Monday, October 31, 2016

Comic Review: WOLF COP from Dynamite Entertainment

WOLFCOP #1  (Dynamite Entertainment, October 26 release date)  Writer: Max Marks. Art: Arcana Studios.

JusWolfCop001 Cov At in time for Halloween, WOLF COP brings all the blood and gore a thirsty little trick-or-treater could wants to drink and eat.  Actually, keep this book away from the little ones. This is for mature audiences only.  In addition to the graphic violence, the characters all swear like pirates.

   If the cover looks like a reproduction of a movie poster, there’s a good reason for that.  WOLF COP began as a 2014 independent Canadian film, gained a following, and birthed a recent sequel in ANOTHER WOLF COP.  Go to http://www.wolfcop.com for all the details on the film.

  WOLF COP the movie continues the adventures of Lou Garou (get the canine reference?), a Canadian police officer turned werewolf.  The comic dispenses with any background information or origin story, and gets right to the action.  Garou and his buddy Willie are on the run in a banged-up squad car.  Garou is a seriously hard drinker, perhaps to quell the raging spirit within him or just because he’s also an alcoholic.

  The car breaks down in the middle of a desolate stretch of highway, where the two encounter a vicious cannibalistic bike gang with two lovely abductees in tow.  The gang decides to disable the unlikely pair and bring them back to camp for their piggish leader’s luncheon.  You can imagine the outcome, once Garou transforms into the werewolf and battles the leader (who has his own secret form).  Along with the blood and guts, the massive consumption of alcohol, there are also some  humorous moments and engaging dialogue. A fun ride.

  The art is very vivid, vivacious, and violent.  Arcana Studios are also known for a crop of animated films, including the forthcoming HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE FROZEN KINGDOM  (http://arcana.com)

BC RATING SYSTEM

STORY:  We were amused and entertained, just like watching a well-made grind house movie.  2 points.

ART:  Very graphic, but a little cluttered in some of the action panels.  2 points.

COVER: Great eye appeal.  The movie poster look is captivating.  2 points.

READ AGAIN: Once is all that is needed.  O points.

RECOMMEND: For selective tastes. We do recommend it for fans of monsters, horror, gore and grind house fare. 1 point.

TOTAL RATING: 7 points. If you want something new to read, this could be what you would like. 

 

 

Sneak Peek: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT from Valiant

First Look: DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 Fights Freedom with Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain in December!


This December, the world you know is gone… Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – the first of four essential, one-shot specials chronicling the history behind the brave new world that has reordered the Valiant Universe as we know it in the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE! On December 28th, find out how Valiant’s blood-stained icon marched to the forefront of the global Soviet war machine as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Death of X) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) re-assign the KGB’s deadliest covert operative from Mother Russia to the mountains of Colorado to eliminate a freedom-fighting terror cell charged with spreading the infection of American patriotism! 

He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is Komandar Bloodshot…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?

On December 28th, be there as Jeff Lemire and Clayton Crain lead Komandar Bloodshot out of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) and into a gut-wrenching mission in the middle of the American heartland. Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as the Stalinverse transforms its greatest heroes into agents of the Iron Curtain, only in DIVINTY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – featuring covers by Clayton Crain (Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE) and Kano (Daredevil)!

Plus: The fight to overthrow the CCCP’s worldwide Communist regime begins in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1! On December 21st, Valiant’s seven-time Harvey Award-nominated sci-fi epic expands to a startling new scale as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.), artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis), inker Ryan Winn (X-O MANOWAR), and colorist David Baron (BLOODSHOT REBORN) forge a new world in the image of god-like cosmonaut Abram Adams and unleash a disturbing new vision… One where a worldwide Soviet empire now rules a world order… The Iron Curtain extends across continents, shattering governments and armies in its wake… And the communist global super-state rules not only with an iron fist, but with powers far beyond the comprehension of mortal men.

Not a dream… Not an alternate reality… This is the Valiant Universe of today, and the Stalinverse’s subversive spread continues in DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1 on January 18th! In the wake of DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1, join acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Snowfall, The X-Files: Season 10) and Valiant-exclusive superstar David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) as they reveal what happens when Valiant’s leading legend – the unstoppable X-O Manowar – becomes the supreme fighting force of the CCCP in the next must-read one-shot torn from the past and present of the Stalinverse!

