Friday, July 29, 2016

Review - Adventure Time Comics #1 (@boomstudios)

"Did you use all the toothpaste for your snowy model kit again?"

It's a great time to enjoy watching cartoons these days, as Cartoon Network and Adult Swim offer a variety of programming that caters to wide audiences. One of the more recent successes when it comes to animated shows is Adventure Time and its following borders on fervent. Adventure Time Comics #1 from KaBOOM! Studios is yet another tribute to the fantastic show. "Toothpaste Fairy" is written and illustrated by Art Baltazar, "Stand Next to Me" is written and illustrated by Katie Cook, "Goliad Gets a Break" is written and illustrated by Tony Millionaire and "Good Shelf" is written and illustrated by Kat Leyh.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review - Sleigher: The Heavy Metal Santa Claus #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"Consider this an early Christmas present."

Santa Claus has an annual ritual where he rewards children the world over for being good in the previous year. There are plenty of others who cheer him on for that and others who resent him. Sleigher in Sleigher: The Heavy Metal Santa Claus #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone is one of the former. The issue is written by Rob Harrington and Adam Horrigan, illustrated by Axur Eneas, colored by Alessandro Alessi and lettered by Chas! Pangburn.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review - ROM #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Who--what--is that?!"

Science fiction would have you believe that there are all sorts of immensely powerful beings in the cosmos. Yet somehow, Earth always ends up being ground zero for them to settle their differences. Generally speaking though, often times for every evil creature that lands on Earth to subjugate it, an equally powerful--yet good--being lands here as well. ROM is the good in ROM #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Christos Gage and Chris Ryall, illustrated by David Messina, inked by Michele Pasta and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review - Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #1 (@Zenescope)

"Of all the ways I pictured my evening turning out, this...actually, this is spot on."

There are plenty of "dirty jobs" that people don't really want to do, but somewhere near the top of the list is likely to be the job of monster hunter. The work is fraught with peril and doesn't really offer much in the way of recognition. There are some like Van Helsing in Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #1 from Zenescope who loves what she does and does it well, regardless of the pros and cons. The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Leonardo Colapietro, colored by Slamet Mugiono and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review - Snotgirl #1 (@ImageComics)

"Why me? Why me every time?"

The internet has had an astounding effect on anonymizing individuals. Anyone can be anything they want and as long as a face-to-face meeting is never required, but when it is many perceived realities quickly become actual realities. Reconciling the two is an adventure in image control or--in the case of Snotgirl #1 from Image Comics--a misadventure. The issue is written by Bryan Lee O'Malley, illustrated by Leslie Hung, colored by Mickey Quinn and lettered by Maré odomo.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Aspen Universe Teases Wave 2

As publisher whose primary character is all about the ocean, Aspen Universe is all about making waves. And they've got a couple of them coming up as just recently teased at San Diego Comic Con.

Shout! Factory Adapts Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues as Motion Comic Film

Red Sonja hasn't had as much success on the big-screen as her counterpart Conan the Barbarian, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't get her chances. Dynamite and Shout! Factory are teaming up to announce an adaptation of Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani into a full-length, animated feature. Measuring 72 minutes in length and featuring voice acting (including the talented Misty Lee of Ultimate Spider-Man), sound effects, and music, the Red Sonja film transforms the seminal, epic comic book series' artwork into a thrilling experience of motion and sound. The film is available in Blu-Ray and DVD formats on August 2, 2016.

Writer Gail Simone says, "Red Sonja's my favorite character, and seeing my words and the dazzling art of Walter Geovani brought to life has been absolutely thrilling. It's just a big, fun, sexy, sweaty epic with the best sword and sorcery character of all time!"

"We were fortunate to work with Gail and Walter as they had an incredible run on Sonja that had incredible critical acclaim," says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite. "That we could work with them to create this movie to reach a larger fan base is incredibly rewarding."

In the Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues film, the crimson-tressed heroine intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect... even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what neither god nor demon has been able to do: force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of Plagues takes the She-Devil with a Sword from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.

