Monday, November 30, 2015

Review - X'ED #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"Are you in there?"

There's an inherent risk in venturing into one's mind, whether it be via therapy, hypnosis or even dreams. Rarely does that risk manifest itself as one that's physical, but that won't stop Dark Circle Comics from delving into that topic. X'ED #! does just that. The issue is written by Tony Patrick, illustrated by Ayhan Hayrula, colored by Doug Garbark and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Street Fighter Comes to Life in Visionbooks

UDON Entertainment is no stranger to partnerships, with the latest one being with Visionborne. That partnership will kick off with the special edition release of Street Fighter Origin: Akuma. The series is featured on the Visionbooks platform in a new format that showcases movement and visual effects in every panel of the comic book.

“We are really impressed with the atmospheric effects that Visionborn can apply to comics.” Says Erik Ko, founder of UDON Entertainment and publisher of the Street Fighter comics’ franchise. “It works perfectly in the world of Street Fighter and does a brilliant job of capturing the intensity of each scene.”

Visionbooks revolutionizes comic book reading by transforming two-dimensional comic books into a 3D digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates a reading experience with special effects enhancements you would normally expect from blockbuster movies.
The legendary world of Street Fighter Origins makes its Visionbooks appearance with the launch of the first issue and reveals the untold story of one of its most beloved evildoers: Akuma.

“With our technology, we ultimately wanted to create something new, engaging and dynamic for the world of comics. We love the Street Fighter adventures and we are tremendously pleased to bring them to life as Visionbooks” remarks Visionbooks co-founder, Francesco Scrufari.

Full press release below.

Black Science Deluxe Hardcover Reveals Bonus Content

Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera are on a tear with Black Science, the sci-fi series set in space filled with drama and intrigue. In February, that series will get the deluxe hardcover treatment in Black Science Deluxe Hardcover Edition, Vol.1, due in stores in February. This premiere hardcover edition will collect the first three story arcs of the beloved, pulp science fiction world-hopping adventure and feature an array of tantalizing extra material for fans to enjoy.

“This hardcover commemorates the three-year anniversary of when we started production on the book,” said Remender. “Everyone involved has worked tremendously hard to make this prestige hardcover edition a must-have for fans of the book and new readers. It's wall-to-wall with extras and all that lush art by Matteo Scalera, one of the most talented guys in comics. When you see Matteo's work at this size you'll be blown away.”

The series follows Grant McKay, former member of the Anarchist League of Scientists, who has finally done the impossible; he has deciphered “Black Science” and punched through the barriers of reality. However, what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward. The only question is how far are they willing to go—and how much can they endure—to get home again?

Black Science Deluxe Hardcover Edition, Vol.1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-493-4) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, February 3rd and bookstores on Tuesday, February 9th, and will be available for $49.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code SEP150588.

Full press release below.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Review - Ringside #1 (@ImageComics)

"The world's done nothing but change, my friend. And you haven't move on at all."

Like it or not, professional wrestling garners a lot of attention and viewers. It's essentially a violent soap opera, but that does nothing to detract from the sheer physical toll that being on the road and performing so many days out of the year takes on the wrestlers. Relationships are formed and broken, with Ringside #1 from Image Comics focusing on it all. The issue is written by Joe Keatinge, illustrated by Nick Barber, colored by Simon Gough and lettered by Ariana Maher.

Preview - 2000 AD #1958

2000 AD #1958 is the latest in a series of great stories. The latest line-up includes "Judge Dredd: The Beating" by John Wagner, Patrick Goddard, Adam Brown and Annie Parkhouse; Defoe: The London Hanged by Pat Mills, Leigh Gallagher and Annie Parkhouse; Brass Sun: Motor Head by Ian Edginton, INJ Culbard and Ellie De Ville; Terror Tales: The Crow Gifts by David Baillie, Joshua George and De Ville; Bad Company: First Casualties by Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo, Jim McCarthy and Simon Bowland.

Check out the issue in stores now.

San Diego Comic Art Gallery Presents The Comic Art of Star Wars

Star Wars is poised for a mega-resurgence later this year when The Force Awakens releases in a few weeks. Truth be told, the popularity of the franchise never went anywhere and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery is celebrating that popularity again with Comic Book Art of Star Wars Exhibition, which will run from November 21st through January 31st, 2016. The exhibit will feature 30 pieces of rare Star Wars original art from the very first comic book series that was released by Marvel Comics in 1977.

The majority of these originals are from the first six issues, which adapted the blockbuster George Lucas film. Included in this landmark display are many key and historically significant pages. Most art featured in this stunning exhibition are by renowned comic artist Howard Chaykin, who will be on hand at the SDCAG on Saturday, November 21st from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, signing copies of the Star Wars Artifact Edition. This Artifact Edition is a 12″ x 17” oversized hardcover art book and features an incredible selection of Star Wars pages. Additionally, the book will include many other pieces of Star Wars art not in the exhibition

Each page of the Star Wars Artifact Edition is scanned from the actual original art and printed same size as the physical art boards. While appearing to be in black and white, an Artifact Edition features art scanned in color so all the subtle nuances of original art are clearly visible to the reader, including white out, blue pencil editorial notations, paste-over corrections and more. The Star Wars Artifact Edition will be available at the SDCAG from November 21st and in finer comic book shops on 12/9. You may also order it direct from IDW Publishing here.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review - Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Prowl has disappeared."

The Transformers are varied, with different factions interacting with other factions with mixed results. One of those factions is the Wreckers, who IDW Publishing hasn't revisited for a few years. They're fixing that in Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #1, written and illustrated by Nick Roche, colored by Josh Burcham and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Aspen Comics Debuts Black Friday Fathom Cover

Black Friday is a couple days away. Aspen Comics wants in your wallet for some of that action, which is why they're debuting an exclusive Fathom Blue #5 cover by Siya Oum. The cover will be available starting November 26th at 6 PM EST at The all-new variant cover will be offered for $4.99 during the Black Friday holiday weekend exclusively on the publisher’s of cial webstore.

