Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review - Nova Phase #1 & #2

"I'm going up on the next ship..."

These days, when you look up at the stars, it's not too far-fetched to think that you'll be making a trip up there. Advancements in science are getting us closer and closer to getting off this planet and as the future creeps closer more and more of us will be getting up there. Even bounty hunters will find work among the stars, setting the state for Nova Phase, published by Slave Labor Graphics. The first two issues are written by Matthew Ritter and illustrated by Adam Elbahtimy.

Furious Pin-Ups

Bryan JL Glass and Victor Santos are Furious. Come January 29, their fury goes on display.

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp (Book Trailer)

Archaia Entertainment and BOOM! Studios are gearing up to release An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp hardcover in January and feels it's deserving of a trailer. Judging by the aforementioned trailer, the work written by Tom Hammock, illustrated by Megan Hutchison, colored by Adam Guzowski and lettered by Deron Bennett, you should check it out below.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Archaia Announces Alyssa Milano's Hacktivist

Hacktivist #1 Cover

Today's world is ruled by connections, both on- and offline. Those connections bring with them a slew of information, information that everyone desires to get a hold of for one reason or another. Edward Snowden exploited massive troves of that information earlier in the year and Alyssa Milano is keen on the concept as well, only she's doing it on a fictional basis in Hactivist. Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and illustrated by Marcus To, the Milano-creative tale will be published as a four-issue limited series starting in January from BOOM! Studios.

“HACKTIVIST combines my love of tech, social media, and philanthropy,” said Milano. “This idea sprang from my friendship with Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, and my fascination with how one person can single-handedly bring about positive change in the world. It’s a concept I felt Archaia was the right publisher to help me develop. They understood the potential and assembled a great team in Jackson, Collin, Marcus, Ian, and [letterer] Deron [Bennett] to create a story that had no limits. I can’t wait for people to read it!”

Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also “.sve_Urs3lf,” the largest, white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe. It's slated to hit comic book stores on January 22 under Diamond order code NOV130890.

“HACKTIVIST brings Archaia back to its roots as our first 2014 series in the imprint to debut in single-issue form,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Imagine if the head of Twitter was also Anonymous. That's the intriguing concept that Alyssa Milano brought to us. We're very excited to bring readers this thriller and deliver Archaia's excellence in production design to the single-issue format. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have crafted a dynamic and authentic story. And it’s fantastic to be working with Marcus To and Ian Herring again. Their work on CYBORG 009 was absolutely incredible.”

Full press release below.

Review - Bad Blood #1

"I heard you were looking for a vampire."

Vampires are creatures of myth and legend, with everyone and their brother writing tales of their, well, tales. The big characteristic with them is there required affinity for human blood, but very few of them actually chronicle what happens when they ingest "faulty" human blood. In Bad Blood #1 from Dark Horse Comics, one such vampire is making it a point to get back at the human with the aforementioned blood. The first issue is written by Jonathan Maberry and illustrated by Tyler Crook.

Preview - 2000 AD #1862

In a world where crime runs rampant and judges roam the streets, there's still issues with punishment and serving sentences. In fact, in 2000 AD #1862, Judge Dredd himself investigates what happened to the penal colony on the moon of Titan. And the book does manage to blend the familiarity and popularity of Judge Dredd with a slew of talent.

The story is by RobWilliams, Eddie Robson, Pat Mills, Guy Adams and John Wagner, illustrated by Henry Flint, Jake Lynch, Clint Langley, Paul Marshall and Carlos Ezquerra, colored by Chris Blythe and lettered by Annie Parkhouse, Ellie De Ville and Simon Bowland. The book hits stores January 1 with interiors below.

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps #0 Gets Previewed

On February 26, Valiant enters the next level of their all-out assault on comic book readers imaginations and wallets. That's the day when Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps #0 hits stores and it offers quite the tale from Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart. In fact, it's such an offering that it reveals the never-before-told origins of Bloodshot's brothers-in-arms, declassifying three decades worth of the H.A.R.D. Corps' unsanctioned super-powered incursions into war zones across the globe. But, in the era of analog, Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps' cutting-edge enhancements are far from perfect and bugs are bound to pop up in the wetware with…disastrous results…

The work will definitely be worth checking out when it hits stores. What's more, there will be other jumping-on points for each of Valiant's other books, including Archer & Armstrong: Archer #0, Quantum and Woody: The Goat #0 and Harbinger: Bleeding Monk #0. Full press release and interiors below.

Friday, December 27, 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 19.

When good news happens, it can make even a day in the zombie world a better one. The good news for us comes in the form of ten working tanks, five APCs and tons of fuel to run them all. It’s been a busy week around the vehicle yard getting as many of these old hunks of junks working, with most of the folks here getting a lot done with little zombie interference.

The tanks are on the older side though and took a bit to get going. The added benefit of there age is that some are from World War II and have the plows on the front already built in, used to bust through underbrush over in Belgium. Those will come in handy plowing through the ranks of zombies and preventing the treads from getting gummed up with zombie parts. Most of us didn’t have much knowledge on how to run these tanks, but with enough tinkering and trial and error we got it done.

Review - Robotech/Voltron #1

"Activate interlock! Dynotherms connected! Infracells up! Mega-thrusters are go!"

