Monday, September 30, 2013

Review - The Shadow Now #1

"This is not something usual, this laughing."

The Shadow is a rather historic character. He's got an aura about him that makes him easily recognizable to readers, but also makes him a terror to evil. That won't stop evil from continuing to advance its agenda though and Dynamite Entertainment has a look at that ongoing saga in The Shadow Now #1.

The issue is written by David Liss, illustrated by Colton Worley and lettered by Rob Steen.

It Girl & the Atomics Paperback Collects Series

Chances are, if you're "it" then you really are it. Or you have something that gives you that "it" credibility. Having it means your tales should be collected and Image Comics is releasing such a collection in It Girl & the Atomics, Round Two: The World is Flat. The new paperback collects issues #7-12 of the series by Jamie S. Rich, Mike Norton and Natalie Nourigat and hits stores October 2.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we did on these comics,” Rich said. “The series garnered what are so far the best reviews of my career, and it’s become the first thing people want to talk to me about when I’m at conventions. Having the whole thing together in two complete books is extremely gratifying. It’s a great way to end the project, and we want to reward our readers by giving them a special package.”

In addition to all the stories from the individual comics, It Girl and the Atomics also has all the cover art by the original creators of It Girl, Madman masterminds Michael and Laura Allred. Bonus content includes brand-new pin-ups by Brian Churilla, Ming Doyle, Megan Levens, George Kambadais, Monica Gallagher, Brennan Wagner, Mike Russell, Christopher Mitten and pioneering indie cartoonist Matt Wagner. The introduction was written by Eric M. Esquivel, writer of Freelancers for Boom! Studios.

“The support from our friends and colleagues on this one was tremendous,” Rich continued. “I think in a few years time, people will look back at the pin-up gallery and be shocked by what an impressive and varied list of people it is. Lots of up-and-comers in there with the more established professionals.”

It Girl and the Atomics, Round Two: The World is Flat will be released by Image Comics on October 2. It has 168 color pages, retails for $14.99, and sports an all-new cover by the Allreds (Diamond ID: JUL130455/ISBN: 978-1607067917). Full press release below.

GLAAD Selects Archie's Kevin Keller as Spirit Day Ambassador

Archie Comics does more than just make great comics. They feature characters such as Kevin Keller, who has recently been chosen to serve as a Spirit Day Ambassador for GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign. Additionally, on October 17th, Archie Comics, along with many other participating corporations, national landmarks, celebrities and schools will "go purple" in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

"We are delighted and thrilled that GLAAD has selected Kevin Keller as a Spirit Day Ambassador," said Archie Comics Publisher/co-CEO Jon Goldwater. "We have worked hard to make sure that Kevin stands for acceptance and equality and so this is a huge honor."

Keller was introduced in 2010 as the first gay character in Archie history, the same year that GLAAD initiated Spirit Day to spread awareness that LGBT youth don't have to stand up to bullying alone. This year, the Kevin Keller ongoing series was awarded the GLAAD Media Awards for Most Outstanding Comic Book and Archie Comics is honored that Kevin will become the first ever fictional character to be selected as a Spirit Day Ambassador.

Previous Spirit Day participants include The White House, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Shaquille O'Neal, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip and George Takei, who appeared as a special guest star in the Kevin Keller comic book.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick

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

Year 5. Week 6.

Things going our way is something that might take a bit to get used to. A week like the one we had where everything was working to our advantage had been a long time coming and a welcomed break. Except for one large pack of zombies we had to take out, the week has flown past with all we have accomplished.

We're still following highway 395 up eastern California on our way to Nevada. The road is still in decent shape; at least as much as a road can be with no sort of maintenance on it for the past five years. The car has keep a steady pace of thirty miles an hour just to make sure we don’t hit any big holes in the ground that could do damage, as well as keep an eye out for any zombies or useful items along the way. So far most of the good stuff we've found is in the small towns we roll through.

Review - Powerpuff Girls #1

"I'm covered in algae!"

Powerpuff Girls was a show that had a certain playfulness to it. The main characters fought crime and did their thing, all while learning what it's like to be a girl growing up in the world. It only makes sense that the characters get their day in the sun in comic book form, debuting in Powerpuff Girls #1 from IDW Publishing.

The book is written and illustrated by Troy Little with letters by Neil Uyetake and Little.

Image Comics at NYCC 2013

New York Comic-Con 2013 is almost upon us. That means that east coast is about to get crazy into comics and geek culture, with Image Comics bringing their full repertoire of fine works to the show. Eight panels, dozens of award-winning creators signing throughout the weekend, convention exclusives and a charity event co-hosted with Multiversity Comics on Friday night make for a packed, but exciting, convention weekend.

Image Comics is located at booth #1444 this year and will be hosting many comics creators. In honor of the tenth anniversary of The Walking Dead and the debut of the massive All Out War story arc in the pages of The Walking Dead #115, creators Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will be making appearances at the Image Comics/Skybound booth throughout the weekend. New series premiering at the convention, Three and Rocket Girl creators Kieron Gillen & Ryan Kelly and Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare will be signing at the Image Comics booth along side dozens of their fellow creators, including Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta, Greg Rucka & Michael Lark, John Layman & Rob Guillory, Nick Spencer, Image co-founder Marc Silvestri and many more. A complete signing schedule will be released before the convention is underway.

