Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review - Godzilla Oblivion (@IDWPublishing)

"Now, turn it on, and let's see what happens."

That terrifying scream. The frigid breath. The sometimes laser eyes. All those characteristics and more define Godzilla, the original kaiju and King of Monsters. His work is never done--especially when portals open to other worlds where monsters even bigger than he lives. IDW Publishing pitches that scenario in Godzilla Oblivion #1. The issue is written by Joshua Fialkov, illustrated by Brian Churilla and colored by Jay Fotos.

Preview - Suiciders: Kings of HelL. A. #1

A certain inevitability exists around the notion of a massive event dramatically affecting life on Earth. It's very likely that a response will lead to violence and anger, as in Suiciders: Kings of HelL. A. #1 by Lee Bermejo (with illustrations by Alessandro Vitti and Bermejo and colors by Matt Hollingsworth and Jordan Boyd). A whole generation has grown up since the Great Quake, and people like Trix and her brother Johnny don’t know what life was like before New Angeles crumbled. Suffice to say, they’ve learned how to make the most of living inside the walled city, and particularly within their ’hood. Johnny is the leader of the Kings of HelL.A., a street gang ready to protect its turf against any and all comers—though Johnny may have taken things too far when he crossed Leonard, a former Suicider known as the Coyote. Things are about to get a whole lot more violent.

Suiciders: Kings of HelL. A. #1 is in stores now with interiors below.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review - Stillwater #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"Did you hear that?"

Things that go bump in the night are typically our imaginations getting the best of us. When something is more than just our imagination though, that's when things start to get real. A large, mysterious lake is a great setting for things to get real in Stillwater #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone. The issue is written by C.W. Cooke, illustrated by K. Wroten and lettered by Warren Montgomery.

Quilte Launches New Nightmare

And Then Emily Was Gone was a pretty big hit for ComixTribe. The collaboration by John Lees, Iain Laurie, Megan Wilson and Colin Bell was terrifying in many regards and that teams is revisiting the terror well for Quilte, a horror one-shot which will make its worldwide debut at Edinburgh Comic Con, taking place at The Exchange at EICC on April 2nd-3rd. Quilte tells the story of Dr. Karla Quite, a revered psychologist who uses her unique gifts to treat patients afflicted with recurring nightmares. But when tasked with helping troubled young Adam Whitlock, her journey into his mind leaves her facing forces far more malevolent than bad dreams.

"The response to Emily was simply overwhelming, and I've been eager to get the gang back together for something new from pretty much the minute we finished on that book," said John Lees, "And the creative team have taken things to new heights, with Iain crafting some of his most disturbing imagery ever. I feel confident that Emily fans will be more than happy with Quilte."

"Edinburgh Comic Con felt like a natural choice for debuting the comic," continued Lees, "We had an absolute blast at the show last year, and we were treated very well by both the organisers and the passionate comic fans in attendance. And with the move to a bigger venue at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, this year's show is set to be even better. Iain and I wanted to do something really special, offering the Scottish readers who have been so supportive of us the chance to check out our new project before anyone else int the world, and we hope to offer what will be the hottest exclusive on the show floor!"

Full press release below.

She Wolf Elicits Howls

Rich Tommaso feels that those stories delving into the mythos of She Wolf are underserved which is why he's penning a tale about the character that offers a surreal exploration in horror. When the book releases this June, readers will follow a teenage girl who believes she's been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after, she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her everyday reality.

"This is the most surreal thing I've ever written—a horror tale about a teenage werewolf who uses witchcraft to become a higher level of demon," said Tommaso. "The backdrop is Sparta, New Jersey—where I grew up during the wild '80s. As strange as this story is, the tiny parts that ARE autobiographical are more vivid blended into this mysterious world than some of the 100% straight-auto-bio comics I've done in the past."

She Wolf #1 (Diamond Code APR160661) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, June 22nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, May 30th. Full press release below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review - The Fix #1 (@ImageComics)

"I'm not gonna lie to you..."

There are two sides to the law. Those two sides are eternally at odds with one another so it only stands to reason that crossing over and playing both sides would make things easier for that individual. Even playing both sides brings with it plenty of danger as one will find out in reading The Fix #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Nick Spencer, illustrated by Steve Lieber, colored by Ryan Hill and lettered by Nic Shaw.

Interview - Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson (Part 2)

Satellite Falling is a new series from IDW Publishing due out in May. The book's two creators (Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson) are keen on talking about the book and sat down with Omnicomic for an interview about the book itself, creating good science-fiction and changing art styles. Check out part 2 of the interview below.

Divinity II #2 Hits in May

Divinity II is doubling down on the deuces theme, as Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron are bringing the force in the issue. On May 25th, the scales of international power undergo a seismic realignment as Myshka, the latest Soviet cosmonaut to return to Earth with god-like powers, sets out to transform Mother Russia into the world’s dominant economic and military power! As the security forces of every nation scramble to unearth the source of Russia’s rapid rise, their only hope may lie in the last uber-powerful being that they imprisoned – Abram Adams, Myshka’s former teammate and Earth’s first DIVINITY!

