Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Amazing Spider-man 2 comes out this weekend. And it’ll be good, I’m sure. Despite this, there’s something about the new Spider-man franchise that has yet to really win me over like the old one did.

It does appeal to me that they seem to be digging into some old-school Spider-man stories and villains, what with Gwen Stacey, Curt Connors and Max Dillon and all that. And the fact that Spidey is really just a kid in these movies gives the whole thing a very classic feel. This is the Spider-man comic of the 60s to some extent (albeit modernized). He’s a little more smart-mouthed than he is sweet and his proficiency with science is a bit of a bigger deal than it was in his Sam Raimi outing on the big screen.

To me, it’s seemed like the new Spidey moves are sort of intentionally done in the style of other teen movies and something about that just hasn’t fit right with me. It feels like it’s almost kind of aimed at the same audiences that might like Twilight or Hunger Games. And as a business move, this makes sense; Spidey IS a kid (at least, this incarnation of him) so giving it that teen fantasy romance feel clicks. But it’s left me wanting a little more.

Review - Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1

"...I hope you've got him locked up tight. I hear he's worth quite a bit."

When Disney purchased LucasFilm, there was a lot of speculation as to what would happen to all the Star Wars licenses everywhere. One of those licensees was Dark Horse, who published a slew of books within that universe. Their run is about to come to an end with the property as Marvel picks it up, but they've got a few more books up their sleeve before then. Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 is one of the last Star Wars books Dark Horse will publish, but it's pretty promising. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Marco Castiello, inked by Dan Parsons and colored by Gabe Eltaeb.

Marked. Doomed. Condemned.

Action Lab Touring on Free Comic Book Day

Action Lab Entertainment is taking Free Comic Book Day seriously. This May 3rd, the publisher will be offering two Free Comic Book Day offerings in Skyward/Midnight Tiger and Zombie Tramp/Ehmm Theory. Not only that, the publisher will be sponsoring a slew of talent across the nation.

Jackie Croft, Chad Cicconi, Kevin Freeman, Aimee Hanchey, Cary Yonder, Bill McKay, Jeremy and Kelly Dale, Ray Anthony Height, Dan Mendoza, Brandon McKinney, Larkin Ford, Brandon Barrows, Jamal Igle, Eric Grissom, Marc Bertolini, Michael Hunau, James Rochells, Lea Hernandez, J.D. Arnold and James Wright will be visiting store across the nation.

Full press release and location list below.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review - Southern Bastards #1

"Three days is all I figure it'll take."

Returning to one's old stomping grounds is typically an experience that's trying more than enjoyable. For whatever reason, there's something in us that resents returning home. The south is a geographical area that's especially good at conveying that sense of dread and Image Comics' Southern Bastards #1 offers such a setting. The book is written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Jason Latour.

BOOM! Studios Love Mordecai and Rigby

Regualr Show 2014 Annual #1 Cover A

Mordecai and Rigby are two characters people seem to love. They make their living as part of Regular Show and now they're getting in on more action in Regular Show 2014 Annual one-shot. The oversized issue features a collection of action-packed stories from a talented group of indie creators, including Kevin Burkhalter, Jimmy Giegerich, Tessa Stone, Mad Rupert and Andy Kluthe. Mordecai and Rigby find themselves at odds over a haunted pair of sneakers; Pops might be lost inside a hidden labyrinth and he’s not quite sure how he got there; and Skips might finally have a problem that even he can’t solve. Do you know those appetizer sampler platters you can order in your favorite restaurant?

The comic is based on the hit Cartoon Network series created by J.G. Quintel about super lazy best buds Mordecai the bluejay and Rigby the raccoon, who routinely try to find ways to slack off from their jobs as groundskeepers at the local park. In their hilarious, off-the-wall adventures, they interact with the other characters in the show, including their boss, Benson; Skips the yeti; and Muscle Man, a fellow groundskeeper whose best friend is Hi-Five Ghost.

The on-sale date for Regular Show 2014 Annual #1 is May 21st. The main cover for the issue is illustrated by regular series artist Allison Strejlau and it retails for $4.99 under Diamond order code MAR140994. There are also two retailer incentive covers by Jen Lee and regular series writer KC Green that will be available in limited quantities. Full press release below.

White House Gets Super-Team Off the Record

What do you get when you bring together a former downtrodden housewife with anger issues, a mercenary with psychotic tendencies, a cocky British punk, an egomaniac, and a guy who runs a takeout? A super-team that the White House's Joe Cyborg wants to tap into to save the day. They make up the Almighties and the team members Ms. F, Mason, Nite Fang, Maxi-Tron and Stefanos will be featured in the seven-page free digital comic Almighties Origins.

“The Almighties were an eclectic super-team brought together by a dubious character called White Out to take on ‘threats to America’,” says the team’s co-creator/writer Sam Johnson. “However, thanks to an intervention from President Obama, it was revealed that White Out was in fact a Neo Nazi, playing the team for his own agenda. The Almighties promptly turned the tables on Whitey – bringing him down, along with his werewolf butler Chives and robot Hitler the Adolf 3000.

The book is written by Johnson and co-creator Mike Gagnon, illustrated by Eleonora Kortsarz, Pablo Zambrano & Ron Gravelle, and published by Actuality Press - the comic previews The Almighties #0 and sets up their adventures to come - and you can get it at now. Full press release below.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Review - Rai #1

"But...this mean I was going to achieve one of my life goals: See Rai in person."

The power of a legend is that it affords people all manner of emotion. For some, that emotion is hope, while for others, things like fear come up. Few legends offer a mixture of both based on their skillset and Valiant Comics has one of those in Rai #1. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Clayton Crain and lettered by Dave Lanpherr.

