Friday, January 29, 2016

Review - Cry Havoc #1 (@ImageComics)

"For a time I would feel I belonged still to a world of straightforward facts; but the feeling would not last long. Something would turn up to scare it away."

There are times when everyone is faced with an internal struggle. The subject of the struggle could be as simple as what to wear or gravely more complex such as a debilitating mental illness. Reconciling one's demons is often an exercise in futility and that exercise is exacerbated when your demon is a werewolf as it is in Cry Havoc #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Simon Spurrier, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, colored by Nick Filardi (London), Lee Loughridge (The Red Place) and Matt Wilson (Afghanistan) and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Archie Comics Gives Fans 100 Free Digital Comics

If you don't like free stuff you're either really, really, really wealthy or just not big of being given stuff. If you do like free stuff, then you'll love Archie Comics that much more. Right now, the publisher is giving away 100 free digital comics with the chance for fans to unlock 100 more via social media. Right now in the Archie App for iOS, you can snag your free comics.

The comics range from some of the earliest Archie Comics stories ever to modern-day crossovers with legendary rock bands and television stars. In order to unlock 100 additional digital comics for free, follow @ArchieComics on Twitter and retweet the corresponding tweets with the hashtag #ArchieUnlocks. The publisher will be unlocking bundles of 10 comics at a time once each level hits the retweet goal. There are ten different bundles of comics including classic Archie storylines, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and more.

Full press release below.

Dark Souls II Design Works Takes Readers Back to Draganleic

Dark Souls II is one of the best games ever made. Period. Fact. It's a follow-up to another fantastic games in Dark Souls and the series is known for its grim atmosphere, horrific creatures and unforgiving difficulty. It has such a following that UDON Entertainment is announcing the release of Dark Souls II Design Works, which collects all of the darkly compelling artwork behind the critically acclaimed Dark Souls II video game in one elegant hardcover volume.

Everything that made the original Dark Souls Design Works one of UDON’s best-selling art books of all time is present in this book as well. Inside you’ll find a full lineup of character, world, enemy, weapon and other equipment artwork, rough designs, behind-the-scenes concept visuals and an interview with the game’s creators. Dark Souls II Design Works also features a whole host of concept material from all three chapters of the game’s DLC trilogy, “The Lost Crowns."

Dark Souls II Design Works – as well as a reprinting of the original Dark Souls Design Works, in response to insatiable fan demand – is available now in finer comic book stores and book retailers everywhere, as well as various online retailers. Full press release below.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review - Tomb Raider #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"That. Hurt. Stand up. Hurts. Ugh. Stand. Up."

All the glitz and glamour that comes with making an astounding historical find is typically hard-earned. As any adventurous archaeologist will tell you, getting the prized artifact doesn't come easy. Lara Croft has certainly faced her share of danger en route to some pretty amazing adventures, yet that doesn't stop Dark Horse Comics from throwing more danger her way in Tomb Raider #1. The issue is written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Phillip Sevy, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Archer and Armstrong Jump In the Bag in April

Archer and Armstrong have an affinity for finding themselves in tricky situations. That continues this spring in Archer and Armstrong #2 when the go head-to-head with monsters, ninja nuns, the Greek god of parties and a talking fish-man too in a tale called "In the Bag." The issue is written by Rafer Roberts and illustrated by David Lafuente and will hit stores April 13. The issue features covers by Lafuente, Kano, Monica Gallagher, Roberts and Phil Jimenez.

"[A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is] insane and weird and trippy. When David came aboard, not only did he draw all the madness I had written, but he added to it," said Roberts. "There’s a splash page where we see an overview of the world inside the bag that I described as a Home Depot designed by MC Escher and stretching into infinity. He exceeded my expectations by a mile. Every strange creature, whether it be the goblins who keep everything organized inside the bag, or the trash golems made up of thousands of years worth of Armstrong’s garbage, looks amazing and way crazier than I ever imagined."

After following Armstrong into the depths of his infinite satchel in a search for booze, Archer and his partner, history’s most inebriated immortal, have found themselves prisoners of…uh…what’s this villain’s name again? Armstrong may not be able to remember what their captor, Bacchus, is all about, but he sure is upset by the memories tied to a rare bottle of whiskey. What secret is about to come roaring out of the past to haunt him? And is Archer doomed to the repeat Armstrong’s tragic mistakes? All this, plus goblins, golems, and another star-making appearance from Valiant’s new breakout character of 2016… Hey kids, get ready for the man, the legend, the fish…because Davey the Mackerel is back and he means business!

Full press release below.

Simon Bisley Draws Blood on Vampblade

As far as crossovers go, Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade was pretty ambitious for Action Lab Danger Zone. The work took probably their most popular character and gave her a capable opponent in Vampblade and gave readers someone new to cheer for. Danger Zone is capitalizing on that popularity even further by offering up two new limited edition covers by Simon Bisley.

Vampblade writer/creator and Danger Zone publisher Jason Martin adds, "We couldn't be more excited to have Simon attached to the project! Vampblade is a truly unique book - sexy, dangerous and fun - and Mr Bisley adds the perfect touch with his larger than life style and clout."

Bisley' Vampblade covers are an AOD Collectables exclusive coinciding with the release of the first Vampblade trade paperback collection. The standard Bisley edition (DEC158278) is limited to 2500 copies and the risqué version (DEC158279) will be limited to 1500 copies. Both covers will be available this May and orderable in the March Previews catalog.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review - The Birdlander #1

"Fire a friend flare and get into position. And get somebody up on the big gun!"