On Friday, October 11, from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Image Comics and Multiversity Comics are throwing THE BIG NYCC PARTY in honor of The Hero Initiative. Located at the Houndstooth Pub on 8th Ave between 36th and 37th, this event will be for adults twenty-one and over only. A donation of $10 to The Hero Initiative is encouraged, and that donation enters you in a raffle for a collection of Image's NYCC 2013 con exclusives. In attendance at the party will be Ed Brisson, Ryan Browne, Wes Craig, Dragotta, Joe Eisma, Gillen, Kelly, Ales Kot & Michael Walsh, Michael Lark, Ron Marz, Jim McCann, Montclare, Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley, Reeder, Jimmie Robinson, Tim Seeley and Nick Spencer, making THE BIG NYCC PARTY one of your best chances to meet your favorite creators.

Image is also presenting eight panels at New York Comic Con, featuring not only some of the best creators in the business, but an in-depth focus how and why they make comics like The Walking Dead, Lazarus, East of West and Rocket Girl. If you're curious about Image Comics, creator-owned comics in general, or the creators behind the comics you buy week-in, week-out, these panels are the place to be.

Full press release and panel schedule below.

Asylum Press Teams With Pretend for Real Studios for Rough House

Asylum Press trades in horror and the macabre, which makes their partnership with Pretend For Real Studios for a new property called Rough House very sensible. The partnership will lead to both a film and comic series, the latter of which is getting the preview treatment. To be fair, there's also a trailer for the film as well. Rough House is based on a story idea by Mike L. Taylor of Pretend For Real Studios and a feature length screenplay written by Elizabeth J. Musgrave. The project will be released as a digital first 4-issue comic book mini-series through Asylum Press and later in print as a graphic novel.

“I have a long history as a comic book artist and I am thrilled to see my movie concept brought to life on the comic book page,” says Taylor. “We put together a great teaser trailer, we have a killer script and we’re in the process of doing storyboards and concept art for the film.”

The story begins with an athletic young woman known only as “The Girl” who is kidnapped and thrown into a bizarre world of masked serial killers who torment their victims in brutal underground fights, backyard wrestling matches and deadly mixed martial arts bouts. She soon proves herself able to hold her own in death matches against colorful masked killers with names like “Bone Job,” “Baby Fat," and “Skeeter the Devil Boy.” Once inside the Rough House, “The Girl” uncovers dark secrets that possibly link her to a secret government program and to the fighters themselves. As “The Girl’s” psyche is worn down by brainwashing and psychotropic drugs, she becomes more and more of a stone cold killer herself. She must decide whether she will escape the Rough House or stay focused on her true target, the ringleader called “Big Daddy.”

“Mike gave me an outline and together we were able to create an interestingly warped world,” reveals Musgrave. “Each member of “Big Daddy’s” crew is a trained killer, but I tried to inject a tormented soul to each one.”

“We are excited to release this first glimpse into Rough House,” explains publisher Frank Forte. “It’s a dark, twisted tale that delves into what would happen if the victims in a slasher film were bad ass fighters themselves that could give the killers a run for their money…and show the viewer some brutal fight scenes in the process. We also delve into MK-Ultra, The CIA, Black Ops and government conspiracies, it's very twisted.”

Full press release and (rather mature) preview images below.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review - Stormquest Timestone #1

"Mom! Dad! What's happening?"

The family that fights crime together and travels through time together stays together. Stormquest Timestone #1 from Skystorm Studio offers up a fast-paced look at a time traveling family of superheroes.

The issue is written by Tom and Mary Bierbaum, illustrated by Greg Land, inked by Jerry Foley, lettered by Skystorm Studio and colored by Leann Buckley.

Preview - Soho Dives, Soho Divas

London's underworld of burlesque artists is quite the sight for the eyes. Rian Hughes plans to shed a little more light on the somewhat secretive society with a brand new book called Soho Dives, Soho Divas. The work collects stylish and erotic sketches from life, bold graphic illustrations and beautiful paintings in an eclectic variety of media and styles.

The work contains mild nudity and is available now with interiors below.

Dynamite Offers First Look at Noir #1

Dynamite has high hopes for Noir #1, a new comic book that unites Miss Fury with Black Sparrow. The work is written by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Andrea Mutti and the five-issue crime drama features supernatural elements and an appearance by The Shadow himself. That's all good and well, but fans need a little more to go on to be sold on the new series currently solicited in September Previews. To facilitate that interest, Dynamite is offering a first look at the book, as well as some words from Gischler himself.

"When our story begins," said Gischler, "we don't see Miss Fury for a while, but we feel her influence lurking in the background. So they don't really come together until Black Sparrow and The Shadow finish their business. Last time we saw Black Sparrow and The Shadow together, they were trying to kill each other. We open the story with Black Sparrow on The Shadow's home turf, and Black Sparrow is just cunning enough to know she can use The Shadow's help. After all, what kind of masked adventurer would he be if she couldn't set a little attempted murder aside when there's treasure to be hunted. The Shadow is intrigued by Black Sparrow's unexpected appearance. Sure, he could have dropped the hammer on her right away ... but where's the fun in that? Better to play along and see what happens."

The five-issue miniseries could be a good read. Full press release and interiors below.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I saw Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Mostly I’m a fan. I feel like maybe I see it as a show with potential more than a show that’s delivered exactly what I want right out of the gate. They’ve made me eat my words as far as Avengers connections go- with a Maria Hill cameo, the eEtremis virus and more. We’ll see if that sticks around. But yeah, wow.

So I guess the new sudden news is DC is getting together a Commissioner Gordon show. Like a crime-drama primetime show that’s set in the years before Batman makes his first forays into Gotham city. I guess the race to dominate primetime TV has begun, eh?

