Friday, October 31, 2014

Review - Sonic BOOM #1

"We can debate grammar later--WHO TOOK MY HOUSE?!!"

There's a certain level of disbelief one must suspend when you consider a hedgehog who can run alarmingly fast. It's the same disbelief that can be applied to a fox with two tails or an echidna with fists of fury. Once you've accepted all of the above though, reading stories about their adventures is always a good time. Archie Comics offers up another entry in the Sonic universe in Sonic BOOM #1, written by Ian Flynn, illustrated by Evan Stanley, inked by Rick Bryant, colored by Matt Herms and lettered by Jack Morelli.

BOOM! Studios Turns Ten

10 Years Logo

BOOM! Studios is celebrating ten years of being an awesome publisher. Ten years of offering all sorts of great books and adaptations of properties. And they want the reader to celebrate alongside them, by announcing a yearlong cover strategy starting in January designed to spotlight all of its new launches and reward many lucky retailers and fans. Every launching issue in 2015 will include a uniquely designed “10 Years” incentive variant cover featuring work by one of 16 of the industry’s best cover artists. Each artist (or artist team) will provide all the covers to all of the newest titles coming out from BOOM! or one of its imprints (KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box), with the roster rotating each quarter. The special “10 Years” covers will be retailer incentives available to order for retailers for every 10 copies they order of the title’s main cover.

“We’re very proud to reach our 10th anniversary here at BOOM! Studios, so to celebrate, we wanted to make sure we included the people that helped us get where we are today: comics retailers and fans,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This yearlong program brings in some of the best artists in the industry and is designed to celebrate this milestone with all of our supporters. I can speak for our entire team when I say we’re looking forward to the next 10 years of publishing great comics!”

For the first quarter of 2015 (January-March), the artists are:

All launching BOOM! Studios titles: Trevor Hairsine
All launching KaBOOM! titles: Joe Quinones
All launching Archaia titles: Ramón Pérez
All launching BOOM! Box titles: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

Cover artists for the remaining quarters of 2015 will be announced at a later date.

In January, new launching titles to receive the “10 Years” Cover treatment include:

Burning Fields #1
Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1
Feathers #1
Munchkin #1

The cover images will be revealed closer to each title’s order deadline.

In addition, BOOM! will select one launching title each month and slip one, rare exclusive cover intermixed into every 100 copies of the main cover printed. Dubbed the Jackpot Variant, these special covers will show up randomly at any comic shop that orders at least one copy of the title. For January, that title is Munchkin #1, a new ongoing series from BOOM! Box based on the hit adventure card game. The Jackpot Variant cover for Munchkin #1 is illustrated by Evan Palmer. Finally, should any of its new titles in 2015 launch with a final combined initial order of over 10,000 copies, BOOM! will unlock an additional 1-in-10 intermixed special variant that will ship with the main cover.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Unofficial Hatsune Mix a Bestseller

Who’s that girl with the long green ponytails you’ve been seeing everywhere? It’s Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid—the synthesizer superstar who’s singing your song. Only you didn't know it. Dark Horse Comics’ first edition of Unofficial Hatsune Mix landed in the New York Times Manga Top 10 list and sold out of bookstores across the nation within the first month of release.

She’s a global cybercelebrity and a cosplay favorite at conventions. Now Miku’s original illustrator, KEI, brings you Unofficial Hatsune Mix—an omnibus manga of the musical adventures (and misadventures) of Miku and her fellow Vocaloids Rin, Len, Luka, and more—in both beautiful black-and-white and charming color. Over 170,000 music videos have been uploaded to YouTube using Miku as the singer. Miku has appeared in ads from Toyota USA, Domino’s and most recently the Late Show with David Letterman.

The second printing of Unofficial Hatsune Mix will be in comic shops November 19 and in bookstores December 2. Preorder your copy of this bestseller today. Full press release below.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review - Edward Scissorhands #1

"Nobody talks about that Christmas anymore. Rumor became myth, new stories and small-town gossip wallpapered over that whole winter."

Tim Burton is nothing if not eccentric and the oddities of his thought process make for fantastic films. One of those films was Edward Scissorhands, the somewhat odd tale about a man with scissors for hands and his struggle for wider acceptance. The book tapped into a slew of other themes as well and IDW Publishing is continuing that universe in Edward Scissorhands #1. The issue is written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Drew Rausch and lettered by Travis Lanham.

KaBOOM! Studios Launches Original Series Capture Creatures

Capture Creatures #1 Cover A

Tiny kitten teeth are more than just little knives that are somewhat cute but end up being a little bit painful. They're also great when they boasts creative creators. KaBOOM! Studios is willing to take the risk of being bitten by purveyors of tiny kitten teeth, as they're tapping Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt for a new, original series called Capture Creatures. Based on a yearlong blog challenge and following a successfully funded Kickstarter for an art book and a widely attended gallery showing of Dreistadt’s original painted art, Capture Creatures is a heartwarming story about over one hundred strange creatures that suddenly appear on Earth and the two teens who will do whatever they can to keep them safe and figure out where they came from.

“Becky and Frank are both enormously talented, and we’re so happy to be working with them again on a new original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’ve created over a hundred amazing creatures, making this a very ambitious project that has potential for so many delightful stories. There are adorable creatures for everybody to discover, and each one of them comes with their own unique story.”

Capture Creatures #1 arrives from KaBOOM! in comic shops on November 26th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code SEP141165. The main covers are illustrated by Dreistadt and Joy Ang, with retailer incentive covers by Missy Pena and Amanda Visell. The Final Order Cutoff date for retailers is November 3rd. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Full press release below.

White Like She Boasts Black Brain in White Skull

Gender and race are always going to be issues for society, no matter how civilized that society may be. Somewhere at the intersection of those two concepts are Louella Schwartz and Luther Albert Joyce. One is a white teenage girl with a Ms. magazine subscription, the other a middle-aged African-American man who’s fallen on rough times. Their paths seem destined never to cross, but, in an extraordinary set of circumstances, Luther’s brain ends up in Louella’s body in White Like She by Bob Fingerman, which gets a sleek new Image Comics edition in December. Originally published in 1993, Fingerman’s graphic novel is a cutting satire exploring gender and race privilege with the creative abandon of a grindhouse film.

"What I’d set out to do was pulp with a message. Something Roger Corman might have made in the early ’70s, hence the new Blaxploitation poster-style cover,” wrote Fingerman in the Afterword of the new edition. “Really, that’s what White Like She is — pulp that could use a little more juice and pits. I still think it’s a fun idea; the beast with two heads minus a head. Race, gender and body-swapping is a fun concept."

