Friday, October 30, 2015

Review - Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953--The Phantom Hand & The Kelpie (@DarkHorseComics)

"Whose hand is it?"

Hellboy's persistence as a phenomenal character brings with it plenty of great stories. One would think that continuing to follow a demon investigating other demons would get old, but fortunately for readers it doesn't. That trend continues in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953--The Phantom Hand & The Kelpie from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Mike Mignola, illustrated by Ben Stenbeck and colored by Dave Stewart.

BOOM! Celebrates The Peanuts Movie with Peanuts: The Snoopy Special

It's taken a long time (and plenty of advancements in CGI technology), but Snoopy is getting a big-screen adventure that looks promising. KaBOOM! wants to celebrate that milestone and--in partnership with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts Worldwide--are pleased to present two Snoopy-centric short stories in the oversized, 48-page original Peanuts: The Snoopy Special #1. The special is written and illustrated by Peanuts veterans Jason Cooper and Vicki Scott.

“With over four years of publishing Peanuts comics, original graphic novels, and the hardcover Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, it’s pretty obvious that Charlie Brown and Snoopy occupy a special spot in our hearts,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Snoopy is always having exciting adventures, and he’ll embark on one of his biggest to date this November, so this one-shot should be a delight to Peanuts fans everywhere.”

The one-shot comic book features Snoopy, the World Famous Sergeant-Major of the Foreign Legion, on the mission of a lifetime to save his dear brother Spike, encountering adventure in every corner of the neighborhood—from Lucy’s Psychiatric Booth to Schroeder’s piano. Then, Snoopy and Linus investigate the mysterious creature growing in Woodstock’s nest. Peanuts: The Snoopy Special #1 (48 pages, standard comic book size, full color) arrives in comic shops from KaBOOM! on November 25th with a main cover by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz for the price of $4.99 under Diamond order code SEP151110. Also available in limited quantities is a retailer incentive cover by Charles M. Schulz, which features Snoopy’s first appearance as the Legionnaire. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic book shops is November 2nd.

Full press release below.

Eco Comics Unites The Horrables

Eco Comics is getting into the Halloween spirit by uniting a myriad of various creatures better known for going bump in the night. The Horrables is a horror team that will be led by author Bram Stoker, who joins forces with Lord Lucan, Dracula, Hyde, Jack the Ripper, and zombie T-Bone Stake.

Writer Chris Bunting says: "We doubt the comic book world has seen anything quite like this before - and unveiling this horror-fest on Halloween feels like perfect timing! We have been building up to this since our first print graphic novel - Mr. T - in 2008, and everything since in our paperless range of titles, such as Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll and Hyde. This is the accumulation of those stories."

The Horrables - as with all titles by Eco Comics - will be paperless-exclusive and released on different digital platforms, as the publisher spearheads its pioneering, multi-award-winning green approach. The publisher has released the first cover of the new title, teasing an all-new incarnation of Dracula - complete with a masked superhero costume - and a creepy take on Jack the Ripper, a diminutive man atop a crude Victorian-era killing machine. Hyde - already an established regular at Eco Comics - is a giant ball of power in a bowler hat, while T-Bone Stake is a gruesome play on the publisher's first and flagship character, whose weapon of choice is a giant wooden stake.

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review - Black Magick (@ImageComics)

"So mote it be."

The life of a detective is nothing if not exciting. It doesn't need much else to be any more exciting, but that's not going to stop Image Comics from adding more in Black Magick #1. The issue is written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Nicola Scott, color assists by Chiara Arena and lettered by Jodi Wynne.

Humble Bundle and Dynamite Launch Army of Darkness Comics Bundle

These days, it looks like everything is turning up positive for those of us with boomsticks. Starz has already renewed Ash vs. Evil Dead for a second season and now Dynamite is offering a lot of Army of Darkness books on the cheap. Thanks to their latest Humble Bundle, fans can get some of their favorites in the Army of Darkness mythos in comic book form. In total, there are 92 comics bundled here to help commemorate 1992 - the year that the Army of Darkness movie first hit theaters! The first taste is free as each day throughout the promotion, fans can sample the content as Ash brings some "sugar" with a new FREE comic at 2 PM Pacific time daily.

"Army of Darkness was our first title at Dynamite and we've loved Ash since day one!" said Nick Barrucci, CEO/Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Combining his eleven year of adventures with Humble Bundle to bring to a new audience is fantastic as it will help create awareness and bring more fans into the comics market. We've had great success with Humble Bundle, and are excited to create new opportunities for fans to come aboard and read more Dynamite Comics. In addition, we are able to help three incredibly important charities including Make-A-Wish, Doctors Without Borders, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This bundle is "groovy!"

The stories bundled here feature legendary crossovers with other icons of the horror genre including Re-Animator, Dracula, and Hack/Slash - not to mention a groovy guest spot as Ash saves President Barack Obama. When he's not bailing out the commander in chief, follow Ash on his many misadventures as he goes from ancient Egypt to entering a video game, blasts off into SPAAAACE, not to mention his scariest destination of all - the altar. This bundle also features some of comics' biggest names including Cullen Bunn, Steve Niles, Nick Bradshaw, Sanford Greene, Andy Hartnell and even The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, plus many more.

Full press release below.

IDW Selects Stompy Bot for Locke & Key Games

Locke & Key is a fantastic work that has flew under the radar for most readers. The ones who do know about it know it's top-notch work by a top-notch talent in Joe Hill. IDW sees that as well, choosing Stompy Bot to design and develop games for the PC, console and mobile platforms based on Locke & Key, published by IDW Publishing.

