Friday, April 29, 2016

Review - Micronauts #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Preservation is superfluous to our directive."

The universe is a great big place. Robots probably live there and we want them on our side. Micronauts are a special type of robot that still pack a punch and IDW Publishing has their gloves on in Micronauts #1. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn, breakdowns by David Baldeón, finishes by Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, Jack Lawrence and Baldeón, colors by David Garcia Cruz, Joana Lafuente, Thomas Deer and John-Paul Bove and lettered by Tom B. Long.

I.D. Hits TPB in June

Emma Ríos wants some of your time in June. Why? She's releasing her dystopian tale I.D. in trade paperback that month. I.D. analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a “body transplant” as a solution to their lives. I.D. TP (ISBN 978-1-63215-782-9) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 22nd and bookstores Tuesday, June 28, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers through Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond code MAR160635.

“I.D. and ISLAND brought me back to the place in comics I love the most,” said Ríos.

Full press release below.

Agarest War Gets Recorded in Heroines Visual Book

The Record of Agarest War series is known for its unique, multi-generational approach to storytelling, whereby your actions and decisions in one generation directly affect future events as well as the powers and characteristics of the next generation’s hero. That methodology carries on in Record of Agarest War 2, the latest entry in the series and now Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book is in stores now. Collecting the beautiful artwork behind the newest installment in the Record of Agarest War franchise, Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book includes character designs, rough concepts, pin-ups, creator commentary and more for all three generations of the game’s diverse, colorful cast of heroes and villains.

The tome also serves as an ideal companion piece while playing the game itself, including several exhaustive data charts that pull back the curtain on the game’s myriad equipment, items, skills, and prerequisites for viewing every event scene. Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book also features a complete collection of event and Soul Breeding CG scenes as well as detailed looks at every generation’s hot spring event – just like the first game’s art book.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review - Over the Garden Wall #1 (@boomstudios)

"Where are you going sheriff? Gasp! Is there a new case?!"

The boundaries of one's imagination are typically limitless. Having such an active imagination leads to all sorts of adventures. Some of those adventures are getting attention in Over the Garden Wall #1 from KaBOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Jim Campbell, Danielle Burgos and Amalia Levari and illustrated by Campbell and Cara McGee.

Archie Comics Teams with Threadless

Archie is getting bigger and bigger, thanks to a great reboot of the core series and an upcoming show. Your commitment to the Archie cause doesn't have to stop at those two things though, as now Archie Comics has teamed with Threadless for a new line of comic book inspired apparel. Featuring artwork from some of the best and brightest Archie Comics artists of the past 75 years, the Archie Comics Artist Shop on Threadless offers fans a chance to show off their love for Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead through a variety of different designs available on t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and more. The initial offerings available at the Archie Comics Artist Shop span from classic depictions of Archie and the gang to the modern-day New Riverdale designs by artists Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Erica Henderson and Veronica Fish.

Full press release below.

Black Mask Studios Unveils Class of 2016

Black Mask Studios has a lot in store for 2016. The publisher/production company launched in 2014 by Matt Pizzolo, Bretty Gurewitz and Steve Niles has just unveiled its third slate of comics. That slate includes a dozen projects principally from new creators bringing bold and unorthodox points of view to their comics. It features Jade Street Protection Services, Kim & Kim, Black, Run for the Shadows, The Skeptics, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, The Forevers, No Angel, The Dregs, Tomorrow's Ashes, Space Riders vol 2 and We Can Never Go Home vol 2.

"Black Mask is here for the risk-takers, for the daring creators that make other publishers nervous," said Pizzolo. "Our goal all along has been to advocate for brave storytellers, but what's been incredible for me to see is the comic market really step up and support these books and these creators. From the comic shops to the journalists to the readers, there is both a demand for new voices but also, and more importantly, a nurturing community enabling creators to take artistic leaps of faith."

Check out the full press release and creator introductions below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review - Divinity II #1 (@ValiantComics)

"How would you like some warm food and a bed, little mouse?"

Despite the "end" of the Cold War, there are still tensions simmering between the US and Russia. It's an almost constant game of political brinkmanship between the two countries that would surely be tipped in favor of Russia if the events in Divinity II #1 from Valiant Entertainment come to pass. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, penciled by Trevor Hairsine, inked by Ryan Winn and colored by David Baron.

Dark Horse Comics Forms Alliance for World of Tanks: Roll Out

The premise behind World of Tanks seems silly, but in actuality it's actually pretty brilliant. The game has garnered plenty of attention and now Dark Horse Comics wants to shift some of that attention to a comic book in World of Tanks: Roll Out!. The series will be a five issue series, rolling into comic book stores across the US and European territories and digital distribution in the fall of 2016. It will be written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra and feature covers by Isaac Hannaford.

World of Tanks: Roll Out! is set during the tank battles of the summer 1944, featuring British versus German armored units in post D-Day Normandy. It’s the German Panthers vs. British Cromwells, as the British tankers push deeper into France and toward the might of the Germans. World of Tanks: Roll Out! #1 will be available digitally in the fall of 2016 in comic book shops across North America and Europe, and will follow a monthly cadence of release for five issues of brutal tank combat.

Full press release below.

Indoctrination Hits in June

This June, Michael Moreci and Matt Battaglia are teaming up to delve into the powerful ideology that drives the underbelly of America in Indoctrination. And it's got a spiffy new trailer to show off.

“We want readers on the edge of their seats because INDOCTRINATION is riveting, and because we are tapping into their very real collective fear about organizations like ISIS that dominate the darkest parts of our minds, and, frankly, the news day in and day out,” says Moreci, a former journalist who recently signed a two-book deal with St. Martin’s Press. “Artist Matt Battaglia and I are equally fascinated by how ideas motivate extreme actions, but we approach the subject from two distinct points of view.”

Indoctrination begins in the dusty southwest with a string of murders that portend the sinister designs of an infamous terrorist to bring about the end times. Only the rogue actions of two FBI agents, who must rely on a potentially untrustworthy expatriate with deep ties to the terrorist, can stop the darkness. 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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review - 3 Floyds: Alpha King #1 (@ImageComics)

"We taste revenge."

