Monday, February 29, 2016

Review - Karma Police #1 (@ComicExperience)

"Life is suffering, death is a new beginning. This cycle is eternal..."

The concept of reincarnation is one shared by many religions and the importance of it to those religions can't be understated. There's something elegant about the notion that your actions in one life will have a direct impact on another life. There are some who are reincarnated with goodness in their hearts, but those reincarnated with something else need to be dealt with. Karma Police #1 from Comics Experience offers a tale where the reincarnated aren't all on the same side all the time. The issue is written by Chris Lewis, illustrated by Tony Gregori, colored by Jasen Smith and lettered by Nic J. Shaw.

Preview - Lucky Penny

Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota have it in for Penny Brighton. If she didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it's okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there's bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat—just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there's this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck’s bound to change! Right?

Lucky Penny is a TPB that hits stores March 2 with interiors below.

Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016 Loads Up with Talent

Bloodshot is a character who probably gets born again more often than he'd like to admit, but that's not stopping Valiant from doing it again. Only this time, he's getting the annual treatment in Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016 #1 by Jeff Lemire and Kano. On March 23, fans can get into Bloodshot's history with the help of Joe Bennett, Jay Fabares, Michel Fiffe, Ray Fawkes, Benjamin Marra and Paul Maybury. And all of the action hits March 23.

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! Also, Lemire, Bennett and Fabares present a very special Bloodsquirt solo adventure, alongside a never-before-told chapter of Camp Silver Lake's horrific past by Ray Fawkes, a new vision of "THE ANALOG MAN"'s gasoline-soaked future by Paul Maybury, and a mind-bending salvo of blood, guts, and metal by Michel Fiffe & Benjamin Marra!

Full press release below.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Review - Wynonna Earp #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Hmmph...looks like you've already wallowed in all the dirt--not to mention zombie crap, Wynonna."

Wyatt Earp's name carries plenty with it, mostly in the way of law enforcement and general legendary status. It only makes sense that the character's name would carry down a lineage and that's what it does in Wynonna Earp #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Beau Smith, illustrated by Lora Innes, colored by Jay Fotos and lettered by Robbie Robbins.

Apes and Babes Highlights Frank Cho's Work

Frank Cho's work is pretty easily recognizable and has garnered plenty of acclaim. He's lent his talents to a ton of work and now Apes and Babes from Image Comics will collect much of it. A stunning collection that showcases the best of Cho’s past and present illustrations, APES AND BABES displays a wide variety of artwork, everything from the female form to fantastic beasts. The Apes and Babes trade paperback is a must-have for Cho fans and artlovers and highlights why Cho is one of the most sought-out talents in the business today.

Apes and Babes (ISBN: 978-1-63215-804-8) is 144 vibrant full-color pages for only $19.99 and hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 4th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 10th. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code MAR160659. Full press release below.

Archie Celebrates 25 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog

It's been 25 years since Sega traded on the slogan "Genesis does what Nintendon't." A lot of that brashness was bred by Sega's answer to Mario in Sonic the Hedgehog, who just so happens to be celebrating his 25th birthday in 2016. To help out with the celebration, Archie Comics is going back to the good old days with a commemorative one-shot celebrating Sonic's life in Sonic: Mega Drive.

"Not only is Archie Comics celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is also commemorating a milestone anniversary. With 25 years under the Blue Blur’s belt, we wanted to start the celebrations with something truly special," said Editor Vincent Lovallo. "The goal was to produce a story that hardcore fans would love, but also feel fresh and new for anyone looking to read a Sonic comic for the first time. The result is SONIC: MEGA DRIVE #1."

Sonic: Mega Drive reunites the creative team behind 2015's Worlds Unite crossover event, as long-time writer Ian Flynn joins artist Tyson Hesse, letterer Jack Morelli and colorist Matt Herms for an action packed story for fans of all ages. Join Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose on a brand new adventure—set after the fall of the Death Egg! The nefarious Dr. Eggman is trying to build a new engine of destruction: the MEGADRIVE, and it’s up to Sonic and his whole crew to stop the mad doctor and save the day!

"With more surprises on the way for Sonic's 25th Anniversary, fans are not going to want to miss this epic “Classic Sonic” story." teased Lovallo.

Sonic: Mega Drive hits stores July 6. Full press release below.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review - Freedom Fighter #1

In the face of terrorist cells springing up left and right, law enforcement must do all it can do to stem the tide. Most of that involves monitoring communications, playing on hunches and continuing to fight the good fight. Sometimes that's not enough and that's what Freedom Fighter #1 from Outpouring Comics focuses on. The issue is written by Michael Heitkemper, illustrated by A.J. Fulcher, inked and colored by Rohvel Yumul and lettered by Micah Myers.

Aleister and Adolf Go Occult

Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist and documentarian. That unique blend of talents makes him ideal to pen a new graphic novel called Aleister and Adolf that promises plenty of mind-bending, iconography and mysticism. Having Michael Avon Oeming certainly makes the book feel even more psychedelic than it has any right to be.

In a story spanning generations and featuring some of the most notable and notorious idealists of the twentieth century, legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon to defend the world against Adolf Hitler’s own war machine—spawning an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought not with steel but with symbols and ideas. But these intangible arsenals are much more insidious—and perhaps much more dangerous—than their creators could have ever conceived.

Aleister & Adolf (978-1-50670-104-2) is in stores November 2, 2016. Full press release below.

