Image Comics held its now traditional pre-San Diego one-day show on Thursday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and unveiled an impressive roster of new titles for the coming year that includes new work by familiar names such as Warren Ellis, Jason Aaron and Gail Simone; plus an encouraging number of relative newcomers and unknowns. Check out our rundown of all the news and announcements.
Celebrating March Madness (which is some kind of seasonal daze inflicted on America by either baseball or basketball or one of those other strange sports you all seem to love so much), Oni Press filled the week leading up to this past weekend's Emerald City Comic-Con with a series of big announcements, including the previously-reported news that the publisher is opening up submissions to everyone, and no less than seven new projects from a host of impressive creative teams. To help you pick a few winners (that's what March Madness means, right?) we've rounded up all the announcements in one place.
Of all the titles in DC Comics' "Digital-First" initiative, Batman Beyond 2.0 has been possibly the biggest surprise. Kyle Higgins and artist Thony Silas launched a series that expands the beloved Batman Beyond animated series storyline from the 1990s in exciting and unexpected ways, without losing the elements that made the Warner Bros. Animation original so popular, and fans have noticed and responded. The story of young Batman Terry McGuinness and his mentor Bruce Wayne and their adventures in Neo-Gotham, DC recently upgraded the Batman Beyond 2.0 from bi-weekly to weekly, and as of Chapter #25, Higgins brought his C.O.W.L. collaborator Alec Siegel and venerable comics veterans Phil Hester and Craig Rousseau onboard the series for what the team has promised to be a particularly dramatic new movement in the young series, one that includes a return of the Phantasm, one of Batman: The Animated Series' most rarely scene yet fan-favorite foes.
During a few spare minutes as San Diego Comic-Con, we stopped by the DC booth to chat with the Higgins and Siegel about their love for the Batman Beyond characters, their collaborative process, "Mark of the Phantasm", and their further plans for the book's future.
With the wrap-up of writer Joe Keatinge's multi-artist "Strange Visitor" epic in Adventures of Superman last week, the series is nearing a full year of weekly, digital Superman stories. It's easily been the best, most daring Superman title DC Comics has been publishing in 2013 and 2014 (and not just because Superman gets to wear his real costume in it). Edited by Alex Antone, Adventures of Superman invites creators from all strata of comics to put their own stamps on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's original American superhero, free from the aesthetic constraints of the publisher's main line of New 52 comics and continuity. We like it so much, Adventures of Superman ended up on our list of the best comic books published in 2013.
We thought it would be a good idea to look back at the series so far, so I've compiled the following list of stories that readers unfamiliar with the series should go back and catch up with if they want the high points of the past year. At a dollar a pop, they're all well worth it.
The first six serialized issues of Helheim by writer Cullen Bunn, artist Joëlle Jones, colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Ed Brisson wrapped up in August, but Oni Press has good news for all you trade-waiters out there. Helheim Volume 1: The Witch War will collect the full series into a single trade paperback this March, wrapping it all in a brand new battle-worn cover. Oni's given us a first-look at the upcoming tpb artwork by Jones and Filardi, which you can see in full after the cut.
When it comes to fictional witches, female spellcasters of all stripes usually fall into the "good" or "evil" camps. Hags, though? Universally bad, man. Take Cullen Bunn, Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi's undead viking revenge saga, Hellheim. It's got some of the worst hags you're ever likely to find in a comic book. This fact is crystalized the way superheroes squeeze goal into diamonds this Wednesday, July 10 in Hellheim #5. Oni's provided CA with a first-look at the issue showing just what kind of hags the heroic Rikard must contend with as the series approaches its sixth, story arc-wrapping issue.
Anime: The English version of the new Iron Man: Rise of Technovore trailer is now online, in all its technovoring glory.
Upcoming: Oni Press has revealed a "Death by Cuteness" variant cover for Helheim #2 by Katie Cook and colorist Nick Filardi. It'll be available through Oni on April 24th.
Last week saw the release of Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones and Nick Filardi's Helheim #1 from Oni Press, and with it came a whole slew of supernatural Viking action. It's a great book, full of murderous skeletons, the darkest witchcraft, and, most importantly, a Viking Frankenstein. It's exactly the kind of high conc
Batroc the Leaper's not a character who commands much respect in the Marvel Universe. As a French mercenary trained in the style of kickboxing known as "savate," his role is usually to play the part of the Washington Generals to Captain America's Harlem Globetrotters. He's a foe who often