The life of a small brewer is anything but glamorous at first. You have to contend with finding the right mix for your recipe, getting your beer into people's glasses and hordes of barbarians who want your girl. The latter is definitely the exception to the rule, but Image Comics proves to enjoy the exception in 3 Floyds: Alpha King #1. The issue is created by Nick Floyd and Brian Azzarello, written by Azzarello, illustrated by Simon Bisley, colored by Ryan Brown and lettered by Jared K. Fletcher.

BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks Unleashes Kong of Skull Island

King Kong is one of the most famous--if not the most famous--giant apes out there. He's getting another movie and with that movie comes a comic series from BOOM! Studios and DeVito Artworks LLC. Kong of Skull Island is an original, limited comic book series written by James Asmus and illustrated by Carlos Magno.

“King Kong is the progenitor of an entire section of genre fiction. It is truly an honor to be a part of that gigantic legacy,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Joe DeVito to create a comic series that is authentic to the origins of Kong.”

BOOM!’s Kong of Skull Island comic series takes place well before Carl Denham, Jack Driscoll, and the rest of the Wanderer’s crew set foot on the island. Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island, their new home, which they are soon horrified to realize is home to dinosaurs, giant creatures...and Kongs.

“It is exhilarating to be working with BOOM! Studios and such an astute and nuanced group of writers and artists. This fabulous Kong of Skull Island series digs deep!” said Joe DeVito.

Kong of Skull Island #1 arrives in comic shops on July 13th with a main cover by Felipe Massafera for the price of $3.99. Also available are incentive covers by Nick Robles and Eric Powell and retailer auction covers by Ryan Sook and Paul Pope. Retailers will have the option to bid on the Sook and Pope covers in order to secure it exclusively for their store. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is June 20th. Full press release below.

Voracious Returns for Second Bite

Marksan Naso and Jason Muhr had a lot of fun with Voracious. So much fun in fact that they're returning to Action Lab Danger Zone for a second helping this September in Voracious: Feeding Time. Voracious is the first comic book series by writer Naso and artist Muhr, with colors by Andrei Tabacaru. The current four-issue series will be completed in June.

“VORACIOUS is the perfect example of the types of high quality, innovative comic content that readers can find at Action Lab, and within our more adventurous imprint, Danger Zone,” said Action Lab: Danger Zone Publisher, Jason Martin. “We couldn’t be happier bringing more of Naso and Muhr’s vibrant, dino-fueled culinary exploits to fans, and hope this announcement will get even more eyes on this imaginative series!"

The story follows depressed chef Nate Willner who unexpectedly rekindles his desire to cook after he inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the Cretaceous period. There, Nate ends up eating a dinosaur and gets the idea to open a restaurant in the present that serves ancient meat from the past.

“We are beyond excited to continue our story,” added VORACIOUS writer Markisan Naso. “And we are so very humbled and grateful that retailers and comic book readers gave our strange, little book a chance in a market with so many great comics to choose from. We can’t wait to show readers what we’re cooking up for the second mini-series!”

"The next series gets bigger and crazier, as the scope of the story expands way beyond where most fans were thinking Nate's tale was heading,” said VORACIOUS artist Jason Muhr. “I'm having so much fun drawing this second arc. But every panel of every page is a spoiler for the end of the first mini-series, so we'll just have to keep it under wraps for now!”
VORACIOUS # 4 currently available for preorder from Diamond distribution (Order Code: APR161145 (Regular Cover) Order Code: APR161146 (Variant Cover) and can be ordered through your Local Comics Retailer.

Full press release below.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review - The Marionette Unit (@tmuworkshop)

"What little luck I had almost vanished in the fog that fills the streets."

A boss wants workers who are productive and how they go about getting that productivity varies from boss to boss. Some use a carrot, but others use a stick. The Marionette Unit from TMU Workshop goes for the latter. The issue is written by Azhur Saleem (James Boyle as a co-creator) and illustrated by Warwick Johnson-Caldwell.

Dynamite Teams With Groupees for Dynamite Fantasy Featuring a Game of Thrones

There's no shortage of fantasy entertainment in the world today. Dynamite Entertainment is looking to remind readers of the amount of content available by teaming up with Groupees for the Dynamite Fantasy Featuring a Game of Thrones comic book bundle promotion. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry's most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The bundle promotion begins today, Thursday, April 21st, and runs through Wednesday, May 4th. The promotion is at the following website location:

"Groupees has been an exceptional partner since our first-ever bundle offering in March of last year, and the fine folks here at Dynamite are proud to continue bringing first-class digital entertainment to the Groupees customer base through their innovative bundle program," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "The new 'Dynamite Fantasy Featuring A Game of Thrones' bundle is loaded to bear with fantasy fare -- swashbuckling She-Devils, House Stark warriors, blood-bathing witches, Green Men of Mars, roleplaying game icons, and so much more. With Groupees' $5.00-minimum, 'Pay What You Want' model, hours and hours' worth of Swords-and-Sorcery enjoyment can be had by all, for a value price. This is a phenomenal bundle that will reward existing fans and introduce them to new series, as well as bring new fans into the comics market - a win/win for all!"

Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide, with a minimum contribution of $5.00. The full retail value of this bundle's digital content -- including work from such fan-favorite fantasy creators as George R.R. Martin, Sam Raimi, Marguerite Bennett, Ron Marz and more -- would be over $65.00 if purchased individually, but the Groupees "Pay What You Want" model allows Swords-and-Sorcery enthusiasts to pick up high-quality stories for a fraction of that price. The "Dynamite Fantasy Featuring A Game of Thrones" bundle includes the following digital comic books:

Adventures of Red Sonja #1-7, by Bruce Jones, Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Esteban Maroto, Dick Giordano, and Frank Thorne
Army of Darkness: The Movie Adaptation #1-3, by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and John Bolton
Blood Queen #1-6, by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
A Game Of Thrones #3-4, by George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, and Tommy Patterson
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7-14, by Ron Marz, Ian Edgington, and Ariel Medel
Pathfinder: Origins #1-3, by Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, F. Wesley Schneider, Tom Garcia, and Kevin Stokes
Red Sonja (Vol. 3) #1-2, by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke

"We love working with Dynamite and offering their great comic reads to our users," says Thomas Brooke, CEO of Groupees. "Dynamite understands what these promotions are all about, engaging with the community, generating goodwill, and expanding the universe of comic fandom. As with our four previous promotions, this IS another 'dynamite' bundle of digital comics, and we're proud to be offering this exclusive promotion in support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund."

Full press release below.

Black Road Leads to Success

Black Road #1 is a big hit. So big, in fact, that Image Comics is taking the Brian Wood/Gary Brown/Dave McCaig collaboration back for a second printing. In Black Road #1, readers meet Magnus the Black—neither clean nor sober, neither Christian nor Pagan—but a man true to his word. When a ranking official under his care is brutally murdered, he’s prepared to hunt the killers to the frozen tip of Norway, religious war be damned.

Black Road #1 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (, the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (, iOS, Android and Google Play. Black Road #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR168527) and Black Road #2 (Diamond Code MAR160557) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 18. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 25th.

Full press release below.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review - Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 (@ImageComics)

"I still don't see why you want to rehash all this stuff. No one's going to believe it anyway."

The noir genre is rapidly gaining a foothold in comics nowadays with more and more series popping up using the genre and its tropes. After all, the comic book medium lends itself well to the stories and events that typically accompany a noir tale. Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 from Image Comics is one of the latest to get hard-boiled. The issue is written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated and lettered by Jacob Wyatt.

Alpha King Gets Drunk

3 Floyds is what many would consider to be a cult microbrewery. Their founder and brewmaster Nick Floyd is planning to capitalize on that status by teaming up with Brian Azzarello, Simon Bisley, Ryan Brown and Jared K. Fletcher on 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?

“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 town 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.

Alpha King #1 (color / 20 pages / $3.99) is on tap in comic book stores and digitally on Wednesday, May 4th. Full press release below.

Dark Horse to Publish The Art of Metal Gear Solid V

Hideo Kojima may have gotten a raw deal in his recent departure from Konami, but that doesn't take away from his immense talent. His last major project with the publisher was Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and now Dark Horse is giving readers a glimpse at the artwork behind the scenes. In it, fans can witness the concept and design behind the genre-defining science-fiction military action and drama of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Art of Metal Gear Solid V is in stores November 2, 2016.

Chronicling the development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Konami Digital Entertainment and featuring hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen art, this beautifully assembled volume is an essential addition to any gamer’s collection. Dark Horse is proud to offer a piece of gaming history with The Art of Metal Gear Solid V. In addition to the standard release, The Art of Metal Gear Solid V will also receive a limited edition of four hundred copies packaged in a tactical slipcase featuring an exclusive fine art print by superstar illustrator Ashley Wood.

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review - 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"Now let get all of this cleaned up before my dad--"

The saying goes that kids say the darnedest things. Clearly they have to get what they say from somewhere and sometimes that somewhere is from observing some less than stellar individuals. It's not often though that the kids can hold their own against the aforementioned individuals, but it does in 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1 from Black Mask Studios. The issue is written by Matthew Rosenberg, illustrated by Tyler Boss, flatted by Clare Dezutti, lettered by Thomas Mauer and wallpaper design by Courtney Menard.

Robyn Hood Makes Plans

Pat Shand is gering up to end his run on Robyn Hood with Robyn Hood 2016 Annual, celebrating Robyn Locksley, Marian Quin and all of the friends and foes that have joined them on this journey. Scheduled for release in late May 2016. Shand will be joined by Larry Watts, original artist of the Robyn Hood trilogy, returns for this final tale that cuts to the core of what Robyn has gone through, what she is, and what’s next for her.

Following the annual, the new creative team of Lou Iovino, David Lorenzo and Grostieta will take Robyn Hood in a new direction in Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 (to be released June 2016). And it will include cover art from David Lorenzo Riveiro, Jarreau Wimberly, David Nakayama, Mike Mahle, Richard Ortiz and many more. In the first issue of this twelve part mini-series, Robyn is on her own for the first time in years, going back to what she knows and loves…taking cases that pay little and make her life a living hell! New villains… new adventures… and a new creative team bring you this can’t miss new series that will show Robyn as you’ve never seen her before.

Full press release below.

The Sweetness Gets Sweet Trailer

The Sweetness (APR162173) is a new science-fiction adventure comic about intergalactic smugglers due out in June. It's going to feature the talents of Miss Lasko-Gross and Kevin Colden and now it's got a trailer. Set in the future, the first collaboration from the married creative team of Lasko-Gross and Colden follows two badass female intergalactic smugglers catering to the unique tastes of Alien drug addicts with a mysterious controlled substance. In The Sweetness, Miss and Kevin have crafted characters and storylines that are effortlessly feminist in ways other popular comics play lip service to but don’t quite land.

“I want people to be excited about a badass space smuggler story and fall in love with the characters,” says Miss Lasko-Gross. “I hope readers are sucked into the story by the surreal moments of twisted humor and surprise."

“THE SWEETNESS is smart, fun, and Star-Warsy, but with more women, people of color -- and it’s more raunchy,” says Kevin Colden. “"This series marks my return to drawing long form comics (after taking time off to focus on family and other creative work), and while I’m usually very critical of my own work, this is the best work I’ve done.””

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review - Legend #1 (@Z2comics)

"Gather round, sad ones. For today we mourn."

Dogs are wonderful creatures. They're incredibly capable problem-solvers, they have a way of commiserating with their owners and they're generally pretty fun. It's easy to conceive of them running the world in the absence of humanity and Z2 Comics delves into that in Legend #1. The issue is written by Sam Sattin and illustrated by Chris Koehler.