And frankly, I’m not thrilled with what they’re pitching here. Don’t get me wrong, I love Gordon. He’s evolved from a schlocky politician with a glowing red phone in his office to a hardened, seasoned crime fighter and my favorite character in the entire Batman drama. But does this sound like a show that’s really necessary to you?

I guess what I keep noticing is how much DC relies on Batman to get the job done. Batman’s in the new Superman film, now there’s going to be a Batman prequel TV show, etc… See, I’m a fan of Arrow. It’s a good show and it’s a nice demonstration that there’s someone else around in the DC universe who can hold the interest of the viewers and readers. It helps that Green Arrow popularity has been on a bit of a high over the last decade.

Review - Sex Criminals #1

"I had no idea what was happening to me whatsoever."

Finding one's way when it comes to sex is always trying. There's so much unknown about the whole experience that makes it that much more difficult to cope with. What makes it even worse is when you factor in having the ability to stop time while having sex, adding a layer of complexity to an already difficult situation. Stopping time during sex makes Sex Criminal #1 from Image Comics a fascinating book.

The first issue is written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky.

Sin Titulo Signing Tour

If getting something signed by Cameron Stewart is on your list, pay attention to the destinations on the Sin Titulo signing tour. It's a good bet he'll oblige.

Complete Multiple Warheads Comes Home in December

Multiple Warheads manages to offer readers a truly unique take on an alternate version of Russia, rotted in science-fiction and fantasy. The original one-shot featured Sexica, an organ smuggler and her werewolf friend Nikoli, who worked as a mechanic. Brandon Graham's work was such a success that the book has defied its out of print status and is getting the reprint treatment, alongside the recent miniseries in The Complete Multiple Warheads, due in stores December 4.

"I love showing what the day to day lives of these characters who live in a world which is basically if Russian fairy tales made it into the modern age of cars and rock and roll. The more I work in the world the more I've been allowing myself to stray off the main path and show what else is out there. That's always a big part of the fun of making comics for me, you can open every fictional treasure chest or book on the characters shelves to show what might be inside."

Multiple Warheads features ghosts, magic, and monsters, which doesn't make it sound much like slice-of-life comics. But the twist is that while Graham enjoys exploring the supernatural and sci-fi elements of the world, the focus is squarely on the characters and their relationships with each other. Wild things do happen, and absurd characters do appear, but if you're reading Multiple Warheads, you're reading it to see what happens to the cast, in addition to exploring their vibrant world.

"I'm thrilled to finally be able to get all of the Warheads pages I've done in one big book. The newer stuff was always built off of the book's strange beginnings as a porn comic and then the slow build in a couple short stories before the color issues at Image. It's nice to know that people won't have to dig forever through quarter bins or buy them overpriced on the internet to be able to read the stuff."

The Complete Multiple Warheads includes the original adult short story, the 2007 one-shot, all-new material from Multiple Warheads: Down Fall and Multiple Warheads #1-4. The Complete Multiple Warheads can be pre-ordered now from the October issue of Previews (Diamond Code OCT130496) and will be in stores on December 14 at $17.99 for 208 pages. Full press release below.

Valiant Launches Assault on NYCC 2013

Valiant has been offering some groundbreaking works as of late, all of which they plan on having on display at NYCC. To celebrate those offerings, the publisher is bringing a ton of exclusives and giveaways to the show at Booth #2028. Fans can stop by all weekend long to shop a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks and merchandise, including two brand new items debuting only at NYCC – the Archer & Armstrong #14 NYCC Variant by Clayton Henry and the oversized, shelf-busting X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition Book One hardcover collection – signed by creators Robert Venditti and Cary Nord. And don't miss the Unity #1 Preview Edition – a FREE, NYCC-only first look, featuring advance peeks inside Unity #1 and X-O Manowar #19

And, on Saturday, October 12th at 4 PM, check out the Valiant Comics: Must Read Valiant panel presentation for an exclusive round of news and announcements. Featuring creators Doug Braithwaite, Matt Kindt, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, alongside Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, this is the only place to get the first word about the opening shots of UNITY and what's coming next for Shadowman, X-O Manowar, Quantum and Woody, Bloodshot, Harbinger and the rest of Valiant's greatest heroes.

Full press release and convention exclusives below.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review - Kiss Me Satan #1

"If I had the right ammo, I could've taken all four of them."

Silver bullets give you what's needed to deal with a werewolf. They don't really give you the moxie to actually do it though, requiring an extra rambunctious type to get the job done. Barnabus Black is just that person in Kiss Me Satan #1 from Dark Horse.

The issue is written by Victor Gischler, illustrated by Juan Ferreyra and lettered by Nate Piekos.

BOOM! Studios Brings Youth in Imagine Agents

IMAGINE AGENTS Cover A by Khary Randolph

BOOM! Studios is all about the kids. Their KaBOOM! Imprint brings great kids' franchises to the comic books and now the parent studio BOOM! itself is bringing the kid out in their readers. Their newest original series Image Agents (written by Brian Joines and illustrated by Bachan) offers readers a joy ride through their imagination.

“IMAGINE AGENTS is one of those insanely fun series that reminds you just what comic books are capable of,” says BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Bryce Carlson. “You couldn’t ask for a better team than Brian Joines and Bachan. They know how to take advantage of the medium, and have crafted something truly special. Buckle up and get ready for a wild and crazy ride.”

Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his five-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400-pound, muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it’s all in a day’s work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in line. Little do they know that six-year-old Elliot and his best bear-friend, Furdlgurr, are about to be entangled in a plan to change everything!

Imagine Agents #1 will arrive in stores on October 16th and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond order code AUG131138. It’s also available for order directly from Full press release below.

Dark Horse Announces Skyman

Rose City Comic Con gave Dark Horse cause to view the world through rose-colored glasses. And why wouldn't they, considering the fact that they announced a brand new book called Flyman, set to be unleashed from Captain Midnight. The book will be written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Manuel Garcia (inks by Javier Bergantiño Menor (a.k.a. Bit)).

“So honored to be a part of a line of comics that seek to bring back the classic feel of superheroes but in a thoroughly modern way. Plus, working alongside my buddies Josh Williamson and Fred Van Lente is a true treat,” states Fialkov, referring to the writers of Captain Midnight and Brain Boy, two superhero series that are closely entwined with Skyman.

After an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Captain Midnight, a drunken Skyman accidentally kills an innocent man! Turns out he’s not only an overly patriotic zealot; he’s also a dangerous PR nightmare. Needing a new face for their initiative ASAP, the Skyman Program turns to US Air Force Captain Eric Reid: a wounded veteran on the ropes, looking for a new lease on life. Reid must fight off his personal demons to have any chance of surviving the potentially deadly initiation.

Skyman makes his debut in Captain Midnight #4 on October 30 and Skyman #1 hits stores January 15. Full press release below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review - The Lone Ranger Annual 2013

"He needs to be stopped before his gunplay gets someone killed...someone who doesn't deserve it."

Lone Ranger wasn't exactly the most successful of the summer movies, but fortunately for the franchise, it's got a lot more history to draw upon. The character has been around for decades and has seen himself in countless forms of media, including comic books. Now, Dynamite Entertainment is bringing him to The Lone Ranger Annual 2013 for another adventure.

The issue is written by Shannon Eric Denton, illustrated by Matt Triano, colored by Dinei Ribeiro and lettered by Rob Steen.

John Williams Announces Guest Checks Kickstarter

John Williams is leaving behind decades of scoring movies to do comics.'re saying there's more than one John Williams in the world? Well, there are and one of them is poised to take his concept to Kickstarter to get the funds going for Check Please!, a 9x9 inch, 80-page, full-color hardcover book. The book capitalizes on the concept of drawing various illustrations on restaurant checks.

The book has lined up some of the best and brightest artists across the country to be in this book, like, N8 VanDyke, Matt136, Skinner, Dave Correia, Cody Schibi, Emonic, C.B. Canga, Ken Davis, Super Ugly, Dave Dwonch, JoeMur, Robert Bowen, Brian Canio, Cody Vrosh, Danielle Corsetto, Sam Flores and many more. The simplest way to help is by checking out the Kickstarter and donating some money. Otherwise, just telling people about the project could go a long way towards helping the creators achieve their goal.

Full press release below.

IDW Publishes Superman

IDW Publishing's Library of American Comics is a big deal. Mainly because it brings to readers a new look at some old classics, some of which may not necessarily be under IDW's ceiling. Some of the latest in that line include some great Superman tales, reprinting adventures of the Man of Steel that appeared in Sunday newspapers for more than twenty-five years. Superman: Golden Age Sundays will feature the strips released in chronological order in three sub-sets: the 1940s Golden Age, the 1950s Atomic Age, and the 1960s Silver Age.

"We're printing the series in an oversized 9.25" x 12" format," says editor Dean Mullaney, "so that readers can fully enjoy these glorious full-color tabloid Sundays."

The first volume in the Superman: Golden Age Sundays series will collect 170 sequential Sundays, from May 9, 1943 through August 4, 1946, beginning where the Superman Sunday Classic book by DC Comics and Kitchen Sink Press left off. These World War II-era stories feature work by legendary artists such as Wayne Boring and Jack Burnley. The stories include the complete "Superman's Service to Servicemen" series, which ran from late Summer of 1943 until a few months after the Second World War ended. In these human interest tales, Superman responds to requests from men and women of the armed services, as well as their family members back home.

In supporting troop morale, Superman travels from the Mediterranean theatre to the bleak Aleutian Islands to the steamy South Pacific. He helps a wounded Army Air Corps pilot return home to witness the birth of his twins; solves numerous romantic misunderstandings; checks up on mothers for their worried sons overseas...while simultaneously stopping enemy torpedoes, bombs, and bullets. In a clever transition to the post-War world, there's a flashback to Superman's origin and Clark Kent's first assignment at the Daily Planet, followed by a thrilling inter-stellar saga in which Superman comes face to face with Queen Arda of the planet Suprania, who threatened to kill Lois Lane unless the Man of Steel agrees to become her King!

These Sunday strips represent an important era in the development of the Man of Steel into an international phenomenon. Each book in the series features an introduction by Mark Waid and covers drawn by Peter Poplaski. Superman: Golden Age Sundays joins The Library of American Comics and IDW's line of archival DC classic newspaper strips, first started with Superman: Silver Age Dailies, which will continue into 2014, as well as the 1940s Wonder Woman and the 1960s Batman.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick

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

Being on the road nowadays allows one to be alone with their thoughts; at least when you aren't the one driving. Getting the chance to reflect and take stock of what you have, what’s been lost along the way and what life is going to have in store for you down the road someday. I can't think of the last time I was able to reflect on any of this when I was making moves on my own staying one step ahead of this zombie horde or that horde; just fighting to survive anyway way possible.