“[DIVINITY II] will shift slightly to the two members of Divinity’s crew that were left in space at the end of the first arc. Especially the woman that went with him — and her struggle to survive and return to Earth,” series writer Matt Kindt told Vulture. “She is not happy about what happened. We’ll see things from her perspective that will really inform our opinion of Divinity and what he did in the first series.”

Just a month after the arrival of long-lost cosmonaut Myshka, the former Soviet Union has made an impossible push to become the world’s preeminent superpower. But how? Ninjak has a theory, but it will require going undercover across enemy lines…and maybe some help from Mishka’s old comrade, Abram Adams – the god-like being known as Divinity! But can the motives of a deity among men ever truly be known…and will the return of Divinity’s former teammate rekindle his old allegiances?

Full press release below.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Review - Aliens: Defiance #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Suck it up, soldier."

In all of our eventual space travels we'll probably encounter life somewhere out there. The hope is that said life likes us and doesn't want to kill us immediately, but that might just be wishful thinking. That threat comes to fruition in Aliens: Defiance #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Tristan Jones and colored by Dan Jackson.

Interview - Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson (Part 1)

Satellite Falling is a new series from IDW Publishing due out in May. The book's two creators (Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson) are keen on talking about the book and sat down with Omnicomic for an interview about the book itself, creating good science-fiction and changing art styles. Check out part 1 of the interview below.

Action Lab Gets Miraculous with Ladybug and Cat Noir

Action Lab Entertainment is no strangers to team-ups and their latest just so happens to be with ZAG to develop comic books and graphic novels based on Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir with an introduction at San Diego Comic Con on July 21. The animated series is currently airing in the USA on Nickelodeon and on Disney Channel throughout UK and EMEA. The animated TV series produced by ZAG, in conjunction with Method Animation, Toei Animation, and SAMG, is an action, adventure, comedy series that tells the story of Marinette, the sweetest girl in Paris. With a big crush on a boy at school, a big dream of becoming a fashion designer, and a constant problem of feeling totally awkward, she's just your average teenage girl, right? Did we mention she's also the crime fighting superhero of Paris, Ladybug?

“Action Lab Entertainment has demonstrated a commitment toward great quality comic books designed specifically for kids and around the empowerment theme. Based on this and ALE’s pure passion for “Miraculous,” we are thrilled to be expanding our storytelling via this natural extension into comic books.” Said ZAG CEO, Jeremy Zag.

“We are delighted to partner with the Miraculous team at ZAG. Their skills of developing superior quality animation with engaging stories that girls and boys can both identify with globally is unparalleled. Kids and young adult fans already love Miraculous and can relive the fun, action packed stories through ALE’s comics and graphic novels. Retailers are already clamoring for the release" said Bryan Seaton CEO and Publisher of Action Lab.

Becoming Ladybug is a complicated process! First, Marinette needs a "Kwami," which is a tiny magical assistant (hers is named Tikki). She also needs a "Miraculous," which is a magical accessory (hers is a pair of earrings). Tikki uses the Miraculous to transform Marinette, but her Ladybug super powers only work for a limited time!
Itis a good thing that she gets a little help from her superhero partner, Cat Noir… but she insists she doesn't need him. If only she knew Cat Noir's true identity – her crush, Adrien! Will Ladybug and Cat Noir be able to balance their double lives and keep Paris safe? Will they ever find out each other's true identity? Until then – there's a whole city of baddies to defeat… SPOTS ON, CLAWS OUT!

Full press release below.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Review - House of Penance #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Brass and powder. Powder and brass."

Guns start wars and guns end wars. Some people love them and some people hate them. That hatred is amplified when the hater's legacy is steeped in firearms, as is the case in House of Penance #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Peter Tomasi, illustrated by Ian Bertram and colored by Dave Stewart.

Tree Mail Changing Lives

Receiving mail in the trees is usually limited to kids playing in treehouses or Ewoks. Generally speaking though, whatever mail is received will likely be good news and the thought of tree mail bringing joy is something that Mike Raicht and Brian Smith are working on in tree Mail from Dark Horse. The work hits stores November 2.

“This book has been something Brian and I have been wanting to work on together for years,” says Raicht. “If you’ve ever been an underdog, or had an impossible dream that was just too big for the world around you to contain, then Rudy the Tree Frog is the story for you.”

Rudy—a determined, optimistic frog—hopes to overcome the odds and land his dream job delivering mail to the other animals on Popomoko Island! Mike Raicht and Brian Smith deliver a full-color, all-ages romp that shows that the hopeful Rudy always hops forward, no matter what obstacle seems to be in the way of his dreams. And there are plenty of speed bumps, challenges, and detours on the way to becoming a full-time member in the island’s Royal Air Delivery Corps!

“I think he can inspire people young, old, and in between to chase their dreams and to truly become who they were meant to be, no matter what they’ve been told they’re ‘supposed’ to be,” says Brian Smith. “I think that is what Rudy and his adventures are all about. Becoming more than those around us, and maybe even we ourselves, believe is possible.”

Full press release below.