Cheers to Alpha King

3 Floyds is a legendary cult microbewery. It's consistently not normal and in honor of that zaniness, Brian Azzarello and Simon Bisley are teaming up with 3 Floyds' founder and brewmaster Nick Floyd, colorist Ryan Brown and letterer Jared K. Fletcher to delve into the mythos behind Alpha King. Alpha King #1 will hit stores in May.

“This book is what happens when beer and comics conceive on a barstool,” said Azzarello. “I'm a proud poppa."

Alpha King is set a long time ago in a metropolis far, far away (Hammond, Indiana), where Brewer and CiCi are producing a home-brew so distinct that it attracts the attention of a monstrous king and his horrid minions from another dimension. Swords are unsheathed, lines are crossed and sieges are laid for the rise of the Alpha King. Featuring the insanity created by 3 Floyds—from their bottle washers to head brewers—this all-new series is a heavy metal mad mash-up through a futuristic medieval apocalypse. Zombies? Check. Barbarian hordes? Check. An Arctic Panzer Wolf? Sure, why not?

“I love the smell of hops in the morning…” added Floyd. “It smells like victory.”

Alpha King #1 (Diamond Code MAR160510) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, May 4th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, April 11th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review - Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond the Fences #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Maybe they all ran away to join the circus."

Hellboy has been called many things throughout his career (both good and bad). And he's done good things and bad things en route to being named accordingly, but you'd be hard-pressed to think he's doing anything bad in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond the Fences #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, penciled by Paolo Rivera, inked by Joe Rivera and colored Dave Stewart.

Grizzly Shark Out for Blood

Grizzly bears are one of the forests' most ruthless defenders. Sharks maintain that mantel for the oceans. Individually, the two of them can hold their own in their respective environments, but together? They make something even more terrifying and Ryan Ottley and Ivan Plascencia are teaming up with Image Comics to release Grizzly Shark in glorious color. And they'll be doing new issues as well.

“I am afraid of sharks so I figured the only way to overcome my fear is to make a miniseries about them,” said Ottley. “It didn't work at all. I'm never going camping again. I am really excited about this trilogy, so much fun to go in totally unfiltered and unleashed and do whatever I wanted. And all in color, so glad Ivan Plascencia could join me in this comic making adventure! The last time we saw Grizzly Shark was 2010 with a sold out one-shot, so glad fans got a kick out of that, and if you loved my issue back then, you'll love these new issues dripping with insanity.”

“My first time coloring Ryan Ottley's work and big fan of the first Grizzly Shark B/W one-shot 2010,” added Plascencia. “Two things that I admire a lot about Ryan's work are his dynamic storytelling and the way he manages to draw facial and corporal expressions. I laughed a lot on every page we worked together on this book! Definitely some of the best projects I've worked in all my career as colorist. So glad and lucky I got the chance to be part of this bloody series.”

Grizzly Shark #1 (Diamond Code FEB160496) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, April 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, March 14th. Full press release below.

Ethan Young Creating Young Adult Graphic Novel Series

Young adult readers want more than stories about wizards or repressed youths. Sometimes they want stories about characters in space, which is why Ethan Young is teaming up with Dark Horse to publish The Battles of Bridget Lee. The Battles of Bridget Lee will take readers on a multivolume journey through space as it follows the world’s next heroine to great heights.

There is no longer a generation that remembers a time before the Marauders invaded Earth. The remaining human outposts have been quiet since they fought back the alien aggressors, but there are stirrings of another attack. Bridget Lee, an ex–combat medic now residing at the outpost Farfall, may be the world’s last hope. But Bridget will need to overcome her own fears before she can save her people. Her legend begins here.

The Battles of Bridget Lee Volume 1: Invasion of Farfall (978-1-50670-012-0) is in stores September 21, 2016. Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review - Street Fighter X GI Joe #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Do what we paid you to do: win at all costs."

Street Fighter has a way of maintaining a grip on popular culture. G.I. Joe feels like it's never left, despite having its heyday way back in the 80s. Join the two up though as IDW Publishing does in Street Fighter X GI Joe #1 and you're sure to get more excitement than you can handle. The issue is written by Aubrey Sitterson, illustrated by Emilio Laiso, colored by David Garcia Cruz and lettered by Robbie Robbins.

We Stand Our Guard Strikes in May

Brian K. Vaughan's work is nothing short of amazing. When he's teamed up with artist Steve Skroce the results are even more fantastic. The duo teamed up for We Stand Our Guard, the deluxe hardcover edition of which will include original sketches and other never-before-seen extras. Image Comics plans to release the book this May.

Set in a future where a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion by the United States, We Stand Our Guard launched to critical acclaim and blends the episodic up-tempo pacing of Y the Last Man with an invasion story full of suspense and action.

We Stand Our Guard Deluxe Hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-63215-702-7) collects the complete series, issues 1-6, and hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 4th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 10th, and will be available for $24.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code FEB160645.

Full press release below.

ComixTribe Seeks Six-Word Stories for Chum

ComixTribe is betting a lot on their new series Chum. The work brings together Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay for a new take on the noir style. Prior to the first issue's release though, ComixTribe is looking for six-word "Surf Noir" stories. So far, such stories have been submitted by the likes of Ed Brisson, Christopher Sebela, Duane Sqierczynski and more.

"Ryan had the crazy idea to reach out to fellow comic writers and request dark, beach-themed stories to include as backmatter in the book. The catch? Each story was to be exactly six words long," said publisher Tyler James. "I knew they did things strange down under in Ryan's native Australia, but it turns out the stories coming in are pretty awesome."