Children of the 80s remember Robotech and Voltron. The two franchises were bedrocks of many of our geek foundations and they offered up glimpses into both space and robots. It took a while, but a few decades later Dynamite Entertainment is crossing over the two in a brand new book called Robotech/Voltron #1. The issue is written by Tommy Yune, illustrated by Elmer Damaso, colored by Lariz Santos, Armand Roy Canlas, Sam Gelua and Melvin Calingo and lettered by Canlas and Calingo.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Finishes 2013 on High Note

2013 was a blast to the past for fans of Legend of Zelda, as it saw Dark Horse release The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, a beautiful retrospective on the history of the franchise with tons of pictures. It sold very well and was a sight to behold for fans of the property, taking them through a history of the characters and their interactions. In fact, it sold so well that it made #6 in the top ten best-selling books globally in 2013. That's kind of a big deal.

In February, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia soared to the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts, making it the #1 book in America. In addition, the book reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists. Dark Horse announced a record print run, with the number continuing to grow as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia dominated orders in the UK, China, Italy, Spain, and Canada.

“We knew this book was going to be one of the highlights of the year before it even hit catalogs,” said Dark Horse’s president and publisher, Mike Richardson, “but no one could have predicted the unprecedented success and acclaim this book has received. Hyrule Historia has earned a place in the Dark Horse history books!”

This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games and much more Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link’s adventures from the creators themselves. As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creative team of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa.

Full press release below.

Archaia Publishing An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp in January

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp Cover

The new year is right around the corner, bringing with it resolutions, new aspirations and the return of shows like Community. It'll also bring with it a little bit of Archaia action, as the publisher is set to release An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp from Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchison.

“We’re very happy to debut Archaia’s 2014 line of original graphic novels with WILL O’ THE WISP,’ said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Tom and Megan have created an engaging, supernatural tale complete with a smart protagonist, a spooky setting, and even a pet raccoon named Missy! Combined with Archaia’s high production values, we’re very proud to start the new year with such a beautiful title.”

After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, a fog-covered island of graves set deep in the southern swamps. There she will meet the sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.

An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp arrives in comic shops on January 22nd with a cover price of $24.95 under Diamond order code SEP130877. Full press release below.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review - The Lion and The Unicorn #1

"They say that silence speaks volumes..."

Kings come and go, but kingdoms last a lot longer. The aforementioned waning kings are the ones tasked with ruling the kingdoms, offering whatever manner of rule they deem fit for their subjects. There are some who rule with generosity and others with ferocity; the dichotomy between the two is on full display in The Lion and The Unicorn #1. The issue is written, illustrated and lettered by Ash Pure.

Preview - FUBAR: Winter Special

FUBAR means what it means and what it means isn't exactly PG. Still though, it makes for interesting reading and Alterna Comics is getting on board with that notion in a new series called FUBAR: Winter Special. The issue is written and illustrated by Jeff McComsey, Steve Becker and Leonardo Pietro and contains four short stories featuring old-school Zombie-Nazi smashing action! If you're new to FUBAR, now's the perfect time to jump on board.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Dynamite Invokes Magnus: Robot Fighter

When we're enslaved by robots, we'll need robot fighters. Those who we can count on to act as our champion against the robotic uprising. Dynamite has an ace in the hole so to speak in Magnus, the aptly named robot fighter slated to hit stores in March 2014.

In the first issue written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Cory Smith, young martial artist Magnus has everything taken from him...his father, his wife, his entire life. He's suddenly thrust into a futuristic world he doesn't understand, populated by humans and robots living together in oppression! Can Magnus fight to get his life back...and once he learns the truth about himself, will he want to?

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Review - Dragonstorm #2

"Get ready. We still have trouble coming."

Unstoppable Comics is throwing a lot in front of its characters, presenting them as perhaps even unstoppable themselves. Dragonstorm is one such character in the self-titled book Dragonstorm #2 from Unstoppable Comics. The issue is written and lettered by Jaydee Rosario, illustrated by Craig Shephard and colored by Michael Summers.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review - Wrath of God #1

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."

Religion is a dish best served cold. Actually, it's revenge, but in instances where the one meting out the revenge is also very religious, the two could technically go hand-in-hand. That's the case in Wrath of God #1 from Unseen Shadows. The issue is written by Cy Dethan, illustrated by Steve Penfold, colored by Gat Melvyn and lettered by Nic Wilkinson.

Dark Horse Announces Original Graphic Novel

Matt Kindt and Brian Hurtt have made names for themselves in the comic book industry, offering up quality titles on a consistent basis. Their body of work is vast indeed and enough to convince Dark Horse that a graphic novel is in order. The publisher is teaming the duo up for Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon, the first in a new graphic novel series for children.

“It’s been so exciting to see Matt thrive at Dark Horse, and I’m thrilled that he’s continuing that relationship with Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon,” said Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright. “He and Brian are bringing just the right light touch and level of imaginative detail to make a truly fun children’s book. It’s hard to believe this is their first graphic novel in the genre!”