Aspen Comics Teams Up for Humble Bundle

Humble Bundles are swell. Not only do you get a ton of great content, but you also get to help a great cause. Neither fact is lost on Aspen Comics who's teamed up with Humble Bundle and The Hero Initiative for the publisher's first offering of humbleness. The Humble Comics Bundle: Aspen Comics, features a host of Aspen’s flagship offerings, including Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Siya Oum’s Lola XOXO and Executive Assistant: Iris, along with many more. The Humble Comics Bundle: Aspen Comics, seeking to bring awareness to The Hero Initiative helping creators in need, will run from now until April 6th, 2016 at 11:OOAM PST and can be found here: /aspen-comics.

Humble Bundlers can pay what they want for a ton of great comics, including Michael Turner’s Fathom: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom: Blue Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire: Volume 1, Executive Assistant: Iris: Volume 1, Charismagic: Volume 1, The Four Points: Volume 1 and The Art of Aspen: Volume 1. Those who pay above the average price will also receive: Charismagic Omnibus Edition #1, Damsels in Excess: Volume 1, Executive Assistant: Iris Omnibus #1, Jirni: Volume 1, Jirni: Volume 2, Lola XOXO: Volume 1, Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam: Volume 1, Michael Turner’s Fathom Omnibus Edition #1, Michael Turner’s Soulfire Omnibus Edition #1, Legend of the Shadow Clan: Volume 1 and The ZooHunters #1-3.

Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus several “digital-exclusive” firsts from Aspen Comics including: Michael Turner’s Ekas Preview (digital-first exclusive), Michael Turner’s Fathom: Killian‘s Tide Volume 1 (digital first series), Michael Turner’s Fathom Swimsuit Edition (digital first exclusive), Michael Turner’s Sketchbook: Digital Re­ Mastered Digital First Edition, as well as Michael Turner’s Aspen Extended Edition written by Geoff Johns and Homecoming: Volume 1.

Full press release below.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review - Circuit Breaker #1 (@ImageComics)

"...the chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!"

Robots are becoming more and more regular in our daily lives. They do everything from help us clean to drive us around--jobs that were traditionally done by humans. If gets to a point where more jobs are being replaced by robots there might be a revolt, as is the case in Circuit Breaker #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Kevin McCarthy, illustrated by Kyle Baker and featuring coloring and letter assists by Mindy Steffen.

Preview - All My Ghosts TPB

Written and illustrated by Jeremy Massie, All My Ghosts TPB from Alterna Comics is a book about struggling to survive in a small-town economy. Joe Hale is forced to sell his family's newspaper business. After the buyout, strange events begin to occur as Joe's past comes back to haunt him – literally. Fan-favorite writer and artist Jeremy Massie crafts a powerful story about the burden of responsibility and the freedom of letting go.

All My Ghosts TPB is available now.

Sam Sattin's Legend Gets Trailer

Sam Sattin and Chris Koehler are teaming up for Legend, a post-apocalyptic animal story exploring a world ruled by our once-domesticated cats and dogs. It'ss due out this May from Z2 Comics. Since dogs actually see the world differently than we do, Chris’ use of color echoes Sam’s subtext, bathing the canine world in a chromatic, saturated glow.

Check out the trailer below.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review - Sara Rising #1 (@Tres_C_Studios)

"Dreams are cruel. They so often show you worlds that are better than yours."

Life in high school is hard enough without having to contend with monsters and/or aliens. Sure, Buffy and her crew pulled it off, but it's likely they're the exception and not the rule. There are still students who must contend with such events and Sara is one such student in Sara Rising #1 from Novastar Studios. The issue is written and lettered by Emilio Rodriguez, penciled by James Rodriguez, inked by Michele St. Martin and color assists by Wilson Ramos.

Dark Horse Comics Unveils Cover for Hellboy in Hell Volume 2

Mike Mignola is slated to conclude his series Hellboy in Hell with the tenth issue's release on June 1. That's not quite the end of the run though, as Dark Horse will also release Hellboy in Hell Volume 2 in October. In advance of the release of the series’ conclusion, Dark Horse Comics has released the cover to Hellboy in Hell Volume 2 by Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart. Following the conclusion of Hellboy in Hell, Mignola will take a year off from illustrating interior comic book pages in order to focus on fine art painting.

“Doing the cover to this collection was tough and of course I overthought the hell out of it,” said Mignola. “It's the end of the series and so much happens. How do I get that onto a cover? In the end, after doing two self-rejected covers, I decided to just illustrate the title of the book. THE DEATH CARD. There is also a fairly subtle nod to the climax of the book in there, but mostly it’s illustrating the title while trying to do a composition very similar to the cover of the first collection. Since the two books do make one story, I really wanted to design the book covers so they would work well side by side.”

After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness, and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of map makers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused of murder by his own sister and, in a way, brings about the destruction of Pandemonium itself.

Full press release below.

Cory Walker Returns to Invincible

Skybound and Image Comics wants to give fans a glimpse at something special. Something that warrants a sneak peak. Something like the newest chapter in the Invincible saga and the return of Cory Walker. In Invincible #127, Mark has returned from the a very different future. Now he has to pick up the pieces of his life and try to put them back together.

"It’s great to be working with Cory again on Invincible," said Kirkman. "This is a very special thing for me, while Cory has come back for a couple of issues here and there, this is the real deal—six FULL issues! This is the first time since the first six issues that Cory and I have done a consecutive run on this book. It's very exciting, and as you will see in this issue, Cory is absolutely bringing his A-Game... and just wait until you see what's coming."