Fathom Blue is Aspen’s top-selling new series for 2015 written by Vince Hernandez and with art by newcomers Claudio Avella and Justice V (letters by Josh Reed). The penultimate issue, Fathom Blue #5 is available now at all retail comic book shops and on digital. will also be featuring a host of sale items and other incentives for shoppers throughout the Black Friday holiday weekend (November 26th-30th) including a 27% site-wide Black Friday sale, reduced prices on all black and white, Sketch and Black variant covers, as well as statues and more.

Full press release below.

Valiant Announces Prestige Format for The Analog Man

Ad-free is all the rage these days. Valiant got that memo as well, planning to offer a Valiant Prestige edition of Bloodshot Reborn #10. Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa's work will debut in the special format, offering a special, ad-free presentation featuring laminate card-stock covers and custom-designed heavyweight end sheets for the standard $3.99 cover price. The issue will feature covers by LaRosa, Ryan Sook, Dave Johnson, Jeffrey Veregge, Tula Lotay, David Lafuente and Jeff Lemire.

"'THE ANALOG MAN' is a milestone for one of Valiant’s biggest characters, due in no small part to the positively jaw-dropping artwork of Lewis LaRosa. There simply aren't any other comics on the stands that look this good or feel this epic,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Not only is BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 a perfect jumping-on point for new readers, it's an example of comic book storytelling at its finest. Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa are throwing off sparks with each new page that comes in and we knew right away that nothing short of the acclaimed VALIANT PRESTIGE format would give THE ANALOG MAN the blockbuster treatment it deserves."

Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland and the once unstoppable killing machine known as BLOODSHOT has become THE ANALOG MAN. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot’s taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life – Magic – and protecting a group of stragglers who’ve weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement’s survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review - Vampirella #1969 (@DynamiteComics)

"Oh, my! This Earth is a place of chaos and turmoil! Drakulon was a dying planet, but this one may be even more dangerous."

Vampirella is one of the iconic characters of comics. She's interesting because she's become so iconic while not being a traditional superhero; rather, she relies on her horror ties as a means to make her unique. Dynamite Comics recognizes her contributions to the industry in Vampirella #1969, a throwback to the year she debuted. "'69" is written by Nancy A. Collins, illustrated by Fritz Casas and colored by Inlight Studios, "Mercy's Lullaby" is written by Eric Trautmann and illustrated by Brett Weldele, "Magic" is written by Phil Hester, illustrated by Jethro Morales and colored by Ilsight Studios, "The Beezelebums" is written by Mark Rahner and illustrated by Colton Worley and "Werewolves of Dixie" is written by David F. Walker, illustrated by Aneke and colored by Inlight Studios.

Grimm Fairy Tales Coloring Book for Adults Sells Out

Zenescope has really gotten a lot out of the Grimm Fairy Tales universe, offering a wide range of comics books and merchandise that appeals to a wide number of fans. One of their more interesting offerings was the Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book. Due to the success of the initial printing of that book, Zenescope will be reprinting the work. Zenescope President and chief creative Joe Brusha attributes the response to the Zenescope focus on art.

“Our fans have always responded to the attention to the art in our books. I think this project really shines a light on the focus we put on quality art.”

From Red Riding Hood to Cinderella, Little Mermaid to Robyn Hood, and OZ to Wonderland, fans can color in Zenescope's interpretations of those characters. Fans can hone their coloring skills by collaborating with some of the best artists in the comic book industry such as Jamie Tyndall, J. Scott Campbell, Dawn McTigue and many more. According to Jennifer Bermel, head of licensing and development at Zenescope “We worked closely with our partners on the Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book and paid attention to what our fans were asking for. We are really happy with the pre-order feedback we are getting from Amazon and the response from our online partners.”

Full press release below.

Ninjak #10 Receives Full Returnability, Enhanced Discount and Upgraded Cover Stock

Remember the 90s? The era of TLC, parachute pants and a million different variants of comic book covers? Valiant remembers at least the last part of the equation, tapping into that era in terms of offering a glow-in-the-dark cover for Ninjak #10. Unfortunately, things didn't work out exactly as planned and Valiant is now aiming to make it right. The first issue of the "Operation: Deadside" storyline by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite has been made fully returnable for all accounts and will now feature an upgraded, high-quality cover stock in lieu of the previously solicited glow-in-the-dark cover treatment.

"Valiant's number one priority is the quality of our content and this is one rare instance where the manufacturing process was unable to satisfactorily capture what we had envisioned," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Many fans, retailers, creators, and Valiant staff alike were looking forward to "OPERATION: DEADSIDE"'s glow-in-the-dark covers – a first in Valiant history. Unfortunately, the samples just didn't live up to expectations and, rather than release something that fell beneath our standard of quality, we're upgrading the covers all around to give fans an equally weighty and every bit as exciting reading experience come December."

Retailers that previously qualified for returnability based on Ninjak #10's qualifying incentives will now also receive an extra 5% discount on their orders of NINJAK #10 for a total of 70% off all qualifying orders. The shipping schedule for Ninjak #10 will remain unaffected by this change and will still arrive in stores on time for the issue's December 9th on-sale date, maintaining Valiant's unbroken record of on-time shipping across more than 300 individual issues since their 2012 launch. Additionally, the previously solicited Ninjak #11 and Ninjak #12 will now feature the same upgraded cover stock, rather than glow-in-the-dark cover treatments as well.

In 2015, a covert military intelligence unit sent a team of 20 agents and one special operative into a parallel dimension. Only one came back. The purpose of their mission was classified. Now, out of options, MI-6 has recruited their most elite operative – codename: NINJAK – to follow the doomed mission’s sole witness – the mysterious occult specialist PUNK MAMBO – back into the dimension called Deadside…and bring her missing teammates home. What will they find there? And who will be waiting for them?