“Our entire team is made up of longtime comics fans and in particular the Locke & Key series,” commented James Taylor, president of Stompy Bot. “We can’t wait to get started on creating games that will be incredible fan experiences while staying true to the spirit of Locke & Key.”

Based in New Brunswick, Canada, Stompy Bot Productions is focused on creating global entertainment brands by leveraging game properties and injecting new content and technology to deliver top-notch entertainment. Currently they are producing the next PC-based AAA video game in the award-winning Heavy Gear franchise. Launched in 2007 by co-creators Eisner Award-winners Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, IDW’s series Locke & Key has garnered praise since its inception. The series has been described as frighteningly dark yet mesmerizingly brilliant, earning numerous awards and critical acclaim during its six-year run.

“The team at Stompy Bot has a passion for creating high quality games that combine creativity and fan enjoyment,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s chief creative officer and Locke & Key’s editor. “We’re looking forward to seeing how they leverage their expertise to bring the chilling Locke & Key series to gamers worldwide.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review - The Hangman #1 (@DrkCircleComics)

"Uh...nothing, honey. Just keep those eyes closed."

Urban legends are just that: legends. They exist somewhere in the collective psyche of a geographic region, haunting dreams of children and instilling fear in adults. It's very rare that the legend becomes real, but when it does like in The Hangman #1 from Dark Circle Comics, it does so in a big way. The issue is written by Frank Tieri, illustrated by Felix Ruiz, lettered by Rachel Deering and colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

Preview - Art Ops #1

Art has an appeal to a wide audience of individuals. Some things appeal to some, while other things appeal to others. The concept of that art coming to life is intriguing and Art Ops #1 from Vertigo takes that concept to the next level. When rogue figures from famous works of art come to life and escape their frames, it’s up to Reggie Riot and the agents of Art Operatives to track them down before they wreak havoc on the unsuspecting public. But Reggie has secrets of his own that may affect his ability to interact with these living works of art--—and he wants no part in the agency his mother ran before him. Pop culture will never be the same.

Art Ops #1 is in stores now.

The Abbadon Introduces Readers to Ter

Koren Shadmi is an award-winning illustrator looking to make a couple of new impressions with The Abbadon. Originally created as a webcomic, The Abbadon tells the story of a young man, Ter, who finds himself trapped in an otherworldly apartment with a group of dysfunctional, ill-matched roommates. Ter is aghast to discover that his new, grotesque reality is not governed by the laws of nature, and that his roommates are missing critical chunks of their memories and identities -- as is he. Shadmi's inspiration for the apartment building in The Abbadon is a real one in Brooklyn, which houses many cartoonists.

The graphic novel is loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre's play No Exit and the book hits stores today. If you're a little nervous about walking into a local comic shop, then you'll have to wait until November 12 to get it at bookstores. His haunting, alluring characters pull readers straight into Ter’s David Lynch-esque reality. On his captivating and, at times, horrifying quest for clarity and control, Ter remembers that he was once a soldier, and is forced to face the aftermath of his time on the frontlines -- a journey that echoes Shadmi’s own three year-stint in the Israeli Army.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review - Oniba: Swords of the Demon #0 (@AspenComics)

"Throughout history, war has never paused for preparation..."

Feudal Japan is one of the more fascinating eras in history. The time period featured a heady mix of brutal wars underscored by an almost zealot-like devotion to honor among the Samurai. Aspen Comics chose that setting as the backdrop for their latest new comic in Oniba: Swords of the Demon #0. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, illustrated by Paolo Pantalena, colored by Hi-Fi and lettered by Josh Reed.

Vampblade Sets Out on New Series

Vampblade is a new character drawing upon familiar inspirations. She first appeared in an Action Lab crossover with Zombie Tramp, co-headlining the book Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade miniseries. Now, the Jason Martin created character illustrated by WInston Young will get her own series. Fans and retailers will get an early look at the new series when it debuts at this year’s Halloween Comicfest, with Action Lab: Danger Zone's HCF offering, Vampblade Featuring Zombie Tramp. The book will feature an extended preview of the first issue of Vampblade, as well as a brand new Zombie Tramp story by creator Dan Mendoza.

When a young comic shop employee is transformed by mystical blades into a walking talking (and slicing & dicing) 90s comic book bad girl, she must quickly learn how to survive the new grotesque world the blades reveal. Now, other-dimensional parasites hidden all around us resembling the “space vampires” from the fictional 90s comic, Vampblade, are all too real, and out for her blood!

Vampblade #1 is in this month’s Previews catalog (Diamond order code: NOV151004) and is set to ship in January 2016. Issue one will feature seven variant covers by series artist Young, TMChu, Mendoza, Jerry Gaylord and a special “90s Cheesecake” Risqué variant cover by Andrew Mangum. Retailer exclusive covers are also available; please contact your Diamond representative. Full press release below.

Welcome to Showside Marks Creator-Owned Debut for Ian McGinty

With Halloween right around the corner, things are set to get hectic and spooky. Ahead of that spookiness is the release of Welcome to Showside on October 28 from Z2 Comics, marking the creator-owned debut of Ian McGinty. The book takes readers on the adventures of Kit, a lovable kid with a monstrous secret: his dad is the Great Shadow King and he wants Kit to take over the family business of destroying the world. With best friends Moon, a sorceress-in-training, and Belle, the latest in a long line of Southern demon-hunters, Kit fights a plethora of Nexus demons -- and finally stands up to his Dad.

