The Humble Bundle continues to be one of the best values in comic books, and as you might expect, this week they've turned their attention to the morespoooooky side of things. And by that, I mainly mean comics where Pinocchio uses his endless wooden nose to stab vampires.
In addition to several books without pictures -- which I find strange and frightening -- the current Horror Book bundle added a bunch of horror comics today, including The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar, a volume of Valiant's Shadowman by Peter Milligan and Roberto de la Torre, the first omnibus of Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, the first two issues of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's Afterlife With Archie, and more.
In 1838, the Mexican general Santa Anna was hit by cannon fire, resulting in a shattered ankle and the amputation of his leg, which he then had buried with full honors. He then entered politics, but when the people of Mexico rebelled against him, the leg itself was exhumed and then lost to history. This is historical fact. Obviously, there was eventually going to be a comic book about this eventually.
Then again, I don't think anyone ever expected it to take the form that it has. In an original graphic novel being funded on Kickstarter, writer Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps,The Flash) and artist Jose Pimienta are telling the story of The Leg, and how it gains sentience and returns to Mexico in the 1930s in what can only be described as a pretty offbeat journey. This was something we had to find out more about, so I spoke to Jensen and Pimienta about where their interest in historical dismemberment started, why they went to Kickstarter, and just how much emotion an artist can get out of a severed limb.
When DC Comics launched its New 52 initiative in 2011, rebooting and updating the entire DC Universe, it meant making a number of big changes, from dissolving Superman's marriage to Lois Lane to Barbara Gordon's return as Batgirl. And one of the more widely discussed changes among a large portion of DC readers was the decision to eliminate Wally West from continuity, leaving Barry Allen as the only Flash.
But like so many heroes in comics who have disappeared for some time, his return was all but inevitable, and DC Comics has announced today that Wally will return to the pages of the Flash this spring.
It's very easy to dismiss Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer without ever reading a single page. That's part of the trouble for the creator of a high concept book: If it's something that can be boiled down to thr
Despite a propensity to brood, the best vampire slayers live (and sometimes die) by the words of the Beatles and get by with a little help from their friends. Buffy had the Scooby Gang, Blade had the Nightstalkers and Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins' vampire-slaying version of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio has six new wooden pals from The Great Puppet Theater. SLG began teasing the colorful cast of this October's "Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer and the Great Puppet Theater" prior to Comic-Con, but now viewers can learn more about the nose-growing boy's slayer brethren in the publisher's official video trailer for the title.Billed by SLG as having, "more action, more lies and more puppets than any other comic you will read this year!" the trailer sheds some light on Pinocchio's adventures in this, his second volume of slayage. Fans are guaranteed a closer look at Higgins' renditions of puppet compatriots Flavio, Isabella, Il Capitano, Harlequin, Columbina and Punchinello, but will definitely want to stick around until the end of the trailer to get their very first glimpse of the comic's pirate-infused plot.
"Pinocchio Vampire Slayer" writer Van Jensen went into HeroesCon with two secrets last weekend. 1) The full title of he and Dusty Higgin's upcoming sequel to last autumn's wooden puppet thriller and 2) An image teasing said title's supporting cast
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