Now life is just a tad easier when fighting to survive with other people. Makes doing something as simple as taking a nap, eating some food or even using the bathroom not a life or death situation like it was when on my own. With this end of the world scenario into its fifth year there just are not a lot of other survivors left in the world to help you, let alone not kill you themselves for your gear. Makes sticking and working together all the more important so as to keep on living to find that better tomorrow.

Review - The Example #1

"That's it! I'm getting a bus."

Whether people like it or not, there are numerous instances when stereotypes take over your thinking without your, well, thinking about it. The Example #1 from Gestalt Publishing is a fascinating take on a relatively mundane daily situation.

The issue is written by Tom Taylor, illustrated by Colin Wilson and featuring cover colors by Justin Randall.

Preview - Ordinary #1

Believe or not, Dredd really wasn't that bad of a movie. Granted, the story itself was very condensed and there was some cheesy acting, but Karl Urban and friends did a great job re-establishing the universe on-screen. 2000AD is picking up right where they left off in the film with Ordinary #1.

Written by Rob Williams and illustrated by D'Israeli, Ordinary #1 features a world where one day everyone on the planet woke up with superpowers? Except one. Middle-aged divorcee plumber Michael Fisher is from Queens, New York. And has just become THE most ordinary man in the world. But superpowers don’t lead to utopia - suddenly every argument, every slight, every crime on the planet leads to massive loss of life, and it soon becomes clear that a cure needs to be found for this plague if humanity is to survive. And the cure is inside Michael, who quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

The Saviors Uncovers Alien Infiltration

Aliens are among us. They could be among us. There's yet to be a test that proves that theory one way or another. Still though, James Robinson and J. Bone are pushing forward with a brand new series that seeks to find those alien infiltrators in The Saviors, the new book from Image Comics.

"It's great to be doing a series where anything goes. Where a character can seem the main focus for several issues only to die suddenly,” said Robinson. “Where an arc can end and another begin in a different part of the world with a different cast and focus. Where an up-coming arc might even focus on the aliens' perspective. To be able to do something with so very few rules is very liberating and a lot of fun."

Tomas Ramirez has a nice job at a gas station, the cops don't give him any trouble, and the weather's nice. Life is easy, and Tomas likes easy. But when he stumbles upon an extraterrestrial conspiracy to take over the world, his life becomes anything but easy. He's thrown into a fight for the future of the Earth against an unstoppable threat, and his only hope is to find allies before it's too late.

J. Bone is similarly excited for the book: "I'd always wanted to draw a horror/monster book in my cartoon style, but told as a straight up scary story. After some long phone calls and email exchanges, James came back with a terrific Monster in the Desert story that just hit me right in the nostalgia. I love old black-and-white horror movies—guys in rubber suits, teens racing through the desert on dune buggies and convertibles. The old sheriff called in because someone's killing all farmer Jones's cattle. That's the kind of story James wrote except with quite a few modern twists."

The Saviors #1 can be pre-ordered now from the October issue of Previews (Diamond Code OCT130447) and will be in stores on December 26. The issue will be the only title shipping from Image Comics on the week of the Christmas holiday. Full press release below.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review - Hurry: Adventures of the Rabbitoid Knight #1

"A single Cray, undefended, can kill thousands, burn cities and destabilize entire continents."

Rabbits can be fierce when they want to be. Rabbit knights can definitely be fierce and will gladly step up to the challenge when it comes to saving the universe. Hurry is one of them and his adventures are on full display in Hurry: Adventures of the Rabbitoid Knight #1.

The epilogue is written and illustrated by Don Garvey and Mike Connelly.

Image News is Coming

Stay tuned!

Valiant Teams with CineFix for 8-bit Animated Unity #1

Unity #1 is going to be big for Valiant. Super big. It's also getting the 8-bit treatment, including a fully animated 8-bit cover. Such an event demands even more feting and Valiant has big plans for that as well. The publisher is teaming up with CineFix for the animated cover.

"We couldn't be more excited to work with Valiant on this unique opportunity," said Philip Byron of BermanBraun, the media company behind CineFix. "It's not everyday that you help launch a major comic book series through digital video. The collaboration between UNITY #1 and '8-Bit Cinema' is a prime example of transmedia storytelling."

The series is written by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Doug Braithwaite. And it's pitting just about the entire Valiant universe up against X-O Manowar. 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!

"This really is a dream project for Valiant," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "We've been huge fans of CineFix's '8-Bit Cinema' since day one, and the CineFix team, along with our Assistant Editor Josh Johns, have managed to the capture the heart and soul of the characters behind UNITY."

As announced previously, Unity #1 will be 100% returnable for qualifying retailers and feature five limited Pullbox Exclusive Variants (available to fans who pre-order with their local retailer) from a “murderers’s row” of comics all-stars – Bryan Hitch, J.G. Jones, Travel Foreman, Paolo Rivera and Clayton Crain. Braithwaite and colorist Brian Reber have also joined Valiant on an exclusive basis for the launch of Unity #1.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I’m surprised that we’re living in a day in age that a S.H.I.E.L.D. primetime TV show is on the horizon. And it's probably going to be very good for that matter. I mean, S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been an important part of the Marvel Universe. Nick Fury, Dum Dum and all sorts of guys always showed up whenever the writers needed some kind of plot hook or filler it seemed, like "how do we get hero X to location Y?"