“Kit is a fun-loving dude who wishes he didn’t have a care in the world," says McGinty. "But as much as he wants to skateboard, eat rad food, and hang with his buds like any kid would, well, his father is the Shadow King, Ruler of the Nexus, and that means sometimes Kit and his friends have to defend the town of Showside from ghosts, demons and monsters.”

"All-ages means for everybody," says Ian."I think kids are capable of handling and understanding much more than we give them credit for, and I wanted Welcome to Showside to have scary elements instead of being ALL rainbows and bubblegum."

Monday, October 26, 2015

Review - Halo 5: Guardians

It's been a few years since Halo 4 became the first Halo entry on the Xbox One. Despite calling the new console its home, many aspects of the game felt stuck in the Xbox 360 console era. Graphics were impressive, but felt a little lacking. The gameplay felt familiar, but nothing was really groundbreaking in terms of gameplay. 343 Industries spent a lot of time working to remedy that, offering up players Halo 5: Guardians as the first truly next-generation Halo game. And boy, is it a lot of fun.

Halo 5: Guardians was reviewed using a retail download code provided by Microsoft.

Preview - Guardians Graphic Novel

Zenescope isn't one to shy away from looking at gods and goddesses interacting in ways that aren't too familiar. The publisher still manages to offer their own take on the matter, as evidenced in Guardians Graphic Novel by Ralph Tedesco and Carlos Granda. After two misfit Guardian Angels screw up their assignments, they're demoted to working the rusty gates of Purgatory. But when a conspiracy involving Angels and Demons working together to overtake Earth comes to light, the two angels must find a way to put their differences aside and team up in an attempt save the world.

The graphic novel hits stores December 9.

Women of Dynamite Head to Groupees

Dynamite Entertainment has another team-up with Groupees on tap--their sixt comic book bundle promotion. This time though, the partnership will focus on Dynamite's leading ladies with over 85 digital Dynamite comics with "Pay What You Want" purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to an important charitable organization, Saved Whiskers Rescue. The bundle promotion is currently live on the website. Part of the proceeds from the Dynamite Groupees Bundle will contribute to Saved Whiskers Animal Rescue, a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of countless felines by rescuing abused, abandoned and homeless cats, providing veterinary care and shelter until they can be placed into a loving home.

"We're honored to be hosting our sixth comic bundle with Dynamite Entertainment," said Groupees CEO Thomas Brooke. "Dynamite is a fantastic partner who shares our passion for trying new things, so in addition to another amazing bundle of digital content offered at a great price, comic fans can look forward to yet more fun surprises in this latest edition of our bundle series. I'd say more but that would then ruin the surprise!"

Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide. The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with a $5.00 contribution, while a $10.00 minimum investment offers fans an additional highly-desirable batch of comics at an affordable price. In total, 84 comics are available as part of the Dynamite Groupees Bundle, a value of $180.00. Also, a Limited Edition Red Sonja Coin is available for fans who purchase at the $10.00 tier. The Groupees Coin is a one-time only issued, non-fluctuating value coin, redeemable only at the Groupees website for other products (or available for trade with other users).

Full press release below.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Review - Fistful of Blood #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Time to throw down!"

Revisiting older stories is a worthwhile endeavor when those stories are worth revisiting. One such story is Fistful of Blood #1 from IDW Publishing, offering the update treatment to an older work. The issue is written and illustrated by Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley and colored by Tomi Varga.

Allen: Son of Hellcock Ventures Into the Dark

Everyone loves a good comic book book debut and Allen: Son of Hellcock is just that. The comic book debut of Will Tracy and Gabe Koplowitz and illustrated by iguel Porto will be released this December from Z2 Comics. In it, title character Allen is cowardly, directionless, and less physically menacing than a daffodil. He’s also the only son of the mightiest hero ever to plunge his sword hilt-deep into the dark heart of evil… the mighty HELLCOCK! Enjoy the ride as Allen is thrust sword-first into a not-so-classic fantasy quest that, frankly, he would rather just sit out.

Tracy is better known as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and is the former Editor in Chief of The Onion. Koplowitz is a writer/director who makes promos at VH1. And Porto is a cartoonist, and illustrator living in Vigo, Spain. He has worked for Redbook, El País, Mongolia, done posters for music groups (Foot Village's European tour) and covers (the spanish edition of LORD OF CHAOS), but mostly he spends his days doing educational books and teaching drawing and color.

Full press release below.

UDON Celebrates Capcom Fighters

One of the biggest draws to the Street Fighter series is the sheer number of characters selected, giving players plenty of styles to choose from. With so many characters, the end product is something grand. The same holds true for Capcom Fighting Tribute from UDON, which brings together 250 artists from over 30 countries on six continents. This artistic celebration of fighting games and beat ‘em ups premiered in July at San Diego Comic-Con and is now available everywhere in a prestigious hardcover edition.

Rendered in an endless variety of styles are such classic fighting and beat ‘em up franchises as Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, Red Earth, Star Gladiator, Power Stone, Cyberbots, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Puzzle Fighter, Pocket Fighter, Final Fight, Battle Circuit, Captain Commando, Armored Warriors, Knights of the Round, The King of Dragons, and Avengers (Hissatsu no Buraiken), as well as Capcom original characters Ruby Heart, Son-Son and Amingo. All of that is topped off with a beautiful wraparound cover by legendary Capcom illustrator and character designer Bengus!

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review - Book of Death: The Fall of Manowar #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Did he for real fight a giant robot?"