Invincible #127 (Diamond Code FEB160514) 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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review - Satan's Hollow #1 (@Zenescope)

"I'm scared, E. Really scared."

The thing about urban legends is that they typically rely on a small-town sensibility to sustain them. Those same legends often rely on some sense of the supernatural or unknown to keep them terrifying the locals and Zenescope is big on such terror. Their latest foray into the urban legends water is Satan's Hollow #1. The issue is written by Joe Brusha, illustrated Allan Otero, colored by Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz and lettered by Matt Krotzer.

Dynamite Entertainment to Publish Graphic Novels by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson has built a reputation as a best-selling author around his Cosmere universe. Not all of his work manages to make it into that universe and Dynamite is looking to remedy that by publishing a trilogy of graphic novels in White Sand. White Sand has been adapted by Rik Hoskin, with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. With the creative team working so closely with Sanderson, White Sand promises to be a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure, as its powerful imagery and storyline are built on Sanderson's celebrated approach to magical systems.

"Dynamite has been excellent to work with. Rik Hoskin, the person hired to do the adaptation, is a fantastic writer - and he really managed to preserve the core of my story, using my own dialogue and descriptions, while cutting out all the chaff," says author Brandon Sanderson. "The artist Julius Gopez, the colorist Ross Campbell, the letterer Marshall Dillon, and the editor Rich Young have all done a fabulously great job."

Welcome to Taldain, a planet like no other. Taldain has no rotation; instead it is forever locked in place, one half in brilliant sunlight, the other in eternal night. The most powerful figures on Dayside are the Sand Masters, harnessing arcane powers to magically manipulate sand for construction, transportation, and spectacular displays of attack and defense. The weakest of their number is Kenton, whose paltry abilities pale in comparison to his peers and to his father, the powerful Lord Mastrell Praxton. However, a conspiracy is afoot on Dayside that threatens the stability of the whole planet. When the Sand Masters are ambushed and slaughtered, Kenton believes himself to be the sole survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton finds himself in an unlikely partnership with a mysterious Darksider called Khriss -- who hides secrets of her own.

"I've admired Brandon Sanderson's brilliant writing ever since I first read his work on the Wheel of Time series, after he assumed the reins from Robert Jordan," says Nick Barrucci, CEO/Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Thanks to our chats with his agent Joshua Bilmes, we sealed a deal to work with Brandon directly, and White Sand is the first project born from that exciting venture! We're very excited to be working hand-in-hand with him, and can't wait for fans to read this mind-blowing original graphic novel."

White Sand Vol. 1 is on sale at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere this June and features 160 pages of spellbinding story and breathtaking art. Look for this deluxe hardcover format for $24.99. Full press release below.

Dark Horse to Publish Ranx

Ranx was a big deal in the 1980s for Heavy Metal. That seems like quite a long time ago and Dark Horse wants to revisit those glory days in publishing the series for the first time in English since its heyday. This volume collects all of the Ranx stories by two Italian comic masters, writer Stefano Tamburini and artist Tanino Liberatore.

Ranx (also known as RanXerox) is a sci-fi antihero made of photocopier parts and ultraviolence. In a futuristic dystopia, he protects his girlfriend Lubna from vicious drug dealers on a brutal path of sex, carnage and destruction. The hardcover will be released on November 9, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic book store or favorite retailer.

Full press release below.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Review - Dept. H #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"I know the answers to all my questions are down there."

There are things about the depths of the ocean that we still don't know. It's not because we don't want to know, but because we can't get down there. When we do get down there, it's inevitable that some of the darker aspects of humanity will make appearances, including murder as explored in Dept. H #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Matt Kindt and colored by Sharlene Kindt.

Dark Horse Set to Premier Prequel to Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass is a fascinating anime that delves into the collective psyche of both criminal and law enforcement. The show has been largely successful, but there are likely still plenty of questions about the characters and their world. To that end, Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Psycho-Pass creator Gen Urobuchi for Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami.

Written by Midori Goto with art from Natsuo Sai, this new manga series is Blade Runner meets Minority Report. With Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami, Urobuchi reveals how the legendary enforcer was once an ace detective! Working within the city-regulating Sybil System, inspectors must fight crime in a future where a single number measures your criminal tendencies and determines if you are useful to society.

Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 1 debuts on November 9, 2016. Full press release below.

Athena Voltaire Journeys to Action Lab

Athena Voltaire is a character who knows a thing or two about traversing the globe to take on Nazis, deal with occult science and handle any and all sort of mythical creatures. Her adventures have been ongoing, but she'd probably like a few more to know of her journeys. Now thanks to Action Lab Entertainment, plenty of new readers will be able to get down on her pulp activities.

“I'm proud to add Athena Voltaire to such a diverse line of quality books,” said writer/artist Steve Bryant, whose all-ages series Ghoul Scouts debuts at Action Lab in June. “I’ve known the Action Lab folks for years, and after working with them on Ghoul Scouts, I knew they were the perfect publisher for Athena Voltaire.”