Max Brooks Announces Extinction Parade: War

You may not have noticed, but there's an war between zombies and vampires that doesn't show any signs of abating. In the middle of this fictional war, we need fictional writers who can chronicle the events in a way that they deem worthy of reporting the action. Max Brooks is something of the man we need and the next chapter in his Zombies vs. Vampires comic book hits stores in July. Extinction Parade: War comes courtesy of Avatar Press and gives readers more insight into the war that never seems to end.

Brooks explains the philosophy behind exposing the weaknesses of the vampire race in Extinction Parade: War, “Every individual human being knows life is hard. Sooner or later adversity’s gonna come knocking. But if you’re a vampire you’ve had a thousand years of comfortable joy. You’re not ready! You don’t have those survival skills.”

It's the breaking point for vampires as the privileged aristocratic race of immortals is finally forced to face a critical realization – that the human race won’t solve the zombie plague without their aid. And when these powerful undead creatures are finally mobilized the violent clash of Vampires and Zombies is summed up best in the new chapter’s subtitle: War. Extinction Parade: War #1 is a super-sized July shipping comic book that continues the story of Extinction Parade following issue #5.

War #1 includes the previously solicited single issue comics content of Extinction Parade #6 & #7 which have been cancelled. Fans who want to step into the world of Extinction Parade can do so with the first chapter of the story in the Extinction Parade TPB also shipping in July and available for pre-order now. Extinction Parade is a softcover graphic novel with color interiors, 6.5″ x 9.5″, 160 pages and retails for $19.99.

Full press release below.

Armor Hunters #1 Starts Valiant's Crossover in June

Valiant knows something about June 11 that the rest of us don't: that Earth will be the greatest hunt of all. Now, that sounds very exciting and could make for a good time, but in reality, it likely means that things will get rather harrowing for the citizens of the planet. And Valiant's Armor Hunters #1 starts that saga, featuring the talents of Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite.

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

Armor Hunters #1 starts the madness. Then, Valiant's most formidable heroes launch the resistance against the alien incursion with new, standalone arcs beginning in Unity #8 and X-O Manowar #26 in June and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 and Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 in July, each featuring one of five wraparound Chromium shelf covers by some of the biggest talents in comics today. And don't forget the Armor Hunters FCBD 2014 Special on Msy 3 (which also happens to be Free Comic Book Day).

Full press release below.

Friday, April 25, 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.)

Year 5. Week 36.

I haven't been this physically exhausted in a long time. I usually felt like this when I was on the road; forced to keep on moving and keep one eye open at all times for danger. Even though I'm secure behind walls and with mountains up around us, it's still been an exhausting week with the amount of work we've done to get this place expanded to handle the influx of new people. It’s been non-stop around here allowing me maybe 15 hours of sleep the past four days.

Thankfully there haven't been too many zombie attacks or breaches at the wall and that's allowed us to get so much done. We’ve just about created a whole new neighborhood using those shipping containers as houses, with running electricity and water for them all. This right now is the closest to living like before a lot of us have seen or had perhaps since the world fell apart. I said it before and I'll say it again: nothing compares to having a place to shower and a toilet to use that actually flushes. I just can't get over how good life is at this exact moment and with death being around every possible corner you gotta enjoy it when you can.

Review - Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time #1

"Time. We all think about it. But what is it, really?"

Kids have tough daily routines. That includes hanging out with friends, being imaginative and fighting to save time itself. The last bit isn't quite the most typical thing for a kid, but it is for Tyler in Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written and illustrated by Mike Kunkel.

Drawing a Bow: Arrow Deserves Respect

Spoilers ahead.

In comics, life and death are almost as predictable as the books having panels and dialogue bubbles. Major characters are killed for whatever reason (typically to increase readership) and are often brought back with little regard for the consequences of either action. Superman, Batman and Captain America are just a few of the major characters who have met their end in the comics, only to return later on. In some ways, this makes sense. When Superman died, there was the subsequent “Funeral for a Friend" and "Reign of the Supermen” storylines that brought new Supermen to fill the void and the original himself. Bruce Wayne as Batman was replaced as Dick Grayson as Batman, until Bruce Wayne came back (same goes for Captain America with Bucky Barnes).

Archaia Invites Trespassers with The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast #1

All those "No Trespassing" signs you see around really mean something. As in, don't go past the sign if you know what's good for you. There's still that curiosity itch that needs to be scratched and The Last Broadcast will attempt to sate that, courtesy of BOOM! Studios. Co-creators André Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark take readers deep into the renegade world of urbEx (urban exploration) with the cunning, daredevil members of Backbone to create an intricate, decades-old conspiracy involving vaudeville magicians and occult spiritualists in San Francisco, presented in Iumazark’s fresh, Brazilian/Japanese-fusion indie art style.

“Archaia returned to single issues with HACKTIVIST earlier this year, and THE LAST BROADCAST continues this new wave of beautiful comics that push the boundaries,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “André Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark have created a rich, underground world that goes unseen by everyone who stops at the ‘No Trespassing’ sign. Throw in occult conspiracies and a vaudeville magician’s secret bunker, and you have one of the most unique series to hit the stands this year.”

An urban exploration group in San Francisco discovers a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible at the same time as young, out-of-work magician Ivan receives a mysterious package that points him toward a possible conspiracy involving Blackhall’s death in 1934. Both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing that it’s about the change their lives forever. Fans of Thief of Thieves and the film Now You See Me will find a lot that entices them, and the urbEx members of Backbone will win you over as the ragtag, Ocean’s Eleven-style crew of the sewers and abandoned warehouses.

Archaia’s The Last Broadcast #1 arrives in comic shops on May 21st with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140976. Full press release below.

Oddly Normal Debuts as New Series

Otis Frampton is a cartoonist, but that's not enough. He's hearing the siren's call of comics, prompting him to team up with Image Comics to announce a new, all-ages ongoing fantasy series called Oddly Normal. The fantasy adventure in the tradition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland coming to Image Comics in the fall.