Archie Comics Reveals Full Line-Up of Variant Covers for Betty & Veronica #1 Relaunch

Archie Comics is gearing up to launch Betty & Veronica #1 on July 20. And while the talents of Adam Hughes are gracing the main cover, Archie Comics will be issuing 24 other covers to commemorate the series launch. As Riverdale’s most beloved blonde and brunette find themselves divided over the takeover of the town’s central hangout, Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe, battle lines are drawn and friends have become enemies as the town is enveloped in all-out civil war! Oh, and there will be jokes. Plenty of jokes.

Among those offering a variant cover include Mahmud Asrar, Tom Bancroft, Stephanie Buscema, Cliff Chiang, Colleen Coover, Bilquis Evely, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Genevieve F.T., Rian Gonzales, Robert Hack, Steve Downer, Erica Henderson, Rebekah Isaacs, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tula Lotay, Alitha Martinez, Audrey Mok, Moritat, Ramon K. Perez, Andy Price, Ryan Sook, Jenn St. Onge, Chip Zdarsky, Chrissie Zullo and a Blank Sketch cover.

Full press release and covers below.

Itty Bitty Bunnies Embrace Friendgasm

Action Lab Danger Zone has a bunny problem. Two foul-mouthed, drug-using, butt-naked bunnies to be exact who also manage to go on hilarious adventures. The publisher wants everyone to get in on the action and are releasing Itty Bitty Bunnies: Friendgasm TPB that collects three Itty Bitty Bunnies one-shots: “Tales from the Crib,” “Bong Genie” and “Pop Tarts.”

The Itty Bitty Bunnies (Phil and Tyrone) make a deal with the Devil, awaken the magical Bong Genie, start a food fight that turns homicidal, and do lots and LOTS of drugs. It’s just another day in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land! The latest collection of Australian cartoonist extraordinaire Dean Rankine’s irreverent adventures blazes new off-color paths to hilarity! Enjoy the references and insanity for yourself.

Itty Bitty Bunnies: Friendgasm TPB is available for pre-order at your local comic shops (Diamond Order Code: APR16 1147) and is due in stores in June. Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review - Joyride #1 (@BoomStudios)

"One world. One government. One destiny."

There's an inevitability to space being explored and settled at some point in the future. After all, it's such a vast expanse that the bigger question is where to go first. Way down the line after settling a few planets, it's likely that human dynamics will change for both the better and the worse. Joyride #1 from BOOM! Studios looks at a change for the worst, but some manage to find a silver lining. The issue is written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, illustrated by Marcus To, colored by Irma Kniivila and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Voting Opened for Inkwell Awards 2016

A comic book is a lot more than just a writer's script or an artist's illustrations. It features the work of colorists, letterers, cover artists and inkers. Celebrating the latter are the Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the education and promotion of the art of comic book inking. And voting for this year's awards is now available through April 30. Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professionals. Besides “Favorite Inker,” categories include “Most Adaptable,” “PROPS” (inkers deserving more attention), the “S.P.A.M.I.” (Small Press And Mainstream Independent) and “All-In-One” for pencillers who ink their own work.

“We’re always thrilled for this event, where the best of the best ink artists and their work get the recognition they deserve,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards. “Inkers have their own fans and followers, yet often go unnoticed or glossed over by most awards events. Ours caters specifically to ink artists and allows them to be recognized and appreciated in various categories. We hope to have even more voters than last year.”

As a courtesy, the ballot also lists the nominees for the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”) and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) lifetime achievement awards for an outstanding inking career of 25 or more years in American comics, whose winners are chosen by an internal HoF committee to avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters. The SRA differs from the HoF award due to one or more factors such as the artist being out of the “public eye,” having limited name-recognition due to semi- or full retirement or death, limited-yet-influential output, social barriers such as gender/race, or other factors that would otherwise possibly limit them from being nominated for a traditional HoF award. This award was also chosen internally.

Full press release below.

Dream Gang Warps the Mind

Brendan McCarthy has what one would call a psychedelic comic opus in Dream Gang. And Dark Horse Comics wants more people to check it out, which is why they're releasing Dream Gang on July 27 that collects the story originally published in Dark Horse Presents.

“Dream Gang is a story that takes place in dreams entirely,” says McCarthy. “It is the story of a young man who lives a dreary, gray life. One night he has a vivid dream that connects him to a group of naturally gifted psychic voyagers known as the Dream Gang. The dream that follows changes him forever.”

A young man is transformed into a Dream Voyager while he sleeps by the mysterious Dream Gang. They are searching for a destructive dream bomb that has been implanted into one of his memories. But to find the bomb, a secret memory must be uncovered.

Full press release below.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Review - Legends of Oz: Tik-Tok and Kalidah #1 (@AspenComics)

"With my limp, walking will t-take a very long time..."

A visit to Oz will bring with it the requisite sense of wonder and amazement. There are plenty of interesting characters to interact with, fascinating ares to explore and a general discord here and there to make for fun storytelling. Legends of Oz: Tik-Tok and Kalidah #1 from Aspen Comics delves into that universe by looking at some of the aforementioned characters and settings. The issue is written by Rob Anderson, illustrated by Renato Rei, colored by Ceci de la Crus and lettered by Josh Reed.

Kill la Kill Vol. 2 Continues Adventures of Ryuko Matoi

If you've got a Goku uniform handy, you're either big on cosplaying Dragonball or you're familiar with Kill La Kill. UDON has published the first volume of the work of the same name and now they're aiming to publish Kill la Kill Vol. 2. Kill la Kill has quickly become one of UDON’s most wildly successful manga properties, with the first volume already on its third printing.

Kill la Kill Vol. 2 sees transfer student Ryuko Matoi – now armed with Senketsu, an exceptionally powerful Kamui uniform – taking the fight directly to Honnouji Academy and its totalitarian leaders! But even with these newfound powers, will Ryuko be a match for the student council president herself, Satsuki Kiryuin? The answers to those questions and more await within the pages of Kill la Kill Vol. 2.

