Friday, November 29, 2013

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.)

Year 5. Week 15.

Carson City is in our sights and what a sight it is. Most of it was destroyed in the beginning of the outbreak, subsequent attacks and zombie movement. Now looking at it, clearly the zombies are the ones running this place.

Packs of zombies can be seen just moving about the streets and almost wandering aimlessly, but it's also as if they're in step with each other. I wouldn’t say they are marching together in those packs, but they look to have more purpose than the average zombie pack. I say that because the packs seem to move about in the same area in a circle or route they are supposed to do.

Review - Tilt-Shift: The Quiet Profession #1

"It didn't seem real to him just yet."

Wars are fought on the battlefield, despite what all the news feeds will tell you. Getting on the battlefield can be done through a variety of different roles, including photographer. The combat photographer is often an unsung hero of combat and Tilt-Shift: The Quiet Profession #1 is offering a look at the role. The issue is written by Jose L. Torres, illustrated by Josh Hood, inked by Michael Babinkski, colored by Mike Spicer and lettered by Thomas Mauer.

UDON Entertainment Announces Debut of Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works

Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works is one of the most-requested art books in UDON's history and given the instant-classic status of this fighting game, its release to comic book stores across North America today is the moment that thousands of fans have been waiting for. UDON encourages fans who want it today to check with their local comic shop to make sure they have copies in stock. This book will be available through traditional booksellers in the next 7-14 days.

Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works is filled to the brim with amazing content. On top of the illustrations and character designs found in all of UDON's Persona art books, this volume also features a huge amount of story and development material, including animation storyboards, backgrounds, and more. Also included are two different behind the scenes interviews, offering unprecedented insight into all the game and the Persona series. Packed tight with art, story and development material, and behind-the-scenes looks at this game, this is a MUST-BUY for fans of the Persona series, and Atlus games in general.

Fight and survive, heading towards the one throne waiting at the end in Persona 4 Arena. The fighting game spin-off to the Persona 4 RPG is an instant classic. Now this spectacular art book collects the artwork behind the landmark title, including character designs, rough sketches, storyboards and pinups. All this plus character profiles, story summaries, creator interviews and more.

Full press release below.

Complete Multiple Warheads Gets Launch

When you need to collect multiple warheads, the best way to do it is by releasing a trade paperback. That paperback makes a lot more sense if it's a book that's collecting stories about actual multiple warheads. Image Comics sees it that way, as they're poised to release The Complete Multiple Warheads, Vol. 1, created by Brandon Graham. The story follows ex-organ smuggler Sexica and her werewolf boyfriend Nikoli as they travel across radioactive wastelands with the hardcore organ hound Blue Nura hot on their heels.

The book collects issues 1-4, along with Multiple Warheads: Downfall (One-Shot). It arrives in stores on 1/8 and is 208 pages, available for $17.99. Final orders are due from retailers on 12/2 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code OCT130496.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dynamite Offers Preview of Bad Ass #1

Dynamite has a new series due in January. Not just any series, but one that promises to be awesome. Bad-ass even. As in Bad Ass #1, a four-issue limited series scheduled for release starting in January 2014. The book is the brainchild of writer Herik Hanna and artist Bruno Bessadi. It introduces Dead End, an unstoppable vigilante who may claim to be a masked avenger... but he's a villain through and through, with a cause even greater than serving justice: serving himself.

"With Bad Ass, we are delivering a true tribute to -- and parody of -- American superhero comic books," said Bessadi. "Dead End is an antihero with uninhibited wickedness, which -- let's face it -- we all secretly wish we could embrace. It's pure black humor and action, through and through!"

The book is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews catalog under Diamond Item Code NOV130951. Full press release below and interiors below.

Cosmic Waves Returns April 2014

Drew Ford is making a name for himself in the comic industry. His first graphic novel is set to be published by Dark Horse next year and now he's making his way in this world on his own. Of course, he can't do it by himself, which is where you the reader comes in. Twenty years ago, inspired by both contemporary and classic collections of genre comic book fiction, Ford had the idea to produce a new comic book anthology, which would feature all-new fantastical stories...the name of that comic was Cosmic Waves.

The original Cosmic Waves #1 was released into a very different comics landscape than what exists today. For that reason, Cosmic Waves struggled to find it's audience, and eventually fell by the wayside. Times, however, have truly changed. Ford is hoping this new, upcoming issue of Cosmic Waves, featuring a diverse mix of characters, stories and creators, will be embraced by readers of such popular, contemporary anthologies as Dark Horse Presents and Popgun, along with fans of such classic EC favorites Tales From The Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Weird Fantasy and more...basically anyone who loves a good fantastical collection of stories.

The ability to publish this new incarnation of Cosmic Waves will depend heavily on the success of the campaign, which has already begun to help facilitate it's 2014 publication. The anthology itself will be a mix of both stand alone and ongoing stories. Ongoing storylines include "The Unseen" (a horrific crime drama), "The Light" (a bizarre twist on the superhero genre), "Phenomena" (a contemporary ghost story) and "The 10 Percent" (a science fiction thriller).

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I am left with the impression that Watchmen fervor, as it were, has died down somewhat. I mean, it's always going to keep as one of the most influential comic book stories ever told. And I'm still a fan of the movie. I'm not going to say that it was the greatest film I ever saw or that watching it in any way resembles the experience of reading the comic. I am going to say that I think it was probably the best Watchmen film it could have been.

It was incredibly ambitious. Maybe some stuff doesn't translate to the big screen and Watchmen seems--to me--intended to be read as so much of it is a satire on comics. You know, because it kind of finds this way to link the evolution of comic book storytelling with the evolution of American history and makes them synonymous (don't ask me how it manages to pull this just does). But they frickin' tried. The costumes, the cast; you gotta give them some credit, here.

I suppose one of the things that makes Watchmen so timeless is the frightening, relativistic depiction of morality it hits you with. But who's really the HERO in Watchmen? See, debatably, EVERYONE is the hero...from a certain point of view which, unfortunately, ends up being a bit of a zero sum game where maybe no one is the hero then.

Let's start with the most obvious protagonist: Nite Owl.