“I'm absolutely thrilled that Oddly Normal will be published by Image Comics,” said Frampton. “It's a twenty-year dream-come-true to have a creator-owned book at the company that made me want to make comics professionally. When I sent out submissions for this book, Image was my ‘never gonna happen, but I gotta take the shot’ company. I couldn't be happier with how that long-shot pitch turned out!”

Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair—a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother who hails from a magical land called Fignation and a father native to the mortal realm doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school, to say the least! On her birthday, she blows out her cake’s candles and makes an impulsive and disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel into the magical world of Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in Oddly Normal.

Frampton will attend C2E2 this weekend and will be at Artist Alley table G15, Friday-Sunday, all day. Full press release below.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Aspen Tour Continues at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Aspen Comics’ 2014 con tour season continues at this weekend’s Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo from April 24-27th. The publisher will be at booth #904 and will feature creators Siya Oum, Peter Steigerwald, Frank Mastromauro and Paolo Pantalena, as well as a host of con-exclusive items.

Lola XOXO debuted on April 9th and Aspen will be offering a special Lola XOXO #1 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 exclusive cover by series creator and illustrator Oum, limited to 500 copies. Fans are encouraged to get their copies signed by Oum in person, as she will be appearing exclusively at the Aspen Booth #904 throughout the weekend. Aspen will also be releasing a new series of their industry-leading art prints featuring new and popular cover images from Lola XOXO and Fathom: Kiani by Oum and Pantalena. Limited quantities of all con exclusives will also be available starting this weekend.

Full press release below.

Review - 24: Underground #1

Jack Bauer is one television's most enduring and recognizable heroes. He was the man who stopped at nothing to protect his country and the freedoms that came along, even if it meant committing acts of treason, torture and murder. He's probably the epitome of the anti-hero and the character gets a renewed lease on life with the show revamp this May. On the comic side of things, IDW is publishing a lead-up to that miniseries in 24: Underground #1. The issue is written by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Michael Gaydos, colored by Josh Burcham and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Dark Horse Digital Celebrates Three Years

Digital comics have come a long way in the past few years, showing that they're a force to be reckoned with and can deliver many of the same satisfaction as a print comic. Dark Horse was one of the publishers on the forefront of that trend and they're celebrating their third anniversary offering digital comics with a special promotion. First, Dark Horse will be giving three lucky winners an iPad mini loaded with Dark Horse comics.

To enter to win, all you need to do is download a comic to your collection and with over fifty free comics to choose from, there is no purchase necessary to win. Beginning Friday, April 25, Dark Horse will be giving away one iPad per day over the course of the weekend. The winners will be given the digital collection of their choosing. Also, beginning Friday morning, Dark Horse Digital is offering 50 percent off all purchases made through the web store. It doesn’t stop there: confirmed Dark Horse Digital newsletter subscribers will receive an exclusive coupon for an additional 10 percent off. This newsletter coupon stacks with the web store discount, offering an even greater savings on your entire transaction.

The third-anniversary sale starts this Friday (April 25) and ends Sunday (April 27) at midnight PST—so head over to and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your savings. Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible accolades from the continuously growing worldwide digital-comics fan base. Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers, features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps and provides a first-class digital comics reading experience.

Full press release below.

Suicide Risk Gets Special Issue from Filipe Andrade

Suicide Risk #14

BOOM! Studios is big on tapping into all manner of talent, from Ed Brisson to Jim Rugg for instance. They've even had great luck with artists such as Joëlle Jones and Jorge Coehlo for Suicide Risk. This June, that property gets a little more infusion of roaming talent as Filipe Andrade joins their ranks. He'll be teaming up with writer Mike Carey on a special stand-alone issue of Suicide Risk. In issue #14, the tension is building, and with Leo Winters’ true past revealed, it’s time to explore the origins of two of his closest, most fearsome allies: sisters Diva and Aisa!

“Filipe is one of those artists who has broken the mold, creating a unique, super-stylized look that explodes off the page,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’re thrilled to have him draw a stand-alone story in SUICIDE RISK and help us broaden the mythology of Mike’s epic tale.”

Suicide Risk is an ongoing series about a world in which humanity is being overrun by a rise in the number of supervillains, and beat cops like Leo Winters are powerless to stop them. The only way he can get out from becoming a “suicide risk” is to change the rules of the game. Suicide Risk #14 goes on sale in comic shops on June 4th under Diamond Order Code APR140978 with a cover by Stephanie Hans for a price of $3.99.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review - Conan the Avenger #1

"I'm not unarmed. You brought me a sword."

Conan the Barbarian is a legendary warrior with a penchant for fighting his way out of tough situations. Those situations are usually rife with weapons, blood and violence. Every now and again, strange aspects of magic are thrown in for good measure, as they are in Conan the Avenger #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Brian Ching, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Richard Starkings.

Dynamite Invites You to Ash's Wedding

This July will be a big month for everyone's favorite undead killer Ash. Not only will he have to contend with even more undead, but he'll also have to contend with marriage. That's right: Ash is getting hitched, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment. In Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1, Steve Niles and Nacho Tenorio join up with a slew of guest cover artists for a pretty monumental event where Ash and Sheila are reunited and Ash vows they will never be separated again. Can evil stop evil? This will be the question Ash has to answer, now that he has unleashed the Faceless Man on the land. Those artists include Jae Lee, Lucio Parrillo, Francesco Francavilla, Nick Bradshaw, Arthur Suydam and Stephanie Buscema.

"I think fans of the films will really enjoy what we're doing in Ash & the Army of Darkness," says Niles. "It was a dream come true for me to create the sequel we never got and I hope fans enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now we head into the next chapter, the marriage of Ash and Sheila. This is pretty huge for the AoD universe because it means Ash is going to stay in the Dark Ages and be a father and husband. It's going to be a very strange and fun trip."

