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1. The Stately Beat Manor Comics Pull: 4/22/15

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Comics, comics, and more comics — the Beat Staff is a little obsessed with their own supply. The only way in which to satiate our immense need for the written word and illustration is for our supply to grow…larger. A group of the Beat’s most favored (desperate) staff members banded together to make this list after finishing off every single graphic novel and floppy in the mansion, (it was the only way for the team to quench the thirst for knowledge!) While others call it unhealthy, we deem our staff picks as a public service announcement to gather the masses together and enjoy the wild world of comics.


Alex’s Picks: Convergence: Swamp Thing #1

Writer: Len Wein Artist: Kelley Jones Colorist: Michelle Madson

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The dome has cut off all the heroes from their powers – but what happens when Swamp Thing is cut off from his life source in The Green?

Author Len Wein is returning to one of his greatest creations Wolverine Swamp Thing! Joining him is classic horror artist Kelley Jones for one of the wackier Convergence tie-ins. After reading author Charles Soule’s ingenious take on the hero, we simply can’t get enough of Alec Holland’s mysterious monster-based alter ego.

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Matt’s Picks: Kaptara #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Kagan McLeod

A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive then earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the ‘fi’ back into ‘sci-fi’ and pretty much disregard the ‘sci’ part in this epic story of punching and love!

Yes, the first issue hasn’t come out yet. No, I don’t have an advance review copy. So how is this recommendation not premature? Because Chip Zdarzky’s solicitations and relationship with his local Applebee’s alone have me excited for Kaptara. Two issues of Howard the Duck further demonstrate that Chip is a helluva writer, and, as long as his scripting isn’t eating into his time drawing Sex Criminals, I am totally on board for Kaptara and anything else that comes out of his demented head.

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2. Nice Art: Behold Valiant Previews Featuring Ninjak, Divinity, and Ivar

Valiant has just debuted a brand new round of previews from some of their biggest and best books. First up is Ninjak #1, which contained a solid debut with incredibly smart writing and art from Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice. The story revealed Colin King hunting down a group of individuals on assignment from MI-6, wasting no time dazzling fans with the exploits of Valiant’s premiere ninja. This is going to be another 40-page issue complete with two stories for the agreeable price of $4.99.

NINJAK #2

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE

HUNTED BY THE SHADOW SEVEN!

International financier Colin King hasn’t just come to Tokyo to take the Rippongi club scene by storm. As the covert MI-6 operative codenamed Ninjak, he’s also tracking down the men who trained him to be a lethal weapon…the very same men whose movements have now aligned with the latest terror plot by the cybernetic crime cartel called WEBNET! But how do you detect killers who specialize in the undetectable? And how does he know that the SHADOW SEVEN haven’t caught up with him first? It’s all-out ninja-versus-ninja warfare as the deadliest men and women of five continents converge on the Tokyo underworld for a blood-spattered blowout!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 22

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The first two issues of Divinity have been extraordinarily good, proving that Matt Kindt really has a good hold on the world of the Valiant. However, the most extraordinary part of the title for me is how the publisher found just the right job for Trevor Hairsine. The artist doesn’t have a typically clean Marvel style, but instead features more jagged lines and a specific style of pencilling. His artwork can almost be compared to that of Frank Quitely, an excellent storyteller whose art depicts a very specific style of tone.

DIVINITY #3 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE

The sci-fi saga of 2015 continues – from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis)!

A being with the power of a god roams free in the Australian Outback, bringing life to the barren wasteland and making him a hero to natives who live there and the visitors that have sought him out. But can the global superpowers of Earth rely on this long lost cosmonaut not to abuse his seemingly limitless power? The entity called DIVINITY will put that trust to the test when he discovers what became of the life he left behind…and the family he once knew…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 22

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Ivar, Timewalker can be sort of compared to a dark Doctor Who, as the titular hero is hiding some big secrets throughout space and time. Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry continue to craft the story of Ivar, that begins to grow darker as more time continues to pass. Henry’s art has been so clean and specific to the title, which is perfect as Ivar could possibly expanded with the female demographic that has been so keen on Doctor Who in the past couple of years. Henry’s clean linework and expressive characters make this title a joy to experience as the debut arc of Ivar comes to an end with the fourth installment of the series.

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #4

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by CLAYTON HENRY

Time is almost up!

Ivar has been keeping a secret from his partner-in-time, Neela, this whole time, and once she learns the truth their relationship will be history! Literally! Join New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente & Clayton Henry for the epoch shattering conclusion of our first (time)arc!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 22

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3. The official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is here

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And as predicted, the official teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has dropped via Zack Snyder‘s twitter feed:

 

What do you think? Sound off below, and have a great weekend!

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4. Miami Vice: Remix by Casey and Mahfood continues to be wilder than it has any reason to be

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It’s almost quitting time here in EDT so let’s leave the week with something FUN for a change.

Why just do a comic book based on a classically of it time TV show when you can reinvent it as an acid trip that bends time and
space? And hooray for licensors who let you get away with it. Miami Vice: Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood is anything but a dull TV show comic…it’s an audacious tale on tropes and icons, and a gem in the Lion Forge line-up.

Last month, the TV classic Miami Vice came back in a whole new way with the neo-noir, ultraviolet, action-packed Miami Vice: Remix. The first issue left readers cliff-hanging but never fear — the next installment of car chases, palm trees, and mutation-inducing designer drugs is here!

When we last left Crockett and Tubbs (still Miami’s coolest cops) they were in a sticky situation with some South Florida zombies high on Miami Bath Salts. Now they’re in hot pursuit of the dealer of this horrific nose candy, which leads them to punching cracked-out monsters in the face while zooming through Florida Turnpike traffic. Just another day at the office! But while one situation explodes, another simmers; someone who’s got serious beef with our $600-suit-wearing-heroes claims that Crockett’s got a serious debt to pay — and they’re here to collect!

Writer Joe Casey (Godland, Wildcats, Adventures of Superman) and artist Jim Mahfood (Tank Girl, Ultimate Spider-Man, Grrl Scouts) take their off-the-wall trip to South Beach to the next level with another high-energy, neon-soaked installment, in-stores next Wednesday.

 

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Pub Date: April 22, 2015
Item Code: FEB150372

Issue #3
Pub Date: May 13, 2015
Item Code: MAR150456

Issue #4
Pub Date: June 17, 2015
Item Code: APR150489
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5. To do this weekend: Linework NW in Portland, OR

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Just as a reminder, this weekend is the first big West Coast Caf of the year: LINEWORK NW which is FREE to attend in Portland’s Norse Hall. Info in the above link but here’s the skinny:


Linework NW will take place on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Norse Hall in Portland, Oregon. Hours of operation are 12pm-8pm both days. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Harassment Policy: Linework NW will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse, derogatory or discriminatory language, sexual harassment, and disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Anyone who feels they have witnessed or have been subjected to inappropriate or abusive behavior at the festival is encouraged to report it to a Linework NW volunteer immediately. Linework NW organizers will be available to mediate conflicts at the festival, and we reserve the right to ask anyone we determine to be violating our policies to adhere to our community standards, up to and including excluding them from the event.

Linework NW is organized and operated by Sam Marx, Shanna Matuszak, Kinoko Evans, Tristan Tarwater, Zack Soto & François Vigneault. The show was founded by Zack and François.


 

Special guests include Dan Clowes, Lisa Conger, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Howell.

Maybe Clowes will spill some beans about the new graphic novel he’s been teasing! Keep us posted.

And here’s the programming line-up:


12:30: Freelance Illustration: Work and Life
Ryan Alexander-Tanner
Steve Lieber
Meg Hunt
Pam Wishbow
moderated by Tristan Tarwater

1:30: Lisa Hanawalt Spotlight
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon

2:30: Jay Howell Spotlight
Moderated by Bwana Spoons

3:30: Free Speech and the Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo
Sean Aaberg
Suzette Smith
Sam Alden
Tom Spurgeon
moderated by François Vigneault

4:30: Modern Portraiture
Michael Horwitz
Nicole J. Georges
Hazel Newlevant
Jeannette Langmeade
Moderated by Sam Marx

5:30: Genre Through the Indie Lens
Malachi Ward
Sera Stanton
Zack Soto
Ian MacEwan
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon

6:30: The Intersection of Creativity – Balancing Comics/Illustration with Other Outlets
Ben Sears
Joseph Bergin III
Bwana Spoons
Jay Howell 
Moderated by Sam Marx









































• Sunday April 19 •

12:30: Collectives and Collaborations
Luke Ramsey
Sindre Goksøyr
Sean Christensen
Marc Palm
Seth Goodkind
Tom Van Deusen

1:30: Queering Up Comics
Michael Horwitz
Melanie Gillman
Virginia Paine
Genue Revuelta
Moderated by Taneka Stotts

2:30: Lisa Congdon Spotlight
moderated by Jason Strugill

3:30: Daniel Clowes Spotlight
moderated by Tom Spurgeon

4:30: The Modern Reality of Fundraising for Artists
Lucy Bellwood
Kory Bing
Taneka Stotts
Hazel Newlevant
moderated by Tristan Tarwater

























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6. San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum forced to find a new home

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“Cartoon Art Museum” by User:Tfinc – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

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This is sad but not surprising—given the insane rise in real estate prices in San Francisco, it was only a matter of time before the Cartoon Art Museum, which occupied a spacious and accessible spot near Market Street has been evicted so its space can be converted to something expensive and greedy. The museum will stay open until June 28th, and in a release they note that the move was not unexpected and they had already begun preparations, just like Cutter and Skywise.

While a LOT of people have tried to open a comics art museum in the US over the years—Mort Walker, Kevin Eastman, David Gabriel, MoCCA and more—the Cartoon Art Museum, which began as a home for historian Bill Blackbeard’s massive collection. It’s become a staple of the Bay Area’s cultural life with weekly events and classic exhibitions, under the guidance of manager Andrew Farago, executive Director Summerlea Kashar and Board chairman Ron Evans. The museum will last long enough to take part in the first San Francisco Comics Fest, before moving to temporary gallery space while it searched for a permanent home.

Maybe this is a chance for Apple, Google, Twitter, Uber and all those other billion dollar companies to actually show that they care about more than making a buck and sink a little tax free charity dollars into adding to the culture of the area they’ve colonized. Crazy dream, I know.

Following a notice to vacate, the Cartoon Art Museum will be closing its doors at 655 Mission Street on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  The museum, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, began preparing several months ago for a possible relocation and will now continue those efforts in search of temporary gallery space as well as a new long-term home.
 