The issue is written by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Clayton Henry, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Preview - Clean Room #1

Gail Simone knows her way around the comic book industry, writing books for all sorts of top publishers. She's yet to make her way to Vertigo, which is about to change in Clean Room #1. Written by Simone and illustrated by Jon Davis-Hunt, Clean Room #1 features Astrid Mueller as the enigmatic and compelling guru of a giant self-help organization—a devastatingly powerful figure in the industry between psychology and religion. Journalist Chloe Pierce’s fiancé decided to pick up Astrid’s book, and within three months he was dead. Something in Astrid Mueller’s book made Philip blow his brains out all over Chloe’s new kitchen. Now Chloe is on a mission to find out who Astrid Mueller really is. What is this Clean Room she’s been hearing about where your deepest fear and worst moments are revealed? Chloe intends to immerse herself in the Clean Room and wreak havoc on Astrid’s empire.

Clean Room #1 is in stores now.

Black Jack Ketchum Rides in December

The western is a genre that blends with just about any other genre. Blending with fantasy always makes it exciting, which is what Image Comics is doing in Black Jack Ketchum this December. Written by Brian Schirmer and illustrated by Claudia Balboni, Black Jack Ketchum pulls readers into a dreamlike version of the Old West, where one Tom Ketchum struggles to clear his name—and stay alive—when he's mistaken for wanton outlaw "Black Jack" Ketchum. With the aid of his talking sidearm, a secretive gambler, and a mute girl with a Winchester, Tom evades the mysterious Union and its supernatural enforcers, the faceless Dusters, as he's forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his very existence.

"To me, Tom Ketchum is more than a minor historical figure—he's family,” said Schirmer. “My great-grandmother's cousin. So, his name and the stories associated with him have been with me my whole life. That said, I knew we wouldn't be creating a strictly biographical piece, so I pulled in influences from Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Orson Welles' The Trial, just to name a few."

Balboni added: "It's a surreal western, so it’s spiced up with many elements foreign to the classic western comics. I tried to evoke the excitement and atmosphere of the Old West in a darker and distressing visual context, to attract both the lovers of classic Westerns and people who like a more intricate and oneiric narrative style."

Black Jack Ketchum#1 (Diamond Code OCT150488) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, December 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, November 9th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review - The Rook #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Where is your castle, King of Time? Every good king has a castle!"

The Rook #1 by Dark Horse Comics is another comic book that revives a long-lost character. Doing so brings with it a lot of pre-conceived notions about the character thanks to the character's previous run. Tapping into that character's mythology makes for a fun reboot. The issue is written by Steven Grant, illustrated by Paul Gulacy, colored by Jesus Alburto and lettered by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT.

Ace Attorney's Return Collected in Art Book

If anyone has an objection to Phoenix Wright, that objection should immediately be overrruled. Sustaining such popularity as a character requires charisma, swagger and having an art book certainly helps as well. After a hiatus as the lead protagonist of Capcom’s popular legal thriller video game series, the original Ace Attorney has returned as the series’ top defense lawyer. Now fans of the titular hero can relive his return with a fantastic new art book The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.

The book collects the artwork behind the latest installment in the popular Capcom franchise and includes character designs, pin-ups, storyboards, key art and much more! Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, Miles Edgeworth, Athena Cykes, and many more fan-favorite characters are all here and accompanied by character profiles, rough concept notes and creator commentary. UDON is also supporting this new art book launch with a new printing of the long-out-of-print “The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney,” covering the first four games in the series.

Full press release below.

Symmetry Welcomes Fans

Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco are all about the Utopian reading experience, which is why they're teaming up for Symmetry. The new science-fiction/suspense series is set to launch from Image Comics/Top Cow in December.

"I spent a ton of time talking to psychologists about what it would take to create a world with no aggression or violence," said Hawkins. "From my research it would require eliminating diversity, ambition and creativity. Sounds bland I know, but it's an interesting exercise and amazing for storytelling opportunities. Symmetry is an interesting Utopian future that gets broken, which results in some fantastic drama for the lead characters.”

In Symmetry, Utopia is here. Hunger, sickness, work… all relics of a long forgotten past. For the greater good of the human species, all individuality, creativity, and negative emotions have been genetically bred out and medically suppressed. The population is limited to segregated areas where people lead long lives of leisure, games, and socializing. Only one man and one woman seem to notice, care, or think differently. Once they find each other, their relationship sparks a revolution...but will their love cause the salvation or destruction of mankind?

Symmetry #1 (Diamond Code OCT150485) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, December 9th. Cover B by Ienco can be ordered with Diamond Code OCT150486. Cover C, also by Ienco, can be ordered with Diamond Code OCT150487. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, November 16th. Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Review - Back to the Future #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Great Scott..."

Very few outside of time-travelers have any need for a DeLorean with a Mr. Fusion attached to it. There are some who find such an apparatus useful and one of those is Doc Brown from Back to the Future. Back to the Future #1 from IDW Publishing shines the light on the doctor himself. "When Marty Met Emmett" is written by Bob Gale, illustrated by Brent Schoonover, inked by David Witt, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick and lettered by Shawn Lee. "Looking for a Few Good Scientists" is written by Erik Burnham, illustrated by Dan Schoening, colored by Luis Antonio Delgado and lettered by Lee.

