ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW FOR DYNAMITE’S FLASH GORDON!12/05/11 @ 5:11 pm EST
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FAWKES, EISMA BANK ON ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: THE ONE PERCENT #108/01/14 @ 7:06 pm EST
I was a tad cautious about this new acquisition by Dynamite
after several other classic heroes (Lone Ranger, Green Hornet,etc), as there’s already a Flash Gordon series from publisher Ardden, and has been for a while. However, this debut issue (at only $1!) is awesomely rousing with a great focus on action and drama.
Setting the story in 1934 (the year of the adventurer’s debut, courtesy of Alex Raymond) was a bold, but wise move. Not only does it set it apart from Ardden’s modernised take, it also gives Flash Gordon a unique flair for adventure, much like The Rocketeeer or Indiana Jones tales set roughly in the same era, do.
We first see Flash when he’s jumping from a burning plane, with cartographer Dale Arden in his arms. Handy captions introduce us to all the main players and Flash is instantly likeable due to that charming ’30s style and the fact that he’s a polo player once more. Flash and Dale are on a mission to find reclusive scientist Hans Zarkov. They do and he’s wonderfully crazy (well, at least a little bit). Zarkov believes there’s a way from our universe to others, and that inhabitants of said outer worlds have been visiting Earth for recruitment purposes. One dangerous space shuttle journey later and Flash and Dale see his point. On the last few pages three rebellious Mongo citizens visit Germany to hunt down Ming ally, Hitler. This was a pleasant surprise, adding one more layer to this daring tale.
Artist Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) has long been a fan of the character and an interview with him even shows up on the DVD of the 1980 film. His love is evident here in his character designs and art direction, a role (as well as variant cover artist) that has kept him busy with numerous series over the last few years at Dynamite. Not as outlandish as his designs for the Jack Kirby inspired titles, they evoke classic sci-fi trappings much like the rockets and alien thrones do. Throwing Ming’s snivelly right hand man Klytus from the film was a nice surprise too, and Ming really lives up to his Merciless title, with his disdain for pretty much everyone, including his slave girls and the entirety of the human race it would seem. More of a nuanced character and not at all a stereotype, Ming is like Darth Vader in Episode IV. We don’t see much of him, but we see enough to know that he’s a calculating despot.
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VALIANT COMES TO IVERSE’S COMICSPLUS WITH COMPLETE DIGITAL COMICS LIBRARY08/01/14 @ 7:00 pm EST
This November, crime pays when Valiant’s viceroys of villainy – the secretive One Percent of Wall Street – step into their very first solo adventure!Valiant is proud to announce ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: THE ONE PERCENT #1 – an all-new one-shot tale spinning directly out of the pages of Archer & Armstrong’s Harvey Award-nominated ongoing series!
Arriving in stores this November, join Eisner Award-nominated creators Ray Fawkes (Batman Eternal, Constantine) and Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) as they reveal the secret inner workings of a power-obsessed conspiracy that secretly runs the world from the catacombs beneath the Financial District.They tried to save the Euro, but almost destroyed the world. Thwarted by the adventurers known as Archer & Armstrong at every turn, Valiant’s own wolves of Wall Street then turned their attention to Occupy Wall Street…and we all know how that worked out! Now, in the wake of their greatest victory, a vicious new brand of One Percenter is about to rise to the top of his class, and this time there will be no one to BAIL OUT their enemies as Archer & Armstrong face down a brand new kind of hostile takeover!
“[As] readers of Archer & Armstrong are aware, the One Percent are a conspiracy that happens to be true in that universe, about a bunch of Wall Street investors and bankers and types who have cut actual deals with the devil – or at least they say so,” writer Ray Fawkes said. “They do black magic and that’s got a lot to do with why they’re secretly ruling part of the world – or at least, it’s got something to do with why they’re so super rich! They’re very, very, very bad people, and this is our chance to show how they work behind the golden masks of bulls and bears.”
