Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review - The Amazing World of Gumball 2015 Grab Bag #1 (@boomstudios)

"You guys came to the right place."

Things get pretty crazy in The Amazing World of Gumball. It only stands to reason that the zaniness extends to The Amazing World of Gumball 2015 Grab Bag #1 from BOOM! Studios. "The Collection" is written by Fernanda Jaber and illustrated by Fellipe Martins, "The Legendary Leader of Laundrorome" is written and illustrated by Zack Giallongo, "Funland Fiasco" is written and illustrated by Philip Murphy, "Anais's Wand" is written and illustrated by Nneka Myers, "Stories from the Cemetary" is written and illustrated by Murphy, "Storage Unit" is written by Cohen Edenfield and illustrated by Kate Leth.

Faith #1 Flies High in January

Valiant puts a lot of love into their characters and Faith is no exception. Faith is a very unique character and the publisher is honoring her with the launch of a new limited series spotlighting her solo career. The new series will pair Jody Houser with Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage. Faith #1 will feature covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Sauvage, Clayton Henry and Colleen Coover when it debuts in January.

“Faith is one of the most unique characters in comics – a sci-fi loving, Firefly-quoting fangirl that wound up standing shoulder-to-shoulder alongside some of the most powerful superheroes on Earth, who, at the end of the day, might just prove herself to be the bravest of them all,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Since she first stepped off the page in HARBINGER through HARBINGER WARS, UNITY, and ARMOR HUNTERS, fans far and wide have demanded that she be given her time to shine in the spotlight. Fortunately, Jody, Francis, and Marguerite are the perfect team to give Faith the leading role she deserves with a fast and fun-filled series that will establish her once and for all as one of Valiant’s leading lights.”

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicals about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

“Faith is an especially fun character for this sort of story because of how genre savvy she is,” writer Jody Houser told Comic Book Resources. “She didn't fall into the ‘classic costumed life’ by accident. She made a deliberate attempt to model her life after the heroes she grew up with, not because that's just how it's done, but because she understands the benefit of having a normal life on the side. Wanting to do great things doesn't mean she wants to be in the spotlight 24/7.”

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Announces New York Comic Con Exclusives

Dark Horse is hitting New York for the big show in October. And they're bringing with them a ton of exclusives. Check out the full list below.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review - The Threat #1 (Reboot)

"There is always some obstacle to overcome."

Something will destroy the world--it's inevitable. Whether that something is man-made or not remains to be seen, but people will be forced to adapt in order to survive. That adaptation takes on an interesting form in The Threat #1 (Reboot) from Stratum Comics. The issue is written by Mark Schmidt and Vince Chuter, illustrated by Jose Fernandez, colored by William Anderson and lettered by Schmidt.

Doc Savage Returns in The Spider's Web

Doc Savage has an enduring legacy as one of the most popular pulp heroes ever. Every story that features him attempts to take the character to new places and new adventures, including Doc Savage: The Spider's Web #1, written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Cezar Razek. In Doc Savage: The Spider's Web, the intrepid explorer and scientist (alongside his trusted team) responds to a devastating earthquake in South America, only to discover that the disaster was no accident... and it seems to be linked to a menace that Doc faced many years before! As his investigation begins, Doc finds that a number of closed cases that he had considered to be isolated threats were in fact part of a larger web that he never suspected before now.

"Working on Doc Savage has been a childhood dream come true," says Roberson. "In our previous mini-series Man of Bronze, we laid out a decades' long career for Doc, one that remained faithful to Lester Dent's original vision of the characters in the 30s and 40s, but that also bridged the gap from the pulp era to the modern day. With The Spider's Web, we're able to use that long history as backdrop, and to tell several different stand-alone adventures that combine into a larger story."

Dynamite will celebrate the debut of Doc Savage: The Spider's Web with several cover options. Wilfredo Torres provides Cover A for the first issue, while Marc Laming provides Cover B. A "Blank Authentix" edition will also be made available, featuring a blank cover perfect for aspiring artists, convention guests, etc. Finally, Dynamite will create rare incentive variants and high-end collectible editions available through qualifying retailers: Black-and-White and Virgin Art editions by Wilfredo Torres, and a Black-and-White edition by Marc Laming. Doc Savage: The Spider's Web #1 will be solicited for release in December in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog.

Full press release below.

Harvey Awards Banquet Honors 2015 Recipients

The Harvey Awards are an annual gathering of some of the industry's best and brightest. This past Saturday, those winners and more got together to honor this year's recipients. Vivek Tiwary acted as host and MC for the event. Check out the full list of winners and press release below.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Review - The Steam Man #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"My only concern is...why my navigator ain't hardly wearing any clothes."

Fighting aliens is generally presented as some dire case where the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Humanity throws everything it has at the invaders and--with barely any hope left--manage to pull out a win. It's not often that the all-out brawls ends slightly differently, but it does in The Steam Man #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Mark Alan Miller, illustrated by Piotr Kowalski, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

BOOM! Studios Streamlines BOOM! Innovator Retailer Reward Program

The BOOM! Innovator Program is due for a relaunch. And BOOM! Studios is more than happy to oblige, doing so with a focus on rewarding the retail partners who have supported the company for the last 10 years. The goal of the program is to help push the industry forward by offering retailers a risk-free opportunity to provide new BOOM! Studios material to their customers. By stocking through single issues at the beginning of various series, stores are seen as consistent one-stop shops for a plethora of series. Of course, this also leads to trade sales down the road. In addition, retailers have risk-free trade-in value on all in-stock BOOM! items in their warehouse.