But growing up, S.H.I.E.L.D. always seemed to feature more prominently in Captain America than anything else. I mean sure, they showed up in Avengers and even X-Men on occasion, but Cap’s comic--which had more to do with soldiering and guns than superpowers (at least, at times)--is where they kind of fit best. S.H.I.E.L.D. did get its own comic run on occasion. And I’m wondering if characters from these series might make appearances (although I’d be hesitant to tell you I’d even know/remember them if they did show up). Those series were cool too.

What do I expect from a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show though?

Review - All New Executive Assistant Iris #1

"They walk out due to intimidation."

If there's one assistant you would hire with no hesitation, it would be an Executive Assistant. Iris is probably the most renowned of the trade and she's front and center in All New Executive Assistant Iris #1 from Aspen Comics.

The issue is written by Brian Buccellato, illustrated by Pasquale Qualano, inked by Chaz Riggs, colored by John Starr and lettered by Josh Reed.

What's Next?

Brubaker and Epting Team Up on Velvet

Ed and Steve. Those are the first names of the creative talent behind Image Comics' brand new series called Velvet #1. The last names? Brubaker and Epting. That's right--those two are bringing readers a brand new dark and provocative espionage thriller this October. And the main character Velvet is quite good at her job.

“The thing I'm most excited about with Velvet is, she's a woman with this incredibly dangerous history who’s been living a quiet life for a long time, and her current life and who she used to be are about to collide in a very explosive way," said Brubaker. "So she’s going to have to face a lot of things she’s been hiding from, and do things she barely remembers how to, and hope she’s still as good as she used to be."

Velvet Templeton is supposed to be just a secretary, the personal assistant to the Director of a top secret Intelligence Agency, but when the world's greatest spy is killed, she quickly finds herself caught in a web of mystery and murder, as her own secret past comes to light.

“I'm a huge fan of the illustration art from that era and it was actually a big influence on my approach to the covers for Captain America. I'm hoping to bring even more of that sensibility to Velvet—especially considering the time in which the story is set,” said Epting.

Velvet #1 can be pre-ordered now from the August issue of Previews (Diamond code AUG130505) and will be in stores on October 23. Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review - Buzzkill #1

"One beer and I could send this bastard into orbit. Maybe a shot..."

Interventions are needed when an individual has a drinking problem. Higher levels of intervention are needed when said drinking problem has a side effect of increased strength and speed, essentially giving the user superhero powers. Ruben is a powerful alcoholic in Buzzkill #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

The issue is written by Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek, illustrated by Geoff Shaw and colored by Lauren Affe.

Preview - Inkshot

Anthologies pride themselves on blending a mix of writers and artists. Inkshot from Monkeybrain Comics is no exception, blending together the talents of Danilo Beyruth, José Aguiar, Milton & Felipe Sobreiro, Bruno Stahl, Gabriel Góes, Davi Calil, Pablo Casado, Felipe Cunha, Hector Lima, George Schall, Eduardo Medeiros, Estevão Ribeiro and many others.

The $8.99 title features a shot of ink, an ink gunshot, ink-made. The new anthology of ideas in small doses - three to five pages - small universes you can dive into and get lost in many different genres. It's in stores September 18 with interiors below.

Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht

Vampires are still en vogue these days. They were also en vogue during World War II and happen to be vixens at the time as well. Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht is written and illustrated by Alex Ronald and co-written with The Emperor and acts as an all-action horror comic rife with bullets and drenched in blood. That could bode well for the vampire vixens in their mission.

It’s the early stages of WW2 and the SS Occult division have unearthed a coven of Vampire women entombed within a subterranean church in north Africa. Have the Nazis discovered the ultimate super soldier? Sexy, ruthless, deadly and immortal, could these vampires be the ‘Guardians of Ultima Thule’ the legendary keepers of the Aryan bloodline? Before the Nazis can put their undead secret weapons to use, British agents from MI6 kidnap one of these women back to England. With the help of mystic Aleister Crowley they turn this hell spawn woman to fight for King and Country. Teamed with a bad tempered Army Chaplain, the Vamp and the clergyman are sent back into Germany to engage the Nazi Occult division and by the bullet or the Bible, send the Devil worshipping Nazis to Hell!

Full press release below.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Review - Street Fighter Origins: Akuma

"I want to find a path of my own."

Akuma is a legendary character in the Street Fighter franchise ever since his debut in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The mythic fighter touted a devilish sensibility about his way of living life and he parlayed that into a sheer brutality and technique in fighting that is rarely matched within the Street Fighter universe. UDON Entertainment has made Akuma the star of both their 150th published book and 10th anniversary of publishing Street Fighter comics in Street Fighter Origins: Akuma.

The saga is written by Chris Sarracini, with art by Joe Ng, inks by Rob Armstrong and Kevin Raganit, colored by Espen Grundetjern and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Preview - Coffin Hill #1

Typically, a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft will lead to one finding oneself naked in the woods, covered in blood and unable to remember the events of the previous evening. In fact, that's the scenario that Eve finds herself privy to in Vertigo's Coffin Hill #1, written by Caitlin Kittredge and illustrated by Inaki Miranda.

After a stint as a Boston cop that ends in a bullet wound and unintended celebrity, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago in the woods was never contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge. Set against the haunted backdrop of New England, the book explores what people will do for power and retribution.

The issue hits stores October 9 with interiors below.

Zero #1 Due In Stores September 18

Friday, September 13, 2013

Defense With The BoomStick

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

Doing these sorts of activities is a hell of a lot easier with more people working together. You have no idea how hard it is to lure zombies away from one spot and circle back around to what you were after on your own as it's damn tiring. Now things seem like a breeze working within our group of six and having all the extra people have come in handy plenty since we joined forces.