ComixTribe has already received over 100 six word surf noir tale submissions. While the stories have already been selected for Chum #1, they are still open to submissions for stories that will see print in issues #2 & #3. Intrepid writers can submit their stories here. Full press release below.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Review - Hero Hourly #1 (@21pulp)

"Hey. I'm Saul. That's me getting hit in the face."

Comics have taught us that superheroes have to bring with them a series of specific traits that make them capable of saving the world on multiple occasions. There's all sorts of cliche about the notion, but few of them look at being a hero as a "job" as opposed to a calling. Hero Hourly #1 from 21 Pulp is just that. The issue is written by James Patrick, penciled/inked by Carlos Trigo, colored by Alex Sollazzo and lettered by Ed Dollman.

Alena Arrives in America

Kim W. Andersson is getting lots and lots of attention. Why? His original Swedish graphic novel Alena was adapted into a feature-length film in Sweden. It also received critical acclaim in its US debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 and now the graphic novel is getting the US distribution treatment via Dark Horse Comics.

Alena’s life is a living hell. Since she arrived at a snobbish boarding school, she’s been harassed every day by Philippa and the girls on the lacrosse team. But Alena’s best friend Josephine is not going to accept that anymore. Not from the counselor or the principal, not from Philippa, and not from anyone else at that horrid school. If Alena does not fight back, then Josephine will take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem . . . Josephine has been dead for a year.

Andersson is the winner of the Swedish Comics Academy’s Adamson statue—Sweden’s most prestigious comics award—and a creator to watch in the coming year. Alena (978-1-50670-215-5) is in stores August 24, 2016. Full press release below.

Street Fighter Unlimited #1 Sold Out

Readers are big on Street Fighter, their fervor most recently buoyed by the release of Street Fighter V. UDON Entertainment has been riding the wave of popularity as well, with Street Fighter Unlimited #1 selling out at the distributor level. To give readers a second chance at grabbing the first issue, UDON Entertainment is offering a "Round Two" variant created specifically for the sell out. Featuring all-new cover art by series artist Joe Ng, the Round Two variant cover of Street Fighter Unlimited #1 depicts a heated match between series icon Ryu and Street Fighter III alumnus Alex, who is scheduled to make a hard-hitting comeback next month as Street Fighter V’s first DLC fighter.

The new Street Fighter Unlimited #1 Round Two variant is available now, so head to your local comics retailer today to ask about getting your own copy! In the meantime, Street Fighter Unlimited #2 and #3 are still in stock and orderable thanks to a generous overprint of both issues. With the series’ first three issues all readily available once again, fans now have everything they need to prepare themselves for the upcoming March 2nd release of Street Fighter Unlimited #4!

Full press release below.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Review - The Twilight Zone #1959 (@dynamitecomics)

"No, Marlon. It's mumbletypeg. You'll hurt yourself."

The Twilight Zone was one of those shows that blended intelligent tales with pretty simple punchlines. The endgame was to give viewers something good to watch that also made them think by way of creeping them out in some way. The Twilight Zone #1959 from Dynamite Comics is an entry in the franchise that keeps that spirit alive. "Laughing Matter" is written by Tom Peyer, illustrated by Randy Valiente, colored by Salvatore Aiala Studios and lettered by Simon Bowland. "Initiation" is written by Mark Rahner, illustrated by Colton Worley, colored by Salvatore Aiala Studios and lettered by Bowland. "The Comics Code" is written by John Layman, illustrated by Worley, colored by Salvatore Aiala Studios and lettered by Layman.

Dark Horse Takes a Day on June 4

Thirty years is a long time. For Dark Horse, it's a momentous amount of time and the publisher is celebrating its birth thirty years ago on Saturday, June 4, with Dark Horse Day. The day will include events happening in comic shops around the country. The publisher is inviting retail partners to celebrate by offering exclusive promotional materials, ordering discounts on Dark Horse Comics backlist titles and a commemorative Dark Horse Day Sampler comic.

“Just over thirty years ago, I gathered a group of would-be collaborators in the restaurant I owned and told them I was going to start a comics company. I’m not sure whether their smiles were a result of excitement over the possibilities or amusement at the thought of it, but here we are all these years later making comic books,” remarked Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson. “It’s been an amazing journey and we’ve witnessed extraordinary changes both in the comics market and in our pop culture over three decades. We’re excited to still be spending our lives in the career we love, and we hope that you all will help us celebrate thirty years of comics.”

As Dark Horse Comics turns thirty, the publisher will present a look back at some of our top titles from past decades in an exclusive Dark Horse Day Sampler comic featuring classic stories including Aliens vs. Predator: Blood Time (1994) by Randy Stradley and Phill Norwood, Sin City: Daddy’s Little Girl (1996) by Frank Miller and The Umbrella Academy: Anywhere but Here (2008) by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Plus: a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer tale by Christos Gage! The forty-page Dark Horse Day Sampler comic features a special cover by Steve Morris and will be available in comic shops everywhere on June 4.

“It’s hard to believe it has been thirty years—mainly because the memories of seeing our first comics on the stands and going to conventions and meeting fans for the first time are still so clear. If you’re a Dark Horse fan, or if you’ve ever been a Dark Horse fan, I hope you join us for this milestone celebration!” added Dark Horse vice president of publishing Randy Stradley.

Full press release below.