Friends are hard enough to come by in today's world. Real friends that is--you can have as many followers and friends as you want, but how many of them would you trust to have your back when things get dicey? It's a question that's often asked of players in an apocalypse and one character is grateful to find some friends in The Birdlander #1. The issue is written by Aaron Walther and illustrated by Ed Bickford.

Sonic Kicks Off Summer Event in June

Archie Comics is ending the "Shattered World Saga" in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. That ending will come right in time for the brand new arc in Panic in the Sky which will kick off in Sonic the Hedgehog #284. The issue will be written by Ian Flynn and illustarted by Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata. The issue will also feature the first of four connecting covers by Dan Schoening and an "Evil Win" variant by Lamar Wells.

Sonic the Hedgehog and friends have finally collected all the necessary tools to restore their broken planet which was shattered at the hands of the evil Dr. Eggman. But Eggman's not about to let Sonic fix his planet without a fight, as he unleashes a devastating and epic assault on the Freedom Fighters. He has a plan of his own and strikes first. The mad doctor launches a multi-pronged assault that will leave you speechless-everything has been building up to this moment.

Full press release below.

Zenescope Presents Satan's Hollow

It's a solid bet that most maps these days don't feature Satan's Hollow on them. The location that's the subject of a decades old urban myth is purported to be a direct path to the underworld is a little tough to find. No worries though as Zenescope plans to give you the exact location of the site in a brand new series called Satan's Hollow, written by Joe Brusha and illustrated by Allan Otero.

Twenty years later, the legend continues with a survivor’s return to the hellish town, albeit with an immensely evil companion. The issue will boast covers by Caio Cacau, Abhiskeh Malsuni and Pasquale Qualano. Local comic shops are ordering Satan’s Hollow until February 29th, 2016, so those interested in reserving a copy should contact their local comic shop with the following Diamond Order codes: JAN161847, JAN161848, JAN161849, JAN161850.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review - Faith #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Remember, the team is counting on you! Don't let them down!"

The life of a superhero doesn't come easy. You're forced to contend with a secret identity, villains seeking your destruction and an ever-present sense of duty. There are some characters more willing to accept those responsibilities though and one of them is Faith in Faith #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Jody Houser, illustrated by Francis Portela (Fantasy Sequence art by Marguerite Savage), colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Eternal Warrior is Risen in Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #4

"Risen" has been a pretty big deal for Valiant, but all good things must come to an end. The end for "Risen" is in sight and will take place in Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #4 by Robert Venditti and Raul Allen on February 17. Fans can also look forward to covers from David Lafuente, Allen, Marcos Martin, Clayton Henry and Adam Pollina.

In the wake of BOOK OF DEATH…the Earth’s immortal champion is dead…but his battle is far from over. Cast out of our world and into a fearsome afterlife of pain and punishment, Gilad is determined to return to our world and resume his duty… But can even history’s most formidable master of war forge ahead in an unearthly domain built to break the human spirit? Now, on the cusp of freedom, the Eternal Warrior rises to fight an enemy with a grudge as old as himself…only to the find that the price of victory might just be everything and everyone he has ever loved…

Full press release below.

Tokyo Ghost Volume 1 Offers Atomic Garden

Rick Remender is a man who can seemingly find time to churn out series after series. That's a good thing, because he has a knack for creating worlds that are truly science fiction and rife with interesting characters and events. Teaming up with Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth on Tokyo Ghost is no exception and now Image Comics is poised to release the first five issues in a trade paperback this March called Tokyo Ghost, Volume 1: Atomic Garden.

On the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers: ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry—the drug everyone needs—and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the "law" enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say “brutal killing machines." The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.

Tokyo Ghost, Volume 1: Atomic Garden (ISBN 978-1-63215-663-1) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 9th and bookstores on Tuesday, March 15th, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code JAN160652. Full press release below.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk #1 (@Zenescope)

"I forever pledge my allegiance to her throne, her court, and the shine upon your head."

The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Annapaola Martello (layout assists by Daniele Cosentino), colored by Robby Bevard and lettered by Ghost Glyph Studios.

Murder Ballads Brings Original Soundtrack

Z2 Comics has another miniseries up their sleeves, but this one is coming with something special. The series by Gabe Soria and Paul Reinwand is Monster Ballads and while the title might hint it comes with a hair metal band, instead it comes with a soundtrack. The soundtrack is being put together by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The rock n' roll noir story is about the music industry and redemption.

“Z2 Comics is committed to publishing quality comic books by truly talented creators that explore all genres and kinds of storytelling,” said Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Josh Frankel. “Just as we launched our first wave of comic books with Ian McGinty’s amazing all ages comic WELCOME TO SHOWSIDE series last fall, we’ll kick off our 2016 lineup in April with HYPER FORCE NEO, a new action packed all ages series from Jarrett Williams. In May, we’ll publish a science fiction adventure about intergalactic smugglers by the Eisner Award-nominated, XERIC award-winning cartoonist Kevin Colden and acclaimed writer/ artist Miss Lasko-Gross, who are collaborating for the first time. In June, we’ll publish the comic book debuts of two wonderfully talented creators, Samuel Sattin and Chris Koehler who are creating a gorgeous and heartbreaking post-apocalyptic story with dogs. And MURDER BALLADS promises to be both a major publishing and music industry event. These four titles couldn’t be more different, but they’ll all have the comic book industry talking in 2016.”

Full press release below.