Full press release below.

Image Loses The Discipline

Losing one's discipline is typically accompanied by ill will and negativity. When Image Comics loses issues of The Discipline #1 & #2 because they're selling out they've got to get second printings out stat or they'll get the same ill will. Lucky for readers, they're doing just that. Image Comics is pleased to announce that issues 1 and 2 of The Discipline by writer Peter Milligan and artist Leandro Fernandez are being fast-tracked to second printings in order to keep up with customer demand.

Between fighting with her sister and hating her husband, Melissa still finds time to fall in lust with a stranger who's an awful lot more than he seems. In The Discipline #1, what appears to be a simple seduction is revealed as something much darker and more dangerous. This controversial and erotically-charged tale of sex, death, and metamorphosis begins with an explosion of carnality and weirdness. By The Discipline #2 Melissa is drawn deeper into a strange hidden world and realizes that her affair with Orlando isn’t just about sex. She discovers more about the Discipline, their weird enemy known as the Stalkers, and her own frightening potential.

The Discipline #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR168335) and The Discipline #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR168336) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 11. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 18. The Discipline #3 (Diamond Code MAR160561) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 4. The Discipline #4 (Diamond Code APR160752) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, June 1. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 9.

Full press release below.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Review - Princeless Book 5: Make Yourself #1 (@ActionLab)

"Boys. Why don't boys ever listen."

The damsel in distress trope is rapidly becoming less of such a trope these days. There are plenty of strong, female characters--many of whom aren't shy about their ability to defend themselves. Adrienne from the Princeless series is one such character and her latest installment Princeless Book 5: Make Yourself #1 is out from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Emily Martin and colored/lettered by Brett Grunig.

Dark Horse Releases I Am Hero Trailer

I Am Hero is also known as The Walking Dead of Japan. Dark Horse is releasing it as a book later in the year, but for the meantime you can hold yourself over with a trailer.

Creators for Creators Launches

Image Expo has come and gone, but there's one announcement that still bears greater importance. On April 6, David Brothers, Nick Dragotta, Rick Remender, Jonathan Hickman, Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca took the stage to announce a newly formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called Creators for Creators, The group is aimed at fostering—both financially and through mentorship—new creative voices in the comics industry and bringing new works by those voices into being for the first time. The group is offering up a grant founded by Charlie Adlard, Jordie Bellaire, David Brothers, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Dragotta, Leila del Duca, Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Joe Keatinge, Robert Kirkman, Jamie McKelvie, Rick Remender, Declan Shalvey, Fiona Staples, Eric Stephenson, C. Spike Trotman and Brian K. Vaughan.

"Following in the footsteps of invaluable initiatives like the Xeric Grant, we'd like to introduce the Creators for Creators Grant. The goal of the grant is to help pave the way for the next generation of original comics creators by supporting their work financially and through mentorship, and providing opportunities for their creations to reach a wide audience," said Dragotta.

Submission guidelines will be provided on May 1st, the same date submissions will open. Both single cartoonists and writer/artist duos will be eligible for the Creators for Creators grant. Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older. The Creators for Creators award will consist of $30,000 of financial backing for the project and mentorship from a wide variety of experienced professionals from all corners of the comics industry. The goal is to not just educate the recipient, but to increase the body of knowledge available to new creators in the industry as a whole and easing entry for everyone.

Recipients of the Creators for Creators grant are free to choose how and where they publish their new comic, with Image Comics and Iron Circus Comics both offering optional publishing deals for the grant's recipient, but the recipient will be free to choose how and where they publish their work.

"We're on the cusp of great change in the comics industry, and it's important we meet that change head-on, instead of letting it catch us by surprise, or worse, ignoring it entirely," said Brothers. "The comics community is capable of great things, and the Creators for Creators grant is a good step in the right direction."

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review - Vikings vs. Unicorns #1

"Long ago, in a land far to the north, a horse sweetly grazes in a snow-covered field."

The thing about mythical creatures is that they're so ensconced in the legends surrounding them that they carry preconceived characteristics that may or may not be true. Vampires may or may not hate garlic. Leprechauns may or may not have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Unicorns are typically viewed as majestic creatures full of hope and love, but Vikings vs. Unicorns #1 has a different take on them. The issue is written by Jim Tramontana and illustrated by KC Anderson.

The Land That Time Forgot #1 in April Previews

The Land That Time Forgot was one of Edgar Rice Burroughs' lesser-known works. Those who haven't really read it but are big on comics will be pleased to know that the work is coming to comics in July 2016 by American Mythology Productions as a 32-page comic. The first issue is featured in the comics section of the April 2016 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, listed under “American Mythology Productions,” on pages #204 - 205. It carries a $3.99 U.S. cover price. It will be written by Mike Wolfer, illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, cover art by Wolfer and Chris Scalf and colors by Ceci de la Cruz.

“This is not an adaptation, or a reimagining. It remains absolutely faithful to the source material, with a new twist,” said Michael Bornstein, Publisher of American Mythology. “Each creator participating in the program is a huge fan of the series, which is a direct sequel to the novels, and it shows in their work.”

“One hundred years ago, shipbuilder Bowen Tyler, a handful of British allies, and the crew of the German U-33 submarine were lost at sea, drifting near the Antarctic Circle. What they discovered was something that defied time, and all of known science: the island of Caspak! Hidden inside impregnable rock walls lay a prehistoric world, filled with terrifying creatures, man-eaters from every era of time, and races of savage, murderous primitives from each rung of the evolutionary ladder. Inexplicably, the island was never again found, and the stories of the survivors of Caspak were considered fantasy,” said Mike Wolfer.

