With just a week left until Halloween, Boom! Studios has provided us with one last look at next Wednesday's Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular #1. This time around it's a preview of Jones Wiedle's "Costume Party!" contribution, which sees Ice King become the life of a party at Finn and Jake's house that he may actually be crashing.
Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack didn't conclude after its 52nd episode on Cartoon Network in October of 2004. It unfortunately kind of just stopped in the middle of its narrative due to cancellation. Nine years and no new Jack... just jack. That changes this Wednesday, though, as Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and original SJ cartoon series character designer Andy Suriano pick up where the time-displaced warrior's adventures left off on TV in Samurai Jack #1, the first of a five-issue comic book series from IDW. Tartakovsky himself is even contributing a variant cover, with other covers being illustrated by artists including Chew's Rob Guillory.
Earlier this year, Marvel announced it was dusting off its Marvel Knights imprint -- which had been dormant since 2010 -- with three new comics under its banner. The initial launch of Marvel Knights was unquestionably one of the most significant moments in the publisher's recent history. The imprint's focus on creator driven stories, largely unencumbered by continuity, saw both critical and commercial success, and its effects are still felt today throughout the industry. You could argue that titles like Hawkeye -- which features a "B List" character operating in stories largely unaffected by the rest of the Marvel Universe -- are direct descendants of the initial Marvel Knights launch, which featured Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada's Daredevil and Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Punisher, among others.
Now comes this next wave of Marvel Knights titles, with three miniseries helmed by writers more known for their creator owned work. Each title has an interesting creative team, but the one that stood out most to me is Brahm Revel and Cris Peter on Marvel Knight's X-Men.
Pen Ward's surprisingly well-adjusted teens from the year 3085 look like they'll be cutting loose on October 23 in Bravest Warriors #13. Writer Eric M. Esquivel, artist Mike Holmes, colorist Lisa Moore, and letterer Steve Wands pit the team against the fierce "Periodic Table of Evil" on page one, and don't let up from there with a plot that involves Danny experimenting with insect poison during a perilous vision quest. You know, the usual kind of deal. Boom! Studios has provided CA with a first look at the latest assembly of adventure, which you can click through to preview in full.
Last summer, Image Comics had what was perhaps the most significant moment in the recent history of the publisher. At a panel at San Diego Comic Con, Editor-in-Chief Eric Stephenson was joined on stage by a collection of some of the most acclaimed creators in comics, to announce the launch of several new series, including Lazarus, Multiple Warheads, Satellite Sam, Sex and more. With so many titles, from such a deep collection of talent, being announced at once, it's a challenge for any book to stand out.
But Pretty Deadly did. The first creator owned project from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos, who were first introduced after collaborating on Osborn for Marvel, Pretty Deadly is a western/horror comic that chronicles the story of Death's daughter, as told from the point of view of a butterfly and a dead rabbit. If you follow either DeConnick or Ríos on social media, you're no doubt familiar with the book. And if you have any sort of presence on comics related social media in general, you're likely aware that this is one of the most anticipated titles of the fall, if not all of 2013. And after a year and change of anticipation, discussion, and promotion, Pretty Deadly #1 arrives in stores next Wednesday. Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a six page preview of the debut issue, which you can view below.
Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in January 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, Ultimate Comics, the mature readers MAX imprint and the creator-owned label Icon. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
Highlights for January include the first reprint issue of Alan Moore's run on the long lost Miracleman; Inhuman #1 by Matt Fraction and Joe Madureira; James Robinson and Steve Pugh's All-New Invaders #1; Gerry Duggan and Reilly Brown's Deadpool: The Gauntlet; the return-to-print of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young's first Wizard of Oz adaptation; and the complete collection of Jim Starlin's Adam Warlock stories.
We were intrigued by the entire lineup of talent when Boom! Studios announced its Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular #1 back in July, but given his stints on the appropriately spooky Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy, Hellblazer, Xombi, Shade and other titles, we were especially curious to see how Frazer Irving would play in the Land of Ooo. Thanks to a three-page first look from Boom! fans can finally scope out an unlettered preview of the artist's team up with writer Bryce Carlson, which just so happens to involve mustaches. Lots of mustaches.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in January 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
Highlights for January include the launch of the long form "Gothtopia" storyline in the Batman titles and a number of intriguing reprints including the first volume of Doug Moench and Kelley Jones' Batman, the Justice League of America omnibus featuring the work of Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky, and Hawkworld by Tim Truman.
Arriving in stores this November from Legendary Comics is Shadow Walk, an original graphic novel from Mark Waid, Legendary founder Thomas Tull, World War Z author Max Brooks and artist Shane Davis. Written by Waid and illustrated by Davis, the premise of the story comes from the well-known passage in the 23rd Psalm from the Bible: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me." The idea at the center of Shadow Walk is, what if "the valley of the shadow of death" was real? Groups of soldiers discover the valley at various points in history, near modern day Iraq, and none have ever returned alive, until special forces officer James Raines.
Shadow Walk was originally conceived by Tull, further developed by Brooks, and was then fully realized by Waid and Davis. The book debuts next month, but you can check out a 10 page preview below.
Look, everybody: If you announce that you're doing a WWE comic that's written by my all-time favorite wrestler, Mick Foley, then I'm already going to buy it. You don't need to add anything else, like, say, a cover that's an homage to Fantastic Four #51's classic "This Man, This Monster" featuring CM Punk in the role of the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing. That's just going over the top. And yet, that's exactly what the folks at Papercutz have done for their upcoming series, and it's not the only one.
Check out the variant covers for WWE #1 below, featuring pretty awesome stuff like Dean Haspiel doing an homage to Jack Kirby's Captain America vs. Daredevil art from Daredevil #43, but with Kane and Triple H. It's everything I've ever wanted.