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 Variant Covers Revealed

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 is on the horizon and--as a new comic--it's up for pre-orders and boasting a wide variety of variant covers. Featuring the main creative team of writer Ken Siu-chong and artist Joe Ng, the first issue will also come with a back-up story by Jim Zub and Edwin Huang. Each issue of the ongoing series will ship with two standard covers. CVR A (Story cover) features the art of digital painter Genzoman. Each issue’s CVR B (Ultra Jam variant), drawn by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, will connect to form one massive 12-part image featuring all the playable characters from every Street Fighter game – over 60 characters.

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 will also ship with several limited run retailer incentive covers. The first of these is the “Street Wars” homage variant, honoring one of the most famous comic covers of the 1980s. More homage variants will follow on subsequent issues, paying tribute to both retro and modern comic book covers and series. Additional Street Fighter Unlimited #1 incentive covers include a “Street Fighter V variant” showcasing the cover art of the upcoming Capcom game, as well as an extremely limited variant cover by legendary Capcom artist Bengus! Ask your local comics retailer about how to obtain these rare incentive covers. Also available is a special Street Fighter Unlimited #1 Blank Sketch cover. Printed in both standard and gold foil versions, fans will be able to use these wraparound blank covers when obtaining convention sketches from their favorite UDON artists.

Full press release below.

Heroine Chic Prompts Clash of Superheroes and High Fashion

David Tischman is no stranger to superhero comics, as he's put in work on titles such as Batman, Batman/Superman, Justice League and Cable. Those books feature a certain tone and cast of characters, some of which he's bringing with him to Heroine Chic. Heroine Chic is a new original digital comic series set in the world of high fashion--the first time the world of superheroes has focused on the cutthroat world of haute couture. Working with him on the art is Audrey Mok.

“I started thinking about all those great Bob Mackie costumes, and about Mary Quant in London in the early 60’s, and about Courrèges,” Tischman added. The idea for HEROINE CHIC came fast after that. “Superheroes are aspirational – and so is fashion,” Tischman said. “We put on clothes and we become someone else. Our secret identity is when we’re naked, standing in the closet, trying to figure out who we’re going to be that day.”

Set in a New York City filled with superheroes, the main character is Zoe Porter, 24, a recent design school graduate who gets a dream job working for Dyna Cuff, the top designer of superhero costumes. Dyna is a fashion genius but a difficult boss, and her superhero clients are vain and insecure. The first 3 chapters of the series are live now, available on the LINE Webtoon website or by downloading the official LINE Webtoon app.

“Zoe is our main character, but she is not a superhero; she does not have super powers. But she will become the hero of her own life, and she will do it with style,” Tischman said, adding that Heroine Chic is written for both female and male audiences. “I love watching Project Runway and What Not to Wear. I’ve been reading a lot of Vogue and I scour Refinery29 every day for ideas,” Tischman said. “But sometimes I have to ask my wife, ‘is it okay to wear stirrup pants with a sling-back pump’?”

Full press release below.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Review - Clandestino #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"I have no name. They just call me...Clandestino."

Revolutions have a way of upending the status quo--for better or for worse. In the case of the American Revolution for instance, the American colonial settlers fought to be their own entity, which many (Americans at least) would argue for the better. In the case of Clandestino #1 from Dark Circle Comics though, revolutions don't always end so happily. The issue is written and illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan.

Limbo Crosses 50s Pulp with 80s VHS

Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard are teaming up for Limbo, a new fantasy series set to debut from Image this November. And it's already drawing early comparisons to the works of Carpenter, Cronenberg and Lynch. In it, readers meet a detective with no memory, no identity, and no manners, a femme fatale seeking escape from a powerful crime lord, a voodoo queen with a penchant for mixtapes and hi-tops, and a goat-eating TV… Welcome to Dedande City, where good people check under their beds at night and reality is never quite what it seems.

“Limbo is a noir story set in a world that flatly refuses to adhere to noir conventions,” said Watters. “It’s a straightforward story of a detective trying to solve a crime; he just happens to be doing it in a reality where anything can and will happen, where music is a deadly weapon and you can’t trust your own electronic appliances not to be possessed by minor deities…”

Limbo #1 (Diamond Code SEP150538) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, November 11th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, October 19th. Full press release below.

Rediscover Six-Gun Gorilla in Pen & Ink Form

The Pen & Ink collection by BOOM! Studios is a great way to look at their works from a rougher, unfinished perspective. The rawness of the illustrations give readers plenty of insight into the creative process and the latest work to get that treatment is Six-Gun Gorilla: Pen & Ink #1. Collecting issues #1-2 of Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely’s first collaboration, this 11” x 17” prestige-format book displays Stokely’s original inks alongside new commentary and behind-the-scenes creative insights from Stokely and Spurrier.

“Si and Jeff are killing it right now on The Spire, so what better time to look back at the first time they blew us away with Six-Gun Gorilla,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Jeff’s work is incredible, and seeing it stripped down to the bare inks is a real treat for us process junkies. The world of Six-Gun Gorilla is strange and exciting, and having the chance to see what Si and Jeff were thinking in page-by-page commentary is a great way to take a second look at the series that set them up as one of the most exciting creative pairings in the industry.”

In Six-Gun Gorilla, welcome to “the Blister,” a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there…

Six-Gun Gorilla: Pen & Ink #1 (11" x 17", 48 pages, black and white) arrives in comic book shops on November 18th with a cover by Stokely for the price of $14.99 under Diamond order code SEP151112. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is October 26th. Full press release below.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Review - I Hate Fairyland #1 (@ImageComics)

"Welcome to Fairyland."