I Hate Fairyland Gets Madly Ever After

Skottie Young has scored pretty well with I Hate Fairyland, an acerbic take on the premises that powers many traditional fairy tales. Now, the first five issues of the critically-acclaimed series is being collected into I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After. I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After (ISBN 9781632156853) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, April 20th and bookstores on Tuesday, April 26th, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code JAN160644.

I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After is an Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland­-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown­up Tank Girl/Deadpool­-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty­-year-­old woman in a six­-year-­old’s body, who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle­axe on a delightfully blood­soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

Full press release below.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review - Snowfall #1 (@imagecomics)

"Dreaming of a time when the snow might stop falling..."

Upstate New Yorkers would probably tell you that they'd love for a winter without snow. Maybe even two winters. But ten consecutive winters? That might be asking a lot of an area of the country that prides themselves on a toughness that comes from surviving brutal cold on an annual basis. With global warming though, snow could be on the way out and it's something Image Comics explores in Snowfall #1. The issue is written by Joe Harris, illustrated by Martín Morazzo, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick and lettered by Michael David Thomas.

WWI Surrealism Channeled by Dark Horse

Paul Nash was a surrealist painter with quite an interesting life. So interesting that Dark Horse is keen on tapping Dave McKean for a graphic novel based on Nash's life. McKean is best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, but he made a name for himself as a writer and artist in Capes. McKean is also the proud recipient of the Alph-Art, Pantera, Harvey, Spectrum and BSFA awards. And In addition to the standard release, Black Dog will also receive a limited edition of 400 copies featuring an exclusive plate signed by McKean.

Black Dog takes biographical moments from Paul Nash’s life and explorations of his work, writing and imagination and mixes them with firsthand accounts of the First World War. Presented as a series of surreal dreams, the stories add up to a moving piece about how war and extreme situations change us and how we deal with the resulting pain—in Nash’s case, by turning landscapes into powerful and fantastical “psychoscapes.” Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash (978-1-50670-108-0) is in stores October 5, 2016.

Full press release below.

1% Shows Mass Appeal in May

Kaare Kyle Andrews has some very distinct views on capitalism. If you're curious to see his take, then you're in luck this May. That's when Image Comics releases his Renato Jones: The One % #1 in comic book stores on May 4. You can get your preorder on with Diamond Code MAR160509.

"It doesn't matter how much of the work you do;" said Andrews, "writing, drawing, coloring… You can only grab onto someone else's characters for so long... but ultimately they're not yours. You're a visitor. I once said that I wanted to be more than a part of the machine, that I wanted to become the machine itself,” said Andrews, echoing the sentiments shared on stage at Image Expo when the project was first announced. “But the only way to do that is to build from the ground up. Control it. Own it. Truly BECOME THE MACHINE."

In Renato Jones: The One % #1, society’s upper one percent own more than half the world’s wealth. They’ve crashed economies, bought governments, and amassed more power than any other group in history. And they still don’t have enough. With this kind of power how can anyone make them pay? WHO will make them pay? Enter Renato Jones, a mysterious vigilante out to even the score. And when he enters the fray THE SUPER-RICH ARE SUPER F***ED.

Andrews added: "Batman was a billionaire kid who watched his billionaire parents die at the hands of a poor street thug trying to keep his family alive. Batman didn't declare war against crime, he declared war against the impoverished. The world today doesn't need Batman. The jails are over-run with the poor. The true criminals, the ones that aren't prosecuted... are protected by money and position. They bankrupt our country, take our jobs, take our homes, kill hope and compassion. And profit from all of it. Today's world needs someone who can make THEM pay. The ONEs. Today's world needs RENATO JONES... It's not Revenge. It's Restitution."

Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review - Bill and Tedd Go to Hell #1 (@boomstudios)

"Yes! I am victorious! I made the connection of the four!"

Time traveling comes with all sorts of perils, with one of the most pressing being that you make a lot of enemies from different eras. That in and of itself isn't such a big deal, but when those enemies team up against you things can get dicey. Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted "Theodore" Logan are no stranger to dicey situations, a streak that continues in Bill and Ted Go to Hell #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Brian Jones, illustrated by Bachan, colored by Jeremy Lawson and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Preview - Sun Bakery #1

Corey Lewis introduces Sun Bakery. It's a one-man Shonen Jump like comics anthology that features robo-space adventure, paranormal skateboarding, breakdancing and social swordplay. The first issue debuts "Dream Skills," "Arem" and "Bat Rider."

Sun Bakery #1 hits stores April 20.

Satellite Falling Debuts in May from IDW

IDW Publishing is more than just returning to all the properties you thought were awesome as a kid. They've also got some original stuff brewing, including Satellite Falling set to debut in May. The sci-fi themed crime drama gives writer Steve Horton and artist Stephen Thompson (colors by Lisa Jackson) the chance to introduce readers to unique aliens, settings and characters. Satellite Falling marks Thompson’s creator-owned debut.

“Steve pitched a few concepts my way," said Horton, "and the idea of a single human working as a bounty hunter in a place otherwise inhabited entirely by aliens, haunted by her lost love was too good to pass up.”

In addition to Horton’s standard cover for issue #1, retailers can also order a Variant Cover from Judge Dredd artist PJ Holden in addition to a Retailer Incentive Cover by June Brigman. There will be plenty more variants on hand for future issues as well. Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review - Dead Man's Party TPB (@DarbyPopComics)

"Took four days of recon to find the weak spot: the two o' clock Vino Sulla Veranda."