Athena Voltaire launched as part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was included in St. Martin’s The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition), and has subsequently garnered Manning and Harvey Award nominations, as well. A re-release of the hardcover Athena Voltaire Compendium will mark the heroine’s Action Lab debut, followed by Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess, an all-new 3-issue mini-series. Additional planned releases include a one-shot special and a prose collection.

"I'm ecstatic for Steve to join the Action Lab family, and I can't think of a better home for Athena than Action Lab. We have a proud history of publishing strong female characters, and Athena Voltaire is sure to stand shoulder to shoulder with Princeless, Aero-Girl, Nutmeg and Fight Like a Girl," said ALE President Dave Dwonch.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Review - Turncoat #1 (@boomstudios)

"Management have many arms with which to give and take."

The tides of war are prone to ebb and flow at a moment's notice. What that means is that even the smallest decision can have a massive impact. Such an impact makes for good reading in Turncoat #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Alex Paknadel, illustrated by Artyom Trakhanov, colored by Jason Wordie and lettered by Colin Bell.

Matt Wagner Returns to The Shadow

Matt Wagner must miss something about The Shadow because he's returning to Dynamite to write and illustrate and all-new tale that goes in a bold new direction. His new series will be called The Death of Margo Lane when it hits stores June 1 and the six-issue miniseries will also feature colors by his son Brennan Wagner.

"I've been a huge fan of The Shadow since my early teens and I just had to come back to the character by both writing and drawing this exciting and critical storyline" says Matt Wagner. "The Death of Margo Lane is a series that will challenge The Shadow on many levels… and leave him changed in ways he had never expected."

For years, Margo Lane has served as The Shadow's faithful "friend and companion," the closest and most intimate of all his many agents. But when will that proximity to The Shadow's dark and violent world take its ultimate toll on her? And what effect will his lover's loss have on the driven and brooding Master of Darkness? This series presents a powerful and resonant tale in the sort of pulse-pounding pulp style that only Matt Wagner could deliver!

"Working with Matt remains a high water mark in my career and with each and every project we work on together, my respect and admiration for his skills as a storyteller grows beyond bounds I thought possible," says Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt. "Working in pure pulp mode, with the definitive pulp character, Matt is a force of nature."

"We've worked with Matt as a writer on quite a few great series at Dynamite, and he's graced series with covers," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "This is the first time we have been fortunate enough to have Matt both write AND draw a series at Dynamite, making this one of the most important books that we will have published to date."

Full press release below.

Pop Gun War Takes Flight

Farel Dalrymple wants you to keep May 11 cleared on your calendar. That's because the creator is teaming with Image Comics to release Pop Gun War: Gift on that day. Pop Gun War: Gift (ISBN 978-1-63215-773-7) hits comic book stores Wednesday, May 11th, and bookstores Tuesday, May 17th, and will be available for $14.99. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code MAR160645.

Pop Gun War: Gift is about childhood, self-discovery, oppression, guilt, dreams, loneliness, whatever—and an inner-city boy named Sinclair, who discovers a pair of discarded angel wings. With these wings, Sinclair flies around the city and gets into adventures. Full press release below.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review - 3 Devils #1 (@IDWPublishing)

Life in the old west was hard. Things we take for granted today like advances in medicine, travel and life in general just weren't there in the past. Mix into that the threat of the supernatural and things aren't much better. IDW Publishing blends together the rough and tumble western life with the supernatural in 3 Devils #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Bo Hampton and colored by Jeremy Mohler.

Buffy's High-School Adventures for Young Readers Continues

Sunnydale High School was extraordinarily hard for its students, beyond just the typical trials and tribulations that come with being a high school teenager. No, those students were forced to contend with all manner of monster, demon and evil entity. Dark Horse thinks that all makes for good theater though and return to high school in Buffy: The High School Years - Glutton for Punishment by Kel McDonald and Yishan Li.

Set during season one of the television series and executive produced by Joss Whedon, Glutton for Punishment continues the humor and excitement as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her friends navigate the tumultuous balance of being both high schoolers and monster fighters. When Buffy and Xander sign up for home ec, assuming it will be an extra-credit cakewalk, they aren’t aware that the teacher is a ravenous tiger demon in disguise. The demon’s unquenchable appetite has him kidnapping his top students and forcing them to cook for him, and when Xander claims some store-bought treats are his own creations, he becomes the demon’s next victim! It’s not enough that Buffy has to keep her grades up, but she also has to rescue her friends and fellow students—and give the tiger demon his just desserts!

Buffy: The High School Years—Glutton for Punishment is in stores October 19, 2016. Full press release below.

Deathmate Stands Revealed

C2E2 is on the horizon for Chicago, but Valiant Entertainment is waiting until then to make a big announcement. That announcement is Bloodshot Island, an all-new, four-part trial by fire starting this June in Bloodshot Reborn #14. Jeff Lemire will team up with Mico Suayan for a gauntlet of sorts that will bring Project Rising Spirit's nanite-infused soldier head-to-head with fellow Bloodshots from decades past and the secretive killing machine driven to eliminate them each one by one – a calculating engine of destruction simply known as DEATHMATE!

