One more report can be added to the recent flurry of announced television adaptations of comic book properties: as revealed by Deadline, SyFy has ordered a pilot for an ongoing DMZ series, based on the Vertigo series created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. Mad Men executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are said to be attached to the project, along with Gravity producer David Heyman.
The second episode, titled "Smoke & Mirrors" hits next week and it finds lead character Bigby Wolf trying to make sense of it all while getting yelled at. A ton. Also: Jack! Check out the game's trailer (which contains some NSFW language) after the jump.
Created by Neil Gaiman in the pages of The Sandman, Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland, a.k.a. the Dead Boy Detectives, have appeared in various stories published by Vertigo since 1991. Now, coinciding with the release of Gaiman and JH Williams III's Sandman: Overture miniseries, Vertigo has launched an ongoing series starring the two young sleuths. Written by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham, with art by Buckingham and Gary Erskine, Dead Boy Detectives follows the adventures of Edwin and Charles, two boys killed at the same boarding school, who remain on earth as ghosts to investigate various mysteries. And this new series starts off with the boys revisiting the boarding school where they were both murdered, discovering various aspects of the circumstances that led to their own deaths while attempting to help a new acquaintance avoid a similar fate.
Dead Boy Detectives #2 goes on sale this week, and Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of, which you can view below.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in April 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 include Graphic Ink: The DC Comics art of Frank Quitely, the beginning of Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul's run on Detective Comics, a deluxe hardcover edition of Arkham Asylum: Living Hell written by Dan Slott, a Showcase collection of DC's vintage Super Friends comics, and a new paperback collection of the first 12 issues of Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander's definitive run on The Spectre,
Part of the idea of an anthology is they break stories down to their basic components. They tell short stories that are often intended to represent a particular genre or storytelling device.
Perhaps that's the reasoning behind the title of Vertigo's new anthology series, Vertigo Quarterly: CMYK, which is set to debut this spring. The letters of the title refer to the four colors that were, due to printing limitations, the basis of all color in comics for decades. Creators including Jock, Fabio Moon, James Tynion IV, Martin Morazzo, and Tony Akins will contribute stories to the first issue, all of which will relate to the theme the color cyan.
Last week it was revealed that the 27 pages of missing Denys Cowancomicart, believed by some to have been stolen, was finally returned to the artist. A short time later, Stephen Bissette -- the artist best known for his seminal work with Alan Moore and John Totleben on Saga of the Swamp Thing -- obliquely connected the Cowan news to an anecdote of his and Totleben's own, concerning Swamp Thing pages that had gone missing from the offices of DC Comics 30 years ago. Bissette posted about the story on Facebook, and when pressed for more information, stated that he and Cowan once had a conversation about the missing Swamp Thing work, and that Cowan implied he was aware of who had stolen the art. According to Bissette, when he and Totleben asked him to reveal who was behind the purported theft, Cowan refused.
Cowan was made aware of the accusations, and calls them baseless, stating in no uncertain terms that no such conversation between the creators about missing Swamp Thing art ever took place. Further, Cowan accused Bissette of slander, and suggested that, should Bissette's claims continue, he may take legal action.
2013 was a great year for comics. It feels like a similar statement is made after every year concludes, but 2013 unquestionably saw exceptional work from several creators, across multiple publishers and genres within the medium. To close out the year, we offered what we felt to be the best comics of the year, highlighting dozens of writers and artists whose creative output we felt deserved to be celebrated.
But now we want to hear from you. Readers often offer us their opinions, via the comment section or social media, as to what they’re enjoying, or what they think we missed. Now we’d like you to let us know with your vote, as this week we’re launching the first annual ComicsAlliance Reader Choice Awards. We’ll have two categories per day throughout the week, and you can vote more than once if you like, though you’ll have to wait an hour at least before coming back to vote again. Voting will be open until February 11 at 10 a.m. EST, and we’ll announce the winners shortly after.
Click after the jump to vote for your favorite writer/artist in the past year.
Launched in October, Ian Edginton and Francesco Trifogli's Hinterkind is a fantasy tale of a post apocalyptic Earth, in which humanity was all but completely wiped out by what is known as "The Blight." Series protagonist Prosper Monday, who has spent her entire life living in a village hidden away in an otherwise abandoned Central Park in Manhattan, is forced to leave the village for the first time to search for her missing grandfather, and in her travels in the wild she'll deal with all manner of challenges, including the beings known as The Hinterkind.
Featuring excellent cover work by Greg Tocchini, Hinterkind is part of Vertigo's latest wave of titles, and the publisher has provided ComicsAlliance with a six page preview of this week's Hinterkind #4, which you can view below.
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.
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