ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW FOR DYNAMITE’S FLASH GORDON!12/05/11 @ 5:11 pm EST
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SITUATION CHILLY IN ICE: CRITICAL MASS #1 11/25/14 @ 9:29 am 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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COWARDLY LION COSTUME GOES UP FOR AUCTION11/24/14 @ 11:19 pm EST
In this prequel to the original ICE mini-series, Cole Matai is a new recruit at the Montana branch of the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency. While shadowing decorated agent Ezra Delgado on a routine mission, all hell breaks loose and the new partners are baptized by fire. But this first battle is only the tip of the iceberg, as a terrorist plot to wipe out the Pacific Northwest is unfolding right at their feet.
Get all this explosive action at the special introductory price of $1.99!ICE: CRITICAL MASS #1 (of 4)Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Jason Pearson (Cover A and C), Jose Holder (Cover B)
24 pgs. T+ On sale NOVEMBER 26
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IN BLEEDING COOL: NANCY A. COLLINS TALKS VAMPIRELLA AND RED SONJA: VULTURE CIRCLE11/24/14 @ 11:14 pm EST
One of the original Cowardly Lion
costumes worn by Bert Lahr
in the 1939 Wizard of Oz
film is going up for auction. The costume will be auctioned by Bonhams
and has been authenticated as one worn in the film. A secondary costume from the film went for close to $1 million in auction earlier this year.
The costume is currently owned by James Comisar
who has a lot of Hollywood memorabilia including stuff from I Love Lucy
. He plans to use the money from the Cowardly Lion costume sale to exhibit the rest of his collection. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
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Nancy A. Collins'THE LEGEND OF KORRA' RETURNS TO TV11/24/14 @ 9:48 pm EST
, author of the Sonja Blue
book series and current writer of Vampirella
and co-writer of Red Sonja: Vulture Circle
did a Reddit AMA
the other day and we have some of the highlights that pertain to her work at Dynamite
.1) Do you have a separate process when writing novels, graphic novels, and serialized comics? 2) When you’re working on an ongoing, do you like to have an outline with how the arc will go? 3) Are you always inspired to write? Or does it end up being more of a discipline? Thanks again for visiting us and answering our questions! Big fan of your work!
Thank you for being a fan. 1. I do have slightly different creative processes between novel & comics, although they are largely the same–I outline the action point-by-point. Writing a comics script is closer to writing a short story and/or screenplay, though. And I structure it more by pages than chapter breaks. 2. Yes, I do have outlines for the story arc–in fact, my editors at Dynamite require one for approval. 3. No, I’m not always touched by the muse. Sometimes I have to force myself to get in there and shovel. Usually, when that happens, I focus on the formatting or the action descriptions for the artists, then go back and handle the dialog when I’m feeling more ‘inspired’.Thanks for the detailed response!!There has been a lot of controversy regarding female presence in the comic book industry, whether it be the way females are depicted or how female creators are treated at publishers, do you think overall the industry is improving as a whole? Are there any comic publishers you think that are better at portraying females than others?
Compared to Ye Olde Days, things are far different/better for female creators. We’ve always been here, but now we’re starting to be viewed as part of the landscape as opposed to unicorn-like anomalies.
I couldn’t really say which publishers are better or worse at portraying women in their product because it seems to differ depending on the creative teams. Dynamite gets a lot of grief for their covers being big ol’ slices of cheesecake, but the actual writing depicts the characters as empowered, badass women as opposed to a pair of balloons tied to a stick–Gail Simone’s run on Red Sonja is a prime example of what I’m talking about.Which comic artist you’ve never worked with would you most like to be paired with on a project?
I’d love to do something with Mike Mignola. Although we’ve been friends for years, we’ve never truly collaborated on anything.Been a fan since i was 16 and i saw an ad in a white wolf catalogue for MIDNIGHT BLUE. My question is: Who would you cast as the perfect Sonja Blue in your movie?
That’s hard to say. Over the years the character has been optioned for development several times and numerous actresses have been approached for the role–including Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, and Asia Argento. Our most recent near-miss was Scarlett Johansson. I, personally, have no physical ideal for Sonja Blue–The perfect actress for the role is whoever can pull off her attitude, more than her appearance.Give me an elevator pitch why I should get your newest book
VAMPIRELLA: FEARY TALES is a love note to the original Warren horror-anthology mags and features stories from some of the finest creators in both comics and horror/suspense prose.I’m a (admittedly recent) fan of Vampirella, and think she’s a great character. What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing for Vampirella? Biggest challenge of writing comic book horror generally?