Review - Black Science #1

"It wasn't until I'd med everyone else's measure of success that I realized I'd failed myself."

Dabbling in things beyond the comprehension of humanity never ends well. Sure, it can expose the dabbler to some truly fascinating new worlds and beings, but it also often leads to running for your life. A lot. All in the name of science! That's the mantra Grant McKay used to believe in Black Science #1 from Image Comics. The first issue is written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Matteo Scalera and Dean White.

Preview - The Sandman: Overture Special Edition #1

Neil Gaiman needs no introduction. The man is a legend, his talents transcending comics. One of his most popular works was The Sandman and Vertigo is revisiting the classic again with the release of The Sandman: Overture Special Edition #1.

J.H. Williams is paired with Gaiman and the special edition boasts an interview with a member of the creative team, arare artwork and more. It will also include the entire first issue of the new miniseries, including the gatefold in its original form before coloring, giving readers a behind-the-scenes at Williams’ unique process. Williams’ original coloring will be shown in addition to the black, white and gray tones of the original work. In addition, the lettering will be translucent, allowing the reader to see the exquisite artwork behind the word balloons.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Scratch9: The Pet Project (Second Life Edition) Gets Bookshelf Edition

It only makes sense that if you have a bookshelf, you have bookshelf editions of the books. Well, technically, every book is a bookshelf edition, but when it comes to graphic novels and comics, getting down to bookshelf size is always appreciated. Hermes Press is pleased to announce that it's big on the appropriate sizing as well, offering up the deluxe bookshelf hardcover printing of Scratch9: The Pet Project (Second Life Edition), collecting the complete fan-favorite, all-ages title under one cover for the first time.

The new collection includes the original graphic novel Scratch9: The Pet Project, along with this year’s hit anthology Scratch9: Cat Tails. It includes over 140 pages of story written by series creator Rob M. Worley with artwork by Jason T. Kruse, Joshua Buchanan, Armand Villavert Jr, Mike Kunkel, Chris Houghton, Caanan Grall, Shannon Eric Denton, John Martin, Joe Foo, Justin Castaneda and Mike Roll. And Hermes Press is dedicated to getting this book into the hands of young readers everywhere, pricing it at just $12.99.

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 Dr. Schrodinger of the C.R.U.E.L. corporation. The original series was named one of the best of 2010 by School Library Journal and praised by critics as a great “read-together” story for parents to enjoy with their children. As with all Scratch9 books, Worley will donate five percent of the profits from the sale of the hardcover to animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA, Guardians For Animals in Michigan and in California, through the recently-established SWAH Fund.

Scratch9: The Pet Project (Second Life Edition) is available for pre-order from the December Diamond Previews catalog (ordering code #DEC13 1195). The book is expected to ship in March.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review - The Maxx Maxximized #1

"What the heck...little hands?"

Way, way back in the day, when Image Comics was a nascent publisher representing the tide of anti-establishment within the industry, there was a book released called The Maxx. It was an interesting book, primarily because it's main character was so fascinating. Fast forward twenty years to a day when comics are beyond hip and IDW feels that some readers may have missed out on meeting the character initially. They've taken it upon themselves to release The Maxx Maxximized #1, a remastered retelling of the classic 1990s comic. The issue is written by Sam Kieth and William Messner-Loebs, illustrated by Kieth, additional inks by Jim Sinclair, colors by Ronda Pattison and letters by Mike Heisler.

Critter Hits the 20th Issue

Fans of Big Dog Ink know what those kids are all about. If you've never heard of the small publisher prior to the previous sentence, they'd like you to know that there's cause for celebration and reason to pay attention. Why? Their superhero series Critter has just reached the 20th issue milestone. For a small publisher such as that, it's kind of a big deal.

A throwback to when hero filled comics were lighthearted, fast paced, and most importantly, FUN, fans have been on board with Critter since the beginning and issue #20 shows that this cat-girl has staying power. Critter is launching a brand new story arc with issue #20, and the publisher has super special pricing to celebrate. Each full sized, full color, Critter #20 is being offered at just $1. Critter #20 features two wraparound covers from interior artist Fico Ossio and Jen Broomall.

Full press release below.

The Midas Flesh #1 Kicks Off BOOM! Box

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Every new publisher needs a good new book. It's a way of life and it ensures that the new publisher will draw in new readers. BOOM! Box subscribes to that philosophy, tapping Ryan North for The Midas Flesh. The book will pair him up with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb for the first in a line of books aimed at allowing some of the most creative talents in comics to let loose with their wildest ideas.

“Ryan, Shelli, and Braden are nothing short of magic,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Their work on ADVENTURE TIME is literally some of the best storytelling we have in comics, and they’ve very deservingly been recognized with a host of major industry awards. Now, we get to see them bring a brand-new world to life. There’s few things in comics I’d rather see more.”

To highlight the series and imprint launch, the inaugural issue will contain extra pages of story and art. The first issue will ship with a main cover by John Keogh and variant covers by Emily Partridge and Noelle Stevenson. The first issue will also feature the first original “Writer’s Edition” incentive cover, where North will hand-letter varying character dialogue on each variant cover. We’ve all heard of the Midas touch. You know, the Greek Myth about the man who did a number on himself by wishing for everything he touched to turn to gold? Who better to turn that tale on its head with a heavy dose of sci-fi than Ryan North? Also, did we mention the Utahraptor?

Fatima and her space crew have decided to return to Earth—a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold—to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy's body. The over-sized debut issue, The Midas Flesh #1, arrives in comic shops on December 18th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT130966.

Full press release below.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Review - Never Ending #1

"Nothing. Ever. Changes."

If you're "blessed" with the ability to endure time and continue living, you may or may not be happy. True, you'll live through quite a few beautiful sunsets and birthdays, but eventually, things will get lonely. How you cope with that loneliness ranges from just dealing with it to seeking a way to rid yourself of it. Finding a way to get rid of it makes for rather interesting reading and Dark Horse Comics is preparing Never Ending #1 to offer that read.

The issue is written by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride, illustrated by Robert Love, colored by Heather Breckel and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic.

