Day this May 4th. Full press release below.

Zenescope Announces Oz

If there's one place Zenescope hasn't traveled in all their fairy tales travels, it's Oz. The magical place of lions without courage, scarecrows without brains, witches and flying monkeys has been a little neglected when it comes to more adult themed tales. That's about to change though, as Zenescope has just announced a brand new series called Oz, written by Joe Brusha and illustrated by Rolando Neto.

“We’re very excited to finally reveal the fourth realm of the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe,” said Brusha “We’ve already introduced alternate versions of Neverland and Wonderland and have been planning Oz for such a long time and now we finally get to deliver something epic to our fans. I hope they enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.”

This modern take on the Oz story retells the classic mythology with a fascinating blend of dark fantasy and action-packed adventure. It begins as the witches of Oz search for a lost weapon of power known as the Veridian Scepter. Their quest ultimately leads them to the unlikeliest of places – the farmlands of Kansas - and specifically to the home of a young woman named Dorothy Gale.

The first issue features covers by artists J Scott Campbell, Artgerm, Eric Basaldua and Ale Garza and is available now for pre-order in Diamond's May edition of PREVIEWS for a July 2013 release.

Full press release below.

Review - Neozoic #1: Trader's Gambit

Ever wonder what life would be like if the dinosaurs didn't go extinct? Would humans no longer be the top of the food chain? Would dinosaurs rule the world, similar to Planet of the Apes? Or would humans and dinosaurs live alongside one another in uneasy fear? In Neozoic #1: Trader's Gambit, it's the last scenario that Red 5 Comics is most interested in.

The title is written by Paul Ens, with art by Jae Korim, colors by Ivan Plascencia and letters by Troy Peteri.

King's Road Debuts in Dark Horse Present #23

Traveling a king's road comes with its own perils. The popularity of the road means that kings likely travel it, bringing with them all manner of pomp and circumstance. They do make for great storytelling though and King's Road is set to debut in Dark Horse Presents #23, written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Phil Winslade (with letters by Steve Dutro.

“King’s Road is about someone from another world—a magical, semimedieval world—who came to Earth about twenty years ago, and settled down and raised a family here. But now he has to go back again, taking his family with him, because he’s inherited the throne of that world. Meanwhile, there are all sorts of nasty magical creatures trying to kill him before he gets there,” said Hogan.

They were just your average suburban kids until a nightmare from their father’s hidden past came to hunt them down. Now they must fight the evil forces of the usurping witch Malicia for the right to rule a magical kingdom. Catch King’s Road appearing in Dark Horse Presents #23, on sale Wednesday April 24.

Full press release below.

Independence Day Comes Early

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Last week, I wrote all about how Dick Grayson is really the heir to the Batman legacy.

Of course, have you ever stopped to think how insane it really is that the original concept of Batman and Robin involved Batman running around town with a pre-adolescent fighting crime? Okay, may Grayson was a few years older when they got started, but let’s face it, Robin's moniker is the "Boy Wonder." The original idea was that Batman was going to have a kid bouncing around knocking guns out of the bad guys hands.

Has anyone ever stopped to think about how incredibly DANGEROUS this is? I mean, if Batman is all about stopping crime, how about he arrests himself for child abuse and reckless endangerment? Well, apparently, the DC writers started to catch on to what an outrageous idea this really was. And they decided to go with it in a different way.

Enter Jason Todd.

Review - Amala's Blade #1

There's something about a skilled assassin. Someone who can get the job done, job after job. Sometimes though, that assassin gets a little cocky, drawing unwanted attention to themselves and their primary employers. It's times like those where things get rough for the assassin, as in Amala's Blade #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

The issue is written and lettered by Steve Horton, with art and colors by Michael Dialynas.

Preview - Shadowman #0

Shadowman #0 is set to rip down some walls for readers. Mainly, the walls surrounding Master Darque, as the issue aims to answer questions about the big bad from beyond.