"Queen of Plagues is one of the best books we have ever put out," says Luke Lieberman, President of Red Sonja, LLC. "It is new canon. Gail and Walter did an amazing job, and Shout! Factory brought the pages to life!"

Shannon Kingston, voice actress on the film, says, "This was up there as one of my favorite acting roles! Getting to bring the words of the great Gail Simone to life was an honor and so much fun. Her writing is so relatable, and funny when it's called for! I'm hoping to do the next two books!"

Full press release below.

Review - Betty & Veronica #1 (@ArchieComics)

"Bad word. Censored."

Friendship is a fickle beast. Some days you and your friends are loving life, whereas others something comes between the two of you and causes strife. Few duos have had as turbulent a relationship as Betty and Veronica of Archie fame and that turbulence continues in Betty & Veronica #1 from Archie Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Adam Hughes, colored by José Villarrubia and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Dark Horse Comics Teams with Blizzard Entertainment for Overwatch Publishing Program

Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment are the best of buds. One brings the comic book publishing savvy while the other brings video games that fans all over the world love to play. Ovewatch is the latter's latest phenomenon and now the former is developing a publishing program based on the game that consists of digital comics, a graphic novel and an art book. Dark Horse has already begun republishing a series of free digital comics by Blizzard Entertainment that further illuminate the characters and world of Overwatch. A number of eight-page digital comics are already available through Dark Horse’s digital comics platforms, with more currently in production and slated for release in the future.

A hardcover original Overwatch graphic novel has been slotted for release in April 2017. This brand-new entry in the Overwatch canon will contain one hundred pages of sequential artwork telling the story of the original Overwatch strike team. Summer 2017 will see the release of The Art of Overwatch, a stunning collection of never-before-seen concept art from the critically acclaimed game.

Full press release below.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review - E.V.I.L. Heroes #1 (@Zenscope)

"Hey mom, that a bird? Or a plane?"

Superheroes typically use their power for good. When they don't, they're referred to as supervillains. What it is that requires them to do good things is largely because of society projection expectations on them. They don't always like those terms though and Zenescope explores that notion in E.V.I.L. Heroes #1. The issue is written by Joe Brusha, illustrated by Eric J and Cristhian "Crizam" Zamora, colored by Marco Lesko and lettered by Matt Krotzer.

Dark Horse Announces New Serenity Installment

If you though Joss Whedon is just sitting around his home and twiddling his thumbs then you clearly don't know Joss Whedon. In addition to the recent announcement that Buffy Season 11 is in the works, Dark Horse has just announced another entry in the Serenity series in Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse. Serenity begins its next chapter with a story written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Georges Jeanty. The first issue will hit stores October 26.

“I’ve been a devoted fan of Captain Reynolds and company since the first episode of Firefly aired,"said Roberson, "and have followed the exploits of the Serenity crew through TV, film, and comics ever since. It’s an unbelievable thrill (and an enormous responsibility!) to help chart the course for their further adventures.”

Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse finds Malcolm Reynolds and his crew struggling through some difficult times. Tensions are at an all-time high when the crew receives a call to help find a missing friend. The crew must come together to discover the answers to her mysterious disappearance. Will they find her in time? No Power in the ’Verse is preceded by the Serenity comics Those Left Behind, Better Days, The Shepherd’s Tale and Leaves on the Wind.

Roberson will sign on Thursday, July 21, from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. on Dark Horse's Hellboy signing stage and on Sunday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Whedon will host two signings on Saturday, July 23 on Dark Horse's Hellboy signing stage. His first signing is from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. His second signing is from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Firefly and Serenity cast members Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk will join Joss at this signing.

Full press release below.

Dynamite Entertainment Offering New Collectibles

Dynamite Entertainment is in the entertainment business and that includes more than just comics. Their latest offerings in the collectibles realm reaffirms that, as the publisher is offering the Chaos! Comics Enamel 4-Pin set. The announcement of these fashionable and frightening pieces of flair arrives in tandem with the company's expansion of their collectible Women of Dynamite statue line to include Red Sonja "Diamond Eye", Dejah Thoris "Diamond Eye", and Jungle Girl "Black & White" statue variants, each one limited to only 99 statues of its kind in the world.