The biggest challenge I have writing for Vampirella is her history of being less than a character and more of a pin-up. That really hasn’t been true of the character for some time, but it is still how she’s viewed by a lot of people. It’s my job to write stories that make that aspect of her history irrelevant.Hi Nancy! What’s the pitch of the Vulture’s circle? I love Red Sonja but haven’t yet read anything from the Dynamite run…
The ‘pitch’ on Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle is that it depicts her as a woman in her late 40s/early 50s. She has, effectively, retired from the sword-for-hire business and is running an academy teaching young girls how to become battle maidens. Of course, just like Michael in the Godfather, just when she thought she was out, events conspire to draw her back in.
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'WONDER WOMAN' DIRECTOR NAMED11/24/14 @ 9:30 pm EST
Nickelodeon is bringing Legend of Korra
back to television, beginning Friday November 28, according to a trailer released on the show’s official Facebook page today.
The popular Avatar: The Last Airbender
spinoff was unexpectedly banished to online-only streaming in the middle of the third season. At the time, Nickelodeon cited higher online viewership as well as claiming that the show’s fans were skewing older than most of its typical network programming. The fourth season premiered online in October.
Nickelodeon stated that new episodes will continue to premiere online every Friday on the show’s website.
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WILLINGHAM'S 'LEGENDERRY' STEAMPUNK COLLECTION11/24/14 @ 9:23 pm EST
Warner Bros. has announced Michelle MacLaren as director for the upcoming Wonder Woman
feature starring Gal Gadot, Deadline is reporting. The announcement also confirms the film will release on June 23, one of two dates the studio reserved in 2017.
MacLaren has directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Walking Dead
, and was an executive producer onBreaking Bad
This will be the first time she’s directed a feature film.
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SOLD OUT “MARVEL FAMOUS FIRSTS: 75TH ANNIVERSARY MASTERWORKS SLIPCASE SET” RETURNS FOR NEW EDITION11/24/14 @ 9:18 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment will release the trade paperback collection of Bill Willingham’s Legenderry
crossover series in January. The series stars Red Sonja, Vampirella, Green Hornet, Kato, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Silver Star, Captain Victory, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Zorro in a steampunk universe created by Fables
The volume collects the seven issue miniseries by Willingham and Joe Benitez, which launched last December 31st.
The 184-page trade paperback will retail for $24.99. Cover is by Joe Benitez
Dynamite plans comic series featuring Red Sonja, Vampirella and Green Hornet using Willingham’s themes and plotlines (but by new creative teams) for 2015.
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IDW CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE TRANSFORMERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY11/24/14 @ 5:00 pm EST
Just in time for the holidays – the mightiest of Marvel collections returns! Hot off the heels of its sold out initial run, Marvel is pleased to announce that the MARVEL FAMOUS FIRSTS: 75thANNIVERSARY MASTERWORKS SLIPCASE (NEW EDITION) will return for another, limited printing! Don’t let this epic collection slip by once more!
Collecting 10 of Marvel’s mightiest Masterworks hardcovers – plus for the first time, the all-new, long in-demand NOT BRAND ECHH VOL. 1! Relive the iconic origins of the Marvel Universe with these deluxe hardcovers collecting the origin stories of some of the greatest super heroes in history!
Each titanic tome in this limited-edition box set features newly designed cover treatments and interlocking spine artwork, while the slipcase itself is patterned after the world-famous Avengers Mansion!
“We were completely overwhelmed with the response from fans and retailers for this one-of-a-kind box set,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “The initial run sold out almost instantaneously so we wanted to bring it back for those who might have missed their opportunity to get theirs back in September!”
The MARVEL FAMOUS FIRSTS: 75TH ANNIVERSARY MASTERWORKS SLIPCASE SET (NEW EDITION)will make its triumphant return to local comic book retailers December 10th and will contain the following monumental Marvel collected moments:
CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 HC
264 pgs. - collecting Tales of Suspense #59-81
DAREDEVIL VOL. 1 HC
256 pgs. - collecting Daredevil #1-11
DOCTOR STRANGE VOL. 1 HC
328 pgs. - collecting Strange Tales #110-111 and #114 - 141, and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2
NOT BRAND ECHH VOL. 1 HC
456 pgs. - collecting Not Brand Echh #1-13; and material from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, Avengers Annual #2,Daredevil Annual #1, Fantastic Four Annual #5 and Sgt. Fury Annual #4.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 HC
272 pgs. – collecting Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1-10.THE AVENGERS VOL. 1 HC
248 pgs. - collecting Avengers #1-10
THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1 HC
272 pgs. - collecting Fantastic Four #1-10
THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL. 1 HC
176 pgs. - collecting Hulk #1-6
THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL. 1 HC
208 pgs. - collecting Tales of Suspense #39-50
THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 1 HC
280 pgs. - collecting Journey into Mystery #83-100
THE X-MEN VOL. 1 HC
248 pgs. - collecting X-Men #1-10
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COVER REVEAL: EAST OF WEST #16 THE KINGDOM COVER11/24/14 @ 4:53 pm EST
2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some TRANSFORMERS debuts this year!