The title is written by Justin Jordan, with art by Roberto De La Torre, Mico Suayan, Neil Edwards and Lewis Larosa. Now, for the first time anywhere, the answer to these questions and more will finally be revealed. Journey back to the plantations of antebellum Louisiana to meet the man once called Nicodemo Darque and discover how a depraved life drenched in dust, blood, and bone transformed him into a menace that would one day threaten the whole of the Valiant Universe and all life as we know it.

The issue hits stores May 1 with interiors below.

Dark Horse Announces C2E2 2013 Schedule

Dark Horse Comics is headed to Chicago. Not for the deep dish pizza and not for a Cubs game. Well, they make take that in as well, but their main reason for going is C2E2 2013. They'll be bringing their requisite A game to booth #801, along with free comics and/or prints with signings while supplies last.

Talent will include Steve Horton, Michael Dialynas, Mike Norton, Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Ron Chan, Geof Darrow, Jenny Frison, Steve Niles, Christopher Mitten, Jill Thompson, Jai Nitz, Greg Smallwood, Alex Ross, Brian Wood, J.P. Leon, Eric Powell, Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Freddie Williams II and Tim Seeley. The publisher will also have a few panels of interest, including a spotlight on Brian Wood and Music and Pop Culture.

Full press release, signing and panel schedule below.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick

(Defense With The BoomStick Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)

You know that old saying, you feel like a different person after a shave and a haircut? Well I'm definitely feeling good after mine; even though I had to do it myself. The scissors and trimmers I found in that barbershop were put to good use as it was all just getting too long which could lead to disaster when some zombie makes a grab for it.

The house I found myself in since past Friday isn't too shabby, I have to say. From no low level windows for zombies to get in through, to an actual garden in the back that had some vegetables growing in it and a sweet living room to sleep in. Been sticking around this past week to keep exploring around the area to find what I can for my trip. Most of these houses have been paying off, with plenty of people having planted gardens before the zombie apocalypse happening that have been able to grow out of control, providing me with plenty of food to salvage.

Review - The Answer #4

When reading a comic book, inevitably you'll have questions. If it's a good book, it'll have the answers to those questions. If it's an exceptional book, it'll boast the answer, or at least a character of the same name. The Answer #4 from Dark Horse Comics is that book.

The final issue is written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Mike Norton, colors by Mark Englert and letters by Crank!.

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Metro: Last Light Going Digital

Dark Horse is keen on making comics based on video game properties. They've had a hand in many an IP, but that's not enough for a publisher like Dark Horse. They've pleased to announce a partnership with Deep Silver on Metro: Last Light in digital comic book form, bringing the talents of Dmitry Glukhovsky to the digital pages.

"The Gospel According to Artyom' is in fact the last chapter of Metro 2033 and the first chapter of Metro: Last Light, linking both stories together and giving an unexpected insight on what really happened in the beginning of it all. Reading it will change your understanding of my saga," said Glukhovsky.

Metro: Last Light is a first-person-shooter video game and the highly anticipated sequel to the extraordinary Metro 2033. In the year 2034, a nuclear war has turned the world into a postapocalyptic wasteland. In Moscow, the tunnels of the Metro have become a new home for the former inhabitants of the city. Within the catacombs, they fight for their survival, fending off hordes of hideous mutants born from the toxic atmosphere, as well as other factions desperate to take control of what little hospitable land remains. As they fight, they also search for a doomsday device that could be the key to their victory. A civil war is inevitable. During these dark hours, the players will embody Artyom and become the last light for all of mankind.

Telling the story of Artyom between the fateful events of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, the digital graphic novel The Gospel According to Artyom is available exclusively to customers who preorder Metro: Last Light through Steam and other selected retailers worldwide. The novel Metro 2033 served as the inspiration for the creation of both video games, and Glukhovsky personally contributed a huge volume of dialogue for Metro: Last Light. Glukhovsky’s novels Metro 2033 and Metro 2034 have sold more than two million copies worldwide. In 2013, his latest book, Metro 2035, will be available outside of Russia.