White Like Sheis a 136-page graphic novel with never-before-seen bonus material. It will be in comic book stores on December 3 (Diamond Comic order code OCT140660) and in bookstores on December 16 (ISBN 978-1-63215-146-9). It is available for pre-order now.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

With all of this Marvel movie buzz happening, it’s kind of hard to think about much else isn’t it? I suppose I just have to bite the bullet and react to this avalanche of Marvel movies coming out. Every one is a movie I’m psyched for by the way. Ranging from the long-awaited and anticipated Dr. Strange movie (YES) to even the obscure, but potentially very cool, Inhumans film. A couple of things have been occurring to me as I think about what’s on the horizon. Here’s just some stray thoughts:

Review - Rasputin #1

"For instance, tonight I'm going to be murdered by my closest friends in the world."

As far as historical characters go, Rasputin is definitely among the most recognized. The man was perceived to be imbued with supernatural powers which he used for all manner of activity. With that reputation came a lot of fear and misunderstandings, some of which likely lead to the rather brutal attempts on his life. Delving deeper into the character is on the docket for Rasputin #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Alex Grecian, illustrated by Riley Rossmo, colored by Ivan Plascencia and lettered by Thomas Mauer.

Princeless in Previews

The new issue of Princeless is now available in Previews under APR14801. If you haven't checked any of the previous issues, you've got some time to do so. In the meantime, how about a bunch of quotes from industry heavyweights about how strong a title Princeless is?

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses Offers a New Path of Violence

David Lapham can't stay away from random acts of violence. Normally, that's a bad thing, but in his case not so much, as the violence comes in the form of Stray Bullets. Image Comics is revisiting the familiar universe with a brand new story called Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses, launching January 21. The new story will center around violence, love, and the bad decisions made when characters find themselves in over their heads and ensnared in seedy, illegal dealings.

In Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses, the Baltimore underworld is falling apart at the seams and blood has been spilt. Where and when things went to hell in a handbasket can be traced back to a time a few years earlier, when a man named Harry ran the city, Spanish Scott and Monster enforced the rules, and an insecure young man name Orson met a wild and crazy girl named Beth. The two together cooked up the boldest, most outlandish, and just about the stupidest plan ever devised—a plan to steal a whole lot of Harry’s money and drugs and exact a little revenge along the way.

"We were torn for a long time on whether to ever go back and tell this story, but the lure of getting Beth, Orson, and Nina together again was just too strong,” said Lapham. “They demanded it, really. It's going to be off-the-hook nuts.”

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #1 (Diamond Code NOV140580) arrives in stores this January 21 and will be available for $3.50. Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review - Here We Go

"Here we go!"

Anthologies offer a look at some up and coming talent. Some boast multiple writers and artists, while others like boast a single writer and multiple artists. Here We Go is an example of the latter. Here We Go is comprised of the following short stories, all written by Jesse Young: "Here We Go" illustrated by Anwar Madrigal and lettered by Thomas Mauer, "Forbidden Love" illustrated by Artyom Trakhanov and lettered by Mauer, "The Silver Street Boys" is illustrated by Brent Schnoonover, colored by Robert Snyder and Schnoonover and lettered by Mauer, "The Daring Adventures of Android Jones - Part 1 & 2 illustrated by Ryan Cody and lettered by Mauer, "Uncle Buck" is illustrated and lettered by Matt Battaglia, "Ex Occultus" illustrated by Joanna Estep, colored by Paulina Ganucheau and lettered by Deron Bennett, "He's Heating Up" illustrated by Michael Odom, colored by Ganucheau and lettered by Mauer and "The Devil You Know" illustrated by Jason Copland and lettered by Mauer.

Preview - 2000 AD Winter Special 2014 #1

Despite its reputation as being a pretty bleak representation of our future, Mega-City One still likely celebrates certain holidays and events. Part of that celebration is likely committed to winter and 2000AD is celebrating the season with the 2000 AD Winter Special 2014 #1. The book delves into the darkest recesses of its creators' imaginations for a horror-themed 48-page issue containing complete stories featuring Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Psi-Judge Anderson, Defoe and the debut of new character The Alienist.

It boasts stories by T.C. Eglington, Pat Mills, Guy Adams, Alan Grant, Eddie Robson, Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby, art by Riccardo Burchielli, Leigh Gallagher, Lee Carter, Darren Douglas, Jeff Anderson and Eoin Coveney and letters by Ellie De Ville, Annie Parkhouse and Simon Bowland. The 48-page is available from all good outlets or digitally from the 2000 AD webshop and the 2000 AD iPad app on October 29 with interiors below.

New Adventure Begins in Casanova: Acedia

When Matt Fraction isn't acting like a Sex Criminal, he's got other works in the pipeline. One such work teams him up with Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon and Michael Chabon for an all-new Casanova Quinn story in Casanova: Acedia #1, coming to Image Comics on January 7. The idea came up at the end of a podcast with the two writers when Chabon mentioned a desire to write Casanova backups in the spirit of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s classic "Tales of Asgard" strip. Produced for the back pages of The Mighty Thor, these stories introduced young Marvel Comics readers to classic Norse lore.

"When people ask me to name some of my favorite current comic book titles, Casanova is always the first one out of my mouth,” said Chabon. "Now I have to put my mind where my mouth has been! I'm just going to try to reach the high standard that Matt and the Moon/Bá brothers have consistently setting in this book, issue after issue, arc after arc.”

In Casanova: Acedia #1, Casanova Quinn returns to find himself caught between unlocking the riddle of his own past and discovering the hidden history of his mysterious new criminal benefactor. “When we last saw him, Casanova Quinn crash-landed on our Earth from the ruins of his past with absolutely no memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything that happened to him before — but he knows he was somebody dangerous and that people are out to kill him," said Fraction. "So new readers and Cass alike have the exact same blank-slate context for this all-new adventure in Los Angeles.”

“It’s an L.A. that’s in the thrall of strange occult happenings—weird graffiti, strange crimes, frightening omens—and it’s set the whole town on uncomfortable edge,” explained Fraction. “Against this hyper-paranoid backdrop, Casanova sets out to investigate the life story of his employer, another dangerous man who, like Casanova, has no memory of his past beyond hints of horrific violence.”

Fraction added: “While Moon and I tell the story of an amnesiac Casanova and what new kinds of trouble he finds himself in, Chabon and Bá’s backups shine a light on what kind of people are hunting him down, where they’re hunting, and why. Longtime readers get a fuller picture and brand-new readers will learn about this world as Casanova RE-learns it to survive.”