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE 
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (OCT161948)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (OCT161949)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (OCT161952)
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD (OCT161953)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (OCT161954)
Blank Cover Also Available (OCT161950)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available (OCT161951)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21th (FOC – 11/28/16)

DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (OCT161955)
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM (OCT161956)
Cover C by GREG SMALLWOOD (OCT161957)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (OCT161958)
Variant Cover by KANO (OCT161959)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale DECEMBER 28th (FOC – 12/5/16)

DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1
Written by JOE HARRIS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover C by CAFU
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JANUARY 18th (FOC – 12/26/16)
 

DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Cover A by Clayton Crain


DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Cover B by Ryan Bodenheim


DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Cover C by Greg Smallwood



DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Interior Art by Clayton Crain


DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Interior Art by Clayton Crain


DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Interior Art by Clayton Crain


DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – Interior Art by Clayton Crain
 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rating system explained for comics reviewed in October

EDITOR’S NOTE:  To many readers, it may appear that BC Refugees has morphed into a news and information site. We are honored that so many publishers are keeping us in the loop so we can inform our readers of upcoming projects.  However, we still intend to concentrate on our core mission:  to bring to attention creators and works that are perhaps not receiving as much publicity as they deserve.  Our recent Previews Pre-Order picks is a step in that direction.  (Yes, we still intend to spotlight work from the major publishers as well - - as long as it merits the attention.)  We’ve been trying to return to posting more reviews of comics on the site, and have been delayed several times.  It’s a cliche, but the shortest explanation is to just say that  “life gets in the way.”  Nevertheless, we will keep trying.  The new ratings system is just a method to make it easier to post reviews, by following a template.  It should also make it easier for readers to decide if they want to pick up the titles we are writing about.    Here are the specifics:

We’ll begin using a RATING SYSTEM of 10+ points, as detailed below.

STORY: Is the story well-told?  Does it engage the reader?  How original is it?  Is it one-dimensional or multi-faceted?  Possible 0-3 points.

ART:  Is the art engaging?  Does it assist in story-telling?  Is it clear or confusing? Is it complex or simple?  Possible 0-3 points.

COVER:  Does the cover have eye appeal?  Does it reflect the contents?  Does it create curiosity?  Possible 0-2 points. 

READ AGAIN?:  Is it worth a second reading? Yes or No.  Possible 0-1 point.

RECOMMEND?:  Would we recommend it to readers?  Yes or No.  Possible 0-1 point. 

KEEPER?: Is it different enough to stand apart from the pack in a meaningful way?  Is it a classic example of the form or genre?  In other words, would it be included in our Desert Island Long Box?  Yes or No.  Possible 1+ Bonus Point. 

Any title getting 11 points in this system is absolute perfection — you must have a copy for your collection!  (Thanks to Spinal Tap for giving us the idea for this - - - “our amplifiers go to 11!”)

So, if you’re just looking for something new to read, and we’ve rated a book at 7 points, it could be what you would like.

If we’ve rated a book at 8 points, it’s definitely premium quality.

Anything we rate over 8 points, is something you should be calling your comic store to hold a copy for you.

Please check out some of our upcoming reviews, and send us some feedback / comments.

 

Comics Review: BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1

BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1of 4  (Valiant Entertainment, October 26 release date)  Written by Jeff Lemire.  Art by Doug Braithwaite.  Colors by Brian Weber.  Letters by Dave Lamphear.  Covers by Kano, Doug Braithwaite, Dave Johnson, Ryan Stegman, Cully HBSUSA 001 COVER A KANOamner and Butch Guice.  32 pages. Rated T+.  $3.99.

   This book grabs the reader beginning with the very first page. Once the brief introduction and set-up is finished, Lemire’s story engages in high gear.  If the dialogue revealing the conflict doesn’t command attention, the art certainly will.  This is some of Braithwaite’s finest work, and that is something special. 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  There are some spoilers in this review. We’re not going to re-cap the whole story and tell you what the surprises are, but we do cover the main conflict and some plot details. It should not limit your enjoyment of the book.  However, if you would rather find out for yourself, just take our recommendation and buy this book. 