The book follows the story of Poppy Pepperton, a ten-year-old girl with a typographic memory who goes on globe-spanning adventures with her sidekick Colt Winchester (who thinks he’s her legal guardian). When Poppy is summoned by Ramses MV, a reincarnated Egyptian king now cursed to remain in his lavish Manhattan penthouse (long story), she knows to expect something strange. Ramses doesn’t disappoint! He shows her Mummy Mouth, a shrunken mummy head that speaks a riddle once a year. Mummy Mouth gives her a clue that sends Poppy, Colt, and Ramses’s cat Krums to Old Macadamia to investigate the Lost Lagoon and an ancient civilization that lived on the back of a gigantipus (a giant octopus). Along the way she will find mysteries, adventures, friends, and family in the unlikeliest of ways. But a sinister robot is dogging their steps—is it programmed to help them or to stop them from learning an ancient secret?

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Puts a Curse on Horror Comics

Curse Cover A

January is as good a time as any for a horror story to debut and BOOM! Studios has a doozy of one in store for readers. In fact, the work features talent very familiar with the horror genre, as Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer are teaming up for a brand new booked called Curse.

"Now this is the way to kick off the new year," said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. "We made some noise in 2013 by curating a line of original series that we're really proud of. The only sensible thing to do in 2014 is to try and top ourselves! I'm proud to present CURSE as our opening salvo. Michael, Tim, Riley, and Colin have joined together to form one hell of a concussive grouping of talent. The fellas have created my favorite type of horror series. One that avoids cheap thrills and gaudy violence in favor of relatable characters on the brink and an unsettling monster that represents more than the terror it inflicts."

Laney Griffith is a man who will do anything to save his son from leukemia, but the cost of treatment has broken him financially. When he pursues an elusive murderer in the wilderness of his small, rural community, in the hopes of securing a substantial bounty, Laney is confronted with something he never could have expected: a werewolf. The captive lycan, in human form, turns Laney’s life upside-down, forcing him to confront his haunted past and race against the clock—because the wolf will return, and Laney’s son’s condition continues to worsen. CURSE is a story of a family’s survival at all costs.

Curse #1 arrives in comic shops on January 15th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV130863. Full press release below.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review - The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1: All That Remains

When it comes to comic book properties, few are as hot as The Walking Dead is these days. Robert Kirkman's tale of survival that started out as a comic book has brought in consistently high ratings as a television show and was recently adapted by Telltale Games into a video game. Many outlets lauded The Walking Dead Season One as one of the best games of the year last year, so a sequel was an inevitability. For those dying for that sequel, you're in luck as Telltale Games has just released The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1: All That Remains.

The version played for this review was for the Xbox 360.

Review - The Inventor

"But your system is...it's not efficient enough."

Nikola Tesla was an inventor with a wild ambition and an even wilder hairstyle, both of which are on display in the The Inventor. The graphic novel is written by Ravé Mehta and illustrated by Erik Williams.

Preview - Archer and Armstrong: Archer #0

Archer is quickly becoming a linchpin of the Valiant Universe and with good reason. He's ever the capable combatant, rife with knowledge that exceeds the battlefield, coupled with an enduring patience with Archer's antics. His escapades always make for interesting reading, which is why the publisher is offering up a brand new book with the title character in Archer and Armstrong: Archer #0.

Debuting February 5, the issue written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Pere Perez, Archer and Armstrong: Archer #0 is slated to give readers insights into the heroic character. Who is Archer, where did he come from, and how can he do the incredible things that he can do? (Which is everything, remember?) Get ready to learn the startling secret of Archer’s origins with an exciting look into the classified archives of Project Rising Spirit with an all-new starting point, perfect for new readers and longtime fans alike.

Check out the interiors below.

ComixTribe Offers an Epic Scam

Free Comic Book Day 2014 has announced the Silver Sponsors for the event. Fans of ComixTribe will be happy to know that on May 3, 2014, readers of the publisher's works will be able to snag two free titles. Those two titles are Scam #0: Crosswords and a pilot issue of Epic. The former comes from the creative duo of Jason Ciaramella and Joe Mulvey (with a backup story by John Lees and Alex Cormack), while the latter pairs Tyler James with Matt Zolman and Fico Ossio.

"We are thrilled to once again be participating in the Free Comic Book Day program," said ComixTribe publisher Tyler James. "The only thing better than a free comic...is two free comics, and that's what we're delivering this year, with the help of thousands of retailers."

The Scam one-shot featuring Scam’s ultimate villain: Crosswords. After being exiled from “Sin City," Crosswords makes a power grab in Europe, using extreme means to take what he wants. In Epic, after a freak experiment gives teenager Eric Ardor incredible powers, he does what anyone would do… he puts on a costume and becomes Epic. Super strength, speed, flight, optic blasts… it’s a fanboy’s dream come true. Unfortunately, he’s just discovered he has one weakness… pretty girls! And while most boys his age lose their cool around the hotties, Epic loses his powers.

"Releasing a new property from a small publisher into the uber-competitive comic book market is HARD," said James. "Free Comic Book Day is going to give EPIC an unparalleled opportunity to find a BIG audience. And unlike most FREE COMIC BOOK DAY books, which usually contain shorts or previews that only give a taste of what the "real" comic is like, with EPIC, readers are getting a whole meal...an extra-sized story that will hopefully bring thousands of readers back the following Wednesday, when the first issue of the EPIC ongoing series hits the shelves."

Full press release below.

Friday, December 20, 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 18.

Finally, we're here. After all these months of traveling, that--at times--has felt like years of traveling. We’ve found that military vehicle depot where all manner of old military hardware was stored before the world went to hell and there's still plenty left here we can use. On top of that we've met up with some other survivors who call this depot home.