The concept of a fairy tale is that there's a character facing undue hardship given an out in the form of some magical experience or quest. More often than not, the down on their luck recipient wants to follow through to better their position, but there are times when that's not always the case. I Hate Fairyland #1 from Image Comics is one such book, where the main character wants nothing to do with the magic of fairy tales. The issue is written and illustrated by Skottie Young, colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu and lettered by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT!.

The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 Proves Even Dead Aren't Safe

The dead generally have their schedules more or less firmed up. There's not much to worry about when you're dead, unless you're one of the dead in The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 by Jen Van Meter and Roberto de la Torre. On December 23, The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 hits stores with a new story a ton of variant covers. Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Kevin Wada, de la Torre, Khari Evans, Katie Skelly and Colleen Coover will all contribute covers.

Occult investigators Shan and Hwen Mirage lived their lives in the thrall of an epic love that few will ever have…until Hwen died tragically before his time. Now, after a perilous trip through the underworld, Shan and Hwen have been reunited…but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead – incapable of opening a spell-book or even touching his wife. Their options exhausted, the Doctors Mirage are about to enact a dangerous spell to restore Hwen’s solid form…and grant his ghost a second life. But, in the wrong hands, their ancient rite will become a tool of terror – and unleash a force of pure, homicidal evil that lusts for the murder of the living and the dead… a torturous death that obliterates not just everything a person ever had in this world, but everything their ghost will be in the next!

Full press release below.

Party-Hop Happening in Adventure Time: Masked Mayhem

The Land of Ooo is rife with madness and mayhem. It's one of the few places that would have a slew of costume parties and not enough time to attend them. In Adventure Time: Masked Mayhem by Kate Leth, Bridget Underwood, Drew Green and Vaughn Pinpin, BMO and Jake are planning to hit all the parties.

“We’re thrilled to have Kate and Bridget back for more Adventure Time stories,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “These original graphic novels give us a chance to see all sorts of characters teaming up for madcap adventures throughout Ooo, and we’re excited to continue bringing them to fans.”

Detective BMO and his sidekick, Jake, are on the case when they discover that every party they attend has one thing in common: a prankster! Join them as they travel all across Ooo to catch the culprit while still enjoying some fun times with friends in this 160 page, full-color adventure. KaBOOM!'s award-winning Adventure Time comics are based on the hit Cartoon Network original series. From the mind of series creator Pendleton Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants—and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades.

The Adventure Time: Masked Mayhem original graphic novel (6” x 9”, 160 pages, full color) arrives in comic shops on November 11th and in bookstores November 17th with a cover by Green for the price of $14.99 under Diamond order code SEP151131 and ISBN 978-1-60886-764-6. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is October 19th.

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review - Switch #1 (@TopCow)

"All exceptional women in their own way, and all possessing a heart of courage."

The Witchblade is a cosmic artifact that grants its bearer tremendous power. It's somewhat picky about who brandishes the equipment, but that doesn't stop desperate situations prompting desperate choices. One of those desperate choices is on display in Switch #1 from Top Cow. The issue is written and illustrated by Stjepan Sejic.

Preview - Fubar: By the Order

Zombies have somehow pervaded history, believe it or not. They've been privy to all manner of events and Fubar: By the Order by Jeff McComsey, Matthew Smith and an assortment of artists recounts some of those events. From the castles of medieval England to the unstoppable armies of Genghis Khan, these 25 tales of zombie-stabbing action traverse the histories of the ancient world before the machinery of modern combat was perfected. These were brutal times when you either LIVED by the sword or DIED by the horde.

The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Leila del Duca Contributes Cover to The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine is an ongoing hit for Image Comics and they're celebrating the book's popularity with a variant cover for the sixteenth issue by Leila del Duca. This dark, haunting cover will be available to order with Diamond Code SEP150550.

The Wicked + The Divine #16 takes a gothic turn with The Morrigan at center stage. The issue also features backup stories by series artist McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson. It will hit shelves on November 11 and can be ordered with Diamond Code SEP150549. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, 10/19.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review - Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"But no one can control a force of nature."

Science can be fun. It can create effects not previously expected, solve problems thought unsolvable and give people ways to think creatively. When science is used for more selfish reasons--such as creating life for instance--things can get a little more complicated. When those creations start thinking for themselves as they do in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1 from Dynamite Comics, things get entertaining. The issue is written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Andres Ponce, colored by Mohan and lettered by Bill Tortouni.

Lumberjanes Goes to the Max

November is as good a month as any to go camping. At least, that's what BOOM! Studios thinks, as their imprint BOOM! Box plans to take readers back to camp in Lumberjanes To The Max Edition. The collection will feature the first eight issues of the series created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Brooke Allen. Designed to look like a Lumberjanes Field Manual, this collection features a foreword by Raina Telgemeier, the never-before collected Lumberjanes short from BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape, all of the Rad Mix Playlists, a cover gallery, sketchbook and a behind-the-scenes, script-to-page feature.

“There’s no way we could ever thank readers enough for supporting and loving Lumberjanes as much as they do,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The kind words, fanart, and cosplay never stop delighting us, and we’re incredibly grateful for the awards this series has garnered. Lumberjanes To The Max Edition is something we put together for the fans who stuck with us and turned an eight-issue miniseries into an ongoing cornerstone of BOOM! Box, as well as all the new readers who are just joining us around the campfire.”

The Lumberjanes To The Max Edition hardcover (6.625” x 10.1875”, 272 pages, full color) arrives in comic shops on November 18th and in bookstores November 24th for the price of $39.99 under Diamond order code SEP151107 and ISBN 978-1-60886-809-4. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is October 26th.

Full press release below.