“There is more amazing comic content available to fans now than ever before, but that makes the job of a retailer to curate that content in their store even more challenging than before,” said BOOM! President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “At BOOM! we believe strongly that part of our partnership with retailers is maximizing their sales at a reduced risk and the BOOM! Innovator program is a great way to do that.”

BOOM! wants to reward retail partners that are willing to take a strong position with the company as a publisher and stock BOOM!'s newest single issues. In exchange for stocking all single issues #1-4 each quarter (at a quantity based on the amount of locations a retailer has), retailers will qualify to return all unsold copies up to four times a year and redeem those books for free shipments of replacement BOOM! stock. Additionally, qualifying retailers will be featured in a monthly BOOM! Innovators ad and on the BOOM! website, as well as have a dedicated point of contact at BOOM! to coordinate signings, events, and promotional material.

Full press release below.

Lawrence Block Pens Intro to Black Hood Vol. 1 TPB

The Black Hood is a series full of drama and bad people. It still maeks for good reading and Dark Circle Comics is poised to announce The Black Hood Vol 1: The Bullet's Kiss trade paperback. Part of that TPB will be an exclusive introduction written by Lawrence Block. The book collects the first five issues of the well-reviewed series from fellow crime novelist Duane Swierczynski and artist Michael Gaydos, plus many behind-the-scenes extras.

"Both Duane and I are huge fans of Lawrence Block's epic body of work, from Matt Scudder to his most recent novel," said Alex Segura, Dark Circle Comics Editor. "To have him grace this important book with an introduction is amazing, and something I'm very excited for fans to embrace. You're getting work from two of the most acclaimed voices in crime fiction in this collection, for the price of one."

The Black Hood Vol 1: The Bullet's Kiss takes readers into the life of a hero cop who finds himself scarred, addicted and broken by his job and showcases his journey to becoming a painkiller-addicted vigilante intent on cleaning up the corruption in Philadelphia. Swierczynski’s grounded and unrelenting look at a desperate and broken man’s search for meaning in an unforgiving world is brought to noir-drenched life by artist Michael Gaydos and the somber pallet of colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Review - Farlaine the Goblin: Twistlands

"We've got seven lands left and all the momentum in the world!"

Farlaine the Goblin is, well, a goblin. He's journeying across the Oddlands of Wug to find a home and that journey continues in Farlaine the Goblin: Twistlands published by Studio Farlaine. The issue is written and illustrated anonymously

Bigfoot Sighted in Space

For every grainy photo of Bigfoot, there's a person who will tell you they were there. Somewhere in the mountains. Or maybe in a forest. Never will you find someone to corroborate a photo of Bigfoot in space, because it's a safe bet that Bigfoot has never been "sighted" there. Until now. Action Lab Entertainment is gearing up to present Bigfoot - Sword of the Earthman, written by Josh S. Henamen, illustrated by Andy Taylor and colored by Tamra Bonvillain. It's not the story of how Bigfoot became a myth on Earth. It’s the story of how he became a legend of the stars.

On October 20, 1967, a pair of hunters caught on film the image of a solitary creature in the wilds of Northern California. After a media firestorm, no credible evidence could prove the existence of this “Bigfoot” and for the next 40 years the sighting was largely deemed a hoax. On November 6th, 2007, the NASA rover, Spirit, photographed the same creature on a ridge just south of Grissom Hill. The location? Fourth planet from the sun: Mars. This winter … Action Lab reveals how he got there. The dying planet needed a hero… what they got was a sasquatch.

Bigfoot - Sword of the Earthman is available for preorder now with the Diamond Previews Item Code OCT151012. Full press release below.

Image Comics Brings Bitch Planet to Local Comic Shop Day

November 28 is a big day for comic book stores as it's Local Comic Shop Day. ComicsPRO wants to celebrate the occasion and they're teaming up with Image Comics to announce their support with the first hardcover collection of Bitch Planet. Local Comic Shop Day is a new event focusing on locally owned independent comic book specialty stores and their role in shaping the pop culture market. The first Local Comic Shop Day will be Saturday, November 28, two days after Thanksgiving and coinciding with American Express’ “Small Business Saturday” event. On Local Comic Shop Day, participating retailers will have exclusive, and in some cases, limited items debuting from supporting publishers. The goal of Local Comic Shop Day is to jump start the holiday buying season for storefront comics specialty retailers by giving comics fans more of what they most desire.

“We’re thrilled to have Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Image Comics choose Local Comic Shop Day™ as the event to release the first Bitch Planet hardcover,” said Marco Davanzo, ComicsPRO Executive and owner of Alakazam Comics in Irvine, California. “Image Comics continues to be ahead of the curve with originality, quality, and vision.”

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and with art by Valentine De Landro, Bitch Planet takes place in a dystopian reality where non-compliant women are jailed in an off-planet prison. The LCSD hardcover edition features cover art by Filipe Andrade and is limited to 750 copies. It collects the first five issues of the series. Full press release below.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review - Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1 (@BOOMStudios)

"Bad dream. Go back to sleep."

Philip K. Dick asked if androids dream of electric sheep, but he didn't ask if sheep dream of androids. Or aliens. It's not often that one has to contend with a dog rallying forces against an alien invasion, but it's prime matter for Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Dan Abnett, illustrated and lettered by I.N.J. Culbard.