Featuring a standard cover by fan favorite artist Juan Doe – plus two limited, special edition shelf covers featuring perforated, fully detachable One Percent bull and bear masks by legendary artist and designer Rian Hughes – get rich or die trying this November as Ray Fawkes and Joe Eisma foist a brand new breed of villain to the top of the corporate ladder in ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: THE ONE PERCENT #1! (That will be $3.99, please.)
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: THE ONE PERCENT #1
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by JOE EISMA
Cover by JUAN DOE
Bull Mask Cover by RIAN HUGHES
Bear Mask Cover by RIAN HUGHES
$3.99 ONE-SHOT T+ 32 pgs.
COMING IN NOVEMBER!
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MYTH AND MONSTERS COME ALIVE IN WAYWARD08/01/14 @ 6:53 pm EST
Leading digital comics provider iVerse Media announced today they have teamed with award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment to bring Valiant’s complete library of modern and classic content – including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Rai, and many more – to iVerse’s ComicsPlus app and affiliated platforms. Effective immediately, iVerse will offer Valiant’s monthly comics titles day-and-date via the ComicsPlus app, and will soon host Valiant’s complete catalog of comics and collections.
To launch their newly announced partnership, iVerse is also now offering each of Valiant’s best-selling #1 issues for free on the ComicsPlus app throughout the month of August.
Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 publishing relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most commercially and critically successful independent publishers in the industry today with an initial slate of titles that included X-O Manowar by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord; Harbinger by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans; and Archer & Armstrong by the New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry.
After multiple Publisher of the Year awards and nominations, including a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year, Valiant ventured even farther in 2013 with the debut of its first crossover event, Harbinger Wars, and the release of Unity #1 by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite – the year’s highest charting debut issue from a non-premier publisher with sales in excess of 70,000 copies. This May, Valiant followed up with “Valiant First” – an all-new line of titles led by the smash-hit ongoing series, Rai, and its biggest crossover event to date, Armor Hunters. Most recently, on the heels of 16 nominations at this year’s Harvey Awards, the publisher has announced The Valiant – a prestige format mini-series from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt with art by Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera beginning this December.
Valiant will be the latest publisher to join the rapidly expanding offerings of the ComicsPlus app from iVerse Media.
“Valiant has been consistently producing some of the best comics in the industry since their relaunch in 2012,” said iVerse Media founder and CEO Michael Murphey. “We could not be more proud to make their remarkable catalog and amazing characters available in ComicsPlus.”
In addition to the ComicsPlus app and website, Valiant’s titles will be made available to librarians and their patrons everywhere via the ComicsPlus: Library Edition app, which makes thousands of high-quality titles accessible to school and library patrons on any device, anywhere, and at any time.
“Valiant’s number one priority is to make our characters and content available to the largest audience possible, and, via our new partnership with iVerse, we have an incredibly exciting and important new channel to continue that mission,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “With a potential readership that’s measured in the millions, we hope to win over even more fans to some of the most critically acclaimed comic books being produced anywhere today, just as we have month in and month out in comic book stores around the world.”
Valiant titles are available now on the ComicsPlus iOS and Android apps, and via the website.
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C.O.W.L. SUPERHERO UNION WINS PUBLIC FAVOR08/01/14 @ 6:50 pm EST
Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack), penciler Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot), and color artist John Rauch (INVINCIBLE) team up to create a rich and vibrant Tokyo in WAYWARD. However, this Tokyo just so happens to be filled with monsters of myth and legend laying in wait for one Rori Lane's arrival.
Rori’s a misfit teen who travels halfway across the world from Ireland to make a new home in Japan with her mother. From the get-go there are some cultural adjustments to be made and Rori feels like a fish out of water—but things take a turn for the weird when she begins glimpsing things, creatures, that no one else can see.
WAYWARD #1 arrives in stores on 8/27, and will be available for $3.50 with special variant covers by Alina Urusov (Birds of Prey), Jeff "Chamba" Cruz (Street Fighter), and Adam Warren (Empowered). The final order cutoff for retailers is 8/4.