Parties are generally lively affairs, filled with good food, good drinks and good conversation. You'd be hard-pressed to find a party that wasn't enjoyable, but a dead man's party may be one such party. A dead man's party is when all your fellow hitmen attempt to take up the bounty on your head. It's a fascinating concept that's explored in Dead Man's Party TPB from Darby Pop Publishing. The TPB is written by Jeff Marsick, illustrated by Scott Barnett, colored by Sandra Hogue and Katelyn Amacker and lettered by Erica Schultz.

Archie Comics Gets Horror

Archie Horror returns to life in May and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Afterlife with Archie return to comic shops to celebrate. Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artists Francesco Francavilla and Robert Hack are poised to do some great things with both books.

"There’s no excuse for late books, just apologies," said Aguirre-Sacasa. "We know how much these books mean to you—so thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin."

The spotlight turns to Reggie, the instigator behind the zombie apocalypse that now threatens the entire planet, in Afterlife with Archie #9. Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla take us back to the fateful night that started everything and ask the question: is redemption possible for Reggie Mantle? Find out on June 1st when Afterlife with Archie #9 returns to comic shops. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5 continues to pit the teenage witch against the deadly manipulations of Madame Satan. Still reeling from the fallout of her botched baptism and the fate of her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina faces her toughest challenge yet in the form of the Witches Council. Issue #5 hits comic shops on May 18th.

Full press release below.

Mike Wolfer Announces Widow: Progeny Kickstarter

Mike Wolfer Entertainment is about to do something they haven't done in nearly two decades: publish the first new Widow mini-series titled Widow: Progeny and they need a Kickstarter to help. Widow was the first foray into the horror genre for Mike Wolfer that would branch into work on Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, Lady Death and Crossed: Badlands. The original “Widow” stories focused on Emma, the tragic heroine who carries within her a “spider virus,” which can be sexually transmitted and infect- and genetically alter- those who contract it. Widow: Progeny tells the tale of Katy, a shipwreck survivor on a Caribbean island overrun by half-human, half-spider mutations. When a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue team crashes on the island, Katy must lead the survivors as they attempt to defend themselves from the terrors that lurk in the island’s dark interior.

“‘Progeny’ is one of those stories that I always wished had seen print, and now it’s finally happening,” explains Wolfer. “Back in ’97, at the height of the Ground Zero Comics ‘Widow’ series, I was ready to expand the ‘Widow’ mythos into new territory, but the move to Avatar, and a bunch of new priorities, left ‘Progeny’ unfinished and forgotten. With ‘Progeny,’ I show how a single encounter with Emma is like the match that starts a wildfire. In fact, Emma does not appear in ‘Progeny,’ but her legacy is the impetus for the story.”

Widow tells the tale of Emma, the unfortunate recipient of genetic modification to infuse her human DNA with that of an arachnid. The unfortunate side-effect is that she gained the instincts and cravings of a spider, along with nightmarish, physical transformations that reveal her true arachnid nature. Prior to taking the “Widow” series to publisher Avatar Press in 1997, Wolfer self-published the first issue of a “Widow” spin-off series, titled “Widow: Progeny.” Written by Wolfer and illustrated by Karl Moline, the three-issue series was never completed after the move to Avatar. Due to the recent surge of interest in Wolfer’s older works, he has decided that now is the perfect time to finally reveal the true horror of the previously uncompleted “Widow: Progeny.”

Widow: Progeny #1 mini-series will hit comic shop shelves in July, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors. Art for issues #2 and #3 is being supplied by Roy Allan Martinez. “Because I’m so busy drawing ‘Daughters of the Dark Oracle,’ which I also self-publish, I just don’t have the time to illustrate the two uncompleted issues, but when I saw Roy’s intricate, dark, and downright creepy art style, I knew that he was the perfect person to take over the series.” Rounding out the creative team is Natalie Jane, who provides lettering and production assistance, and Ceci de la Cruz, whose digital color work graces not only every WIDOW: PROGENY cover, but every full color cover, art print, and pin-up published by Mike Wolfer Entertainment.

Full press release below.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review - The House of Montresor #1 (@ActionLab)

"I'm impatient for the journey to be over."

Things get tricky when inheritance is on the line. Family members turn against one another, lawyers read out demands by the deceased and others are caught in the middle. Sometimes those demands include strange things like living in strange houses for a certain amount of time to "earn" the inheritance. Action Lab Comics tells such a story in The House of Montresor #1. The issue is written by Enrica Jang and illustrated by Jaso Strutz.

Valiant Prepares for Summer of 4001 A.D.

The year is 2016 to just about everyone in the world, which means this will be the summer of 2016. For Valiant Entertainment though, this summer is the Summer of 4001 A.D., their next big event that brings together Rai, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman and a surprise guest. To build up the fervor for the event, Valiant is announcing a new set of series and one-shots tying into the crossover.

"From HARBINGER WARS to ARMOR HUNTERS and, most recently, BOOK OF DEATH, Valiant has quickly earned a reputation for producing some of the best and most accessible event comics anywhere in the industry. Now, with 4001 A.D., our writers, artists, and editors has made it their mission to not only match our previous successes in event-level storytelling, but surpass them entirely," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have done a wondrous job of making 4001 A.D. a complete world unto itself – one that is packed with lost heroes, 100-foot-tall suits of sentient alien armor, and city-sized robots floating on the edge of space."

