Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard's Wild's End is most aptly and succinctly described as War of the Worlds meets Wind in the Willows; a classic alien invasion tale set in an English village in the 1930s, with the unusual twist that all the characters are anthropomorphic animals --- an approach that allows readers to make a different kind of attachment to the book's beleaguered cast. Sometimes animal heroes are actually easier to identify with and sentimentalize.
In the first Wild's End story, the residents of Lower Crowchurch averted the threat of alien invasion --- or so they believed. The sequel, The Enemy Within, posits that the aliens may already be among us. Of course, the 'us' in this situation consists of adorable talking squirrels and cats and foxes as they wrestle with the paranoia, violence and horror of alien infiltration. Check out an exclusive preview.
Charles Schulz was a master humorist whose enormous Peanuts library will surely be remembered as one of the great works of the 20th century, and while he will never be replaced, I'm glad to see his work live on with new entry points for modern audiences that may help lead them back to his work.
One of those entry points is the Peanuts movie coming out in November. Another, aptly timed ahead of the movie's release, is next week's original graphic novel Peanuts: Where Beagles Dare, from Jason Cooper and Vicki Scott, published by Kaboom. It's a full-length Snoopy adventure that sees the hound in his World War I Flying Ace mode --- and therefore emboldened and no doubt headed for trouble. Check out an extended ten-page preview.
With the possible exception of Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death, I'm not sure there's anything in the history of our language that has a better name than Airwolf. There are thrills to be found in the word itself, and once you get to the part where it's actually the name of a nuclear-powered stealth helicopter that ran explosive secret missions for four seasons on network television, well, of course it was. How could that word describe anything else?
And now, Airwolf is back --- in comic book form! Next week sees the release of Airwolf: Airstirkes Vol. 1, a new collection of helicopter action stories from an impressive roster of creators, including Barbara Kesel, Mike Baron and Marc Andreyko --- and you can check out a preview below!
Daniel Acuña is ridiculously talented. These unlettered preview pages from the upcoming Sam Wilson: Captain America #1, with writer Nick Spencer, are a testament to that truth, which probably ought to be acknowledged more --- though the fact that Acuña has been selected for such a prime gig as the new Captain America book is also a pretty good indicator of where he stands in the industry. Daniel Acuña is very, very good.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built out of spare parts. With heavy-hitters like Spider-Man and the X-Men owned by different studios, Marvel Studios bet big on less popular characters and emerged victorious. Suddenly, Iron Man and Captain America became a big deal for ordinary, non-nerd people. Marvel no longer needs their big guns to matter. And now, they’re showcasing their clout by ruthlessly removing the X-Men from the comic book landscape using the characters they intend to replace them with – the Inhumans.
I'd have to think that in most stories, trying to find a cure for death --- like, an actual recipe for immortality that would prevent anyone from dying - would be the entire plot. I mean, that's a big idea and it seems like there are a lot of adventures that you could have getting there, right? Well, in Marc Guggenheim and Freddie E. Williams's The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum, that's something that's already happened before we even get to page one.
Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in December 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, its licensed properties, and the creator-owned label Icon.
I've talked to artist Chris Burnham a few times at conventions, and I've always got the feeling that if there's one character that he's super into, more than anything else, it's 2000 AD's Judge Dredd. The guy is a fan of Mega City One's unique brand of law-enforcement thrillpower like few others, and now, he's finally getting a chance to draw him in an official capacity.
On September 30, with the release of 2000 AD prog 1950, Burnham will join the small group of American artists who have lent their skills not just to Dredd, but to the cover of the magazine. And if that wasn't enough of an incentive to check it out, it's happening just in time for one of the magazine's new reader-friendly issues, featuring the start of four new story arcs.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, and graphic novels going on sale in December 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.
DC heralds the holidays with all kinds of upcoming comics this December, and let's just say Carrie Kelly better have her slingshot ready for what awaits in the next chapter of Dark Knight Returns III. Ever wonder what would happen if Shredder and the Foot Clan ran amok in Gotham? Batman has fought alongside (and against) all kinds of heroes in the past, and it's going to be radical when he meets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Can Michelangelo get the Caped Crusader to high five him and say "Cowabunga?" On the other side of Gotham, Damian Wayne returns to home to find all kinds of kids throughout the city calling themselves Robin. Better yet, his father isn't Batman anymore. Throw in Red Hood, Red Robin and Grayson all into the mix and you get the first issue of Robin War.
As a wise crab once observed, the seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake. That's the sort of sensible advise that might help resolve the rivalry between two mermaids in next week's Lumberjanes #18, from the creative team of Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Carolyn Nowak.
Of course, before we get to the advice, we might want to account for the presence of mermaids and other strange mer-creatures in the lake. And before we get to that, there's the promise of ducks, and a donut inflatable, and an awesome rock 'n' roll vest to encounter. Check out a five-page preview kicking off the next great Lumberjanes adventure!
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