Just glad they aren’t the kill you on sight and take all your gear kind of survivors.

Action Lab Brings Awesomeness to FCBD 2014

Action Lab will be making their works known on Free Comic Book Day 2014. They're an up and comer on the comic book scene and they've got two works that might pique your interest on the day of free books and inspiring comic book shop commerce. The publisher will release two Silver Level books in Midnight Tiger/Skyward and Zombie Tramp/Ehmm Theory.

Created by artist/writer Ray-Anthony Height and co-written by DeWayne Feenstra, Midnight Tiger stars high school senior Gavin Shaw, who after attempting to save the life of the gravely injured hero known as Lionsblood finds himself waking up in a hospital bed days later with amazing new super human abilities. The FCBD Book will lead into a four issue miniseries of the same name, shipping in May 2014. Joining Height will be Skyward, the series by Jeremy Dale of a young boy named Quinn, The son of a legendary warrior named Corin. Living in the Idyllic countryside with not a care in the world his life is turned upside down when an old friend of his father manages to track them down. Now, Quinn and his dog Jack are on the run, headlong against a threat more terrible and a world more fantastic than they ever imagined.

The story of Gabriel Ehmm is intriguing. A normal guy who has awoken to a world where zombie ‘little people’ rise from graves, someone calling himself Saint Peter offers bargains and his pet kitten can now talk. Connected by blood and straddling the afterlife, Gabe and Mr. Whispers (the aforementioned talking cat) begin a universe-spanning adventure in the first issue of this mind-bending and genre-blending new series. Ehmm Theory shares it’s space with Zombie Tramp, Dan Mendoza’s tale of a high priced Hollywood call girl, Janey, gets set up on a bad date by her transvestite Madame. Bitten by a zombie, Janey seeks out vengeance on those who wronged her. Cartoon grindhouse action abounds -- with voodoo queens, zombie convicts, and crooked LAPD!!

Full press release below.

Review - Sin of Omniscience #1

"That sounds very unpleasant, Annabel."

Night terrors are never enjoyable, unless you're the entity who's doing the terrorizing. They do have a way of strengthening the resolve of the affected, even if those around the affected don't believe a word of what they're saying. Annabel Logan is one such individual in Sin of Omniscience #1, struggling to find a way to overcome her fears. The issue is written by Nathan St. Pierre, illustrated by D. Alexis and St. Pierre and lettered by St. Pierre (with flats by Jayelle Anderson).

Armor Hunters #1 Spearheads Valiant's Plans in 2014

X-O Manowar is a beast to behold. The warrior is wreaking havoc throughout the Valiant Universe and it's taking everyone within it to stop him. In that effort, Valiant is offering up a pretty big storyline in 2014 that's shaping up to be extremely grandiose and really test X-O Manowar's mettle. Armor Hunters #1 will be written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Doug Braithwaite.

“2014 will be a year of all-new jumping-on points for Valiant, and ARMOR HUNTERS #1 is the perfect place to start. Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite are two of the finest storytellers in the medium. They’ve shaped the Valiant Universe, and we couldn’t be happier to have them architecting ARMOR HUNTERS,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons.

When Aric of Dacia returned to Earth with the stolen X-O Manowar armor of an alien race, he thought he finally found a weapon to guard the peace and kingdom he’d struggled so long to secure. But now, a relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space – sworn to exterminate the armor and all like it – have found their final target. The ARMOR HUNTERS are coming. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking the Earth with it.

"X-O Manowar is about to find himself at the center of a firestorm embroiling all of Valiant's most powerful heroes. Believe us when we say that, in an era of events, the scale, scope and intensity of ARMOR HUNTERS will be the biggest and most daring undertaking we’ve ever attempted,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Armor Hunters #1 kicks off the 2014 crossover event in June. The saga continues with Unity #8 by Matt Kindt and Diego Bernard and X-O Manowar #26 by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord. Additionally, Free Comic Book Day offers up Valiant: Armor Hunters FCBD 2014 Special, featuring an all-star look inside the definitive Valiant Universe event of the summer and beyond with previews, interviews and more from Venditti, Braithwaite, Kindt, Clayton Crain, Peter Milligan, Bryan Hitch, Clayton Henry and many more.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Announces Curse

Curse Cover A

Curses are never promising for the cursed. Typically, it ends very badly for the afflicted. It still makes for a rather fascinating tale whenever presented, which might be a good reason why BOOM! Studios is offering up a brand new comic in Cursed in January, offering a fresh take on the werewolf mythology. The book boasts Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer.

"Now this is the way to kick off the new year," said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. "We made some noise in 2013 by curating a line of original series that we're really proud of. The only sensible thing to do in 2014 is to try and top ourselves! I'm proud to present CURSE as our opening salvo. Michael, Tim, Riley, and Colin have joined together to form one hell of a concussive grouping of talent. The fellas have created my favorite type of horror series. One that avoids cheap thrills and gaudy violence in favor of relatable characters on the brink and an unsettling monster that represents more than the terror it inflicts."