Revisit BOOM! Studios Longest-Running Original Series with Irredeemable Premier Edition Hardcover

Irredeemable was an industry darling for a long time, garnering heaps of praise and plenty of acclaim. It's been a while since it first debuted in 2009, but it might arguably be Mark Waid's biggest hits, as the team of Waid, Peter Krause and Diego Barreto worked together exceptionally well on the book. And now, BOOM! Studios is preparing to debut the Irredeemable Premier Edition, a new series of oversized, deluxe hardcovers collecting the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comics. Volume 1, collecting the first eight issues by Waid and Krause, is set to debut in October.

“Mark and Peter are phenomenal storytellers and Irredeemable stands out as career work for both of them,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “With Irredeemable, they looked into the darker side of heroism and showed us how far a hero could fall. It’s an incredible story, and we’re thrilled to collect the entire epic in beautiful new hardcovers that are perfect for collectors, longtime fans, and new readers.”

In Irredeemable, when the Plutonian, the world’s greatest superhero, snaps and turns into the world’s greatest villain, only his former teammates have a chance at stopping his rampage. But while on the run from the world’s most powerful and angry being, will these former teammates discover his secrets in time? How did he come to this? What became of the hope and promise once inside him? What happens to the world when its savior betrays it? What makes a hero irredeemable?

Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1 hardcover (7.25” x 11.25”, 208 pages, full color) arrives in comic shops on October 28th and in bookstores November 3rd with a cover price of $29.99 under Diamond code JUL151105. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is October 5th. Full press release below.

A Sound of Thunder Brings Shadowman to Life in Tales from the Deadside

With comic conventions come events. With Baltimore Comic-Con comes an event rife with death, as Valiant Entertainment is teaming up with Washington, DC, area metal band A Sound of Thunder for "Tales from the Deadside," an all-new concept album inspired by New Orleans' nocturnal guardian the voodoo-empowered hero simply known as Shadowman.
From Shadowman's unearthly origin to his first brutal encounter with the arcane forces of the New Orleans night, "Tales from the Deadside" is a comics experience like none other, told across 60 minutes of spine-tingling tracks, voice narration and soundscapes from rock n’ roll masters A Sound of Thunder.

"The story of Shadowman, his alter-ego Jack Boniface, and the many characters in his world inspired us to create what we believe is our best album to date," said A Sound of Thunder guitarist Josh Schwartz. "We let the story lead us to places our music has never been before, combining all the elements of supernatural horror, drama, action and adventure found in the comics. Of course, everything has gone through our own unique Thunderous filter, and all the familiar ASOT elements will be there. Shadowman's harrowing journey demanded no less!"

On September 25th, the many worlds of Shadowman characters spring to life in "Tales from the Deadside" – available digitally, on CD, and vinyl. And don’t miss the band’s ground-shaking release party, kicking off during Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 at Baltimore’s own Metro Gallery on September 26th. Join A Sound of Thunder's Legion of Thunder and a host of Shadowman fans from around the globe for a musical performance unlike any other as Shadowman’s "Tales from the Deadside" smashes down the barrier from the Valiant Universe to yours. Plus, fans will get the chance to meet A Sound of Thunder in person during Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 at Booth A185, as the band overtakes the metro area's biggest comic convention with band-exclusive variants of Book of Death #3 by artist Dusan Markovic, CDs, vinyl, t-shirts and more for sale and free autographing.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review - Side-Kicked #1 (@DarbyPopComics)

"...but you're replaceable."

The life of the superhero is a job filled with attention and praise. Thanks for law enforcement. Fear from villains. The life of a sidekick features many of the same responsibilities, but very little in the way of recognition or thanks. It makes you wonder why be a sidekick in the first place. Side-Kicked #1 from Darby Pop Comics asks that question. The issue is written by Russell Brettholtz, illustrated by Miguel Mendonça and Rick Ketcham, colored by Sara Machajewski and lettered by HdE.

Black Magick Casts a Spell in October

October is the perfect month for casting spells. Well, it's the perfect month for newbies to want to cast spells. Seasoned professionals cast spells year-round, but in Black Magick from Image Comics, things get a little more interesting as far as magic in October goes. Written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Nicola Scott, Black Magick is a new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy, destiny, redemption… and the price of magic.

“Nic and I have been living with Rowan for so long, now, working on this series in some way, shape, or form for years, and to see it become manifest, to finally share it with others, that’s both exciting and, honestly, a little nerve-wracking,” said Rucka. “Rowan’s one of the most complicated people I’ve ever tried to bring to life on the page. She’s got some very rough edges, some very sharp corners, and in many ways she is her own worst enemy. But for all that, her story is one that both Nic and I are genuinely passionate about telling, and I think that shines through on every page.”

In Black Magick #1 Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the truth about herself… both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet, there are others in Rowan's world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. Black Magick #1 (Diamond Code: AUG150553) will be available on Wednesday, October 28th; cover B by Jill Thompson will be available with Diamond Code AUG150554. A magazine-size variant by Rich Burchett will also be available with Diamond Code AUG158533. The Final Order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, October 5th.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Announces New Seduction of the Innocent

There was a time when comics weren't quite the asme powerful force they are now, driving Hollywood with blockbuster after blockbuster. Way back in the day, comics were sometimes (often) vilified and blamed for youths having thoughts of depravity. That witch hunt culminated in Seduction of the Innocent, a supposed treatise on the ill effects of comic books. Dynamite Entertainment is reviving Seduction of the Innocent in name only, tapping Ande Parks and Esteve Polls for a new series in the tradition of James Elroy and the EC-era crime and horror comics. And for good measure it will boast a cover by Francesco Francavilla.