“Today, an expedition has been launched by Tyler's great-great-great-granddaughter Abby, a quest to find concrete evidence of Bowen Tyler's adventure. But what she and her research team will uncover is something far deadlier and more shocking than they could ever have imagined, as the modern day explorers find themselves thrust into The Land That Time Forgot,” he said.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. to bring back one of the most iconic stories of the last 100 years! For us to be able to put our own spin and add to such a rich history of storytelling is truly an honor, and we have nothing short of an amazing story by Mike Wolfer to bring this classic back into the hands of readers eager to journey back into a Land That Time Forgot!” Bornstein said. “Join us for another trip into the lands of Caspak!”

Full press release below.

Kurtis Wiebe Brings Bounty this Summer

Anyone who's read Rat Queens (among other works) knows that Kurtis Wiebe is quite the talented writer. His talents always need an outlet though, which is why he's teaming up with Dark Horse comics this summer to release Bounty #1 on July 6. In the new ongoing series, Wiebe will be joined by Mindy Lee on art.

“Bounty is strongly my voice and one of my favourite comics I've ever written,” says Wiebe. “While it's about sisters who hunt criminals in the future, it is ultimately about the nature of family and the trust we share with those closest to us. With a little bit of action and romance on the side. What Mindy Lee is doing with the art is unlike anything I've seen in comics before.”

The Gadflies were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy. Over the years, they’d stolen from the galaxy’s most evil corporations and redistributed their ill-gotten gains to the less fortunate. Doing so earned them a reputation as the roughest outlaws in the universe—with a bounty to match! Now, with the law closing in on them, the Gadflies are forced to abandon their bandit personas in favor of a new career as bounty hunters...’cause if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em—then rob ’em for all they’re worth!

Full press release below.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review - Hot Damn #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Read the sign. 'Welcome to hell.'"

Hell isn't a nice place. Heaven is a nice place. Despite the two being at odds with one another, it's wholly possible that they can work together to ensure the souls end up where they're supposed to end up. And putting them together as two different floors in a proverbial corporate high rise should be a good time. And it is in Hot Damn #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Ryan Ferrier and illustrated by Valentin Ramon.

Adam Hughes Lending Talents to New Betty and Veronica Title

There are few pairings that better define the term "frenemies" than Betty and Veronica. The two of them have been in a pitched battle against one another with plenty of stakes on the line. Best friends. Bitter rivals. The posh socialite and the girl next door — two of the most iconic characters in pop culture — are slated to make a big return this July 20 in Betty and Veronica #1 with comics legend Adam Hughes taking on the creative duties. And it will feature variant covers from some of the industry’s hottest talent and rising stars including Stephanie Buscema, Cliff Chiang, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Chip Zdarsky and more.

As Riverdale’s most beloved blonde and brunette find themselves divided over the takeover of the town’s central hangout, Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe, battle lines are drawn and friends have become enemies as the town is enveloped in all-out civil war! Oh, and there will be jokes. Plenty of jokes. “Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Entertainment Offering Deluxe Hardcover Treatment for Vampirella and Dawn

2014 seems like it was so long ago. It's been two years since then, when Joseph Michael Linsner scripted a crossover event giving the spotlight to both Dawn and Vampirella. Two years is a long time for those two characters to not be in the spotlight together which is why Dynamite Entertainment is giving them top-billing yet again in a new deluxe hardcover. This deluxe hardcover features an all-new introduction and never-before-seen bonus material by Linsner, as well as all six of the artist's breathtaking covers, plus an afterword by Kristina Deak-Linsner. It also features 144 pages of whimsical art and story by Linsner and will be priced at $24.99 when it hits stores in June.

"Vampirella is comic book royalty, right up there with Wonder Woman, Sue Storm, and Red Sonja," says Linsner. "She is an icon; there is only one Vampi. In many ways, she is the original independent 'Bad Girl.' She started in black and white, and so did Dawn. It is an extreme honor to have Dawn share the stage with Vampirella in her very first crossover."

When the silver-tongued demon Masodik kidnaps these beautiful, powerful women, he demands that the two engage in a catfight to prove which is best suited as his new paramour. The ladies suggest to combat in a more sophisticated and feminine way: by engaging in a storytelling contest. Together, Dawn and Vampirella take us on a journey to the bloody shores of Drakulon, post-apocalyptic New York, and worlds beyond imagination. Ultimately, they know that they must join forces to overcome him... but what common ground can be found between goddess and vampire?

"Joe Linsner wove an incredible tapestry with Dawn and Vampirella, and beautifully illustrated the series. When we discussed collecting the series, we knew we had to up our game and give it the deluxe treatment to help match the incredible story and art," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "The crossover with Dawn and Vampirella was a once-in-a-lifetime event, and now fans can have this masterfully rendered story on their bookshelves."

Full press release below.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review - Xena: Warrior Princess #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"Stories can change, Xena."

Life in ancient Rome was hard--despite all their seemingly modern advancements for the time. Travel through the countryside was typically fraught with dangers in the form of robbers, thieves and the occasional encounter with a god or two (at least, that's what the stories say). Having someone patrolling the countryside to support one in a time of need would be welcome and Xena was one such person. Dynamite Entertainment revisits what made her great in Xena: Warrior Princess #1. The issue is written by Genevieve Valentine, illustrated by Ariel Mendel, colored by Nanjan Jamberi and lettered by Rob Steen.

Dynamite Offering Wall Calendars for Heroines

2016 kicked off a new era at Dynamite for three massively popular characters in Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris and Vampirella. Later this year in June, Dynamite will be further celebrating their popularity with the release of three full-color deluxe calendars, each depicting twelve months' worth of timeless takes on an iconic heroine. Each calendar features 26 pages of gorgeous full color art for $14.99!

"That's a combined 78 pages of action, horror, and adventure in three beautiful packages," says Alan Payne, Dynamite's VP of Sales and Marketing.

Even during the winter months, Red Sonja is no ice queen… she's a She-Devil! Fiery in spirit, skilled in combat, lusty and bawdy in her revelry, the crimson-tressed heroine looks gorgeous and grand throughout every month of the 2017 wall calendar. Proudly display these powerful portrayals of the fan-favorite swordswoman, courtesy of the artistic talent of Jenny Frison, Tula Lotay, Marguerite Sauvage, and more.