The story opens one year ago, in a New Mexico bunker where officers of the paramilitary organization Project Rising Spirit (P.R.S.) debrief following the conclusion of a superhero battle against the Immortal Enemy, one in which P.R.S. agent Bloodshot was involved. (See THE VALIANT limited series of 2014-2015 for the full story.)  

     One consequence of that battle was all the nanites being expelled from Bloodshot’s body.  This occurred as the last act of the dying Geomancer Kay McHenry. Unfortunately, some of these became airborne and turned some unsuspecting Colorado residents into nanite-powered mindless killers.   Bloodshot was able to contain the spread and re-absorb the nanites from the infected. (This was the opening storyline of the BLOODSHOT REBORN series of 2015).

      It’s not necessary to have read either one of those stories to follow the new one in BLOODSHOT U.S.A.  There are major player profiles and a plot points summary provided on the backside of the front cover. Also, Lemire’s succinct summary in the opening two pages allows readers to follow along easily.  The debriefing is being conducted by P.R.S. CEO Moris Kozol, who proposes a diabolical plan.  It’s on the bottom of Page Two where the first shocker occurs.

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      After studying the Colorado events, P.R.S. has found a way to replicate the nanite virus.Kozol proposes using the virus, which P.R.S. can also turn on and turn off as the need fits, to infect the massive population of New York City. Then, after nationwide panic sets in and the federal and state forces are unable to prevent chaos, P.R.S. can enter to “save the day”, thereby earning them favored status as a contractor to the U.S. government and also gaining access to the highest seat in the land.  (Lemire injects a little amusing and dreadful political commentary here.)

     Braithwaite’s art captures the facial expressions and body language perfectly as the other members of the P.R.S. power elite react to Kozol’s plans in various ways. Then, Kozol reveals the second shocker (which we will not spoil), a secondary facet to his horrifying scheme that will surely create even more angst for Bloodshot.

     Flash forward to one year later, and an incredible splash panel that illustrates the carnage and chaos erupting in downtown Manhattan. The nefarious and ruinous Morris Kozol describes it as “short term loss for long term gain."

Cut to the Pacific Ocean, and an aimless drifting raft containing six similar appearing castaways, the survivors of the Bloodshot Island event. (See BLOODSHOT REBORN Issues #14-18 for the full story.)  The Bloodshot we know is joined by five out-dated versions of the Bloodshot template from wars gone by: Tank Man, Cold Man, Viet Man, Quiet Man and Bloodhound. Following a little dialogue and grumbling between the six, an aircraft with Ninjak onboard arrives and recruits them to assist with the emergency in New York City.  The virus is spreading too fast for Unity members Livewire and Gin-Gr to contain.

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This opening issue of the limited series is heavy on plot and action, which doesn’t leave much time for Lemire to script any scenes with character insights.  That’s the one thing that Lemire excels at, and we’re noticing the absence. He does manage to sneak in a few asides in a panel or two. Here’s hoping he gets more room to stretch in the ensuing issues.

However, there is some friction between the castaways that is allowed to develop. Later, Agent Festival and Magic bond and begin to respect each other’s abilities. Also, enroute to Manhattan a heated discussion ensues between Bloodshot and Ninjak regarding responsibility and blame for the nanite invasion.  Bloodshot, of course, blames himself. Ninjak puts him in his place in blunt fashion: “This isn’t about you. Not anymore. It’s about all those people in New York. And we all know how you tend to get - - shall we say - - a bit indulgent in your self-pity."

As the elite of P.R.S. observe the skirmishes between G.A.T.E., MI6, and the infected from the safety of their bunkers, Kozol reveals yet another shocker. This leads into the final three pages, with the issue ending on an abrupt and unexpected eye-opening cliff-hanger.

We expect even more surprises as well as the return of the Lemire character magic as the next three issues allow for more developments. Reserve your seats now.


BC RATING SYSTEM:

STORY: We were engaged throughout. The pacing is good. The plot is complex. The only flaw is not enough space devoted to character development. We expect to see that change in the next issues.  2 POINTS.

ART: Amazing, as can be expected from this artist. Very creative use of angular and odd shaped overlapping panels to convey as much action as possible in some limited spaces.  2 POINTS.

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COVER: While we love all these covers, it’s hard to rate when there are so many variants.  We feel like we should deduct a point when that happens. While the standard regular cover may not convey as much action as some of the variants, it does the best job of creating reader curiosity -- a dangerous looking icon overtop of a bullet-ridden American flag.  2 POINTS.