"Ash has always been a very important character at Dynamite, given Army of Darkness was our first book launched back in July of 2004," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "We've had a great relationship with MGM over the last 10 years and are grateful for their support and our ability to continue with such an iconic character and a great license. As we continue to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in July, it was very important to us that Steve Niles, someone who is an incredible talent, would be the writer of this milestone story continuing his stellar work from Ash and the Army of Darkness, and be the person to write such a defining moment in the life of Ash!"

Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog and is slated for release on July 9, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 with their local comic book retailers. Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Cap'N Dinosaur Endears Fans

Kek-W and Shaky Kane might not have the most conventional sounding names out there, but when you combine them together you get something special. It's not Shaky Kek-W Kane, so get that idea out of your head. No, the duo together will create a one-shot called Cap'N Dinosaur, published by Image Comics and an homage to the classics.

"Shaky and I are trying to channel a free-wheeling old school spirit—harness the strangeness that used to infect comics back in the late 50s and early 60s,” elaborated Kek-W. “We want to inject some fun back into things. Reality is overrated!"

Cap'N Dinosaur pulls inspiration from mail-order-advertisements found in comic series of the 1950s and 1960s. When a mysterious drowned man falls out of the clear blue sky, The Cap’n and Honey Moon follow a trail which leads them to a deserted amusement park, but what they find will take readers’ breath away.

“Half the fun of old comic books were the mail order adverts,” said Kane. “So I figured that if the mail order adverts were to somehow feature in the story itself, well then you'd get the full fun!”

Cap'N Dinosaur arrives in stores on 7/16 and will be available for $3.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140606. Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PAX East 2014 - Evolve

PAX East 2014 showcased a lot of stuff, including Turtle Rock Studio’s new game Evolve. Evolve is a 4v1 co-op team game where four hunters (each a different character type) hunt down the one monster. This is a game for fans of Left 4 Dead, as Evolve fits right into that feel of having to work as a team to accomplish the goal. In Evolve if you wander too far from the group you'll get picked off and killed. Each different player has a certain skill set that compliments the others and working together is the only way to bring down the monster.

In the spirit of four players working together, each player gets to choose from four different classes to play; the Trapper, Support, Assault and Medic. Using one of these four classes, the players get into the match and begin the hunt immediately to find the monster before it grows too big and powerful, which makes taking it down next to impossible. When playing the monster at the beginning of the match you want to avoid the other players as much as you can. The monster needs to eat the local wildlife to gain strength and level up. I had a chance to fight the monster at two different stages and fighting stage three was a real David vs. goliath battle, making each teammate crucial in winning the fight.

Review - Danger Girl: Mayday #1

"Shall we begin?"

Danger Girl is rife with exactly what her name implies: danger. She's been on many adventures in her time, but few of them have put her in a tough spot in Danger Girl: Mayday #1 from IDW Entertainment. The issue is written by Andy Hartnell, illustrated by John Royle, inked by Jose Marzan, Jr., colored by Romulo Fajardo and lettered by Neil Uyetake.

July Sees Blue Rose Bloom

Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay are keen on a blue rose. In fact, the duo are so keen that they're planning to reintroducing the Image Comics character in Supreme: Blue Rose, coming this July from Image Comics. The book has something of a teasing poem as well:

You are not dreaming.
We are trying to communicate with you.
Local reality has been reinstalled.
Things have gone wrong.
The revision has corrupted.
Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority.
We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time.
Do not trust Darius Dax.
We are all going to die.

"One day I woke up with an idea, that came out of nowhere, for how to extend this most strange and storied of 'analogue' properties into a new space. A new floor on top of Alan Moore and Rob Liefeld's house,” said Ellis. “And, since I had some time on my hands that year, I emailed Image, and we got my friend Tula Lotay involved—and her work will be a revelation to people."

Supreme: Blue Rose #1 arrives in stores on 7/23 and will be available for $2.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140571. Full press release below.

Lady Zorro #1 Debuts in July

Lady Zorro is more than just a female version of Zorro. She's a pretty sophisticated fighter who can hold her own against just about anyone she matches up against. Matt Wagner introduced the character in Zorro Rides Again and now the new series is written by Alex De Campi and illustrated by Rey Villegas (with a special cover by Joseph Michael Linsner). Other cover incentives include a Steampunk cover by Sergio Fernandez Davila and a special retailer shared exclusive variant cover by Joseph Cooper.

"I'm thrilled to be able to take on Lady Zorro," says De Campi. "She's such a clean slate, having only appeared in three issues of the main Zorro book, and as a kid who grew up devouring swashbuckling adventure stories, being able to have my own lady heroine with a sword is like a dream come true. For those that don't know much about her, she's a Spanish gal whose family was killed by soldiers and, burning with vengeance, she decides she will become... a fox (Zorro means "fox" in Spanish). Unlike the noble, never-kills-if-he-can-help-it Zorro, Lady Zorro is a bit more bloodthirsty. We're joining her in exile up the coast of California, where she is cultivating roses... and forgiveness."

In the new series, Lady Zorro is called back to Alta California to recover a sacred Indian war axe, stolen by mercenary soldiers. Only she can stop an all-out war across the ranchos, and more deaths like the one that consumed her family…if she can stay on the mission. When an opportunity for ultimate vengeance presents itself, can she ignore it? Will the raging fire that drives Lady Zorro consume her... and all of Alta California with it? What follows is a violent, sexy tale of intrigue and swashbuckling as the female Fox must use all her wits and skills to get herself out of trouble.

De Campi expands upon the premise, "A wicked Spanish countess is buying up the local ranchos and has hired German mercenaries to wipe out indigenous peoples so she can have a vast cattle ranch. The evil countess has even tried to get her hands on Zorro's estates, so he must go back to Spain to try to stop her. But before he leaves, he recruits Lady Zorro to pick up her sword and mask once more, and steal back the important Indian artifact that would hopefully avert war between the Spanish settlers and the Indians."