Ignite your passion for the horror hostess Vampirella with the Classic Warren Era wall calendar! The most iconic imagery from Vampirella Magazine are captured twelve months of the year, depictions of her hypnotic beauty that once ensnared millions of lovesick admirers… and promises to do so again in 2017! An alchemical union of sensuality, horror, and a seductive wickedness, brought vividly to life by the greatest artists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Frank Frazetta, Jose Gonzalez, Enrich, Sanjulian and Jordi Penalva.

For over one hundred years, Edgar Rice Burroughs' beloved creation, Dejah Thoris, has captured the imagination of science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts… and she'll continue to do so in 2017 on each and every page of this gorgeous wall calendar! Whether gazing over the extraordinary Martian vistas or commanding armies in battle against the four-armed Warhoons, the Red Planet's foremost heroine always appears with beauty and strength. Surrender to her regal presence all twelve months of the year!

Full press release below.

Secret Origins of Ghoul Scouts

2007 was a long, long time ago. Spider-man 3 ended the Sam Raimi trilogy somewhat dubiously, San Diego Comic-Con wasn't nearly the major market research even it is today and a new title named Ghoul Scouts was in development. The title was originally known as Zomboy Scouts, but now the title is being released by Action Lab Comics under the former name in June. Girl Scouts: Night of the Unliving Dead #1 is written by Steve Bryant and illustrated by Mark Stegbauer.

The story features a group of boys trying to get home from a scouting campout during a zombie outbreak. At the conclusion of the adventure, the boys would realize that there was something strange about their town and that they were the only line of defense against the weirdness. The second volume would introduce an all-girls rival group called the Ghoul Scouts, and we’d have two companion series: one starring four boys and one starring four girls.

Girl Scouts: Night of the Unliving Dead #1 (Diamond Item Code: APR161112) features covers by Stegbauer and variant covers by Mike Norton and Sean Izaakse ships in June. Full press release below.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Review - Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises (@DarbyPopComics)

"You have got to be kidding me! I knew they couldn't kill the dragon!"

Bruce Lee is a legendary fighter and star who's light went out way too soon. Many people still look to him and his style as something of an inspiration, but what if he were still around today? That's a question that Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises from Darby Pop Publishing seeks to answer. The issue is written by Shannon Lee and Jeff Kline, illustrated by Brandon McKinney, colored by Zac Atkinson and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Predator vs. Aliens Matches Up Against Judge Dredd

In a twist that's befitting of a fighting game where you get a dream match-up between combatants, Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with IDW and 2001 AD for a crossover that oozes with intrigue and excitement. They're teaming up for Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1, due in stores July 27. The series will be written by John Layman and illustrated by Chris Mooneyham (with covers by Glenn Fabry. The crossover pits the legendary lawman Judge Dredd against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens!

“Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is just the sort of concept that would have Teenage John Layman wetting his pants with excitement…just at the possibility of reading it. Here, many, many years later, Old Man Layman is writing it, and it’s still every bit as thrilling,” remarked writer John Layman.

Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer—a xenomorph skull! A Predator, attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake!

“This really is a dream-come-true project for me. I got to work on Aliens once before—a super cool experience, and one that was always on my creative bucket list. Dredd’s been on the bucket list as well, and you throw Predator into the mix, and it’s a trifecta of awesome. I’m loving every minute of this project so far,” added Layman.

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1
(of 4) is in stores July 27, 2016. Full press release below.

Dynamite Announces Release of Art of Atari

Atari was a company that was probably ahead of its time. The company essentially brought the concept of video games to the masses and now Dynamite Entertainment is celebrating their legacy with The Art of Atari, a comprehensive retrospective that comes in at over 350 pages. It collects production and concept artwork, photos and marketing materials. Fans can glean exclusive insight from key people involved in Atari's rich history, with behind-the-scenes details on how the most iconic games in early video game history were conceived, illustrated and developed. The Art of Atari features an exclusive foreword by New York Times bestseller Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One.

"Atari is remembered as the pioneer of video games -- creating fun, innovative classics like Missile Command, Asteroids, Centipede, and more. But the company was much more than that," says Tim Lapetino, co-author and Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art. "Atari's creative culture set the standard for Silicon Valley startups, while its art and design-driven approach yielded an amazing body of work in illustration, graphic design, and industrial design."

From the arcade to the living room, Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of now classic titles including Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. The Art of Atari is the first official collection of original artwork created for arcades, home video systems, and computers, commissioned to enhance the Atari experience and further entice children and adults to embrace and enjoy the new era of electronic entertainment. Sourced from private collections and museums worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company's unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and more.

"Atari spearheaded a transformation of an entire generation's consciousness," says pop-culture consultant, Robert V. Conte. "As comic books changed the face of American entertainment in the 1930s and 1940s, video games did something more in the 1970s and 1980s. Starting with Pong, the company changed our world forever."

"This book collaboration with a recognized giant in the publishing industry is important because it showcases the quality and appeal of our brand and our intellectual property rights worldwide," says Todd Shallbetter, COO of Atari. "We are excited for this book of our rich, iconic history to be added to the collection of our many devoted fans, both new and existing."

"In the last few years, we have seen video game art books top the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "We have been granted the chance to publish the most essential book yet, highlighting the video game publisher that started it all: Atari! Like everyone, I have fond memories of not only the games themselves, but the incredible art on the cartridges. This is truly a historic moment for Dynamite, as we get to share the history behind one of the most iconic brands in the world!"

"This is a project that I personally have invested a lot of time in, so it's been really gratifying to see it start to come together. The team creating the book is really doing an outstanding job in terms of both content and design" says Rich Young, Dynamite Director of Business Development. "There are pieces of art I'd seen before that I'd forgotten about, but when I see them now in this book, I remember seeing them for the first time, and it brings up some fond memories of discovering these video games back in the day. The art they had created was very iconic and helped further spur your imagination on when actually playing the games."