READ AGAIN:  Definitely worth a second reading, and a third.  It takes two reads to fully grasp the complexity of this plot, and the art absolutely requires a longer look for complete appreciation.  1 POINT. 

RECOMMEND:  We absolutely recommend this.  It looks to be as epic as THE VALIANT limited series, and also should play a role in “The Future of Valiant” as promised.  1 POINT.

FINAL RATING:  8 POINTS — definitely premium quality.

More covers and interior art below . . . . . 



    



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Monday, October 24, 2016

Indie Creator Preview: ANDY BENNETT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here’s occasional guest writer Gary Scott Beatty with another preview featuring an indie creator . . . . .
Strange Horror is Coming — in January! I’m teaming with Mark Bloodworth and Andy Bennett for three stories of fright beyond the ordinary! 
Meanwhile, below, an exclusive look at a few panels from the story drawn by 
Alarming Andy Bennett: The Devouring!
Andy has illustrated for Caliber Comics, Moonstone Books, BOOM! Studios and IDW books. His clients for design, illustration, and sequential art have included PBS, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics, DC Comics and many more. 

Send this to three friends! They can sign up for the Aazurn Fan List for more news and freebies here: http://strangehorror.com/signup.html

Grab a PREVIEWS copy this Wednesday, October 26

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We continue efforts to persuade readers to obtain a copy of the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and let their local comics shop now what books they want to purchase in two months.  (The November issue of Previews features books to be released during January 2017).  It’s the best way to make proper use of the current business model and help your local comic shop avoid shortages or over-ordering (both impact on sales and profit).  Let’s make sure there are local comic stores for generations to come.  If you need further incentive, here’s a look at what else makes up the new issue of PREVIEWS, due on comic store shelves this Wednesday, October 26 . . . . . .

Diamond Announces Contents of the November 2016 PREVIEWS


 

Diamond Logo

 

Bruce Timm Covers PREVIEWS with DC Entertainment’s Kamandi Challenge

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (October 19, 2016) — The November edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops on October 26th and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning January 2017.

ON OUR FRONT COVER: DC Entertainment celebrates Jack Kirby's centenary year with the Kamandi Challenge behind a cover by Bruce Timm.

ON OUR BACK COVER: Diamond Select Toys' best-selling action figures based on the Ghostbusters franchise continues with Ghostbusters Select Series 5.

The November PREVIEWS Features

From the Archives — PREVIEWS spotlights the rich history of newspaper comic strips this month, flaggging comic strip collections and other archives throughout the catalog.

On The Flip Side — PREVIEWS talks to Scott Dunbier, Special Projects Editor at IDW Publishing, about the publisher's Artist Edition volumes, how projects are selected, and the process of bringing them to print.

Gems of the Month — November's PREVIEWS Gems of the Month include: 

  • Dark Horse Comics' Slayer: Repentless and Angel Series 11
  • DC Entertainment's Kamandi Challenge and Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  • IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #50
  • Image Comics' Curse Words and The Few
  • Marvel Comics' The Mighty Captain Marvel 

Front Cover

catBUZZPREVIEWS shines a special spotlight at some of the blockbuster books and products coming in January, including Earth's darkest hour as Marvel's heroes unite to battle a monster invasion in Marvel Comics' Monsters Unleashed from Cullen Bunn and an all-star roster of artists. Plus, the key to saving the future lies in Angel's past in Dark Horse Comics' Angel Season 11; Hasbro's My Little Pony celebrates an anniversary issue in IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #50; the motives of a wizard will determine the future of New York City in Image Comics' Curse Words; The Sixth Gun's Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt tackle Prohibition and the supernatural in Oni Press' The Damned; based on The CW's forthcoming series, Archie Comics’ Riverdale prequel one-shot takes a different look at Archie Andrews and his gang; Cryptozoic releases a new series of mini-figures based on Ant Lucia's DC Bombshells artwork; Diamond Select Toys brings the characters of Zack Snyder's Watchmen to their Vinimates Action Figure line; and many more products you have to look forward to this winter. 