Valiant Comes to China for ComiCube Digital Comics Launch

China may be big on the whole censorship thing, yet that doesn't mean there aren't comic book fans in the vast country. Those fans looking to get a little more Valiant Entertainment in their lives are in for a treat, as the publisher has partnered with ComiCube Publishing, China's first Chinese language publisher of digital comics and graphic novels. The first fully translated, Chinese language serializations of Valiant's books will include Archer & Armstrong #1, Bloodshot #1 and Quantum and Woody #1 – will debut in December to coincide with the launch of ComiCube's iOS app. Subsequent issues and an expanded selection of Valiant titles – including X-O Manowar, Shadowman and Eternal Warrior – will be added monthly. A ComiCube app launch for Android will follow in early 2014.

"This is an incredibly exciting partnership that will allow Valiant to bring its award-winning library to the Chinese public – an entirely new readership base with an ever-growing appetite for digital content in their native language," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "With the support of ComiCube, we look forward to winning over even more vocal fans in the world's fastest growing media market."

"With more than 160 million comic fans and the world's most rapidly expanding base of mobile users, there's an unprecedented demand for American superheroes in China today," said Di Wu, CEO of ComiCube Publishing. "Quality superhero comics in a number of genres are exactly what our readers want to see, and with Valiant on board as a launch partner, we look forward to bringing them full force into the Chinese marketplace."

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Announces BOOM! Box

BOOM! Box Teaser Image

Back in the day, a boombox was a popular means of conveying music to the ears around it. Since then, portable music players and SmartPhones have replaced it, giving audiophiles something small and local to hear stuff on; stuff that was usually of the experimental and mixing variety. There's a nostalgia around the concept though, as it reminds one of a different time and being experimental. BOOM! Studios is feeling reminiscent, announcing the creation of BOOM! Box. The new line of books starts off with The Midas Flesh, written by Ryan North and illustrated by Shelli Paroline.

“This imprint is about new ideas and unique ways of doing things,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon Watters, our mastermind editor behind ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and BRAVEST WARRIORS, has brought some amazing talent into BOOM! over the last couple years. These are creators that have inspired us; they have an undeniably energizing spirit to what they do, and all have their own stories to tell. That jump-started the idea to give them—and other great creators we’ve come to know who aren’t involved in KaBOOM!—the opportunity to go wild and come up with their most outrageous ideas—and for us to say, ‘Yes, we will publish that.’ It’s about experimenting, having fun, and embracing the limitless form of comics.”

BOOM! Box titles will vary in genre, tone, format, and creative vision, but will share an energy focused on creating comics purely “for the love of it.” The imprint will also focus on introducing successful creators from outside the direct comic market into the traditional print comic market, including web cartoonists, illustrators, and fine artists.

“BOOM! Box is meant to be a gleeful space for creators to explore projects that are exciting or challenging for them, as well as giving them the means to do so,” said Editor Shannon Watters. “We’re interested in publishing comics under this imprint that are a ball to murderbots or male protagonists with a tortured past, perhaps, but dinosaur planets and adventuring best pals and plenty of graphic storytelling made with love.”

The Midas Flesh #1 is a sci-fi adventure taking inspiration from the mythological man who could turn everything he touched into gold. Inspired by a strip from North’s immensely popular webcomic, Dinosaur Comics, the book follows a space crew as they return to Earth—a planet that has been completely sectioned off, abandoned, and transformed into gold—in the hopes of finding something to help fight a merciless Federation from further expanding its wrath across the universe. Future series and projects from BOOM! Box will be announced in coming months as the imprint is carefully curated and expanded organically.

Full press release below.

Friday, November 22, 2013

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.)

Year 5. Week 14.

One of the most boring weeks that could've happened in the zombie world has happened. Nothing but driving, resting when we can and staying alert for zombies that just aren't there. All we’ve seen around us is empty land and not a single zombie with miles of road ahead of us to go.

There have been a few small towns that we went through; not much to any of as most have seen a bit of fighting reflected by buildings and burned out structures. We had hopes that this far up in the mountains some of these places might have been spared or at least seen limited zombie attention. Of course after five years it just might as well have been other survivors fighting each other; with limited supplies and not a lot of people growing food it's becoming dangerous out there and not just from zombies.

Review - Hardcore Luchador #1

"I don't care if they're made of explosive bunnies. We'll take them all!"

If you ever seen a wrestling match in your life (not the Olympic or amateur stuff, but "professional), you know there's a formula that has to be followed. Intense action, both in and out of the ring, rivalries shelved for partnerships, mysterious entrants laying claim to the title and a massive world underneath the ring. Quick, which one of the above descriptions doesn't seem right? If you said the last one, then you clearly haven't read Hardcore Luchador #1

The first issue is written and penciled by Angelo Gines, Jr. and colored and lettered by Topher Steven.

Black Kiss Gets Variant

‘Tis the season to be nice or naughty. Image Comics is stuffing your stocking with a special variant of the Black Kiss One-Shot by creator Howard Chaykin, which is available for pre-order with Diamond code OCT138156 and will be in stores on December 18 for $3.99.

Valiant Reveals Five Unity #1 Golden Tickets

Willy Wonka made his name by giving away golden tickets. The shiny objects of much affection granted five lucky kids the chance to tour the magical Chocolate Factory, taking in all its wonderment and adventure. Why should such a campaign be limited only to such a tour though? Valiant Entertainment feels that they should get in on the action, offering up the Unity #1 Golden Ticket Contest, giving fans the chance to win one of ten exclusive prize packages, including tickets to New York Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of ReedPOP.

"The success of Valiant's return has been a grassroots effort since day one, and, with Unity #1 now on shelves as Valiant's biggest debut of the year, we wanted to give a few lucky fans the chance to share in our success," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Head back to your local comic shop today to ask about Unity #1, and you might just find yourself with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join us next year on the floor at New York Comic Con."

For the first time, Valiant is revealing that it has hidden five #UNITYGOLDENTICKET hashtags on the covers of the Pullbox Exclusive Variants offered with Unity #1 at five local comic shops across the continental United States. So if you have a copy of Unity #1 featuring cover art by Bryan Hitch, J.G. Jones, Travel Foreman, Paolo Rivera, or Clayton Crain, you could be a winner. Simply examine the UPC box and look for the #UNITYGOLDENTICKET hashtag printed in gold ink.

