Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review - Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1

"Gentlemen of the press: "Harry Houdini has done it again!"

Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes are two very familiar characters in history. They've each made their name for different reasons and both of them have specific personality traits that endear readers to them. What if the two of them came together though? Dynamite Entertainment seeks to answer it in Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1. The issue is written by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, illustrated by Carlos Furuzono, colored by Aikau Oliva and lettered by Rob Steen.

Sex Criminals Guide Changes the Sex

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have been having a go at it when it comes to the sexiness. Their bestselling Image Comics book called Sex Criminals has given them plenty of time to get the hang of things and offer up some of the sexual wisdom their books trade in. And now, they've compiled that information into a brand new book called Just the Tips. With tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do’s, don’ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of Sex Criminals, plus helpful illustrations of hot positions and other brand-new material, Just the Tips will give every sex-dummy the tools for totally not sucking at sex anymore.

“On the cusp of becoming internationally renowned Sex Experts (note to Chip: we really need to figure out a way to tighten up ‘Sex Experts’ for the Press Release. Sexexp? Seexperts? Think it over some)," said Fraction, "Chip and I feel what anyone might feel in our position: drunk, absolutely drunk, with power, and overdosing on raw sex energy. Today: this book. Tomorrow: public office.”

Just the Tips is 96 pages of pure sexual knowledge as hard as the covers that contains it, guaranteed to take readers’ boudoir life from boring to brimpin’. It will be in comic book stores on November 26 and bookstores on December 2 and is very available for pre-order now. Just the Tips: A Sexual by the Creators of Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and hits comic stores (Diamond Comic order code SEP140590) November 26 (bookstores December 2 with ISBN 978-1-63215-178-0).

Full press release below.

Krel Komix Exhibiting at NYCC 2014

Argent Starr creators are planning to get the word out on their book this year at NYCC 2014. That's right kids...Altemus and Lyn T. Byrd will be at booth #1245 in the Small Press area for interviews, to sign books and chat with Comic Con attendees. Visitors to the booth can get a signed pre-release copy of Volume 1 of the graphic novel AND their choice of an Argent Starr poster for only $12.99 (regularly $13.99). This 104 page all-color collector's volume includes all the action from chapters 1-3, along with pin-ups and background info on the universe, characters, locations and Argent's magical tech.

As of October 12, Vol. 1 will be released on Comixology — digital download for $4.99 and on IndyPlanet.com — print-on-demand copies for $13.99. The creators will also be offering seven different dynamic poster designs featuring characters from the series, exclusive sets of collectable Argent Starr trading cards, buttons, dice, matchbooks and a limited quantity of single issues 1-3 for those who want to sample our universe or complete their collection. Visitors can join our email list for a chance to win an Argent Starr T-shirt and receive updates. They'll also be premiering an exciting animated trailer at the show, featuring the newly composed theme by Reverend Screaming Fingers and company (headphones provided).

The year: 2062. "They" have a plan for Earth and they're NOT going to ask if we like it or not. Is the fate of the planet really in the hands of a half-alien hero scientist, a female sniper, and a talking cat? Only one man on Earth, technopath Argent Starr, the half human son of an alien warrior-scientist, can deflect the coming threat. His team; the ravishing badass commando Mrs. Thorne, and a trouble-making, brain-enhanced talking cat. The trio are swept into an adventure pitting shape-shifters, alien gamblers, interstellar mobsters and a mysterious galaxy-controlling sect, against Argent's hyper-tech powers of magic and super science.

Full press release below.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review - Defense Grid 2

Tower defense games are pretty straightforward when it comes to gameplay. Where things get a little crazy is in the actual using towers for defense. Stopping waves and waves of invaders with an array of towers is the fun part and Hidden Path Entertainment brings that fun and more in Defense Grid 2. The publisher was kind enough to provide Omnicomic with an Xbox One review code to dive into.

Image Comics Teams with Multiversity for Third Annual NYCC Party

When you're packing up to head to NYCC 2014, there are a few things you can't forget. T-shirts with any and all manner of witty geek/nerd/pop culture references. Deodorant, hand sanitizer and cough drops. And party attire. They each have their specific uses, but you'll find the party attire especially useful on Friday, October 10th, when you attend the Image Comics/Multiversity Third Annual NYCC Party. And like any good party, this one raises money for a worthy cause in The Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative is a charity that raises money to help support creators in need and gives to those who have helped foster, develop and pioneer the medium we all love so much. At last year’s event, Image Comics and Multiversity raised over $5,000 for the charity thanks to the many fans who came out and attended.

This year's NYCC Party will be held at the Stitch Bar & Lounge located at 247 West 37th Street (a short 3-block walk from the Javits Center straight up 37th street) from 8 PM to close, with a $10 donation to the Hero Initiative to get in. In exchange for your donation, you will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one (1) copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2014! It’s a 21+ event with all night happy hour and drink specials, and will assuredly be a fun place for friends, fans and creators to meet, share a drink and mingle.

The party will also feature quite a few special Image Comics creators as guests, such as Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Scott Snyder, Sean Gordon Murphy, Nick Dragotta, Joshua Williamson, Tim Seeley, Declan Shalvey, Frank Barbiere, Ed Brisson, Daniel Corey, Wes Craig, Otis Frampton, Joe Harris, Kyle Higgins, Antony Johnston, Justin Jordan, Ales Kot, Megan Levens, Adam McGovern, Brandon Montclare, Michael Moreci, Steve Orlando, Amy Reeder, Fabrice Sapolsky, Gus Storms, Roc Upchurch, Fred Van Lente and Jim Zub.

Full press release below.

Valiant and CKRTLAB Toys Get Cute with X-O Manowar

Thinking that a man ripped from his time in an alien suit of armor who's pretty close to invincible can also be pretty cute is quite a stretch. It's definitely not the first thing you think of X-O Manowar is barreling down on you, his body a living weapon. That won't stop Valiant Entertainment from at least trying to clean up his menacing image at least a little bit. To do so, they're teaming up with CKRTLAB Toys to announce a brand new line of urban vinyl figures featuring Valiant's superheroes. Slated for a release in comic shops and online in 2015, the new Valiant urban vinyl toy line will feature a wide selection of highly stylized Valiant heroes, beginning with X-O Manowar.

"Since day one, Valiant's fans around the world have been demanding figures and figurines of these iconic heroes," said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. "In CKRTLAB TOYS, we've found the perfect partner to make that dream a reality, and we can't wait to get the first-ever X-O Manowar figure in front of fans at New York Comic-Con 2014."

Valiant will offer an exclusive, early release of the first new figure in the Valiant urban vinyl line – X-O Manowar – at New York Comic-Con from October 9th-12th, 2014. Limited to 150 pieces and available only from Valiant Entertainment at New York Comic Con 2014 (Booth #2028) for $25 per figure, the X-O Manowar Urban Vinyl figure stands 5.5 inches tall with 6 points of articulation and comes enhanced with a luster-rich metallic finish, exclusive "lightning sword" weapon accessory, and collectible packaging that is perfect for display.

"Valiant Entertainment creates some of the best comics in the market today," said Tim Ellis, CEO of CKRTLAB TOYS. "CKRTLAB TOYS is thrilled about our partnership with Valiant Entertainment and bringing vinyl figures of these great characters to all the fans."