“This is just another challenge in the life of the Cartoon Art Museum,” says Summerlea Kashar, the museum’s Executive Director. “And given San Francisco’s current commercial real estate market, it’s not very surprising.”
 
The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation of cartoons, comics, animation, and illustration.  Through exhibitions, artist appearances, and community outreach programs, the museum demonstrates how cartoon art entertains, communicates diversity, and champions self-expression.  Thousands of young people have benefited from the museum’s programs and classes in creativity.
 
Over the past three decades, the museum has produced more than 180 exhibitions on topics ranging from politics and sports to children’s literature and Latino culture.  Among the hundreds of artists that have been featured are Kate Beaton, Mary Blair, Roz Chast, Robert Crumb, Dan DeCarlo, Will Eisner, Phil Frank, Dave Gibbons, Edward Gorey, Los Bros. Hernandez, Lynn Johnston, Chuck Jones, Jack Kirby, Keith Knight, Tom Meyer, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, John Romita, Stan Sakai, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Raina Telgemeier, Garry Trudeau, Morrie Turner, Mort Walker, Bill Watterson, and Wally Wood.
 
The Cartoon Art Museum remains open through late June with many programs slated for the next two months.  In May, the museum will take part in the inaugural San Francisco Comics Fest with an event celebrating San Francisco’s underground comix movement.  It will also play host to Comics 4 Comix, an evening of standup comedy, as well as the second annual Queer Comics Expo.  The museum’s final exhibition at 655 Mission Street will showcase original artwork from Jeffrey Brown’s popular series of Star Wars books, including Goodnight Darth Vader and the forthcoming release Darth Vader and Friends.

“We’re one of San Francisco’s most original educational institutions and a magnet for visitors from around the world,” says Board Chairman Ron Evans. “The staff and board are committed to maintaining the museum as a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric.  We welcome any and all support from those who would like to help us do so.”
 
For information on becoming a museum member, making a financial or in-kind donation, or enlisting as a corporate sponsor, please call 415-227-8666 x 313 or visitcartoonart.org/join-support <http://cartoonart.org/join-support/>.  Supporters are also encouraged to contribute to the Cartoon Art Museum’s capital campaign <http://cartoonart.org/join-support/cartoon-art-museums-future-relocation/> .

 

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7. Entertainment Round-Up: Cooper cast in Preacher lead, an Oscar-winning screenwriter is developing a Marvel project, and is John Stewart your new movie Green Lantern?

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It’s Friday! Here a few of the Entertainment-related headlines that just hit the wire:

– After weeks of negotiations, AMC has found its lead for its adaptation of DC Comics/Vertigo’s Preacher, and it’s a face familiar to comic book movie fans: Dominic Cooper. The British actor, who you surely recognize as the younger face of Howard Stark (Mad Men‘s John Slattery plays him in his middle aged years) in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter, will be playing the role of Jesse Custer, with production on the pilot beginning this summer. Preacher‘s Executive Producer Seth Rogen confirmed the news on twitter today.

For you Garth Ennis experts out there, what do you think about this casting choice? Did AMC make the right move?

- 12 Years A Slave is easily one of my favorite films of this decade, and one of the only movies that’s moved me to near-tears in the theater. It is truly that moving and engrossing. So, it was with great shock today that I saw EW reporting that its screenwriter (and winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on the film) John Ridley is teaming up with Marvel for a mysterious television project aiming to reinvent an existing Marvel character for ABC. This project is reportedly a separate entity altogether from the already announced Agents of SHIELD spin-off that’s in the works.

Given that it’s for ABC, something like the Punisher seems like a no-go, and really, neither does Blade (both of which Marvel recently regained the rights to back to a few years back). I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Moon Knight perhaps, but really any guess is a good one at this point.

Ridley is no stranger to comics, having written The Authority and the graphic novel The American Way.

– Yes, we know all about the leaked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, and we won’t be posting it here for obvious reasons. Plus, the presentable version will make its way online by Monday, if not over the weekend. We’ll hold out for that. In the meantime, here’s a related unconfirmed rumor, according to Jeff Sneider (of TheWrap) on his latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, he stated that the Green Lantern that we’ll see in the 2020 reboot (and presumably the Zack Snyder directed Justice League films) will be John Stewart.

Sneider’s sources on this kind of information are generally pretty strong, so there’s likely something to this. Many fans had hoped/figured the new Green Lantern post-Ryan Reynolds would be Stewart given the younger audiences greater familiarity with the character over Hal Jordan thanks to the Justice League animated series.

Plus, he’s just an awesome character. Green Lantern: Mosaic anyone?

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8. Booth removed from Calgary Expo after members derail panels


A new and potentially awful chapter in Con Wars opened up today.

The Honey Badgers are the ladies auxiliary of the MRA (Men’s Rights Advocates) groups, and MRA groups are largely affiliated with GamerGate, the endlessly annoying group that has been fighting diversity behind a shield of anti-censorship for the last two million years since last summer. And sadly this warzone—mostly held on social media until now—just got dragged into the real world of the Calgary Expo.

The Honey Badger Brigade purchased a booth—which was crowdfunded—and sent some of their biggest names to the show. The goal was:

In April of this year, the Honey Badgers plan to put on a booth at the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo! We plan to infiltrate nerd culture cunningly disguised as their own. Each of us has been carefully crafting a persona of nerdiness through decades of dedication to comics, science fiction, fantasy, comedy games and other geekery, waiting for this moment, our moment to slip among the unaware. Once there we will start distributing the totalitarian message that nerd and gamer culture is… perfectly wonderful just as it is and should be left alone to go it’s own way.

That’s it folks.

As men’s issues advocates and defenders of creator’s rights to create unmolested, that’s what we have to say to the nerds and geeks and gamers. You are fantastic as you are, carry on.

Yep, in today’s political climate that’s considered an extremist position. Just letting creative communities create; consumers consume what they want; and gamers get down to the business of vidya without being judged.

So if you share our vision of a world in which nerds and geeks and gamers roam free and unfettered, help us spread that message by throwing a few shekels our way to attend the con.

However, as posted by The Mary Sue in a full report you should definitely read, the group was actually there to disrupt panels that didn’t agree with their world view:

We’re not done just yet. The group also attended the “Women Into Comics” panel last night. Panelist Brittney Le Blanc gave us this account of the events that transpired:

We were about fifteen minutes into the panel when a woman in the second row stood up and identified herself as a Men’s Rights Activist. She and her male companion both came to raise issues they felt would not be covered by our panel. Raising points about the way men are portrayed in comics struck a note with all the panelists, as we agreed that we want to see a diversity across body types, characters, races, etc in mainstream comics. Not everyone wants to see a hero who looks like he’s built like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. They also accused us of presenting all women as victims, which was an outright lie and derailing tactic.

Their questions did take up quite a bit of time at the panel and served to derail the topic onto another tangent, which was frustrating for the panel and for those in the audience. It’s what they came to do, and in part, they succeeded. I would say that it brought up some great discussions though, allowing us to talk about the lack of representation for people of colour in comics and to give well deserved props to artists like Sophie Campbell, who has done an amazing job in showcasing a broad range of bodies with her art in Jem and the Holograms.

 

News of the HBB booth, which was not registered under that name—with its images of Ellen James, a bizarre idealized girl gamer who coexists with men in some peaceful wonderland straight from the imagination of Henry Darger—spread on social media. After complaints from congoers, who just went to have a good time and not get caught up in a partisan war, the booth was removed.

…which had led to a renewed explosion of trolling from the proGG forces on twitter.

ON the surface, this event seems to play right into the GG/HBB agenda by making it appear that a group with an “alternative viewpoint” has been “censored.” But of course that isn’t the real agenda. If it was just about promoting one’s own opinion it would be one thing, but the GG/HBB faction has (from my own personal experiences) been focused on verbal abuse, gender based slurs, and basically, as with the panel above, attempting to disrupt the promotion of views opposite to their own—exactly what GG/HBBs accuse their foes of doing.

Sadly, this shows no sign of slowing down. Are convention panels soon to be a nerd version of a CNN “expert” panel, with loud talking heads shouting over one another seeing who can make the most noise and no one listening? Dear Crom, I hope not.
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9. Walking The Game Beat: STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT More Than A Battlefield Skin

Yesterday the earthquake felt around the world was from the millions chanting “Yes!” in unison after the reveal of the new Star Wars film trailer. Today at Celebration, the aftershock came in the form of a game footage reveal for EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront game. Since it’s reveal at E3 last year, not much had been seen or revealed from the game. Now we know most of the crucial details. Look at the astonishing new video below along with info from the game’s developer, DICE (Battlefield) :

Here’s the rundown:

  • - The game will release on November 17, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC.
  • - While the game doesn’t have a traditional story mode, all the online goodness takes place on four planets: The desert planet Tatooine, the forest moon of Endor, the desolate frozen wasteland of Hoth, and the previously unexplored Sullust, where Imperial outposts manufacture weapons. Instead of the traditional campaign, Star Wars: Battlefront features a series of missions, playable alone or via online and local co-op.
  • - You’ll be able to play as your favorite characters including Darth Vader and Bobba Fett. Also, the Millennium Falcon will be a part of the aerial combat. A documentary style piece was shown that had iconic elements from other Star Wars characters like Han Solo.
  • - On December 8, owners of the game will have access to free downloadable content featuring the new planet of Jakku revealed as part of the new JJ Abrams movie. Those who pre-order the game will have access to it a week early on December 1.
  • - No Jar-Jar or prequel era stuff, it’s all original trilogy folks.

With all the new canon from shows like Rebels and the new Marvel published comics, the game could have a bottomless well of additional elements and content to turn Battlefront into a massive world that takes away our need to go outside on the weekends.

Are you excited about Battlefront? If you haven’t already, does the announcement want to make you buy a PS4 or Xbox One?

 

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10. Archie vs Sharknado coming in July

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The Archie gang has teamed with Predator, Kiss, Glee, the Punisher and many other things over the years, so why not Sharknado? The Syfy movie about a tornado full of sharks has quietly taken over the imaginations of people coast to coast so it is only natural that the ‘Nado would touch down in Riverdale! For those more worried about the fuure of this nation, relax, it is only a one-shot, written by the director of the Shaknado trilogy Anthony C. Ferrante with art by Archie’s Dan Parent, who often writes these milestone issues but he’s multi-talented.