Parks says, "The story is, at its core, about loss of innocence. It's about seduction, but not sexual seduction. It's about the seduction of violence and power. It's about a good man struggling to hold onto the values that have always defined him as he battles things so evil that he can't really comprehend them. This is not a story that clings to the status quo. People change in the course of our arc. They die and lose things that can never be recovered. I love period crime fiction, enshrouded in fog and bad intention. Our story is told in a modern style, but it is rooted in crime fiction of the past: Jim Thompson and the True Crime comics of the fifties. We were lucky enough to get Francesco Francavilla to do covers that pay homage to the amazing Johnny Craig EC covers, with severed heads, bloody axes, and so on -- all the glorious stuff that got Dr. Fredric Wertham in an uproar. Also, I get to work with Esteve Polls again, with whom I did a 25-issue run on The Long Ranger that I'm very proud of. He's great at atmosphere, and our crime story has plenty for him to draw."

Set in the San Francisco of 1953, Seduction of the Innocent introduces Thomas Jennings, an FBI agent who has just arrived in the city, fresh-faced and ready to tackle crime in the big city… or so he thinks. In fact, Jennings is not nearly prepared for what he's about to encounter. The city's crime lords are being systematically murdered, and the killers waiting to fill the void are the pure stuff of Jennings' nightmares. Jennings will be forced to question every belief he holds dear to protect his wife and unborn child from the madness.

Regarding the setting, Parks says, "Throughout the series, we try to use San Francisco's most interesting and iconic features as set pieces. The Wharf, the Japanese Tea Garden, Chinatown, the Redwood Forest, etc. I didn't get us to Alcatraz… maybe down the line somewhere. Anyway, I love the city, and I think it's full of unique settings for our characters to move around -- and kill each other -- in."

Seduction of the Innocent #1 will be solicited for release in December in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog. Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review - Death One-Shot #1 (@Zenescope)

"I'm not the devil...I'm something much, much worse."

Death is inevitable. It will eventually claim us all (unless science intervenes). When the life is claimed is the subject of debate, but hopefully it's not claimed too early--something that's punishable in Death One-Shot #1 from Zenescope. The issue is written by Ralph Tedesco, illustrated by Gregbo Watson, colored by Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz and lettered by Fabio Amelia.

Dynamite Announces December Release of The Precinct

Steampunk maintains a certain level of popularity these days. Dynamite seems to know that and it's announcing the upcoming release of The Precinct from Frank J. Barbiere and Crizam Zamora. And the publisher will celebrate its debut with several cover options, including one by Joe Benitez and Darick Robertson. Dynamite will also create rare incentive variants and high-end collectible editions available through qualifying retailers: Black-and-White and Virgin Art editions by Robertson and a Virgin Art edition by Benitez.

"I'm really excited for readers to check out The Precinct," says writer Frank J. Barbiere. "This book is a really fun journey into some new genres for me (mainly mystery and detective stories), and with a gorgeous steampunk setting, it really stands out as something special. Mort and Jo, our protagonists, are fun characters with very unique world views. I can't wait for readers to see them clash and experience the steampunk secrets of The Big City for themselves!"

In the sprawling, steampunk metropolis known as The Big City, it's up to one group to keep the peace and uphold the law: the officers of The Precinct! Mortimer Hill is a veteran officer who has busted his fair share of criminals, but when mechanical monsters start causing trouble, he'll need to use all his wits (and brawn) to get to the heart of the mystery. Along with his new partner, a representative from the enigmatic Alchemy Academy, Mort will face the biggest case of his career... and the most dangerous!

Full press release below.

Ringside Takes Action Outside the Ring

In the older days of wrestling, leaving the ring was sacrosanct. The ref would 10 count and a wrestler would lose the match, prompting many to keep the action in the ring. A lot of that changed during the Attitude era of WWE, culminating in what was perhaps one of the greatest matches of all-time in Undertaker vs. Mankind and a giant cage. Those two wrestlers proved that exciting things could happen outside the ring and from that point forward it was never safe to sit at the Spanish announcers' table. Image Comics must be wrestling fans, because they also know that frenetic things happen outside the ring, which is why they're launching Ringside on October 14 as a sneak peak in The Walking Dead #147. The issue is written by Joe Keatinge and illustrated by Nick Barber and is an ensemble drama set around the world of professional wrestling.

"Ringside’s set in the often brutal crossroads between what people do for the things they love most and what they're willing to sacrifice for them," said Keatinge. "While Ringside's certainly a dramatization, you would be hard pressed to find a group of women and men who give up their lives for the entertainment of millions across the world as much as those who enter the ring."

Ringside explores the diverse relationships within professional wrestling as art conflicts with industry, fact conflicts with fiction and, overall, delves into how far people are willing to go for what they believe in, no matter how violent the result. As the series progresses perspectives will shift from the wrestlers themselves, the staff they work with, the suits in charge, and the fans cheering them all on.

Barber added: “As over-the-top as a wrestling match can get—the world outside of the ring can be even more compelling. Ringside is about the personal struggles and conflicts of those involved in, and around the sport (and business) of professional wrestling. While wrestling is the landscape, you certainly don't need to be an expert to enjoy this epic story.”

Ringside #1 (Diamond Code SEP150595) hits stores on Wednesday, November 25th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 2nd. Full press release below.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review - Dead Vengeance #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Here goes...once dead, but now revived, floating corpse, come alive!"

Few (read: none) of us are lucky enough to be able to live after death. If you could live after death, you could get a lot more stuff done. Like maybe even track down the person/people responsible for your death, as is the case in Dead Vengeance #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written and penciled by Bill Morrison, inked by Keith Champagne, colored by Carlos Badilla and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Graphic Novel Sports a Space Mullet

What kind of universe do we live in that has space goblins, telekinetic aliens, futuristic roller derbies and space truckers? One best described by Daniel Warren Johnson in the graphic novel collection Space Mullet: One Gamble at a Time. The perfect mix of drama, action, comedy, and heart, Space-Mullet! showcases Johnson’s style, which will appeal to fans of Japanese manga, European comics, and American comics alike.

