Rascal, the savvy young heroine of Antony Johnston and Christ Mitten’s Umbral, is a thief with both feet planted firmly in the muck. She lives by her dexterous fingers, her knowledge of the city’s side streets, and an arsenal of four-letter words for anyone who stands in her way. Whispers of myth and monsters at the fringes of her world fail to turn Rascal’s head—in fact, she fears and loathes magic and its practitioners. Too bad she’s the heroine of a fantasy story.
Over the course of its first volume from Image Comics, Umbral creates a world rich with ethnic conflict, class struggle, human emotion and totally wicked looking monsters. A cast of scholars, refugees, thieves, and magicians populates its pages, simmering with glimpsed backstories and murky intentions. At its heart is Rascal, staring down a grand destiny she never wanted. As the first volume hits the shelves, ComicsAlliance spoke with Johnston and Mitten about fantasy tropes, developing character voices, and the importance of The Dark Crystal.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
In honor of this year’s 20th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy, the enduringly popular and endlessly entertaining ex-paranormal investigator created by Mike Mignola. One of comics' most idiosyncratic characters with a supporting cast to match, Hellboy is cited by many artists rivaling Batman as the most fun character to draw and reimagine in different styles. Throughout the existence of Best Art we've featured loads and loads of visions of Hellboy and his friends in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and what follows is a compilation of some of our favorites.
Formally announced at Image Expo last month, Umbral is the new dark fantasy series by Antony Johnson (Coldest City, Dead Space, Daredevil) and Christopher Mitten (Criminal Macabre, Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight) launching in November. The pair previously worked together on a 30-issue stint of Wasteland, an post-apocalyptic epic for Oni Press (that continues long after Mitten's departure), and knowing something about the work of these two creators, it's likely that Umbral is similarly ambitious in scope, world-building and genre-tweaking.
What's known about Umbral is presently as shadowy as its name, but it definitely involves magic and murder. You can see Johnston and Mitten's specially prepared "trailer" strip below.
While the publisher's San Diego Comic-Con programming was focused on its various franchises like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Horse Presents, Star Wars and Bioware, Dark Horse made a number of new and returning horror comics series announcements throughout the SDCC weekend. Among them are new comics by Eric Powell, Kyle Hotz, Steve Niles, Christophe
It's never a good sign when a headless corpse turns up in an alley, but when it turns out that the head is still there and just invisible? That's when things start to get a little strange. That's how the story kicks off in Bad Medicine, the new series from Oni Press and the creative team of Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Christopher Mitten and Bill Crabtree. A few weeks back, I wrote about h
On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #11, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains new material by such comics creators as Francesco Francavilla (introducing The Black Beetle), Mike Richardson, Tim Seeley and Victor Drujiniu (introducing The Occultist), John Arcudi and Jonathan Case (introducing The Creep), Frank J. Barbiere and Luke Radl (introducing The White Suits). Additionally, the latest issue features continuations of serials by Steve Horton and Michael Dialynas (new
On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #10, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains new material by such reliably entertaining comics creators as Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson ( new The Massive!), Colin Lorimer (introducing UXB), Carla Speed McNeil (new Finder!), Steve Niles & Christopher Mitten (new Criminal Macabre), Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer (new Milk and Cheese!), Thomas Yeates & Al Gordon (new Tarzan!), Steve Horton & Michael Dialynas (new Amala's Blade!), Andrew Vacches & Geof Darrow (introducing Dead Reliable) M.J. Butler & Mark Wheatley (new Skultar!) and more.
Read on for a seven-page preview, including covers by Yeates and Fiona Staples. Dark Horse Presents #10 goes on sale Wednesday in finer comics stores and digitally from Dark Horse Digital.
Artist on such comics as Criminal Macabre/The Goon: When Freaks Collide, Kane and Lynch and Wasteland, Christopher Mitten combination of slender and chunky strokes give his subjects a kind of on-page pulse. Looking through his contributions to the Ashcan All-Stars blog, the life within his figur
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