We made it the Air Force base and needless to say we didn’t find much in the way of useful vehicles. All the planes were destroyed, in serious disarray and generally not ready to help us out at all; especially since none of us knew how to fly any of them. There were some fenced in areas that had some security for us to rest up and all get some measure of sleep beyond what we were used too.

Review - Halo: Initiation #2

"Spartans don't have rank because Spartan is your rank."

To become a part of an organization, often an initiation is required. Becoming a Spartan requires an even more grueling process in medical enhancements, training and perseverance. Dark Horse Comics gives readers a further glimpse into the process with Halo: Initiation #2.

The issue is written by Brian Reed, with art by Marco Castiello, colors by Michael Atiyeh and letters by Michael Heisler.

Act II

What's next for Image Comics? Act II in December.

Hit #1 Sells Out and Goes to Second Print

It's too easy to say that Hit #1 from BOOM! Studios is a hit, but that's exactly what it is. The Bryce Carlson/Vanesa R. Del Ray collaboration has sold out at the distributor level so the publisher has rushed to a second printing. That doesn't mean you can't still find a first printing of the first issue, but it might be a little tougher now that's so successul.

"We're thrilled to announce HIT #1 has sold out of its first print," says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. "HIT is one of the series I'm most proud of this year. It's always a great feeling when something you believe in is embraced by comic book readers."

Los Angeles. It’s 1955. It’s dark. It’s sexy. It’s dangerous. Everyone has an angle. And while infamous gangster Mickey Cohen rots in a prison cell, Los Angeles ignores the blackest parts of the city’s heart…where clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlight as sanctioned hitmen knows as “Hit Squads.”

Hit #1 second print ships with a striking new cover by Del Rey with a retail price of $3.99 through Preview Plus and should arrive in stores alongside issue #2 on October 2nd. Full press release below.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review - Dirty Justice #1

"If you have the monies then this is what you people want."

In space, no one can hear you scream...if you happen to be trying to pull off a complex deal with a crime lord and run into some issues. Fortunately, a bounty hunter in that situation likely won't scream and Justice Kreel will do what needs doing to make it out with her prize. Dirty Justice #1 from Gee Whiz Entertainment depicts that scenario.

Dirty Justice #1 is written and illustrated by Steve Stamatiadis.

Archaia Entertainment Expands World of Hawken

Can't have too much of a good thing right? Archaia Entertainment and Meteor Entertainment adhere to that old saying, as they've noticed fans really think that Hawken and Hawken: Genesis are really good things. To that end, the two are pairing up for a brand new, five-part miniseries called Hawken: Melee, with the first issue now live on comixology.

“We really wanted to amp up the adrenaline factor for this second volume,” says Mike Kennedy, editor of the series, “and went after an A-list of amazing storytellers to bring their unique, individual vision to this rich universe. Following the lush, painted concept style set by [game creator] Khang Le, we’re really excited by the quality of each standalone story. We really think gamers and non-gamers alike are going to find this series pretty thrilling.”

The five Digital First issues will be released four weeks apart, and will be followed by the bi-weekly release of single-issue print editions starting in December. The print issues will contain additional backmatter that will appeal to gameplayers, such as mech and map schematics, combat strategies, and a peek behind the development curtain to enhance the gameplaying experience. The premiere issue features work by Tim Bradstreet, Dan Abnett, Federico Dallocchio and Chris Northrop, while subsequent issues will feature work by Jim Mahfood, Jock, Nathan Fox, Mike Kennedy, Andrew Gaska, Dan Dussault, Michael O’Hare, Bagus Hutomo, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Bengal.

The first two print issues of Hawken: Melee will ship in December and will be available for pre-order through comic book shops starting Sept. 25. Full press release below.

UDON Entertainment Announces Street Fighter Origins: Akuma

Raging Demon was a move that--if pulled off correctly--could decimate an opponent's health in Street Fighter. There's just something so menacing about seeing the move's owner Akuma creeping across the screen closer to you, knowing full well that if you don't stop it you're pretty much done. It's what makes the character so freaking awesome and it's that popularity that warrants UDON Entertainment launching Street Fighter Origins: Akuma as both the pulisher's 150th published book and their 10th anniversary of Street Fighter comics.

Featuring a story by Chris Sarracini and art by Joe Ng, this original graphic novel mixes a surprising and intense coming-of-age story with the all-out action that Street Fighter fans love. Street Fighter Origins: Akuma reveals the secrets of this dark figure’s past for the first time, and shows how a frustrated young man grew into the mad demon. The world’s most feared martial artist, mentioned only in whispers. Few have dared to challenge him, and even fewer have survived to speak of the nightmare! Master of the Fist, wielder of the Dark Hado, but he was not always trapped on the path of chaos.

Over the last 10 years, UDON has worked closely with CAPCOM, the shepherds of the Street Fighter franchise, to bring to life the continuing adventures of Chun-Li, Ryu, Ken and all of the World Warriors. Working with past publishing partners Image Comics, Devil’s Due and then finally striking out on their own, UDON has chronicled these adventures through over 1000 pages of various Street Fighter comic series, and now has moved into a new phase of producing original hardcover graphic novels! Following up on this spring’s all-new Super Street Fighter Volume 1: New Generation, today’s release of Street Fighter Origins: Akuma cements this new, oversized, hardcover format as the ultimate version of these new adventures!