King and Queen Unite for First Time in Lords of the Jungle

Tarzan is a very well-known character, but he may meet his match in Sheena. That pairing has never occurred before now and Dynamite is excited to bring them together in Lords of the Jungle, a miniseries slated to debut on March 16. The series will be written by Corinna Bechko and illustrated by Roberto Castro. The first issue will also feature covers by Castro and Alex Ross.

"When writing characters like these, it's always best to be mindful of their history. If they don't feel like the same people, what's the point? The flip side of that is remembering that they need to feel fresh and relevant," says zoologist-turned-comics writer Corinna Bechko. "The Sheena we're introducing here is a bit younger than some of the iterations there have been over the years, but she can definitely take care of herself. She's not someone you'd want to be on the wrong side of in a fight."

Tarzan has long been the protector of his jungle stronghold, but this time the fight has to be taken to his enemy's territory, deep in the heart of London. Half a world away and nearly a century later, Sheena is battling foes of her own when she is mysteriously swept through time and space to 1930's Africa, leaving her own land unprotected. Will these two Lords of the Jungle find enough common ground to join forces? Or will the resulting culture clash lead to mutual destruction?

Full press release below.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Review - Pencil Head #1 (@ImageComics)

"Poodwaddle works steadily, and arduously, to meet his looming deadline."

One of the most prevalent questions asked of any panel at any comic convention is "how do I break into comics?" It's a very complex question that requires a fantastically nuanced response, but in short there's no one way to do it. Those who have made a living in comics will tell you it's not easy and not nearly as glamorous as one may hope. Image Comics offers up a very blunt take on the industry in Pencil Head #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Ted McKeever.

Archer and Armstrong Have it In the Bag

Valiant Entertainment has been putting out its share of top-quality books, but Archer and Armstrong is arguably their most irreverent duo. The two could not be any different from one another, yet they still manage to get each other's backs on a daily basis. That continues on March 16 with The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1, the first issue of the new ongoing series by Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente. The issue will feature coves by Lafuente, Kano, Trevor Hairsine, Clayton Henry, Rafer Roberts and Phil Jimenez.

"A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is a funny book. It is also action-packed and full of strange and surreal characters and situations. However, under all the humor and surrealness, there is a great deal of heart," said Roberts. "One of the most satisfying things I get to play with in A&A is the fluid dynamic of a strong friendship under the guise of a manic action series. Like in any relationship there will be ups and downs. There will be good times spent fighting an army of lizard-men and trash golems, and bad times where they are getting their asses kicked by an 80-foot tall goat monster that they unleashed upon the Earth.”

Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known. A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners. Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service). Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

Full press release below.

Cory Walker Returns to Invincible

Your name doesn't have to be Kotter to be welcomed back. In fact, if your name is Cory Walker, Invincible fans will welcome you back with open-arms. Why? Because the original artist is returning to team up with Robert Kirkman for a new story arc starting this April. Invincible #27 (Diamond Code FEB160514) hits stores April 20--The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, March 28th.

“I’m a genuine fan of the book and I’ve always been involved in varying degrees through the years," said Walker, "but as the opportunity began to present itself, this possibility that I could come on and fill in for a few issues, it was pretty exciting. I have slowly been working on other things and haven’t had a comic on stands since I shared art duties with Ryan back on the Flaxan invasion/Rex and Monster Girl story back in Invincible 92-96, so the prospect of putting ANY comics out relatively soon was a sweet enough proposition, but make it Invincible and I can’t say no.”

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review - Amazing Forest #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"We are now our own viruses."

There's really no telling where we'll be as a race in ten years, twenty years, fifty years, etc. Chances are the day-to-day will largely remain the same for everyone, although some things might be a lot easier (and others more difficult). There's also the distinct possibility that we'll be living in one of any number of seemingly far-fetched fantasies, as is the case in Amazing Forest #1 from IDW Publishing. The stories are written by Erick Freitas and Ulises Farinas. "Tank" is illustrated by Julien Dufour, "Wolf Mother" is illustrated by Matt Rota, "Ronnie the Robot" is illustrated by Melody Often and "Bird Watcher" is illustrated by Yumi Sakugawa.

Ruthven Goes Investigating

Every city needs an investigator. Some cities features citizens who take it upon themselves to do that dirty work. Ruthven: Citizen Investigator from C. & Q. Bowman Productions is one such tale. Check out more at the Ruthven: Citizen Investigator website and a trailer below.

Image Comics Travels the Black Road

Vikings are something of a fascinating group in history that occasionally get the limelight for whatever reason. Image Comics is taking their chance to shine a light on the people via Black Road, a new tale by Brian Wood, Gary Brown and Dave McCaig. In Black Road #1, readers meet Magnus the Black—neither clean nor sober, neither Christian nor Pagan—but a man true to his word. When a ranking official under his care is brutally murdered, he’s prepared to hunt the killers to the frozen tip of Norway, religious war be damned.

“With Northlanders I went strictly historical,” said Wood. “But here we’re creating this almost heightened take on the Viking times, where Christian conversion was more like a military occupation, with churches dotting the landscape like green zones and there’s this highway of death heading forever northwards…. this is the Black Road. Anything, and everything, can happen on the cold road north.”

Wood first described Magnus The Black at Image Expo, calling him “a creaky fellow who suffers the boot of daily life but shows his steel where and when it counts.” But Wood later added onto the character’s description: “[He’s] a skeptic of the highest sort but operating with a very strong personal moral code. He’s suffered tremendously in his life, but keeps moving forward, keeps pushing on like an inexorable force of nature.”

“It's been a thrill to work on the book,” said Brown. “Drawing the environments and characters has been really rewarding. Plus working with Brian on a grim Viking book has been excellent. I'm excited for it to hit the stands.”