Courtesy of ReedPOP, the ten lucky Unity #1 Golden Ticket winners will each receive one four-day pass to New York Comic Con 2014 – the East Coast's biggest and most exciting pop culture convention – plus a one-of-a-kind Valiant prize package, complete with a tour of Valiant's New York City offices, dinner with Valiant editorial staff, and a comprehensive collection of Valiant trade paperbacks and hardcovers.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con

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BOOM! Studios isn't going too far to make it over the to the 5th Annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, to be held during the weekend of Nov. 23-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. In fact, they'll easily be found at booth #201, hosting creators Caleb Monroe and Eric M. Esquivel, in addition to Hannah Nance Partlow and Travis Hill. Not only that, but there will also be a special, LBCHC cover for Protocol: Orphans.

BOOM! will also put on the following panel on Saturday: BOOM! Studios Presents: We Are BOOM!, Sat., Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Room 102C. The book features Filip Sablik reintroducing BOOM! to the world of comics. Attendees will find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 has been a transformative year for us. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Interview - Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle)

The Beatles are known as being a cosmic force when it comes to music and pop culture. They've cemented themselves as one of the greatest bands of all time and a lot of that can be attributed to one man: Brian Epstein. The relentless pursuit of improving the world was Brian's main objective and he made The Beatles the powerhouse they were. The fact is though, that there's not much about him in the way of biographical information, until now.

Dark Horse has published The Fifth Beatle and author Vivek Tiwary was gracious enough to answer a few questions about the book. Read on to find out about Brian's love of The Beatles, the Valiant Entertainment reboot and Neil Gaiman.

Review - High School Romance #1

" yeah...basically what I'm trying to say is...uhh..."

Remember high school? That super fun time when everything you did was scrutinized by everyone else there? Work studied by teachers? Actions evaluated by principals? Social status evaluated by peers, both potential and actual? The entire process made for a time that many people wish to forget, but it has a lasting effect on everyone who attends. Living in the now for some is very difficult though, such as in High School Romance #1.

The issue is written and illustrated by Jin Chan Yum Wai, with art assets by Matt Lutton.

A Voice in the Dark Finds Listeners

Usually, a voice in the dark is something you run away from. You run very far and very fast. Very rarely do you actually go towards the mysterious voice, unless it's the name of a series from a reputable publisher such as Image Comics. That's right: A Voice in the Dark #1 has managed to shed the creepiness associated with it and be a hit for writer and artist Larime Taylor.

“The idea was to fund a single issue as a submission package, to show that I can do the whole package and finish a project,” explained Taylor, when asked why he decided to use Kickstarter as a vehicle for the idea. “That’s exactly what I did, and why publishers were interested in it. I gave them a finished book instead of five pages of art and a synopsis. I wouldn’t be here if not for the backers of that Kickstarter.”

Detailing the story of serial killer Zoey as she embarks on her freshman year of college and tries to control her dark killing urges, A Voice in the Dark #1 is the first in the new ongoing series and took a more circuitous route to publication than most. Taylor wrote, drew, toned, and lettered the book using his mouth and a Wacom Cintiq tablet donated to him by the Wacom company.

“I draw on a tablet screen with the stylus in my mouth. I’ve been drawing with my mouth since I was four years old, but drawing digitally has really freed me,” said Taylor, who was born with Arthrogryposis, a birth defect which severely limits the use of his arms and legs. “Because I can zoom in and out, rotate images, move them around, I’m no longer restricted by the limited reach and range of my neck, or by the fact that I draw smoother lines horizontally than I do vertically.”

A Voice in the Dark #1 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores, and is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web, iOS, and Android. Image Comics is pleased to announce that this first issue will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of A Voice in the Dark #1 (Diamond Code OCT138157) will release on 12/18. A Voice in the Dark #2 releases 12/18 and is available for pre-order with Diamond Code OCT130632.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Collected Editions and Graphic Novels Now on Comixology

Image: Adventure Time on comiXology on the iPad

BOOM! Studios knows a thing or two when it comes to comics and graphic novels. They also know something about digital offerings, especially in bringing their wares to Comixology. They've done more with the former than the latter, but that's about to change as the publisher is poised to roll out the debut of collected editions and graphic novels on Comixology. This brings fan-favorite collections like Irredeemable, Incorruptible, Hellraiser, Bravest Warriors and more to comiXology’s worldwide audience today, with the entire back catalog to debut shortly.

“We’re excited to finally make our entire catalog of collected editions and original graphic novels available through comiXology!” said BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “We’ve been talking about making our backlist catalog available digitally in collected form for some time and it’s a great way to help cap the amazing year BOOM! has been having. With new fans discovering our brand every day through series like Adventure Time, Day Men, Suicide Risk, and Herobear and the Kid, what better time to make everything available? I’m really excited about all of the co-promotions we have planned with comiXology as we roll out new editions!”

The full list of BOOM! Studios collected editions now available on comiXology are below with many more debuting in the coming weeks:

28 Days Later Omnibus & Vols. 1 – 6
2 Guns
Cthulhu Tales Omnibus Vol. 1 - 2
Adventure Time Vol. 1
Adventure Time: Playing With Fire
Bravest Warriors Vol. 1
Deathmatch Vols. 1 - 2
Hellraiser Masterpieces Vols. 1 – 2
Hellraiser Vols. 1 - 4
Higher Earth Vol. 1
Hypernaturals Vol. 1
Incorruptible Vols. 1 - 7
Irredeemable Vols. 1 - 10
Supurbia Vol. 1

“We’re thrilled to help expand BOOM! Studios’ digital presence with the release of all of these outstanding collections and graphic novels,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Now fans who were always curious to start series like the critically acclaimed Irredeemable and Incorruptible or the hilarious Bravest Warriors get their chance while also experiencing these series in our immersive Guided View reading technology that only comiXology brings.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review - Protocol Orphans #1

"The average 8-year-old can hold her breath for 90 seconds. Therefore, you have 90 seconds to solve this thing...or you will die."