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'JUSTICE LEAGUE': POWER RING'S ORIGIN REVEALED08/01/14 @ 6:41 pm EST
The third issue of Kyle Higgins (Batman, Nightwing), Alec Siegel (Captain America, Avengers), and Rod Reis’ (Justice League) all-new ongoing series C.O.W.L. has sold out and is slated for a second printing to meet customer demand. A runaway hit, C.O.W.L. has captivated superhero fans with its unique, moody tone and fresh spin on the superhero genre. Critics and leading industry professionals have embraced the new series enthusiastically and readers are hooked.
C.O.W.L. #3 explores the superheroes in depth and delves into Radia’s history, including her struggle to gain respect within and without the labor union. Meanwhile, Geoffrey uncovers more about C.O.W.L.’s dire plight and John’s investigation into the union takes a turn down a much darker path than anyone expected.
C.O.W.L. #3 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. It is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, and on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
The second printing of C.O.W.L. #3 (Diamond Code JUN148316) will release on 8/27.
C.O.W.L. #4 (Diamond Code JUN140544) will also hit stores on 8/27.
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SPOILER ALERTYOUNG CREATES VARIANT COVER FOR STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: DRAWING OF THE THREE – THE PRISONER #108/01/14 @ 6:22 pm EST
: If you have not read JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).
In JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 , the “INJUSTICE LEAGUE” continues in Chapter Three: “Birth.” But Superwoman – one of three surviving members of the Crime Syndicate – is only three months pregnant. What does “Birth” refer to?
This action-packed issue has a ton of spoilers: Lex Luthor recruits a new Head of Security for Lexcorp, the Justice League makes a direct attack on Power Ring, and the Doom Patrol’s leader – Dr. Niles “The Chief” Caulder – shows himself to be as callous and conniving as Luthor. Or possibly even more!
But there’s another moment in it that just can’t be overlooked: Shazam hits Jessica Cruz with a blast that lets Cyborg get close enough to communicate with Power Ring. And Power Ring’s secrets come spilling out! Take a look at page 18, below, as we learn Power Ring’s origin, why Jessica Cruz is so fearful, and what the being that destroyed Power Ring’s world is after!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #32, written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Doug Mahnke and Keith Champagne, is available in stores now.
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ORTEGO, LAM, SCOTT GUESTS FOR MALTA COMIC CONVENTION08/01/14 @ 6:12 pm EST
This September Stephen King’s fan-favorite Dark Tower epic returns to Marvel for an all-new beginning in THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – THE PRISONER #1! But first, Marvel is proud to officially unveil a brand new variant cover to the first issue by Eisner-award winning storyteller Skottie Young! Depicting the iconic Gunslinger Roland Deschain rendered in Skottie Young’s inimitable style – no Dark Tower fan should miss out on this hilarious variant cover when it hits comic shops next month!
Marvel once again teams with America’s #1 storyteller Stephen King on his dark fantasy magnum opus that has captivated fans the world over. As the saga moves to the second volume of King’s story, The Drawing of the Three,
the action shifts from the dusty plains of Mid-World to the mean streets of New York City! Perfect for new and long-time fans, readers will experience the Dark Tower like never before as the rich and vibrant world of King’s tale comes to life in a whole new way!
Thought you knew the whole story? Think again! Fan-favorite writers Peter David & Robin Furth along with critically acclaimed artist Piotr Kowalski present an all-new spin on The Drawing of the Three
that will keep even the most die-hard fans on their toes. As this tale of urban crime opens, fans will meet Eddie Dean – an innocent child who grows into a troubled young man with the ability to open doors to other worlds. Can he overcome his haunting addiction, family tragedy, and deadly forces that conspire to stop him from challenging the enigmatic Man in Black? Witness the story of a man on the path to an unlikely destiny and the most important journey of his life!