The issue also ties in with the third movie in the Sharknado trilogy, SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!, fans which runs on SyFy this July.
 

“Having a chance to crossover the Archie comics with our Sharknado universe has been a dream come true,” Ferrante said. “Riverdale will never be the same and I know fans are going to get a thrill out of seeing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang unleash their inner Fin Shepards.”

 “I can’t tell you the thrill of working on Sharknado. I might be the biggest Sharknado fan, watching multiple airings of the movies, going to theatrical screenings. attending the Riff Trax versions and then buying the DVDs,” Parent said. “So to be able to bring Sharknado into the world of Archie is a dream come true. And to be working on it with Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante is the icing on the cake! I promise to put my all into this project to make all the Sharknado – and Archie – fans proud!!!”

“Sharknado has become a worldwide merchandise and cultural phenomenon that has thrilled young and old alike,” said David Garber, who negotiated this deal on behalf of The Asylum with Archie Comics. “Archie’s comics and his adventures have always been fun and exciting. The fusion of these two properties is part of the social media and fan explosion that continues to grow. We are pleased to combine these historic IP’s in one consumer experience.”

“The Sharknado franchise has soared in popularity due partly to the variety of great celebrities, who bravely encounter this unnatural menace,” said Jeff Li, Vice President, Syfy Ventures. “Sharknado survivors come in all forms. It’s only natural that Archie and the gang will get a chance to save their town from flying sharks.”
 
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! stars Ian Ziering as Fin, Tara Reid as April and Cassie Scerbo as Nova. Joining them will be David Hasselhoff as Fin’s father, Gil; Bo Derek will play April’s mother, May; Ryan Newman will play April and Fin’s daughter, Claudia Shepard, and Jack Griffo will portray Claudia’s friend, Billy.
 
Additional cameo roles include Mark Cuban as the President of the United States; Ann Coulter as the Vice President; Michele Bachmann as herself; Jerry Springer as Mr. White, a manic tourist; Washington Redskins tackle Tom Compton as a reporter; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.
 
A production of The Asylum, Sharknado 3 is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.
 
ARCHIE VS. SHARKNADO #1 (ONE SHOT) 
 
It’s that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year.  Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and… SHARKNADOS!?!  That’s right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the “Feast” Coast! Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a BITE out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh….probably! The comic book action is also concurrent with the plot of SHARKNADO 3 and hits stands right before the film’s premiere in July on Syfy. Written by the SHARKNADO trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent.











Script: Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR B Variant: Francesco Francavilla
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR C Variant: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 7/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.






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11. Stan Lee pacts with Steve Wozniak for the Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Huh, what was I just saying? 10 minutes ago? It seems that Stan Lee has pacted yet again, this time for Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley free spirit to starts something that is sorely lacking in the world, another comic con! This time the Silicon Valley Comic Con for San Jose—and they’ve already acquired this weekend’s Big Wow ComicFest:

Stan Lee and Steve Wozniak have this morning announced the creation of the Silicon Valley Comic Con. The event’s inaugural dates set to be March 19th and 20th, 2016 and will be held at the San Jose Convention Center. With the Woz at the helm, and with help from his many friends, the event will unite America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. SVCC will feature Hollywood celebrities and technology leaders from movies, TV, and music, as well as consumer electronics, apps, gaming and emerging innovations. Different genres and artists in comics, cosplay, science fiction, fantasy, anime and more will be in the spotlight, while panels, talks, autograph sessions, photo ops, and many more events will give fans a chance to enjoy special experiences with their favorite celebrities and content.

This weekend’s Big Wow ComicFest has become part of the SVCC family of events, and will be working with SVCC to create an annual calendar of Bay Area conventions to celebrate a range of interests and fandoms. SVCC will be at Big Wow with a large central exhibitor booth spreading the news and also playing host to a number of celebrity guests, including Guests Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy, “Harry Potter” Series), Daniel Cudmore (Master Chief, “HALO” web series; Colossus in the X-Men films; Twilight Saga vampire Volturi guard Felix) and Jake Lloyd (Young Anakin Skywalker, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”) will be on site at Big WOW! for autographs and photo ops.


Based on the PR, Woz seems to be the front man for this effort, with Stan, as always, adding his smiling presence to the proceedings as a benign deity.

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12. Everything you need to know about what happened at Star Wars Celebration yesterday

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• The event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, and thus far no controversy about moving it to LA or Vegas.

• The panel included director JJ Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Money shot above.

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• The desert planet shown in the trailer is called “Jakku.” It seems to be a dumping ground for detritus from the star wars. It was filmed in Abu Dhabi where the temperature was a mild 128 degrees.

• The lightsaber everyone is handing around seems to be the one that Luke lost in his battle in Empire, which also belonged to his father, Anakin. You know….I always did wonder what happened to that lightsaber. I liked to think that Luke must have used the Force to retrieve it while he was sliding through the tunnels, because I didn’t like to think it was lost, but now we have a whole new movie to figure that out.

• The villain is Kylo Ren and we got a good look at him. His costume includes three layers of cotton and wool, so he must have been pretty hot in the desert.

• The new Star Wars mythos will include more female characters! It could not have included less, so win.

• Carrie Fisher will not wear hair buns or a metal bikini.

• The new droid is BB-8 and he and other droids in the film were designed by fans who got to work on the movie and showed up at the panel yesterday.

• Um, what else…Oscar Isacc plays Poe, a hot shot pilot. Daisy Ridley is Rey, a scavenger on the ship graveyard. John Boyega in Finn who does indeed start out as a stormtrooper.

• There is also a fanfest going on. Graeme McMillan and Borys Kit report on autograph prices :

The chance to get a signature from Mark Hamill at the show costs $125, while Carrie Fisher charges $70. Anthony Daniels, meanwhile, will sign something in exchange for $50, and Peter Mayhew shows the intergalactically-renowned kindness of Wookiees by also asking $50 for his hairy John Hancock.

It’s not just the big names who are offering their signatures. John Morton, who played an X-Wing pilot in The Empire Strikes Back, will give you an autograph for $20, and Brian Muir, who sculpted the Stormtrooper armor for the original movie (although the helmet was sculpted by another artist, Liz Moore), will sign for the same amount. The autograph of visual effects artist Lorne Peterson, meanwhile, will cost 50 percent more, at $30.

• A bunch of “posters” appeared on twitter throughout the day and no one is sure if they are real. Probably not but here they are.

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• Here’s a bunch of set photos.

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• There was a display of costumes from the film and IGN took photos. They also have a much more thorough news roundup.

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• Io9 has a trailer breakdown with the most spoilers.

• Disney sent out a ton of stills from the panel and here’s a gallery.

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• Many people will probably go see this movie.

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13. Dark Horse July 2015 Coming Attractions: Barb Wire #1, Unseen Frank Frazetta,The New Deal and more

Dark Horse’s July comics previews are out and here they are with Mignola, Kindt, the return of Barb Wire, The New Deal, a new graphic novel by Jonathan Case, the collected Astro Boy, the final book of Oh My Goddess and MORE. I haven’t really looked at the Dark Horse line in a while, and they are putting out some good stuff.

 


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SISTERS AGAINST THE WORLD!

“Kindt’s work is more complex, ambitious and somber than its subtitle suggests.”— Publishers Weekly

2 Sisters: A Super-Spy Graphic Novel HC

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Marie Enger (C)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 344 pages

$27.99

HC, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″

From the imagination of Matt Kindt, 2 Sisters is at once a fanciful World War II thriller full of codes, gadgets, and cyanide capsules and the heartbreaking story of Elle and Anna, whose shared past and secrets are dredged up when Elle is recruited into His Majesty’s service as a covert agent!

  • From the creator of MIND MGMT, 3 Story, and Past Aways!
  • Deluxe hardcover format matching Kindt’s Complete Pistolwhip!
  • Over 300 pages of spy action—in color for the first time!

 


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New arc begins here!

Abe Sapien #24

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Sebastián Fiumara (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Max Fiumara (Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Ongoing

Haunted by memories of Hellboy, Abe crosses paths with a horrible monster in a sunken town, which reveals secrets of his own prehuman origins.

  • Features a flashback to the BPRD before Seed of Destruction!

 


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Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians #2 (of 4)

Ricardo Delgado (W/A/Cover) and Ryan Hill (C)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

Ricardo Delgado delivers a stunning, elaborate prehistoric parable that evokes classic spaghetti westerns and noble samurai tales of yore! Traveling through a dense swamp teeming with primordial danger, a solitary Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is the unpredictable and deadly antihero of Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians.

  • The Eisner-winning wordless series returns!

 


 

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MIGNOLA! GIBBONS! NOWLAN!

Aliens: Salvation HC

Dave Gibbons (W), Mike Mignola (P/Cover), Kevin Nowlan (I), and Matt Hollingsworth (C)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 56 pages

$10.99

HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

One of the most memorable Aliens tales ever told, now available as a premier-edition hardcover! When the most pious crewman aboard the Nova Maru is forced to abandon ship with his mad captain, the two are marooned on an inhospitable and remote world—and they’re not alone . . .

  • Back in print for the first time in over a decade!
  • Deluxe hardcover format with a new cover by Mike Mignola!

 


 

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Angel & Faith Season 10 #16

Victor Gischler (W), Cliff Richards (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Scott Fischer (Cover), and Mike Norton (Variant cover)

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On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

While Angel is stateside, Faith is suddenly the go-to adviser for London’s Magic Town police detective. She enlists Fred to help scope out a situation, and the girls stumble onto some teenage vampires at Cuthbert Prep. Who better to delve further into the situation—from the inside—than a vampire slayer?

  • An all-Faith, all-Fred vampire adventure!

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THE GANG FIGHTS BACK!

“Look at these Archie vs. Predator comic covers and weep at their glory.”—io9

Archie vs. Predator #4 (of 4)

Alex de Campi (W), Fernando Ruiz (P), Rich Koslowski (I), Jason Millet (C), Andrew Pepoy (Cover), Faith Erin Hicks (Variant cover), and Joe Quinones (Variant cover)

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On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

As casualties continue to mount, it’s up to Betty and Veronica to put aside their differences if the gang hopes to rid Riverdale of the Predator menace—but can the girls keep their claws out of each other long enough to keep the Predator’s claws out of everyone?!

  • Variant covers by Faith Erin Hicks (The Last of Us) and Joe Quinones (Batman ’66, Howard the Duck)!

 


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Nearly 700 pages!

Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 TP

Osamu Tezuka (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 23

b&w, 688 pages

$19.99

TP, 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Built by a brilliant scientist to replace his lost son, but with powers beyond imagination, Astro Boy fights for the oppressed and helpless—human, alien, or robot. Created by Osamu Tezuka, “Japan’s Walt Disney,” Astro Boy is action-packed, classic fun for all ages, now featured in value-priced omnibus editions!

  • The late Osamu Tezuka is renowned internationally as a master cartoonist, animator, and storyteller.
  • Inspiration for three animated series and the 2009 feature film.

“Tezuka is widely considered the most important and influential figure in post–World War II Japanese animation.”—New York Times


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Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Part One TP

Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 80 pages

$10.99

TP, 6″ x 9″

The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage, mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend: remove Zuko from the throne, or the country will perish!

Avatar Aang and his friends escort Zuko and his family back to the capital, completely unaware of the looming threat growing in the city. Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances!

 


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Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #3 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Peter Bergting (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Ben Stenbeck (Cover)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

Lord Baltimore attacks a coven of witches to free his friend, but the witches will not give him up so willingly. Alone and freezing, Baltimore can now only save himself. Will he survive the wrath of the witches?

  • Featuring art from Peter Bergting (The Portent, Domovoi).

 


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Barb Wire #1

Chris Warner (W), Patrick Olliffe (P), Tom Nguyen (I), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Adam Hughes (Cover/Variant cover)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good and the bounties are hella big—if Barb lives long enough to collect!

  • Covers by Adam Hughes!
  • Price box, barcode, etc., will appear on the backcover.

 


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Black Hammer #2

Jeff Lemire (W/Variant cover), Dean Ormston (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Ongoing

The Golden Age heroes of Spiral City have been “erased” from existence! Banished years ago to a timeless farming community, the team are torn between accepting their fate and finding a way home! Chapter 2 focuses on child hero Golden Gail, whose unaging body most deeply feels the tragedy of their new lives.

  • From the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Descender)!
  • Comics-history variant cover by Lemire every issue!

“A deconstruction and exploration of the modern superhero storytelling technique and superhero comics as a whole.”—Comic Book Resources

 


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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Julián Totino Tedesco (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Ongoing

Johann’s fascination with the Sledgehammer armor leads to a strange journey into the past and the origin of Project Epimetheus.

  • Sledgehammer’s secrets revealed!

 

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 11: Flesh and Stone TP

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 144 pages

$19.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

Things seem to be going well for the BPRD. With their alliance with the military, they now have all the munitions they need and, compared to what they faced in New York, an easy mission to clear a small town. But the town has strange connections to Howards’s past as a prehistoric warrior, and more than its share of monsters. This volume collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #125–#129.


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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #17

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Tensions are on the rise as the gang goes in search of an ancient enemy—Archaeus. Split into teams, Angel and Xander are able to connect over themes of betrayal and love lost, while Buffy pushes Spike to keep his insecurities in check. But they quickly discover there are much more dangerous things to battle as they close in on the demon lord.

  • Angel and Buffy crossover event!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 Volume 3: Love Dares You TP

Christos Gage (W), Nicholas Brendon (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A), Megan Levens (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale Sept 9

FC, 136 pages

$18.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

The romantic scene for Buffy and friends amps up in unexpected ways. But personal lives are soon put aside to deal with demons, both real and intangible. Spike struggles with vivid dreams of murder, and Buffy journeys into his mind, discovering the terrifying new face of evil . . . Collects Buffy Season 10 #11–#15.

  • Buffy star Nicholas Brendon cowrites Season 10!
  • Special guest artist Megan Levens!

“The combination of pacing, appropriate dialogue and art, as well as real emotion/acting on the part of the imaginary players (especially poor Giles, who gets a double-dose of bad news this time around) make this feel like a solid hour-long episode in all the right ways.” —Major Spoilers


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Danger in the desert!

Conan the Avenger #16

Fred Van Lente (W), Brian Ching (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Jason Felix (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Ongoing

A new arc of Conan the Avenger by Fred Van Lente begins!

A mysterious oasis with a massive inland lighthouse beckons to Conan amidst the scorching sands. Answering a call for help, he offers assistance, only to realize too late all is not what it seems—he’s stumbled into a trap!

“A fun, exciting adventure story starring everyone’s favorite Barbarian . . . Recommended.”—Fandom Post


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Conan Volume 18: The Damned Horde HC

Fred Van Lente (W), Brian Ching (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Dan Scott (Cover)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 152 pages

$24.99

HC, 7″ x 10″

Conan and his allies are thrown into battle against an army of brigands! Conan enters into an uncertain alliance to steal a legendary treasure that leads him on a perilous journey! Writer Fred Van Lente tackles the world’s most famous barbarian in this collection of issues #7–#12 of Dark Horse Comics’ Conan the Avenger.

  • The complete smash-hit second Conan the Avenger arc by Fred Van Lente!

“This is classic Conan here, folks, and it’s great fun to read.”—The Fandom Post

 


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The Courageous Princess Volume 3: The Dragon Queen HC

Rod Espinosa (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 192 pages

$19.99

HC, 5 13/16″ x 9″

In this conclusion to the Courageous Princess trilogy, Princess Mabelrose must use her generous spirit, as well as her brains, to melt the heart of the Dragon Queen and gain her freedom. But she still has to bring her father and her friends back from the queen’s unreachable Unremembered Lands . . .

  • An adventure for all that explores a new meaning of courage.

“Espinosa’s influences seem to be equal parts Grimm fairy tales, animated Disney films, the Wizard of Oz and Japanese manga, and the work is meticulously rendered in a seductive palette of brights and shadows.”—Publishers Weekly


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Creepy Archives Volume 22 HC

Various (W/A)

On sale Sept 9

b&w, 240 pages

$49.99

HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

Murderous beasts, ravenous aliens, and other bizarre creatures hunt for careless humans in Creepy Archives Volume 22, collecting issues #104 through #107 of the infamous horror anthology! Featuring timeless tales by Russ Heath, John Severin, Len Wein, Bruce Jones, Larry Hama, Jim Starlin, Terry Austin, Alfredo Alcala, and many others—as well as all original fan pages and letters columns!

  • A New York Times best-selling series!

 


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Creepy Comics Volume 4 TP

Fred Van Lente (W), Corinna Bechko (W), Ray Fawkes (W), Matthew Southworth (W/A), Peter Bagge (W/A), Dan Braun (W), Doug Moench (W), Alex de Campi (W), Ted Naifeh (W/A), Rachel Deering (W), Paul Tobin (W), J. Torres (W), Richard P. Clark (W/A), Ivan Cohen (W/A), Attilla Futaki (W/A), Tomm Coker (A), Alison Sampson (A), Simone Delladio (A), Drew Moss (A), Mike Norton (A), Dave Stokes (A), Henrik Jonsson (A), Vanesa R. Del Rey (A), Juan Ferreyra (A), Ron Salas (A), and Dustin Nguyen (Cover)

On sale Sept 16

b&w, 176 pages

$19.99

TP, 7” x 10”

Creepy Comics enters its second half century of horrifying readers! This villainous volume contains some of the spookiest stories yet, including Uncle Creepy’s Fifteith anniversary spectacular! Don’t miss malicious missives from Fred Van Lente, Ray Fawkes, Alex de Campi, Richard P. Clark, Matthew Southworth, Tomm Coker, Ted Naifeh, and many more! It’s a heap of creep! Collects issues #14–#19 of Dark Horse’s revived Creepy Comics!

Creepy has been a horror institution for 50 years. Then, as now, Creepy sets and meets an almost impossibly high standard for horror writing and artwork.“

—ComicWow!


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Eisner, Harvey, and Stumptown award winner!

Dark Horse Presents #12

Michael May (W), Fabian Rangel Jr. (W), Rich Woodall (W), Dennis Calero (W/A), Ken Pisani (W), Anthony Zicari (W), Jason Copland (A/Cover), Pablo Clark (A), Craig Rousseau (A), Dennis Calero (A), Arturo Lauria (A), and Oscar Capristo (A)

On sale July 15

FC, 48 pages

$4.99

Ongoing

It’s giant monsters versus giant robots in Michael May and Jason Copland’s Kill All Monsters, a tie-in to the Kill All Monsters hardcover, on sale now! Anthony Zicari and Oscar Capristo deliver an action-packed take on old fairy tales with Grimm Arcane!

Plus, new chapters of Fabian Rangel Jr. and Pablo Clark’s Black Past, Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Ken Pisani’s Colonus, and Dennis Calero’s The Suit!

“How often does it have to be said, that Dark Horse Presents is the best value for money available monthly at your local comic store?” —Infinite Comix


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Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?

Death Head #1 (of 6)

Zack Keller (W), Nick Keller (W), Joanna Estep (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), and E. M. Gist (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

Zack Keller (cocreator of Dick Figures, the Streamy, IAWTV, an Annie Award–nominated web series with 650 million+ YouTube views) and Nick Keller (Turner of the Century) deliver a supernatural-horror thriller about family and creeping, terrifying murder!

When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace . . . not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids.

 


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THE EC ARCHIVES ARE AT DARK HORSE!

The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales Volume 1 HC

Harvey Kurtzman (W/A/Cover), Al Feldstein (W/A), Wally Wood (W/A), John Severin (W/A), Johnny Craig (W/A), Jerry De Fuccio (W), Jack Davis (W/A), and Alex Toth (A)

On sale Sept 9

FC, 216 pages

$49.99

HC, 8″ x 11″

Writer/artist/editor Harvey Kurtzman teamed with legendary artists Wally Wood, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, John Severin, and others to create these powerful stories of struggle and humanity that are considered to be among the best war stories ever told. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present this first incredible volume, collecting Two-Fisted Tales #18–#23.


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Eerie Comics #7

  1. Torres (W), Larry Lama (W), Alexander Perkins (A), and Jim Pavelec (Cover)

On sale July8

b&w, 36 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Cousin Eerie is plumbing the depths of disgustingness while voyaging through the spooky stratosphere! Join J. Torres, Larry Hama, Alexander Perkins, and others, as they seek out loathsome life and sickening civilizations, boldly going where no horror comic has gone before!

“A lesson in how to do a good old fashioned horror short properly. It has everything you need.” —Geeked Out Nation

 


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ElfQuest: The Final Quest #10

Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover), Richard Pini (W), and Sonny Strait (C)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Ongoing

Ten years have passed. The Palace of the High Ones returns as the centerpiece of a grand celebration in Cutter’s holt. In the midst of it all, every relationship fans have cherished or wished for will be tested. New faces appear; joinings and partings abound—but whose, when, why, and at what price?