Laney Griffith is a man who will do anything to save his son from leukemia, but the cost of treatment has broken him financially. When he pursues an elusive murderer in the wilderness of his small, rural community, in the hopes of securing a substantial bounty, Laney is confronted with something he never could have expected: a werewolf. The captive lycan, in human form, turns Laney’s life upside-down, forcing him to confront his haunted past and race against the clock—because the wolf will return, and Laney’s son’s condition continues to worsen. CURSE is a story of a family’s survival at all costs.

Curse #1 arrives in comic shops on January 15th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV130863. Full press release below.

Noah Heads to Comics

Darren Aronofsky has made quite the name for himself in the film world, offering solid flicks such as Black Swan and The Wrestler. Now, he's trying his hand at one of the most fabled characters of all time in Noah and his rather gargantuan ark. It's not enough to just be a movie though, as he's teaming up with Image Comics, Ari Handel and Niko Henrichon to offer a graphic novel adaptation of the film.

“It has been a great thrill to see an artist of Niko’s caliber interpret the Noah screenplay through his own vision,” said Aronofsky. “The results are lavish. This take on the story is from the original screenplay Ari and I wrote, before we began the long process of shaping the story for the big screen. So it is a slightly different take on the material. This book, not merely a movie companion piece, will hopefully give readers a rare insight into the creative process.”

This is Henrichon’s first major work since he teamed up with Brian K. Vaughan to create the critically acclaimed Pride of Baghdad. His signature style of sweeping, majestic panoramas lend an otherworldly quality to the pre-Flood world’s environment. Noah retells the story of the Sisyphian task that Noah is charged with of building an Ark large and safe enough to save a select group of humans and animals. Noah must evade the wicked forces that would see him fail and leave the world to ruin.

The book, which arrives in stores on March 18, 2014 and will be available for $29.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code JAN140537, ISBN: 978-1-60706-853-2. Full press release below.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review - Dead Body Road #1

"There have been some complications."

Tales of revenge have everything necessary to be captivating. There's often motivation, action and even some sentiment, typically around the affected. What makes a great revenge tale is a main character capable of extracting the revenge and a noir feel to it, both of which is on full display in Dead Body Road #1 from Skybound Comics. The issue is written by Justin Jordan, illustrated by Matteo Scalera, colored by Moreno Dinisio and lettered by Pat Brosseau.

Preview - The Saviors #1

James Robinson and J. Bone felt there was a void where all-new sagas of monstrous alien horrors should be. They decided that maybe they should throw together a little something along those lines, so they teamed up with Image Comice for The Saviors #1.

When Tomas Ramirez stumbles upon an extraterrestrial conspiracy to take over the world, his life is changed forever. He must now seek out those few souls who share this terrible knowledge. But even united, how can they hope to defeat a shadowy alien cabal that is both indestructible and eager to kill anyone who threatens it?

The first issue should be in stores soon.

IDW Announces Kill Shakespeare Designers

Every awesome game needs one pretty major component at its core that will elevate the game from good to great: designers. Fact is, even if you've got the coolest concept for a game, if the game's design is lacking it won't exactly be a treat to play. For the upcoming Kill Shakespeare game, IDW Games has selected game designers Thomas Vande Ginste and Wolf Plancke as the creative team that will bring Kill Shakespeare to tabletops in 2014. The design team, best known for Yedo, will deliver a co-operative board game that pits several of the Bard’s most popular characters together in a struggle to protect the land from King Richard and Lady Macbeth.

“As a game designer, you couldn’t ask for more rich material to draw from than that of William Shakespeare himself,” said Plancke. “The wonderful universe that Connor McCreary and Anthony Del Col have created by combining and twisting their favorite bits of Shakespeare’s works into something united and alive is an even more inviting playground. Thomas and I are incredibly excited to deliver a gaming experience as rich and satisfying as the plays and graphic novels it will be based on.”

Designed to be a “semi-cooperative”-style board game, players will unite to battle against evil forces controlled by board mechanics, while still jockeying to come out as the individual leader on the scoreboard. The design and content of the game will pull heavily from source material created by the Kill Shakespeare graphic-novel team. However, those unfamiliar with the works shouldn’t feel left out, as the board game will act as the perfect entry point to those unfamiliar with Kill Shakespeare.

“We’re working hard to make sure the game has everything fans of the comics love, but doesn’t just re-hash material they’ve already experienced,” said Kill Shakespeare editor Tom Waltz. “Connor McCreary and Anthony Del Col are both intimately involved with the game development process.
Thomas and Wolf are being given our full support to use as much of the Kill Shakespeare world as possible. They’re officially friends of the bard now!”

The previously announced art team of Dave Dorman and J.K. Woodward should give Kill Shakespeare a firm advantage in the art department, and this new addition of a high-quality design team loudly delivers the message that the publisher is here not just to play, but to win. Full press release below.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review - The OUTRÉ Anthology #2: Hopelessness

Not content with one anthology, The OUTRÉ Anthology #2: Hopelessness is bringing together more creators and artists for a series of stories and illustrations that offer fresh takes on human emotion. The anthology is broken into four stories ("Torsobear," "Cassandra," "Surviving the Collide" and "Brenda"), four illustrations ("Nothing Missing," "The Death of Hope," "Last Man" and "A Man at the Bar") and two interviews with Rachel Deering and Brett Uren.