PREVIEWS Exclusive Apparel — Each month PREVIEWS offers comic book fans and pop culture aficionados a selection of t-shirts and other apparel that can only be found in your local comic shop! Jim Lee's vintage portrayal of Magneto is featured on the X-Men: "Magneto Is Right" Navy T-Shirt, Venom's grim visage graces the Spider-Man: "Happy Venom" Black T-Shirt, and Gotham's finest are recruiting with the Batman: "Gotham City Police Department" Knit Beanie. Refresh your wardrobe with these and many other products that you can find only through PREVIEWS and your local comic shop.

Back Cover

Indie Edge PREVIEWS talks to Eric Mona, the publisher of Paizo Publishing, the publisher behind the best-selling Pathfinder role-playing game, about bringing the world of Pathfinder to comics as well as the books he's reading today.

Plus: Staff Picks, the monthly Bestseller Charts, and so much more!

All this awaits you in the November edition of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, October 26th with the cover price of just $3.99.



Valiant promotes new series with special giveaways

from the official Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . . . .

Valiant’s HARBINGER RENEGADE Storms into Comic Shops with Mind-Bending Promotional Items
Fall’s Biggest Ongoing Series Launch Recruits Fans and Retailers with Standees, Posters, Sales Bags, and More!

    

They’re inside your towns… Inside your schools… Inside you minds…And now they’re coming to a local comic shop near you! 

Valiant is proud to unveil a staggering amount of free promotional items coming to comic shops everywhere for HARBINGER RENEGADE #1, the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIESthat will begin the march toward the biggest Valiant event of all time: HARBINGER WARS 2! Join multiple Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artists Darick Robertson (TransmetropolitanThe Boys) – plus special guest contributors Juan Jose Ryp(BRITANNIA) and Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) – as they lay the groundwork for the essential Valiant debut of 2016 with a 40-page blockbuster!

On November 16th, follow the rise of Alexander Solomon, the titular “renegade” and the Valiant Universe’s next major adversary! After years spent hiding as a long-exiled former disciple of Toyo Harada, Solomon will rocket into a brilliant but perilous gambit for control of the unique super-powered individuals called “psiots.” In the tradition of Valiant’s greatest villainous minds – from Toyo Harada to Master Darque to Dr. Silk – Solomon’s masterplan will bring him on a one-way collision course with the Harbinger Renegades while also laying the foundation for HARBINGER WARS 2 – Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event to date – in 2018.

As HARBINGER RENEGADE gets ready to shape the entire Valiant universe, take part in the action with a massive number of free promotional items and giveaways including:


A six-foot-tall HARBINGER RENEGADE standee, featuring the art of comics legend Darick Robertson


A HARBINGER RENEGADE two-pocket counter display, holding up to 60 comics or 14 graphic novels


HARBINGER RENEGADE sales bags, perfect for holding all of your comic shop purchases!


HARBINGER RENEGADE posters, measuring in at a colossal 24"x36" and perfect for decorating walls, windows, or ceilings of your favorite local comic book store


A “Darick Robertson Section” sign, custom-made to highlight the superstar artist of HARBINGER RENEGADE as well as his other best-selling titles

A HARBINGER RENEGADE shelf-talker promoting the first issue of the all-star ongoing series, on shelves November 16th

Plus: Beginning with HARBINGER RENEGADE #1, Valiant is offering fans the chance for an advance insight into the conflagration that’s coming with HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – an exclusive, limited-edition Valiant zero issue that can only be obtained by redeeming mail-away coupons included in HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4! Featuring a can't-miss prelude to the landmark comic event of 2018 that cannot be obtained anywhere else, readers simply have to clip and ship their detachable coupons to receive this one-of-a-kind, advance chapter torn from the future of the Valiant Universe! Look for full participation guidelines for redeeming your copy of HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 in the pages of HARBINGER RENEGADE #1, on sale November 16th in comic shops everywhere.

Anyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids.

Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof. America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the Harbinger Renegades are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

Bursting at the seams with 40 explosive pages, HARBINGER RENEGADE #1 also features a never-before-seen introductory sequence by extraordinary artist Raul Allen exploring psiots’ tortured history and the science behind the future!

Then, incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp lights up the most explosive Valiant story of 2016 with an all-new prologue, detailing the violent origin of Alexander Solomon, Toyo Harada’s wayward protege and the next A-level villain to challenge the heroes of the Valiant Universe!