Lapetino concludes, "The artwork of Atari inspired a generation and created a bridge from the simple on-screen graphics of those early games, to the imaginations of eager gamers. Atari's creative efforts became the template that an eventual multi-billion dollar industry would follow."

Full press release below.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Review - Grizzly Shark #1 (@ImageComics)

"What are you a flippin' idiot? Ya don't go wandering in these woods without a gun."

A grizzly bear and a great white shark are two of the most terrifying animals in nature. Some would even consider them forces of nature. Combine the two though and you're likely to get something even more terrifying. Grizzly Shark #1 from Image Comics is just that. The issue is written and illustrated by Ryan Ottley and colored by Ivan Plascencia.

Moebius Library Debuts in Fall

Dark Horse Comics knows that there's plenty of good material out there that readers want to get their hands on. To that end, the publisher is partnering with Moebius Productions in France to reveal the first several volumes in the forthcoming Moebius Library, beginning with The World of Edena. 2016 represents not only Dark Horse Comics’ 30th anniversary, but also Moebius’s 60th anniversary of his very first published comic. Collecting all the Edena short stories in a deluxe, hardcover edition, The World of Edena includes “Upon a Star,” “Gardens of Edena,” “The Goddess,” “Stel” and “Sra.” Although several had been translated into English in the 1980s, this will be the first time “Sra” has been available to English-language audiences.

Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen trying to find a lost space station and its crew. What they discover about the universe and themselves on the mythical paradise planet Edena, though, changes their lives forever.

Following the debut of The World of Edena this fall, Dark Horse and Moebius Production are also announcing the next installments in the Moebius Library over the next few years, including The Art of Edena, Inside Moebius Part 1, Inside Moebius Part 2, Inside Moebius Part 3 and The Art of Moebius. Both The Art of Edena and Art of Moebius will include never-before-seen pieces from the artist’s private collection, most of which have not appeared in English-language publications. Additionally, these will be the first English-language editions of Moebius’s renowned, six-chapter autobiographical series Inside Moebius.

The World of Edena, a deluxe, 344 page hardcover premiers on October 26 and retails for $49.99. Full press release below.

David Mack Joins 4001 A.D. #1

Valiant Entertainment is no stranger to mega-crossovers or bringing in top-notch talent. Their latest foray into the latter blends well with the former as David Mack will be joining Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain for 4001 A.D. #1 on May 4. Because the issue has more talent than a standard issue can contain, the debut issue has just grown to 40 pages. Fortunately for readers, the price isn't changing.

“David Mack has a gorgeous, extraordinarily unique visual style, and I'm honored that he's joining the formidable team of Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain for 4001 A.D. #1,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “We’ve called 4001 A.D. Valiant’s most ambitious event to date and now, with the addition of David, we’re readying what is sure to be one of the most intense creative visions of 2016. From start to finish, the entire team is fortifying a whole new idea of what the future can be. Comics don’t get any more satisfying – or much more beautiful – than this.”

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!

Full press release below.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review - Gold Key Alliance #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"The world is a lie!"

Crossovers have a way of being fascinating looks at a publisher's universe. It gives readers the chance to delve into plenty of "what if" scenarios and see some characters team up and fight opponents that might have seemed like pipe dreams in the past. Dynamite Entertainment has been on a crossover tear lately and their latest to join that fray is Gold Key Alliance #1. The issue is written by Phil Hester, illustrated by Brent Peeples, colored by Morgan Hickman and lettered by Simon Bowland.

ARH ComiX Presents Three New Titles

ARH ComiX is looking to offer readers three new series that blend together adventure and fantasy with quality art. Those three titles are Arhian: Head Huntress, Queen of Vampires and Sha-Ryn. Arhian: Head Huntress is written by Abrahom Radjah and illustrated by Yannis Roumboulias. The five-issue series offers the first look into the Arkhorian Wars, which will get a longer look in Age of Arhian. In the years after the third Arkhorian War, hordes of reavers, pirates and mercenaries roamed the world, their swords serving no cause but themselves or the highest bidder. Across those bloodstained lands rode Arhian, proud, fierce, her guile and wit as cutting as her blade. Storming through an age without heroes, she claimed it for hers, and cleaved her way into legend.

Queen of Vampires is a tale of horror, immortality and forbidden love set in ancient Mesopotamia, with its heroine, the cruel vampire queen Arkhalla, ruling her realm of enslaved humans with an iron fist until she falls in love with one of her slaves. It's written by Abraham Kawa and illustrated by Manos Lagouvardos. Finally, Sha-Ryn is illustrated by Nikos Koutsis. Set seven years before the events of Arhian: Head Huntress, at the height of the third Arkhorian War, the new series sees Mazkaran – the island haven of the Amazons – being invaded by unstoppable Arkhorian forces. It's in this desperate moment, with her sister away and her people facing imminent death and destruction, that young Sha-Ryn must forge herself into a heroine – or die trying.

“This is a wholly different animal then ARHIAN,” Radjah and Kawa assure us. “Sure, it's got tremendous fighting, great storytelling, and a beguiling heroine – ARH's trademarks – but just as Sha-Ryn is young and bursting with enthusiasm here, this tale is meant to highlight the fun we and our readers can have in such a world. We got everything on this island: Amazons, jungle action, great beasts that time has forgotten, mayhem, cliffhangers… This is high adventure and action of a classic caliber with an ARH twist: if your jaw doesn't drop on every splash page, folks… you should check your pulse!”

Full press release below.

Image Comics at Emerald City Comicon #ECCC

Emerald City Comicon is about to descend upon Seattle and waiting there for the maddening crowds will be Image Comics at booth #316. They'll have the requisite show exclusives including:

Black Road #1 by Brian Wood and Garry Brown
The Fix #1 by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber
Grizzlyshark #1 by Ryan Ottley and Ivan Plascencia
Tokyo Ghost Convention Exclusive Hardcover by Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy

Not only that, but the publisher will also be hosting a few panels and offering signings with their talent. CHeck out the full talent and panel schedules below, as well as the full press release.