Black Road #1 (Diamond Code FEB160460) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, April 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, March 21st. Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review - Devolution #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"Without a map you could wander for weeks."

The way humanity treats the planet and each other is a little unsettling. It's wholly possible (and likely) that the world will fall apart at the seams when things go down. Devolution #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is a very frank take on a world without order. The issue is written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Jonathan Wayshak and colored by Jordan Boyd.

Ninjak Storms the King's Castle

Everyone loves a good jumping-on point for a comic, which is what makes Valiant's upcoming Ninjak #14 extra special when it launches in April. In case you can't tell, that's because the issue starts a new arc in "The Siege of King's Castle" and gives Matt Kindt and Diego Bernard the chance to open a new chapter for Colin King. Stripped of the wealth, technology, and resources that enabled his career as an international intelligence operative, Ninjak will be forced to rely on his fists and cunning alone…even as Roku’s mission of revenge and retribution unearths stunning new revelations about his origin and true purpose…

“Colin is really going to lose everything. Which is part of the fun of this arc. We’re stripping Ninjak down to the basics – to see what makes him tick now. We saw his origins and how he got to where he is now. 'THE SIEGE OF KING'S CASTLE' is a kind of reversal of that,” said Kindt. “Stripping all of his modern trappings away to see how he’s changed since he became Ninjak. The nature of his work in espionage and hero work has the potential to really skew a personality – and I think Colin has really lost himself. He’s lost who he was and who he aspired to be. This is the arc where he’ll (hopefully) realize this. Plus fighting. Lots of ninja fighting.”

Colin King, the elite MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He’s survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He’s walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak’s present and future by destroying his life from the inside out – and only the death of Colin King will stop her.

“Not only is ‘THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE’ going to be a decisive turning point in Ninjak’s history, it’s also probably one of the single most gut-wrenching Valiant stories that we’ve told to date,” said Editor Tom Brennan. “This is Ninjak’s ‘Skyfall’ or ‘Born Again’ moment –stripped-down, high-stakes storytelling that is going to shatter notions of who and what we thought Ninjak truly was…and leave plenty of wreckage along the way. Roku is about to put Colin King through the meat grinder and when we see him on the other side, Ninjak’s status in the Valiant Universe is going to change forever.”

Full press release below.

Action Lab Presents Actionverse

Comic book publishers are anything but shy when it comes to crossovers, bringing together characters from all corners of their respective universes and blending them together. Action Lab Entertainment's crossover game has been a little weak to this point, but they're looking to change that. Actionverse is their response and they're having five separate creator-owned series collaborate into a single entity. The crossover is poised to be a launch pad for an entire roster of new characters and concepts debuting in 2016 and beyond.

The crossover can be enjoyed not just by fans, who finally get to see characters from the Action Lab’s creator-owned universe come face-to-face for the first time, but to newcomers as well. There’s a hero for everyone in this story, from Molly Danger, a young girl stranded on Earth away from her alien home world, to Virtue, a superhero whose moral compass is broken. The event has compelling moments and a sharp sense of humor. The first three issues include:

Actionverse Featuring The First Hero #1 by Anthony Ruttgaizer, Marco Renna, Lee Moder and Fred C. Stresing (FEB160988 & FEB160989)
Actionverse Featuring Molly Danger #1 by Jamal Igle and Ross Hughes (FEB160990 & FEB160991)
Actionverse Featuring Fracture #1 by Shawn Gabborin and Chad Cicconni (FEB160992 & FEB160993)

Each book will ship in April. Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review - Red Agent #1 (@Zenescope)

"This is now Central Command for the Highborn Initiative."

Living in the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe comes with its own set of perils. This is especially true if you're a Highborn, as there are countless foes seeking your death. One such Highborn is Britney Waters and Zenescope is putting her in a new role in Red Agent #1. The issue is written by Lou Iovino, illustrated by Diego Galindo, colored by Grostieta and lettered by Fabio Amelia.

Preview - The Cask of Amantillado

Edgar Allen Poe is widely considered to be one of the literary greats, as he capitalized on an uncanny ability to make the macabre relatable. One of his more popular works is The Cask of Amantillado--a work that Action Lab Entertainment is poised to adapt. The story is by Poe and Enrica Jang, with art by Jason Strutz.

“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” A new adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tale of wine, friendship and betrayal. Includes an exciting first look at pages from the upcoming sequel to the Poe classic, The House of Montresor!

The Cask of Amantillado is in stores January 20.

Silver Lake Slasher Stalks Bloodshot

Silver Lake isn't to be confused with Crystal Lake, but that doesn't mean it's any less dangerous. In fact, Valiant's own Bloodshot is making his way there for the publisher's first-ever annual-sized extravaganza, clocking in at 64 pages of goodness. Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016 #1 will feature the talents of Jeff Lemire and Kano when it hits stores March 23. The work will also feature covers by Kano, Ryan Bodenheim, Robert Charles Wilson IV and Keron Grant.

Terror doesn’t wait for Friday at Camp Silver Lake! A masked menace has stalked this camp for years, but what happens when one unstoppable killing machine comes up against another? Bloodshot is about to bring his bloody brand of justice to the quiet shores of Silver Lake to take on America’s most notorious slasher. Throw into the mix a special Bloodsquirt solo adventure for good measure. The story will sit alongside all-new stories and standalone tales from a cast of talents, including Ray Fawkes, Michel Fiffe and Benjamin Marra, Paul Maybury and more.