Metro: Last Light is set for release on May 14 in North America and May 17 across the rest of the world.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review - Noctua #1

The likelihood of humans co-existing with vampires sure isn't looking very promising. True Blood is probably the most famous work in production now tackling that thorny issue and next season looks like relations will get even more strained. Noctua #1 from Alterna Comics is another book looking at that relationship, only this one has a slight twist.

The issue is written by Andrew M. Henderson, with pencils and inks by Orlando Baez, colors by Eagle Gosselin and letters by David Paul.

Aspen Comics at Fan Expo Vancouver

Vancouver is keen on fans and hold an expo every year to honor them. Well, it's sole purpose isn't for the fans, but their presence does make the weekend go a lot faster. Also at the show are all manner of publishers, including Aspen Comics and their first of two back-to-back weekends north of the border.

Beginning on April 20th – 21st, Aspen will be attending the Fan Expo Vancouver 2013 convention and will be bringing some of their finest creators along with exclusive comics and prints. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Siya Oum and J.T. Krul will be at the Aspen Comics Booth all weekend long to meet fans, sign autographs and offer free sketches. The all-new Aspen series Jirni will celebrate its release with a special Jirni #1 Fan Expo Vancouver 2013 exclusive cover by series artist Paolo Pantalena and Nei Ruffino, limited to 300 copies. Aspen will also be offering an exclusive Shrugged #2 Fan Expo Vancouver cover by Oum, limited to 200 copies. Both exclusive books will only be available at the Aspen Comics Booth.

The celebration of Aspen’s ten years in the industry continues with the all new Aspen Tour Print Anniversary Edition art print by Michael Turner and Steigerwald, limited to (125) editions. In addition to the Aspen Tour Print, the publisher will also be offering an all new series of their industry leading prints, including the all new series Jirni. The latter of Aspen’s two stops in Canada will be at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 26th-28th. The publisher will reveal more details about this appearance soon.

Full press release below.

The Halloween Legion Gets Weird

Halloween is a time of year when things get a little strange. It's a day celebrating the rise of the dead for one day and the night itself is full of all manner of ghost and ghoul roaming the streets. While the day is still quite a few months away, that doesn't mean that readers can get a jumpstart on the madness with a brand new book from Dark Horse Comics and Sequential Pulp Comics called The Halloween Legion by Martin Powell, Thomas Boatwright and Diana Leto.

“I had the notion for THE HALLOWEEN LEGION, a team made up from Halloween archetypes, when I was still in high school, but it’s taken this long for me to know who they really are,” Powell explains. “Diana has added considerably to their visual and personal charm. She instinctively knows the World’s Weirdest Heroes as well as I do, and they are very real to us. The art by Thomas Boatwright captures the HL’s whimsical nature without diluting the darkness lurking within our little group of weirdos. At last, they are ready to be born into comics and graphic novels – and now every day will be Halloween!”

The sleepy rural town of Woodland is protected by a mysterious group of extraordinary guardians. They come from a place of eternal October, where orange, gold and crimson leaves follow you in the autumn breeze. The characters, The Skeleton, The Witch, The Ghost, The Devil, and Autumn the Black Cat, are the creations of writer Powell and illustrator Leto, who share a passion for All Hallows Eve. Also, included in the full-length graphic novel is Powell’s autobiographical “Once Upon a Halloween”, illustrated by Leto. The eerie tale is, according to Powell, his very own origin story.

"This is such a wonderful project to work on,” adds co-creator, Diana Leto. “The story really brings back some magical childhood memories of Halloween and the message that Martin's ‘weird’ characters deliver is an important one for children and adults."

Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Archaia and Meteor Announce Rubicon Graphic Novel

Partnerships are formed to create something special. When that something special has been created, well, somethings are just too good to end, so that partnership is leveraged for more and more awesome. Archaia and Meteor Entertainment have previously teamed up for Hawken and now they're teaming up for Rubicon, an homage to The Seven Samurai. It'll be written and illustrated by Mario Stilla, with a foreword by Richard Marcinko, original Commanding Officer of Seal Team VI.