"DEATHMATE isn't an event or a crossover – she's much, much more. This is an all-new character, created by Jeff Lemire for BLOODSHOT ISLAND and brought to life with a brilliant design by Jeff, Mico Suayan, and David Baron," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "The secret of her creation and purpose is a central mystery to BLOODSHOT ISLAND – and, in the very first issue alone, she cements herself as Valiant's newest A-level threat. Moreso than anything that's come before, BLOODSHOT ISLAND is Jeff and Mico firing on all cylinders for what is sure to be BLOODSHOT REBORN's biggest, most action-packed storyline to date. But it's not just bullets and Bloodshots… By the time the smoke clears, the mythology behind one of Valiant's most popular and enduring heroes – and his importance to the broader Valiant Universe – will be forever changed by the revelations that lurk within the jungle of BLOODSHOT ISLAND."

Stranded on a mysterious desert island with no recollection of how he got there, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical paradise… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends it old soldiers to die…and then rejuvenate and die again! Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And just what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn…and what is its untold connection to the life Ray Garrison left behind?

Full press release below.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review - 13th Artifact One-Shot (@TopCow)

"Is our mission a success?"

Breaking into comics is nothing if not impossible at times, which is why publishers such as Top Cow put together talent contests from time to time to make things a little easier. 13th Artifact One-Shot is the 2015 Top Cow Talent Hunt Winner and the one-shot is a solid science-fiction tale. The issue is written by Amit Chauhan, illustrated by Eli Powell, colored by Andrew Elder and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Midnight of the HeroCats Strikes Hard and Fast

The HeroCats of Stellar City seek to protect it from injustice. Midnight is the one known as the Claws of Justice and works to keep convicts behind bats. And now he's getting the solo treatment in his own trade paperback called HeroCats: Midnight Over Stellar City. The work is written by Kyle Puttkamer and illustrated by Alex Ogle. The HeroCats: Midnight Over Stellar City TPB, is available through your local comics retailer and is slated for a March 23rd, 2016 release through Diamond Order Code JAN160987.

Midnight must track down the sinister Crow King in order to rescue fellow HeroCat Bandit. Battling through robotic crows and nightmares brought to life, he’ll face the master of dreams and goes one on one with the man responsible for all of Stellar City’s problems..the hero know as Galaxy Man?

Full press release below.

Z2 Comics Announces Indoctrination

Ideas come from plenty of different avenues of inspiration. Some are fantastic and worth pursuing, while others are a little less actionable. Some ideas bring with them the risk of being killed and Indoctrination from Michael Moreci and Matt Battaglia is asking how to do just that.

“With INDOCTRINATION, we really wanted to create a thrilling, entertaining story that is also a way to explore the reality of death cults like ISIS, and the terror they instill in us which is constantly pulsing beneath the surface of American culture,” says Michael Moreci, a former journalist who recently signed a two-book deal with St. Martin’s Press. “Collaborating with Matt Battaglia has been ideal, because he’s a gifted artist who has also been able to use his background in politics to inform his work on INDOCTRINATION.”

Across the dusty plains of America’s southwest, a deadly storm is brewing. A string of murders portend the sinister designs of an infamous terrorist to bring about the end times. Two FBI agents have heeded the signs, and only their rogue actions—aided by a potentially untrustworthy expatriate with deep ties to the terrorist—can push this darkness back. It's a comic book series about America’s terrifying underbelly—of death cults and sleeper cells, serial killers and apocalyptic nightmares. Indoctrination follows these two FBI agents as they develop a complicated relationship with an infamous terrorist, in an attempt to solve a string of grizzly, seemingly related murders. Mixing elements of True Detective with Seven, this new series from Z2 Comics captures the definition of fear in the 21st century.

“With INDOCTRINATION, we’re excited to publish our first modern, politically-minded series,” says Josh Frankel, Z2 Comics Co-Publisher. “The story has serious content, but it is first and foremost a riveting read, with gorgeous, detailed characters who really pull readers into their world.”

Indoctrination is due out in June from Z2 Comics and will retail for $3.99. Full press release below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review - Lords of the Jungle #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"There will be no help for you!"

Tarzan and Sheena are very similar in many regards. Both reside in the jungle, both hate when man infringes on the peace that is nature and both are formidable when fighting on their own. Pairing them together though is a whole other ballgame and Lords of the Jungle #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is all-in in that regard. The issue is written by Corinna Bechko, illustrated by Robert Castro, colored by Alex GuimarĂ£es and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Inkwell Awards Offers Joe Sinnott Challenge and New Jim Lee Spotlight Contributions

The Inkwell Awards is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking. In support of that cause, the organization will be auctioning off the artwork for their sixth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. Additionally, there will also be a spin-off challenge as well called the Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight, which focuses on the pencil art of award-winning creator and DC comics co-publisher, Jim Lee. The fundraiser event debuted on March 13. Auctions for the Lee Challenge started on March 13 on the Inkwells' eBay store, alternating with the Sinnott pages each week or two thereafter. The art will later be collected into book form. Previous book collections in various editions, along with other merchandise, are available for donations to the organization through their Web Store.

“The original Sinnott Challenge has been a growing success,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”). “More artists, both veteran professionals and talented amateurs, were participating and auction results were improving with each event, so we decided to add something new to showcase other contemporary, fan-favorite talents but on a smaller scale with more established artists who may not have participated in the original program. It took almost two years to develop but the results are well worth the wait.”

