One of the most exciting, visceral and engaging films of last year was Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Prequel which opened up the vast franchise in a number of ways we haven't seen before while remaining one of the most intimate and personal films in the Star Wars franchise. It was only a matter of time before Marvel adapted the film as part of their ever-popular line of Star Wars comics, and to do so the publisher has tapped Jody Houser and Emilio Laiso for a miniseries which will expand upon the events of the film.
Gerard Way's pop-up imprint Young Animal has only been alive for a couple of months but it's already proved to be one of the most exciting and innovative platforms in superhero comics in recent memory. Way as a creator has always been one to wear his influences on his sleeves, so it's not too surprising that as part of Young Animal's presence at November's NC Comicon, the imprint will host a film festival with picks curated by its creators.
Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.
This month in DC's January solicitations, we've got some surprising guest stars, some surprising guest artists, and the debut of one of the most ambitious books DC has published in a decade.
Mother Panic #1, by Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards, tells the story of an idle Gotham City millionaire who dons a costume to fight crime, but this hero is like nobody we've seen before, if she even is a hero at all! Check out a preview.
Some people say that politics and politicians have no place in comics, but that's just not true. Captain America Comics #1 saw the hero punching out Adolf Hitler on the front cover; FDR was in an issue of Detective Comics two full issues before Batman debuted; and this November, Valiant's premiere female superhero teams up with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Faith #5.
Earlier today, we broke the news that The Ray will be joining Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis' upcoming Justice League of America ongoing with a one-shot by Orlando and Stephen Byrne but Ray Terrill won't be alone. Throughout today at various outlets and on DC's own website, the publisher has announced the new Justice League of America line-up featuring some fan-favorite characters getting their moment in the sun!
For the past five years, XO Manowar has been Valiant's flagship title, but now the story of Aric of Dacia, a barbarian plucked from the fringes of the Roman empire and returned to Earth with an alien battle-suit that might be the single most powerful weapon in the galaxy, is coming to a close. And given that high concept, you can probably guess that it's not going to be a quiet ending.
When the final issue hits shelves next week, it's coming with 64 pages of story and a truly overwhelming number of variant covers --- including a Ninjak story from Jody Houser and Javier Pulido that looks fantastic. Check it out with a preview below!
I'll admit that I don't know a whole lot about The X-Files. I mean, I know that there's a dude who really wants to believe in aliens, and I know that --- if the screen-shots I see every now and then on Tumblr are to be believed --- there's a lady who's just so done with his nonsense, but that's pretty much it. Despite being around for its original run, I never really watched the show. And I think that might be because we never really got to see their origin stories. I mean, yes, I've heard that the show begins with the two lead characters meeting for the first time, but what if we could go further back? What if we could see them investigating spooky mysteries... as teens?!
Now, thanks to the miracle of modern comic books, we can. Next week, IDW is launching X-Files Origins, a new series aimed at young adult readers in which Faith writer Jody Houser and Doctor Who artist Matthew Dow Smith show Mulder and Scully's first investigations, long before they join the FBI.
DC's upcoming "pop-up" boutique Young Animal is one of the most anticipated projects of the year, and its debut is right around the corner. Curated by The Umbrella Academy's Gerard Way, it seeks to capture the spark of classic Vertigo while forging a bold new path of its own in the industry.
Ahead of the November solicitations, DC has provided us with an exclusive first look at November's Young Animal releases, including the first issue of Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards' Mother Panic.
If you missed the announcement a few weeks ago, Comixology's new Unlimited service is being touted as Netflix for indie comics. Subscribers pay a flat monthly fee, and they get access to a library of titles from publishers like Image, Valiant, Archie and more, including smaller self-publishers. And, like Netflix, new stuff is showing up on a monthly basis to keep readers hooked.
This month, as we roll into August, Comixology has announced the addition of another 25 titles --- and if you're looking for a good place to start, I've got a couple of suggestions. Starting today, you can read the entirety of Jody Houser, Francis Portela, and Marguerite Sauvage's Faith miniseries from Valiant, and the first volume of Eric Jones and Landry Q. Walker's amazing Danger Club.