Casanova: Acedia #1 (Diamond Code NOV140529) arrives in stores on January 7 and will be available for $3.99. Full press release below.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review - The ZooHunters #1

"He is a man. And you should have told him."

There are many hard parts about growing up, but few are harder than dealing with illness and death at a relatively young age. Such events shape an individual in ways they may not otherwise be shaped, forcing them to reconcile a seemingly innocent youth with a harsher does of adult realism. Despite the difficulties, many do soldier on and maintain a way of life that feels right to them, even if it hurts at times. Aspen Comics presents such a tale in The ZooHunters #1, written and illustrated by Peter Steigerwald.

Preview - Punk Mambo #1

Valiant Entertainment's offerings have--for the most part--been tying their universe together quite nicely. There's still plenty of room for other properties as well, with Punk Mambo #1 a new entrant that offers an intriguing new tale. It's written by Peter Milligan, illustrated by Robert Gill and lettered by David Lanphear.

From a posh girls’ boarding school…to the slimy gutter of the London punk scene…to sniffing voodoo glue in a Louisiana swamp, how did Shadowman's black magic bon vivant haul herself from the upper crust to the backwater of the Big Easy's voodoo underground? Punk Mambo is about to head back home to spread some much-needed anarchy in the UK…and confront the ghosts of her past head on! The punks and the voodoo priests she used to know have cleaned themselves up, and she’s a loud, belching ghost from their past, come to break in the new furniture…and break some faces!

The book hits stores November 19 with interiors below.

BOOM! Studios Closes 2014 Convention Tour at Stan Lee's Comikaze

UNCLE GRANDPA #1 Stan Lee's Comikaze Variant by Yehudi Mercado

BOOM! Studios has been a busy publishing bee in 2014, hitting just about every convention under the sun. All good things must come to an end though, as they'll be making their last convention appearance in 2014 at Stan Lee's Comikaze in LA the weekend of October 31st to November 2. BOOM! is thrilled to host a number of special guests during the show including actors Peter Facinelli, David Henrie and James Hong. The show marks the publisher’s eighteenth and final convention appearance in 2014 spreading the message of “We Are BOOM!” to the fans.

BOOM! can be found at booth number 906 and will host Caleb Monroe, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing and Mike Kunkel for signing opportunities all weekend. Additionally, Hannah Nance Partlow and Tyson Hesse will be available for sketches all weekend. For $30, fans can order custom sketches drawn on blank covers of Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors and other comics. The publisher will also host James Hong, David Henrie, Caleb Monroe, Peter Facinelli, Michael Alan Nelson, Pete Browngardt and Yehudi Mercado will be available for signings on Saturday and John Omohundro on Sunday. Free tickets for Saturday’s ticketed signings will be available for distribution at the BOOM! booth that morning.

BOOM! will have a Stan Lee’s Comikaze exclusive variant for Uncle Grandpa #1 by Mercado available for purchase through the convention for $10.00, while supplies last. Full press release and schedule below.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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 in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 9.

Well it's been determined that a larger search needs to be done. It was decided that two others and myself--as well as two other teams of three--are going to take a scouting mission on a prolonged timetable. We spotted a local airport that had some small private planes there that could still be serviceable and hopefully flyable. The aim of this mission is to determine if any of those planes are working and flight ready; then we plan on taking one of those planes to begin a low level flying search for zombies.

Using a map of the known airports around this part of the country, we plan on journeying from one to the other. This way we can expand our search for supplies and zombies in new areas and also mark potential outpost locations too. With the three different teams scouting new areas and provided we have enough working planes, we should be able to clear off larger spots of the map. This plan is ambitious if all of us plan on making our way back to the outpost here after three weeks. That amount of time should give us the maximum amount of searching without beginning to run low on supplies and needing to get back.

Review - Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate #1

"Stand down, dirty minions of evil--or face my hamster's wrath!"

Dungeons and Dragons is a storied franchise that really needs no introduction. The universe has been around seemingly forever, with lots of people delving into it for great stories. And with good reason, as there's a lot of good stuff there to be mined. IDW is tapping into one of the more familiar corners of the universe in Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate #1. The issue is written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Max Dunbar.

Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant Gets Lots of Creators

Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant Main Cover

Ever wonder what it’s like to gaze into infinity and have an all-knowing understanding of the universe, so much so that it paralyzes you entirely? It's a pretty heady question for sure and BOOM! Studios has the answer this November in Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant, a 48-page special containing the various adventures of one of the most mysterious characters in the Bravest Warriors, Beth’s Paralyzed Horse. Dive into the mind of a horse with far-reaching knowledge of the future with a cast of talented creators including James Tynion IV, Mairghread Scott, Tessa Stone, Erica Henderson, Pranas Naujokaitis, Kat Leyh and Meredith McClaren.

“Bravest Warriors is known for having a cast of strange characters, but the Paralyzed Horse is in a league of his own,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “In the last two seasons alone, he’s gone from a pet horse that just kind of laid there to a psychic warrior defending the Bravest Warriors from an Aeon Worm. That’s pretty incredible for a horse that can’t move! Now we get to explore his other adventures with some of the comic industry’s top talent, and the result is as hilarious as it is heartwarming.”

He might be paralyzed by the vast knowledge of time and space, but Beth’s pet horse won’t let that stop him from protecting her and the rest of the Bravest Warriors! Throughout the Bravest Warriors’ young lives the Paralyzed Horse has always been there to lend a helping...hoof, whether it’s stopping evil from messing up a putt-putt date or saving their very lives. Bravest Warriors was created by Pendleton Ward.

Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Giant arrives in comic shops on November 19th with a cover price of $4.99 under Diamond order code SEP141190. The Final Order Cutoff Date for retailers is October 27th. The main cover is illustrated by Tessa Stone, with an incentive cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer. Full press release below.

Archie Comics Come to Television with Riverdale Series

Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are all making waves as fairly big-budget shows. Marvel has a deal with Netflix for four more shows, exclusive to the content provider. Shows shouldn't be limited to the big two though, as Archie Comics is looking to get in on the action with Riverdale, a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, debuting on Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions.

“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to Riverdale.

Riverdale offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, Riverdale will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.

The show will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions (Arrow, The Flash) and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Looking). Bertlanti’s track record as a producer includes a number of small-town teen dramas, such as Jack & Bobby and Dawson’s Creek and superhero fare pulled from the four-color pages of legendary comic books like Arrow and The Flash. Aguirre-Sacasa, in addition to being the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics, also writes two of the publisher’s best-selling titles - the horror series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He spent three years as a writer on Glee and penned the remake of teen-angst classic Carrie and the cult horror classic The Town that Dreaded Sundown, as well as the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of American Psycho.