Image Expo Adds More Guests and More Variants

Image Comics does more than enough to warrant hosting its own expo, but it seems that even the publisher wants to bring even more talent and exclusives to the show. Having said that, they're definitely ramping things up even more, adding even more awesomeness to the ever-growing show. James Robinson, Paul Azaceta and Joshua Williamson have all been added to the show's guest list.

"This is shaping up to be our biggest event yet—and that’s not even counting our surprise guests," said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. "It’s pretty amazing how many absolutely stellar creators we’re going to have on hand for this. Everybody here is really proud to be associated with so many awesome people!"

Exclusives will include The Walking Dead #1 full-color and black and white covers by Nick Dragotta, Black Science #1 with a cover by Sanford Greene, Sex Criminal #1 with a cover by Chip Zdarsky, Ghosted #6 B&W variant by Matteo Scalera, Manifest Destiny #3 B&W variant by Matthew Roberts and Prophet #42 with a cover by Brandon Graham, all available for premium ticket holders and on-sale at the event. Previously announced guests include Robert Kirkman, Matt Fraction, Rick Remender, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Brandon Graham, Nick Dragotta, Nick Spencer, Joe Keatinge and Wes Craig. Of course, even more exciting surprise guests will be revealed on the day of the event, making Image Expo a must for comic book fans.

Full press release below.

Furious Pinups

Bryan JL Glass and Victor Santos as looking to do some pin-up work of the comic book variety. January 29, 2014.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review - Illegitimates #1

"Gentlemen, it appears my luck's run out."

Being an international man of mystery comes with great danger and the thrill of living life with little restrictions. Sometimes though, life catches up with all that adventure and leaves a rather lasting impression on both the adventurer and those around them. In Illegitimates #1 from IDW Publishing, it's that reality that proves to be slightly more adventurous than the original adventure. The issue is created by Taran Killam, written by Marc Andreyko, penciled by Kevin Sharpe, inked by Diana Greenhalgh, colored by Peter Pantazis and lettered by Thom Zahler.

Dark Horse Suggests Odds of Survival

Alien, Prometheus and Predator walk into a bar and that's about it. It's not a very funny joke. In fact, it's terrifying. In June 2014, readers will find out just how much.

Valiant Teases Armor Hunters

Bend the knee or take the head. Two non-appealing options next summer.

Watch for Stray Bullets

Image Comics doesn't typically endorse bullets of any kind, but they have a tendency to be supportive of the stray variety. Especially when those stray bullets are the comic property of the same name, as the publisher is pleased to announce that Stray Bullets #41 will continue David Lapham's story right where it left off previously. And for the first time ever, every issue of Stray Bullets and all forthcoming digital issues will be available immediately on the Image Comics website and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web, iOS, Android and Google Play. To help readers jump in on the excitement, the first four digital issues will be offered for free.

"I couldn't be more excited to be back,” said Lapham. “Stray Bullets is home to me. To the fans who have been asking, and asking about it for years...I finally have good news for you."

Image Comics is offering a mix of Stray Bullets action. Stray Bullets #41 (Diamond Code: JAN140528) will hit stores on March 12, 2014. On the same day, there will also be a definitive collection of issues #1-41 entitled Stray Bullets: The Über Alles Edition (Diamond Code JAN140530) and the first issue of Stray Bullets: The Killers #1(Diamond Code JAN140529), the beginning of a new story arc that will continue as an ongoing monthly series. The property won the 1996 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist, and the trade paperback collection Stray Bullets: Innocence of Nihilism won the 1997 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-Reprint. Its trademark dark, neo-noir themes and nonlinear storytelling have been likened to the storytelling styles of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.

“I’ve been a fan of Stray Bullets since the book first debuted back in 1995, and working with David and Maria Lapham to bring the book back at Image is hands down one of the most exciting things I’ve done since becoming Publisher,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Stray Bullets is one of comics’ towering achievements, and I could not be more proud to be publishing it through Image!”

Full press release below.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Review - Ghost #1

"Congratulations! Of all the demons I've ripped out of innocent people, I think this is gonna be the one I enjoy most."

As a ghost, you can do so many cool things that you couldn't do otherwise. The biggest thing you can't do though is breathe and be alive in the technical sense, but there's still a lot that you can get done as a spirit. Hunting down demons is one of those things you can do as a ghost, especially as a ghost champion who goes by the name Ghost in the aptly named Ghost #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

The story is by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela, illustrated by Ryan Sook, colored by Dave McCaig and lettered by Richard Starkings and Comicraft.

Magnetic Press Borrows from BOOM! Studios and Archaia

Magnets are powerful components of science. Much of the world thrives on magnetism in some way shape or form, so it only stands to reason that a comic book publisher named for the attraction would be full of scientific awesomeness. That's why Mike Kennedy of Archaia Entertainment and Wes Harris is the former VP of Publishing for BOOM! Studios.

"The most exciting aspect of any creative field is the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from amazing talent," says Kennedy. "There’s an electrifying amount of talent out there, from around the world, all deserving wider attention, and we are thrilled to create a publishing program that’s built from the ground up to support them in their effort to pursue what they are so passionate about doing."

Prior to entering the publishing industry, Mike held roles as both Creative Director and Senior Producer in the video game industry, creating original IP and narrative game design for publishers such as Electronic Arts, Namco, and Microsoft. He has also been an avid writer, with numerous published titles to his name, including well-known properties such as Star Wars, Superman and Alien vs. Predator. Harris has held senior roles at top entertainment companies such as Viz Media, White Wolf Publishing and Meteor Entertainment.