Full press release below.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review - Dragon Age: Magekiller #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"The problem with magic is that it cheats."

The world of Dragon Age is replete with all manner of individual, but there seems to be a particular focus on mages and spellcasters in general. Those characters always make for interesting reading, which is why Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Bioware on Dragon Age: Magekiller #1. The issue is written by Greg Rucka, pencils by Carmen Carnero, inked by Terry Pallot, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Preview - Loan Sloane: Delirius HC

The deserted world of Delirius was nothing but a stain on the universe, until it was converted into the debauched Planet of a Hundred Thousand Pleasures by the evil Supreme Overlord, Imperator of all Galaxies. With the populace placated, he can tax them to the hilt and fund his campaign of terror. His opposition comes in the form of the Red Clergy, who attempt to coerce Sloane, the master-less intergalactic vagabond, into doing their bidding. Yet things are not always as they seem, and the piety of the clergy means nothing in a world of licentious chaos. Besides, Sloane always has his own agenda.

The work is written by Jacues Lob and illustrated by Phillipe Druillet. It's available November 25.

Written by giant of the comics world, Jacques Lob, with illustrations by Philippe Druillet at his most fantastical, Delirius is a science fiction epic that leaves readers utterly in awe of the sheer vibrancy of the creator’s imaginations.

Kaptara Thrives on the Outlandish

Chip Zdarsky is no stranger to, well, the strange. When he teams up with Kagan McLeod though for Kaptara, Vol. 1: Fear Not, Tiny Alien gets even stranger. In December, Image Comics will release the trade paperback that collects issues #1-5 in December.

A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash-land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join Zdarsky and McLeod as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part completely in this epic story of punching and love!

Kaptara, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-557-3) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, December 23rd and bookstores on Tuesday, January 5th, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code AUG150535. It can be pre-ordered now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. Full press release below.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review - Usagi Yojimbo #150 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Ah, your master taught you well, Usagi-san!"

Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most renowned ronin in all of comics. He's been around for quite a while and now Dark Horse is celebrating that legacy with Usagi Yojimbo #150. The issue is written and illustrated by Stan Sakai.

Adapt or Die on Venus

Exploring space brings with it the requisite uncertainty and unknowns. That won't stop explorers from doing it though and in Venus from BOOM! Studios adventurers do just that. Written by Filip Sablik and Rick Loverd (with art by Huang Danlan), Venus is a new mini-series that that evokes the history of great adventurers from the pilgrims to the Western pioneers, from deep-sea explorers to polar trailblazers, all of whom searched for a new beginning. Loverd just so happens to be the Program Director for the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), whose mission is to inspire better science in Hollywood by introducing entertainment professionals to great science communicators. Since its launch in 2008, The Exchange has completed more than 1,300 consults, including Iron Man 2, Tron: Legacy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

“Survival stories have become a hallmark of pop culture, and Venus is a survival story in one of the harshest environments you can imagine,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Rick and Huang have constructed a harrowing thriller that’s about a group of people pushed well past their limits, on a planet where the average daily temperature is 864° Fahrenheit. It’s a powerful, intelligent miniseries about the enduring spirit of humanity—and how far a person will go to ensure their own survival.”

In Venus, it’s the year 2150. Earth’s resources are depleted, and countries race to outer space to mine what they need from other planets. China has laid claim to Mars, so the U.S. and its allies have to make do with getting what it needs from the inhospitable world of Venus. But for a group of Americans making its way there, survival has become all too real. After their ship crash-lands on the planet, the scrappy crew is forced to do whatever it takes to navigate the harsh landscape in their journey to find the science base they were flying toward. In the vein of great adventure survival stories like Lost and The Martian, there’s only one reality on Venus—adapt or die.

Venus #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on December 23rd with a main cover by W. Scott Forbes for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT151194. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Felipe Smith and a retailer incentive cover by acclaimed illustrator Steven Thomas. In addition, each issue of the mini-series will contain a backmatter essay written by a different scientific authority, including Randii R. Wessen of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Phil Plait of Slate's Bad Astronomy Blog. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 30th. Full press release below.

Bruce Zick's Zone Continuum Goes Graphic Novel

The Zone Continuum was first printed in 1992 by Caliber Comics and then rebooted in 2006 as a web series of over one hundred episodes for Komikwerks. Now, Bruce Zick and Dark Horse Comics will deliver all-new stories and expand on the mythos in The Zone Continuum Volume 1.

“It took me over twenty years, but I’m back in the Zone, thanks to Dark Horse Comics. Everyone from Mike Richardson to my editor Ian Tucker and the art department has been wonderful in helping to create a graphic novel that not only has a four-chapter, epic story, but a Zone glossary and a Zone sketchbook as well,” said Bruce Zick.

High atop the New York City skyline, an invisible war has raged for generations. As two nigh-immortal champions brawl for dominance of the ever-shrinking extradimensional Zone 27, the populace below remain oblivious of the cataclysm that could cause their annihilation from the rooftops above!

“The urgency of the concepts is still valid today—even more so, as you will see—and the old readers as well as new ones will be excited to see where the stories are going,” added Zick. “I’ve added a much richer, deeper mythology of ideas and characters, with clearer and more immediate plots and crises, more humor, and more pathos. At least I think I have. You tell me. I’ll be in the Zone, waiting for you to join me.”

The Zone Continuum is in stores February 24, 2016. Full press release below.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review - Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 (@ValiantComics)

"I am home."