Full press release below.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Review - The Adventures of Luna the Vampire #1(@IDWPublishing)

"OMG! What should I wear?!"

Vampires in space don't typically fare that well. There's the whole lack of viable blood thing. There's also problems like finding the right wardrobe to wear to a zombification ceremony. Those problems and more are recounted in The Adventures of Luna the Vampire #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written and illustrated by Yasmin Sheikh.

Dark Horse Extends Invitation to House of Penance

Spring doesn't really strike one as the most haunting of the seasons (unless you're scared of the Easter bunny). Dark Horse is adding a bit of horror to the season with their plan to release House of Penance--a historical tale of horror by Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram. The story focuses on Sarah Winchester of the house of the same name.

"The journey that Sarah makes while building the house is intense and scary, and all the horrible things that put her there are going to be revealed during the course of the six issues along with the story of Peck, the gunfighter who goes looking for absolution under the strangest roof he could ever stumble upon," said Peter Tomasi in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.

House of Penance is a horrific take on the true story of the Winchester haunted house and one woman’s mission to wash away the blood curse of the Winchester rifle that threatens to claim her own life and soul. The Winchester house is famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate in it a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real. In this House of Leaves meets Blood Meridian tale of how fortune brings misfortune, a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years with a simple motto: “keep busy building or get busy dying.”

House of Penance #1 (of 6) is in stores April 13, 2016. Full press release below.

Valiant's 2016 Crossover Ignites in May

Book of Death, Armor Hunters and Harbinger Wars were all ambitious crossovers for Valiant. The publisher continues to make waves in the industry with top-notch stories, but that's not stopping them from aiming higher. At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars. This May the rebellion begins in 4001 A.D., written by Matt Kindt and illustrated Clayton Crain.

"[4001 A.D.] is really just a big story that needed a lot of space and was always intended to be this sort of epic blow-out/up kind of story. It’s also going to really connect the 4001 Universe with the present-day Valiant Universe in a crazy way, which is something we haven’t really done yet," series writer Matt Kindt told IGN.

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

At the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom… Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

"Having been cast to Earth and kicked out of Japan, Rai has been forced to come into his own. He’s been put into these adult roles as father and husband, but in reality he was too young – a teenager trying to grow up and out of the shadow that his Father casts. And this event is really about him growing up. Becoming his own man. And finally taking responsibility for his actions and his fate."

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 (@boomstudios)

"Everybody get ready! It's morphin time!"

Back in the 90s there was one property that effectively (and surprisingly) took the world by storm: the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The tale of five high school students tasked with protecting the world by way of innate martial arts and giant robots was a paean to Japanese anime of days past. Now, BOOM! Studios is taking readers back to those heady days in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0. The issue is written by Kyle Higgins, illustrated by Hendry Prasetya, colored by Matt Herms and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. "The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk and Skull" is written by Steve Orlando, illustrated by Corin Howell, colored by Jeremy Lawson and lettered by Jim Campbell. "What Time Is It?!" is written by Mairghread Scott, illustrated by Daniel Bayliss and lettered by Dukeshire.

Image Wants to Starve Fans

Starve seems to be appealing to readers. The Brian Wood/Danijel Zezelj/Dave Stewart collaboration has been a hit for Image Comics, so it makes sense that the series is starting a new arc in February.

“In this second 'season' of Starve, Chef Gavin Cruikshank is recovering from the trauma of the first season and wondering why, since he's so successful at reclaiming his spot as a top chef, his personal life such a shambles. But IS he actually successful at rehabilitating his TV show, or is he just being co-opted all over again?” said Wood. “So in this arc he goes from the soundstage to the streets, bringing his ideas of food revolution directly to the people most affected by poverty and food scarcity. It’s a socio-political angle on food that we haven't touched on yet in the series. Gavin will never lose his caustic sense of humor, but it’s time he gets real. Really real.”

Chef Gavin Cruikshank, back from self-imposed exile, found 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. With his personal life as much a shambles as his professional career, Chef Cruikshank worked to repair his relationship with his grown daughter while working to dismantle the monstrosity that Starve had become.

Starve #6 (Diamond code: DEC150553) hits stores Wednesday, February 17th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, January 25th. Full press release below.

Jonesy Asks for Your Love

In February BOOM! Studios wants to share love of their own. A love with Jonesy, the new limited series from Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle. The work is poised for fans of Giant Days, Scott Pilgrim and Archie. The comedy features a teen cupid in plaid who misuses her “love powers” as she tries to find her place in high school.

“Jonesy is one of those comics that just brings a smile to your face,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Sam and Caitlin have created a fresh, relatable group of characters that fit right into the BOOM! Box family alongside Lumberjanes and Giant Days, which means we can promise hilarious shenanigans, a great story, and beautiful art!”

Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows: she has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone, with anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong.

“Jonesy, like Giant Days, is the kind of series that would have kept me, as a teen, running back to the comic shop every month,” said Editor Shannon Watters. “I’m so pleased that BOOM! Box is able to bring it to all of you.”

Jonesy #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on February 10th with a main cover by Boyle for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC151095. Announced earlier today, a second “Final Order Cutoff” variant cover by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Jason Fischer is now available the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC158102. Also available in a limited quality is a retailer incentive cover by Lissa Treiman. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is January 18th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review - I, Mage #0 (@ActionLab)

"Yes, something about the nature of magic appears to be nearly alive, and cannot withstand the presence of simulated A.I. life."