Lady Zorro #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog and slated for release on July 16, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Lady Zorro #1 with their local comic book retailers. Lady Zorro #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dark Horse Announces Andrew Vachss' Underground

Andrew Vachss is unapologetic about many things, one of which is set to leave readers with something to think about. Now, he's partnering with Dark Horse Comics in Underground, which is a work of speculative fiction connected to current events. It's based on a script by Vachss and is adapted by Chet Williamson and Mike Richardson, with art by Dominic Reardon. This original graphic novel will challenge readers to reexamine the way the media governs their own lives, in print, on air and online, with a chilling account of willingly-accepted oppression and individual autonomy for the comfort of fascism.

When all sources of “news” are so clearly biased that none can be considered even remotely trustworthy or reliable, there is no news . . . and “The Terror” descends. For decades, The Rulers have been using prisoner and slave labor to construct Underground, confident that all those who flee there will willingly trade their freedom for security. Now, “truth” is what the Rulers say it is, and The Rulers rule all aspects of the human existence. But even within this antiseptically evil world, a revolutionary movement is brewing. A new breed of journalists— “The Book Boys”—risk everything to graffiti the truth on Underground’s pristine walls. The intolerable act of creating a reliable source of truth––“If it’s written in blue, it must be true.”––is against The Rules ––a huge bounty has been offered for identification or capture of any of this crew.

The book hits comic shops everywhere on October 29 in a beautiful hardcover edition of Underground priced at $29.99. Full press release below.

Review - Helsing #1

"I call it what it is. Invention."

Van Helsing is a legendary man with no qualms about fighting any manner of undead or evil creature. It's a little known fact though that he has a daughter named Liesl, who keeps up her father's pursuits. That, of course, is when she's not trying to fill her calendar with enough social activities. Zenescope's Helsing #1 offers just that. The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Tony Brescini and Andres Esparza, colored by Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Wicked Studios Launches Dead for Hire on Kickstarter

Wicked Studios LLC, is an independent comic publishing company based in Lakewood, Colorado. They've just announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign for their newest venture, Dead for Hire today. The work is by William Dvorak and tells the story of Ike Taylor, a onetime prize fighter, U.S. Marine and LA cop, now turned private investigator. He finds his murder in a Chinatown warehouse while investigating another murder. Normally that would be the end of the story, but Ike’s ghost haunts the warehouse for over sixty years until it’s demolished and his ghost is set free to roam modern day Los Angeles.

With his newfound freedom, Ike begins wandering modern L.A. trying to figure out what and why he was still trapped in the land of the living. Was he still here so he could solve his own murder? Or was he here to try and make amends with his onetime love, Maggie Cruz, and let her know how much she meant to him, or was he just here to pay back the bad Karma that he racked up while he was alive? Now a ghost on a mission, Ike finds his ex, who’s still alive and kicking, but at a hospital after a stroke, along with his granddaughter and her abusive boyfriend. Going to the hospital to visit his old flame, Ike runs into another ghost named Hanley Styles, a ghost that has been around for a long time and shows Ike how to use the bodies of brain dead patients to interact with the physical world, a notion that Ike at first finds repulsive, but soon warms to after he realizes he can’t help his granddaughter with her abusive boyfriend as a ghost.

Dead for Hire mixes many genres and themes from the supernatural and noir thrillers, to comedy and romance, all while looking at what it is that we feel is most important in life and what it means to live a life without regrets. Planned as an ongoing series, the team is offering a special limited edition cover for the first issue only on Kickstarter before they release the series to the larger public through other channels.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Teams With Ubisoft for Splinter Cell Echoes

When it comes to stories of espionage and high-stakes spying, very few in the industry handle it as well as Nathan Edmondson. He's played a big part in Black Widow and The Punisher, both of which are properties that rely heavily on such topics. Now, Dynamite is tapping him for a new partnership with Ubisoft to pen Splinter Cell Echoes, a new comic book series based on the franchise of the same name. He'll be paired with artist Marc Laming.

"With Ubisoft, Marc Laming and I had the unique opportunity to take on one of the most successful and recognizable franchises in video games," says writer Nathan Edmonson. "I'm telling a full and original story that stands on its own as an action-espionage tale that we're both proud of, bringing a narrative element to the thrill of the game in a way that only a comic can do."

Splinter Cell Echoes takes place between the events of Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist. The comic book series bridges the gap between the two games with a realistic, original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist. Sam Fisher, once a Splinter Cell--a clandestine elite operative operating in the shadows of the NSA--is now retired. His enemies, however, are not. Haunted by dreams and memories of his past, he struggles to put his life back together. But when a mysterious terrorist organization called KROWE begins pursuing targets around the globe, Sam's expertise is needed to uncover their endgame and stop them before the deadly plot unfolds.

"I've had a great time working with Dynamite on Kings Watch & Flash Gordon so it's really good news that the publisher is going to be the home for Splinter Cell Echoes. It's a rattling good spy-fi yarn full of the sort of story elements that Nathan does best. It's a tale that gives good fan service while equally accessible to folk who don't know the Splinter Cell world - this is a kick ass, globe-trotting secret operative without restraints," said Marc Laming.

Splinter Cell Echoes was previously only available in a limited print run as part of the Splinter Cell Blacklist Collector's Edition. Dynamite will release the project as a four issue mini-series shipping July to October, with a collection to be published shortly thereafter. The project will feature new covers by Laming and include bonus behind-the-scenes material in each issue from Ubisoft. Splinter Cell Echoes #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog for release on July 2nd, 2014.