Ex–Space Marine Jonah and his copilot Alphius rove the galaxy, just trying to get by. Drawn into one crazy adventure after another, they forge a crew of misfits into a family that must face the darkest parts of the universe together. Space-Mullet! is a richly detailed, accessible sci-fi world with heartfelt characters and an unforgettable story. Space-Mullet!: One Gamble at a Time is in stores March 16, 2016.

Full press release below.

Cognetic Toys With Absolute Power

Not everyone has the ability to be the person in charge of it all. Sure, many will think that if they were in charge that they could make things better. Maybe even make things a perfect world. What if a single being decided to pursue the aforementioned line of though to take control of humanity and set it on a different course? This October, James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan return with a fresh look at how the world could end in the oversized, three-issue event Cognetic. When a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population in a hivemind resurfaces to set humanity back on track, the people of New York City struggle to comprehend the strange and horrifying things happening to them, and one young woman in the FBI will have to pay a terrible price if she’s going to save them.

“James and Eryk are breaking the mould with one fantastic apocalyptic ‘what if’ after another,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Memetic was a horrifying digital apocalypse that made us all think twice about sharing funny memes, while Cognetic taps into the innate desire for control that everyone has and proves how deadly it can be. This new look at how the world ends will hit you with the hard question: What would you sacrifice to save humanity?”

Cognetic #1 is oversized at 48 pages (all three issues of the miniseries will be 48 pages) and arrives in comic shops on October 21st with a main cover by Donovan for the price of $4.99 under Diamond order code AUG151188. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Felipe Smith and a retailer incentive cover by Juan Doe. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is September 21st.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Review - Tokyo Ghost #1 (@ImageComics)

"Leaving me here--the only tech-free observer to this illustrious group apathy."

One of the (if not the) biggest downsides to the recent explosion of a digital world is humanity's almost inevitable march towards a solitude existence, where we console ourselves in our screens. That may seem a little harsh and overdramatic, but the fact is that as more and more transactions go online, less and less transactions will occur offline. That doesn't mean there still won't be people up to no good and for those people some type of enforcement is necessary, Enforcement such as the constables in Tokyo Ghost #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Sean Murphy, colored by Matt Hollingsworth and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Dark Horse to Release I Am a Hero Manga

I Am a Hero is an award-winning survival manga by Kengo Hanazawa. It's gotten a lot of acclaim and now Dark Horse is getting in on the action, bringing the book to readers in early 2016. I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1 is in stores April 6, 2016. Each Dark Horse omnibus volume will collect two of the original Japanese books.

The zombie apocalypse has never been more surreal. A mentally unhinged manga artist witnesses the beginning of a zombie outbreak in Tokyo, and he’s certain of only two things: he’s destined to be the city’s hero, and he possesses something very rare in Japan—an actual firearm!

Full press release below.

KaBOOM! Releases Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz Hardcover

October 2, 1950 was a big day for kids wearing yellow shirts with black patterns on them. It was the day that Charlie Brown debuted in a classic, four-panel comic strip printed in seven newspapers. In the time since, the character and his friends have become household names, catapulting Charles M. Schulz into beloved status. This October, KaBOOM!, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts Worldwide have the honor of presenting an unprecedented collection of original stories, pin-ups, and strips dedicated to the character's creation in Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz.

“A tribute of this magnitude to honor Charles M. Schulz is a career highlight for us,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Schulz’s characters are universally recognized and loved, entertaining and inspiring people of all ages. To say that Peanuts has influenced cartoonists would be an understatement; some of our favorite creators cite Charlie Brown and his friends as the inspiration for becoming artists. It’s been 65 years, and Peanuts can still make us laugh just as hard and think just as much as the first time we read the strips. This collection is a love letter from creators who want to celebrate and honor ‘Sparky,’ and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share that love with our fellow fans.”

This 11.5” x 9” hardcover features 128 pages of full-color illustrations and comics from 40 renowned cartoonists, presenting the Peanuts gang in their own signature styles in a very rare opportunity and in cooperation with the Schulz estate. Mo Willems, Raina Telgemeier, Jen Wang, Patrick McDonnell, Stan Sakai, Terry Moore, Liz Prince, Mike Allred, Paul Pope and many more celebrate their love of Peanuts in this one-of-a-kind collection. The Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz hardcover arrives in comic shops on October 14th and in bookstores October 20th for the price of $34.99 under Diamond order code JUL151095 and ISBN 978-1-60886-714-1. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is September 28th.

“Peanuts has conquered so many mediums and inspired countless artists in its 65 years—it is wonderful to have this collection highlight Schulz’s influence,” said Craig Herman, Executive Director of Publishing, Peanuts Worldwide. “We are so excited to be able to celebrate the legacy of the brand, the characters, and the man behind them with this publication.”

Full press release below.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review - Voltron: From the Ashes #1 (@DynamiteComics)

We can only hope that if we find intelligent life somewhere in the universe that if it's dangerous we'll have a defender. A giant robot is cool, but a giant robot piloted by five individuals in five different cat robots would be awesome. Dynamite Comics explores that defense in Voltron: From the Ashes #1. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Blacky Shepherd, colored by Adriano Augusto and lettered by Rob Steen.