"Its really exciting to bring 'wearable art' to the fans of Chaos! and its iconic characters," says Georg Brewer, founder of the Brewing Factory. "These high quality pins are perfect for a jacket or backpack, and stand out as cool graphics on their own right, even if you don't follow the comics. It was a blast going through the library of awesome artist and covers, but not so easy to edit our list of 'must-haves' to just four!"

These four enamel-covered, wearable pins feature classic characters Evil Ernie (art by Dan Brereton), Lady Demon (by Mike Mayhew), Purgatori (Michael Turner), and - of course - Smiley the Psychotic Button! Each pin measures approximately 1.25" wide, and comes with a durable "butterfly cap"-style zinc alloy pin back. The entire set is packaged in a deluxe clear-top acrylic display box detailed with a gold foil Chaos logo stamp. The Chaos! Comics Enamel 4-Pin Set will be available for sale at fine comic shops in November, and will retail for $17.99.

"Variety is the spice of life, or so they say! For over a decade, Dynamite Entertainment has delivered a wide range of comics and graphic novels for fans to enjoy, with genres of every kind -- from horror to Westerns, pulp heroes to cartoons, sci-fi to crime. Now, we're venturing into merchandise with the characters you love, in different product types that you're bound to enjoy," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "Whether it's collectible statues or busts, fun and functional barware like our Red Sonja pint glasses or Smiley bottle opener, or this new announcement of the Chaos! Comics pin set, Dynamite is moving and shaking! Who knows what new properties we'll be bringing to stores near you... and soon!"

The She-Devil with a Sword, poised on a snow-covered battlefield, is based on the original design of J. Scott Campbell and sculpted by the talented Jason Smith. Hyrkania's most lethal warrior stands approximately 11.5" in height upon a decorative 5.5" wide base. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain with ABS details, This rare variant edition of the Women of Dynamite: Red Sonja statue comes individually numbered as part of a Limited Edition run, and is packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The Princess of Mars is proudly brought to three-dimensional life as the fifth entry in the brand-new "Women of Dynamite" statue line, inspired by the art of Frank Cho. Sculptor Smith and the team at the Brewing Factory poured over the very finest illustrations of Dejah Thoris from Dynamite's wildly successful library of Warlord of Mars comics to find just the right inspiration, resulting in this gorgeous statue, measuring 12" high (to the tip of her sword) and 4.5" deep, with a 6" base. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain with ABS details, each statue is individually numbered as part of a Limited Edition run, and comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Finally, an extremely Limited Edition Jungle Girl statue based on the work of Cho and sculpted by Smith, will feature Jana in all her primal glory. Hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain, the Jungle Girl statue stands approximately 12" in height with a 6" base. This rare variant edition of the Women of Dynamite: Jungle Girl statue comes packaged in a four-color box with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review - Oblivion #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"I shoulda chosen a more 'economic downturn safe' profession."

The space opera always seems to have a certain sense of wonder and excitement that always makes for a good story. The crux of the story typically revolves around some sort of outlaw making their way through space and contending with obstacles. Sometimes those obstacles are outlaw parents as in Oblivion #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone. The issue is written by Tim Seeley, illustrated by Romnia Moranelli, colored by Marcelo Costa and lettered by Dave Dwonch.

Dark Horse and Joss Whedon Announce Buffy the Vampire Season 11

Joss Whedon is one of the busiest creators in the industry and he's about to get even busier. Whedon and Dark Horse have just announced that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is hitting Season 11. Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs are teaming up for more shenanigans from the Scoobies. After overcoming the struggles of Season 10, Buffy and the Scoobies give themselves a well-deserved break from fighting evil. Unfortunately, the momentary peace comes to a screeching halt when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc on the citizens of San Francisco, and the gang is forced to save the world from imminent doom, again.