“Rubicon is a project of pure passion by the four of us—from Chris’ brilliant idea to approach the Afghan war from a character-driven classic, to Dan’s invaluable insights into the emotions and ethos of tier-one operators, and to Mario’s classically rendered, Kurosawa-esque frames,” described Long. “For me, Rubicon mixes two great passions: to become an uncompromising art- house publisher of free-to-play games and transmedia; and to personally contribute creatively to that goal.”

The Rubicon hardcover graphic novel will also come packed with a pouch envelope containing exclusive artifacts and creative collateral from the world of Rubicon, including a reproduction of the tactical map the team uses, commendations and citations, and private correspondence.

“We are excited about this timely and relevant story about a mission that could have happened— and maybe did,” related Archaia President & COO Jack Cummins. “This book will appeal to fans of Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, military gamers, military buffs, past and current members of the military, as well as the public interested in a behind-the-scenes look at how our front-line troops live and die together on behalf of others.”

A very special, slipcased limited edition is available for purchase only on Archaia’s webstore) and Meteor’s Hawken website), where collectors receive an additional $10 in Meteor Credits with purchase. Limited editions will also be available at the Archaia booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif. (July 10-14) and New York Comic Con in New York, N.Y. (October 10-13), while supplies last.

“We weren’t interested in merely spouting generic stats and glossary terms,” explained Joe LeFavi of Quixotic Transmedia, who facilitated the Rubicon deal for Archaia and served as executive editor on the book. “We wanted to dig through the pockets of the soldiers right there in the action, so that you could better understand and appreciate their motivations from a unique and personal place.”

Rubicon ($24.95, hardcover, 128 pages, full color, 6.625” x 10.25”) is available for pre-order now at your local comic book shop. To pre-order, provide your retailer with this Diamond Order Code: APR130799.

Full press release below.

Review - '68: Jungle Jim #1

Vietnam is a rather dark place in American history. It was a war nobody wanted and generated atrocities that still haunt us to this day. One thing created in the chaos of the fighting that probably goes a little unnoticed though was zombies. The shambling soldiers get full attention in '68: Jungle Jim #1 from Image Comics.

The issue is written by Mark Kidwell, with illustrations by Jeff Zornow, colors by Jay Fotos and letters by Jason Arthur.

Valiant Partners with HQM Editora for Foreign Language Publishing

The US is too small a country for a publisher like Valiant, considering their books transcend time and space. That's not to say the publisher doesn't appreciate what Americans have done for them as a publisher, but it never hurts to look outside your base country to get a little more in the way of attention. As such, Valiant is happy to announce a partnership with HQM Editora, Brazil's premier publisher of Portuguese language comic books and graphic novels, to bring the Valiant Universe to a new generation of fans in South America.

"The Valiant team and HQM have been working very closely since we started planning the line. We love the idea of helping Valiant spread worldwide," said Carlos Costa, HQM Editora's Founder and Editor-in-Chief. "Valiant is hot, the type of thing HQM looks for when searching for comics to publish. They're perfect for a new audience and also offer something different for super-hero fans."

Beginning this May, HQM Editora will launch a new, dedicated line of Valiant releases with the first serialized translations of three of Valiant's best-selling ongoing series in the pages of X-O Manowar Magazine – an oversized monthly anthology re-presenting X-O Manowar by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord; Harbinger by Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans; and Bloodshot by Duane Swierczynski and Manuel Garcia. Compiling one issue of each series together in HQM's oversized format, the release of X-O Manowar Magazine #1 will mark the first time Valiant's monthly titles have been published in a foreign language since the publisher's much acclaimed relaunch.

"Valiant has some of the best creators and their stories are explosive. There's no strings attached and that will attract people," said HQM Editora Executive Director Artur Tavares.

HQM Editora began publishing in 2006 with the first Portuguese language editions of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead and Invincible and, in the years since, has produced Portuguese translations of a distinguished array of titles, including Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's Violent Cases, David Lloyd's Kickback, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise and Dave Steven's The Rocketeer.

"Valiant has incredible worldwide recognition and a legion of fans globally," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "This is a perfect first step toward giving those fans the series they've been clamoring for, and the first of many international publishing initiatives that Valiant plans to unveil in the coming year."