“This is the ‘All-New Marvel NOW’ version of The Dark Tower
. We’re now refocusing our spotlight to explore the events that led to the formation of the Ka-Tet that aided the gunslinger Roland Deschain on his quest,” said editor Bill Rosemann. “But instead of encountering Eddie Dean later in his life, as you do in the novel, we zoom back to 1964 and meet him as a toddler, so while we are adapting the second novel, we’re also weaving together events in a new way that will surprise everyone who has already read the book. We’re ‘assembling the Avengers’ of the Dark Tower universe, but Robin Furth, Peter David, and Piotr Kowalski are doing so in a way that you’ve never imagined.”
Fans can get their hands on the hotly anticipated Skottie Young variant cover at their local comic shop when the first issue hits comic shops next month. A bold new chapter in the Dark Tower saga is about to begin – and no fan should miss out. Don’t miss the historic return of this landmark series in DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – THE PRISONER #1, on sale September 3rd!
DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – THE PRISONER #1 (JUL140679) Written by PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH, Art by PIOTR KOWALSKI, Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO, Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG (JUN148269), Teaser Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD (JUL140680) FOC – 08/11/14, On-Sale – 09/03/14
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NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY INFINITE COMICS ONE-SHOT EXPLODES ON TO DIGITAL DEVICES TODAY08/01/14 @ 5:52 pm EST
Wicked Comics is proud to announce that internationally renowned creators Guillermo Ortego (X-Factor), and Steve Scott (Batman) as well as up and coming independent creator Mickey Lamwill be joining Yishan Li (The Clique), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Andrew Wildman (Transformers) as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29thand Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.
“There are a chosen few conventions out there that are something else, something where money-making is left aside in order to champion human interaction, but still achieve the same level. No distinction between super-hot artists and retired old-glories, no distinction between superhero pencillers and small press manga artists. It's all about the people. People talking comics, people reading comics, people making comics, people discussing comics as if they were deep philosophy.
"Avilés, in the north of Spain, was the first place where I experienced this, and Malta, was the second. And it's these kind of shows, these kind of people, that make all the long working hours, the missed weekends and holidays and the angry girlfriends/boyfriends worth our while." Ortego said.
Guillermo Ortego: A Spanish creator currently residing in London Guillermo first started inking comic books professionally after studying History at university. Also working as a freelance illustrator on the side, he rapidly moved into the American scene breaking into Marvel Comics alongside Paco Díaz Luque on titles such as Wolverine Vs. Thor, Dark Wolverine and Wolverine: Mr. X. Then off to DC Comics with Green Arrow and JLA 80 Page Giant and back to Marvel with Italian artist Emanuela Lupacchino on Peter David’s X-Factor and, after a successful year run on the book, on Brian M. Bendis and Kelly-Sue DeConnick's Castle graphic novel based on ABC's acclaimed TV show. After its release on October 2012, they started working on the second story arc for Valiant Comics’ recently re-launched Archer & Armstrong to move onto Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps on the summer of 2013.Apart from his monthly covers for Dynamite Comics with penciller Ardian Syaf, he's recently collaborated on Marvel's Infinity #06 and Original Sin #0 with Jim Cheung and DC's Justice League Dark #25-#27, Nightwing #30, Batman Eternal #13 and Grayson #02 with fellow Spaniard Mikel Janín.