Aric of Dacia, a fifth century Visigoth armed with the universe's most powerful weapon, is all that stands between the Earth and all-out annihilation at the hands of the alien race that abducted him from his own time. Stranded in the modern day, X-O Manowar's battle against the Vine has taken him into the shadows with the lethal operative known as Ninjak – and launched a quest for vengeance that will bring the Vine's alien empire to its knees. The Vine destroyed Aric's world. Now he will give them war. Since debuting in the pages of X-O Manowar #1 in 1992, X-O Manowar has sold more than 8 million copies and featured work by a distinguished roster of comics luminaries including current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, comics legends Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith and many, many more.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 26, 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 6. Week 5.

One thing you can still say about Kansas City is that there's always something going on here. From scouting missions to locating useful supplies to fending off zombie attacks and building up our area to survive. Day in and day out it’s been all work, work and more work for us here. We’ve been getting broadcasts from Salt Lake City about the groups of zombies they've been encountering around their walls and the amount of fabricating they've been working to repair them.

Because of the support our two outposts need, it's been determined we need a spot in the middle to keep the lines of communication open and to also facilitate a rapid response if help is needed at either place. We still need to figure what's the best spot in between Salt Lake City and Kansas City for the outpost. It'll need to be a very heavily defended position just in case we need to send all the fighters to one outpost or the other. It'll be more secure than anything we've built so far except for the outpost in Washington state that the government is running. Who would of thought with the world ending you still have logistics and infrastructure to deal with.

Review - Butterfly #1

"But in the project, we don't have names. Though sometimes...they'll call me Butterfly."

The thing about spies is that you always have to watch your back. For as good as they are at hiding their identity and traversing the globe without raising alarm, they also manage to build up quite a list of enemies. That level of danger is something that appeals to the thrill-seeking personality trait shared by most spies; a trait that is typically passed down from parent to child. In Butterfly #1 from Archaia, being a spy is definitely rife with all the requisite dangers. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett (story by Arash Amel), illustrated by Antonio Fuso, colored by Adam Guzowski and lettered by Steve Wands.

Dynamite Delivers Mega Bundle Digital Comic Offer

Dynamite Entertainment is big on celebrating their anniversary. They want the fans to get in on the celebrations as well and to facilitate that, the company is offering 50 of its biggest comic books for a special anniversary price of $19.93 to celebrate the founding year of its parent company, Dynamic Forces. This limited time Mega Bundle is available on Dynamite.com/digital from now until October 1st, 2014. With 10% of each sale going to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as Dynamite's ten-year anniversary celebration rolls on, fans not only have the opportunity to reward themselves with a great offer, but also to support such a worthy cause.

The fifty comics included in this latest bundle include work from such high-profile creators as Gail Simone, Alex Ross, Mark Waid, Bill Willingham, Phil Hester, Kurt Busiek, Jeff Parker, and more. Ranging from award-winning covers to fan-favorite best-sellers, these are the comics no Dynamite fan should be without. The full list includes:

Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #2 by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
Red Sonja #3 - 4 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni
Legenderry #2 - 3 by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 3 by Kevin Smith, Phil Hester, and Jonathan Lau
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry #2 - 3 by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers
Codename Action #1 - 2 by Chris Roberson and Johnathan Lau
Dark Shadows #1 - 3 by Stuart Manning and Aaron Campbell
Kirby Genesis #0 - 1 by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
The Owl #1 by J.T. Krul and Heubert Khan Michael
Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 - 5 by Steve Darnall, Alex Ross, and Jonathan Lau
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #1 - 4 by Brandon Jerwa, and Adriano Batista w/Aries Mendosa
Flash Gordon (2013) #1 - 7 by Jeff Parker and Evan Shaner
Jungle Girl #2 - 3 by Frank Cho
Vampirella #2 by Eric Trautmann
Mocking Dead #2 by Fred Van Lente
The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #3 - 5 by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Aaron Campbell
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time #4 - 6 by Chuck Dixon
Chaos #2 - 3 by Tim Seeley and Mirka Andolfo, main cover by J. Scott Campbell
Miss Fury #3 - 4 by Rob Williams
Pathfinder #2 - 3 by Jim Zub
American Flagg #3 - 4 by Howard Chaykin

"This set is our way of thanking our existing fans and rewarding them with a great package, as well as encouraging new fans to try our comics with such great creators at an introductory price. This is a truly special bundle of books as a nod to our parent company, Dynamic Forces," said Dynamite Publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci. "This special price point is not only a great deal for fans, as it breaks down to less than forty cents a book, but it's also a piece of history, and we're all incredibly proud of it."

Full press release below.

Five Ghosts Embarks on New Adventures

Five Ghosts is on a mission. It's on a mission to embark on a new adventure and is using the thirteenth issue to launch that new arc. And co-creators Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham and colorist Lauren Affe’s first issue in the new story arc of “Monsters & Men” will get crazy. This new arc will focus on gothic literature and bring the acclaimed action adventure series to Eastern Europe and Dracula’s doorstep.

The new arc features an assortment of famous monsters and literary figures including Dracula’s nemesis, vampire hunter Van Helsing, and will also have a blank sketch cover available. What's more is that the series is in development for a television series with Universal and screenwriter Evan Daugherty attached as a writer and is being produced by Black Mask Studios and Benderspink.

Five Ghosts #13 arrives in stores on October 22 and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG140647, while the sketch variant can be ordered with Diamond Code JUL148416. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 29. Full press release below.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review - Roche Limit #1

"I am Langford Skaargard. Adventurer, eccentric and billionaire. I am responsible for the Roche Limit colony and the horrors the place has engendered."

The Roche Limit requires a little scientific understanding. It's the distance within a celestial body held together by its own gravity that will disintegrate due to a second celestial body's tidal forces exceeding the first body's gravitational self-attraction (Wikipedia for the win!). It doesn't really seem like the best place to set up a new colony, but Roche Limit #1 from Image Comics seems to disagree. The issue is written by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Vic Malhotra, colored by Jordan Boyd and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Valiant Heads to Long Beach Comic Con 2104

It feels like every season is convention season and this weekend is no exception. Why's that? Because Long Beach Comic Con 2014 is making its way to Long Beach. Valiant Entertainment will be there at Booth #307, bringing with them all the requisite talent, Valiant creators and panels.

Before The Valiant #1 hits stores in December, fans can experience the battle ten millennia in the making with The Valiant: First Look – a free, exclusive preview edition featuring a behind-the-scenes look inside the all-new, prestige format mini-series event from superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera. Packed with never-before-seen artwork, preview pages, and interviews – and featuring nearly every Valiant hero – do not miss your chance to find out why The Valiant is the must-read comic book event of the winter.