  • Winner of the Golden Pen Award from the Young Adult Advisory Committee!
  • Brand-new ElfQuest adventures!

 


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Chuck Palahniuk writes the sequel to Fight Club!

Fight Club 2 #3

Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A/Variant cover), Dave Stewart (C), and David Mack (Cover)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Tyler’s been around a lot longer than anyone realized . . . To gain admittance to the current generation of Project Mayhem, Marla is more than happy to provide Sebastian with plenty of bruises, and thus, the search for their son begins . . .

  • One of IGN and io9’s Most Anticipated Comics of 2015!

“Ever wanted to know what happened to the anonymous narrator—and his constant companion, Tyler Durden—of Fight Club? Thanks to writer Chuck Palahniuk, artist Cameron Stewart and Dark Horse Comics, you’ll get the answer in Fight Club 2.”—Playboy


 

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Frankenstein Underground #5 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

Miniseries

Frankenstein’s monster confronts the danger lurking within the underground city. Can he save the spirit of the city or will he meet his end?

  • The sequel to Hellboy: House of the Living Dead!

“Reveals a huge key to the mystery leading to the Hellboy endgame.”—MTV 


 

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AN UNSEEN WORK FROM A MODERN MASTER!

Frank Frazetta’s The Adventures of the Snow Man HC

Frank Frazetta (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 30

FC, 104 pages

$14.99

HC, 9″ x 6 3/8″

Although informed by World War II propaganda, Frank Frazetta’s earliest work is nevertheless as artistically nuanced and socially complex as it is innocent. Now, for the first time ever, witness the first complete story from a modern master with Frank Frazetta’s The Adventures of the Snow Man!

  • The first time ever in print!
  • The earliest complete work from Frank Frazetta!

 


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Game of Thrones Jorah Mormont Figure

On sale Sept 16

7 7/8” tall

$24.99

Jorah, a former agent of spymaster Varys, assigned to secretly report on Daenerys, switches sides and becomes one of her closest allies. An exiled northern lord, he has forsaken his heritage to help Daenerys on her road to destiny.

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Game of Thrones Sansa Stark Figure

On sale Sept 16

7 3/4” tall

$24.99

Sansa is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell and sister of Robb, Arya, Bran, and Rickon Stark, and half sister of Jon Snow. She moves to King’s Landing when her father is appointed Hand of the King and is betrothed to heir apparent Joffrey, who abuses and ultimately abandons her.

 


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Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #7

Alex de Campi (W), John Lucas (A), Ryan Hill (C), and Francesco Francavilla (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Grindhouse’s final arc is guaranteed to get your green blood running hot! Plucked from the tentacles of doom by angels, Veronica and Britt find a new home on a spaceship that runs on a very special, very hot and sweaty energy. “Nebulina” is ready to launch, and we’ve got three words for you: Sex! In! Space!

  • Alex de Campi (Archie vs. Predator) brings Grindhouse to its mind-blowing climax!
  • First issue in the final, sexy new arc!

 


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Groo: Friends and Foes #7

Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragonés (A/Cover), Tom Luth (C), and Stan Sakai (L)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

For the swordswoman Chakaal there are only two rules for survival: first, be more able with your sword, and second, avoid Groo! From the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.

  • Lettered by the Eisner Award–winning Stan Sakai!

“A beautifully-cartooned, smartly-written, lighthearted and enjoyable adventure book that also happens to be very, very hilarious.”—Rhymes with Geek


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Groo: Friends and Foes Volume 1 TP

Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragonés (A/Cover), Tom Luth (C), and Stan Sakai (L)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 112 pages

$14.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

The bird-brained wanderer Groo and his mutt Rufferto crisscross the countryside, encountering acquaintances from years past: Captain Ahax, the witches Arba and Dakarba, Arcadio the Hero, and Groo’s own Granny Groo! These chance meetings can only end in chaos! Collects issues #1–#4 of the series from Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.

“When a trifle feels like a masterpiece, that’s where you’ll find Sergio Aragonés. Here’s a three-word review: buy this book.”—Doom Rocket

 


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KISS KISS. BANG BANG.

Gun Theory HC

Daniel Way (W) and Jon Proctor (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 30

FC, 160 pages

$24.99

HC, 6″ x 9″

Everyone who’s laid eyes on Harvey is dead. That’s because Harvey is a hired killer whose victims never see him until it’s too late. Through years of practice, Harvey’s appearance and demeanor have become so devoid of humanity that he has become invisible. Unknowable. Untouchable. Until Harvey meets a woman who, strangely, can see him.

  • From superstar writer Daniel Way (Deadpool, Wolverine: Origins)! 

 

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Halo: Escalation #20

Duffy Boudreau (W), Ian Richardson (P), Denis Freitas (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Isaac Hannaford (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

“The Absolute Record” part 2—Operation: ATHENA is underway and there is no turning back. Will Commander Palmer’s team survive the treacherous journey into an ancient vault of Forerunner secrets? The thrilling sequel to Halo® 4’s Spartan Ops continues from Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre) and Ian Richardson (Noble Causes).

  • An essential addition to the Halo canon!
  • The Halo franchise has sales eclipsing $4 billion over its lifetime!
  • The second chapter of a brand-new arc!

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Halo: Escalation Volume 3 TP

Duffy Boudreau (W), Sergio Ariño (P), Douglas Franchin (P), Juan Castro (I), Denis Freitas (I), Rob Lean (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Daniel Chavez (Cover)

On sale Sept 9

FC, 144 pages

$19.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

Halo 4’s Spartan Ops continues here as the UNSC Infinity battles the Covenant for control of the all-powerful Forerunner Janus Key. Plus, Spartan Tanaka’s thrilling origin story revealed—all in this volume collecting Halo: Escalation issues #13–#18 by Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre), Sergio Ariño (Ms. Marvel), and Douglas Franchin (Person of Interest).

“The art is really great. It feels emotional and really adds to the writing. The colors are vivid from panel to panel. I really like it. Halo: Escalation is a fantastic series.”—Unleash the Fanboy

 


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“Disturbing and genuinely brilliant at its core.”—Jeff Lemire

“Deftly written, beautifully drawn, thoughtfully imagined—Harrow County already feels like a classic.”—Michael Chabon

Harrow County #3

Cullen Bunn (W) and Tyler Crook (A/Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Terrified by what she’s learned of witches and monsters, Emmy takes shelter in an ancient graveyard, as she’s hunted down by her own family!

  • Features two backup stories exclusive to the single issues!
  • Features a pinup by Lady Killer creator Joëlle Jones!

 


 

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The only way to avoid heartbreak is to be heartless . . .

Heart in a Box TP

Kelly Thompson (W) and Meredith McClaren (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 144 pages

$14.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

In a moment of post-heartbreak weakness, Emma wishes her heart away and a mysterious stranger obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart, in a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it!

  • Written by novelist Kelly Thompson (Jem & the Holograms, Storykiller)!
  • For fans of Scott Pilgrim!

 


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From creators Victor Gischler (Angel & Faith) and Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ)

Hellbound HC

Victor Gischler (W), Davide Dileo (W), Riccardo Burchielli (A), Luca Saponti (C), and Lee Bermejo (Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 144 pages

$17.99

HC, 7″ x 10″

When two disgraced FBI agents are sent to investigate gruesome murders along Route 5, they discover there’s a lot more going on than a simple string of bodies left by some garden-variety serial killer. Horrific nightmares are tormenting the small towns along the highway, and only one man in junkyard armor keeps them at bay.

  • For fans of From Hell, True Detective, and Se7en.

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The Hellboy 100 Project HC & TP

Various (A)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 120 pages

$24.99

HC, 7” x 10”

On sale Sept 23

FC, 120 pages

$12.99

TP, 7” x 10”

In the now-grand tradition of Hero Initiative’s previous and wildly successful 100 Project books, Mike Mignola’s signature creation comes to the fore! ALL of Hero’s original covers to Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #1 are on display in this great book, with art by John Cassaday, Francis Manapul, Todd Nauck, Whilce Portacio, Eric Powell, Paolo Rivera, Bill Sienkiewicz, and of course, Mike Mignola!

  • This book will NEVER be reprinted, and all proceeds go to Hero Initiative and comic book creators in medical and financial need!

 


 

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Lady Killer TP

Joëlle Jones (W/A/Cover), Jamie S. Rich (W), and Laura Allred (Cover)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 136 pages

$17.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger! Collects issues #1–#5.

“A level of violence that can only be described as Mad Men’s Betty Draper meets Dexter.”—Comic Book Resources

Lady Killer somehow manages to perfectly incorporate the quaint concept of the 1950s TV housewife with blood-fueled antics of vicious killer for hire.”—IGN


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Go behind the scenes!

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book Four: Balance HC

Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Joaquim Dos Santos (W)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 120 pages

$34.99

HC, 9″ x 12″

Go behind the scenes and uncover the phenomenal never-before-seen artwork that went into creating this beloved series’ final season! Captions from series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will give you an exclusive look at every aspect of the show; it’s like having your own backstage pass to The Legend of Korra Book Four: Balance!

  • Never-before-seen artwork from season 4 of Korra!

“Strong characters, compelling storylines, heartfelt humor, gorgeous animation—this show had it all.”—IGN


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Santa held hostage!

Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life One-Shot

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Troy Nixey (A), Kevin Nowlan (A/C), Dave Stewart (C), and Tonci Zonjic (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.50

One-shot

Santa is in trouble!

Santa was taken hostage after witnessing a hostile robbery and a man’s death. Hidden away in a mountain cabin, will the Lobster be able to find Santa and save Christmas?

  • Kevin Nowlan returns to Lobster Johnson!
  • Troy Nixey joins the Mignolaverse!

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Midnight Society: The Black Lake #2 (of 4)

Drew Edward Johnson (W/A/Cover) and Lizzy John (C)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

Drew Edward Johnson’s genre-breaking creator-owned series continues!

The search for a missing research team leads Secret Agent Matilda Finn underneath Loch Ness with submarine driver Billy Wetherell. Things are not as they seem under the black lake, as Billy soon loses contact with the rest of the search-and-rescue crew and finds himself trapped with a horrifying creature!


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ALL YOUR MIND ARE BELONG TO US!