“Buffy fans have been wonderful to Rebekah and me throughout Season 10," said Gage, "so I couldn’t be more excited to keep our creative team together for Season 11! True to form, Joss is not content to just rest on his well-earned laurels, so Season 11 will shake things up with a story that’s shorter, bigger, more epic, and presents what may be the greatest challenge Buffy and the Scoobies have ever faced. We hope the readers will enjoy the ride!”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 will have twelve issues total. The first issue goes on sale November 23, 2016. Karl Moline (Fray) will create a special Dark Horse 30th Anniversary variant cover for the first issue. Whedon is signing on Saturday, July 23, from 5 PM to 5:50 PM in the Dark Horse booth at San Diego Comic-Con. Gage will sign from 1 PM to 1:50 PM on Thursday, July 21. Full press release below.

Dynamite Entertainment Joins Paizo Publishing for Pathfinder: Worldscape

October will be a big month for Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo Publishing as the two team up for the launch of Pathfinder: Worldscape. The massive crossover will give writer Erik Mona and illustrator Jonathan Lau the chance to team up characters from both universes. The first issue will also feature covers by Reilly Brown and Ben Caldwell, with a special subscription variant by Sean Izaakse that serves as a homage to the fan-favorite cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. An Ultra-Limited variant edition by Tom Mandrake will also be available.

"Pathfinder: Worldscape teams up the Pathfinder heroes with the adventure fiction legends that inspired fantasy roleplaying games in the first place," says series writer and Pathfinder publisher/co-creator Erik Mona. "From Robert E. Howard's Red Sonja to Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter, Tars Tarkas, and Tarzan, to Frank Frazetta's lost-world hero Thun'da, Pathfinder: Worldscape presents a sword-and-sorcery super-team unlike anything we've seen before. The series brings all of these heroes - and many of their darkest villains - to a mysterious dimension of warriors and wizards that allows us to explore the origins and impact of some of fantasy's most influential characters."

"Erik Mona is the perfect choice to combine these worlds, as not only is he a Pathfinder expert, but he's a pulp and comic book fan of the highest order. Add in Jonathan Lau - one of our very best - and you've got a cross-over that's going defy all expectations," says Joseph Rybandt, Executive Editor.

As an added bonus, each issue of Pathfinder: Worldscape contains a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game appendix that provides official game statistics for the greatest warriors of Hyboria, Barsoom, Golarion and Earth, bringing beloved characters like Red Sonja and John Carter into gaming continuity! Also, an original bonus tactical map will be bound into each issue, presented at the standard 1 inch = 5 feet tactical scale suitable for gaming miniatures.

"Dynamite's ongoing partnership with Erik Mona and the team at Paizo Publishing has produced epic fantasy stories for comics fans and gamers alike," says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Comics fans have come to expect the best in crossovers from us, and with Erik's help, we are going to tell a tale of swords-and-sorcery unlike anything on stands today!"

"If the first issue's swordfight extravaganza is an indication of the visuals we should expect from the entire series, then Pathfinder: Worldscape will more than prove to be the ambitious action fantasy that I'd craved drawing for a long, long time," says artist Jonathan Lau. "Without dragging pages of talking heads, Erik moves the narrative along based on the action, truly showing how dynamic combat comics should be written. With so many different and illustrious characters (like Tarzan and Red Sonja) in one storyline, the work itself motivates me better than any late night energy drink on the drawing table!"

Full press release below.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review - Groo: Fray of the Gods #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"There is no sign of Groo!"

A warrior's quest is one full of valor, danger and reputation. Many villages appreciate a warrior's arrival if they're something of a people's champion and fear them when they come to pillage. It's not often that you get a warrior that's a mix of both like Groo in Groo: Fray of the Gods #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, illustrated by Aragonés, colored by Tom Luth and lettered by Stan Sakai.