Plus: on Saturday, September 27th at 4:30 PM in Room 101A, don't miss the VALIANT COMICS: ARMOR HUNTERS, THE VALIANT, AND BEYOND panel presentation! Hot off the heels of 16 nominations at this year's Harvey Awards – including six for the industry's most nominated series, Quantum and Woody – find out why Valiant is one of the most talked-about publishers in comics today.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Returns to New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con Logo

BOOM! and the entire BOOM! family (KaBOOM!, Archaia and BOOM! Box) will be venturing across the country to pay a visit to NYCC this October. BOOM! Studios will also host a number of panels and debut numerous exclusive convention variant covers and limited edition items during the convention. Further details will be released next week. They'll be at booth 1344 and will play host to the following creators:

Bryce Carlson
Chris Miskiewicz
Collin Kelly
David Petersen
Dan Fogler
Jackson Lanzing
Jake Lawrence
James Tynion IV
Jason Starr
Josh Hechinger
Kate Leth
Matt Gagnon
Marguerite Bennett
Natasha Allegri
Noelle Stevenson
Paul Jenkins
Shane-Michael Vidaurri
Shannon Watters

Additionally, throughout the weekend, fans can buy original customized sketches on BOOM!’s “Get-A-Sketch” covers from several different artists, including:

Allison Strejlau
Ian McGinty
Kate Leth
Travis Hill

Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at New York Comic Con include Humberto Ramos, Charles Soule, Chris Eliopoulos, Ed Brisson, Frank J. Barbiere, Michael Moreci, Elena Casagrande, Josh Williamson, Michael Dialynas, Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert, Brent Schoonover, Camilla d’Errico, Chandra Free, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, Garry Brown, Jeremy Bastian, Justin Jordan, Rafael Albuquerque, Marcus To, Deron Bennett, Missy Pena, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Stephanie Hans and Tessa Stone.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Comics have definitely come to the small screen in a big way. I mean, I suppose they always were on the small screen from way back with Superman to the 70s Hulk and Wonder Woman shows. It’s been done. But lately, it’s being done differently. Season spanning epic sagas are the craze these days, a la Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and countless others. I’ve often commented to other people that television just seems like such a bigger deal these days than when I was a kid.

I mean sure, people watched things like Star Trek and sitcoms like Friends, Cheers and all that, but it wasn’t the same way: people watch every episode of entire series now and discuss their favorite parts with one another. They clear their schedule for Game of Thrones series premieres, have dinner parties, etc. I’ve often lamented DC’s difficulty getting feature films up and running. Although I’m wondering if this is the one area where maybe they had a little more foresight than Marvel, with launching Smallville, Arrow and now Gotham. Was DC actually, for once, ahead of the curve in this regard? Gotham already seems to be getting big press…

Still, I’d like to see something even more prime time. I mean, I want HBO or Showtime to do a show and do it with the kind of gravity and careful planning that they give the kind of shows that they produce. I have hope that Marvel’s new Netflix lineup is going to hit that kind of mark. Wouldn’t it be great to see an X-Men prime time cable television program? Like a highly-produced, well-performed, hourlong show with several seasons of material?

Review - G.I. Joe #1: The Fall of G.I. Joe

"I joined Cobra you to fight imperialism. And now look at us. Not fighting to support our allies. Just talking."

Screams of "Cobra" followed by a succession of "la" usually signifies you're about to be set upon by a pretty nasty organization hellbent on shaping the world in their image. It certainly doesn't make them unique or necessarily any more or less dangerous than other groups of their ilk. It does typically require a counter-measure; a group specifically trained to deal with such an enemy like G.I. Joe. What happens when that enemy appears to become a friend? IDW Entertainment explores a new dynamic in G.I. Joe #1: The Fall of G.I. Joe. The issue is written by Karen Traviss, illustrated by Steve Kurth, colored by Kito Young and lettered by Tom B. Long.

The Field Brings Graphic Novel Terror in October

We all have those stories. Stories where we woke up in a somewhat compromising location, position or state of appearance. Those stories where we couldn't quite remember what happened the night before and whether or not we actually had a good time. Rarely though do we have stories where we wake up in a field wearing only our underwear, no memory, no identity and no clue what to do next. In The Field from Ed Brisson and Simon Roy, that scenario is followed by a cell phone buzzing with a message. A single word: “Run.” That message and more of the story is collected in a graphic novel this October.

“I just started tweeting about how I’d woken up in a wheat field naked and in the middle of Saskatchewan,” Brisson said. “And I just tweeted about all this crazy sh*t that was happening to me, how I had this cellphone and people kept calling me on the cellphone and threatening me and sending me text messages that my life was in danger. Then I got picked up by this guy who brought me on a crime spree.”

The man falls into the grips of a Bible salesman on a meth-fueled murder spree in a small town where the rules of civilization seem not to apply. Pursued by a biker gang bent on revenge and a group of cosplayers out to save the world, the man begins to wonder — Is Christian the Bible salesman really his only hope for survival?

The Field will be in comic book stores on October 15 (Diamond Comics code JUL140489) and bookstores on October 28 (ISBN 978-1-63215-106-3) and is available for pre-order now. It has been optioned by Canadian company LaRue Entertainment for production as a feature film.

Full press release below.

Cullen Bunn Sends Ash into Space

Ash Williams has been places and seen things that most people couldn't even imagine. Skeletons with swords, witches and general undead nastiness pollute Ash's life in ways that are never desired but exciting nonetheless. Despite all his various run-ins with the undead enemy, there's still one environment he's yet to explore: space. Turns out that even space is the place for Ash, as Dynamite Entertainment plans to get Cullen Bunn to send him into the great unknown in Army of Darkness #1 this December. The new series features interior artwork by Larry Watts, as well as cover artwork by Gabriel Hardman, Tim Seeley, Art Adams, Walter Flanagan and Jay Shaw.

"Ash is kind of the ultimate screwball knucklehead, and he really has no business being the 'Chosen One' in the battle against ultimate darkness. That's what makes him such a compelling underdog," says Bunn, whose new Army of Darkness series follows on the heels of his contribution to November's Army of Darkness #1992.1 one-shot special. "With this new series, we're taking the 'fish out of water' storyline to the next level, because not only is Ash fighting the Deadites, he's doing so in the depths of space! With such a strange set-up, it might be easy to think that this is a big departure from what we've seen before, but my goal has been to make this 'feel' very much like it belongs in the same family as the source material, even though the setting is so vastly different."

Ash Williams, the hero of horror franchise Army of Darkness and reluctant "Chosen One" in the war against demons, has encountered so many strange happenings over the years, but nothing could have prepared him for his latest misadventure. Catapulted into the depths of space, Ash must confront the Deadites in a place where no one can hear his screams... or his chainsaw... or his boomstick! What do the forces of the evil dead want with the International Space Station... and can our square-jawed protagonist prevent Armageddon?

"Cullen Bunn has been tearing up the comic book universe with his work on Deadpool -- an offbeat, unpredictable explosion of mirth and mayhem -- and it's just that sort of frenetic storytelling that makes Cullen the perfect fit for the Army of Darkness world," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Larry Watts is the icing on the cake, because his comic and horror sensibilities are just right to bring Cullen's script to life. We're taking Ash to the stars on his biggest adventure yet, and you'll never believe what happens next."