“This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale' is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review - Father's Day #1

"Why are they chasing Better yet, who are you?"

There are two days every year meant to celebrate parents in Mother's Day and Father's Day. The days are supposed to be testaments to parents and all they endure in trying to raise children. Very rarely does it involve a daughter seeking her hitman father out after years of separation, but that's what Dark Horse is going for in Father's Day #1. The issue is written by Mike Richardson, illustrated by Gabriel Guzmán, colored by Java Tartaglia and lettered by Nate Piekos.

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment Join Forces on Polar

You won't find many people who say they love the cold. The arctic temperatures typically make morning commutes miserable and clean-up after a snowstorm a pain. Constantin Film and Dark Horse beg to differ with both sentiments, seeing as how they're now teaming up to bring Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos to the big screen. Constantin Film has pre-emptively purchased the spec, “Polar″ written by Jayson Rothwell.

The action-thriller tells the story of Black Kaiser, a master assassin forced out of retirement when he finds himself the target of a motley crew of new generation hitmen. But Kaiser’s gun-blazing and bloody universe is at odds with the doting and protective relationship he has with the child of one of his former marks. Faced with the ultimate battle for survival, Kaiser must choose between saving his life and saving his soul.

Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment are currently out to directors with the aim of shooting Polar in the spring of 2015. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer will be producing along with Jeremy Bolt as well as Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg. Rothwell is also writing an Untitled Heist Thriller for Thunder Road. He is repped by WME.

Full press release below.

IXth Generation Enters in January

Imagine utopia built on genocide. Imagine that same utopia built on genocide and residing within the Top Cow universe. Imagine if that utopia built on genocide and residing within the Top Cow universe was written by Matt Hawkins, illustrated by Stjepan Sejic and called IXth Generation. It's a lot to imagine for sure, but on January 7, you can stop imagining and start realizing. Set in the future, IXth Generation inhabits a world where there is no more natural death, no needs unfilled and everything you could ever want is yours… as long as you’re one of the ones chosen to live in this new Utopia and you’re willing to subjugate yourself to these new self-proclaimed gods with "IX"s emblazoned on them.

Do the ends truly justify the means? Is a utopia built on genocide worth the price? Aphrodite, Velocity, Hades, and the other Nines establish fiefdoms in this new world and attempt to rule. Their internal clashes have escalated, but they are forced to put that aside as they face off against the relentless hordes of The Darkness. The sins of the past have come to claim those who would pretend to be Gods. The cybernetic future established in Aphrodite IX and Cyber Force finally comes face-to-face with the supernatural Artifacts side of the Top Cow universe.

IXth Generation #1 arrives in stores January 7 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code NOV140555. Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Honestly, I sort of thought Xandar was an unexpected choice to feature in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I’ve never been a huge Nova fan, although I noticed that over the last couple of years this character has been getting pushed a bit more than usual. And truth be told, I’ve read some of the most recent run of the comic and it was quite good (everything Nova related in Annihilation: Conquest was pretty compelling). Still, I sort of assumed that the featured Galactic peacekeepers in any Marvel cosmic film would be the Shi’ar. I mean, yes, it does occur to me that Xandar is sort of the Marvel equivalent of Green Lanterns’ Oa. It’s a planet with a huge, intergalactic police force drawn from members of many different races.

But my sense was always that the Shi’ar were sort of the closest thing in the Marvel universe to the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek or some such. It’s a huge, galaxy spanning empire that incorporates hundreds of races. Granted, it would be an overstatement to characterize the Shi’ar as strictly "good." It’s a nation like any other: it does a lot of good but it also does some bad to maintain the status quo. It’s seen its share of wars, right and wrong.

Xandar always seemed like a smaller blip on the map to me.

Review - Memetic #1

"I don't get it, what's making you guys so happy?"

The apocalypse seems to be inevitable. The question is what's going to cause it. Robots, zombies, vampires, name it, chances are it could be the downfall of civilization. A meme though? That's a slightly harder sell, but one that BOOM! Studios is publishing in Memetic #1, written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Eryk Donovan, colored by Adam Guzowski and lettered by Steve Wands.

Preview - Age of the Wolf #1

A new female character, a fresh twist on a well-worn trope, a post-apocalyptic world unlike any other – this is Age of the Wolf. Alec Worley and Jon Davis Hunt are two of the latest talents to emerge from 2000 AD and in their debut graphic novel collection humanity’s days are numbered. This is the complete saga and entirely complete in one volume, a fiercely intelligent dissection of werewolf mythology inside a fast-paced character driven action-adventure. It's the classic werewolf story brought not just up to date, but taken into the future.

Age of the Wolf hits stores October 22 with interiors below.

Fantasy Adventure Goes Full Reyn

Fantasy tales never seem to get old. They have a way of tapping into our imaginations and staying there, offering stories that are just as outlandish as they are exciting. The sword and sorcery genre is a great facet of fantasy tales and in January, Kel Symons and Nathan Stockman visit that well for an all-new series in Reyn #1, a sweeping fantasy following two unlikely adventurers on the path to uncovering the mysteries that surround their destinies.

“Reyn pays tribute to adventures that dazzled my imagination,” explained Symons. “Fantasy tales, particularly Dungeons and Dragons, was a huge part of my formative years. I doubt I was the first kid who wanted to live in epic worlds like Middle Earth, Greyhawk or Hyboria. Tolkien and Howard created remarkably timeless worlds and practically invented the language of modern fantasy. Honestly, it's hard to believe they were created in the 1930s.”

Reyn #1 introduces the main character of the same name, Reyn, a freelance swordsman and monster hunter who also might be the last of the legendary “Wardens” of the land of Fate, whose ranks long since faded into myth. Haunted and driven by visions from a “guiding angel,” Reyn sets out on a great quest—though he’s hardly the errant knight-type. Along the way he’ll rescue and partner with the sorceress Seph, a member of a coven known as the Followers of Tek, hunted as heretics for their beliefs, but who may also know what secrets Fate holds...

“His guiding angel is hardly a blessing, because it's just not in his nature to be a do-gooder—he's too unprincipled for that,” said Symons. “I imagined some of Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name from the Dollars trilogy in Reyn. In fact, when I pitched this to Image, I said the vibe for the series should be 'What if Frazetta painted spaghetti westerns?' His traveling companion, the witch Seph, provides a nice emotional counterpoint to Reyn's moral ambiguity. She was born to a cause and brings passion where Reyn lacks an emotional connection to the destiny that's been forced upon him.”