"We are very pleased to be working with Ubisoft on this project, and know that it is just the start of a great relationship between the companies," said CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "This book looks and reads fantastic, and we really thought it deserved getting out to a broad audience via Dynamite. When you read the series, you'll see why Ubisoft entrusted Nathan and Marc to be able to tell a story in continuity with the games, definitely a high honor. Nathan Edmonson took a video game, and made it one of the best comics today. It doesn't shock me at all that Marvel entrusted him with such important properties with The Punisher and Black Widow. And with those books, he's knocking them out of the park! Combined with the art of the incredibly talented Marc Laming, it's just a perfect fit all around."

Full press release below.

Friday, April 18, 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.)

Year 5. Week 35.

We’ve made it. Finally, after the long trek we've all made it back to the northern California camp. They have their base up in the mountains near the Modoc National Wildlife Preserve, giving us plenty of fresh water and game to hunt. All in all, it's a pretty nice setup and the fact that they decided to take all these new folks in just makes it that much sweeter and safer. Now it comes down to sheltering and branching out the existing fortifications for all these new people.

The government forces we had along the route have continued on back towards Washington State to their base to rearm and reload it all. They plan on swinging back down this way to help resupply us as well as bring in material to create new walls and get more housing built. With all the prisoners we saved from the zombies in Carson City and all of us who were at the camp in Reno, space is a bit tight now. Expansion is the only option so we won’t be at each other’s throats after a few weeks like this. If we fall to a state like that we won't need the zombies to kill us as we'll do it for them.

Review - Forbidden Love

"I must take what little time I have to tell you..."

Love is a special thing. Forbidden love is a trifling thing for some. And murder is a dangerous thing. All that and more took place in the wild west, which makes Forbidden Love something of art imitating life. The short is written by Jesse Young, illustrated by Artyom Trakhanov and lettered by Thomas Mauer.

PAX East 2014 - Habitat

Next-gen consoles haven't forgotten about the indies. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are actively looking to make sure indies feel welcome on the new powerhouses. Microsoft is starting their ID@Xbox initiative, which courts indies and has an initial list of 25 games. One of those games is Habitat from 4gency and it tackles a somewhat forgotten aspect of interstellar space travel: junk. The publisher was on hand at PAX East 2014 with Habitat playable for Xbox One and we spent some time with Charles Cox, CEO and Founder of 4gency, who ultimately wants to ensure that gamers feel empowered.

Chastity Gets Her Own Series

Dynamite's made it very clear that they'll be relaunching Chaos! this June, with Tim Seeley. That's not that only thing they're relaunching though, as Chastity will be given new life courtesy of Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta. Chastity #1 will be released by Dynamite this July, featuring covers by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tim Seeley, as well as a shared retailer cover by José Luis.

"Chastity has been a blast to write and update for the post-Twilight, romantic, warm fuzzy view of bloodsuckers," says Andreyko, "As Chas and the readers will soon discover: be careful what you wish for. Her adventures will uncover the true faces of supernatural evil as she tries to find a world, any world, in which she belongs."

In Chastity #1, in the 1980's, after a career-ending injury shatters her (and, really, her mother's) Olympic dreams, 17-year-old Chastity Marks finds an escape in a popular series of vampire novels... but little does she know that the novels conceal a secret underworld of blood, agony, and death- a world that she will be dragged into kicking and screaming.

"Marc has taken the current conventions of vampires and vampire fiction and spun them into a new backstory for Chastity in a way that is a perfect and seamless blend of the old and new." - Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor

"We have been very deliberate when putting together the creative teams for the Chaos! books, as we build this beloved universe," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "With so many acclaimed books under Marc Andreyko's belt such as Batwoman and Manhunter, he is the perfect choice to spearhead Chastity's ongoing series!"

Chastity #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog and slated for release on July 9, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Chastity #1 with their local comic book retailers. Chastity #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Zenescope Announces Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2014 Plans

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is slated to take place at the BMO Center April 24-27th and rest assured, Zenescope will be there. The company will be exhibiting at booth #913, and will have on hand its newest trade paperback releases, high-end art prints, hardcover collections, and exclusive comics.

The publisher will be offering two exclusives: Wonderland: Clash of Queens #2 by Jamie Tyndall (limited to 500) and Ascension #3 by Dawn McTeigue (limited to 350). All fans that purchase the issue Ascension #3 Cover D by McTeigue will also have a chance to win a limited edition art print of the exclusive. Head to booth #913 for details.

Full press release below.

Top Cow Universe Explodes with Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force

If there's anything that makes a crossover event, it's a double-sized crossover event. Starting July 2, Top Cow is offering just that in Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force #1, written by Matt Hawkins and with art by Stjepan Šejić. Two teams, seven centuries apart, united by one woman’s diabolical plan. The Chairwoman from CYBER FORCE and APHRODITE IX had a plan to recreate the world in her children’s image. Things didn’t go as planned. Featuring the present day team of Cyber Force and the 28th century Aphrodite IX, this story lays the origins of the new comic series IXTH GENERATION, launching in 2015.

"When Marc Silvestri and I sat down to talk Cyber Force two years ago we were building up to this eventual connection between Aphrodite IX and Cyber Force," said Hawkins. "This book is a self-contained oversized one shot that will explain who all these characters are and their importance to each other and to the Artifacts side of the universe as well. We're not looking to overburden it with continuity, just show tangentially how they relate."

Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force #1 arrives in stores on 7/2. It will be 48 pages and available for $5.99. Cover A can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140582 and Cover B can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140583. A variant cover featuring art by Marc Silvestri can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140584.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review - Heads #1

"Well that got a little bit intense."

Ever find yourself in a new city with people giving you odd looks and a bag full of something that needs delivering? Fortunately for you, you're probably not symbolized by a simple color, like Yellow in Heads #1. The book is written and illustrated by Nicholas Gilligan Williams.