The fight for the future begins on May 4th in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – the first of the all-new, standalone event series following Rai and the 41st century's most formidable heroes into the fight against New Japan from Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain. Then The Summer of 4000 A.D. explodes out of the pages of 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) with the return of Rai's award-winning ongoing series in Rai #13.

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.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question. Now, 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. Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Shadowman! Geomancer! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by superstar creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain – and continues in May and beyond as "THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D." rages on…and changes the future of the Valiant Universe for all time!

"The Valiant Universe has always spanned multiple time periods, not just the present. But perhaps more so than anywhere we've explored thus far, the future of 4001 A.D. is loaded with exciting developments for Valiant's most beloved characters – many of which we've been planning for years," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Now, for the first time, 'THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.' is giving us the opportunity to build on the revelations at the heart of last summer's BOOK OF DEATH event and reveal the true and lasting impact that our heroes' modern-day exploits will have on the course of human history. From RAI to X-O MANOWAR to BLOODSHOT to SHADOWMAN, each of these new installments of 4001 A.D. will cover a sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant, but always vitally important milestone moment that informs the ongoing narrative behind Matt and Clayton's epic series. Which is to say nothing of the top-secret new character that will appear in the fourth and final 4001 A.D. one-shot – they are truly something special and are going to leave our longtime fans speculating for a long, long time."

Full press release below.

Dynamite Entertainment Teams With Humble Bundle for Biggest Names in Fiction

Dynamite Entertainment loves itself some Humble Bundles, but their latest is one that's definitely worth eschewing humility and crowing about. That's because this Humble Bundle is one of the most jam-packed collections of comics and prose ever. The "pay what you want" model offers readers the chance to unlock over 120 comics, comprising over 3,500 pages of content. This includes works from Charlaine Harris, Garth Ennis, Aaron Campbell, Patricia Briggs, Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scott Beatty, David Liss, Francesco Francavilla and Tom Clancy among others.

"Dynamite has been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the greatest names in fiction," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "This year marks the fifth anniversary of New York Times Bestseller Charlaine Harris' first-ever graphic novel adaptation of her series, Grave Sight, as well as the anniversary of Dean Koontz's incredibly suspenseful graphic novel adaptation of Fear Nothing. We wanted to mark the occasion by gathering together the work of numerous phenomenal writers into one great bundle, titles like Shaft: A Complicated Man (the 2015 Glyph Award winner by writer David Walker) and Legends of Red Sonja (a celebration of so many sensational authors, spearheaded by the talented Gail Simone). This will give fiction fans a low cost way to check out Dynamite's wide catalog of literary all-stars, and all in support of three great causes. This bundle is packed with something for fans of comics and prose, and also supports three great charitable organizations that we feel help those in need: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Doctors Without Borders."

As an added value, Dynamite and Humble Bundle will make a mid-promotion announcement, adding additional titles to be unlocked for anyone who purchases above the average price at that time. All who purchase at this tier or higher will be granted access to these special additions, regardless of when they buy in. Upon purchase, you can choose where the money goes-between Dynamite and three charitable causes (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation) via the PayPal Giving Fund.

"It's always a lot of fun to work with our good friends over at Dynamite," says Kelley Allen, Director of Books at Humble Bundle. "This promotion is chock-filled with mega star authors, artists and creators to the hilt!"

Full press release below.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review - Predator: Life and Death #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"So, Mr. Lorimer...what kind of trouble are you walking us into?"

When it comes to warriors, few are as even-matched as the Predator. The alien has capabilities that make it a ruthless and cunning combatant, but despite all that Predator can still get away with capitalizing on human stupidity. Predator: Life and Death #1 from Dark Horse Comics is the latest to pit Predator ingenuity against humanity's military bravado. The issue is written by Dan Abnett, illustrated by Brian Thies and colored by Rain Beredo.

Dark Horse Delivers The Art of Doom

Dark Horse has got to staff a ton of gamers because they're always releasing pretty phenomenal art books based on some of the best video games around. That trend continues on June 8 with the release of The Art of Doom, teaming the publisher up with Bethesda Softworks. The Art of Doom is a massive art tome from id Software’s highly anticipated first-person shooter Doom. The iconic game that defined a genre, Doom is considered one of the most influential games ever made and returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience on May 13, 2016.

From the massive UAC facilities on Mars to the depths of Hell, uncover never-before-seen sketches and concept art from Doom. The book also features an exclusive look at the development of the relentless demons of Hell, devastating, over-the-top weapons, and the iconic Doom marine. The Art of DOOM also includes commentary from the developers at id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person-shooter genre and invented multiplayer Deathmatch.

Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop (FEB160013). Full press release below.

CW Introduces Viewers to Jughead and Betty

CW isn't shy about the kind of network that it is and the shows it puts on. Those shows are typically filled with lots of teenage angst, but some of their more recent hits have blended in a bit of the superhero, comic book flair. While one of their newest shows in Riverdale is more comic book than superhero, that still doesn't mean that it shouldn't get the same amount of attention. In fact, the show's in the news for casting both Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart).

Reinhart’s Betty is described as “sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome, with a huge crush on her longtime best friend, Archie.” Sprouse’s Jughead is described as “a heartthrob with a philosophical bent and former best friend of Archie Andrews.” The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.

The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review - The Imposter #1 (@21pulp)

"Because there's something I've been putting off for a long time."