Space may be the final frontier, but there's something to be said for magic as well. As it stands, we have a much better understanding of the former than the latter. Blending the two together would only confound things further, even if it makes for interesting reading in I, Mage #0 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by Gary Turner, illustrated by Carlos E. Gomez, colored by Teodoro Gonzalez and lettered by Jimmy Betancourt, Jaymes Reed and Turner.

Hastings and Valiant Present Comics College

You're never too old to learn something new. To that end, Hastings and Valiant Entertainment are teaming up for Comics College, an educational workshop exploring the comic book industry. Hastings is taking fans even deeper into the world of comics with brand-new video seminars that detail all the tricks of the trade – as revealed by one of Valiant's leading writers or illustrators each week. The month-long Comics College in-store event begins on Saturday, January 30th at 2 PM ET at a Hastings location near you and continues with new episodes every Saturday through February 20th.

Broadcasting into more than 140 Hastings locations nationwide, each installment of “Comics College” offers an inside look at the process of creating comics from start to finish. Featuring a new conversation with a different Valiant creator each week, join us here as some of the brightest talents in comics today examine the most important aspects of working in the comics industry today – from getting your first big break and writing your first script to the finer points of portfolio reviews for artists and editors alike and much more.

Valiant is also giving each Hastings viewer their shot at their chance to win the prize of a lifetime – their first professional published comics debut – with the official "Comics College" contest! Over the course of the “Comics College” event, aspiring artists nationwide are encouraged to illustrate and submit their favorite Valiant comics character in a captivating scene of their own choosing. From there, the winning piece will then be published as the official art for Hastings' exclusive variant cover for the VALIANT: 4001 A.D. FCBD SPECIAL – hitting Hastings stores everywhere for Free Comic Book Day 2016!

Full press release and class schedule below.

Zenescope Debuts New Fighter in March

Zenescope has plenty of source material to mine, what with their whole Grimm Fairy Tales thing. That hasn't stopped them from delving into other mythologies for other characters and stories. In March, Pat Shand and Vincenzo Riccardi will get a little fresh with that delving. Zenescope will be releasing a new series called Hellchild in March with covers from Edgar Salazar, Harvey Tolibao, Mike Krome and Jason Metcalf.

Angelica Blackstone is a half-Greek god, half-vampire, and she’s pissed! When she is brought back from the dead and given a new lease on life by monster hunter Liesel Van Helsing, Angelica joins a gang of Viking vampire junkies living in the underbelly of New York City. But she has a hell of an ax to grind with her absentee father, Hades, who she blames for her death. All hell is about to break loose!

Hellchild can be reserved using the following Diamond Order codes: JAN161843, JAN161844, JAN161845 or JAN161846. Full press release below.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review - Gutter Magic #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"This was easier than I thought it would be."

There's a certain finnicky aspect about magic that seems to accompany it wherever it goes. Whether it's needing very specific circumstances to cast a certain spell to needing a certain item for an incantation, magic is never considered to be easy. Mixing in the life of a criminal certainly doesn't make things any easier as in Gutter Magic #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Rich Douek, illustrated by Brett Barkley, colored by Jules Rivera and lettered by Nic J. Shaw.

Valiant and Diamond Select Toys Unveil Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack

Ninjak and Shadowman don't team up that often, yet when they do the results can be fantastic. Take, for instance, Valiant Entertainment teaming up with Diamond Select Toys to announce the all-new Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack – arriving in comic book stores and Toys "R" Us in spring 2016. Each Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack also comes complete with each heroes’ signature accessories and astounding alternate parts.

"The reaction from Valiant's legion of fans around the world to our partnership with Diamond Select Toys has been absolutely ecstatic," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales. "Ever since the first set of Valiant Minimates hit shelves in 2015, we've received a near-constant stream of demands for more. Now, at long last, we're proud to debut the brand-new Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack, just in time for the New Year."

Years ago, inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King set out on his first field mission, learning the basics of spycraft and developing a volatile relationship with his first handler…to tragic results. Now, Colin King is Ninjak – the world's foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and the first failed mission that changed everything…

There are a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?

“The Valiant Universe is full of great characters, not to mention great costume designs,” said Diamond Select Toys President Chuck Terceira. “We’re excited to be able to interpret these characters and costumes in the Minimates format, and we look forward to expanding on our Valiant offerings in our new Comic Book Heroes line.”

Full press release below.

Saban Brands and Nucleus Debut Power Rangers Exhibit

BOOM! Studios is poised to release a new comic book series based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. To celebrate that launch, BOOM! Studios is teaming up with Nucleus and Saban Brands for the Power Rangers Official Tribute Exhibition. For this unique fan event, Nucleus will be curating brand-new tribute art work along with rarely seen production art from the original TV show. The exhibit will run at Gallery Nucleus January 16 - January 31, 2016.

A reception open to all fans will be held on the evening of January 16th where the first 100 attendees will get a free door prize. Fans will also get access to raffles and signed goods, a food truck on site and costumed Red and Pink Stunt Rangers in attendance. Writers Kyle Higgins and Mairghread Scott will be on hand to autograph a limited number of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 from BOOM! Studios arrives in comic shops on January 13th for $3.99 under Diamond Order code NOV151136, featuring seven intermixed Power Ranger covers illustrated by Spectrum Award-Nominated artist Goñi Montes (RoboCop), including the rare 1-in-50 Green Ranger cover and the ultra-rare 1-in-100 White Ranger cover. It is written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Hendry Prasetya. This issue also includes the short story from the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics by Mairghread Scott and Daniel Bayliss and the first installment of a Bulk and Skull-centric adventure by Steve Orlando and Corin Howell.