Reyn #1 (Diamond Code NOV140564) is in stores on January 21. Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review - Retropunk

"I was debating whether or not your fleshy body was worth saving. I have often contemplated the aesthetic you would make on impact. -BZZZR- That, or I was stuck in traffic."

Bounty hunters have a penchant for always being in the thick of things. Their jobs require a lot of danger and risk on their part, but the payoff is typically worth it. Sometimes though, their bounty brings with it other bounty hunters, some of whom are going after the original bounty hunters. It's a fun dynamic to keep up with in Retropunk from Markosia. Retropunk is written by James Surdez and Matthew Ritter and illustrated by Jhomar Sorian.

Archaia Takes a Joyride

AT&T U-Verse has a documentary out called "Comic Book Artists: Next Generation," which is about the Toronto-based collective artists studio, the Royal Academy of Illustration and Design (also known as RAID Studios). During said documentary, the studio (in conjunction with BOOM! Studios) announced Joyride, an upcoming original series from its Archaia imprint created by the Hacktivist team of artist Marcus To and writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Based on an idea To had when he was in high school, the project was developed jointly by the trio after they enjoyed working with each other on Hacktivist. In Joyride, when the Earth of the future becomes a totalitarian nightmare, three free-thinking teenagers bust free and discover real freedom in the vast reaches of unexplored space.

“Marcus is an incredibly talented artist we’ve seen evolve by leaps and bounds on Hacktivist and on Cyborg 009 before that, so when he, Collin, and Jackson approached us for a new original series with teenagers rocketing through space, we couldn’t turn it down,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Their chemistry was so great on Hacktivist; it’s nice to see the old band back together with Jackson and Collin writing and Marcus on art. It’s going to be a blast, and we can’t wait to take everyone along for the ride.”

"Joyride is the culmination of everything I love about comics,” said To. “We're excited to tell relevant stories that engage our young and boisterous fans.”

"This is the book we've been dying to write,” said Kelly and Lanzing. “Joyride is about friendship, anarchy, punk rock, and freedom—about following your heart, even when it leads you into the vast unknown. Working with Marcus on Hacktivist was incredible, but creating a new universe alongside him has given us a whole new appreciation for his talent. We're insanely excited to be back at Archaia, telling new stories and exploring totally bonkers new worlds."

Additional details, including a release date, will be revealed at a later time. Watch the video in which To, Kelly and Lanzing speak about Joyride here. Full press release below.

Dynamite and Arcane Wonders Announce Mage Wars Licensing Deal

Dynamite Entertainment knows a good licensing deal when they see it. And a partnership with Arcane Wonders is just that, bringing with it multiple product categories based on Mage Wars. Dynamite will debut their first Mage Wars project in January 2015, an original prose novel subtitled Nature of the Beast. Written by Will McDermott, Mage Wars: Nature of the Beast is the first official prose story set within the expansive world of the game. Following the January print and digital launch, Dynamite plans to expand the line into comic books, graphic novels, additional prose novels, prints, lithographs and an art book.

"We are truly honored and excited to be working with Dynamite. To partner up with such a professional team to bring Mage Wars and the world of Etheria to our fans is a dream come true," cheers Bryan Pope, President of Arcane Wonders. "We have worked so hard to develop each of these characters and this universe and look forward to this partnership to share our vision with our fans."

Mage Wars is the customizable strategy game of dueling mages. Players take on the role of powerful mages, stepping into an arena to battle for supremacy. A unique genre-breaking concept, Mage Wars combines the best elements of customizable card games and tactical miniature games. Players can choose from multiple mages like the Wizard, Warlock, Beastmaster, Priestess or many others, each with their own unique strategies and style of play. The game is fast-paced and exciting, with challenging decisions every turn. Since its debut in 2012, the game achieved critical success and has accrued dozens of industry accolades. Tom Vasel of Dice Tower, a leading podcaster and reviewer in the gaming community, ranked Mage Wars as the Second Best Game of All Time in his "Top 100 Games of All Time" list.

"Since its launch, the Mage Wars game has been celebrated by critics and fans alike, a true sensation in the gaming world," says Nick Barrucci, the CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "It's a great privilege and honor to sign with Arcane Wonders, a true innovator in game design. They've created a fantastic universe to explore, and we're proud to work hand-in-hand with their staff in building upon that expansive landscape with new creative content."

The first novel, Mage Wars: Nature of the Beast, takes place in the world of Etheria, and follows an unlikely cast of characters refreshingly removed from the trappings of traditional fantasy adventure. "Nature of the Beast is not your average Hero's Journey tale" says McDermott. "This is the story about the other guys -- the loners and the outcasts, the guards and the stewards, the folks who normally stay behind when the adventure starts -- the forgotten characters. It is a journey not toward the light, but into the darkness, both literal and figurative, where these characters must face their foibles and fears, their painful pasts and their lonely lives. It is a story about how true heroes are born, not through trial by fire, but by forging friendships that help them discover their own inner strength."

The book is slated for release January 2015 with the full press release below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review - Archeologists of Shadows: Volume 3

What is life and what is death? Does everyone have a destined path? Or are we free to choose how our lives should go? These are the sort of question one ponders about after reading Archeologists of Shadows: Volume 3. I had the chance to check out it out and once again I was just blown away by the visuals, the story and enjoy the questions posed by the third installment. Publisher Septagon Studios has one amazing graphic novel on hand, as co-creators Lara Fuentes (Writer) and Patricio Clarey (Artist) have created a polished graphic novel that just keeps you turning the page to see what's in store for the characters. This has been a project five years in the making and in reading this latest volume you can tell it was a labor of love for all those involved.

Drifter Reveals Early Artwork

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein have a reputation as a fantastic comic creating duo. It's a reputation that engenders a great amount of respect from industry peers and readers. And Image Comics is slated to publish a new book from them called Drifter, launching on November 12.

In Drifter, mankind has spread across the universe in a frantic rush to survive and has colonized and strip-mined countless planets in the process. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

Drifter #1 will be available on November 12 and the Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is 10/20. Full press release below.