The Valiant Universe continues to delve into fascinating characters and interactions. One of those characters is the Eternal Warrior and he's one of the more powerful ones in that universe. Valiant Entertainment investigates his role further in Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #!. The issue is written by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, art assists by David Astruga, colored Borja Pindado and lettered by Patricia Martin.

hoopla Adds Valiant TItles

hoople digital is a big deal for getting mobile and online services for public libraries. hoopla digital has partnerships with more than 860 public library systems across North America including Toronto Public Library, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Calgary Public Library and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Another partnership they'd like to crow about is their recent one with Valiant Entertainment. With the agreement, hoopla digital’s app and online service adds popular titles —through Valiant Entertainment’s global digital distribution partner Trajectory, Inc.— including the sci-fi superhero epic, X-O Manowar (Vol. 1-8); the pulsating action series, Bloodshot Reborn, (Vol. 1); and the globe-trotting adventure, Archer & Armstrong (Vol. 1-6), to name a few.

“We built hoopla’s Action View experience especially for celebrated titles like X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Reborn and Archer & Armstrong so fans can truly appreciate the artistry of these classic stories and we’re thrilled to partner with the award-winning Valiant Entertainment to bring their titles to library cardholders anytime, without any holds or waits,” said Jeff Jankowski, founder and owner of hoopla digital.

Inclusion of Valiant Entertainment titles broadens hoopla digital’s catalog of more than 400,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics. hoopla digital partners with public libraries across North America to provide patrons with online and mobile access to dynamic digital content. The service’s catalogue already includes titles from DC Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, BOOM! Comics and more. Valiant Entertainment titles and more are now available for patrons to access instantly on hoopla digital’s app and online service via their smartphones, tablets and computers.

“Our number one priority is connecting with new readers and libraries are of central importance to achieving that goal,” said Valiant Chief Operating Officer & CFO Gavin Cuneo. “We’re excited that library cardholders across the country now have the means to discover Valiant’s award-winning catalog of graphic novels through hoopla digital and all they need is a library card to get started.”

Full press release below.

Snowfall Turns Deadly

Snow falling is one of the most beautiful things to see. There's something alluring about the pristine, unsullied nature of the white snowflakes as they hit the ground. After the snow falls though, things get significantly messier. Snow turns to sludge, piles line the streets and traipsing through it is nothing if not trying. When you throw in science-fiction into the mix like Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo do in Snowfall, things get a little more difficult.

“With Snowfall, we’re presenting a 21st century America in which the climate has gone completely to shit and where fully recognized corporate personhood and control isn’t just accepted, but necessary. The time for industry forces lying about the effects of climate change have long passed,” said Harris. “They’ve moved on to profiting mightily from managing the fallout now. The haves enjoy the resources to mitigate the damage while the have-nots suffer the effects more acutely, living in these resettlement zones that are jointly administered by those same corporate forces with their fingerprints all over the crash. And it’s against this backdrop that resistance takes place. It isn’t clean, pretty or neat. Sometimes, we’re going to see, it’s not even that noble a fight. But desperation makes men do desperate things. This is a series with plenty of sci-fi action, 'mad scientist’ manipulations and schemes, and a protagonist who may—or may not—be the greatest super-villain in history, depending on who writes it. It’s a story about humanity seeking dominion over forces beyond its control, the inevitable backlash, and the desperate attempt to reclaim, rebuild and redeem."

In Snowfall #1, readers are introduced to a world where a catastrophic crash has left the climate ravaged, society splintered, and the newly-christened “Cooperative States of America” propped up and administered by the powerful Hazeltyne Corporation. In the bleak world of Snowfall only one man can wage an all-out weather war against the system, wielding the forces of nature themselves as weapons. He is the White Wizard. The ghost in the night. Genius. Terrorist. Outlaw. Hero?

Morazzo added: "As we strove to do with Great Pacific, this new series presents a visually unique world where environmental catastrophe meets science fiction adventure. The look and feel for 2045 is both bleak and beautiful and filled with both dread and promise all at once. I am incredibly proud of this work!"

Snowfall #1 (Diamond Code DEC150539) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, February 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, January 25th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review - Huck #1 (@ImageComics)

"Bought lunch for everyone in line behind me."

Clark Kent is the nice guy persona. Superman is the Man of Steel. Both sides of that coin maintain the same general approach to life in that they're always looking to help as many people as possible. Superman doesn't want the accolades and neither does Huck in Huck #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, colored by Dave McCaig and lettered by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT.

Faith #1 Hits Spotlight

Faith #1 is right around the corner and it's getting all sorts of attention. The limited series by Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Savage features the breakout start of Harbinger and has been recognized in works such as People Magazine, The Washington Post, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, Mashable, Mic and many more. All ahead of the series' January 27th release.

"I've been hearing from women who are in their 20s and 30s and 40s who have been reading comics for decades who have never seen a woman on the cover of a comic that looks like them," series writer Jody Houser told People. "And I think [Faith] makes people feel like they're welcome in comics, and that this medium is for them, when, maybe they've always loved comics but they haven't felt welcome before is a huge thing."

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 listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

Full press release below.

Peter Hogan Delivers King's Roads Miniseries

One of comics' greatest anthologies is Dark Horse Presents. The favorite among readers has offered plenty of great stories for readers to dive into. Peter Hogan is an author who's been featured in the anthology before with King's Road. Now, that story is getting the three-issue miniseries treatment, featuring art by Staz Johnson and colors by Douglas Sirois.

They were just your average suburban kids until a nightmare from their father’s hidden past came to hunt them down. Now they must fight the evil forces of the usurping witch Malicia for the right to rule a magical kingdom. The series kicks off with a forty-eight-page special that includes all King’s Road chapters from Dark Horse Presents by Hogan and Phil Winslade—and an additional issue’s worth of story drawn by the new King’s Road art team!

King’s Road #1 (of 3) is in stores February 10, 2016. Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review - Alabaster: The Good, The Bad and the Bird #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"We are our own devils--we drive ourselves out of our Edens."