Devil May Cry Art Book Now in Stores

Devil May Cry has earned a reputation as one of the tentpole Capcom works. It's been around for nearly a decade and has tons of fans, which is all the more reason for the book to get the art book treatment. UDON is onit, debuting Devil May Cry 3142: Graphic Arts in stores as a 224-page artwork archive collecting material from all four classic Devil May Cry games as well as the Devil May Cry anime series.

Inside, readers will find character models, weapon designs, creatures, locations, rough concepts and exclusive tribute illustrations. Also included are over 25 pages of exclusive interviews with the developers and artists behind the long-running series, as they discuss character origins, difficulties, their favorite series moments, and much more. The book also features detailed creator commentary and rough sketch notes throughout every chapter, where you’ll get the real scoop on the creation of Vergil, Nero, Trish, all your favorite enemies and the legendary devil hunter himself – Dante.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review - EVE: Valkyrie #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"I've often stared death in the face. I did not run from it. I did not fear it."

A pilot's primary goal is survival at the expense of their opponent. This gives them plenty of latitude to do what they think is necessary to make it out of battle alive. Some pilots are more ruthless and cunning than others. Rán in EVE: Valkyrie #1 from Dark Horse Comics is one of those pilots. The issue is written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Eduardo Francisco, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Valiant Teams with CGC for Valiant x CGC Replica Variant Series

Valiant is all about the team-ups, so it only makes sense that their latest transcends their superheroes. Valiant Entertainment is teaming up with Certified Guaranty Company to announce an all-new, first-of-its-kind collaboration in the Valiant x CGC Replica Series. Beginning in January 2016 and continuing throughout the year, Valiant's most high-profile new releases will debut with Valiant x CGC Replica Variants – the first in a fun-filled new line of shelf covers spotlighting the heroes of the Valiant Universe in printed reproductions of CGC's trademark grading cases…and capturing their thoughts in the process. Featuring the artwork of Clayton Henry, each Valiant x CGC Replica Variant will feature an ink-on-paper reproduction of a CGC "slab" with a different Valiant hero preserved for posterity!

"Everyone at Valiant is a huge fan of CGC, and this collaboration, frankly, was too much fun to pass up," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "We're always looking for outside-the-box ideas to catch the eye of new readers, and believe us when we say that each of these covers is going to come loaded with detail by the time they hit shelves. From the credits to the grades assigned to each title and even a bit of fourth wall-breaking dialogue, everyone involved is simply having a ball bringing these covers to life, and Clayton Henry is outdoing himself with each and every one."

Beginning with the debut of the FAITH #1 (of 4) Valiant x CGC Replica Variant in stores January 2016, each Valiant x CGC Replica Variant will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities and will be made available at Valiant's standard suggested retail price. Printed on Valiant's standard paper stock, the Valiant x CGC Replica Variants are for entertainment purposes only and will not come graded or encased in plastic. Furthermore, the grades assigned on the printed copies of each Valiant x CGC Replica Variant may not be representative of the issue's actual physical condition.

"CGC is always looking for new and innovative ways to work with publishers in the industry. Valiant's approach to incorporate our product and service into comic books themselves presented a wonderful opportunity for us to reach fans in a new way," said CGC Director of Operations Harshen Patel.

Full press release below.

Bird Boy Gets Graphic Novel

Anne Szabla has made quite a name for herself with the web comic affectionately known as Bird Boy. As with any web comic though, the audience for such a property is fairly limited. That is, until now. Dark Horse is jumping in and offering the first-time print debut of Bird Boy in a graphic novel collection titled Bird Boy: The Sword of Mali Mani.

“I’m super excited to be bringing Bird Boy to Dark Horse Comics! Some of the first comics I ever bought and enjoyed were Dark Horse comics, and to become part of that legacy now, alongside some of my favorite fellow creators, is really an honor,” said Szabla.

Bird Boy follows the story of Bali, a ten-year-old boy desperate to prove his worth to his northern tribe despite his small stature. Banned from the ceremony that would make him an adult in the eyes of his people, he takes matters into his own hands. To prove that he is capable of taking care of himself, he sets out into the forbidden forest and stumbles upon a legendary weapon. Bali fights his way across a dangerous land of gods, men, and beasts to keep the sword of Mali Mani, the savior of the sun, from the hands of the terrifying rooks.

Bird Boy: The Sword of Mali Mani is in stores May 18, 2016. Full press release below.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Review - The Shield #1 (@DrkCircleComics)

"You are Victoria Adams. You are the Shield. You have always been the Shield. And now you have been reborn."

Fighting for one's country is considered to be one of the highest honors by many. Few get the opportunity to do it and even fewer get the opportunity to do it across eras that span decades. Wolverine and Captain America immediately come to mind as doing so. The Shield #1 from Dark Circle Comics wants to add another character to that list. The issue is written by Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig, illustrated by Drew Johnson, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Mariko Tamki Helms New Tomb Raider Series

Lara Croft is coming back to Dark Horse. Well, it's not like she ever left, but Dark Horse is bringing along a new writer for the series in Mariko Tamaki. The new Tomb Raider hits stands February 2016.

“Mariko Tamaki’s writing is impactful and emotionally resonant,” said series editor Patrick Thorpe. “When I was researching her work for Tomb Raider, I read This One Summer cover to cover and said to myself, ‘That was perfect.’ Since becoming an editor, I don’t know that I’ve ever said that.”