BOOM! Studios Doubles Down on Calgary and Chicago

Adventure Time #27 Calgary Expo Exclusive

BOOM! Studios believes in diversifying their bonds. That means partnering with publishers like Archaia, creating KaBOOM! Studios as another publishing branch and hitting two shows in two countries on the same weekend. The publisher will exhibit both at Calgary Expo in Alberta, Canada, from April 24-27, and Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 25-27. In Canada, you can find them at booth 119, while in Chicago they'll set up shop at book 616.

Canadians (and other international visitors will find Ed Brisson, Megan Hutchison, Mike Kunkel, Brooke Allen, Ian McGinty, Kate Leth, Wook-Jin Clark and Zack Sterling. Convention exclusives will include Lumberjanes #1 by Hutchison and Adventure Time #27 by Tait Howard. C2E2 attendees will find Caleb Monroe, Jeff Dyer, Michael Alan Nelson, Paul Jenkins, James Tynion IV, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Marc Evan Jackson, Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert and Coleman Engle. Exclusive variants will include The Woods #1 by Jenkins, Translucid #1 by Khary Randolph and Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1 by Mad Rupert.

Full press release and signing schedule below.

Image Comics Will Spread

It's not really a surprise, but Image Comics is spreading throughout the world. The publisher consistently churns out hit after hit and their popularity is at an all-time high. That doesn't stop them from releasing a series focused on that spread in the appropriately titled Spread, written by Justin Jordan and illustrated by Kyle Strahm. Not only that, but there's some social media action going on as well. Post the cover image of Spread #1 with the caption “it’s spreading…” and tag @kstrahm and @Justin_Jordan on Twitter and/or Facebook with the hashtag #itsspreading for a chance to cameo as an extra character in the book, plus other Spread swag. Winners will be revealed on the day of release, July 9.

Ten years ago, humanity dug too deep and unleashed something ancient that couldn’t be controlled. Something that couldn’t be stopped, twisting everything it touched into more of itself. The Spread. Humanity was nearly destroyed before finding a way to slow the Spread to a crawl. Now, deep inside the quarantined zone, one man has found what might be the key to stopping it forever: a baby girl. And if he can save her, he might save the world.

“It’s Lone Wolf and Cub in a world where John Carpenter’s The Thing ate North America,” said Jordan. “Sean Shields, mostly called ‘No’ in the book—because he’s taciturn enough that it’s most of his dialogue—is one of the survivors. No is ‘Spread-immune,’ unable to be converted by the Spread biomass, and this means he can get closer to the Spread to scavenge useful bits of what used to be civilization—but not without danger. "

The Spread itself is comprised of more than just its threat for virulence the creatures that lurk and thrive within it are equally nefarious. "I've designed piles of crazy organisms that form the Spread ecosystem. [Colorist] Felipe Sobreiro and I have crafted a look for these things that we're very proud of,” said Strahm. “From tiny scavengers to massive predators, every creature has a spot on the food chain and looks pretty cool occupying that spot. The organisms least equipped to survive in the Spread are human beings. Gross things happen when they get too close."

Spread #1 arrives in stores on 7/9 and is available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAY140579. Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PAX East 2014 - Defense Grid 2

In any industry, the indies typically have the toughest uphill battle. The obvious reason is lack of resources to throw at unexpected problems, but there are many other things that indies have to contend with to bring their precious baby to the masses. Hidden Path Entertainment delighted fans in 2009 with Defense Grid, a tower defense grid that gave the player the chance to repel advancing alien forces. After a few years (and tribulations), the publisher is back with an even more ambitious sequel, which was on display at PAX East 2014. They're developing the game for Steam, Xbox One and PS4 and were on hand at PAX East, where founder and CEO Jeff Probst sat down with Omnicomic.

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

The Marvel and the DC universes don’t want for big bads; there's plenty to choose from. And some are really interesting too, with very human motivations: you know, Magneto is a bit of a mixed bag as a savior to some and monster to others. Loki has done some awful stuff but somewhere deep down in there, maybe there’s just a good little kid that wants to be loved. Sinestro seems to think, in his own deluded way, that he’s the hero who’s going to restore order to the universe.

But let’s talk about BAD guys. You know, those villains who have no redeemable qualities whatsoever. The guys who are just monsters and have no goal other than the total annhiliation and/or subjugation of our heroes, the planet, etc.

Review - Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits #1

"Pretty day for the dead to come a-visiting."

Death has a funny way of not recognizing the permanence of the situation it finds itself in. Sometimes, the dead return for a myriad of different reasons, some of which involve the eating of chocolate infused with chile peppers. Greentea Publishing has a book in Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits #1 that's a little bit of all of the above. The issue is written by Vera Greentea, illustrated by Laura Müller and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic.

Bee and Puppycat #1 Find Publishing Home with KaBOOM! Studios

Bee and PuppyCat #1 Cover A

Natasha Allegri is pretty popular these days. She's a big part of Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake and has a web series going on called Bee and Puppycat #1, which broke the record for most funded web series on Kickstarter. Now, that series makes its way to comics, courtesy of KaBOOM! Studios in a comic by the same name. The first issue hits stores in May and pairs Allegri with Garrett Jackson on writing and featuring covers by Allegri, Zac Gorman, Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt.

“When Natasha and Frederator Studios put up the first ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ animated short last summer, we were instantly smitten, just like thousands of other fans,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Any opportunity to work with Natasha is a joy; ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ is a delightful (and hilarious!) series that readers of all ages can enjoy. And judging by the enormous fan response to the animated episodes, it’s sure to bring new readers to comics, which is one of our ongoing missions.”

It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray...whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.

Bee and Puppycat #1 arrives in comic shops on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities. Full press release below.