Full press release below.

Peter Panzerfaust Getting Motion

If nothing else, Peter Panzerfaust has proven to be a smash hit with readers. The World War II take on the classic J.M. Barrie creation has lit imaginations on fire and it's not quite done just yet. Now, the property is gearing up to go the motion comics route, pairing the talents of Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins with Adjacent Productions' and Quality Transmedia for a motion comic adaptation, featuring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Summer Glau, Ron Perlman, and Dante Basco.

Wood and Glau voice the indomitable characters of Peter and Wendy, while Perlman brings to life Peter's arch-nemesis, the Nazi officer Kapitan Haken, the series' incarnation of Captain Hook. Basco, who played Rufio in the 1991 movie Hook, will return to the Neverland universe as the voice of Alain. The world premiere of a trailer for the motion comic will be shown at a panel at the Chicago entertainment convention C2E2. The session will feature creators Wiebe and Jenkins and Jeff Krelitz of Quality Transmedia, and takes place on Saturday, April 27 at 3:15 PM CDT.

Adjacent Productions and Quality Transmedia have also announced that a live-action series based on the comic is also in development, and in May, Image Comics/Shadowline will release the second trade paperback volume of the series. Peter Panzerfaust: Hooked (ISBN 978-1607067283) collects issues #6–10 of the series and features the introduction of Kapitan Haken, as well as the continued adventures of Peter, the Lost Boys, Wendy and Tiger Lily in their fight against the Nazis as part of the French Resistance. It will be in stores on May 15 and is available to pre-order now.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review - The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3

When Colt City cries out for justice, there's one man who will answer the call. In Colt City, it's the Black Beetle. And when faced with a new foe such as Labyrinto, the Black Beetle needs to pull out all the stops in The Black Beetle: No Way Out #3.

The issue is written and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla.

Preview - Dark Shadows: Year One #1

Ever wonder how Barnabas Collins became a vampire? Surely, his family was befallen by tragedies. In Dark Shadows: Year One #1, readers get to know what tragedies did the befalling.

The issue is written by Marc Andreyko, with art by Guii Vilanova and a cover by Patrick Berkenkotter, Dark Shadows: Year One #1 shows the one night of weakness needed to curse Barnabas and his family.

The book is in stores April 17 with interiors below.

Trashed Collects First Volume of Great Pacific

Privileged heirs to vast fortunes are typically spoiled and lack humility. Chas Worthington is a little different, instead deciding to found the Republic of New Texas in Great Pacific, the first six issues of which are set to be collected in its first volume called Trashed. Writer Joe Harris and artist Martín Morazzo create a treacherous land made of the cast-off trash of the entire planet, populated with mutant seagulls, one very angry giant octopus, a French explorer, pirates, and a group of islanders who got there first — and none of them want to share.

"What excites me most about writing Great Pacific isn't necessarily the environmental message or the chance to pile up some soapboxes to preach a cautionary tale. Rather, it's the story of one man mostly alone on this new, strange frontier that gets me going,” said creator and writer Harris. "It's a story about exploration, and survival, and persistence, and triumph against all odds. The science fiction serves that arc, and the greater environmental message, I'd hope, is enhanced as a result.”

Great Pacific Volume One: Trashed is slated to hit stores on May 1 (ISBN 978-1-60706-733-7). The second volume will start with the seventh issue, out June 5.

"Envisioning and drawing the garbage continent, with all its strange landscapes, is something wonderful,” said Morazzo. "From large views to small details, 'The Pack' isn't just a setting, but a main character in the story.”

Full press release below.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Have you ever stopped and thought about the actual word sidekick? What does it actually mean, really?

You say it without thinking about it. But how did the term originate? Maybe it means ‘when you buy this comic, you get a little extra kick on the side from reading about not only the hero the comic is named after but their junior partner as well.’ I’m no language anthropologist and that’s not really where I’m headed with this post. I just think it’s interesting to stop and consider the long-standing tradition of providing heroes with sidekicks. How’d that all get started anyway (and who named it)?