Baltimore Comic Con Announces Panel Programming

Baltimore Comic-Con is a week away, so it's a good time to start planning your panel attendance at the show. The show organizers have you covered, as they've just released the panel schedule for all three days of convention excitement. Friday will feature spotlights on David Petersen's Mouse Guard, Marvel Comics' New Mutants, featuring a number of creator contributors to the classic series, and numerous panels featuring some of the industry's largest publishers including Dynamite Entertainment, IDW and Valiant Entertainment.

Saturday, you can go to Batman Day Baltimore Comic-Con style, publisher panels including Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment and Action Lab Entertainment, and spotlight panels on Charles Soule, Jules Feiffer, Russ Heath, and Guest of Honor Mark Waid and media guests Paul Blackthorne and Ming-Na Wen. Sunday, learn about Vivek Tiwary's The Fifth Beatle, the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner's The Spirit, and attend spotlights on Scott Snyder, Tom Palmer and media guests Katie Cassidy and Edward James Olmos.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Debuting Danganronpa Manga

The first day of school is never easy. Getting back into the swing of things, learning your new class schedule, dealing with murder. Most students only go through two of the three listed above, but in Danganronpa, things are a little more intense. And Dark Horse is visiting Hope Peak Academy in the Danganronpa manga, set to debut March 16, 2016.

Each year, the elite Hope’s Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll…plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi is that lucky person—or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope’s Peak is to not only murder another student…but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other!

Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review - D4VE2 #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Ayooooooo. What's up butthorns?"

Asimov had only three rules of robotics and one of them was not that robots should be polite. The concept of a nice robot does dovetail into some of the other rules, but IDW's D4VE2 #1 flaunts those rules, as its robots are full of crass language and somewhat immature takes on life. The issue is written and lettered by Ryan Ferrier and illustrated by Valentin Ramon.

Valiant Offers Origins of Commander Trill

X-O Manowar fans probably know as much about the Vine as Aric of Dacia. What they might not know about though is their leader Commander Trill. That changes in December, thanks to X-O Manowar: Commander Trill #0. The next essential zero issue is written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Francis Portela, offering readers a return to the roots of the Vine's brutal alien empire. X-O Manowar: Commander Trill #0 features covers by Phil Jimenez, Cary Nord and David Lafuente.

“Since the very first issue, Commander Trill has been a central piece of the X-O MANOWAR mythology and now, for the very first time, we’re going to see just how deep his influence truly runs,” said series editor Tom Brennan. “From Master Darque to Toyo Harada to the Immortal Enemy, Valiant’s antagonists are just as compelling as its heroes. Trill is no exception and his long-awaited origin story will not only reveal a tale that Robert Venditti has been building towards for years, but will also pave the way for the epic shake-ups leading into X-O MANOWAR’s milestone 50th issue in the new year.”

From Aric of Dacia’s escape with the X-O Manowar armor to the destruction of his own home world, pain and consequence have haunted the life of the alien general called Commander Trill. Now, on the eve of the most devastating assault yet, find out why with an essential, standalone zero issue detailing the battle-scarred life and origin of the Vine’s mightiest military leader...and an all-new prelude to X-O Manowar’s most terrifying clash of the year!

Full press release below.

Faith Erin Hicks Offers Oversized Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf Special

Lumberjanes are all the rage these days and BOOM! Box knows it. That's why they're announcing the first-ever Lumberjanes special in the October debut of Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf #1. Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell will tap into the Lumberjanes spirit in the oversized, self-contained story featuring April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley as they try to figure out the mystery of the ghost pony and earn their Beyond Bay Leaf pin.

“We’ve had so many wonderful, talented creators join us at the Lumberjanes campfire, and we’re thrilled to have Faith back for our first oversized special,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “The Lumberjanes team is dedicated to creating a positive, empowering comic for all readers, and Faith and Rosemary certainly contribute to that mission.”

Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf #1 contains an oversized 48 pages and arrives in comic shops on October 14th with a main cover by Nick Sumida for the price of $4.99 under Diamond order code AUG151202. Also available in a limited quality is a retailer incentive cover by Eva Eskelinen. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is September 21st.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review - The Threat #1

"There is always some obstacle to overcome."

Something will destroy the world--it's inevitable. Whether that something is man-made or not remains to be seen, but people will be forced to adapt in order to survive. That adaptation takes on an interesting form in The Threat #1 from Stratum Comics. The issue is written by Mark Schmidt and Vince Chuter, illustrated by Jodri Perez Estevez, colored by Philip Fuller and lettered by Schmidt.

Plants vs. Zombies Boxed Set Coming from Dark Horse

There was a time when zombies were only popular around Halloween. Now, it looks like everywhere you go, zombies are there waiting for you. Still, Halloween does warrant zombie participation, prompting Dark Horse Comics and PopCap Games to release a Plants vs. Zombies boxed set collecting three critically acclaimed graphic novels. Paul Tobin and Ron Chan are bringing the zombie adventures of Patrice Blazing and Nate Timely as they join forces with Crazy Dave to fend off several fun-dead invasions.

This deluxe boxed set includes Plants vs. Zombies Volume 1: Lawnmageddon, Plants vs. Zombies Volume 2: Timepocalypse, Plants vs. Zombies Volume 3: Bully for You and an exclusive Plants vs. Zombies double-sided poster. In fall 2014, Dark Horse announced record sales of over 500,000 copies of Plants vs. Zombies books following multiple sold-out print runs. The Plants vs. Zombies Boxed Set hits comic shops October 14 and bookstores November 3.

Full press release below.