The line between good and evil is thin and sometimes crossed with reckless abandon. There are some who staunchly defend one side or the other though and it's those who are often at odds with one another. Both sides are on display in Alabaster: The Good, The Bad and the Bird #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Caitlin R. Kiernan, illustrated by Daniel Warren Johnson, colored by Carlos Badilla and lettered by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT.

Dark Horse Resurrects Aliens Series to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

It's been nearly thirty years since Aliens debuted as a comic with Dark Horse. Back then, the art by Mark A. Nelson and script by Mark Verheiden was quite the hit, capitalizing on the claustrophobic atmosphere brought about in the movies. For the thirtieth anniversary of the Aliens film, Dark Horse and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are releasing an oversized hardcover edition of the unabridged and unadulterated series.

In deep space, a salvage crew is attacked by seemingly unstoppable monsters. The marines are called in, but they need someone with experience. Soon Hicks (the horribly scarred survivor from Aliens) and Newt (now almost eighteen) find themselves on a mission to locate and destroy the aliens’ homeworld!

This must-have collector’s edition delivers 184 pages of original black-and-white art, each panel more horrifying than the last. This collection also marks the first major comics work by Verheiden, who went on to write The Mask, Timecop, Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil and many other films and television shows. Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series (978-1-50670-078-6) is in stores April 26, 2016.

Full press release below.

Stormbreak Reunites Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans

Valiant wants everyone to know about "Stormbreak," a four-part jumping-on point for readers in Imperium #13. The work also just so happens to reunite Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans for the new chapter in the series. Toyo Harada’s war for utopia is about to come to a brutal boiling point…and now two of the Valiant Universe’s most formidable forces – UNITY’s former team leader and psiot technopath, Livewire, and Project Rising Spirit’s tech-augmented strike force, the H.A.R.D. Corps – are about to the lead the front line of a no-holds-barred attack on Harada’s revolutionary team of monsters and malcontents!

“IMPERIUM is one of the most provocative, most daring, and most cerebral series anywhere in comics today,” said Editor Alejandro Arbona. “Joshua Dysart’s team of anti-heroes and ideologues has made IMPERIUM a title that is as disturbing as it is action-packed. Now, with Khari Evans coming aboard to deliver the same dynamic storytelling that made HARBINGER a milestone chapter in Valiant history, STORMBREAK is going to raise IMPERIUM’s already colossal stakes even higher. Without a doubt, the return of Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps to Toyo Harada’s world is going to have widespread ramifications for the political landscape of the Valiant Universe.”

Toyo Harada will save the world…if he doesn’t doom it first. The revolutionary disruption that Harada and his team have launched – by deposing tyrants, housing refugees, and feeding the poor – has come at the expense of the world’s wealthiest nations. When the planet’s leaders have had enough, it will be decided: Toyo Harada must die. Now a crack unit of operatives will stand against Harada on the global stage…with his own former pupil Livewire taking him head-on! Meanwhile, Harada’s military lieutenant and Project Rising Spirit defector Gravedog is about to meet his match as the H.A.R.D. Corps’ own Major Charlie Palmer drops into the firefight of a lifetime!

Full press release below.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Review - Just Another Sheep #1 (@ActionLab)

"It means peace. Now like I keep saying, I don't want any trouble fellas."

Every era has its bugaboo. The 70s had disco, the 90s had Y2K on the horizon and the 60s had war. Lots of war that people didn't want the US involved in. It led to all sorts of counter-culture movements and approaches, but few accurately mirror what Action Lab has in mind for Just Another Sheep #1. The issue is written by Mat Heagerty, illustrated by JD Faith, colored by Jon Cairns, lettered by Ed Brisson and flatted by Renee Keyes.

Bloodshot Reborn: The Analog Man Gets Director's Cut

Bloodshot has cut a swath of justice through the Valiant Universe like a man possessed. Such a voyage can be storied and Valiant is celebrating that story with Bloodshot Reborn: The Analog Man - Director's Cut #1 on Februaray 24. The 48-page book features a look at the first chapter of Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa's early run. The issue strips down the issue to pencils and letters and features a bonus presentation of the character's first issue jumping-on point.

“THE ANALOG MAN is a benchmark event for Valiant – one that's not only loaded with action, emotion, and impact, but that will also have dire consequences for Bloodshot," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Jeff and Lewis' first issue alone is nothing short of staggering, and, even in raw black and white, it stands tall as a monumental piece of comics storytelling. That's why, for the first time ever, we're giving fans the opportunity to experience THE ANALOG MAN in pencils alone in this deluxe DIRECTOR'S CUT edition. Come 2016, BLOODSHOT REBORN is going to be one of the most beautiful books on the stands, plain and simple."

Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland and the once unstoppable killing machine known as BLOODSHOT has become THE ANALOG MAN. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot’s taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life – Magic – and protecting a group of stragglers who’ve weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement’s survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!

Full press release below.

Klaus #1 Gets Second Printing

BOOM! Studios is celebrating Christmas a little early in announcing a second printing of Klaus #1. The Grant Morrison/Dan Mora issue details the epic, historic origin of Santa Claus has sold out at the distributor level. Klaus #1 second print ships with a recolored main cover by Mora and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code OCT158148. Orders close on November 23rd, and copies are anticipated to be in stores on December 9th.

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism—taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus—Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One.”

Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Klaus #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Full press release below.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Review - The Goddamned #1 (@ImageComics)

"And the earth was filled with violence."

Citizens of Earth are a violent people at times. Sure, there's the capacity for goodness in all of us, but that doesn't stop some from taking advantage of those weaker than them. The Goddamned #1 from Image Comics imagines a world with brutal warriors imposing their will in blatant ignorance of the one warrior who can stop them. The issue is written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by R.M. Guéra, colored by Giulia Brusco and lettered by Jared K. Fletcher.