Living as an orphan is not a life that anyone would choose given the choice. Thankfully, there are those out there who make that life easier for orphans by adopting them. The thing is, they're not always raising the orphan with the child's best interest at heart. Every now and then, an orphan is adopted and raised to be a super-spy, a story showcased in Protocol Orphans #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Michael Alan Nelson, illustrated by Mariano Navarro, colored by Gabriel Cassata and lettered by Deron Bennett.

Preview - D4ve #1

If Office Space got anything right (and it got a lot right), it was accurately depicting the monotony that comes with an office job. It did it in quite a humorous way as well, but it didn't offer up a scenario where robots are subject to the same monotony. Monkeybrain Comics wants to change that with D4ve.

Written by Ryan Ferrier and illustrated by Valentin Ramon, D4ve looks at the title character going through a mid-life crisis. D4VE, the defense-bot-turned-desk-slave, withers away at a soul-sucking day job, quietly dreaming of his monster-punching past. Unbeknownst to him-yet-new alien presence lands on Earth.

The issue hits stores today with interiors below.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Enters the Age of Darkness

Zenescope may pride itself on its rather unique take on classic fairy tales, but that doesn't mean they can get down on the crossover action. In fact, the publisher has plans for a new event that will become part of their series Grimm Fairy Tales. The event is called Age of Darkness and will involve most of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe spinoff series as well as its flagship title, Grimm Fairy Tales as it approaches its 100th issue, due out July 2014.

“Everything we’ve ever done in the Grimm Fairy Tales has led up to this event and the Grimm Universe will be forever changed by this.” states Zenescope President, Joe Brusha. “We’re thrilled that this series has lasted so long and we’re even more excited to see it evolve into something bigger now with the Age of Darkness event.”

Age of Darkness will first hit the Grimm Universe starting in two spinoff titles: Quest and Code Red. But 2014 will get more intense as the Age of Darkness descends upon multiple Grimm Fairy Tales series including Robyn Hood, Neverland, Inferno and Wonderland: Clash of Queens.

“We’re definitely going to shock some fans as we lead up to #100.” says Editor-in-Chief Ralph Tedesco “But Age of Darkness is not being done simply for shock value, we want this ride that our fans have taken with us for the past eight years to really pay off.”

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review - Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #1

"What in the name of the lords of Kobol happened here!"

Starbuck didn't always used to be the singular version of a series of coffee shops. It was the call sign of one of the best Viper pilots in the universe, or at least in the universe set against the backdrop of Battlestar Galactica. The character gets the origin treatment in Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The issue is written by Tony Lee, illustrated by Eman Cassalos, colored by David Correia and lettered by Joshua Cozine.

The Mercenary Sea Sets Sail

Prepared for a voyage on the high seas set in the world on the brink of war? While such a trip isn't that easy for many to pack up and undertake, it's a lot easier for readers to enjoy such a trip in a new comic book from Image Comics called The Mercenary Sea. The issue is written by Kel Symons and Matthew Reynolds and follows the adventures of The Venture in 1938.

“There's definitely some conflict—perhaps mostly between Jack and Wulf, the venerable German sub captain who serves as his first officer,” said Symons. “But they're more or less a tight extended family. They're not pirates or ruffians—they're mercenaries, obviously out for a paycheck, but they have a strong moral compass guiding them.”

Ex-bootlegger Captain Jack Harper and his crew of expats, mercenaries, and treasure hunters are on the hunt. The Venture’s crew is a unique group of characters all with checkered pasts. They sail the South Seas at an uneasy time for the world, right when Japan has invaded China and War in Europe looks unavoidable. Battling pirates, headhunters, spies, and soldiers, the crew is always one step away from the greatest score of their lives. But it might not be that way for long...

“One of our guideposts for THE MERCENARY SEA was that we wanted to do a comic that was essentially like a lost Howard Hawks movie. A lot of Hawks' films deal with desperate men in far-flung places, away from any support or help, where they're forced to rely on themselves or fail: Only Angels Have Wings, The Thing from Another World, Rio Bravo, To Have and Have Not,” said Symons. “Howard Hawks was our spirit animal on this one.”

The Mercenary Sea #1 is the first in a new ongoing action/adventure series which will be available in stores on February 12, 2014 for $2.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130492. Full press release below.

One-Hit Wonder Goes Hollywood

Child actors are typically a welcome addition to any cast. The thing is, they're put the wringer in terms of dealing with fame and fortune at an extremely young age. It's too easy to say that every child actor grows up a little too fast, but when you're a child actor who becomes a hitman, it's safe to say that things may have taken a turn at some point. In One-Hit Wonder #1 by Fabrice Sapolsky and Ariel Olivetti from Image Comics shows what happens when Richie Reese crosses the line between fiction and reality.

“[In Los Angeles] many people are actors trying to break in. It's not rare to go to a restaurant and have waiters and waitresses who are actors and that kinda play a role when they serve you,” explained Sapolsky. “The idea of an actor who goes to the dark side and really become a hitman started to grow in my mind.”

Richie Reese takes method acting to a deadly level. Richie shocks his fellow celebrities and industry schmoozers when he rises above his past as a child actor and becomes a hitman, and finds more success at knocking people dead than he ever did in front of a camera. It's the first of five issues in this new series and hits stores on February 26, 2014 for $3.50. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130493. And Sapolsky is fond of Olivetti.

“Ariel is the best, he's amazing and super-fast too. He understands immediately how to do justice to a script. His art is quite unique on the market, no one draws like he does,” said Sapolsky. “I'm incredibly lucky that he not only agreed to work with me but also that he liked and supported the project all along. I provided him full scripts, he'd send me quick sketches, we'd talk about it then he'd go straight to final pages. And you could imagine that not living in the same country would be a problem, but it has never been an issue for us. I wrote the series between Paris and New York and for both locations, the time difference with Buenos Aires isn't really a big issue.”

Full press release below.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Review - The Quest #1

"Yer all truly Realm Knights of Wonderland?"