The Boys Are Back

The Boys is a comic that has managed to span 90-issues during its run. Dynamite Entertainment has spanned much more than that in its run as a publisher, but there's no reason to believe the two can't coexist and release something commemorating both milestones. And The Art of the Boys: The Complete Covers by Darick Robertson is just that. This 208-page collection will showcase series co-creator Robertson's finished cover artwork from the ongoing series, plus three spin-off miniseries, Herogasm, Highland Laddie and Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker. In addition to never-before-seen bonus contents like pencil sketches, a brand new cover image and artist commentary, The Art of The Boys includes a cover gallery featuring alternate covers by Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, David Lloyd and John Cassaday, as well as an afterword by film producer Adam McKay. Scheduled for release in December, this high-end art book will make the perfect holiday gift for fans of this highly regarded comic series.

"Dynamite has put together a great collection featuring all the cover art from The Boys, presenting alternate version, early drafts, sketches, and more into a cool hardcover collection," says Robertson. "I'm proud of this book as I really enjoyed my collaboration with (Garth) Ennis while creating these covers, and am pleased to show The Boys fans a peek behind the curtain as to what went into creating these covers. I think this will be a very unique collection and a must-have for any fan of The Boys series."

In addition to The Art of The Boys hardcover edition, Dynamite will make two collectible editions also available, each featuring a personal touch from Robertson. A Signed Edition, limited to only 250 copies, will feature Robertson's autograph in the front of the book. Also, a Remarked Edition will feature a character illustration and signature from Robertson; this especially rare edition is limited to only 100 copies in existence.

The Boys, a monumentally successful comic book series co-created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, introduced a world where superheroes may stand as pinnacles of justice... but when they abuse their power and authority, who brings justice to the superheroes? The answer: The Boys do. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female comprise the tough-as-nails crew that keep the "supes" in line - protecting mankind from some truly deranged superheroes.

"We simply couldn't let our ten year anniversary end without tipping our hats to the series that, even after all this time, is still beloved by so many fans," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "The Boys was a runaway hit that served as a cornerstone of our company throughout its run. Darick Robertson's cover artwork, with its powerful imagery and uncompromising attitude, made it the can't-miss item on comic shop racks everywhere. It's high time we celebrate his vast body of work on this seminal Mature Readers title!"

The Art of The Boys: The Complete Covers by Darick Robertson is currently solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Art of The Boys with their local comic book retailers. The Art of The Boys will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

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 in this zombie world.)

Year 6. Week 8.

After that rough time we had last week with the battle and the continued search for more zombies, this week has been quiet. We continued to send out search parties to hunt down radioactive zombies. That's been about the only excitement any of us have gotten around here, which is fine by me. The downtime has become a necessity for us; blowing off some steam is required to keep one's sanity. Makes you miss the comforts you had before the zombie world.

Go catch a game, drink a beer, play some video games or even just relax on a porch and stare at the sky without fear of a zombie wandering up and munching on you. Being able to not pay attention to your surroundings is something you miss; that feeling of just being in the moment and shutting out the outside world. Now you do that you are probably gonna die or get bit and become a zombie that will lead you to hurt and kill others. With this break in the action we've gotta create or find ways to keep us relaxed.

Review - Planet Gigantic #1

"Nice landing. Some "master of gravity" you turned out to be."

Exploration brings with it a lot of unknowns. Discovering those unknowns is the fun part and naming them can be even more exciting. Sometimes though, it's just as simple to name a place something based on its physical description, as in Planet Gigantic #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by Eric Grissom and illustrated by David Halvorson. It's broken into two stories: "Planetfall!" and "The Eye of the Sun."

BOOM! Studios Cracks the Code in Deep State

Deep State #1 Main Cover

Whether you want to believe it or debunk it, stories of the faked moon landing, government-sanctioned assassinations and brainwashing have been around for generations. Fancy yourself a conspiracy theorist and you're in luck. Why? BOOM! Studios is dabbling in the conspiracies, teaming up with Justin Jordan on a new book called Deep State that asks what if those conspiracy theories were planted to cover up an even darker truth? The book teams Jordan with Ariela Kristantina.

“Justin is a writer we’ve been dying to work with,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “His stories are visceral, smart, and they just bleed cool. With Deep State, Justin is setting up a little patch of land for himself at BOOM! and we’re excited to have him. Ariela Kristantina is teaming up with Justin and turning in some spectacular artwork on this series—she’s definitely an artist on the rise. Get ready for them to introduce you to John Harrow in November.”

In Deep State, John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret.

Deep State #1 arrives in comic book shops on November 12th with a main cover by Mondo print illustrator Matt Taylor and a retailer incentive cover by Artyom Trakhanov, with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code SEP141117. The Final Order Cutoff Date for retailers is October 20th.

Full press release below.

Masterplasty Gets Reprinted

James Harvey has what some would consider to be a cult sensation in Masterplasty. The problem with that sensation is that it's only been experienced online. Image Comics is keen on changing that, as they're bringing the work to shelves in a standard trim size for $3.99. This is technically the second printing of the work, considering the massive popularity of the oversized-edition that hit shelves earlier.

“James initially wanted to issue Masterplasty in an over-sized format, and I think doing so underscored how different this project was from everything else on the market,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “That being said, we both agreed that reprinting the book at standard comics size would help his work reach a wider audience, whilst simultaneously making the first printing something truly special for everyone who bought it.”

In Masterplasty, a young man decides to leave his college girlfriend after undergoing a new medical procedure which drastically modifies the physical appearance of the human body in ways both beautiful and hideous. But will changing the outside change what’s within? If you didn't read more the first time, November 12 is your chance to dive in and get acquainted (preorder with pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP148035).

When pressed for a quote, James responded, "now you can all stop asking me how you carry this thing home in the rain. Just kidding. I love you."

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

"Now that you ask, there's a small coven in Greendale, just starting up..."

Life as a witch brings with it equal amounts of joy and pain. The times when you're on and tapping into your abilities are great, but the times when you're being scorned for your powers and inadvertently summon unspeakable evils aren't so good. Adding those into the perils of high school just adds another layer of complexity, something that Archie Comics explores in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1. The issue is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, illustrated by Robert Hack and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Dark Horse Releases Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle

Dark Horse may be losing the license to Star Wars comics in the near future, but that doesn't mean they won't do everything they can with them before then. To that end, Dark Horse is offering up the Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle, now in progress. Fans of the epic sci-fi franchise can pay what they want for up to $190 worth of digital comics, all while supporting a great cause.