The original Inking Challenge program educates the public about inking by having industry legend and Inkwell Special Ambassador Sinnott do a tight pencil of a character (this year, Marvel’s Spider Gwen) plus a “breakdown”, or rough sketch (Marvel's popular Deadpool). His art is scanned and the file sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the globe to finish and/or embellish in ink. Ink artists contributing their skills this year include Bill Sienkiewicz, Richard Bonk, Trevor Von Eeden, Joe Orsak, Keith Williams, Mike Barreiro, Ken Branch, Andy Smith, Neil Vokes, John Dell, Bob Wiacek and dozens of others, including members of the Sinnott family. All submitted art may be viewed at The Inkwells' ComicArtFans gallery. All pieces for this challenge are personally signed by Mr. Sinnott and include a certificate of authenticity.

The Challenge Spotlight on Jim Lee program was significantly developed by former committee member Erick Korpi with full authorization from Lee and DC Comics. Much of the recruitment was subsequently carried out by senior contributor Joseph Goulart and finalized by Almond. All pages will be signed by the inkers and most, about two dozen, will be signed by Jim Lee. All will include a COA as well. Submitted pages at press time include those by Sinnott, Sienkiewicz, Klaus Janson, Wade von Grawbadger, Mark McKenna, Dell, Scott Hanna, Kevin Conrad, Jay Leisten, Smith, Jose Marzan Jr., Brett Breeding, Mike Sellers and Ken Branch. More are expected soon from Bob Wiacek, Mike Lilly, Sean Parsons, Dexter Vines and Walden Wong.

Almond added, “Much kind thanks to Jim, Eddy Choi and DC Comics for their cooperation, support of our program, and appreciation of ink artists.”

Full press release below.

Readers Big on Jonesy

BOOM! Studios likes the fact that readers are smitten with Jonesy. And they're probably more than just smitten, as the Sam Humphries/Caitlin Rose Boyle project has sold out through its first printing at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to fill demand. The issue saw a 46% increase in retailer orders from initial orders to Final Order Cutoff.

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 ability to make people fall in love! Anyone, with anything. She’s a teenager in plaid with Cupid powers. 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 #1 second print ships with a modified cover by Boyle and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code JAN168899. Orders close on March 21, and copies are anticipated to be in stores on April 6. Jonesy #2 arrives in stores on March 16 and is also currently available for reorder. Full press release below.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Review - Santeria The Goddess Kiss #1 (@AspenComics)

"Oonaa's worshippers were without need nor fear. For in this place, at this time, the goddess was without peer..."

The history of magic is filled with, well, magic and mystery. Different cultures view the mysteries through a variety of lenses and one of those lenses is voodoo. Aspen Comics is pursuing that angle in Santeria The Goddess Kiss #1. The issue is written by David Wohl, illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman and lettered by Josh Reed.

Dark Horse Announces New Halo Anthology

Dark Horse Comic is no stranger to the Master Chief and the universe he inhabits. The publisher has offered plenty of good looks at the universe in comics and graphic novels, but now they're teaming up with 343 Industries for a brand new anthology based on the franchise of the same name. Halo: Tales from Slipspace will feature all-new stories from some of the comic industry’s best—including Jonathan Wayshak, Eric Nguyen, Alex Irvine, Kody Chamberlain, Dave Crosland, John Jackson Miller, Jonathan Goff, Simon Roy and Halo: Escalation writer Duffy Boudreau—as well as 343 Industries’ own Franchise Creative Director Frank O’Connor and Franchise Producer Tyler Jeffers.

Halo: Tales from Slipspace is in stores October 12, 2016. Full press release below.

Persona 4 Manga Series Available Now

Persona 4 has plenty of appeal to a wide variety of gamers. What's more is that the property has also taken hold in the anime world as well and now UDON Entertainment is looking to get the property in on some manga action. Persona 4 Vol.1 and Persona 4 Vol. 2 are now available for readers. And June 28th will see the release of Persona 4 Vol. 3.

When the small rural town of Inaba suddenly becomes the scene of a series of grisly murders, an eclectic group of high school students forms an investigation team to uncover the truth behind them and prevent more deaths. But when they discover that the murders might be connected to an urban legend about a paranormal television phenomenon called the “Midnight Channel,” a simple investigation turns into a dangerous, action-packed journey of self-discovery across two different worlds.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Review - Mars Attack: Occupation #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"There was no place in this world for dreams anymore."

The seemingly shrill noises that an invading group will rely on to terrorize humans could be any decibel or duration. The Martians in Mars Attacks have their own distinctive sound and even though you can't hear it in Mars Attacks: Occupation #1 from IDW Publishing, you can surely imagine it. The issue is written and lettered by John Layman and illustrated by Andy Kuhn.

Preview - Raygun #1

Matthew Baker has a lot of problems. A new school, bullies, and dealing with a father he barely knows; it's a lot to deal with for any ten-year-old. But when he stumbles upon Nikola Tesla’s Death Ray, will it lead to his salvation or his destruction?

Raygun #1 is written by Gregory Schoen and illustrated by Alonso Molia and Paulo Lopez. It's in stores now with interiors below.