Actually, while almost every comic you can think of has had a colorful cast of taglong characters--some superpowered, some just normal people that help round out the heroes personal life--there are only a few actually memorable and iconic sidekicks to speak of. Cap’s Bucky comes to mind and his transition into the deadly Winter Soldier is the subject of interest in Marvel’s next film installment of that saga. And a lot of the DC heroes have some kind of middle-school age junior version of themselves (Superboy/Girl, Impulse, etc.)

When you get right down to it, there’s one image that the term sidekick always conjures up: Batman and Robin.

Review - Jirni #1

Every pilgrim reaches the end of their journey. It's not the end that people typically pay the most attention to; it's the journey itself. Aspen Comics is offering readers a glimpse at a magical journey in the new series Jirni #1.

The new series is written by J.T. Krul, with illustrations by Paolo Pantalena, colors by Brett Smith and letters by Josh Reed.

Rafael Albuquerque Offers New Cover for 2 Guns: Second Shot Deluxe Edition

Two guns are better than one right? They are when they've been out of print and are being brought back in with a grand flourish, a big-screen adaptation and an oversized collection. BOOM! Studios is slated to release 2 Guns: Second Shot Deluxe Edition, a collection that includes the complete original series by Steven Grant. It'll also boast a ton of bonus features and a brand new cover by Rafael Albuquerque.

Trench is a deep-cover DEA agent. Steadman is an undercover Naval Intelligence officer. Both think the other is a simple gun-for-hire, the perfect accomplice to help steal a bank vault full of mob money for the good guys. And neither realizes that their caper is a gigantic double-cross from the mob, who’s just tricked both men into stealing $50 million from the CIA. Now Trench and Steadman race headlong across the Southwest, guns blazing, desperately outrunning Feds and mobsters alike while scrambling madly to find some way of clearing both their names before they’re carved on tombstones!

It's written by Grant and drawn by Mateus Santolouco. The 2 Guns: Second Shot Deluxe Edition ships under Diamond order code MAR130915. Available for the first time in a full-sized edition, the collection retails for $19.99 and has 144 pages.

Full press release below.

Sex #2 Sells Out of Initial Printing

Sex sells. And sells. And sells some more. When it's the title of a comic from Image for instance, it seems to sell even more. Sex #2 has sold out its initial printing. Clearly, writer Joe Casey and artist Piotr Kowalski are doing something right.

The series is the story of a former superhero who hangs up his cape to pursue the kind of life he had forbidden himself, has been positively received by fans and critics alike. Sex #1 sold out instantly and is already into a third printing. A second printing of Sex #2 is underway and will be available for sale on May 15, 2013.

The second printing is available to order now (Diamond code FEB138644) and the third issue will be in stores on May 22.

Full press release below.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick

(Defense With The BoomStick Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)

Well I had to do it. I had to go into a town to find some supplies as I'm desperate. I was skulking across the plains and saw the beginnings of a town that slowed me down and prompted me to start sneaking. I needed food and needed it now or no matter what I was going to end up zombie food come nightfall; I could just feel it.

I did get some luck as the town is one of those where all the streets are on one main street, with plenty of houses out and about around it. There might be supplies in these houses, but I didn’t have the time or energy to search them all. My best bet was going to be right in the middle of town and searching for a general store or market; if they have one still standing. The one thing I have going for me is I haven’t seen any zombies in this entire area and I’m hoping that luck keeps holding out.

Review - Danger Club #5

In the absence of heroes, the sidekicks stepped up. What they're stepping up to might be bigger than any of them conceived initially, but that's what makes it a club full of danger. All takes place in the aptly named Danger Club #5.

Danger Club #5 is written by Landry Q. Walker, illustrated by Eric Jones, colored by Michael "Rusty" Drake (and Garry Black on page 1) and lettered by Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt.

Zenescope Brings Exclusives to C2E2

C2E2 is right around the corner, taking place April 26-28 at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Zenescope plans to be there, bringing along some of the covers they've become known for. The publisher will be offering several limited edition comics with covers by Mike DeBalfo, Jamie Tyndall and Paulo Siqueira and even some new stuff.