Steve Scott: In his over 18 year career American creator Steve Scott has illustrated titles such as; Batman, X-Men Forever, JLA. Marvel Adventures Hulk and many more while his work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image, Dark Horse, London Knight Studios, Malibu Comics and several independent publishers.Steve has also worked in TV, Film, and most recently in video games. His work for television was aired in episodes of the popular TV series Smallville and ABC Family’s Kyle XY. In films, Steve illustrated the only adaptation of the 2008 Oscar winning film Batman the Dark Knight and his work was overseen and approved by director Christopher Nolan. This artwork was part of the packaging offered with the Special Blue Ray edition of Batman Begins. In that same year, George Lucas approved Steve to be the artist for Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods. This series, written by Rob Williams, was very popular with Indiana Jones fans and the majority of the art from the series was purchased by Mr. Lucas himself and is now part of his permanent collection.Steve has also provided graphics for Cognito Comics for their revolutionary interactive graphic novel "Operation Ajax” and in video games he is currently providing work for "The Bane of Yoto" from Leviathan Games.His most recent work can be found in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's, "The Graveyard Book". Steve was handpicked to be one of the few illustrators involved with this project. Additionally, he has been doing art chores on the IDW series Judge Dredd.
Mickey Lam: Mickey is a London-based illustrator who also self publishes his own comics ranging from a school teacher who fights aliens to a banana and a strawberry who become best friends.
“I’ve had the pleasure to meet both Steve Scott and Guillermo Ortego, and besides their obvious talent as creators and the high profile work they’ve been involved in they are also fine individuals whom I’m proud/honoured to call friends. This will be Ortego’s third successive appearance as a guest to our show, and that in itself is testament to his ability as a creator as well as his pleasant personality that shines through when spending time with his fans, which has ensured a strong following in Malta. I’m also convinced that like Ortego, Scott will fit right in and his friendly approach and enthusiasm will add to the fun, relaxed and exciting atmosphere prevailing at the Malta Comic Con. He will surely return to the States with a healthy Maltese fan base. The presence of up and coming independent creator Mickey Lam further highlights Wicked Comics’ commitment to welcome guests from all walks of the industry and I’m sure that along with the other guests his participation will inspire local artists to continue to develop their talents and establish the exciting Maltese comics scene further. Consequently, we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their participation and look forward to hosting them here” said Chris Le Galle, co-founder of Wicked Comics.
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'GALAXY QUEST' COMING BACK TO LIFE AS A COMIC07/31/14 @ 9:29 pm EST
Today, blast off in an all-new, high stakes, high octane adventure with the rag-tag team of space scoundrels in a new Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comics One-Shot available now via the Marvel Comics App and Marvel Digital Comic Store! In this brand new one-shot titled “Best Story Ever,” writer Tim Seeley along with artists Reilly Brown, Iban Coello, Jacopo Camagni and Jim Charalapidis tell the harrowing tale of the Guardians’ greatest triumph (or so they’d have you believe)!
What happens when a very important part of your ship breaks? You fix it! Not if you’re the Guardians of the Galaxy, apparently. They get thrown in jail after being busted during a hair-brained scheme to steal it! With Rocket & Star-Lord under lock and key – it’s up to Gamora, Groot & Drax to fight their way through the prison and rescue their compatriots from facing judgment!
Set in current continuity but accessible for new readers, Marvel Infinite Comics are designed specifically for mobile devices, exploring the full storytelling possibilities of a digital canvas while still staying true to the mediums greatest strength! Available right at your fingertips on the Marvel Comics App (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop, download the Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comics One-Shot today and experience the evolution of digital comics!
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FANTAGRAPHICS' 'SACRED HEART' COMES TO PRINT07/31/14 @ 9:18 pm EST
It’s been almost 15 years since Galaxy Quest stole our hearts and minds with its pitch perfect Star Trek impression and overdubbed F-bomb — and now, the crew is back for more adventures.
Sadly, we’re not getting a sequel, but the property has been picked up by IDW to become a new comic book series dubbed Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. Writer Erik Burnham and artist Nacno Arranz have been tasked with bringing the rag-tag characters played by Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver to life on the page.
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Fantagraphics will publish a graphic novel collection of the popular webcomic Sacred Heart in Summer 2015.
Written and drawn by Liz Suburbia, the story involves present day high-schoolers in a town without adults, trying to keep their make-shift society running until their parents return. But students keep dying mysteriously, and Ben Schiller’s sister keeps disappearing; who knows if anyone will make it through the summer?