Wolfcop Comes to Comics This Halloween

Wolfcop is a Canadian horror comedy that follows the exploits of a small town cop with a big time secret: he's a werewolf. Now, Dynamite Entertainment will have everyone's favorite alcoholic, lycanthropic lawman tearing out of the big screen and into the comic shop with an all-new series written by Max Marks with art by Arcana Studios. And Wolfcop #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market and slated for release in October.

"From the moment I created WolfCop, I saw him as a larger-than-life character that could exist in many formats," says Lowell Dean, writer and director of Wolfcop. "To date we've made two WolfCop movies - and I couldn't be happier that we're now bringing him into the world of actual comics! In comic form, WolfCop will be truly unleashed, no longer constrained by the budget of an independent film. More explosions! More monsters! More road trips! I'm so excited to bring Lou Garou and friends into this new realm with Dynamite. The WolfCop adventure is truly just beginning..."

Ever since hard-drinking local Woodhaven police officer Lou Garou had a late-night bender and stumbled onto dark magic, his life has been turned upside down. Now he moonlights as WolfCop, a rage-fueled, bourbon-swilling, magnum-toting, rabid warrior for justice! The Wolfcop comic book series will pit Lou Garou against bigger, badder, and meaner monsters than anything that has threatened Woodhaven before!

"Dynamite's love of horror comedy can be traced back over ten years to the first comic we ever published," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "When we saw Wolfcop, we knew it would be perfect for comics! I think this badge-wielding beast will be right at home alongside Ashley 'Ash' Williams and our other tongue-in-cheek horror licenses!"

"The first time I read the script for Wolfcop, I thought that this was a character that belonged in comics," says Max Marks, writer of the upcoming Wolfcop comic series. "He's a wild, larger-than-life hero with the classic feel of the 80s but with enough of a modern edge. He's a werewolf, sure, but he uses guns, and his strength comes from liquor. When you see this character, you just want to see what he's going to do next... and what he's going to fight next. Naturally, when I was approached to adapt Wolfcop into comics, I knew the fans didn't just want a screen-to-page adaptation. They wanted more Wolfcop. More ass-kicking, more booze, more big guns, and bigger monsters. That's what we're delivering in this Wolfcop comic book series and I couldn't be more excited to bring it to his fans."

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Adds Star Trek to Adult Coloring Book Program

Crayons, colored pencils and markers leave childhood and come with you typically if you're an artist. If you're an adult though who's not an artist but you still like to color, then adult coloring books are the way to go. And Dark Horse is taking adult colors to boldly color where they've never colored before in the Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book. Each adult coloring book features forty-five pages of original artwork to be colored on thick, heavyweight 10 x 10–inch pages at a value price of $14.99 when they hit stores on October 19.

In the Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book, set a course for creativity with the original Enterprise crew! This beautiful adult coloring book features stunningly detailed black-and-white images to color in any way you choose. With brand-new illustrations by amazing artists, this is a must-have collectible for Star Trek fans everywhere. Fans can take a colorful journey with Captain Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) with Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book! With highly detailed, beautifully illustrated images to color however you choose, this tome is a must-have item for Star Trek fans in this galaxy or any other!

Full press release below.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Review - Red Team Double Tap, Center Mass #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"What the hell are they doing here?"

Life as an NYPD detective can be both exciting and boring depending on the day. What makes things more interesting is when the detectives have plenty of backstory behind them. Red Team Double Tap, Center Mass #1 from Dynamite Comics offers plenty of backstory. The issue is written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Craig Cermak, colored by Vinicius Andrade and lettered by Rob Steen.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Review - Horizon #1 (@ImageComics)

"You are certainly quiet today."

There's a lot we don't know about the universe around us. There are plenty of expeditions and spacecraft being sent out that is feeding us tons of information, but the notion of other life out there is still just that: a notion. In Horizon #1 from Image Comics, the concept of encountering other life is explored with vigor. The issue is written by Brandon Thomas, illustrated by Juan Gedeon, colored by Frank Martin and lettered by Rus Wooton.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review - Aspen Universe Revelations #1 (@AspenComics)

"Everyone thinks about the end of the world. Especially if you do what we do."

