Between like half a dozen Paranormal Activity films and every 13th pretty vampire franchise, sometimes it seems like supernatural storytelling can get stagnant. Fortunately for those who enjoy the expertly researched and recontextualized horror of comic book greats like Shigeru Mizuki and Mike Mignola, the team of writer (and former CA contributor) Casey Seijas and artist Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante is willing to go the extra mile in their upcoming graphic novel, Duppy '78. Drawing from Caribbean and Rastafarian lore, the pair have worked to present a Jamaican crime story that may just define your take on the malevolent spirits known as "duppies" when it drops in February through Com.X.
Live action budgets have largely relegated tokusatsu battles to Japan, New Zealand and... Southern California. But thanks to the magic of comics, Wook Jin Clark has successfully brought a brand of superheroics informed by Super Sentai and Mighty Morpnin Power Rangers series to the last place you might expect: Atlanta. This February, Megagogo Vol. 1 shows how superpowered martial artists, giant robots, immortal mentors and evil aliens have shaped the city over the course of some three decades -- and more importantly -- the toll it's taken on its three human protectors. Get your first look inside the upcoming graphic novel after the cut.
Arriving in stores this week is Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #6. Created by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse, the original Tom Strong series launched in 1999 under the America's Best Comics imprint. The series ran for 36 issues, and along the way featured many guest writers and artists, including a few stand out issues written by Peter Hogan. Since then, Hogan has joined Sprouse and Karl Story for two well-received Tom Strong minseries, the second of which concludes this week. This latest tale features a pregnant Tesla Strong fighting for her life, while her father and husband seek a cure. But the only way to save her has seemingly come at the cost of her husband's life.
Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #6, which you can view below.
This March two curious kids get the best friend they could ever ask for: A legendary, undead sea captain who helps solve mysteries. That's right, Davey Jones and the Mystery of the Monocle Men by Dennis Culver is set to debut in Dark Horse Presents #34. Described by DHP Associate Editor Jim Gibbons as "A Scooby-Doo type mystery by way of the Hardy Boys with a big zombie pirate and nautical trappings," Davey Jones is set to run for three DHP installments through issue #37. Click through as CA works to crack the mystery of just what Culver has in store for DHP.
You ever fight a giant crab for its treasure map with your pirate crew of magical ponies from another realm? If your answer is "no" -- and if it isn't, we envy you greatly -- then IDW's My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #14 is probably fit for your consumption. The concluding chapter in a two-part "X Marks the Spots" adventure, the new issue by Heather Nuhfer, artist Brenda Hickey and colorist Heather Breckel shows what happens when horses hit the high seas full with a taste for treasure and a talent for conferring with crustaceans.
June and July are going to be big months for DC's current New 52 Earth 2 characters, judging from the latest solicitation info from DC Collectibles. Earth 2 Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Wonder Woman are all getting 6.75" tall action figures alongside a Batman: Arkham City "Rabbit Hole" Batman. There's plenty of statues on the way too, including new looks for Poison Ivy, Superman, and The Flash and Gorilla Grodd. The real star of this summer might be the upcoming Deadman and Crow plush figure 2-pack, which brings the spirited hero's DC Nation look to cuddly life. You can see all of March's DC Collectibles solicitations for summer products, after the jump.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in March 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 March include Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones; Animal Man #29 -- the series' conclusion -- by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman; the JSA Omnibus Vol. 1 hardcover collecting nearly 50 influential issues of the series, including much of Geoff Johns' run on the title; the Absolute All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder hardcover by Frank Miller, Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played With Fire hardcover and also a new trade paperback of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comic book adaptation, and Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino, which collects some of the classic Batman artists' most iconic work.
It looks like Beth of the Bravest Warriors may just prove herself the most relatable member of the team in next week's Boom! Studios issue. You see, in Bravest Warriors #15, the heroine comes across a box of her childhood toys. At first she contemplates cleaning house by donating them (a fine idea!), but then? She reminds herself why action figures perhaps the greatest technical/spiritual achievement in the history of humankind. Ryan Pequin makes it all clear in his "Childish Things" short by Whitney Cogar, followed by a "Food Court" tale by Coleman Engle and a "Danny Divided" story by Tessa Stone. Boom! has provided us with a first look at the issue, with fives full pages of Pequin's short. Click through and prepare to hold your action figures tight.
Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in March 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 include omnibus collections of Jason Aaron's work on Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men and Punisher Max, the relaunches of Daredevil, Moon Knight and Silver Surfer, and a new issue of Hawkeye drawn by letterer and designer Chris Eliopoulos.