Deathmate Is Coming

Deathmate is coming this summer. Don't say Valiant Entertainment didn't warn you.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review - Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat & Adventure Bug! #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Welcome to Aw Yeah Comics! We are open and ready for business!"

Every hero has their villain. Their arch-nemesis who seems to be a constant pain in their side. It's not often though that the villain brandishes a device that turns people into lizards as is the case in Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat & Adventure Bug! #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Baltazar.

Self-Obsessed Going to Web Series

Sina Grace is getting into the web series scene based on his 2015 Image Comics graphic novel Self-Obsessed. The arrival on the web in that form will be Tuesday, March 22 and the series will be directed by Daniel Freedman. The book is a comedic look at the life of a gay, LA-based cartoonist who struggles to find his creative mojo amidst a break-up, a book cancellation, and an overall crisis of faith in his own work. Grace stars in the series alongside Amber Benson, Adam Busch and Jon Gabrus.

“Making the book Self-Obsessed taught me to follow every idea down every meta rabbit hole,” said Grace. “It seemed like the only logical next step to bare it all on screen, surrounded by my best friends.”

When Sina breaks up with his latest boyfriend, he’s heart-broken. When the book he’s working on is cancelled, he’s devastated. Self-Obsessed follows Sina on a hilarious journey as he tries to rediscover his passions for drawing and life. From striking out at a gay bear sex party to getting sage advice from his best friend Amber to visiting an old flame Jon in San Francisco, Sina tries to keep it together. Will he remember why he started drawing in the first place or will he obsess over where he went wrong?

Full press release below.

Zenescope Renews Agreement with comiXology

Zenescope, comiXology and Amazon are staying the best of friends with an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Zenescope's digital comics and collections across the platforms. The announcement also sees the digital debut of Zenescope Entertainment’s entire catalog in the Kindle Store, including such hits as Return to Wonderland, Escape from Monster Island and Grimm Tales of Terror.

“We’re so excited to continue to bring fan favorite series like Robyn Hood, Van Helsing and Grimm Fairy Tales to comiXology readers, and now to an even bigger audience on Kindle,” said Jennifer Bermel, Zenescope’s VP of Business Development & Licensing. “Working with comiXology has given us not only an amazing platform to showcase Zenescope titles but also the ability to be everywhere our fans are, domestically and worldwide. We’re thrilled for what this next step with comiXology and Kindle will mean for Zenescope.”

“At comiXology we jump at the chance to bring a wide variety of comics to as many fans as possible around the world. We’re happy that Zenescope is helping in this endeavor by renewing with us and expanding to Kindle,” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “With all the quality fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure titles in Zenescope’s library we’re sure that Kindle readers everywhere will find something to love!”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review - Hellchild #1 (@Zenescope)

"Oooh! What's the matter Hades? A god can't overpower a simple vampire?"

Vampires are notorious for being creatures of the night with a propensity for drinking blood. That doesn't go over well with most people, prompting some such as Liesl Van Helsing to rise up to stop them. When one of those vampires gets a little god's blood in them though, things get a little more complicated. Hellchild #1 from Zenescope seeks to untangle those complications. The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Vincenzo Riccardi, colored by Eleonora Bruni and lettered by Jim Campbell.

The Only Living Boy Available in Book Form from Papercutz

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis collaborated on something pretty special in The Only Living Boy. Prior to now though, fans have never been able to get their hands on the work in book form. Papercutz is taking it upon themselves to publish The Only Living Boy: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet with three volumes initially. The first volume is in stores now, followed by Volume 2 in July, Volume 3 in October, with more volumes to follow in 2017. The duo will also be conducting workshops for their young fans and aspiring creators.

"We're delighted to be publishing THE ONLY LIVING BOY in graphic novel format for the first time," enthused Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. "It gives existing fans a chance to have a more permanent version of the series they love and also exposes Erik's adventures to a brand new audience. I'm sure they'll fall in love with Steve's gorgeous artwork and David's compelling storytelling, just like I did!"

“One of the things I’ve noticed, both as a creator and as father, is that there are few graphic novels that bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood," said artist Steve Ellis. "THE ONLY BOY is an action packed fantasy, but it's an emotionally complex one that's as much about loss and struggle as it is about adventure and triumph.”

“My experiences as an educator informs so much of THE ONLY LIVING BOY,” said Gallaher. “Growing up can often feel lonely and isolating. As teacher, I saw firsthand how anxiety can haunt children. With this series, I’m exploring how children adapt to adversity. Readers might gravitate to this story because of the exotic and dangerous creatures, but the story will resonate because the characters grapple with issues that kids relate to, like intolerance, self-confidence, and feeling like the odd one out."

Full press release below.

Lumberjanes Visiting Gotham Academy

Anyone who says the big two can't play nice with the little guys are in for a rude awakening. BOOM! Box and DC Comics are teaming up for a Lumberjanes Gotham Academy crossover set to debut in June. The six-issue series will be written by Chynna Clugston-Flores and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. The main cover, revealed today, is illustrated by Mingjue Chen.

The crossover marks BOOM!'s first-ever partnership with DC Comics, and also the first crossover to be produced directly by the publisher. Further details about the crossover and additional cover images will be revealed over the coming week. Full press release below.