Appearing at Booth #729 will be Ralph Tedesco, Mark L. Miller, Nei Ruffino, Franchesco, Larry Watts and others still to be named. One of the biggest highlights for fans of the publisher will be the premiere of the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated pilot episode directed by Jon Schnepp and created by Zenescope Entertainment, Titmouse Animation and Schneppzone, Inc. The pilot features the voices of Lena Headey, Briana Evigan, Robert Forster and Chris Hardwick and character designs by artists Alex Pardee, Eric Powell, Bill Sienkiewicz and other top industry talent.

The “Grimm Fairy Tales Animated” Panel will be hosted by Zenescope’s Tedesco who also served as one of the producers and writers of the pilot. The panel will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Room W476. Convention exclusives include GFT Jungle Book: Last of the Species #2 cover E (Limited to 500 copies), GFT Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood cover E (Limited to 500 copies) and GFT Wonderland #9 Cover C and D (C Limited to 500 copies and D Limited to 100 copies).

Full press release below.

Fatale Becomes Ongoing Series

There's a certain allure about a fatale; especially one who transcends centuries, from medieval France to present day. Throw in a few stops in between that include the Wild West, post-World War II San Francisco and 1970s Los Angeles for good measure. It's a series of settings that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have found success with in their work Fatale, now ongoing and about to see its third story arc collected as a TPB.

"I kept saying how many issues the story would take to complete and then having more ideas I wanted to explore in Josephine's world," said Brubaker. "So the endpoint kept changing, and I realized this is something we do in comics a lot, decide ahead of time how long a story will take to tell. One of the advantages of publishing with Image is the total freedom we have to do it our way, so I decided the series just goes until it's over, and not to say exactly what issue that will be. To just let the story take as long as it needs to, like a good novel. And thanks to the support of our retailers and readers, we're able to do that."

Fatale Volume Three: West of Hell (APR130422) will launch alongside Fatale #15 APR130421) on June 12.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Valiant and Quarantine Studio Partner for Deluxe Statue Line

OK Valiant. People get it. You're keen on adding a touch of awesome to just about everything you're involved in. The comics are top-notch, crossovers are getting epic and now you've got to go and start making deluxe statues. Have you no concern for readers' wallets? The first Valiant/Quarantine release, scheduled for 2014, will be the X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition Statue, based upon the art of Marko Djurdjevic.

"The most amazing thing about our working on this tremendous catalog of titles and characters is that the Valiant brand has, up until now, been untapped for the statue market," said Quarantine Studio CEO Paul Conner and Creative Director William Paquet. "With every other major comic publisher having been licensed repeatedly over the past couple decades, Valiant has been lurking in the shadows, rebuilding its footprint to unleash itself back into the spotlight with supersonic concussion. To say we are thrilled to be a part of this renaissance is a gross understatement.

Sculpted in polyresin and standing 14 inches high on a 9 inch by 10 inch base, the first-ever sculptural representation of Valiant's signature hero will recreate Djurdjevic's iconic cover art to X-O Manowar #12 – a key centerpiece of the "Planet Death" storyline currently being published the X-O Manowar monthly series.

"We have long been fans of Valiant, but the rebirth of the company is mind-boggling," they added. "Our most difficult task right now is deciding where to focus our creative efforts. The Valiant Universe is vast and inspiring."

"Quarantine have a proven and well-earned reputation for producing some of the most high-quality sculptures in the industry," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "They're an ideal partner for Valiant and this is the first of many of exciting partnerships we plan to reveal in the coming weeks and months."

Full press release below.

Review - Invincible Universe #1

When confronted by an evil names Dinosaurus, the world will turn to whatever heroes are necessary to win. Even if that collection of heroes happens to become a universe of heroes, as in Invincible Universe #1.

The issue is written by Phil Hester, with illustrations by Todd Nauck, colors by Gabe Eltaeb and letters by Rus Wooton.