How do you handle a swarm of mammoth creatures invading your world, hellbent on destroying everything in their path? Putting together a group of travelers to find a special artifact typically goes a long way in helping counter that madness. Zenescope has a new series in The Quest #1 that looks at such a scenario.

The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Sergio Osuna and David T. Cabrera, colored by Francesca Zambon and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Preview - Protocol: Orphan #1

Michael Alan Nelson and Mariano Navarro are abiding by a protocol. A Protocol: Orphan if you will, an action-packed espionage series with a compelling cast of young characters struggling with their transition into adulthood. And the first issue is a tense thriller perfect for fans of spy fiction.

Grabbed up by the United States government and thrown into training camps, orphans around the country have been raised to become America’s next generation of superspies. Now, as adults, they live amongst us, ready for ‘the family’ to call them back into action.

The issue is in stores now with interiors below.

Sheltered Available as TPB

In a pre-apocalyptic world where any day could be humanity’s last, the youth of Safe Haven make a decision based on self-preservation. With limited resources and the end of the world swiftly approaching, the kids band together to kill off their parents and take society into their own hands. If that sounds pretty intense, that's because it is.

Sheltered is the series by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas, an unnerving series about what happens when logistics of survival trump empathy that will be collected in trade paperback form on December 11. The first volume of Sheltered collects issues 1-5 of the series and hits stores on December 11, 2014 for $9.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code OCT130500.

Full press release below.

Friday, November 15, 2013

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.)

Year 5. Week 13.

The weather is changing, air is chillier and the occasional snow has fallen. Winter is here and we have many miles to go. We've been hauling up 395, trying to get ahead of the weather and out of the mountains before it gets worse and traps us up here. So far it’s all smooth sailing down the roads these past few days; not any blockades or zombies in our way.

As of now we are stopped in a little place called Mono City, a small town in the middle of Yosemite National Forest that puts us a few hours from Nevada border. Just resting up and plotting our next move as we begin to head into the deserts of Nevada. Stopping here also allows us to look for more supplies or gear we can use to survive out in the desert, even though it's becoming winter the desert can still be brutally hot during the day.

Review - Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1

"We're on our way to Christmasland! It is a real place, you know. The Arctic Eye...the Ice Maze...the Great'll see them all come sun-up!"

Christmas brings with it a sense of joy and safety. Getting together with family members, exchanging gifts, decorating...everything that good consumers do for pretty much the entire month of December. For some though, the thought of Christmas isn't quite so endearing. Especially for consumers who have been ripped off when buying into a place called Christmasland, prompting them to pursue a less merry path. Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 from IDW offers one such tale. The issue is written by Joe Hill, with art by Charles Paul Wilson III, colors by Jay Fotos and letters by Shawn Lee and Robbie Robbins.

The Fifth Beatle Launch Week

The Fifth Beatle is making its way to stores on November 19, which means you've got a few days to prepare to grab a copy. It's going to be a big book, pairing Vivek Tiwary with Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker for a massive book that looks at the life of Brian Epstein, the man many claim as a big reason for the success of The Beatles. And to celebrate the book's release, some of the talent will be doing signings in NYC next week.

On Monday November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Barnes and Noble at 82nd & Broadway, Vivek Tiwary will have a conversation with Dave Marsh, founding editor of seminal rock magazine Creem, pop culture critic and historian. Then, on Wednesday November, 20th at 6:00PM, Tiwary will be at Forbidden Planet NYC, signing copies of the book. Tiwary will also be appearing in a panel Saturday, November 23 11am at the Miami Book Fair: Making Music with Comics: ED PISKOR on Hip Hop Family Tree and VIVEK J. TIWARY on The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, with PETER BAGGE and PAUL POPE (moderated by JOAN HILTY).

Full press release below.

Apocalypse Al Solves the Case to Save the World

Image Comics plans to have a say about the apocalypse. In fact, they're getting J. Michael Straczynski, Sid Kotian and Bill Farmer to chime in and offer readers an interesting take on the end of the world in The Adventures of Apocalypse Al. The series follows the action-packed, fast-paced, surreal, and comically strange tale of Allison Carter, a private investigator whose beat is the end of the world...or more precisely, preventing same. When MTV Geek closed its doors in October, imperiling the project, Joe’s Comics and Studio JMS leapt in to reacquire the material with the assistance of MTV’s Tom Akel.

“After doing three titles about demons, despair and death, more or less in that order, this is the first title from Joe’s Comics that’s about sheer, unadulterated fun,” said Straczynski. “It’s light-hearted and funny, its heart is in the right place, the action never stops, and it features a smart, strong hero who has a habit of saying exactly the wrong thing at exactly the right moment. If you liked Ghostbusters and Men in Black, this is the book for you.”

Debuting in February 2014, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al arrives from Joe’s Comics with an oversized first issue containing 30 pages of original story, unbroken by advertisements and accompanied by an audio dramatization that has become the trademark of Joe’s Comics. All four issues—107 pages in all—are written, drawn and inked, guaranteeing that they will come out on time. In addition to the covers by Kotian, covers will be provided by Francesco Francavilla and the legendary John Romita Jr. This marks the first time Romita and Straczynski have worked together since their celebrated run on The Amazing Spider-Man.

When a mysterious figure gets his hands on the Book of Keys, whose secrets can cause the destruction of the world, Allison Carter is the only one who can stop him. Her journey takes her through a world populated by zombie cops, machinegun toting imps, techno-wizards, closet trolls, demonic theme parks, other dimensions, Ultimate Darkness, and an undead ex-boyfriend.

“Joe’s script for Apocalypse Al is a balance of noir, humor, horror and just the right amount of serious moments at the right spot,” said Kotian. “It was challenging trying to match the visuals to the soul of the story. I don’t think I’ve ever redrawn so many pages trying to do just that. I had a great time drawing it though and I'm sure the fans will love it.”

Each issue of The Adventures of Apocalypse Al is oversized, giving readers more story and more bang for the buck at the same price as a regular issue. Issue one has 30 pages of story; issue two, 28 pages of story; issue three, 28 pages of story; and issue four, 21 pages of story plus additional pages of bonus features. The Adventures of Apocalypse Al #1 will be in stores February 5th 2014. Issue #1 cover A will be illustrated by Kotian and Bill Farmer and pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130489. Cover B will be by Ryan Sook and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code DEC130490. A retailer incentive black and white line art cover C by Sook which can be pre-ordered as well with Diamond Code DEC130491.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review - Freestyle #1

"Oh my God she's dead! Emily is dead!"