On November 16th, join Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson – with special guest appearances by Juan Jose Ryp and Raul Allen – as they begin the long, hard road toward HARBINGER WARS 2 with a mind-blowing new beginning, only in HARBINGER RENEGADE #1... And make sure your comic shop is prepared by stocking up on these must-have promotional items available for retailers and fans everywhere!
 


Friday, October 21, 2016

THE FIFTH BEATLE expanded edition and soundtrack

EDITOR’S NOTE:  There’s a lot of news lately regarding the graphic novel biography of The Beatle’s first manager, Brian Epstein.  It ranks among the best examples of using the visual format of comics to tell an engaging biography of a music trailblazer and belongs in the library of all Beatles fans.  We have a hardcover deluxe edition, but the new features in the new softcover are tempting.  Here’s more information from the source, along with many links to learn and hear more . . . . . .

 
 

Fifth Beatle Expanded Edition + Soundtrack Available Now!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 . . . Now even fab-er! The Fifth Beatle Expanded Edition paperback 

 To further your enjoyment of this graphic novel biography of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, whatever edition you may have, Vivek created The Fifth Beatle Soundtrack  (see Sptotify link above) complete with liner notes
 
This new softcover edition (in comics stores now!) includes an expanded sketchbook and Beatles memorabilia section, with behind-the-scenes insights from writer Vivek J. Tiwary and 25 pages of process and bonus art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker (see his Sgt Pepper tribute below)! 






LISTEN TO THE FIFTH BEATLE SOUNDTRACK AND READ VIVEK'S LINER NOTES: Listen to writer / producer Vivek J. Tiwary's soundtrack (See Spotify playlist link above) to The Fifth Beatle& read the liner notes on Dark Horse Comics' blog: "It might come as a surprise that The Fifth Beatle Soundtrack isn’t made up primarily of Beatles songs—many of the songs aren’t even from the 1960’s!"  From Bauhaus to Billie Holliday to The Beatles.  Check it out now:



MEET VIVEK J. TIWARY ON TOUR:  To celebrate the launch of The Fifth Beatle Expanded EditionVivek is hitting the road! First stop was his childhood haunt Forbidden Planet NYC, along with artist Kyle Baker (pictured above) and then a wonderful launch event at the fab Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, Long Island. Full schedule here.
Thanks for your support and enjoy your week!

The Fifth Beatle Team

THE FIFTH BEATLE is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32. Read more at http://thefifthbeatle.com/story/
 


STRANGE HORROR debuts in January 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Here’s another update from our friend Gary Scott Beatty, a very busy comics creator/publisher . . . . . . .

 
Strange Horror is Coming — in January! I’m teaming with Mark Bloodworth and Andy Bennett for three stories of fright beyond the ordinary! Keep reading these emails for details!

Meanwhile, below, an exclusive look at a few panels from the story drawn by me,
Goulish Gary Scott Beatty: Wounds!
As you know, Bleeding Cool called my comic, Number One, one of the best indie comics of 2014. I had a riot writing the three stories in Strange Horror — fast paced, trippin’ and spooky! Read how I developed Wounds’ “curse of the waking dream” writing style in future posts!

Send this to three friends! They can sign up for the Aazurn Fan List for more news and freebies here: http://strangehorror.com/signup.html

Don’t forget to order Indie Comics #3 in October’s Previews this month!
 http://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/OCT161040

And –– Be afraid… Be very afraid!

Gary Scott Beatty
Several good scares
Aazurn Publishing


 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

COZ CON features cosplay and more this Saturday

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Looking for something different this weekend.  Check out the Coz Con in Newark, DE.


The Galactic Con Family of Events

Next Event: Oct. 22

COZ CON

 
Coz Con is this weekend! We hope to see you there.
OCTOBER
22
10AM - 4PM
Del Tech, Newark
Directions

GET TICKETS

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coz-con-cosplay-creations-tickets-26831701341?mc_eid=5db36b6f88&mc_cid=26604623e5

MARKETPLACE

http://cozcon.com/marketplace/?mc_cid=26604623e5&mc_eid=5db36b6f88

COZ CON

 

Coz Con is almost here! We hope you stop by to check it out. We will have a cosplay contest with cash prizes!

GREAT FAMILY FUN! Kids 12 & under are free! Indoor trick-or-treat for the kids. Comic Con style marketplace with vendors, artists and more.