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

Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Action Lab Entertainment at NYCC 2014

Action Lab is bringing a boothful of action to NYCC 2014. Not just any booth mind you, but a center ring booth (Booth 3344). All weekend at the show, the publisher will have a bevy of creators, exclusives and general friendliness. Creators at the show will include Sean Isaakse, Xenia Pamfil, Mark Bertolini, Tressina Bowling, Jeremy Dale, Vito Delsante, Eric Grissom, Laura Guzzo, Jamal Igle, Bill McKay, Dan Mendoza, Khary Randolph, Anthony Ruttgaizer, Jeremy Whitley, Marcus Williams, Aaron Conley and Nick Marino.

Action Lab plans to reveal more creators and show specials as the event gets nearer, so stay tuned. Full press release below.

Review - Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

"For a time, it didn't look like anyone was going to make it out of Hadley's Hope alive..."

Xenomorphs are really good a at a few things. Violent, gruesome deaths. Moving about in a menacing fashion. Giving vampires in The Strain a run for their money when it comes to using tongues as weapons. They're also really good at making pretty good stories when their feral nature is tapped into. Dark Horse Comics does just that in Aliens: Fire and Stone #1. The issue is written by Chris Roberson, illustrated by Patric Reynolds, colored by Dave Stewart and lettered by Nate Piekos.

Dynamite Announces All-New Shaft Comic Book Series

Dynamite Entertainment is a complicated publisher that no one understands but their readers. It's those complicated aspects that makes Dynamite the perfect publisher to release a brand new Shaft comic book. It's written by David F. Walker and illustrated by Bilquis Evely and Shaft #1 is slated for release in December. Not only that, but the book celebrates the 45th anniversary of an American icon with a wealth of cover art options by industry talents including Francesco Francavilla, Michael Avon Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley, Sanford Greene and a landmark collaboration between Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

"Working on Shaft, one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, is a dream come true," says David F. Walker. "I've been a fan of the character since I was a kid, and especially love him in his original iteration, as created by author Ernest Tidyman. My take on Shaft is steeped in Tidyman's work, and builds on the world created in the original novels. I'm exploring who he is as a man, as a private detective, and as a cold-blooded killer. This John Shaft is much grittier, more badass, with a complexity never seen in the films. The name may be familiar, and some aspects of the character may be recognizable, but at the end of the day, he will be something new and exciting - especially in the world of comics. This is Shaft the way Shaft was meant to be."

John Shaft, described as a "tough, take-no-guff detective" and "private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks" in composer/singer Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning Theme from Shaft, has gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts in his novel and film appearances. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself? For the first time ever, the detective's origins are explored, courtesy of the new series by Dynamite Entertainment.

"The response by the media and fans over the announcement of a Shaft comic book series was nothing short of electric," says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. "Frankly, there's no one better suited to take the reins on this project than David F. Walker, whose vast knowledge of and appreciation for the genre have been welcome and invaluable in our launch of the Shaft series. Combining his energetic take on this superbad private detective with Bliquis Evely's impressive artistic skills, we have all the makings of an explosive comic for Shaft fans to love."

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

Full press release below.

Becky Cloonan Offers The Wicked + The Divine #5 Variant

When Becky Cloonan isn't recounting the true lives of the fabulous Killjoys, she's keeping busy with a host of other assignments. One of those assignments just so happens to have her working with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. That assignment is for a special variant cover of The Wicked + The Divine #5. Cloonan’s interpretation of Baphomet and The Morrigan sizzles and will be available to order with Diamond Code AUG148290. The issue is deserving of her talents, as it marks the end of the first story arc and is an action-packed finale that will rip the rug out from underneath readers who thought they’d had everything figured out.

"Put it like this: it's the climax of the first story,” said Gillen. “It's the climax. The aim is to let loose those martian-metal fireworks in your head and burn it into your cortex forever. If people open up your skull they'll find I REALLY LIKED THE END OF THE FIRST THE WICKED + THE DIVINE STORY written on your grey matter in neat letters. That's what we're shooting at. We can't wait for people to read it."

The Wicked + The Divine #5 will hit shelves on October 22 and can be ordered with Diamond Code AUG140694. Keep an eye out for the special Becky Cloonan variant (Diamond Code AUG148290) which will be available on the same day. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 29. Full press release below.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review - Torsobear Volume One: Yarns from Toyburg

"Teddies..." Hazbrow says. "Huh, you soft sacks ain't cut out for this kind o' work."

Life among toys should be sunshine and rainbows. It should be joyful on a daily basis, with toys excited to play with kids and vice versa. There shouldn't be criminal issues amongst the toys, but like any other civilization, crime has a way of rearing its head. Recounting those stories and giving voice to the aggrieved is what Torsobear Volume One: Yarns from Toyburg aims to do.

Torsobear Volume One: Yarns from Toyburg is broken into a slew of short stories. These include "Clean Heart, Dirty Paws," written and illustrated by Brett Uren, "Dress to Impress," written by Frank Martin, illustrated by Giles Crawford and colored/lettered by Jon Scrivens, "Rich Toy, Poor Toy," written by Grainne McEntee, illustrated by Matt Rooke and lettered by Uren, "Some Assembly Required," written by Cy Dethan, illustrated by Peter Mason and lettered by Nic Wilkinson, "She Sang for Buttons, She Unstitched My Heart," written and illustrated by Uren, colored by Harold Saxon and lettered by Mick Schubert, "The Collector," written by Glenn Moane, illustrated by Carlos Nick Zumuido, colored by Brian Traynor and lettered by Scrivens, "A New Hopeleness," written and illustrated by Kieran Squires and colored by Faye Harmon, "The Big Wind Up," written by Janos Honkonen, illustrated by Saoirse Louise Towler and lettered by Schubert, "Home Invasion," written by Brockton McKinney and Uren, illustrated by Uren and colored by Harold Saxon, "Sour in the Sweet," written by Jack Young, illustrated by Randy Haldeman, colored by Uren and lettered by Shawn Aldridge, "Blockheads," written and illustrated by Scrivens and "We All Fall Down, Playing It the Hard Way," written and illustrated by Uren.

Preview - Chronicles of Hate Hardcover Volume 1

You would think that a book chronicling hate will be something you'd want to stay away from. That is, unless that book is written and illustrated by Adrian Smith. In that regard, Chronicles of Hate Hardcover Volume 1 is being exclusively released in an oversized (8" x 12") hardcover. In a world where the sun is frozen and the moon burns, an unlikely hero rises to free the Earth Mother from her chains. His path lies in shadows, his enemies' legion.

The book hits stores September 24 with interiors below.

Zenescope Prepares for NYCC 2014

NYCC 2014 is right around the corner and Zenescope is getting their house in order to make an appearance at the show. At Booth 1906, expect Limited Edition covers, calendars, hardcover books and art prints, plus signings featuring Zenescope creators, artists and editors. New York Comic Con takes place at the Javits Center in New York from October 9-12th.

The Zenescope Entertainment panel will take place on October 10 at 5:15 PM in room 1A14. Famed writer, producer, and director Jon Schnepp will moderate the panel and take part in a discussion and viewing on the Grimm Animated Series. And Zenescope plans to launch a brand new initiative at NYCC, which likely has a lot in common with the word "launch."

Full press release below.

Friday, September 19, 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 6. Week 4.

It was one of those unusually cold mornings today that punches you in the gut and wakes you up at the same time.