Valiant Charges into Baltimore Comic-Con

Valiant's headed to Baltimore. The publisher isn't moving its headquarters or anything, but they will be in Charm City for Baltimore Comic-Con in a few weeks. And Valiant will be bringing along a boatload of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, panels, and special guests to celebrate. Fans can find Valiant at Booth #2008, along with a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers.

Valiant will also debut the Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant - featuring the first Valiant cover from Dean Haspiel. On Friday, in Panel Room #343-344, fans can join Valiant for the Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here panel. On Saturday, fans can attend the 25 Years of Valiant: Book of Death and Beyond panel featuring Matt Kindt, Robert Venditti, Warren Simons and Dinseh Shamdasani.

Full press release below.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Review - Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Tough girl you've got here."

At this point, Lara Croft needs no introduction. She's an adventurer of the highest pedigree with a penchant for finding artifacts no one else can seem to find. It's not a normal day for her if she's not jetsetting across the globe and Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #1 from Dark Horse Comics is no exception on any of the above fronts. The issue is written by Corinna Bechko, illustrated by Randy Green, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Ming-Na Wen Joins Baltimore Comic Con

If Baltimore Comic Con didn't have enough talent to win you over, the organizers are adding one more level of talent in the form of Ming-Na Wen of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fame. Ming-Na first won attention with her touching and critically acclaimed performance as June in the feature film The Joy Luck Club. But she is most noted for her portrayal of Dr. Jing-Mei Chen on the hit show ER. Other series have included SGU Stargate Universe and Eureka. Ming can currently be seen as Agent Melinda "The Cavalry" May, one of the leads of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. She will also be seen in the upcoming Blumhouse feature film 6 Miranda Drive opposite Kevin Bacon.

"We've been working to get Ming-Na as a guest this year for a while," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "The planets finally aligned, and we are ecstatic to be able to announce her attendance in September. She has done such fantastic work, from dramatic roles to action adventure, and we love Agent May! We know her fans will be lining up to get to meet her in a few short weeks!"

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Gets Rosy

Rose City Comic Con is on the horizon and Dark Horse will be on-hand. They'll be bringing with them free swag, such as comics, buttons, posters, and more. Lady Killer artist Joelle Jones will be designing graphic leggings live at the Dark Horse Booth on Saturday morning in a partnership with Bombsheller. Place an order on Saturday and Bombsheller will custom make them for fans to pick up at the Dark Horse booth on Sunday.

Fans can also join Dark Horse Comics for the Rose City Comic Con After Party at Dante's, featuring Dark Horse themed drinks, Lonesome's Pizza, the HappyMatic photobooth, DJ Sean Aaberg of Pork Magazine and Rogue's Hellboy Right Hand of Doom ale on tap. Free to badge holders (21+).

Full press release below.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Review - Diesel #1 (@boomstudios)

"Let's put some sky behind us!"

Life as the captain of a ship is nothing if not difficult. You have to manage unruly crew members, harrowing situations and family legacies that could directly impact the future success of your journeys. It's the last bit that BOOM! Studios cares about most in Diesel #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Tyson Hesse, color assists by Mariel Cartwright and lettered by Jim Campbell.

We Stand Our Guard Recruits Readers

While Saga might be the belle of the comics ball right now, Brian K. Vaughan does manage to find time to work on other projects. One such project is We Stand Our Guard with Steve Skroce--a project which has been sent back to a second printing by Image Comics. We Stand Our Guard #1 second printing will hit stores October 7 (alongside We Stand Our Guard #4).

“The fact that a comic book about Canadian freedom fighters could sell out of more than 90K copies (with zero variant covers!) is a testament to Image, our heroic retailing partners, and most importantly Steve Skroce and the international team of superstars we're lucky enough to have as collaborators. Thanks so much to all the readers out there for supporting new creator-owned work. And if you haven’t checked out our epic miniseries yet, we’re not planning to collect the story anytime soon, so this new printing of #1 is the ideal way to get caught up on the Two-Four’s bloody campaign,” said Vaughan.

We Stand Our Guard #1 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms. We Stand Our Guard #1 second printing (Diamond Code AUG158130) has a final order cutoff deadline for retailers is September 14th. We Stand Our Guard #2 (Diamond Code JUN150510) and We Stand Our Guard #3 (Diamond Code JUL150548). We Stand On Guard #4(Diamond Code AUG150498) has a final order cutoff deadline for retailers is September 14th.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Announces Presence at Baltimore Comic-Con

BOOM! Studios is planning a trip to Baltimore in the coming weeks. Of course, they're planning to pay the Inner Harbor a visit because Baltimore Comic-Con is right around the corner. BOOM! Studios will be at booth number 2001 and will host artist Brooke A. Allen and writer Matthew Daley all weekend. Daley will be joined on Saturday, September 26 by actor Raphael Sbarge, who is attached to star in the Lantern City television series currently in development. In addition to signing, Allen will be sketching all weekend. For $30, fans can purchase a customized illustration of their choice by Allen on a blank sketch cover of a Lumberjanes comic.

The publisher will host signings at its booth with Mark Waid and J.G. Jones (Strange Fruit), and Brian Stelfreeze. Fans should check at the booth at the show for a schedule. Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con include Jeremy Bastian, Justin Jordan, Jerry Gaylord, Chris Miskiewicz, Jimmy Palmiotti, David Petersen, Matthew Dow Smith and James Tynion IV. BOOM! will also host the following panels at Baltimore Comic-Con: The World of Lantern City and BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Push Comics Forward.

Full press release below.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review - Tet #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"I've never liked telling war stories."