A superhero's identity if the most important power any superhero has. It's crucial in protecting their loved ones and allowing them to live a part of their life outside the public eye. Still, an identity doesn't stop those around heroes from finding it out and it's what those who discover the secret do with the knowledge that defines them. The Imposter #! from 21 Pulp offers an amplified take on discovering a secret identity. The issue is written by James Patrick, illustrated by Martin Symanski, colored by Osmarco Valladao and lettered by ET Dollman.

Bacchus Gets Introduced in A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1

If March 16th isn't marked on you calendars yet, it should be. That's the day when fans will get to meet Bacchus in the pages of A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 by Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente. 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?

Meet Armstrong: 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. Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that 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, the 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.)

Full press release below.

The Three Stooges #1 Hits Stores in April

It's been a while since The Three Stooges have really held a place in the eye of the public. Sure, there was the movie a few years ago, but that more or less bombed at the box office, sending the characters back into obscurity. That obscurity is lifted in April and, for the first time ever, a comic is going to be produced with their actual likenesses rather than cartoon-inspired versions. It will also mark the 70th anniversary of the last original shorts filmed featuring Larry, Moe and Curly. Under license from C3 Entertainment, American Mythology Productions (AM) will launch The Three Stooges as a full-color, 32-page comic book featuring their return to the printed page.

"How can you get more iconic than The Three Stooges? Literally generations of children have grown in adulthood with profoundly fond memories of Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp, and The Boys. The staying power of their humor is exactly why we wanted them at American Mythology. We are determined to create new, original stories in the true spirit of these entertainment legends,” said Michael Bornstein, American Mythology’s Publisher. “We’re very honored to bring The Boys back to comics!”

The new adventures of Larry, Moe and Curly will be produced by an array of creators including S.L. Gallant, Bill Galvan, Greg Larocque, Mark Wheatley, Brendon & Brian Fraim, Andrew Pepoy, S.A. Check, J.C. Vaughn and Mark L. Haynes, among others. Each creator participating in the program is a huge fan of The Three Stooges and is excited to be telling stories that honor their legacy. The Boys will be featured in the comics section of the February 2016 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, listed under “American Mythology Productions,” on pages #280 - 281. It carries a $3.99 U.S. cover price.

“Comic books are the vanguard of creativity, and The Three Stooges have a long history in comics. We’re very pleased to have them associated with American Mythology Productions,” said Ani Khachoian, Executive Vice-President of Licensing, Merchandising and Distribution for C3. “Their passion for The Boys is equal to their passion for great comics, and we think it’s an excellent match.”

Full press release below.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review - Vampblade #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"This is for sure the worst day this shop has ever seen."

Origin stories are part of the fabric of comic books. They set the stage for new characters to have an impact for a publisher in new ways, but sometimes it's hard to not stand on the shoulders of characters who have come before. Witchblade is one such character and Vampblade #1 stands on her shoulders in Vampblade #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone. The issue is written and colored by Jason Martin, illustrated by Winston Young and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Valiant's 4001 A.D. FCBD Special Grows

Free Comic Book Day is nearly upon us and Valiant is a Gold-level publisher for the day. Their offering Valiant: 4001 A.D. FCBD Special is great and all, but it's not great enough. Valiant wants to go bigger and bolder, which is why they're expanding the issue to forty pages. The book will include looks at Divinity II from Kindt and Trevor Hairsine and A & A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong from Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente, plus an all-new slate of teasers and a new excerpt from Faith.

“Between FAITH, A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, DIVINITY II, and 4001 A.D., 2016 is quickly shaping into a banner year for Valiant. Free Comic Book Day is the perfect opportunity for new fans to find out why now is the perfect time to jump into the most critically acclaimed publisher in comics today," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Whether you've come to Valiant through the national spotlight surrounding FAITH, or have been with us since the beginning, this year's Free Comic Book Day release is going to give everyone a good reason to get excited about what the future holds."

Matt Kindt and Clayton Henry kick things off with the prelude to 4001 A.D.. Before Rai begins his crusade to unite the 41st century's most formidable heroes behind the battle for New Japan, his story starts here with a brand-new tale that will only be available on Free Comic Book Day. The rest of the book can be picked up on Saturday, May 7th.

Full press release below.

UDON Entertainment Sells Out Kill la Kill and Steins;Gate

Readers are pretty keen on superpowered school uniforms and microwave-enabled time travel. So keen, in fact, that UDON Entertainment is going back to the print as two of their most recent publications have proved wildly popular in Kill la Kill Vol. 1 and Steins;Gate Vol. 1. The two books have completely sold through their initial print runs, with fans snapping them up in droves.

Kill la Kill Vol. 1 and Steins;Gate Vol. 1 are already tough to find in stock at many physical and online retailers, speaking to the resoundingly strong sales performance of both books. In response to voracious fan demand, UDON is already moving forward with second print runs for both titles, with these reprints scheduled to be available at retail by March 2016. In the meantime, Steins;Gate Vol. 2 is available now in finer comic book stores and book retailers everywhere, as well as various online retailers. Steins;Gate Vol. 3 is planned for release in April 2016, with Kill la Kill Vol. 2 scheduled for release just prior to that, in March 2016.

Full press release below.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Review - Sagas of the Northmen (@BlackJackPress)

"Please send your spirit to these people who yearn for salvation."