Bring you old costumes, cosplay and accessories and you can swap or sell it in our Cosplay Trading section! Something for everyone... come in costume or come to watch the show!

See you there!  

http://cozcon.com/?mc_cid=26604623e5&mc_eid=5db36b6f88
 

 

Sneak Peek: HARBINGER RENEGADES

EDITOR’S NOTE:  It’s great to see a monthly book being illustrated by Darick Robertson again.  Writer Rafer Roberts is proving to me a new writer of note with his work at Valiant.

from the official Valiant press release . . . . .

Valiant’s HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 Expands to 40 Epic Pages with Artists Raul Allen and Juan Jose Ryp – On Sale November 16th!
Two Valiant-Exclusive Superstars Join Debut of Rafer Roberts & Darick Roberston’s Staggering New Ongoing Series Launch


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 is the can't-miss Valiant debut of 2016! And now the most anticipated new series of the fall is getting even bigger with a massive 40-page first issue packed with more all-star talents, can’t-miss first appearances and monumental revelations than ever before!

Valiant is proud to announce that HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new ongoing series from multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) – is expanding to a massive 40 pages to accommodate integral new contributions and bonus content from an all-star cast of special guests… All for the standard $3.99 cover price!

Joining Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson’s already extra-sized opening salvo for Valiant’s team of high-powered teenage heroes on the run will be several of comics’ most acclaimed talents for a thrilling, widescreen expansion of one of the most important Harbinger stories told in the franchise’s nearly three-decade-long history:

• An all-new introduction written by Rafer Roberts and featuring artwork by Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) – Learn everything you need to know about the revolutionary world of Harbinger in an all-new primer! Exactly what are the extraordinary individuals called “psiots”? How many of them exist among us? What are their incredible powers? And who are the members of the secret psiot team called the Harbinger Renegades?
 
• The first chapter of an all-new monthly origin story, written by Rafer Roberts and featuring artwork by Juan Jose Ryp (BRITANNIA) – A four-part prologue, set before the events of HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 and featuring the first appearance and origin of Alexander Solomon, a major new Valiant antagonist and one of the most important characters in the Valiant Universe in 2017 and beyond. 
 
“In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be revealing several pieces of key information about just how important the events of HARBINGER RENEGADES will be to the whole of the Valiant Universe," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Simply put: If there is one Valiant title not to be missed this fall, it’s HARBINGER RENEGADES #1. What happens in the opening pages of Rafer and Darick’s first issue will be of long-term importance not just in 2017, but in 2018 and beyond.”

Anyone you know could become a psionically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Your neighbor. Your boss. Your best friend. Your kids.

Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged…or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof. America is terrified of what could happen next.

With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John “Torque” Torkelson, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the HARBINGER RENEGADES are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time…and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

On November 16thRafer RobertsDarick Robertson, Raul Allen, and Juan Jose Ryp unleash Valiant’s untamed team of runaways and malcontents onto a world that’s more distressed – and more distrusting – than ever before. As the country threatens to overflow with hostility, terror and paranoia, the time has come to reveal the truth about the secret power that now threatens to divide and conquer a nation! From the best-selling, award-winning adventures of HARBINGER comes an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for Valiant’s critically lauded superteam, only in HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – featuring covers by Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son), Kano (Daredevil), Pere Perez (FAITH), Clayton Henry (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), Bob Layton (Iron Man), and Jim Mahfood (Tank Girl)!


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 (“FUTURE OF VALIANT”) 
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON, RAUL ALLEN, and JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (SEP162040)
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (SEP162041)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP162042)
Cover D by KANO (SEP162043)
Valiant x CGC Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ (SEP162044)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (SEP162046)
Variant Cover by BOB LAYTON (SEP162047)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (SEP162048)
Blank Cover Also Available (SEP162045)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 16 (FOC – 10/23/16)
 

HARBINGER RENEGADES #1  – Cover A by Darick Robertson


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1  – Cover B by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1  – Cover C by Dave Johnson


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Prologue Art by Juan Jose Ryp


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Prologue Art by Juan Jose Ryp




HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Prologue Art by Juan Jose Ryp


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Prologue Art by Juan Jose Ryp


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark and Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADES #2 – Cover A by Darick Robertson


HARBINGER RENEGADES #3 – Cover A by Darick Robertson