Street Fighter Origins: Akuma is a 128 page, hardcover original graphic novel retailing for $34.95. It is available in comic stores, book stores, and wherever comics are sold. In addition, Street Fighter Origins: Akuma is available digitally from ComiXology. Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review - Hit List #1

"Now all you need to do is stay far away from Brown House and we'll get along just fine."

Organized crime has a way of working its way around the legal system. Bribes, kickbacks and murders are all tools employed in order to keep the law out of their daily routines. Unfortunately for them, they can't really do much for secret organizations hellbent on killing them, as is the case in Hit List #1 from Zenescope Entertainment.

The issue is written by Ralph Tedesco, with art by Sami Kivela, colors by Bryan Valenza and letters by Jim Campbell.

Preview - Nemesis The Warlock: Deviant Edition

To be a deviant you have to be a special type of mischievous. Nemesis the Warlock has a handle on that mischief, bringing that mayhem to 2000 AD. The publisher is now planning to bring some of that mayhem to readers in the all-new Nemesis the Warlock: Deviant Edition, written by Pat Mills, illustrated by Kevin O'Neill, Jesus Redondo and Ian Stead and lettered by Steve Potter, Tony Jacob.

In the far future, Earth’s citizens live deep in the bowels of the Earth and in constant fear of their leader - the diabolically evil Torquemada. But one being leads the resistance to Torquemada’s despotic rule - the legendary alien freedom fighter, Nemesis the Warlock. Insane, visceral, mind-blowingly imaginative, political, satirical, and unlike any comic before or since - Nemesis the Warlock is one of 2000 AD’s most successful and famous characters by two of its greatest creators.

The book is in stores now for $34.99 with interiors below.

Grave Soldiers Seeks Kickstarter Funding

Soldiers have a desire to be the best there is. It's seared into their core during basic training and--if they're not--it could expose them to dangers down the road in combat. What happens when soldiers are pushed too far in training though? Jeff Marvin and Jeffery Zacholl aim to find out in Grave Soldiers, but they need some help from interested readers via Kickstarter.

“Grave Soldiers was originally a screenplay, but we felt that we would have more control of the project as a comic book mini-series. That and Brad Pitt stopped returning our phone calls.”

In the not-too-distant future, paranoia and fear force those who walk the halls of power to turn the American military machine loose around the globe. There are those who yell fascism and others who cry justice. But a few in uniform see an army stretched thin and young soldiers lost too soon. When a secret plan is hatched to train raw recruits to deal with the savagery of war, a new kind of horror is unleashed. On the other side of the country, another battle is beginning on the campus of a small Liberal Arts college. A protest of legendary proportions will be waged—one that would shake the very foundations of society itself—and it begins with an epic road trip. These two forces clash on an isolated island and when they do, the unthinkable happens. You get un-dead warriors. You get a bloody mess. You get…Grave Soldiers.

The duo have turned to Kickstarter to make the 40-page full color first volume of a four-part series. When the project is successfully funded, they hope to have the comic book completed by January 2014. The Kickstarter offers a wide variety of incentives. Don't get your hopes up though as Brad Pitt's phone number (which they seem to have) isn't one of them.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Archaia Announces Two Thrilling Adventure Hour Events

Archaia's Thrilling Adventure Hour hardcover continues to impress fans and readers alike. The collection of short stories that are literally (and figuratively) all over the map has been a bonafide success. Chance are though, you haven't really had a chance to meet the folks behind the book in Ben Acker and Ben Blacker. Well, Archaia would like to help you out there, offering the creators at two upcoming signing events.

On Monday, September 16, starting at 7 PM, the Barnes and Noble location at The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California will host Acker and Blacker, along with performers Paul F. Tompkins, Joshua Malina, James Urbaniak, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi and more to be announced for a fun-filled, interactive panel and signing of the graphic novel. The event is free but a purchase of the book is required for autographs. Although The Thrilling Adventure Hour is sold out at the distribution level, this event will feature First Printing copies, while supplies last.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California will hold “The Thrilling Adventure Hour Graphic Novel Reception,” featuring Acker, Blacker, Marc Evan Jackson, Gagliardi and more additional cast members as they confirm. General Admission tickets are priced at $75 each and include entry into the event. VIP Admission is $150 and includes entry to the event plus a copy of a limited-edition The Thrilling Adventure Hour Graphic Novel Exhibition commemorative poster. Since June, the Cartoon Art Museum has been hosting an exhibit of some of the art featured in the graphic novel. This event starts at 7 PM to allow guests plenty of time to enjoy the museum, see the exhibit, and to meet the creators and members of the cast. Light food and drink will be provided. The Museum would like the event to be a celebration of the creativity of the creators, artists, and cast of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, as well as the success of the graphic novel.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour anthology graphic novel ($19.95, hardcover, 136 pages, full color, 7.25” x 11.25”) is a collection of original genre tales taken straight from the show. Written by Acker and Blacker, this book features new stories from the most fan-favored worlds of the TAH universe. Brought to life by top artists from the comics community, each stand-alone tale celebrates and reinvigorates a new genre from the radio comedies of yesteryear, including science fiction, fantasy, westerns, superheroes, horror, war dramas, and many more.

Full press release and location details below.

Review - King's Watch #1

"On final approach backyard."

Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician walk into a bar. Wait, that's not it. Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician join up in a new book from Dynamite Entertainment called King's Watch #1 and it's got all the craziness you would expect from the three of them teaming up.

The first issue is written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Marc Laming, colored by Jordan Boyd and lettered by Simon Bowland.