When someone dies in certain mediums, they return as zombies. That's a fact. It's also the first story in Freestyle #1, written and illustrated by Mark Purcell.

Get Caught in the Undertow

Remember Atlantis? The fabled city that sank beneath the waves, only nobody knows if it ever existed in the first place? Well, according to Image Comics, it did exist at one point and it's a world superpower. Anshargal and his hostage-protege Ukinnu Alal hunt the Amphibian, a legendary creature that may be the key to an air-breathing life on land. The work pairs Steve Orlando with Artyom Trakhanov to bring the work to new readers.

“This was a chance to take Atlantis a few centuries into the present day, just like most other monarchies. And making it modern makes it a great way to show the truly strange face of the deep ocean,” said Orlando. “Now Atlantis can do what speculative fiction should--it can be a weird mirror to our own world, just a half step away--more relatable than ever before, and thus, even more frightening.”

In Undertow, Atlantis is a world superpower and breathing air is something of a rare phenomena. Join Anshargal on his watertight city barge and explore the wild surface world in Undertow #1, which will be available in stores on February 19, 2014 for $2.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130486.

Undertow takes a lot of expectations about Atlantis fiction and turns them on their head. Here, Atlanteans evolved to the spot where humans are in our world, or maybe just a bit past it. This Earth is fundamentally different because of it, from the geography to the animals to the technology,” explained Orlando, “Atlantis has had to develop technology that can function underwater… Those who breathe water are the ruling power. And those who breathe air? Humans are a wild species, living like pack animals all over the surface, adapting to their environments. Wild, thick-coated polar humans, hairless tropical humans, even monstrous humans evolved from island gigantism. For Redum Anshargal, finding an Atlantean that can breathe air might just be his chance to give his people a shot at life on land, a chance to finally be free of Atlantis' corruption.”

Full press release below.

Day Men #2 Releases in December with Additional Promotion

Day Men #2 Variant Cover by George Pérez

December 11th is a day that BOOM! Studios is really looking forward to. The reason? Day Men #2 by Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson and Brian Stelfreeze hits stores. The first issue met with critical and commercial success, garnering numerous positive reviews along with an almost immediate sellout of the first printing. Additionally, Universal Pictures optioned the rights to produce a Day Men feature film within a month of the debut of the series. Issue #2 was originally solicited through June Previews for August 2013 release. The extended delay for the follow-up issues does bring with it an additional promotion and rewards for retailers and fans.

Every retailer who orders Day Men #2 is going to receive two copies of a special George Pérez variant cover, free of charge. No strings. No order minimums. Whether you hide them away for posterity, gift them to your biggest fans or sell them to underwrite the cost of your stock, they're a gift to you. It also has the distinction of being the only comic book cover George has drawn in 2013 and his first published BOOM! Studios work. It's no secret that George is (courageously) dealing with some eye troubles that, as of writing this, have forced him to undergo surgery to see. Naturally, that hasn’t stopped George.

The top 50 retailers who order the highest quantities of Day Men #2 will be dubbed the "50 Families." In the book, there are 50 families of vampires that secretly control the world. Well, in the retail community, we're going to sign up 50 retailers that not-so-secretly hold some serious influence in the industry. If you're anointed as one of the 50 Families, you're going to receive some special items that are exclusive to your network. For issue #2, it's going to be a three-color, handmade, 18" x 24" screenprint featuring Brian's art and created by LA-based artist David Kloc, with the name of your store elegantly inscribed on the print by artist/designer Hannah Nance Partlow.

Day Men #2 will arrive in stores on December 11th and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUN130895. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Hmm. I’m excited by this Netflix thing with Cage and Iron Fist and all of those guys. I think.

I’m not going to lie: I haven’t been terribly won over by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I think there’s a good show in there, somewhere, trying to get out. It just hasn’t quite gotten out yet. Maybe it can in a season or two if someone sticks with it. Hopefully they will.

Review - Umbral #1

"When the bards sing songs of my life, they probably won't mention this part. The part where I fell into the Umbral and couldn't get out."

There always seems to be a world of shadows that, well, hides in the shadows. Its goals may not be readily apparent, but you can expect that they'll often be focused on making life better for its inhabitants, typically at the expense of the other, non-shadow worlds. What happens when an unlikely thief stumbles into that world though makes for fascinating reading and it's a story told in Umbral #1 from Image Comics. The issue is scribed (written) by Anthony Johnston, illuminated (illustrated) by Christopher Mitten, painted (colored) by John Rauch and flourished (lettered) by Thomas Mauer.

Amazon Publishing's Kindle World Needs Unity

Amazon Publishing's Kindle Worlds could use some more heroes. The platform allows any writer to write stories based on a range of original works and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Pitching a star-studded roster of characters including Toyo Harada, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire into battle against X-O Manowar, the launch of the Unity World will coincide with today's release of Unity #1.

"Kindle Worlds continues to be an amazing showcase for Valiant's most popular characters – and now authors and readers can finally bring them together under the auspices of the UNITY team. Build your own roster, send them on solo missions, introduce your own favorite arch-villain – we had a tremendous time bringing the UNITY comic book to life and, now, it's our distinct pleasure to let fans do the same through the prism of Kindle Worlds and their incredible fan fiction platform," said Gavin Cuneo, Valiant CFO & Head of Strategic Development.

To celebrate the launch of the superhero strike force to Kindle Worlds, Valiant will also be giving away a select number of customized Kindle Paperwhite devices – featuring the artwork of Doug Braithwaite – on the Valiant Comics Facebook page ( during the week of the book's release. To kill a king…he has created an army. The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most unforgiving team the world has ever known – UNITY. Their mission: defeat the threat responsible for the destruction of MI-6, the decimation of an alien world, and the occupation of Eastern Europe… Unseat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon… Kill X-O Manowar.