MIND MGMT #35

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Meru and the small resistance she has assembled are too late. Mind Management is operational, with orders to remake the world. In a last-ditch effort, Meru fights her way through a reality shaped by the Eraser, in the oversized conclusion to “The Immortals”!

“This is the final arc and everything is coming together fabulously.”—Multiversity Comics


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Mulan: Revelations #2 (of 4)

Marc Andreyko (W) and Micah Kaneshiro (A/Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

With her ancient ancestral power awakened, Mulan now enters a fierce struggle against the dark forces that wish to oppress her country’s people! But in order to preserve a delicate cosmic balance, the omnipotent immortals may be forced to intercede!


 

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One man’s suicide note leads to his suicide mission!

Negative Space #1 (of 4)

Ryan K Lindsay (W) and Owen Gieni (A/Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation.

  • An exciting new series from Ryan K Lindsay (Headspace, CMYK) and Owen Gieni (Manifest Destiny, Shutter)!
  • For fans of Locke & Key and Green Wake.

“Ryan K Lindsay is an established authority in the comics world. He writes about comics, scripts them, and does prose too.”—Bloody Disgusting


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Neverboy #5 (of 6)

Shaun Simon (W), Tyler Jenkins (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), and Conor Nolan (Cover)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

Julian Drag’s addiction to fame is destroying the world of imagination. The only one who can stop him is Neverboy, but he must first accept his place in reality and do the hardest thing he’s ever done: say goodbye.

  • Killjoys cocreator Shaun Simon’s new fantasy adventure!

“Strong themes, frenetic artwork, and exceptional color work.”—Comics Bulletin


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CLAWS OF THE CUB!

New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 6 TP

Kazuo Koike (W) and Hideki Mori (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 2

b&w, 264 pages

$13.99

TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Fighting for survival, Tōgō Shigekata is unaware that a warship sails north to ensure he will never reach Edo Castle. But Tōgō’s charge, young Daigoro, has been trained by the sword master and will for the first time demonstrate his skills in combat . . . and draw his first blood!

  • Written by Lone Wolf and Cub creator Kazuo Koike!
  • Continues the Lone Wolf and Cub saga, which has sold over one million copies of the Dark Horse edition.


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“Case is a master at human expression.”­—Newsarama

The New Deal HC

Jonathan Case (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 96 pages

$16.99

HC, 7″ x 10″

The Waldorf Astoria is the classiest hotel along the Manhattan skyline in 1930s New York City. When a charming woman checks in with a high-society entourage, a bellhop and a maid get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics.

  • From Eisner Award winner Jonathan!

“One part comedy, one part mystery and one part historical exploration, The New Deal hopes to explore social and political themes of the era in a way that the original films never did.”—Comic Book Resources 


 

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THE FINAL VOLUME!

Oh My Goddess! Volume 48 TP

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 30

b&w, 160 pages

$12.99

TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

After twenty-one years, the final volume of North America’s longest-running manga series is here! They’ve won every test and tribulation that both Heaven and Hell could throw at them; only one challenge now remains for Keiichi and Belldandy—to get back to Earth for their wedding! Even with the help of their friends and family, can they cross the dimensions in time? Spoiler alert: it’s a happy ending!

  • Inspired the Ah! My Goddess anime TV series, available from Funimation.
  • Each volume contains fan art, letters, and commentary from the creator.

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PAST AWAY DOWN!

Past Aways #5

Matt Kindt (W), Scott Kolins (A/Cover), and Bill Crabtree (C)

On sale July 22

FC, 40 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Phil and his new student experiment with a novel form of time travel, Art begins a dangerous relationship with a 2015 native, and the impossible occurs when one of the immortal Past Aways passes away!

  • The next opus from Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT)!
  • Every time-traveling issue contains bonus 2015 travelogues!

“History comes alive in an unexpected manner in Past Aways.”—The Hollywood Reporter


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Pixu: The Mark of Evil TP

Gabriel Bá (W/A), Fábio Moon (W/A), Becky Cloonan (W/A), and Vasilis Lolos (W/A)

On sale Sept 9

b&w, 128 pages

$14.99

TP, 6” x 9”

This gripping tale of urban horror follows the lives of five lonely tenants—strangers—whose lives become intertwined when they discover a dark mark scrawled on the walls of their building. The horror sprouts quite innocently from a small seed and finds life as something otherworldly. As the walls come alive, everyone is defenseless against a brewing evil.

“The story telling here is beautiful, creating a real sense of dread and supernatural menace. Smart, subtle and genuinely disturbing.”—Mike Mignola


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Based on the hit video game franchise!

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #2 (of 3)

Paul Tobin (W), Ron Chan (A/Cover), Dustin Nguyen (A), Jennifer L. Meyer (A), and Matthew J. Rainwater (C)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$2.99

Miniseries

Dr. Zomboss’s college-era crimes catch up with him—and karma comes in the form of the strange Anti-Bully Squad! Nate, Patrice, Crazy Dave, and a batch of overwhelmed plants are caught in between two zombie hordes! Featuring two bonus stories illustrated by guest artist Jennifer L. Meyer (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Star Wars Adventures)!

  • Over 500,000 in print!
  • The hit video game franchise continues its all-ages comic book invasion!

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Rebels #4

Brian Wood (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Jordie Bellaire (C), and Tula Lotay (Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

With Mercy pushed to the back of his mind, Seth is free to commit one hundred percent to the war for independence and to the special assignment General George Washington has in mind for him.

“Wood’s series explores the lives of soldiers, ordinary colonists, and the extraordinary men and women that lived and died during the Revolutionary War era.”—Nerdist

Rebels is a great & beautiful book! Read issue 1 & can’t wait for the next one!” —Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT


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Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery #3 (of 3)

Peter Hogan (W) and Steve Parkhouse (A/Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

Seeking the truth behind a decades-old murder in the seemingly sleepy town of Patience, Washington, the stranded alien known as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigel learns a few lessons in human nature and forgiveness. A unique science-fiction/murder-mystery mash-up by creators Peter Hogan (Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders)!

“A refreshingly original take on the classic whodunit murder mystery formula, and feels a bit like a fun mash-up between Diagnosis Murder and The X-Files.”—Newsarama


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Resurrectionists: Near-Death Experienced TP

Fred Van Lente (W), Maurizio Rosenzweig (P), Moreno Dinisio (I/C), and Juan Doe (Cover)

On sale Aug 19

FC, 160 pages

$19.99

TP, 7” x 10”

Resurrectionists are a select group of people who cannot only remember their past lives, but also become them. Framed architect-turned-thief Jericho Way and his crew of modern-day tomb robbers aren’t born knowing they’ve been trying to pull off the same heist for three millennia. First, they have to wake up. But with enlightenment comes grave danger—the eternally antagonistic Sojourn Corporation is now hot on their heels! Collects Resurrectionists #1–#6.

Resurrectionists [is] great! Action, intrigue, and mystery aplenty!”—Jim Zub (Conan Red Sonja)


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Shaper #5 (of 5)

Eric Heisserer (W), Ace Continuado (P), Adelso Corona (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Felipe Massafera (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

As Cal Victus unleashes destruction on the Shaper home planet, the team rallies for one last chance at taking down an empire and saving the shape-shifting species! Spry has played many games of Heroes of the Caliphate, but this is no game, and all cards are on the table!

  • The clashing conclusion to the epic sci-fi miniseries!
  • Screenwriter Eric Heisserer brings his cinematic vision to comics!

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Read the comic! Watch the series! [Use FX logo]®

The Strain: The Night Eternal #11

David Lapham (W), Mike Huddleston (A), Dan Jackson (C), and E. M. Gist (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

Having discovered the Master’s origin site, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his meager band of rebels have a slim chance of defeating their all-seeing, all-knowing vampiric nemesis. The Master is right on their tail with his legions in tow!

“10 out of 10! Written incredibly well and the dialogue is real and natural. Huddleston’s art gets even better.”—Comic Vine

“From both a writing and artistic standpoint, the creative team deliver with aplomb.”—Big Comic Page

 


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Tomb Raider #18

Rhianna Pratchett (W), Derlis Santacruz (P), Andy Owens (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Brian Horton (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

After the events in the Mexican jungle, Lara finds herself back in London. However, the downtime doesn’t sit well with Lara and it’s even worse for Sam—much worse! Will they be able to overcome what haunts them?

  • The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story!

“There are no fancy tricks: Tomb Raider is just one woman taking on the world, which really is as good as it gets.”—Broken Frontier


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Who owns your future?

The Tomorrows #1 (of 6)

Curt Pires (W), Jason Copland (A/Cover), Pete Toms (C), and Dylan Todd (Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it.

“A critical dissection of the bloated culture machine that holds power through sedation, and is as structurally fragile as it is monolithic. This is everything you signed up for when you pick up a book from Curt Pires, and more.”—Bloody Disgusting


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Usagi Yojimbo #147

Stan Sakai (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 15

$3.50

b&w, 24 pages

Ongoing

The shadow lord Hikiji’s latest conspiracy pits the rabbit ronin’s friends against one another, as “The Thief and the Kunoichi” concludes! One of them may die tonight, unless Usagi, Chizu, and Kitsune can stop a secret treaty!

  • The Usagi Yojimbo Saga and Usagi Yojimbo: Senso both made best-of-2014 lists!

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“Even if you’re not a fan of the Witcher media already, I think there’s a lot in this book to enjoy, but if you are, this is a must-buy.”—Comic Vine

The Witcher: Fox Children #4 (of 5)

Paul Tobin (W), Joe Querio (A/Cover), and Carlos Badilla (C)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

The crew of the Prophet begin to turn on each other as the Fox Mother’s mystical illusions lead them to their fate. Now even Geralt is forced to question what is reality and what is just the fantastic projection of the scorned she-beast!

  • From Paul Tobin, Eisner-winning writer of Bandette!
  • The Witcher games have collectively earned over 250 industry awards and have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

 


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THEIR FIGHT. HIS CITY.

X Volume 6: Marked for Death—Enter the Mark TP

Duane Swierczynski (W), Eric Nguyen (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jason Felix (Cover)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 104 pages

$14.99

TP, 7″ x 10″

Can X halt a superpowered grudge match and rescue his city from the scars it leaves?

Collects issues #21–#24.

“[Duane Swierczynski] is a master of dialogue; his characters’ words flow with the natural rhythm.”—ComicWow!