Full press release below.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Review - Red Sonja Volume 3 #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"Sonja will not let you perish, not with the wolves of Khitai and Turan at the door."

Red Sonja is a magnificent warrior. There's no denying that point. The thing about being a warrior though is that you have to be fighting something to earn the warrior moniker. Dynamite Entertainment gives Red Sonja the day off so to speak in Red Sonja Volume 3 #1. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Aneke, colored by Jorge Sutil and lettered by Erica Schultz.

Kennel Block Blues Goes Free Ahead of Final Orders

Free Comic Book Day may be months away, but don't tell BOOM! Studios that. The publisher is really big on their new limited series Kennel Block Blues--so big that they're offering the first issue of the Ryan Ferrier/Daniel Bayliss collaboration for free on Tumblr ahead of its final order date. This marks the first time a major comics publisher has posted a full, completely colored and lettered issue on the social media site before final orders were due.

“Kennel Block Blues is a series we passionately believe in, and we want you to see why,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “This is a story that can only be told in comics, and description alone doesn’t do it justice. So we figured, why not let people read it and see for themselves? Once you see what Ryan and Daniel have cooked up, support these innovative creators by reaching out to your local comic shop and pre-ordering it. See why we’re so excited about this.”

Oliver is a good dog. A family dog. But without warning, he’s sentenced to Jackson Kennel, where he’s instantly placed on Death Row with the rest of his fellow inmates, awaiting a lethal appointment on The Table if salvation doesn’t come. He’ll need help escaping the Kennel, but when the stress of prison life builds, he starts escaping reality instead, imagining a fantasy world of cartoon friends. It’s time to break out...into a musical number?

Kennel Block Blues arrives in comic shops on February 3rd with a main cover by Bayliss for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code DEC151097. Also available in a limited quality is a retailer incentive cover by Nick Pitarra. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is January 11th. Full press release below.

Dark Horse Releaseing RG Veda

Clamp is a successful manga, but it's arguable that it's success wasn't possible without the release of RG Veda. This summer, Dark Horse will revisit the success of RG Veda in releasing a three-volume omnibus edition that collects the entire story with full-color pages, high-quality paper and a larger print format.

RG Veda (pronounced “Rig Veda”) is based on a classic Indian saga. The lush, sprawling epic follows Yasha, once a mighty warrior king but now the lord of a slaughtered people he could not save. Yasha journeys the land as the companion and protector of the genderless Ashura, although he knows Ashura’s fate is interwoven with doom for many. Together they seek the other four of the “Six Stars,” whose prophesied gathering will at last defeat Taishakuten, the evil usurper of heaven’s throne. But all prophecies are open to interpretation . . .

RG Veda Omnibus Volume 1 (978-1-61655-988-5) is in stores August 3, 2016. Full press release below.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Review - My Favorite Toy

"Mom, have you seen my favorite toy?"

The quest for a child's favorite toy can be harrowing at times. Those times when a child is without it are some of the more trying times, reinforcing the notion in parents that they should always keep tabs on the toys when possible. My Favorite Toy takes a look at that concept in a slightly different lens. The issue is written by Jesse Young and illustrated by Krishna M. Sadasivam.

Criminal Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Bang

Criminal has been an enduring hit for Image Comics, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. In celebration of that endurance (more specifically ten years), the duo plans to release a brand-new, 64-page one-shot of the series in April. Teaming up with Elizabeth Breiweister will bring their darkest and strangest tale yet: a twisted ‘70s noir about a father and son on the run. This 10th Anniversary Special also comes in a magazine-sized variant featuring the star of the comic-within-the-comic—a perfect companion to last year's Savage Sword of Criminal magazine-sized variant.

“Teeg and Tracy Lawless are our most popular characters, so I knew this Anniversary Special had to showcase their early days,” said Brubaker. “A big part of Criminal is finding new ways into noir stories, and this time we get to see it all from the point of view of a 12-year-old kid forced to help his father, who is a career thief and murderer.”

"Once again I get to try out a new style, after the cartooning of The Last Of The Innocent, and the sword and sorcery of last year's Savage Sword of Criminal,” said Phillips. “This time I get to figure out how to draw a kung-fu werewolf without him looking too silly. Let's hope I can pull it off! Even if I can't, it's great to be back in the Criminal universe again, it's like we've never been away."

Criminal: 10th Anniversary Special(Diamond code: NOV158430) hits stores Wednesday, April 13th. Criminal: 10th Anniversary Special, Deadly Edition: Magazine-Size Variant (Diamond code: NOV158431) will also be available on Wednesday, April 13th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 21st. Full press release below.

Divinity Returns in April

Valiant Entertainment scored big with Divinity, giving fans a great new book to absorb in 2015. 2016 sees the publisher returning to the well with Divinity II, the first issue of an all-new limited series by Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron. The work will feature covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Hairsine, Phil Jimenez and Adam Gorham. It will also be presented in the deluxe Valiant Prestige format with an ad-free presentation featuring matte-laminate cardstock covers, custom-designed endsheets, exclusive back matter and more.