A cold morning is one way to wake up. A zombie attack is another. It wasn’t a massive attack, but large enough to get everyone mobilized. We had forces along the wall and got some fast moving vehicles out there to flank the zombie group. Gunfire was the order of the morning, with lead raining down on the zombie heads, splattering them left and right. It was a bloodbath for the zombies; us not so much as we didn’t have any causalities.

It’s taken us more time to collect and burn the bodies then the entire battle lasted. Even while doing the cleanup we had some folks on guard just in case this assault was just the first of many these zombies might throw at us.

“Hey Tom," I yelled. "Look at that one...it’s still moving go put it down”

“No problem," said Tom. "Just come help me pick it up afterwards to get it to the pile.”

Review - Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches #1

"Long ago when the sparrows still flew as this as the night, in a land so remote the king had yet to claim it, there lived a young woman."

Fairy tales have the ability to both tell a story and offer up a lesson from said story. The form of the actual story doesn't really matter; what matters most to many is whether or not there's a moral that can be learned. Many fairy tales deal with our interactions with one another and with our planet and more often than not the planet isn't quite keen on some of our decisions. That's the case in Jim Henson's The Storyteller Witches #1 from Archaia, written, illustrated and lettered by S.M. Vidaurri.

Casanova Returns

Matt Fraction is a very popular fellow in the comic book industry. He's offered his talents to books like Sex Criminals, Satellite Sam and Hawkeye and has done so exceptionally well. Same goes for Gabriel Bá and his work on The Umbrella Academy, Daytripper and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, B.P.R.D.). Put them all together and what do you get? Casanova, the first volume of which will be released as a deluxe hardcover called Casanova Volume 1: Luxuria in October.

Casanova “Cass” Quinn was born into a life of wealth and privilege but turned his back on it to pursue his own interests — namely stealing, spying, and living a hedonistic life with few moral compunctions. The black sheep in a family of international super-spies, Cass is pulled back into their sphere after an evil organization targets the Quinns. In a game of hidden agendas and double espionage across parallel universes, Cas must choose an identity. Is he the decadent thief named Casanova Quinn? Or is he the top secret agent named… Casanova Quinn?

Writer Fraction is known for his metafictional winks and deft melding of genres in the mega-hit Sex Criminals and Casanova puts his skill at the forefront in a science fiction spy story shot through with psychedelia, with gorgeous art by renowned Brazilian artists Bá and Moon. In January 2014, Image Comics announced that Casanova would return with a fourth volume, "Acedia", co-written by Fraction and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Each Complete Edition of Casanova collects four issues of the critically-acclaimed series in a deluxe, oversized hardcover volume, complete with covers and extra content. Casanova Volume 1: Luxuria will be in comic book stores on October 22 and bookstores on November 4; Casanova Volume 1: Gula will be in comic book stores on November 12 and bookstores on November 25; Casanova Volume 1: Avarita will be in comic book stores on December 17 and bookstores on December 30. All are now available for pre-order.

Full press release below.

The Complete Junior And Sunny Catches Eyes This December

Imagine--if you will--a young Betty Page type meeting up with some late-1940s, typical-teenage types (a la Archie). That gives you a good idea of what is to be found in The Complete Junior and Sunny. And IDW Publishing is proud to announce the release of The Complete Junior and Sunny, which presents the full run of these historic comics created, written, and illustrated by the legendary E.C. Comics artist/writer/editor Al Feldstein. Along with an in-depth Introduction by Grant Geissman, the book also presents the issue of Meet Corliss Archer that Feldstein also produced for the notorious Victor Fox, of Fox Feature Publications.

“Although the stories are basically charming, ‘typical teenage’ period pieces, Feldstein’s artwork for them often pushes the envelope for the time,” says Geissman. “With titillating covers and often-suggestive images in the stories themselves, it’s probably a good thing that Dr. Fredric Wertham never found out about Junior and Sunny!” Seduction of the innocent, indeed!"

Done between 1947 and 1948 in the period right before he moved to E.C. Comics, Feldstein’s bold artwork and salacious figures are on full display, providing a wonderfully guilty pleasure. Long considered to be prime examples of late 1940s “headlight” and “Good Girl” art comics, issues of Junior and Sunny have been quite difficult to find and very expensive to obtain. The complete collection hits stores December.

Full press release below.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review - Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Iron King DLC

In Dark Souls 2, the areas where there are some environmental variables that impact your character's health are some of the more trying. One such area was the Iron Keep. The area was rife with molten lava, flame-spitting statues and rotating platforms. You may think one visit to the area was enough, but From Software doesn't seem to think so. The second DLC for Dark Souls 2 sends players to the sweltering landscape for the Crown of the Iron King. We checked out the DLC on Xbox 360, courtesy of a review code sent by Bandai-Namco.

Rumble #1 Means War

Earthquakes are typically preceded by (and accompanied by) rumbles. Ground stirs that alert you that something isn't quite right and you should brace for something bad. John Arcudi and James Harren want Image Comics to warn readers about impending rumbles in Rumble #1, a new ongoing series launching December 17. In it, a scarecrow—a warrior scarecrow god called Rathraq, that is—walks into a bar...and it’s all downhill from there. After a long absence, Rathraq is back and very unhappy. This is bad news for his old enemies, yes, but even worse news for everyone else, including bartender Bobby LaRosa who finds himself caught in the chaos.

“Rumble is not just fantasy, not just action, not just drama, or not just humorous, you know?" said Arcudi. "That’s too limiting. That’s not how we live. You wake up happy, then something happens that messes up your whole day (of course, in the case of Rumble, that ‘something’ just so happens to be a giant sword-wielding scarecrow and some monsters), but you still manage to have a laugh that night. What I like about this book is that any character can have a day like that. Any of them, human and non-human."

“James’s art allows us to go in all the directions the story needs to go," added Arcudi. "Nobody draws ferocious action the way James does. Monsters smashing each other’s heads in, that’s in the book, and James kills on it! But he also can set a spooky mood, and while his idea of what’s ‘funny’ is rather bizarre, that’s exactly what the book needs!”

Rumble is a modern-day action fantasy series where rundown dive bars, undead kitty cats, psycho skinheads, and giant mummies run amok. Rumble #1 will be available on December 17 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT140580. Full press release below.

Valiant Offers Humble Bundle to Benefit Doctors Without Borders, The Hero Initiative and CBLDF

Humble Bundles have a way of being awesome for multiple reasons. The first is you get a ton of great stuff. The second is you get to name your price. And the third is that part of your payment goes to some really great causes. Take Valiant Comics for instance. Their recently launched Humble Valiant Bundle will offer up more than 120 issues of their books to interested parties. A special one-time offering loaded with collections of Valiant's best-selling series and online debuts, customers purchasing the Humble Valiant Bundle can choose to benefit three vitally important charities – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Hero Initiative and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).

"The Humble Valiant Bundle is by far one of our proudest achievements," said Gavin Cuneo, Valiant’s CFO and Head of Strategic Development. "While this is a fantastic opportunity for readers to access the Valiant Universe, what makes this partnership so important is the support it provides to three incredible charities with crucial missions in comics and around the world. Each of the organizations – Doctors Without Borders, the Hero Initiative, and the CBLDF – serves an incredibly important cause, and finding a way to further their missions with the support of Valiant's fans around the world was just too good to pass up."