“We’ve moved beyond just simply fighting street gangs, robbers, skin traders, mobsters, drug dealers, and arm dealers. The conclusion takes things to a whole new level.”—Geeked Out Nation


 

PS: if you actually got down here, I put up solicitations when I have time but it is a little time consuming. Should I continue to do it?  Let me know in the comments.

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14. Justice League: Gods and Monsters, coming this July, unveils its cast

1000563530BRDBEAUTY_c81d1a96We’ve reported in the past week or so about Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett‘s upcoming original animated feature, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, which posits an Elseworlds-esque take on the classic DC trinity.

Today, it’s been announced this newest DC animated film will hit stores on July 28th, and will feature a cast that includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor and C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland) as Dr. Will Magnus.

That’s a pretty enticing cast, and I for one will be fascinated to see Hall’s take on the Caped Crusader.

Here’s the official summary of the Timm and Burnett-written story:

Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett comes an original story where the world’s greatest triumvirate of super heroes has distinctly different origins. Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League – but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows?  It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

Sam Liu (Batman: Year One) will return to direct, and Timm and Sam Register the Co-Executive Producers.

While the deluxe edition of the Blu-ray will come with the Wonder Woman figurine seen above, the standard blu-ray set will include the following special features:

  • ALTERNATE REALITIES: Infinite Possibilities – Justice League: Gods & Monsters falls into a category of storytelling where our well-known characters and the worlds they inhabit are re-imagined. This documentary explores the various attempts by writers to have a little fun and tinker with the characters, resulting in exceptional storytelling that posed thought-provoking questions to audiences.
  • CALCULATED RISKS: The Making of Gods and Monsters – Justice League: Gods & Monsters was an idea that pushed the boundaries. It began with that challenging question writers face: “What haven’t we seen before?”  Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett audaciously answered that challenge, resulting in a fresh and exciting film that forces us to think differently about the DC Universe.
  • The New Gods – Encore presentation of 2010 documentary about Jack Kirby’s New Gods.
  • A Sneak Peak at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

And, just if you need the reminder of how enticing this feature is looking, here’s the latest trailer:

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15. Star Wars teaser: NAILED IT

The latest Star Wars teaser is out, and All of The Internet is caving to the perfect sense of nostalgia it invokes.

Have a look:

The teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim and features new characters and the return of old favorites, like Han Solo. The film is slated for a U.S. release on Dec. 18 of this year.

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16. This deal is getting better all the time: Marvel announces Lando #1 for July

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Star Wars Celebrations is underway and Twitter is collectively peeing its pants as announcements roll out, but here’s one of the first:A new limited series for Lando Calrissian to be written by Charles Soule with Art by Alex Maleev. SOLD RIGHT THERE.

“Is Lando Calrissian the coolest character in all of Star Wars? Depends on who you ask, probably. But if you ask me, the answer is yes, and I plan to prove it with this story,” says series writer Soule.

In Marvel’s Lando, developed closely with Lucasfilm, the titular character — in the days before he became a hero, but still with Lobot at his side — looks to steal one of the galaxy’s most valuable ships. But, as usual, he may be in over his head.

“Before Cloud City, before his glorious Death Star run,” continues Soule, “Lando Calrissian was just a man trying to make his way through an uncaring universe determined not to recognize that he was undeniably the coolest man in the galaxy. But Lando’s got a plan to change all that… and it starts with the deal of a lifetime.”


Marval has alreayd done the obvious by giving Darth Vader and Princess LEiz there own solo titles for the first time, and sales have been through the roof. Will Lando live up to the sales? I wouldn’t bet against it.
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17. Ron Richards leaves Image

Looks like something of a shakeup is underway at Image, as Director of Business Development Ron Richards has also departed the company following Jennifer DeGuzman’s exit last week.

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Richards—formerly a mainstay at the website/podcast iFanboy and the co-organizer of Morrison Con— wrote about it in a post at Medium:

As anyone who works in the comic book industry will tell you — especially those folks behind the scenes — working in this industry is immensely rewarding but equally frustrating and exhausting. The term, “Seeing how the sausage is made” gets used quite a bit in comics, and with good reason. It’s not an easy industry to work in by any means, given the challenges of the direct market and comic book retailers, working with a single distributor, the “polite” competition between companies, the looming shadow of online retailers, and not to mention the increasing toxic atmosphere in the echo chamber of the comics social media community. All together, it can be quite the challenge and, when you deal with all of those things on a daily basis, can take a lot of out of you. Anyone who knows me knows that I gave the job everything I had to give — every day, night and weekend. But you know what? It was fueled by my passion for comics and I loved nearly every minute of it. I will treasure the experience for the rest of my life.
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The natural question is “What’s Next?” (and for some of you probably, “Will you return to the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast?” or “Will you be doing another con like MorrisonCon?”)

For now I’ll be getting back to some things that are important to me and taking some time for myself (remember that bit above about all that exhaustive work?). But not to worry, everyone knows I won’t stay idle for long, and probably my next chapter will be my greatest adventure yet.

Richards had a hand in many aspects of Image’s explosion over the two years he worked there, including the successful Image Expo events, and getting more social media for Image in general. He’s another guy who’s great to work with, and will no doubt resurface somewhere with great contributions to make. And of course, as a fellow Mets fanatic, I must salute him for his unbreakable resolve in the face of absurdism. Like I said, I’m sure he’ll pop up somewhere in no time and yet another smart guy for some company (DC?????) to snap up.

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18. Ty Templeton in critical condition after a heart attack

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Cartoonist Ty Templeton—generally considered one of the funniest people of his generation—is in stable but critical condition after suffering a heart attack wife, KT Smith reported on Facebook. Templeton, 52, suffered the attack yesterday but in an update today she reports he’s in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator, but expected to be taken off of it tomorrow.

On his blog, Templeton, like many, had been talking about going to a convention, but also complaining about stomach pains:

Oy, what a weekend.  I’m supposed to be at a convention in Kitchener, Ontario, but I’ve been having my tummy problems again.  (Long time readers don’t need tickets to a new Stones Tour, but you get the picture).

I worked with Ty quite a bit during my editing days and the short version is…he’s such a great guy and so talented. His Bun Toons comic strips are biting and hilarious takes on comics history and controversy, like this one on complaints over Marvel continuity

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Templeton’s work includes his debut classic Stig’s Inferno, and tons of comics for DC, Marvel and Bongo, including an award winning run on The Batman Adventures.

Get well letters can be sent to Templeton here.

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19. Walking the Game Beat: Lego Crisis, New Daredevil Duds in Heroes, and the Future of Injustice?

Happy Mortal Kombat Week everyone! No, it’s not 1993 but a brand new Mortal Kombat game is out this week and the early reviews are predominantly positive. We’ll have some totally irreverent impressions of the game this weekend. This week; Lego’s giving us their version of a crisis, Marvel’s updated several of their games, and last week’s Convergence #1 may have dropped some hints at the future of the Injustice universe.

 

 

Colorful toys used in video game platforms is a trend on the rise, what started with the success of Skylanders was quickly followed by both Disney and Nintendo. Now, Lego is set to jump into the fray. The company is partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Traveller’s Tales, the publisher and studio responsible for most of the existing Lego games, to create a new series called Lego Dimensions.

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A $99.99 “Starter Pack” will launch on September 27th in the US (September 29th in the UK) for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and Wii U. Much like Disney’s Infinity, Lego’s starter pack will include a copy of the game, a Lego “Toy Pad” and three special minifigures: Gandalf, Batman and Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie. So far the universes tapped for this game include Back to the Future, Lord of The Rings, Ninjago, and DC Comics. Future expansions are planned for this year and level expansions will come in 2016.

Because of its connection to so many loved franchises, Lego is a perfect company to jump into this latest gaming trend. Could this also be a place for DC and Marvel to crossover?

 


 

Last week’s Convergence #1 from DC Comics continued the momentum of its Battle Royal themed event where almost every part of the publisher’s multiverse is pitted against one another in a fight for their very survival. The issue  also had a few tidbits about the Injustice universe created by Netherrealm (Mortal Kombat).

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In the issue, dictator Superman’s powers were restored right before their Gotham is plucked into dome world as Batman and the rest of the remaining heroes from the battle fled right before destruction.  It’s obvious the Injustice universe is going to be a big part of this war, right? Would DC really just use it as canon fodder even though fans seem to really love it? It begs the question, where could future sequels of the game go? Could Batman and Superman ever reconcile to face a threat greater than themselves?


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With the release of Daredevil on Netflix, Marvel’s game division didn’t waste time on adding to the wave of popularity surrounding ol horn head. The MMO Marvel Heroes 2015 released a classic costume based on Frank Miller and John Romita Jr’s classic The Man Without Fear. Fans of the Netflix show will also recognize his signature black mask covering the top of his head. All of the character’s regular skill trees and attributes remain. This new look is purely cosmetic, but definitely a cool throw back to Miller’s work.

Players can log in right now and pick up the new character skin.

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The Infinity series continues over in the Marvel Mighty Heroes mobile game. This week players will defend the planet in the new chapter titled “Target : Earth” during an interview with developer DeNA‘s Bert-Jan De Weerd talked to Marvel about what players can expect:

After the battle in space the heroes back on Earth have to face of the unleashed hordes of the Mad Titan, Thanos! Black Panther has to defend his city of Wakanda, while Starbrand joins the fight using the powers bestowed upon him by the Builders against them. After suffering defeat at the hands of the Avengers last week, Ex Nihilo realizes he was fighting them for the wrong reasons. He joins the Avengers and as a new Avenger, Ex Nihilo joins the fight against his kin and against Thanos.

Marvel Mighty Heroes is available now for iOS and Android, plus it’s free to download.


 

A new audio portion of Halo 5’s “Hunt The Truth” campaign recently dropped on its Tumblr page.

It’s titled “Critical Condition,” and centers around the mystery of John 117 (Master Chief) and his home planet. The log explores a different side of the character through the testimony of retired military veterans. There’s been no word on if we’ll see more of the live action Nightfall series, but Microsoft is firmly committed to Halo 5: Guardians, October 27th release date.


 

Gaming/Comics Releasing 4-15-15:

Mega Man #48 (Archie Comics) $3.99

The epic conclusion to this Mega Man 3 game adaptation storyline, featuring new cover art from fan-favorite Brent McCarthy and a special Capcom art variant!

Art of the Uncharted Trilogy HC (Dark Horse Comics) $39.99

A detailed look at the art of one of the most exciting game series of this generation, with insightful commentary from the games’ creators!