Comic universes are full of plenty of characters who jump in and out of the lives of the others. Sometimes those interactions are more necessary than others and in the case of Aspen Universe Revelations #1 from Aspen Comics Aspen Matthews is interacting with a lot of the members of the universe to save the universe. The issue is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and J.T. Krul, penciled by Jordan Gunderson, inked by Mark Roslan, colored by Peter Steigerwald and lettered by Josh Reed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review - Lady Killer 2 #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

The role of a 60s housewife is one rife with casseroles and subservience to one's husband. The tables would likely be turned if more women had the tenacity that Josie of Lady Killer 2 #1 from Dark Horse Comics has. The issue is written and illustrated by Joëlle Jones and colored by Michelle Madsen.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review - Modern Testament Volume 2 (@InsaneComics)

"So you have to tell me the truth, ok?"

There are things that go bump in the night. Some of those things are bumping towards you, while others are bumping along their own way. Friend or foe is a sticky classification when it comes to monsters and Modern Testament Volume 2 from Insane Comics has a little of both. "Schoolyard Master" is written by Frank Martin, illustrated by Adrian Crasmaru and lettered by Kel Nuttall, "The Great Hunt" is written by Martin, illustrated by Igor Chakal, colored by Stanislav Leonou and lettered by Nuttall and "What is He Good For? (Absolutely Nothing)" is written by Martin, illustrated by Noreus Teves, colored by Laura Ruggeri and lettered by Nuttall.

Aspen Comics Reveals Harley Quinn #1 Michael Turner Exclusive Cover

Aspen Comics is all over the rebirth of DC and they're pleased to announce the third DC Rebirth-related exclusive cover on DC Universe Rebirth: Harley Quinn #1, available for pre-order as a full color edition, as a color edition and black-and-white Artist Edition set, and a rare Harley Quinn “Puddin’” Set including both color and black-and-white Artist Edition as well as an ultra rare premium color variant. DC Universe’s Rebirth: Harley Quinn #1 is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin. Solicitation copy for the issue reads:

All editions are available exclusively on beginning on July 11th followed by the on sale date of August 3rd, 2016. Aspen Comics will also be allocating limited daily quantities of Harley Quinn #1 exclusively at Boston Comic Con, and Dallas Comic Show at the Aspen Comics Booth. Aspen strongly recommends fans arrive early at the booth to ensure their copy.

Full press release below.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Review - 4001 A.D.: Shadowman #1 (@ValiantComics)

"On this sacrifice day, will you pledge your allegiance to me?"

There's a lot happening in the Valiant Universe these days, what with New Japan literally falling apart. Such an event will have an impact on everyone within the universe--living or dead. 4001 A.D.: Shadowman #1 from the publisher offers readers a glimpse at how the dead are faring. The issue is written by Jody Houser and Rafer Roberts, illustrated by Robert Gill, colored by Michael Spicer and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Aspen Comics Announces SDCC 2016 Exclusives and Appearances

It's that time of year again when tens of thousands descend upon San Diego for SDCC 2016. Aspen Comics is going to be at the show at Booth #2320 with a ton of exclusives. Highlighting the host of exclusive items is the publisher’s release of their best-selling DC Rebirth exclusive variants including Batman #1 and Justice League #1, and their Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #15 exclusive cover, in addition to their own Aspen Comics exclusives. The full roster of Aspen creators appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 includes Siya Oum, Jordan Gunderson, Paolo Pantalena, Tom Hutchison, J.T. Krul, David Wohl, Mark Roslan, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Frank Mastromauro, Nei Ruffino and Micah Gunnell. All creator appearances will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320.

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2016 will take place Friday from 11:00am – 12:00pm in Room 9 and will be hosted by none other than Jessica Nigri and Ani-Mia. The SDCC 2016 edition panel will feature a special first look at upcoming Aspen Comics titles as well as a special Q&A with fans with the aforementioned roster of Aspen Comics talent, and including Joshua Hale Fialkov and Hannibal Tabu. All panel attendees will also receive a free copy of an SDCC 2016 Panel Exclusive-only Art of Lola XOXO: Volume 1 featuring a cover by creator and panel guest Siya Oum.