The Humble Valiant Bundle features a longbox-busting digital library of 24 graphic novels and collections and spans all of Valiant's most popular superhero titles – including X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Quantum and Woody and more. With a total retail value of more than $420, the Humble Valiant Bundle is the single biggest comics offering ever presented by Humble Bundle. Featuring work by an all-star cast of top talents – including writers Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Bob Layton, Jim Shooter, Fred Van Lente and Robert Venditti, alongside artists Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Cary Nord and more – the Valiant Humble Bundle is the perfect place to discover why Valiant continues to win over fans and critics around the world with high quality storytelling and outstanding artwork.

Fans can name their price to receive the first two volumes of X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, Harbinger and Unity. Plus: get the classic Shadowman video game as an extra-added bonus. Contribute more than the average price to get even more of Valiant's blockbuster publishing line with the first two volumes of Bloodshot, Shadowman and Eternal Warrior – plus the first volume of Rai and Harbinger Wars. For $15 or more, Valiant will open the vaults and unleash the entire Valiant Masters digital series, showcasing the legendary origins of one of the greatest universes in comics. Re-presenting the original adventures of Ninjak, Rai, Bloodshot, Shadowman and H.A.R.D. Corps – plus a Humble Bundle-exclusive Valiant Masters volume of classic X-O Manowar not available in print – the Valiant Masters series celebrates Valiant's historic legacy, and include dozens of pages of rarely seen bonus materials and special features.

The Humble Valiant Bundle runs for two weeks beginning Wednesday, September 17, 2014 and ends Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11 AM PDT. Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I often find that even if you’re a hardcore "go team Spike"/"Angel sucks" type who can’t stand this guy, Angel has managed to at least earn his viewers' begrudging respect by the end of the show. A friend of mine once related Buffy and Angel to chess. They commented that in Buffy’s game, she’s one of the most powerful pieces on the board. Angel? It seems like he’s a much smaller piece on his board, but he’s playing in a much bigger game. The goal for Angel always seems to be to be striving to see more of the bigger picture.

See--and this is going to be a radical statement--but Angel seems, to me, like the most heroic social worker the world has ever known.

Review - George Pérez’s Sirens #1

"It's working! I'm getting full readings on the Sirens! Positive scans all around."

The question of whether or not intelligent life exists beyond the stars is one that may never have an answer. Sure, we'll keep looking, but we may not like what we find. For instance, if we just so happen to realize that there are a group of women out there from various eras who come together as an intergalactic fighting squad, we may not know what to do with ourselves. That makes reading George Pérez’s Sirens #1 from BOOM! Studios even more important. The issue is written and illustrated by George Pérez, colored by Leonardo Paciarotti and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

The Wicked + The Divine Prepares for Second Arc

The Wicked + The Divine is a pretty intense look at immortality and where it crosses paths with popularity. To this point, the Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie collaboration about gods being briefly reincarnated as pop stars before dying has had some interesting storylines. Like all good things though, The Wicked + The Divine is preparing to come to an end. Well, the first arc is at least and the creative team is excited for the changes coming about in The Wicked + The Divine #6.

"With the first arc, we wanted an intense, classic comics' build, rising towards the fifth issue as this big, earthquake-sized heart-attack climax,” said Gillen. “Our second arc—FANDEMONIUM—is different. It's a line of chasers on the bar, each a micro-nuke cocktail, served with a wink and distilled for concentrated effect. The first arc was a week or so in the gods' two-year lives. In the second arc, each issue is separated by a whole month and focuses around a single gathering of fans. Time's running out. Time's always running out."

The Faust Act is over. Welcome to Fandemonium. The second arc of The Wicked + The Divine begins with issue #6 in its traditional manner (i.e. a ludicrous pun) and something like “nothing will ever be the same again.” But if you think about it, you can say that about literally everything, ever. Also, some comic story. Probably. it hits stores December 17 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code OCT140611. Full press release below.

Dynamite Launches Lady Demon

Way back in the day in the 90s, things were different. Kriss Kross made us jump, jump. AOL became forever synonymous with an obnoxious, chirping sound. And Lady Demon was the vivacious and vicious hellraiser who served as a cornerstone of the Chaos! Comics horror universe. It's been a while, but now she's returning, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment, Aaron Gillespie and Mirka Andolfo. Lady Demon #1 is scheduled for a December release and will feature a wealth of comic book cover options, including those by artists Joyce Chin, Mirka Andolfo, Allison Sohn, Cat Staggs, Cedric Poulat and Mike Mayhew.

"Lady Demon is the natural choice for the next Dynamite / Chaos! character," says Aaron Gillespie, whose Lady Demon series runs concurrently alongside his in-universe Purgatori series. "She brings the same delightfully nasty attitude and alluring visual aesthetic as the other Chaos mainstays, but she adds an action element that will be unique to her book. While the other Chaos books dealt with world-ending battles and intricate plots, the Lady Demon miniseries focuses on the woman Lady Demon possessed. I am using Lady Demon to tell a violent, sexy, and still very human story of revenge and redemption."

The original Lady Demon won legions of fans with her spitfire attitude and sultry looks in the original line of Chaos! Comics titles during the 1990s. Now, as Dynamite Entertainment revives the brand with a bold new look and attitude (with such bestselling comic series as Chaos, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity and more), Lady Demon debuts her new incarnation in her very own title. The solicitation for Lady Demon #1 sets the stage: "On the run from Lucifer's hit squad, Lady Demon rides a newly arrived soul back to earth. Little does she know, the soul is attached to a woman in the middle of a dark conspiracy. That suits Lady Demon just fine... because it means she gets to kill a whole lot of people."

"Fans have been asking about Lady Demon since before our first Chaos! book even hit shelves," says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. "We knew from the start that we had to bring her back in a special way, and now the time has finally arrived. We've been so pleased with the work that our many Chaos! contributors have done, Aaron Gillespie and Mirka Andolfo included. Aaron's been delivering month after month on Purgatori, and Mirka's artwork on the world-building (and world-destroying) Chaos miniseries was spectacular. We can't wait for fans to see what these two have planned for Lady Demon."

Lady Demon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Lady Demon #1 with their local comic book retailers. Lady Demon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, Dynamite Digital, and Dark Horse Digital. Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Following in the Footsteps of Batman

Brandon Engel (@BrandonEngel2 is a big fan of the comic books. He lists Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Batman (particularly the Dennis O'Neil/Neal Addams stuff from the seventies) and Empire of the Dead among his favorite books. Seeing as how Batman is up there, it makes sense that Engel would write about the longevity of a character like Batman.

Ask three different people why they love Batman and you’re likely to get three different responses. That, in and of itself, is a testament to what makes the character great.

The old Bat is 75 now. Let’s think about what this means for a second: in the eighties, when Frank Miller released his Dark Knight Returns series, the character would have been probably in his fifties or sixties. Twenty years prior, the television show featuring Adam West parodied the older comic books and the old Batman film serial from the forties. This means that Batman is so old, that he already felt dated to kids growing up in the sixties and that the notion of Batman being old and returning to his former glory is a concept that has been visited and revisited time and time again over the course of the past thirty years.