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to write up some adventures for Lara Croft. I feel like I’ve just gotten this new, incredibly daring, strong, valiant friend, and now I get to think up super-cool stuff for her to do,” said Mariko Tamaki. “And she has to take me with her. And we can go anywhere, and do anything? Right?! What could be better than that?”

Full press release below.

8House Opens Door to New Story Arc

Emma Rios and Hwei Lim are planning to launch something new in December. That new thing will be in 8House, where so far series readers have experienced outcast blood knights, astrally-projected soldiers and disembodied assassins.

“Each 8House story is unique, and beautiful,” said Ríos. “Mirror speaks about sacrifice and freedom of choice, in a world full of strange creatures more humans than us.”

Mirror is a four-part sci-fi/fantasy story arc connected to the 8House universe and focused on the House of Healers, a noble magical guild based on flesh and body magic. Each issue contains 28 pages of comic narrative: a main story and short epilogues that bring more light to the intrigue, as well as concept art, designs, timeline keys, and glossaries. Ríos and Lim build this tale together, occasionally swapping roles.

Added Lim: “If I had to, I'd describe Mirror as the 8House story with the talking animals, the one about playing God; the one that admits humans aren't all-powerful, even with the power of technology or magic or whatever we want to call it…”

8House #6: Mirror Part 1 (of 4) (Diamond code: SEP150518) hits stores Wednesday, December 2nd. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 9th. Full press release below.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Review - Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1 (@ImageComics)

"He is wrong. Today at this table, I will kill him."

The life of an international spy is fraught with peril and excitement. The motivation for getting into that line of work varies based on the individual, but for some it's a little bit on the blackmail side. That's the case in Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Anthony Johnston, illustrated by Shari Chankhamma and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Image Comics at NYCC

Image Comics isn't one to miss a great convention and NYCC is certainly a great convention. This year's show will be mammoth, so Image is setting up at booth #1544 for a slew of convention exclusives, talent signings and panels. Mix in a couple of afterparties and they're definitely one of the more happening publishers in attendence.

Full press release, exclusives and panel/signing schedules below.

Dynamite Entertainment Brings Exclusives to NYCC

Dynamite Entertainment will be bringing their brand of comic goodness to NYCC this weekend to booth #2129. Grumpy Cat, the "World's Grumpiest Cat" and lovable internet phenomenon, will be available for photo opportunities at the Dynamite booth on Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Artist Ken Haeser, whose artwork graces the Grumpy Cat comics, will sign at the Dynamite booth and accept commission requests throughout the day on Saturday. Additional creator guests will appear at the booth; fans are encouraged to follow Dynamite's social media for the latest updates and signing times.

Dynamite will host one panel at New York Comic-Con. Comic book fans will be excited to know that special New York Comic-Con exclusive variants of Dynamite's most highly anticipated comic books will be available at the Dynamite show booth.

Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! #1 - Photo Edition (Cover F)
Aliens / Vampirella #1 - Javier García-Miranda "Vampirella Design Concepts" Edition (Cover H)
Bob's Burgers Ongoing #2 - Brittany McCarthy "Virgin Art" Edition (Cover D)
Bob's Burgers Ongoing #4 - Hans Ranum Edition (Cover E)
Grumpy Cat #1 - Ken Haeser, Buz Hasson, Blair Smith Edition (Cover L)
Red Sonja / Conan #1 - Ed Benes "Blood Red" Edition (Cover P)
Voltron: From the Ashes #1 - Alex Milne "Black & White" Edition (Cover B)

Full press release below.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review - Jughead #1 (@ArchieComics)

"Jug! Did you eat your phone?"

There was a time when Archie comics were the best representation of comics in general. It's been a long time since then and in that time, many other comics have taken off and spawned billion-dollar film adaptations. You can't hold down a good universe though, which is why the reboot of the Archie Comics universe continues in Jughead #1. The issue is written by Chip Zdarsky, illustrated by Erica Henderson and lettered by Jack Morelli.

David F. Walker Returns to Shaft

John Shaft needs no introduction at all. Ernest Tidyman's private detective has reached iconic status and maintains a lasting legacy among fans of all media. Dynamite wants to contribute a bit more to that legacy by tapping David F. Walker and Dietrich Smith to pen an all-new comic book series called Shaft: Imitation of Life. The first issue will debut in February 2016 alongside Shaft's Revenge, the first Shaft prose novel in 40 years (also written by Walker), coinciding with the nationwide celebration of Black History Month.

"The idea for the new miniseries, Shaft: Imitation of Life, is one that's been in my head for a long time, and is something that I'm really excited about," says Walker. "This has been a really fun story to develop."

Imitation of Life takes place following the events of Walker's 2015 comic book miniseries, Shaft: A Complicated Man - a six-part storyline that won a 2015 Glyph Comics Award and was nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. After a high-profile case puts him in the headlines, private detective John Shaft searches for something low-profile to keep him out of the spotlight and out of danger… and takes a missing person case that proves to be more difficult than he thought. At the same time, he is hired to be a consultant on a low budget film that may or may not be based on his life, and proves to be as dangerous as any job he's ever had. But when there's danger about, John Shaft won't cop out - even if it means squaring off against sadistic gangsters that want him dead.

Shaft: Imitation of Life #1 is slated to release in February alongside Shaft's Revenge, the first official prose novel written by anyone other than the character's creator. David F. Walker says, "Writing the first Shaft book in forty years has been not only an honor and a privilege, it has been a dream come true. Ernest Tidyman created one of the most iconic and enduring pop culture characters in John Shaft, a legacy that has reached across multiple mediums, and sparked the imagination of millions of people, myself included."

Full press release below.