Archie Comics Partners with Madefire for Digital Comics App

Archie Comics is on a tear lately, successfully redefining itself as a publisher. That transformation includes reimagining Archie and his crew, making Sabrina, the Teenage Witch darker and getting very adult with Dark Circle Comics. Now, the publisher is teaming up with Madefire for a brand new digital comics app. The new app, which goes live on iOS devices today, will feature a bold, streamlined storefront showcasing all of Archie’s diverse and top-selling titles, graphic novels and exclusive digital content.

“Archie has always been a leader—across the board, from the stories we publish to how we get the great content to our fans. Digital is a big part of this,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics Publisher/CEO. “I’m immensely proud of the new Archie app—it brings us to the forefront of the medium again, thanks to the sterling work of our partners at Madefire. This is a forward-looking, engaging and sleek app that will serve Archie and entertainment fans well, and is a perfect way to ring in Archie’s 75th anniversary.”

While many comic publishers have chosen to keep their buy-as-you-go and “unlimited” digital comics apps separate, the new Archie Comics app forges new ground by merging both—allowing fans to experience the many worlds and adventures of their favorite Archie titles under the convenient roof of one aesthetically pleasing and groundbreaking app. App users will be given the option to utilize the “Archie Unlimited” service, an “all you can read” option available exclusively through the new Archie Comics app. In terms of content, the app will include comics and graphic novels from every Archie imprint, including the New Riverdale titles, traditional Archie stories, Archie Action’s Sonic and Mega Man series, Archie Horror and the company’s Dark Circle super hero books, eliminating the need for fans to switch between apps to fully enjoy the diverse and beloved Archie Comics experience. Additionally, the Archie Comics app will also feature a number of must-have exclusives for Archie fans, including the all-new Pep Digital ongoing series of collections and a new line of Dollar Digests.

“Jon and the team are re-inventing Archie and we’re very proud to be a part of that,” said Ben Wolstenholme, Madefire’s CEO & Co-founder. “Having a direct distribution to their fans is vital for Archie to build on their loyal community. Using our Motion Book Publisher platform, Archie has control of their apps, storefront, and digital comic formats from PDF to fully immersive Motion Books, as well as a flexible model for pricing. It’s a new era for Archie.”
The app, which boasts an all-new comics reader showcasing an improved and fluid reading experience, will also give readers new navigation options—allowing fans to browse by imprint, series, best-sellers and most popular, in addition to the ability to search directly for comics of their choice.

Full press release below.

Starve Volume 1 Serves Up Political Examination of Pop Culture

Brian Wood is no stranger to tales that offer pessimistic looks at society typically punctuated by a breakdown in said society. And teaming up with Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart in Starve is no exception. The first volume of Starve (ISBN: 978-1-63215-546-7) is slated to hit comic stores in January 13 (bookstores January 19) and includes the first five issues. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code OCT150605. It can be pre-ordered now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Starve, Vol. 1 is set in a world where chefs are practically royalty, and access to them is the ultimate status symbol. Chef Gavin Cruikshank, back from self-imposed exile, finds his little foodie television program "Starve" transformed into a gonzo arena sport where chefs slice and dice rare and endangered species for their super-rich patrons. Since his personal life is as much a shambles as his professional career, Chef Cruikshank works to repair his relationship with his grown daughter while dismantling the monstrosity that Starve has become.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review - Last Sons of America #1 (@BoomStudios)

"Children are our most valuable natural resource."

The importance of children really can't be understated. Their success as youths directly impacts the direction of the world's future--whether they want it to be that way or not. When faced with a crisis event that forces the hand of society even more so though, some will get a little more "creative" about setting up children to take over the world effectively. Last Sons of America #1 from BOOM! Studios tells that story. The issue is written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith, colored by Doug Garbark and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Aspen Comics Teams with Visionbooks for 3D Comics

3D is all the rage these days and Aspen Comics isn't keen on watching the trend pass them by. That's why they've teamed up with Visionbooks to create a library of new, digital 3D comics. The first foray into the new arena will be Psycho Bonkers, free starting today on the Visionbooks app or the site. Visionbooks’s new technology enhances the comic book utilizing action and dimensional visual effects to bring together a new reading experience for the consumer.

“We’re extremely excited to team up with the team at Visionbooks to create an exciting new format to enjoy our material," says Aspen VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez. "The talented folks over there have been hard at work on the rst (sic) series, Psycho Bonkers, for some time and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Fans who check out his exciting digital release will see the comic in an entirely new way as the effects spring to life in front of your eyes. And we have more planned as well, so it should de nitely (sic) be a fun partnership for the fans.”

Full press release below.

The Violent Packs a Punch with Readers

Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham are teaming up for really good things. Those really good things will be evident in The Violent, set to launch this December from Image Comics. In it, readers meet Mason, an ex-con and former drug addict who’s trying hard to give up his old life. He’s got more important things to live for now: a wife struggling to contain her own addiction and a young daughter who needs them both. When threatened with losing his daughter, Mason falls into old habits, stumbling through a string of desperate criminal acts whose repercussions quickly become deadly serious.

"The Violent is a book that I've been dying to do for years. I've been a lifelong crime fiction fan—be it movies, books, comics—and grew up in a household where crime monopolized dinner table conversations—my father was a cop and my mom was a nurse who did a stint working in victim services,” said Brisson. “When I finally got my break into the industry, it was with the crime series Murder Book (eventually collected by Dark Horse). With The Violent, Adam, Michael [Garland] and I wanted to build on that, creating gritty character-driven crime stories that will grab readers by the throat and punch them right in the heart. The Violent is about desperate people doing desperate things to get out of desperate situations. I’m thrilled to be working with Adam, who I've known for a few years now. The work he's been doing on the book so far is going to blow people's eyeballs through the back of their heads. Michael Garland's colors are a masterclass in mood and atmosphere."