Review - Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1

"The world thinks they love monsters."

The things that go bump in the night do so in an attempt to scare everyone else. And for the most part, they do a pretty good job of it. That's why it's important that humanity has defenders like Cal, even if he is losing a little bit of that humanity. Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1 from Dark Horse Comics offers a glimpse into his rapidly fraying world. The issue is written by Steve Niles, illustrated by Christopher Mitten, colored by Michelle Madsen and lettered by Nate Piekos.

Dynamite Announces Death of Apollo

All good things must come to an end. Sooner or later, even those characters we know and love meets their proverbial maker. In December, Dynamite Entertainment is ending the career (and life) of one of the more fiery characters in Battlestar Galactica in Apollo. In Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo, Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith can be blamed for the heartwrenching chronicle of the iconic Viper pilot's last days -- an event hinted at during official TV series continuity but never before revealed.

"During one of our editorial meetings, it came to light that Apollo -- whom many would consider to be the very soul of the original BSG series -- had died tragically off-screen in-between the 1978 and 1980 Galactica shows," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher and CEO. "We realized that we had not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to the fans, to shed light on the character's noble sacrifice. The first person who came to mind to write such an important story was Dan Abnett. Thankfully, he agreed and turned in an amazing pitch. The term 'blaze of glory' cannot even begin to describe what Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith have planned for the Galactica's favorite son."

When Battlestar Galactica first captured the hearts of sci-fi fans in 1978, the bold starfighter pilot Captain Apollo stood out as the central character of the series, defending the fleet from the Cylon menace as deftly portrayed by actor Richard Hatch. After the original series came to an end in 1979, the sequel series Galactica 1980 continued the tale of the nomadic fleet, but set years after the events of the previous run. Captain Apollo was no longer a member of the cast, and in-story dialogue strongly implied that the implacable hero had met his demise in the intervening years. Dynamite Entertainment, for the first time ever, fills in the gap between Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980 which officially reveals the fate of the beloved character.

The solicitation for Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 sets the stage for the action of this milestone event: "The fleet has been travelling for years, and at last the human survivors seem to be leaving the war and the Cylons behind them. But the threats never go away. A voice from the past and a bizarre twist of fate leads Galactica into danger once again, and events will take place that will change everything forever."

Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty marke, and slated for release in December. Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital. Full press release below.

Harbinger: Faith #0 Flies High in December

One-shots are quick looks at rather familiar characters. Sometimes though, the characters aren't exactly familiar, but only somewhat known. This December, Valiant is tapping Joshua Dysart and Robert Gill to introduce readers to Faith. Not Faith of Whedonverse fame, but Faith of Harbinger: Faith #0. And the one-shot gives readers a chance to discover how Harbinger's high-spirited teenage fangirl went from the heart and soul of Peter Stanchek's teenage Renegades to the newest member of the world's most elite super-team.

"She may not be physically strong, or brilliantly tactical, but her emotional intelligence and psychological strength are unparalleled among the other Renegades," said Dysart. "I think some part of her understands that her light is needed even more in a world where you can lose your friends and face down horrible swarming alien insects. I think she sees a dark and violent world all around her and instead of that corrupting her, it reinforces her. Again, there’s a hint of that in this issue, but it’s also about a question we all ask ourselves, where do we go from here?"

Her first and only boyfriend to date is a little bit of a douche, her friends are all gone, and, after her insane adventure in Mexico City, Faith Hebert is feeling a little frustrated with the direction of her life. She’s just a normal super-powered young woman in an increasingly crazy world. Here’s the story of a true innocent and a kind heart in a hard world. From the comic shop of her youth to the moment she found out that she was actually light as feather, Zephyr is the western wind. Warm and kind, she blows across us all.

Harbinger: Faith #0 features covers by Joe Quinones, Lucy Knisley and Brian Level. It'll hit stores this December as one of the most unique, most sincere super-heroines anywhere in comics today takes on her very first solo adventure. Full press release below.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Review - Purgatori #1

"It is high time we humble this prisoner."

When you spend your lifetime as a feared goddess, you make a lot of enemies. A LOT of enemies. Those enemies tend to hold grudges, so when they get your hands on you it's not going to be good. Purgatori is a character who's always gotten her way. That's about to change in Purgatori #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, written by Aaron Gillespie and illustrated by Javier Garcia Miranda.

Preview - Graveyard Shift #1

When Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno team up, good things are bound to happen. In Graveyard Shift #1 from Image Comics, love, life and undeath collide. The book is in stores December 24 with interiors below.

Derek McCulloch Embarks on Displaced Pesons Signing Tour

If you've got yourself a book, then you want people to know about. If you're an Eisner Award-nominated author named Derek McCulloch and you've got yourself a book, then going on a signing tour is one way to get people to know about your book. And it's pretty convenient to take a tour in the same city where your book is set. Displaced Persons is set in San Francisco, which is where McCulloch plans to set his signing tour.

The tour will start at Pegasus Books in Berkeley on September 24, then continue at Green Apple Books in San Francisco on September 30 and at San Francisco’s Books, Inc. in The Castro on October 2. The tour will culminate in an educator’s night at Barnes and Noble in Emeryville, where the graphic novel’s artist, Anthony Peruzzo, will join McCulloch for a question and answer session with teachers. McCulloch will give readings and a slideshow presentation at each signing to take advantage of Peruzzo’s beautiful visuals.

Displaced Pesons follows a family history in San Francisco throughout the twentieth century: In 1939, a private detective searches for a missing heiress. In 1969, twin brothers approach a drug heist from opposite sides of the law. And in 1999, a woman slowly comes to realize the terrible danger she faces in her own home. It's available in stores now as a 168-page, full-color paperback for $17.99.

Full press release and signing schedule below.

Friday, September 12, 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 6. Week 3.

The fort is ours. And we fought for it.

There were zombies all over the area and within the walls of the fort as some idiot left the gate open. It took us as much time to clear our way through the ones on the outside as it did clearing them all out inside. Building to building searches takes time as you want to do it only once and you have to make sure you do it right so no lurkers come out of nowhere and infects the team.

Once we got ourselves sealed up inside the walls we went about reinforcing the gates and getting spotters up to watch for any large zombie forces headed our way. After all that we started the search of each building one at a time, marking and sealing them up once cleared. A few of the buildings gave us trouble; mainly, one was a makeshift hospital that was thick with the undead bastards. My ears are still ringing from the gunfire in those hallways and I can safely say this place is now secure.

Review - Wild's End #1

"It weren't no shootin' star. It were a fallin' star."

A rabbit stands in a bar and holds a town meeting. The other citizens are paying attention to him, respecting his wishes. He's then interrupted by a drunk fox. Sounds like the start of a bad joke. Or it's part of a new series from BOOM! Studios starting with Wild's End #1, written by Dan Abnett and illustrated/lettered by I.N.J. Culbard.

