On sale next week from Image Comics is the one-shot Multiple Warheads: Down Fall, a book long awaited by Brandon Graham fans who got on board the cartoonist's deeply idiosyncratic and occasionally pun-filled vision of comics with his critically acclaimed work on Prophet and King City. The material collected includes the very first appearance of MW star Sexica, the black market organ smuggler, which just happened to be a decidedly adult comic created when Graham was working as an erotica artist. It was from those humble (but uncommonly well drawn) beginnings that Sexica's Soviet-esque sci-fi saga went on to fill a long out-of-print one-shots known as Multiple Warheads: The Fall and Elevator and four issues of the recent miniseries Multiple Warheads: From Alphabet to Infinity, one of ComicsAlliance's picks for the best comics of 2012.
Scott Kolins has been illustrating tales of DC Comics' iconic characters for more than 20 years. Perhaps best known for his collaboration with writers Geoff Johns and Bryan Augustyn on The Flash, the artist has worked on Wonder Woman, Superman/Batman, The Legion Of Superheroes and Young Justice for DC, among others. In recent years Kolins has tried his hand at writing and illustrating stories, most notably the Solomon Grundy seven issue miniseries in 2009, spinning out of the publisher's Blackest Night event. Now Kolins is taking on writing and art duties once again in this week's Legends Of The Dark Knight Chapter 70, the latest story in the digital first series of out-of-continuity tales focusing largely on Batman's early years.
In the first issue of this this four part story, titled "Hell's Bells," Batman and the Gotham City Police Department converge on the same suspect, but a trigger happy member of the force sets his sights on Batman instead. DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a four page preview of the story, which you can check out below.
Every month Monkeybrain's Chris Roberson teams with artist Dennis Culver to simultaneously tell original stories and pay homage to some of their favorite comic book concepts in Edison Rex, the ongoing digital-first series that follows the adventures of a genius supercriminal who is vindicated and changes his ways once he proves his world's supposed greatest protector was the bigger bad guy all along. Last month, for example, saw the book's cast shuffled through a multiverse of comic book eras as vividly conveyed by Culver's shifting aesthetics and illustration styles. Today in Edison Rex #10 as Rex furthers his efforts to gain the public's trust as a hero, he faces some backlash from his former peers in the supervillain group known as The Warmongers - each of which are designed to pay homage to some of the most iconic villains in comics and beyond. Monkeybrain and Culver have provided CA with a preview of the issue, plus an extensive first-look at Culver's Warmongers character designs. Click through for all the evil goodness.
If you've been following the story of Vertigo -- the DC Comics mature readers imprint that's home to The Sandman, Preacher, Scalped and much, much more -- you know that there was a time in the recent past when it seemed the once legendary label had lost its prestige, especially when founder Karen Berger left the company. Thankfully that downward trend has been steadily reversed with the progress of JH Williams III and Neil Gaiman's new Sandman project, critically acclaimed new titles like FPB: Federal Physics Bureau, The Wake and Trillium, and promising books to come like Hinterkind. All these projects speak to the variously dark and wild-eyed visions that defined the Vertigo line at the height of its influence, but what you may not recall is that this creative refocusing began in earnest where so many great comics do: within the pages of relatively innocuous anthologies.
On sale this week, The Unexpectedis a paperback collection of The Unexpected #1 and Ghosts #1, two Vertigo anthology one-shots released in 2011 and 2012, respectively, that signaled the imprint's aesthetic resurrection. The book compiles done-in-one horror shorts from the imaginations of some of comics' most enduring talents as well as promising newcomers, including one of the final works of master cartoonist Joe Kubert and a rare mature readers outing from DC's top superhero writer Geoff Johns.
On sale in October is Imagine Agents #1, the first issue of the latest creator owned series from BOOM Studios. The first a four issue miniseries from creators Brian Joines and Bachan, Imagine Agents tells the story of Dave and Terry, two agents of I.M.A.G.I.N.E., an organization tasked with keeping the imaginary friends of children in line.
To give readers a look at what's to come in the series, BOOM Studios has provided ComicsAlliance with preview art from the upcoming first issue, including sketches, pencils, inks, color and lettered versions of a few selected pages, offering a bit of an inside look into the process of artist Bachan.
One of the most unique comic book launch parties in the history of the industry occurred last night at Wicked nightclub in Toronto.
The book was Sex Criminals, a genuinely touching, romantic and indeed erotic new mature readers miniseries illustrated by Chip Zdarsky and written by Zdarsky and Matt Fraction and published by Image Comics, about a pair of criminals with the power to stop time with their simultaneous orgasms. The venue was not a typical nightclub; it has beds, and a hot tub, a public shower, and strange holes in the bathroom wall. Wicked is a sex club. For sex.
The City of Townsville was the setting of what is unquestionably, unequivocally one of the greatest superhero cartoons of all time, and this week, The Powerpuff Girls are back in an all-new ongoing series from IDW and writer/artist Troy Little!
I'm someone who had a PPG poster on his wall since sometime in the late '90s up until last year, so needless to say, I could not be more excited about the new title. If, however, you need a little more convincing that this is a train you want to be on, then perhaps you should consider that this is a comic where three superpowered kindergarteners battle it out with a talking monkey riding around in the Power Loader from Aliens. Check out a preview after the cut!
What with most of their appearances on the show thus far involving replacement by magical villains and sinister mind control, we don't know a whole lot about My Little Pony: Friendship isMagic's Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. Sure, we know that he's Twilight Sparkle's brother and she's Twilight Sparkle's old babysitter, because we all have a complex Twilight Sparkle Family Tree diagram up on our walls that we add to as needed (it's not just me, right?), but beyond that, nothing. Until now!
On sale next week is East Of West #6, the latest issue of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's sci-fi western series for Image Comics. Due to a Celestial event near the end of the Civil War, the technology of the American Frontier has been drastically advanced, but now the country finds itself teetering on the edge of disaster. As the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse attempt to kill the President of the United States, the man known as The Ranger has been recruited to hunt down and kill Death.
Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of East Of West #6, and you can check it out after the cut.
It's possible that Rian Hughes has become best known to American comics readers for his numerous logo and typeface designs for clients like Valiant, Archaia, DC Comics (Tangent, Batman And Robin), Vertigo (The Invisibles) and Marvel (Captain Britain, Invincible Iron Man), but the Device founder is a celebrated illustrator in his own right. Not too long ago Image Comics compiled and released a collection of his Tales From Beyond Science, a short series of variously insane and beautifully illustrated one-off stories that explored concepts such as the Bermuda Triangle and the 13th month, originally published in 2000 AD in the early '90s. Now Image is preparing to release its next volume of Hughes' exquisitely stylized work in Soho Dives, Soho Divas, an art book collecting Hughes' pinups, sketches and studies of models and other imagery observed in the underground burlesque scene of London, England.
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