The long-running TRANSFORMERS comic, which originally appeared in 1984, came to an epic conclusion as, TRANSFORMERS: Regeneration One by IDW reached its 100th issue! Original series’ writer, Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman led the illustrious series to its closing chapter earlier this year.
But as one chapter closed, a new one began during the “Dawn of The Autobots.” After the cataclysmic changes of “Dark Cybertron” the Autobots gained unexpected new allies, of whom the breakout star, WINDBLADE, the first ever fan voted character, ventured out on her own critically-acclaimed mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and stunningly illustrated by Sarah Stone.
The smash-hit new series TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE by Tom Scioli and John Barber made waves upon its Free Comic Book Day debut. With its stylized over-the-top approach, issue #1 sold out before the first issue even hit the shelves! The epic space-romp has not only been praised by the comic community, but has also struck a cord with fans.
“It’s been an amazing year for TRANSFORMERS comics,” said Barber, IDW Publishing’s Senior Editor. “The fans seem to be digging what we’re making, and it seems like there’s more fans every day. It’s been amazing seeing how fast people have come to love WINDBLADE—and especially gratifying to see kids inspired by her. Add to that the phenomenal response to TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE and the outstanding level of quality on the other ongoing series, and it’s been a banner year. Wait’ll everybody sees what we’ve got coming in 2015!”
Throughout the year variant homage covers have graced the ongoing series’ More Than Meets The Eye by writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne and Robots in Disguise by writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith. Celebrating the rich history of TRANSFORMERS, these covers highlighted monumental moments throughout the history of Transformers.
This year has also seen a number of premier TRANSFORMERS collections released from IDW; from the 30th Anniversary Collection, with highlights from the many iterations of TRANSFORMERS in comics, to TRANSFORMERS Legacy: The Art of TRANSFORMERS Packaging.
The Cybertronian War has been the explosive topic of the TRANSFORMERS series Autocracy and Monstrosity and the final chapter in this expansive storyline, Primacy debuted this fall! Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli this epic conclusion can’t be missed!
DRIFT, who made his debut in the pages of IDW comics was featured in the blockbuster hit film TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and this month he returns to his comic roots in the new mini-series from creators Shane McCarthy and Guido Guidi! Drift—Empire of Stone sees the fan-favorite character take on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.
As IDW comes up on its tenth year with TRANSFORMERS, it embarks on the wildest and most unexpected of crossovers with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Written by John Barber the mini-series will be drawn by Marcelo Ferreira, and debuts tomorrow!
It’s been a huge year for TRANSFORMERS in the anniversary year, and IDW is honored to be involved in the celebrations!
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THE DYING AND THE DEAD: LAST STORY OF THE GREATEST GENERATION11/24/14 @ 4:48 pm EST
Image Comics is pleased to announce that we are offering an exclusive set of covers celebrating the return of EAST OF WEST in December. Artist and co-creator Nick Dragotta and colorist Frank Martin Jr. have created a stunning seven-cover montage featuring nearly every series character featured to date.
“We are extremely excited with how East of West: Year Two is shaping up,” said co-creator and writer Jonathan Hickman. “Sometime when Nick and I were talking about where the story was going and all the unbelievable stuff we have planned, Nick latched onto the idea of doing a big piece that kind of reflected on what we’d already done and tease some of the things coming up. And, good lord, has he produced something jaw-dropping.”
Each cover represents one of the territories that make up the American Apocalypse and will be available on 12/31.
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover A (Diamond Code OCT140595)
EAST OF WEST #16 Covers B-H are connecting covers, each representing a different territory in the EAST OF WEST series:
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover B THE PRA (Diamond Code OCT148243)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover C TEXAS (Diamond Code OCT148244)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover D ENDLESS (Diamond Code OCT148245)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover E KINGDOM (Diamond Code OCT148246)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover F CONFEDERACY (Diamond Code OCT148247)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover G UNION (Diamond Code OCT148248)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover H ARMISTICE (Diamond Code OCT148249)
EAST OF WEST #16 Cover I McKelvie/Wilson (Diamond Code OCT148250)
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, The Avengers) teams up with explosive artist Ryan Bodenheim (RED MASS FOR MARS, SECRET) for an all-new adventure series fraught with mystery, intrigue, and exotic end-of life care in THE DYING AND THE DEAD, coming from Image Comics on January 28.
The adventures begins in THE DYING AND THE DEAD #1 when a murder at a wedding sets off a series of reactions, unraveling secrets hundreds of years old. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly unconnected events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.
"It's not often that you work on something that feels almost perfect from day one, but working with Ryan again and how we're both so in sync regarding the story, it really does feel like it could be something special," said co-creator Hickman.
THE DYING AND THE DEAD (Diamond Code NOV140534) is a massive, over-sized, 60-page Indiana Jones-style high adventure that arrives in stores this 1/28 and will be available for $4.50.