"I love the idea of books as an expression of who you are – what you choose to read, to display on your coffee table, and what that says about you," said Harris. "From the very start, from the talent we work with to the titles we select to the way the book feels in your hands, our top priority is creating a memorable reading experience and a book that you’re proud to have on your shelf."

Magnetic Press’s debut catalog launches in Spring of 2014 and features works from Award-winning creators from the US, UK, France, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. Debut titles include Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands, JD Morvan and Bengal’s Naja and Meka, F. Ruiz Velasco’s Culebra and Legion of Blood, Caio Oliveira’s Super-ego, Prophet Hill and Vivid, Francisco Paronzini’s Hugo Broyler and Lucas Marangon’s Thinking Out Loud. Additional titles are also in the works, and details on each title, with previews, will be released soon.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Announces Release of Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

When we're submitting to what appears to be the inevitable robotic overpowerment that fights to enslave everyone, we'll need someone to fight for us. Defend us even. Dynamite Entertainment envisions such a world and is offering up a hero in Magnus, getting the spotlight in a brand new series called Magnus: Robot Fighter from Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith. The first issue hits stores March 12 and is part of Dynamite's "Gold Key" line of comics, which includes Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Solar: Man of the Atom and Doctor Spektor.

"Russell Magnus is a seemingly normal guy, a schoolteacher in a small mountain town, who awakens in a vast, far-future megalopolis, NorthAm, where robots have taken over humanity for what they claim in humanity's benefit," said Van Lente. "He's known as a ‘Robot Fighter', believed to be a liberator by those who want to throw off the machine yoke, a terrorist to those who likes the status quo the way it is - but really, he's just a guy who wants to get back home, if that's even possible."

Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 will feature a wide selection of cover variants, presented by some of comics' most talented artists. The Main Cover will be supplied by Gabriel Hardman and a Subscription-Only Variant Cover, intended as a reward for dedicated fans who preorder with their local comic shop retailers, will feature the art of Joe Bennett. A Blank Authentix Cover will be created, featuring blank white space on the cover perfect for convention artist commissions or the creative whims of the do-it-yourself fan. Additional cover artwork by Scott Wegener, Tom Fowler and Ken Haeser will be featured on special Retailer Incentive Covers, rewarded to and available from select retailers that meet certain ordering thresholds through Diamond Comic Distributors. In addition to the Retailer Incentive Covers, Dynamite Entertainment is offering other special rewards and opportunities for retailers to support the Magnus: Robot Fighter launch in a big way.

Any orders of the Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 Main Cover (Diamond Item Code JAN141066) and Subscription-Only Cover (JAN141067) will be fully returnable. Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager at Dynamite, says, "We're extremely proud of the hard work that Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith have been putting into each and every gorgeous page of Magnus, and have so much faith in this series that we want to take the risk out of the equation for retailers. Comic shops everywhere should feel confident taking a strong stocking position on this book, satisfying the demands of a dedicated fan base and having extra copies on shelves for curious newcomers. We just know that Magnus: Robot Fighter is going to be a successful product for our retail partners!"

Artist Roberto Castro has created a Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover, available for retailers to order through Diamond Comics (Item Code JAN141077). Numerous retailers can share the Castro artwork, but have personalized store names built into the front cover. Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' January Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on March 12, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Magnus #1 with their local comic book retailers. The Gold Key releases of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Magnus: Robot Fighter will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Friday, December 13, 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 17.

Leaving the confines of Lake Tahoe and the Truckee area was tough. Only thing that made it an easier decision to get out of there was the mass of zombies headed our way. We got out of there before they spotted us, but still it was still a nerve-racking place to be nonetheless. Seems more zombies keep heading towards Carson City, which begs the question of what is drawing them there?

We got on the road and were hightailing it up I-80 on our way to Reno. We are just outside of Reno at an old casino that looked to have been in rough times even before zombies hit. From there though it's a good spot to plan our route as the military vehicle depot is on the east side of Reno. Meaning we have to either go through or around the city, but no telling what either of those paths will hold.

Review - Guardians #0

"In their desperation they called out to their maker for help."

In trying times, many are very likely to turn to a higher power for help. The belief and prayers help them to weather the storm and get through the rough patches. There are still times though where you need more than just faith; you need a physical manifestation of help. In Guardians #0, that help comes in the form of two superheroes to save the day. The issue is written by Todd Black, illustrated by Chua Eng Chee and colored by Alex Garcia.

Dark Horse Announces FCBD 2014 Offerings

Start getting your Free Comic Book Day shopping lists together. May 2014 is only a few months away and that means tons of great new books that you can take the plunge on without fear of losing money. In fact, Dark Horse is a big participant in the day and is offering three stories in Juice Squeezers, Itty Bitty Hellboy! and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The long-awaited Juice Squeezers by David Lapham, the Eisner Award–winning creator of the hit Stray Bullets, has him writing and drawing his own series again for the first time in five years. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sokka follows Suki as she gives a lesson in manners and encourages a young girl’s strength. Itty Bitty Hellboy has fun toying with nemesis Rasputin, and the Juice Squeezers crew leap into action to defend one of their own against a persistent bully.