Ask anyone who's ever served in war and chances are the stories will be almost unfathomable. That doesn't lessen the severity of the incidents though and many soldiers find it difficult to come away from the experience with nothing short of being jaded on life. Tet #1 from IDW Publishing is a book that brings that disdain with it. The issue is written and lettered by Paul Allor and illustrated by Paul Tucker.

Valiant Brings 25th Anniversary Convention Tour to Rose City Comic Con

Rose City Comic Con is coming up in a little over a week. Valiant's coast-to-coast celebration of 25 years continues at the show and it will be the hot destination for Valiant exclusive convention-only swag, creator signings, panels, programming and much more. Fans can visit booth #712 to check out Book of Death #1 and Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1. Valiant is also debuting a new convention-only exclusive that fans can only pick up in Portland in Bloodshot Reborn #6 Don't miss the BLOODSHOT REBORN #6 Exclusive Rose City Comic Con Variant. The cover features a never-before-seen cover by Portland's own Wook-Jin Clark.

On Saturday, September 19th at 12:30 PM PT in Room #3, join Valiant for 25 YEARS OF VALIANT: BOOK OF DEATH AND BEYOND – an all-star panel spotlighting the next earth-shaking changes coming for Valiant's biggest heroes with special guests James Asmus and Jen Van Meter. Then, on Sunday, September 20th at 1:30 PM PT in Room #3, don't miss Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant's biggest, most memorable characters from Valiant creators and staff.

Full press release below.

True Magic Brings Heavy Cost in Iscariot

Fairy tales such as those from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen often boast magic powers. Those powers usually have a hefty price attached and this October, S.M. Vidaurri will bring a new graphic novel to Archaia that delves into magic and its effects on an individual. Iscriot is the story of Carson, a young girl living with cancer whose life is changed when she is granted an age-old magic by the rebellious magician Iscariot. Carson must now navigate her powers, face a life she thought she’d left behind, and take on an order of magicians who want to control her destiny. Carson wants to trust Iscariot, but his intentions might not be as altruistic as they first appeared, and she’ll have to trust her own feelings to decide what to do.

“Shane’s hand-painted watercolors evoke so much emotion that it’s easy to get sucked into the mood of this story,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “From his cold, quiet espionage story Iron: Or, the War After to his richly embellished ‘The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest’ story in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, Shane has captured our attention time and again. Iscariot is the story of a little girl figuring out what to do with a life she thought was ending and struggling with a destiny that was forced upon her. Most of all, it’s about magic, and what that means to these characters.”

Iscariot hardcover (6" x 9", 144 pages, full color, hardcover) arrives on October 7th with a cover illustrated by Vidaurri for the price of $24.99 under Diamond order code AUG151205. It will be available in book stores on October 13th under ISBN 978-1-60886-761-5. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is September 14th.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review - Mirror's Edge: Exordium #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Sometimes I wonder what it would be like. To live a normal life."

Mirror's Edge was a fantastic game that graced consoles way back in 2008. It offered a great style of gameplay that had players bounding from rooftop to rooftop, all the while undertaking high-risk missions. It's been way too long since that game was released and EA is going back to a good thing with Mirror's Edge Catalyst. And prior to the game's release, EA is teaming with Dark Horse Comics for Mirror's Edge: Exordium #1. The issue is written by Christofer Emgard, illustrated by Mattias Haggstrom and Robert Sammelin and colored by Dan Jackson.

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 Next Epic Release from Valiant

The summer is turning into fall, but Valiant isn't resting on its laurels. Fresh off its most recent massive, universe-spanning blockbuster series, the publisher is at it again with yet another major series in Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1, written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Raul Allen. On November 18th, the Valiant Universe forges a major new milestone as Earth's Fist and Steel embarks on a daring crusade to the far end of existence…and finds himself abandoned in a world without hope and without mercy. The issue will feature covers by David Lafuente, Raul Allen, Cary Nord, Marcos Martin, Pere Perez and Lewis LaRosa.

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth. But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s ever faced. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered before? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

Full press release below.

Two More Join Future of Comics Row at Baltimore's Kids Love Comics Pavilion

Baltimore Comic-Con is right around the corner. The show hits the Inner Harbor September 25-27 and it's the 16th iteration of the event. It's always big on celebrating kids and to that end, young comic creators, Kate Davis, L.J. Fowlkes, Eric Mann and Trinity McKnight were announced as the winners of the Future of Comics contest. They earned a space in Baltimore Comic-Con's Kids Love Comics Pavilion to sell their books and art. This talented quartet won't be the only young creators showcasing their work.

"These kids have been coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con for years," explains Mark Mariano, Senior Director of Kids Love Comics. "We have seen them grow as artists and comic creators. Every year, they show us their work and every year it gets better and better." To honor their hard work and dedication to the craft of comic-making, young creators Mary Jane DeCarlo and Nicolas Aureliani have been chosen to be Future of Comics guests in the Pavilion.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review - Carver: A Paris Story #1

"So there you go..."

Fancy yourself a person of the world and then you've probably encountered all manner of individuals. Those individuals are well-versed in the world in general and Carver in Carver: A Paris Story #1 by Z2 Comics is one such man. The series is written and illustrated by Chris Hunt.

Preview - Switch #1

Stjepan Sejic is probably just as familiar with the Witchblade as Sara Pezzini is, so it only makes sense for him to further explore that universe in Switch #1. After millions of views on DeviantArt, this popular web comic finally gets its own series. A teenage girl gets a mighty artifact that grants her immense powers...the catch? It's a bit haunted!

Switch #1 hits stores October 14.