Full press release and exclusives below.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Review - Throwaways #1 (@ImageComics)

"If you want to survive, you have to shut down the panic. Count your heartbeats. See your death before it sees you."

People want what they can't have and that includes superpowers. The government especially will go great lengths to weaponize such powers and offer plenty of opportunity for double-crosses in order to do so. Throwaways #1 from Image Comics tells such a tale. The issue is written by Caitlin Kittredge, illustrated by Steven Sanders and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review - Kim and Kim #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"In about three seconds, I'm gonna come crashing through a window."

For all the glory that comes with snagging a high-value intergalactic bounty, there's the in-between. Struggling to find work, scraping by to live and fending off rival hunters. As long as you've got someone you can trust though things are a little more bearable. Kim and Kim #1 from Black Mask Studio gives readers two characters who trust one another and rely on that trust to survive. The issue is written by Mags Visaggio, illustrated by Eva Cabrera, colored by Claudia Aguirre and lettered by Zakk Saam.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review - Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1 (@DarkHorseComics @IDWPublishing @2000AD)

"He comes from the sky, from very far away."

Judge Dredd, Predator and Aliens are three behemoth characters in science fiction. It only makes sense that they all meet at some point right? Dark Horse Comics, IDW and 2000 AD are teaming up to facilitate that crossover in Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1. The issue is written by John Layman, illustrated by Chris Mooneyham, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review - GFT Robyn Hood I Love NY #1 (@Zenescope)

"I'm moving forward. I really am."

In most eyes, living the life of fairy tale is all sunshine and rainbows. Some fairy tales aren't so happy though and Robyn of Zenescope fame doesn't really get to live a very happy fairy tale. And despite her best efforts in GFT Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1 from Zenescope, it looks like things won't get any easier for her. The issue is written by Lou Iovino, illustrated by David Lorenzo Riveiro, colored by Grostieta and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Ursula Stormholder Goes Into the Suck

Ursula Stormholder was raised by pirates with a chip on her shoulder the size of Uranus, but for the right price, she just may save the universe. And in Into the Suck, writer Keith Thomas, artist CB Zane, colorist Oracle and letterer Kel Nuttel are giving her plenty of adventures to delve into. The story is a six issue miniseries that begins with her taking on a job to pick up and deliver a seemingly normal human (if a heavy set drunken frat boy can be considered normal) to her broker. When she returns with her prize, she finds her broker murdered and must now play a cosmic game of cat and mouse with her paycheck named Armando in tow as she seeks to discover who originally brokered the deal so that she can get paid.

Ursula Stormholder is the complete package: Beauty and the Beast. The daughter of the most feared pirate in space, she makes her living as a privateer. Pick up, delivery, and the occasional kidnapping are among the list of services she offers. While trying to make a living, she is also making a reputation for herself outside of her father’s shadow. It’s not necessarily a good one. In the process she is caught up in her love/hate relationship with her father, chased by the Royal Fleet and ultimately forced to lead a rescue, thwart a villainous foe bent of universal domination and save the galaxy… much like her father did years ago when he was a hero, before this area was the cold, dark, war ravaged place they call The Suck.

Check out the Kickstarter here. Full press release below.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Review - Clarence: Quest #1 (@boomstudios)

"I'm so nervous, you guys."

Kids are content to do things that the enjoy. There's sometimes a disconnect though between what they enjoy and what doesn't get them in trouble, but they persist in their ability to keep finding ways to succeed. Finding a teacher's cat is the goal in Clarence: Quest #1 from KaBOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Nick Cron-DeVico and lettered by Scott Maynard. "Reality" is illustrated by Matt Smigiel and colored by Scott Maynard and "Cat Forest" is illustrated by Meg Omac.