“UNITY is another great example of Kindle Worlds providing writers and fans an opportunity to create new stories with their favorite Valiant characters,” said Philip Patrick, Director of Business Development and Publisher of Kindle Worlds. “We can’t wait to see the directions authors take over the coming weeks and look forward to reader responses to these stories.”

Full press release below.

Marada the She-Wolf Collected

Marada the She-Wolf has a way with both humans and wolves. She also has a way with readers, engendering tons of appeal with all manner of readers. It only makes sense then that the fact that the fantasy classic is collected together for the first time bears mentioning and Titan Comics is doing the work. The book will feature fully-restored art, in depth features, history and never-before-seen sketches and artwork, by Chris Claremont and John Bolton.

In stores now comes the shield-shattering saga of Marada The She-Wolf – white-haired, blood-soaked swordswoman and mercenary, object of unearthly desire and descendant of Julius Caesar. Descended of Caesar, and preceded by her legendary reputation as a warrior, Marada The She-Wolf follows Marada's adventures across the Roman Empire. Together with her magical accomplice, Princess Arianrhod, they battle evil demons, wizards, witches and unearthly terror!

“I look through these pages and I’m reminded, most eloquently, just how gifted John Bolton is as an artist, how breathtakingly skilled he is at evoking character and event, how powerfully and also subtly he can present a scene,” says Claremont.

Full press release below.

The Fuse #1 Lights 22,000 Miles Above Earth

Space adventures are always adventurous. That just so happens to be because there's a lot of the unknown involved, primarily around what to do when things go wrong. Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood pair up to bring a comic from Image that brings together science-fiction and procedural crimes in The Fuse #1. 22,000 miles up pits detectives Ristovych and Dietrich of Midway City's Homicide division.

“I'm a sucker for detective stories, down-at-heel cop shows, and the kind of 'lived-in' sci-fi where everything feels like it might fall apart at any moment,” explains Johnston. “Combine those with a frontier attitude, where a half million people all think they can get away with murder, and you've got THE FUSE.”

“The thing I love best about cop stories and crime comics is that ultimately they're about people, and that's where I think Antony and I tell our best stories,” said Greenwood. “Combine this with Shari Chankhamma's wonderful, atmospheric color sense and Ed Brisson's great lettering and you get the kind of comic that I know, as a fan, I'd want to check out myself.”

In “THE RUSSIA SHIFT,” Part One, we’re introduced to the permanently understaffed and overworked murder police on board “The Fuse,” assigned to working a new frontier where the law struggles to be heard, let alone obeyed. The Fuse #1 will be available in stores on February 12, 2014 for $3.50. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130485. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review - Noir #1

"You know each other? How delightful."

Shadows are those things that can often creep around behind us, doing everything they can to stay right with us and follow us everywhere. They can be scary and that fear can drive people to stop doing whatever it is they're doing. When they're applied to a crime-fighting playboy, they tend to take on a different feeling. The Shadow is a character who uses the association with shadows to make his life easier, even if he teams up with an enemy of the law such as Black Canary in Noir #1 from Dynamite Entertainment.

The issue is written by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, colored by Vladimir Popov and lettered by Rob Steen.

Drumhellar #1 Sells Out

One would think that for a paranormal detective, things can't really get that strange. For Drum Hellar though things just so happen to do that. And readers of Drumhellar #1 from Image Comics learned that quickly, considering the first issue has sold out at the distributor level. When Hellar starts experiencing shock-induced visions, he’s compelled to pay a visit to a small town in South Dakota. But what he’s met with is not your usual South Dakotan. Flesh-eating bog-men, ex-girlfriend werewolves, and a psychedelic-stealing demon abound in the new series from creators Alex Link and Riley Rossmo.

Join in on this otherworldly mystery. Drumhellar #1 is available in stores now for $3.50. It is also available digitally on the Image website and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web, iOS and Android. The second printing of Drumhellar #1 can be ordered using Diamond Code OCT138002. Issue #2 comes out on 12/11 too, Diamond Code: OCT130598.

Full press release below.

Valiant Offers New Valiant Zero Issues

Valiant may be ripping things apart through Unity, but that won't stop them from offering some new books starting in February and March. Those books start back at the beginning almost, offering readers a glimpse at the origins and secret early exploits of the Valiant heroes, starting with Archer & Armstrong #0. That book offers the untold story of young Obediah Archer, where he came from, and just how can he do the incredible things that he does. It's a story told best by Fred Van Lente and Pere Perez.

"[The] Archer #0 story is fairly dark and grim, because it involves Archer’s mind-numbingly horrible childhood," writer Van Lente said. "It’s a breather in the sense of less things explode and there are less crowd scenes than “Sect Civil War,” but I think on an emotional level and a character level we maintain the same steamroller pace."

Also in February, the all-star creative team of Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart, and ChrisCross unleash Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps #0. Remember the 90s? The most elite assets of Project Rising Spirit are teaming up for an early mission together — but, in the decade of dial-up, the technology is far from perfect and bugs are bound to pop up in the wetware…with disastrous results. In March, Tom Fowler returns for Quantum and Woody: The Goat #0, co-written by James Asmus. Are heroes born or are they bred? Who – or what – spawned the powerhouse of animal husbandry known simply as Vincent Van Goat?

Also in March, original series creators Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans journey into the darkest corners of the Harbinger Foundation for Harbinger: Bleeding Monk #0. The Bleeding Monk, formerly Toyo Harada's right hand, has been missing for over a year. Now, uncover the true whereabouts of Harada's cryptic advisor – and the first of many secret revelations to come.

Full press release below.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Interview - Patrick Purcell and Pablo Verdugo Munoz

Winter City is a solid indie comic from a couple of great folks that looks at one individuals quest to stop corruption in a bleak, desolate city. There's a supernatural element to it, as one man fancies himself an incarnation of the Grim Reaper. It features the writing of Patrick and Carl Purcell, illustrations by Pablo Verdugo Munoz and colors by David Aravena Riquelme. The book is top-notch and both Pat Purcell and Munoz were gracious to answer a few questions about their work, the art and what an oligopoly is anyway.