The comic community with its readers, writers, publishers and distributors helped to form one of the most inclusive groups in any medium. I can remember no other entertainment form that have a day dedicated to giving away free merchandise, this day being free comic book day always the first Saturday in May. To go along with this day we also have Halloween Comicfest, a day where comic book shops all over the world invited people into their shops in order to celebrate the wonder of diversity present in comics. From Thor to Ben 10, Batman to Sesame Street there was an issue for everybody.
Thankfully we were able to get our hands on a great deal these comics and will be bringing a whole host of reviews over the next few days.
We will lead this off with Dark Horses itty biity Hellboy which you can read here.
The newly created comic highlighting the adventures of an all female troupe of characters is suffering of a sensation. To read why follow these links
RAT QUEENS #2 TRIUMPHS ITS WAY TO A SECOND SELL-OUT
Image Comics and Skybound are excited to announce that the first issue of MANIFEST DESTINY, the new ongoing series by Chris Dingess (writer TV's Being Human) and Matthew Roberts (Battlepope), will receive a special variant cover (SEP138206) by INVINCIBLE artist Ryan Ottley. Skybound’s newest original series follows Lewis & Clark's historic expedition to explore America, only for them to uncover the monsters of the uncharted frontier. With a gripping story by Dingess and breakout art by Roberts and colorist Owen Genii (GLORY), this series joins the ranks of genre boundary-pushing comics like GHOSTED and CLONE published by Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics imprint, Skybound. Final orders for the variant cover are due TODAY, Monday, October 21, so retailers and readers alike should get their orders in now! MANIFEST DESTINY #1 can be ordered with the Diamond Code: SEP130486 and the Ryan Ottley variant cover of MANIFEST DESTINY #1 can be ordered with the Diamond Code: SEP138206
We were lucky enough to have an interview with George Mann the author of The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes. Its an interesting article and Jon was lucky enough to get quite a few scoops so it's really worth a read.
Author George Mann was very gracious in spending some time answering some questions based around his latest book The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes.
Join Jon as he tries to discover more about the story and its creator.
Creator Interview; George Mann Author of The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes
A celebration of Cult movies from works displayed and sold at Gallery 1988.
This book celebrates the Cult scene from The Shining to the Iron Giant and nearly everything in between.
You can read more here.
Galactic heroes vs. cosmic forces—and their own worst impulses
Below are a few quotes from Zamperini & Joile who by all accounts have struck up a close friendship over the films development. We will have more news on the film as time goes on and the film gets closer to its sheduled release on the 16th January 2015
ANGELINA JOLIE: “It will be hard to make a film worthy of this great man. I am deeply honored to have the chance and will do all I can to bring Louie’s inspiring story to life. Everyone involved in the film shares this deep responsibility. Like all readers of Laura’s book and all people who love and admire Louie, I am a fan who has learned so much. He has made me a better person.”
IT’S A BIG UNIVERSE. BRING A GUIDE.
CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games and creators of EVE Online, have partnered with Dark Horse Comics to deliver two amazing books as epic as the online universe from which they are spawned: EVE: True Stories & EVE: Source.
EVE: True Stories is CCP’s first graphic novel and features artwork by Alejandro Aragon (Overlook, 28 Days Later), Tomm Coker (Daredevil Noir, Near Death), Federico Dallocchio (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Suicide Squad), Dave Ross (Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga) and Mark McKenna (Star Wars: The Old Republic). Superstar writer Daniel Way (Wolverine: Origins,Deadpool) will be writing the incredible true stories of the EVE: Online universe.
Inspired by actual player-driven events within the universe of EVE Online, EVE: True Stories adapts one of the greatest gaming stories of the last decade: the fall of the player alliance known as the Band of Brothers. In the early hours of February 5, 2009, one spy single-handedly destroyed the dominant Band of Brothers alliance and brought an end to the Great War, one of the larger and most significant player conflicts in the history of EVE Online. The first story arc of EVE: True Stories is a dramatized account of the action, intrigue and skullduggery that dismantled the galaxy-sprawling superpower.
EVE: True Stories comic issue #1 will be available digitally starting February 19, with subsequent issues following on March 5, March 19 and April 2, 2014. An anthology of all four comics, EVE: True Stories Collection, will go on sale in hardback edition on June 4 in comic shops everywhere.
EVE: Source is a comprehensive sourcebook and visual guide for the immense universe of EVE Online and DUST 514. Developed in close collaboration with the EVE and DUST 514 creative teams, this beautiful 184-page, full-color hardcover will immerse readers in the history and lore of EVE Online through never-before-released material detailing the settings, stories, races, and factions of the EVE Universe.
EVE: Source will go on sale March 5, 2014.
Fans can get more information by checking out the exclusive interview with Daniel Way on Kotaku!
New Collaboration Game from Renowned Developers Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune Inspires Digital Comic Series!
Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce a team-up with famed developers Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja! Fans will be introduced to the world of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z with an all-new digital comic revealing essential pieces of this upcoming game!
The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z digital comic will deliver three exciting vignettes, by writers Tim Seeley and Josh Emmons, with art from Rafael Ortiz.