Customers can pay what they want for Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1, Star Wars: Empire Volume 1 - Betrayal, Star Wars: Jedi Volume 1 - The Dark Side, Star Wars: Crimson Empire Volume 1, Star Wars: Darth Maul Death Sentence and Star Wars: Blood Ties - Jango and Boba Fett. Those who pay more than the average price will also unlock Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command, Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1 - Blood of the Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 1 - Commencement, Star Wars: Legacy Volume 1 - Broken and Star Wars: Dark Times Volume 1 - The Path to Nowhere. Hardcore fans who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin, bringing this bundle to a total of 89 issues of Star Wars comics.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the comic creators and charity. The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle defies the dark side and supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Thanks to the generosity of the Humble Bundle community, more than $47 million has been contributed to more than 30 different causes to date.

The Humble Star Wars Comics Bundle runs for two weeks and ends on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11 AM PDT. For more information, please visit Full press release below.

Shutter Opens Up in November

Kate Kristopher has quite the heritage. For generations, Kristophers have faced danger and laughed their heads off. But after her father’s death, Kate leaves it behind. She wants a regular life, and in Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost, she thinks she has it. However, if a Kristopher won’t go find adventure, it will find her. In November, the urban fantasy graphic novel by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca will boast a revelation about Kate’s family draws her back into the life she was raised for, leading her into a mystery darker and more dangerous than any she’s encountered before.

Set in a world where mythical creatures and rusty automatons alike are everyday “people,” where anthropomorphic animal bounty hunters do deals in back alleys and argue Tarantino-style in record stores, Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost gives artist del Duca the opportunity to amaze with her stand-out character designs and knock-out action sequences. Owen Gieni gives the art richness and depth with his bold coloring.

“When I saw that, I was like ‘We got it,’” said Keatinge, in reference to showing his heroine riding the subway with a minotaur. “And it’s not just because there’s a minotaur there and a space guy there, but there’s all this crazy sh** there and you’re still drawn to Kate, and you still feel Kate’s emotion. That’s one of my favorite things that Leila does. No matter how absurd the sh** that I write is, she’ll zero in on Kate. Her emotions are real and that makes it work.”

Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost will be in comic book stores on November 12 (Diamond Comic order code SEP140652) and in bookstores on November 25 (ISBN 978-1-63215-145-2). It's specially priced at just $9.99 and available now for pre-order. Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review - Sleepy Hollow #1

"I have mastered pushing the little red button."

Sleepy Hollow certainly has its devoted followers. The show is pretty solid, despite being grounded in a somewhat ridiculous version of reality, but that's what makes it so enjoyable in the first place. BOOM! Studios wants to take readers into town for another ride in Sleepy Hollow #1. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Jorge Coelho, colored by Tamra Bonvillain and lettered by Jim Campbell. "Movie Night" is written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson.

IDW Publishing To Bring Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s to Comics

Douglas Adams might be best known for requiring travelers bring their towel with them wherever they traveled. And that the answer to the ultimate question is 42. He's also known for a character he created in Dirk Gently, who appeared in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Dirk Gently’s Long, Dark Tea-time of the Soul and the unfinished Dirk Gently fragment that Douglas was writing at the time of his death The Salmon of Doubt. In partnership with Ideate Media, IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Dirk Gently will be appearing in his first-ever comic-book series in 2015, helping to prove the interconnectedness of all things, the precept by which Dirk Gently, Adams’ beloved fictional “holistic detective” lives. Following the recent announcement that Gently will be developed for television by IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media with Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers and Max Landis as showrunner, IDW will also launch an ongoing series of all-new Dirk Gently adventures as comic books.

“I know that an American writing Dirk comics is going to get a certain segment of British Adams fans a bit brassed off,” said Ryall, “but, much like in the case of the oft-referenced Schrödinger’s cat in the Dirk novels, we can all agree that until the world opens these comics, they are both good and not good, right? And certainly Adams’ writing transcends all borders and has rightfully earned him a worldwide following. I can’t wait to bring Dirk into the world of comics.”

Dirk Gently is a charismatic, mysterious, troubled, brilliant, figure—cursed with a relentless intellect, psychic powers he doesn’t fully understand or want, a gift for self-mythologizing, and a supernatural ability to detect disturbances in the fabric of reality. Dirk has found a strange calling as a private detective for impossible crimes, the likes of which will take many forms in the comics. The series launching in spring 2015, will be written by Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. The series artist will be Tony Akins and Chew co-creator Rob Guillory has contributed a first cover image, too.

“Douglas was best known for Hitchhiker, but his real creative passion was always Dirk. Of the two series, this was his secret favourite. I know he would have smiled upon its re-incarnation as a comic book,” said Ed Victor, Douglas Adams’ longtime agent and friend.

Full press release below.

PunkRockPaperScissors Collects Raw Art from 1980s Punk Scene

Lee Loughridge wasn't always one of comics' top colorists. He used to be a youth living amidst the 1980s punk rock and hardcore scene, soaking in its unfiltered creative energy and DIY ethos — and collecting the flyers that promoted the shows. Now, many of those flyers have been collected into a book titled PunkRockPaperScissors, coming from Image Comics in November. It's a one-of-a-kind tribute to the punk scene that archives over 600 show flyers from Northeastern US clubs such as the legendary CBGB, City Gardens, The Showplace, The Pipeline, The Pyramid, Wally’s Place, The Ritz and more.

“I collected punk and hardcore flyers incessantly throughout the 1980s,” said Loughridge. “I got them at punk shows, at school, off of telephone poles, walls, and elders from the scene. For some reason I kept every last one of them.”

Reproduced in this 240-page, oversized book are flyers for some of punk rock's most influential important bands, including Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Agnostic Front, AOD, Fear, GBH, Murphy’s Law, Warzone, Kraut and hundreds more. Also featured is a section dedicated to Black Flag and an “All Danzig” section, focusing on Samhain, The Misfits and Danzig. Adding to the collection were Loughridge’s friends Danny Sternaimolo, Art Ottimo, Joe Rosso and Dave Schwartzman, who contributed the flyers they collected.

“The bands and the art associated with these flyers completely shaped who I am today. From creating my own art and music, to never letting go of the punk rock ethics from those days — sometimes to a fault!” Loughridge added with a laugh. “This is from the scene for the scene.”

Raw and rough, reproduced in scratchy black-and-white on photocopiers and plastered on walls and windows, these hand-made advertisements represent the raucous world of punk hardcore in the 1980s. And now for the first time, with PunkRockPaperScissors, they're being archived as an important record of an indelible creative movement. It's in comic book stores on November 5 and bookstores November 18.

PUNKROCKPAPERSCISSORS will be in comic book stores on November 5 (SEP140595) and bookstores on November 18 (ISBN 978-1-63215-180-3). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review - IV: Armageddon #51

"Armageddon, the war of succession. A glorious battle meant to decide who will inherit; who will rule."