"Almost immediately after his first appearance, DIVINITY became a major focal point in the Valiant Universe and with good reason," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "From IMPERIUM to BOOK OF DEATH, his actions have had major repercussions, but the story that Matt and Trevor have in store for DIVINITY II isn't just a sequel—it's the closing of the circle that began with Abram Adams' lift-off from Earth and into the unknown. Now, the full consequences of that journey are going to be revealed as DIVINITY II reintroduces a powerful figure from the past – one that DIVINITY is going to wish stayed lost…"

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent three cosmonauts farther into space than anyone has gone before or since. Handpicked orphans with no connections to Earth, trained as devout Communists, and restricted from having families, they became lost in the stars and encountered something unknown… Something that changed them. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, Abram Adams was the first to return, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. But, even with seemingly limitless power at his fingertips, he is concerned only with the secret love he hid away from his superiors and the unborn child he never had a chance to meet. Now, Miska, the female co-pilot of the group, has also returned to Earth…but, unlike Abram she had no secret family. Unlike Abram, she still believes in the Communist ideal. And, unlike Abram, she intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory. Earth is about to meet a new god. And she’s a Communist. How long can it be before the nations of Earth bend before DIVINITY?

"DIVINITY was a true force of nature in 2015. With a seemingly insatiable demand from fans and retailers, it's racked up 11 red-hot printings, a slew of 'best of 'awards, and astronomical back-issue prices. This has been a true runaway hit in every sense of the term," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "From the beginning, the origin of DIVINITY was built to be told in two parts, and we are incredibly excited for fans everywhere to have their minds blown again as we reveal more. Each member of the original creative team––from Matt to Trevor to Ryan to David—has not just returned, but redoubled their efforts to make DIVINITY II not just a title, but a statement of purpose. Packed with action, ingenuity, and brilliantly conceptualized storytelling, you're simply not going to find a series like this anywhere else in comics today."

This April, mankind will bear witness to the cosmic force of creation itself as master storytellers Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine unleash a cataclysmic new chapter for the breakout new hero of the year, only in DIVINITY II #1 (of 4)!

Full press release below.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Review - The Last Contract #1 (@boomstudios)

"Sorry...drifted off for a minute there."

Every occupation brings with it the prospect of retirement. What one does with the newfound time off varies from person to person, but it's safe to assume that a retired hitman is going to spend his time a little differently. Sometimes though--as in The Last Contract #1 from BOOM! Studios--you're drawn back into the thick of it. The issue is written and lettered by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Lisandro Estherren and colored by Niko Guardia.

Demonic Moonlight Cast Over Dark Horse

Spring 2016 is still a few months away, but Dark Horse isn't waiting for the season to make an impact. In May, Dark Horse will deliver the first volume in the prequel to the Blood-C saga from CLAMP, Production I.G and artist Ryo Haduki in Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight. Paying homage to the previous Blood series—but telling a wholly new story—Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight is the prequel readers have been waiting for.

In occupied Japan in 1946, an American military investigator is sent to Yokohama Base to research a number of bizarre deaths. His encounters with a mysterious, sword-wielding stranger and a series of supernatural events lead him to believe that the murderer isn’t human. Something more sinister lurks within the shadows!

Dark Horse has sold over 70,000 copies of Blood+, a series perfect for fans of horror, suspense and mystery. CLAMP’s contribution to the Blood-C saga continues with Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight, based on CLAMP’s original story line and character designs. Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight Volume 1 is in stores May 11, 2016. Full press release below.

UDON Offers Double Dose of Street Fighter Comics in March

Street Fighter V is poised to be released next month on PlayStation 4. Hot on the heels of that, UDON is planning to bring two Street Fighter titles to comic shops in March. Both Street Fighter Unlimited #4 and Street Fighter V: The Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash #1 are available for order now.

In Street Fighter Unlimited #4, series writer Ken Siu-chong and artist Joe Ng conclude the first story arc of the ongoing series as Ryu encounters a ghost from his past and Guile, Cammy, Alex and Chun-Li struggle to survive the onslaught of Vega's new minions. This issue also features a 4-page bonus story illustrated by Sarah Stone starring the deadly damsels of S.I.N – Juri VS. Crimson Viper! This issue features two standard covers by Gonzalo “Genzoman” Ordonez Arias and Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, as well as two special incentive variants. Gisèle Lagacé provides the “Arch-Rivals” homage variant, while Steve “Kandoken” Mack provides a Street Fighter V variant of the leading lady of fighting games – Chun-li!

Also available in March is Street Fighter V: The Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash #1, a 48-page one-shot delving into the past of this recently returned fighter. This oversized special features a cavalcade of UDON creators, including writer Chris Sarracini and artists Jeffrey Cruz, Hanzo Steinbach, Edwin Huang, Long Vo and Rob Porter. This title features a standard cover by Jeffrey Cruz, a special Black Sketch variant, and an incentive cover by Steve Mack.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review - Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1 (@ImageComics)

"This is a city for hustlers! Don't I always say that?"

The perils of a depression are well-noted. People lose their homes, find it difficult to put together a meal and typically have difficulty finding new work. Throw dragons into the mix and things get a whole lot more complicated. Image Comics likes complicated in Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1. The issue is written by Joe Kelly, illustrated by Max Fiumara and lettered by Thomas Mauer.

Tsuruta's Wandering Island Flies High

Kenji Tsuruta is a busy man. So busy that he hasn't released anything in English for twenty years. Dark Horse didn't want to wait any longer and is proud to be publishing Wandering Island. Wandering Island is a retro flying adventure in the spirit of Hayao Miyazaki. With eight pages in color, this special edition features an extended wraparound cover with French flaps.

Mikura Amelia is a free-spirited young woman who lives alone with her cat and operates an air delivery service, flying her vintage seaplane to Japan’s small island communities located hundreds of miles out in the Pacific. When her beloved grandfather passes away, she discovers he left her an undelivered parcel, addressed to an island that doesn’t exist . . . or does it? To answer the question, Mikura flies off in search of the truth behind the Wandering Island!

Wandering Island is in stores July 6, 2016. Full press release below.