Gorham added: “I’m very excited about The Violent. I love crime fiction, crime comics, and Ed's Murder Book is no exception. Working with Ed is truly satisfying because his background has given him the gift of spinning a taught thriller while never losing sight of the human element at the center of his tales. Bringing these stories to life visually has been some of the most fun I've had in comics. What I want readers to know about The Violent going in—it's not simply about the suspense of the gun firing, it's about the damage left in the bullet's wake. With Ed's writing and my gritty illustrating, Michael Garland's stylish colours and Tom Muller's killer design, I'm optimistic The Violent won't be a book readers can walk away from.”

The Violent #1 (Diamond Code OCT150505) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, December 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, November 16th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review - Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"There it is, Seoni! Hollow Mountain!"

Part of the appeal in Pathfinder is doing just what the name implies: finding paths. Those paths don't always lead to good thing though, as sometimes there are obstacles in your way that lend themselves to wanting nothing more than to claim more victims. Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is a book that focuses on exploration of a previously abandoned mountain looking to stop those exploring it. The issue is written by James L. Sutter, illustrated by Tom Garcia, colored by Mohan and lettered by Bill Tortolini.

Snow Blind Uncovers a Father's Secret

Families keep secrets--no surprise there. Some of those secrets run deeper than others and BOOM! Studios is keen on uncovering those secrets. In Snow Blind, Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins don't pull any punches in uncovering those secrets.

“How much do you really know about the pasts of your parents?” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “In Snow Blind, Ollie and Tyler have crafted a tense, intimate mystery that plays with that very question. This suspenseful narrative, paired with beautiful hand-painted watercolors, make for a thrilling Alaskan crime story that’s one of the most unique titles we’ll publish this year.”

High school teen Teddy has never seen eye-to-eye with his dad, but he never suspected that he might not be the man he thought he was. His life in a sleepy Alaskan suburb turns upside-down when he innocently posts a photo of his dad online that quickly goes viral, only to learn he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program. But what if his dad’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as he says?

Snow Blind #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on December 9th with a main cover by series artist Jenkins for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT151191. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Felipe Smith and a retailer incentive cover by Matt Taylor. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 16th. Full press release below.

Pencil Head Scrawls Love Letter to Comics

The comics industry is like any other industry: cutthroat and requiring an astounding amount of patience and perseverance to survive. Cartoonist Ted McKeever has been around the block in the industry quite a few times and this January Pencil Head reflects that experience. Pencil Head #1 (Diamond Code NOV150491) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, December 28th.

“As the old saying goes, write what you know. And after working in the comic book field for the last 30 years… Well, that's exactly what I'm doing in Pencil Head,” said McKeever. “I've combined personal industry experiences, along with a more bizarrely esoteric subplot, to create a autobiographical stew of behind-the-scenes happenings, mixed with my usual brand of oddities, and weirdness. Enjoy.”

In Pencil Head McKeever explores the whacked-out world of the comic book industry. Readers journey along as witness to protagonist Poodwaddle's trials and tribulations of working—and sustaining—his place in the absurd world of comics, where what happens behind the scenes is far more twisted, and bizarrely hilarious, than anything on the printed page.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review - Limbo #1 (@ImageComics)

"This bar does the best damn lizard on a stick in Dedande City."

Limbo as a word defines a state of uncertainty. There's a definite start and a beginning to it, but it's often so ambiguous that it's hard to discern anything of note to anchor one's self too. Image Comics takes that concept to heart in Limbo #1. The issue is written by Dan Watters, illustrated by Caspar Wijngaard and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Welcome Back #2 Hits Second Printing

BOOM! Studios is big on the reprintings lately. First it was Welcome Back #1 getting a third printing and now it's Welcome Back #2 getting a second printing. Welcome Back #2 second print ships with a recolored main cover by series artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code SEP158743. Orders close on November 16th, and copies are anticipated to be in stores on December 2nd.

Writer Christopher Sebela and artists Sawyer and Claire Roe explore the lives of reincarnated assassins in Welcome Back. Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt… In issue #2, as Tessa flies to America to continue hunting her target, Mali learns the ropes of being a soldier while the memories of hundreds of past lives weigh on her mind.

Full press release below.

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 Launches November 18

A good debut video trailer always gets the hype juices flowing. Valiant knows that and doesn't want to disappoint its fans, which is why they've launched just a trailer for Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 by Robert Venditti and Raul Allen. On November 18, the immortal master of war steps out as Eternal Warrior begins an epic battle to escape the kingdom of the dead and return to the world he was sworn to protect. The issue will feature covers by David Lafuente, Allen, Cary Nord, Marcos Martin, Dave Lanphear and Lewis LaRosa. In the meantime though, there's a trailer to keep you company.

"I think [WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR is] a totally new perspective on the character,” series writer Robert Venditti told Comic Book Resources. “In the days of old Valiant, we always saw [the Eternal Warrior] as a hero who charged into battle, but I don't know that the motives were always clear -- and certainly not the cost. We'd look at him and think sure, I'd want to live forever. But as we go through this series, we see what he has to sacrifice to be immortal -- and we also see how his loved ones all eventually pass on, and what he has lost over the centuries. He has regrets, failures and losses for a hundred lives.”

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 fallen into the endless abyss of Hell itself…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 withstand a unearthly realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered before? Beyond the veil of life…eternity awaits…

Full press release below.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Review - Mystery Girl #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Nope. Nobody gets to keep their secrets around me. But I keep my own. That's the deal."

The issue is written by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Alberto J. Alburquerque, colored by Marissa Louis and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Welcome Back #1 Resurrected a Third Time

BOOM! Studios may be cutting back on original titles in 2016, but that doesn't mean they're done in 2015. In fact, one of those titles--Welcome Back #1 has been so popular that BOOM! is taking it back to press for a third printing. It's the latest success for a series that was recently extended from a limited series to an open-ended ongoing series. Welcome Back #1 third printing ships with a new cover by artist Claire Roe, who illustrated several pages in issue #2 and is taking over interior art duties for Jonathan Brandon Sawyer as of issue #3.