Humans aren't the only ons forced into wars they don't desire. Even those of different planes and sentience demand combat every now and then. IV: Armageddon #51 from Graphic Illusions Comics offers the start of such a conflict. The issue is written by Alan Cole (story by Timothy J. Reaper and Cole) and illustrated by Luis Palacios.

Preview - ODY-C #1

Fancy yourself going on an odyssey? The most famous one in history was rife with all manner of strange encounters and Image Comics looks to capitalize on those encounters in ODY-C #1. Written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Christian Ward, the November 26th release is an epic 26 centuries in the making. In the aftermath of a galactic war a hundred years long, Odyssia the Clever Champion and her compatriots begin their longest, strangest trip yet: the one home.

Check out the unlettered interiors below.

KaBOOM! Announces Adventure Time Graphic Novel

KaBOOM! Studios loves them some Adventure Time. They publish all manner of book tied to that universe and this November, they're looking to publish a brand new entry in Adventure Time Vol. 4: Bitter Sweets OGN. It's by Kate Leth and Zachary Sterling and it just so happens to be in full color. This graphic novel is an all-new, self-contained story that plays out like an episode of the animated series.

It’s that lovely time of year where Princess Bubblegum gets to leave the Candy Kingdom and venture out into the outer limits of Ooo. But when her annual quest to visit old friends takes a dark and unexpected turn, it’s up to PB and Peppermint Butler to keep the peace by using the true power of friendship. Bitter Sweets is a deliciously twisted adventure with a surprising aftertaste.

The on-sale date for Adventure Time Vol. 4: Bitter Sweets OGN is November 5th. The cover is illustrated by Stephanie Gonzaga and it retails for $12.99 under Diamond Order Code SEP141176. Full press release below.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Review - Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #1

"Son, you have highly overrated your attractiveness. Get in the truck."

Quantum and Woody need no introduction. What they do need, however, is a lot of help to function cohesively as a unit. That's made very clear by their very interesting past, one that's on display in Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #1 from Valiant Entertainment. The issue is written by Christopher Priest, illustrated by M.D. Bright, inked by Dexter Vines, colored by Allen Passalaqua and lettered by Dave Lamphear.

Quantum and Woody Must Die

Quantum and Woody have quite a reputation for causing as much damage as good they're capable of. That makes them viable targets for any number of reasons, the highest on the list being death. And in Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1, James Asmus and Steve Lieber bring the most talked-about duo of semi-professional heroes in comics to a whole new high. (Unfortunately, there are a bunch of people that would like to kill them up there.)

"All of a sudden, a half-dozen mysterious forces are operating against them that they've never seen before," said writer James Asmus in an interview today with Comic Book Resources. "It's a whole batch of things that are both picking up where we left off and also feel like something's changed off panel that both the reader and Quantum and Woody will be trying to figure out how we got there."

They came. They saw. They pissed off a whole lotta folks. And now a team of mystery vigilantes has singled out the world's worst superhero team out for complete and utter destruction. The first target: their minds! But who are all these all-new enemies? Are Quantum and Woody really hitting it off with a sexy duo of cat burglars? And, dear god, what have they done to the goat? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Sex Criminals isn't the only comic that can quote Queen, comics fans – here come Quantum and Woody! (Or so they think! [Trippy, right?!])

Quantum and Woody Must Die! #1 hits stores in January and features covers by Mike Hawthorne, Johnnie Christmas and Chip Zdarsky. Full press release below.

Aspen Comics to Publish Big Dog Ink Properties

Big Dog Ink's role as an independent comic book publisher just took a giant step forward. That's because they've partnered with Aspen Comics to acquire exclusive publishing rights for BDI's entire library of comic book properties. The deal will see BDI launch forward as a distinct imprint of Aspen Comics’ books and products, with owner/publishers Tom and Kim Hutchison continuing to be the creative force behind BDI’s unique set of original titles at Aspen.

“At Big Dog Ink we’ve always been devoted to creating high quality, unique comics for our readers," said Tom Hutchinson. "When it came time in the growth of our company to find partners that share our love of the comic genre and passion for storytelling, Aspen seemed like the obvious choice. From the beginning, everyone at Aspen has been supportive of our crazy adventure and we’re looking forward to being part of a truly top notch crew of creators and longstanding industry professionals. Fans can look forward to all of the great content they’ve come to expect from BDI, but bigger and better with Aspen in our corner.”

Founded in 2009, BDI has seen a substantial growth within the independent comic book market in collaboration with a wide variety of up-and-coming artistic talent on a multitude of original properties such as Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, Shahrazad, Penny For Your Soul, Ursa Minor, Critter, Knightingail and more. Under the terms of this new agreement between the two publishers, Aspen and BDI will be widening the access to BDI’s diverse lineup of original properties through several of Aspen’s existing channels, including at the retail and digital levels, in addition to Aspen’s online webstore outlet, Aspen’s VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez discusses:

“We are thrilled to be able to team up with Tom, Kim and Big Dog Ink to introduce their original and exciting titles to our fans, and welcome their own fans to our house as well. They have really built something special at BDI, and their passion for creating exceptional new titles is something we knew would make for a perfect fit here at Aspen Comics. Their creative vision will continue forward, and based off the early plans we have in place, I am certain BDI fans can expect more of the same high quality storytelling in addition to some exciting new ideas coming your way.”

Aspen and BDI have set a planned reprint release schedule for their existing library of books to feature new and re-mastered content, beginning with the re-release of Shahrazad in early Spring with more release dates to follow. The publishers will also be utilizing their combined regional presence and bases of operation to build a broader convention appearance slate across more potential cities and avenues of promotion in 2015 and beyond.

Full press release below.

CCP Games and Dark Horse Team Up for EVE: Valkyrie Comic

NYCC 2014 brought with it plenty of announcements surrounding all sorts of fun stuff. One of those news tidbits just so happened to be a partnership between Dark Horse and CCP Games on a brand new comic adaptation of EVE: Valkyrie. Fans of Brian Wood will also be excited to hear that he's being tapped to write it. With art by Eduardo Francisco, this tale will tell the origin story of pilot Rán and the rise of the Valkyrie.

In development at CCP’s Newcastle studio, EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer dogfighting shooter set in the EVE universe that uses virtual reality to give players the sense of being real pilots in EVE Online spaceships. It is based on the EVE-VR tech demo that won several major awards at E3 2013.

Eve: Valkyrie #1 is on sale June 3, 2015. Full press release below.