The three Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z comics will be available for free download from the Dark Horse Digital Store at Digital.DarkHorse.com and through the Dark Horse Comics app (available through iTunes and Google Play).
An all-new, full-color print comic will also be available when the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z video game arrives in early 2014.
In Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. After being cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cybertechnology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyborg arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon.
Step into Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyborg arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up the undead—or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter—and the desire to kill more and more zombies!
For more information about Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, be sure to check it out at YaibaNGZ.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/YaibaNinjaGaidenZ, and on Twitter at Twitter.com/YaibaNGZ.
A unique collaboration project between Team Ninja and comcept founder Keiji Inafune, published by Tecmo Koei America, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Steam for PC in early 2014. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
The news has been dominated this week by NYCC. Newly announced series like the Witcher and Serenity as well as returning series like Buffy have given Dark Horse have an especially strong show. However the week really belonged to Image (and Skybound) thanks to the Walking Dead hitting its 10th anniversary.
The War is moving on and the time has come for civilization (whatever that means) to start a new but who will prevail. Robert Kirkman and his team start us off with the opener and you can read the review here
Review of the Plague Forge by Jason M. Hough - a gritty look into the future, full of fast paced action and great characters.
The eagle eyed among you may have noticed over the last week that the titles at the top of the page have changed and this is due to the growth of mediums that are coming into the site.
So what does that mean?
Basiclly the site will still cover the games and comics that have become our trademark but now we will also be adding books to our list of review subjects. The first review is for Jason M. Hough's The Plague Forge.
We hope you enjoy the review and the increase in content we are delivering.
Yours in gaming and words the
Backwards Compatible Team.
You can read the review here
Dark Horse Comics confirmed at New York Comic Con plans to continue the cult classic story line directly following the film. With executive producer Joss Whedon behind the helm, the comic series is sure to have fans clamoring to check it out.
“We've been dying to get more Serenity out ever since the book Joss and Zack wrote. We all loved Zack's work on Shepherd's Tale, and couldn't wait to get him back into the mix. This story is the first giant step past the film, after the big damn heroes stuck a big middle finger in the face of the Alliance,” notes Editor in Chief Scott Allie, “Zack establishes new ground rules for these characters. He nails the voices, takes the relationships to the next level, and just gives us all the best space romp since the film Joss made …”
With artwork by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8 & 9), covers by Dan Dos Santos (Tomb Raider) and script by Zach Whedon (The Terminator) – Serenity returns as a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s 2014 lineup!
Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever, and everyone’s asking the same question . . .
“As a science fiction story, Serenity has it all.”—Broken Frontier
Fans can check out the exclusive interview with Zack Whedon on Nerdist and Georges Jeanty on Comic Book Resources!
Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6) is on sale January 29th in comic shops everywhere!
Some great news for fans of the Wheddonverses favourite vampire slayers Buffy will be back for her 10th Season along with a new 30 issue run for the popular Angel and Faith series. You can check out the full release complete with some of the creators giving their thoughts below but its great to see the continuing support that these series get from fans and creators alike.
Announced at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is bringing the Whedonverse into it’s tenth season with the help of fan favorite authors, Christos Gage and Victor Gischler.
Fans across the world celebrated the release of THE WALKING DEAD #115 this week, with thousands attending midnight release parties throughout the United States. The parties officially ignited the 10th anniversary of THE WALKING DEAD and the introduction of the most intense storyline in the series to date: ALL OUT WAR. Accordingly, the response has been overwhelming.
THE WALKING DEAD #115, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard, instantly sold out at the distributor, selling over 352,000 copies on the day of release. This makes THE WALKING DEAD #115 the top selling single comic issue of the year to date.
“Ten years in and THE WALKING DEAD never fails to surprise me. I wanted our tenth anniversary to be a big event but I never could have anticipated this,” said Robert Kirkman. “The level of support we continue to get from retailers and readers is astounding. I only hope we can somehow top if for the 20th anniversary.”
With the release of THE WALKING DEAD #115, the storyline ALL OUT WAR moves the title to a bi-weekly release schedule for the duration of the story. THE WALKING DEAD #115 features 10 interlocking covers which celebrate the THE WALKING DEAD by spotlighting classic moments from the comic's past with all-new art from series artist Charlie Adlard. The second printing of THE WALKING DEAD #115 will feature a gatefold cover depicting the range of characters in the ALL OUT WAR storyline.
Fans are not the only ones raving about THE WALKING DEAD as critics celebrate this issue with universal praise:
- Jesse Schedeen, IGN
“This is not something readers will want to miss.”
- Tony Guerrero, ComicVine
“THE WALKING DEAD is on a collision course. The narrative barrels ahead and promises to leave many in its wake. I can think of no better way to celebrate ten years of this fantastic series than the orgy of blood promised by this conflict.”
- Jimbus Christ, BloodyDisgusting
Issues of THE WALKING DEAD #115 may still be available at comic stores and is available digitally on the Image website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, and Android.
The second printing of THE WALKING DEAD #115, featuring a gatefold cover by Charlie Adlard, arrives on 11/6 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code AUG138407.