PAX East 2014: The Evil Within

The Evil Within. Not sure what I can say about this game. Does it scare the crap out of you? Yes it does. Can it create an atmosphere of terror where you are worried what sort of horror is around the next turn? Sure as hell can. Will you fear turning off the lights at night after playing just a taste of it? More than likely. The Evil Within is bringing the survival horror genre back with a fury and from what was shown this past weekend at PAX East, it's coming whether you are prepared or not.

I had the chance to check out some new gameplay footage of The Evil Within that showcased off just a tidbit of what will be in store for the folks brave enough to venture down the rabbit hole that is The Evil Within. The entire time watching the demo I didn't feel like I was watching a game, but being immersed in a world where death can come from any direction and if you don’t stay on your toes it will come quite often. From stunning visuals to some fast paced action, The Evil Within is sure to change the minds and ways players approach survival horror not since the likes of the first few Resident Evil and Silent Hill games with some Last of Us thrown in for good measure.

Dark Engine Pits Savagery Against Destiny

What do you get when you team up Ryan Burton with John Bivens? How about an all-new, ongoing series from Image Comics called Dark Engine. It's a book that apparently seems to focus on the evil inside us all. With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

“Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it's showing the stygian machinations of Sym's creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it's all there."

Dark Engine #1 arrives in stores on 7/16 and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574. Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PAX East 2014 - Out There

Survival horror is a genre of game that always seems to have a following, even if the pickings are relatively slim when compared to other genres. Resident Evil is probably the standard-bearer for the genre in terms of popularity, but there are tons of other games that don't necessarily rely on zombie pandemics to scare the gamer. Games like Silent Hill, Fatal Frame and even give the reader something to shy away from. Another game that could be considered survival horror with a bit of strategy mixed in is Out There from Mi Clos Studio. We went hands on with the game alongside Michaël Peiffert (one of the developers) to gain more insight into what to expect, even if you know that space is cold, desolate and hostile.

"Space is the most hostile place for mankind, so every tiny detail you forget can be fatal," said Peiffert. "We built the game around this idea. Knowing this, we wanted to make the game very brutal, where the pacing is very slow and you're always on your toes. It's very tense."

Review - Translucid #1

"There have been accusations he's fallen short while I've been away. This city cannot function with a lost hero."

Heroes and villains offer timeless struggles, both physically and mentally. How does a hero cope with the potential death of his nemesis? BOOM! Studios offers such a tale in Translucid #1. The issue is written by Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss.

Aspen Comics Presents Wonder Con 2014 Schedule

Lola XOXO #! is something of a big hit for Aspen Comics. And the publisher is taking that momentum into Wonder Con, preparing for creator appearances, signings and more events scheduled for the weekend. Creators on hand will include Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Siya Oum, J.T. Krul, Nei Ruffino, David Wohl, Ale Garza and Oliver Nome, all at booth #601.

The publisher will also be offering two new comic exclusive releases at their booth this weekend, Lola XOXO #1 (limited to 500 copies) and Fathom: Kiani #1 (limited to 200 copies), both of which feature WonderCon 2014 exclusive covers by Siya Oum. Fans can get their copies signed by Oum at the Aspen Comics Booth #601. Aspen will also be offering a new set of their industry-leading art prints featuring popular, recent cover art by Michael Turner, Oum and Eric “Ebas” Basaldua. Each print is hand-numbered and highly limited. Fans that visit the Aspen Comics Booth #601 throughout the weekend will also be treated to the publisher’s largest-ever free giveaway, featuring over 25,000 free comics over the course of the con weekend.

On Saturday, Aspen creators will be appearing in the Official Aspen Comics Panel 2014 in Room 208 at 2:30 PM to reveal looks at their upcoming new titles including Lola XOXO, Jirni Volume 2, Damsels in Excess, The Zoo Hunters and more. All fans in attendance will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics, following a special one-on-one Q&A with fans. Also, on Saturday from 4-5 PM, the publisher will be hosting a special “Free Sketch Hour” for fans featuring popular Aspen cover artists Ale Garza and Oliver Nome. Aspen encourages fans to arrive early, as this event will be first come-first serve only.

Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez will be holding the Aspen Comics Portfolio Reviews in Room 206B from 1:30-2:30 on all three days of the con, and Aspen strongly encourages those looking to get reviewed to arrive, early as spots are limited to one hour.

Full press release below.

Valiant Announces Valiant First Exclusives for C2E2

Valiant is bringing along everything that makes Valiant First awesome to C2E2, including news and exclusives. Seems pretty straightforward enough for fans, but what exactly can they expect to pick up at the show? At booth #317, Valiant creators Clayton Henry, Justin Jordan, Brian Reber and more will be on hand for signings. There will also be a ton of free giveaways and exclusives, including the Rai #1 Graham Crackers Shared Exclusive Variant by artist Kalman Andrasofszky. And on Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 PM, the publisher will host the "Valiant First: Rai, Armor Hunters and Beyond" panel.

Limited to 750 copies, get the jump on the hotly anticipated debut title of the Valiant First publishing initiative with this exclusive, limited edition run of Rai #1 from Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain. Arriving in comic shops everywhere on April 30th, discover the astonishing world of the 41st century with the all-new series unlike anything else in comics today. In the far future of 4001 A.D., Japan is a single endless city-state, governed by a benevolent artificial intelligence and policed by one lone enforcer – the mysterious Rai, spirit guardian of the rising sun. But, soon, a single bullet will shatter the peace it has taken 2,000 years to secure…

Full press release below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review - Shutter #1

"C'mon, Kate! Hold the gun with both hands!"

Adventure is just that: adventure. It takes people to varied locations and offers them varied memories. Sometimes those memories aren't enough to keep someone moving forward in life, even if being extremely skilled at adventuring just isn't enough anymore. Shutter #1 from Image Comics is a book about adventure and leaving behind those memories for a new direction. The issue is written by Joe Keatinge, illustrated by Leila Del Duca, colored by Owen Gieni and lettered by Ed Brisson.