Dynamite Digital Offers New Bundle Option

Dynamite Entertainment is embracing the DRM-free train. And they're doing it in a pretty special way, offering up a brand new option to pick up some great Dynamite books that are DRM-free. That solution is discount bundles. Now, Dynamite Comics fans will have the chance to save big on their DRM-Free purchases with discounted offerings from Dynamite Digital starting with today's Five-Book Five-Star Starter Set, featuring the first issues of the publisher's bestselling series including: Vampirella, The Shadow by Garth Ennis, Mark Waid's Green Hornet, Red Sonja and Kirby: Genesis all for an introductory bundle price of $5.00.

"The Five-Book, Five-Star bundle is only the beginning," said Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "This allows fans to try more Dynamite titles at an affordable price, as each of the books selected have a proven track record of critical acclaim from some of the biggest creative names in the business. The best part of the bundles - and fans trying new titles - is the expansion of not only our digital sales, but physical sales as well, through our retail partners as new fans seek out additional Dynamite books in print."

The bundles offer fans a new way to support their favorite creators, own the files of their purchase and help Dynamite keep its ten year anniversary celebration going strong. With more bundles planned for later this month, Dynamite is primed to continue the growth of its digital offerings. This first bundle follows the launch of Dynamite's own digital storefront last month, a move that coincided with the company donating a portion of the proceeds during the first month of operation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. To date, Dynamite's top titles, including Bob's Burgers, Alice Cooper, Vampirella, Red Sonja and The Boys, have all been made available and DRM-Free for as little as ten cents to full cover price. Dynamite's Five-Book, Five-Star Bundle is available now through dynamite.com/digital.

Full press release below.

Tooth & Claw Reveals Alex Ross Variant

Image Comics is no stranger to great books by great talent. Books such as Tooth & Claw by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell of Comicraft. It's books like those and talent like those mentioned above that makes people like Alex Ross want to jump in. That's right. Alex Ross will be doing a special variant cover for Tooth & Nail #2. Ross’s creative process was immediately inspired by Tooth & Claw’s fantasy-feel when approaching his variant cover.

"The world in TOOTH & CLAW is kind of a quasi-medieval fantasy, joined with classical designs,” said Ross. “That made me think of paintings like The Raft of the Medusa, and I wanted to capture that feeling, with the characters and situations from the series. Although really, the only reference I had was the Pogues album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, so in a way, that was my reference and my inspiration."

In Tooth & Claw, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. Featuring swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, vast animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny. Tooth & Claw is the sprawling, world-building fantasy series readers won't want to miss out on.

"It's an unusual subject for Alex,” added Busiek. “But he's painted such a wild range of stuff for Astro City that I was sure he'd do something amazing. So I showed him the art to the first issue, and he was glad to join in. And he really outdid himself, I'd say—it's a gorgeous, moody cover that really encapsulates what's going on in this world."

Ross was also influenced by Dewey’s caliber of artwork. "At this point, we all know what great work Kurt can do, but look at this awesome artwork by Ben Dewey!” said Ross. “This is some of the most impressive and elaborate illustration you can find in comics. How often do you see a world of animal protagonists in a comic story related with such realism and pathos? This book looks damn unique to me, and isn’t that what we should all be looking for?"

Tooth & Claw #1 (Diamond Code SEP140540) will be available on November 5 as a double-sized 44 page issue with no ads for only $2.99. Tooth & Claw #2 (Diamond Code OCT140609) Cover A by Dewey will be available on December 3. Cover B by Ross will be available with Diamond Code OCT140610.

Full press release below.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Interview - Alex Eckman-Lawn

Thanatos Diver is a brand new series from Th3rd World Studios poised to debut soon. You may have heard about it before now. If not, then it should definitely be on your radar. Not only is a wildly satisfying homage to the JRPG days of 16-bit yore, but it also boasts two very talented individuals in writer Nick Tapalansky and artist Alex Eckman-Lawn. Eckman-Lawn was gracious enough to answer a few questions about the book ahead of its September 18th cutoff date (place your orders here!). Read on to find out what's so cool about being underwater and what RPG could possibly be a contender for greatest of all time.

Review - Copperhead #1

"There's two Fs, you know. In "Sheriff." Your little sign. You spelled "Sheriff" wrong."

Every settlement needs a good sheriff. Someone to keep the peace and reinforce the law. And while every town can't be fortunate (?) enough as Mega-City One and have judges, some do get lucky enough to have an authority figure to do all of the above. In Copperhead #1 from Image Comics, that someone is a brand new arrival. The issue is written by Jay Faerber, illustrated by Scott Godlewski, colored by Ron Riley and lettered by Thomas Mauer.

BOOM! Studios Makes Inaugural Rose City Comic Con Appearance

Lumberjanes #6 Rose City Comic Con Exclusive

There's a first time for everything they say. The adage even applies to publishers and conventions, with BOOM! Studios poised to make their first appearance at Rose City Comic Con. The event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, during the weekend of September 20-21. BOOM! will be at booth #1201 and will host a few creators over the weekend.

Those creators include Aubrey Aiese (Lumberjanes, Adventure Time: Pixel Princesses, Adventure Time: Seeing Red), Wook-Jin Clark (Adventure Time: The Flip Side) and Zachary Sterling (Adventure Time: Playing with Fire, Adventure Time: Seeing Red) all weekend. For $30, fans can purchase a customized illustration of their choice on a blank sketch cover of a variety of comics. On Saturday, the publisher will host Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, Escape from New York), Marc Andreyko (Clive Barker’s Nightbreed) and Ben Meares (Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary) and Joshua Williamson (RoboCop).

BOOM! will have a Rose City Comic Con exclusive variant for Lumberjanes #6 illustrated by Aiese (who also happens to be the book's letterer) available for purchase through the convention for $10.00 while supplies last.

Full press release below.

Th3rd World Studios Dives Into Adventure With Thanatos Diver

Under the sea is both vast and scary. There's so much of it that's yet to be discovered, largely due to our incapability as humans to figure out scientifically how to get down there without imploding. It's a safe bet that when we do get down there we'll find lots and lots of treasure, which is something Th3rd World Studios wants to learn more about. To that end, they're pleased to announce the November release of Thanatos Diver #1 from Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn. And it's chock full of JRPG throwback goodness.

"It isn't much of a surprise that Nick and I share a lot of the same nerdy passions, or that we're still twelve at heart, so you can see loves of that era in the DNA of this book. It's like The Legend of Zelda and Bone got together and Studio Ghibli came to film the show, you know?", said Eckman-Lawn.

The series, which is set to be released this November, is currently in Diamond Previews (SEP141627 - Previews page 382). Variant covers will be available as well, featuring a wide range of artists from Jeremy Bastian, David Petersen, Carey Pietsch and Anissa Espinosa. A pre-order site is set up with additional details of the series as well as a full color and black and white pre-order form for download. Additionally, up-to-date testimonials on the series, an early preview, and a countdown ticker to remind fans how much time they have left to order are all in place.

"As a new father," says Taplansky. "It's so important to me that my daughter have a strong leading lady to look up to for a long time to come; someone she might see some of herself in, or her family, or her friends. Plus the book is steeped in so much of the stuff that influenced us, it's guaranteed that she'll be firing up the Super Nintendo with me for some Secret of Mana or Chrono Trigger action sooner rather than later. How's that for early childhood education?"

Final orders are due to retailers on September 18th. Full press release below.