In Welcome Back #1, Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer explore the lives of reincarnated assassins. Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt...

Welcome Back #1 third printing carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code SEP158872. Orders for the issue close on November 16 and is anticipated to be in stores on December 2. Comic book fans should bear in mind that first and second printings of Welcome Back #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Full press release below.

No Mercy Rips Into New Story Arc

Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeill and Jenn Manley Lee are poised to launch a new story arc for No Mercy this December. It's slated to get pretty crazy, something the series knows all too well at this point. A bus full of privileged college freshmen got a brutally rude awakening on their way to build schools in a Central American town when they careened off a cliff and became stranded in the unforgiving desert. They quickly realized that the rules of their old lives did not apply to their current predicament, fraught as it was with the dangers of a harsh environment, cutthroat enemies, and hungry wildlife.

“The new arc of No Mercy is just as bloody as the last, and widens the tension out to bring in families, the school, and Sister Ines' extremely dodgy relatives,” said de Campi. “One of the things we're proudest of with No Mercy is keeping the tension ratcheted up all the way throughout this arc (which goes through Issue #9) as we learn more about these teens, a few of them are saved, and a few of them get themselves further into danger. And one, who won't live past Issue 6.”

No Mercy #5 (Diamond code: OCT150504) hits stores Wednesday, December 9th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 16th. Full press release below.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Review - James Bond #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"And I'm 007."

James Bond doesn't need an introduction, but he seems to have a habit of doing just that on multiple occasions. There's a certain cache that comes with his name and personality, drawing upon an established reputation and expectations. Dynamite Entertainment is getting back into the Bond game with James Bond #1. The issue is written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Jason Masters, colored by Guy Major and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons Offers Tales from Rising Stars

Jim Henson was one of the most prolific storytellers of all time, using his imagination to weave fantastical worlds with fascinating creatures. Last year, The Jim Henson Company teamed up with Archaia to explore four different stories about witches from a collection of talented writers and artists. This December, things are getting a little hotter for the four-issue limited series Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons.

“Giving up-and-coming creators a chance to shine is a big part of what makes The Storyteller comics so great,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We want to celebrate storytelling with each issue and showcase the unique styles and perspectives that all of our creators bring to the series. The Storyteller remains one of the most exciting venues in comics to explore rich themes within self-contained stories.”

Dragons have taken on many shapes in different cultures and each issue of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons will feature creators exploring these legendary creatures in their own unique styles. In the first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. and artist Daniel Bayliss bring readers “Son of the Serpent,” inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird. Then newcomer Nathan Pride revisits the classic Celtic tale of the Lambton Worm, while Hannah Christenson presents a gender-swapped retelling of the Russian folktale following a knight and her squire whom challenge the three-headed dragon, Tugarin. Finally, Jorge Corona presents his take on the Japanese legend of a young girl facing the dragon Yofune Nushi.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 2nd with a main cover by Bayliss for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT151197. Also available in limited quantities is a Jackpot incentive cover by Cory Godbey, a 10 Years incentive cover by Kyla Vanderklugt and a retailer incentive cover by David Petersen. Subsequent issues will be released on a monthly basis thereafter. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is November 9th.

Full press release below.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1 First Printing Sold Out at Diamond

The kids love their Call of Duty, the annual November launch that gives players a new entry into the series. This year is no exception as Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1 was just released in stores and gamers are frenetically getting their CoD on. Dark Horse celebrated the game's launch with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1 written by Larry Hama and illustrated by Marcelo Ferreira, the first printing of which has just sold out at Diamond. In response, Dark Horse is reprinting the comic with a brand-new cover for the second edition.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III comic books follow an elite group of soldiers as they wage a secret war across a futuristic, war-torn world transformed by technology. In the first issue, the team infiltrates Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to take down a double agent...but as they close in, they uncover something much more sinister at hand.

The reprint is available for reorder now (SEP158741), with an on-sale date of December 2. Full press release below.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Review - Citizen Jack #1 (@ImageComics)

"Jack Northworthy wasn't always America's problem."

Election cycles seem never-ending, regardless of when the actual election is. Thanks to television, the internet and social media, every statement and action is analyzed, dissected and evaluated beyond necessity. Viewers still turn in for the "news" and that's what Image Comics wants readers to do for Citizen Jack #!. The issue is written by Sam Humphries, illustrated by Tommy Patterson, colored by Jon Alderink and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Bob's Burgers Artist Offers Limited Edition Silk Screen Print Set

Frank Forte is an artist on Bob's Burgers, which is what the kids would call a big hit. He's also put in work on Despicable Me 2, Heavy Metal Magazine and Lego: Star Wars. Now, he's aiming to create three limited edition signed fine art prints. And there's a Kickstarter for it. He sets out to raise $500 on Kickstarter to finish artwork and produce the limited edition prints at Family Industries, a silk screen printer in Los Angeles, CA.

The first two prints are entitled "THE CARTOON CAT" in pink and blue versions--a hand-printed, six-color silk screen on a heavy, 140lb. paper stock. A limited edition run of 100 (60 of each available on Kickstarter)--signed by Frank Forte with his thumbprint on the back---ships rolled in a tube. Printed at Family Industries (LA, CA) by master printer Joe Herbick. Frank is selling them at an introductory price of $80 each and the extra copies will sell at art galleries and on his website for $100.00.

The third print is entitled "MOLLY'S NIGHTMARES" as hand-printed, four-color silk screen on a heavy, 140lb. paper stock. A limited edition of 50--signed by Frank Forte with thumbprint on the back---ships rolled in a tube. It's also printed at Family Industries by master printer Joe Herbick. Frank is selling them at an introductory price of $60 each and the extra copies will sell at art galleries and on his website for $80.00

Full press release below.