Halo: Escalation TP Vol 2 (Dark Horse Comics) $19.99

The fall of New Phoenix, Master Chief’s return to action, and a dark plot by the Office of Naval Intelligence-all in this volume collecting Halo: Escalation issues #7-#12

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two TP Vol 1 (DC Comics) $14.99

As Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy another grave threat approaches. Collects INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #1-6.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two HC Vol 2 (DC Comics) $22.99

The Corps has a fight on their hands that will surely shake them to the core. Collects issues #7-12 and ANNUAL #1 of the hit series!

 

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!

Do you think these Amibos and Infinity figures are this generation’s plastic guitars and drums? What do you think would make an awesome follow up to INJUSTICE? What are you going to do to avoid Age of Ultron spoilers?

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20. (Review) Bloodshot Reborn #1: White Skin, Red Eyes, and some New Friends

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Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Mico Suayan

Colorist: David Baron

Letters: David Lanphear


Bloodshot has had difficulty finding his identity at Valiant since the relaunch of the company back in 2012. The title has switched writers a few times already along with art teams and general focus. The Valiant, a recent event series from the publisher changed the dynamic of the lead hero, directly affecting the events inside of Valiant’s newest relaunch, Bloodshot Reborn #1.

Identity is the major theme of this issue. How does a robot discover his (or it’s) own humanity? The opening page depicted by Mico Suayan immediately tackles the theme and takes the idea to task. The rest of the opening sequence preps readers for a quick retrospective, a wise decision for new readers jumping into the character. The issue goes onto validate Bloodshot’s important role in the Valiant Universe within Unity and The Valiant.

The book begins in Colorado and gives the comic a new tone. Does this new incarnation of the hero have a chance in avoiding the violence as he travels down to do some handiwork at a motel?

It’s Bloodshot…so the answer should be a given. With the protagonists’ life in such a deep dark pit evoked from recent events, it might be hard for new fans to find a reason to empathetically devote their interest into the character. Bloodshot isn’t the man that he used to be, but this new identity doesn’t seem to suit the hero either. Thankfully, unexpected whimsy is hiding within this comic that may change your mind on the story being told.

Suayan’s art evokes pain and suffering within the different characters via hyper-detailed linework. The style works particularly well for Bloodshot, serving as as a bleak militaristic drama. Suayan’s approach to the mundane is played up as a dichotomy between the differences of the stories being told within the book. The artist drapes much of this story in thick shadow to illustrate the gritty narrative depicted in the tale. A major art surprise is hidden in the first installment that will be sure to delight readers familiar with the past work of Jeff Lemire.

About halfway into the narrative of this first issue, the scenery changes based on one pivotal scene that alters the nature of this entire book. In order to get fans truly interested into the narrative of Bloodshot himself, something radical had to be introduced into the first chapter. To spoil the hook would be a crime, but it’s safe to say that this first tale really does offer the unexpected to readers in the form of a brand new character that will hopefully drive Bloodshot Reborn for the foreseeable future. This book can be defined by that welcomed piece of whimsy hinted at in this first issue — it pushes this story from boring Punisher analogue into…something else.

It’s clear that Lemire and Suayan are crafting a story with this character that can be defined as subversive, but this first issue still plays it’s cards close to the chest. The tone of this series is splintering off into numerous different places, to the point where this first installment may actually serve the comics world better as a prologue rather than an actual first issue. While recommending this tale to the already established Bloodshot fandom seems like a given, to see whether this story could reach an audience with much broader scope could be possible. If the promise of something that can bend genre in a completely different direction doesn’t drive you to pick up Bloodshot Reborn #1, you should still make sure to keep your opinion informed by following the press coverage. Valiant seems closer than ever to reimagining the concept for one of their greatest and most beloved superheroes towards sheer delight with the power of Jeff Lemire, Mico Suayan, and some clever ideas.

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21. Patty Jenkins signs on as Wonder Woman director

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Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

Just two days ago, we were discussing how similar Michelle MacLaren‘s exit from the Wonder Woman feature film was to Patty Jenkins parting ways with Marvel over Thor: The Dark World.

Today, the studio found their replacement for MacLaren: Patty Jenkins (per THR). The director, best known for the 2003 film Monster, who was originally slated to be the first female director in the current Marvel Studios canon (Lexi Alexander directed 2008’s Punisher: War Zone) will now do the same for the DC movie slate.

Congrats to Jenkins, and I look forward to finally seeing what she can do in this kind of blockbuster sandbox. Here’s hoping Marvel Studios finds a brand new name to throw in the mix for Captain Marvel. There are lots and lots of great female filmmakers out there.

Wonder Woman, which will likely be talking tiger sidekick free, is slated to open in 2017 and star Gal Gadot, who will make her debut as the character in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Jenkins is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Tyerman.

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22. Entertainment Round-Up: A new Flash Gordon on the way, Batman v Superman trailer event, and the final Studio Ghibli trailer?

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Happy New Comic Book Day, here’s your Wednesday round-up of Entertainment related goodness:

– Fox is well on their way to pulling together a new Flash Gordon big screen adventure, and to do so, it looks like they’re turning to their current hit maker Matthew Vaughn, who successfully breathed new life into the X-Men franchise and made a nice little mint with Kingsman: The Secret Service. The current script is coming by way of former Star Trek 3 scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

It’ll have to go a long way to unseat the 1980 cult classic in the minds of many fans though, I wish them the best of luck! On the other hand, it won’t be hard to better the 2007 television adaptation that starred Smallville‘s Eric Johnson.

– Following on the heels of the trailer event for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting something similar, as the trailer for the new film will apparently be shown in select theaters across the country on April 20th. We know that the first five seconds will debut online tomorrow, and will probably pop up everywhere you turn. But for the full trailer, you’ll have to wait until next Monday, but as with the Star Wars trailer, the full thing (which has been reported to be about 2 minutes long) will surely pop up online the same day as it debuts in theaters. Hopefully not in the middle of the night like a certain Aquaman photo.

– Speaking of trailers, here’s the latest and possibly last one from Studio Ghibli for When Marnie Was There (via USA Today) which hits LA and NY starting May 22nd and rolling out across the country afterwards:

This is the second, and final Ghibli film for Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), who left the studio at the end of last year. Here’s the official synopsis:

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes.  She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her, wearing her “ordinary face.”  Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is.  But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…

Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the newest film from Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of The Secret World of Arrietty.

Hopefully someone will pick up the torch at the studio soon, but with Hayao Miyazaki retired (for now) and Isao Takahata maybe not far behind him (or not?), things look a bit grim in that regard.

 

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23. Who is Lady Thor? Find out as soon as someone spoils it

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Who is the woman who’s had the power of Thor for the last few months? Is she Angela? Is she Brunhilde? Is she Katie Sackhoff? Is she a horrible lie sent by feminizes to destroy men’s enjoyment of life, love and laughter? Is she a symbol of Marvel trying to appeal to a wider demographic and sell more books?

Who knows, but in May we will FINALLY KNOW THE ANSWER!

This is it! The answer you’ve all been waiting for! The identity of Thor, Goddess of Thunder, finally revealed! Who is this mysterious heroine with the might of Mjolnir in her hands? The question will finally be answered this May in the blockbuster THOR #8 – from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman! As the final battle with the Destroyer reaches its climax, Thor and Odinson call in a little backup. Amid the fire and the fury of battle, questions will be answered. A surprising return! Guest stars galore! And a last page that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe! Don’t miss the comic that will have the world talking when THOR #8 comes to comic shops and digital devices this May!

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Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
NYC Variant by MIKE MAYHEW (MAR150724)
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24. Julia Pohl-Miranda upped at Drawn & Quarterly

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In a move that will surprise no one, Julia Pohl-Miranda has been promoted Director of Marketing at Drawn & Quarterly, where she will continue to oversee day-to-day publicity operations, author tours, festivals and events, and remain a calm and encouraging presence at D&Q’s booth wherever she goes. A graduate of McGill University, Pohl-Miranda started as a marketing intern for joined D&Q in 2008, while progressing to publicity assistant and editorial marketing manager before reaching her current title.

“Everyone who knows Julia knows that Julia is awesome,” said Peggy Burns, D+Q’s Associate Publisher in a statement. “She is beyond a team player, she is always up for anything and is incredibly smart. I thank my lucky stars for her every day!”

To which we can only add, hear hear!!!

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25. Review: Archie Gets to the Choppa in Archie vs. Predator #1

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Story: Alex de Campi

Pencils: Fernando Ruiz

Inks: Rich Koslowski

Colors: Jason Millet

Letters: John Workman

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

 

 

Man, comics can be a crazy thing sometimes. Remember when the Punisher swapped complexions with Wesley Snipes, or when Wonder Woman worked at a Taco Whiz? The spirit of new ideas can sometimes bring about the strangest bedfellows. It’s that same spirit that brought Archie Comics and Dark Horse together to publish the grudge match of the century, Archie vs. Predator.

Writer Alex de Campi opens the series with an actually feasible scenario where the paths of Riverdale’s most popular teens cross with the galaxy’s most feared game hunter. This first issue is Archie gang heavy as we join them on their Spring break vacation to a tropical island. As you know, a Predator only needs extreme heat and raging conflict to enjoy a vacation and no one has more angst than teens. AvP #1 reinforces the notion that there’s no bigger fight than two ladies squabbling over the same man. As Betty and Veronica have a tiff that cuts their vacation short, they’ll bring Riverdale back more than just a souvenir keychain.

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The script is fun, full of zingers, and all the Jughead buffet loving goodness Archie comics are known for. AvP’s premise is surprisingly concise; instead of going off the rails with impossibility, the story actually feels like a plot from a Predator movie staring teenagers.

Fernando Ruiz’s pencils are full of cartoony heavy lines and over the top expressions. In short, it’s pop art at its best. Even the Predator looks pretty darn cute, which shouldn’t be a word normally used to describe him, but it fits here. For anyone thinking the Archie brand wouldn’t allow for the right level of gore; rest assured you’ll see the blood and guts in this opening chapter. Combine the illustration of these pages with solid color work by Jason Millet and a superb lettering design by John Workman and the book visually equates to smooth Saturday Morning fun.

Archie vs. Predator pulls the series back from the notion of “how can this be possible,” to damn I need to read this book. If the remaining issues ramp up the action on the set-up in found in these pages then it’s definitely one any reader can get behind.

 

Dear Dark Horse, I need an Arnold or Danny Glover cameo in this series. Thanks.

 

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