This promises to be Dark Horse’s biggest yet, with not one, but two free comics, each packed full with three separate stories. Stay tuned for more details on the Free Comic Book Day: Silver Edition next week. Full press release below.

Adventure Time Volume 2: Pixel Princess Sells Through First Printing

Adventure Time Vol. 2: Pixel Princesses

Folks are pretty keen on Adventure Time. The zany show really hammers home the craziness as well, something that's been effectively conveyed through the comics from BOOM! Studios as well. In fact, it comes across so well, that Adventure Time Volume 2: Pixel Princess has sold out at the distributor level upon arrival and before hitting stores on December 4th. It's the second longform story by Danielle Corsetto and Zachary Sterling.

In it, your favorite Adventure Time princesses are getting a chance to take the main stage as they learn the importance of friendship and what it really means to wear a crown. It’s a book about how princesses can overcome their differences while at the same time kicking butt and taking names. Princess gatherings aren’t always tea parties and doilies—there is a lot more to being a princess that one might think.

BOOM! Studios has rushed back to a second printing on Adventure Time Volume 2: Pixel Princess original graphic novel and additional copies will be available at distributors in the coming weeks. Full press release below.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Review - Native Drums #1

"Just blame my genetics Controller."

There's always a way to make a buck, especially if you're very talented with weapons and in high demand in a world that relies on mercenaries for hire. A scenario where corporations run the show would be great for profits, yet leaves something to be desired on the human interest side of things. Luckily, in the world of Native Drums #1 from 17machine Studios, there are characters who care. The first issue is written by Chuck Paschall and illustrated by Vince Riley.

Dark Horse Celebrates Hellboy's Twenty Years

You wouldn't know it based on his lifestyle, but Hellboy technically isn't old enough to drink in the United States. He's one year shy from that fabled milestone this March and Dark Horse is celebrating the twentieth birthday in style. March 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings as an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.” That means that on March 22, 2014, Dark Horse is declaring "Hellboy Day."

Dark Horse is inviting retail partners to celebrate, by offering up exclusive promotional materials, as well as ordering discounts on all Hellboy and BPRD backlist titles. Additionally, Dark Horse will produce an all-new sampler comic featuring two classic Mignola tales: “The Ghoul” and “Another Day at The Office,” as well as two new stories by Mignola, Fabio Moon and R. Sikoryak. Not only that, but Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in West Hollywood, CA will be hosting Mignola on March 22. Look for more details to come on the event.

Be sure to look for the 20 Years of Hellboy hardcover collection, on sale in comic shops everywhere on March 19. This deluxe oversized hardcover presents Mignola's favorite covers and illustrations in gallery style, from his first drawing of the character through twenty years of publishing. Full press release below.

Sovereign Reigns Supreme in 2014

More and more comics these days are delving into high fantasy stories. It's not that superheroes are passe; rather, there's just a lot of other solid material waiting to be mined and transformed into comic book form. Image Comics isn't one to be left behind in that action and they've got a brand new series set to debut in March 2014 called Sovereign. The thing is, there's a little bit of superhero blended in for good measure, courtesy of Chris Roberson and Paul Maybury.

“So many of the fantasy stories I encountered growing up were set in worlds that were largely modeled on medieval Europe, in one way or another. Lots of white folks in feudal societies, castles and kings, that kind of thing. And I love a lot of those, but I thought it would be more interesting for me personally to look to other cultures for inspiration,” said Roberson. “Sovereign is set in a world in which there are a number of cultures in the mix, and all kinds of ethnicities and types, and the drama comes as much from the cultural interactions as it does from the monsters invading from another dimension.”

In a world where gods, demons, and magic have slipped into myth, masked undertakers face the undead with swords while civil wars threaten the delicate balance between colliding cultures. But out of the ashes of history rises a new threat and the promise that magic has not yet faded into mere memory.

Roberson explained that part of the magic behind creating a powerful fantasy series is finding the right team. “Paul’s was the first name that occurred to me when I started thinking about what artist would be a good fit for the story, and the work that he’s done on the book so far suggests that I was right on the money,” said Roberson. “It looks amazing, and isn’t quite like anything else out there.”

Soveriegn #1 arrives in stores on 3/19 and is available for $2.99, available for preorder using Diamond Code JAN140538. Full press release below.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

There’s a relative dearth of female characters that truly have depth in comic books. You’ve got to give Watchmen credit where it’s due. It might not be your favorite comic book story but it was just so ahead of its time and the curve so to speak of comics and how people wrote comics. And I find the Silk Spectre one of the most human and relatable characters in the whole thing.

A bit of a Black Canary knockoff, Silk Spectre in a second generation superhero, following in her mother’s footsteps. She’s beautiful, she’s throws a mean right hook and she’s comfortable with herself and her sexuality. But I guess what I’ve come to love about this character is that she isn’t just another perfect female character. It’s the moments where she’s vulnerable that really make her tick, I think.

Review - Halo: Escalation #1

"Please tell me the calvary's on its way."

Escalation rarely bodes well, unless you're on an escalator and your destination happens to be on a higher level. When it's a player in intergalactic peace summits, then you know that things are really about get the opposite of peaceful. In fact, things are going to get downright violent. That's the situation in Halo: Escalation #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Chris Schlerf, illustrated by Sergio Ariño, inked by Juan Castro, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.