The Vikings are one of the most famed cultures in all of history. They blended a feisty sense of combat with an almost unquenchable thirst for exploration, both of which got them in to and out of strange situations. Capitalizing their tales of valor is Sagas of the Northman by Blackjack Press. "Satan's Hordes" is written by Mark Wheaton and illustrated by Jok, "No King But the Law" is written by Sean Fahey and illustrated by Borch, "Because It Is There" is written by Fahey and illustrated by Marcelo Basile, "The Dimming Spirit" is written by Tom Pinchuk and illustrated by Ezequiel Rosingana, "Ascension" is written by Derk Fridolfs and Ken Jones and illustrated by Michael Kennedy, "Heart of Iron" is written by Susan Wallis and illustrated by Todor Hristov and "The Emperor's Wineskins" is written by Fahey and illustrated by Basile. All stories are lettered by Kel Nuttall.

Markosia Enterprises Announce Printing of Future Primitive

Kevin Gunstone and Slobodan Jovanovic aren't quite household names, but Markosia Enterprises is looking to change that later this month. How? By printing Future Primitive, chronicling the story of a timeless Earth transformed by supernova radiation. The digital first title on Comixology has drawn rave reviews. It features colors by Stefan Mrkonjic and Matteo Baldrighi, and lettering and design by Patrick Foster.

“I approached Harry Markos at LSCC with the Future Primitive proposal three years ago," said Gunstone, "so it’s fitting that the book should receive its print debut there. I feel that Future Primitive is the book I’ve always wanted to write; as it contains the type of ideas and characters that have fascinated me from an early age.”

Kulkan is the last warrior king of the Neanderthal ‘Skybearers’, faces the hostile threat of the rampaging Australopith ‘Moon Clan’. A lunar apparition has fuelled the Clan’s bloodlust, but the scientifically advanced Skybearers realize they are witnessing the first signs of the mutating supernova’s resultant shockwave - a devastating force that will one day obliterate the world it transformed…

Full press release below.

Rafer Roberts Hits the Road for The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong Signing Tour

Archer and Armstrong are making plans to be back in your life this spring. To celebrate, they're kidnapping one of Valiant's newer superstars for a cross-country road trip. Valiant is proud to announce the official A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong Signing Tour--an eleven date journey that will take Rafer Roberts from New York to North Carolina. Beginning with the release of A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 by Roberts and David Lafuente on March 16th, fans can get smashed or be smashed as this once-in-a-blue-moon signing tour careens toward a town near with you with plenty of swag.

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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review - Kennel Block Blues #1 (@BOOMStudios)

"Ohhh, it's a per-fect dayyy..."

When you find yourself in a situation you'd rather not be in, there are a few things you can do. You can attempt to make the best of it. You can attempt to escape. Or you can singlehandedly set off a chain of events that puts your life and the lives of those associated with you at risk. Oliver chose all of the above in Kennel Block Blues #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Ryan Ferrier, illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, colored by Adam Metcalfe and lettered by Colin Bell.

Archie Comics Offers Look at Free Comic Book Day 2016 Titles

May 7th, 2016, has the distinct privilege of being the latest in a long line of Free Comic Book Days. The day where fans can get out, check out out new books and throw some dollars at local comic book shops. Archie Comics has two books they're offering fans this year: FCBD 2016 Archie #1 and FCBD 2016 Sonic Sampler. Archie Comics is also doubling down on the day as a Gold Sponsor of the event.

Mark Waid and Fiona Staples get the reprint treatment in FCBD 2016 Archie #1. As the new school year approaches, you'd think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun - but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. Is this a one-off, or a sign of bigger changes awaiting America's favorite teens... and the entire town?

And Sonic fans aren't left out with FCBD 2016 Sonic Sampler. With a script by Ian Flynn and illustrations Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata, Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms, FCBD 2016 Sonic Sampler gives readers the best of both worlds. Join Sonic and friends as they band together to save the world from the evil ambitions of Dr. Eggman in these select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe! Plus, get a sneak peek of what's to come with a special "Fast Forward Feature."

Full press release below.

Hawaii Goes Dark

Ever read a noir story set in a tropical environment? Probably not, as the typically sunny environs don't really afford the right atmosphere for a story of intrigue and mystery. Image Comics wants to change that with the release of Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 by B. Clay Moore and Jacob Wyatt in April.

“Jake and I have been working on this book for some time, and I'm excited to see Hawaiian Dick return to the shelves looking better than ever,” said Moore. “With the announcement that NBC is working toward a television show, we hope interest is at an all-time high. The tone of Aloha is a little darker than previous series, as events take place that alter the entire perspective of our lead characters. I think new readers will feel comfortable, and long-time readers will be rewarded for their patience.”

While Byrd remains in 1954 Hawaii, in Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #11 we meet another Byrd back in the States, and his impending arrival on the scene is destined to change the landscape of Hawaiian Dick forever. Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 (Diamond Code FEB160483) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, April 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, March 28th.

Full press release below.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review - Mirror #1 (@ImageComics)

"Come. It is time."

Magic is a gift and a curse. It grants a user tremendous power, but that power doesn't come without enormous expectations as well. Plumbing the depths of one's magical powers is a thrilling journey that Image Comics takes in Mirror #1. The issue is written by Emma Rios and illustrated by Hwei Lim.

Preview - Unleash #1

Assault survivor Emmie wants to change the world by creating her own superhero persona. Unfortunately her plans are limited, as being a hero takes more than a costume. In a strange twist of fate, Emmie forms an agreement with the most unlikely crime-fighting partner you could imagine. Now she can lay her own brand of twisted justice down on sexual predators. Unleash #1 is written by Jennifer Van Gessel and El Torres and illustrated by Nacho Tenorio, Sergio Mora and Veronica R. Lopez

Unleash #1 hits stores in March.