Archive for July, 2009

Davis_FantasticFour_570_CoverI’m definitely going to have to take a good look at the Fantastic Four again now that Hickman & Eaglesham (great work on DC’s JSA) have taken over the creative reigns, and with the Alan Davis cover beckoning, there’s no question!

Brand new creative team – Brave new comics experience! Be there as Marvel’s newest exciting creator, Jonathan Hickman, teams up with superstar artist, Dale Eaglesham, to give you the Fantastic Four experience you’ve been waiting for! It’s adventure, it’s family, it’s tough questions in dark times…See what happens when Reed Richards tries to SOLVE EVERYTHING. Rated A …$2.99. Aug 26, 2009


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While I’m hoping for official announcements, and a little hype for these titles from Boom! Studios in the weeks to come, here’s what Diamond has to offer by way of classic Disney titles for the August ’09 Previews catalog:

(W) Bruno Enna (A) Donald Soffritti
The Quack is back in this first BOOM! Kids issue! He’s no double “o” seven, he’s Double Duck! Donald shows us his dashing, adventurous side as a secret agent on a mission to stop a dangerous ice-melting machine and save the world from rising oceans! This is a Donald Duck like you’ve never seen! A brand-new start at a brand new company for one of the world’s most iconic characters and longest-lived, most-published comic book series! (C: 1-0-0)
24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

(W/A) Don Rosa
Greed is good! BOOM! Kids proudly collects The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck in a gorgeous hardcover collection like nothing you’ve ever seen before. These stories, written and drawn by legendary cartoonist Don Rosa, chronicle Scrooge McDuck’s fascinating life. See how Scrooge earned his “Number One Dime” and began to build his fortune! An Eisner Award-winning in its original publication.
HC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $24.99

(W) Stefano Ambrosio (A) Lorenzo Pastrovicchio
The epic “Wizards of Mickey” tale continues! Student of the great wizard Grandalf, Mickey Mouse hails from the humble village of Miceland. Allying himself with Donald Duck (who has a pet dragon named Fafnir) and teammate Goofy, Mickey quests to find a magical crown that will give him mastery over all spells! Join BOOM! Kids for a whole new era in Disney publishing! (C: 0-0-1)
SC, 24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

(W/A) Various
You will feel the need for Greed! Follow the adventures of everyone’s favorite feathered penny pincher! An all-new direction for icon Uncle Scrooge, as he comes to BOOM! Kids. Building on a tradition created by some of the greatest creators the comic book world has ever seen, like Carl Barks and Don Rosa, these issues of Uncle Scrooge will follow Scrooge on new adventures that North American audiences have never seen!  Join us in a bold new era for Scrooge that pays tribute to the past but heads to a new future!
24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

(W/A) Various
Don’t be a Scrooge McDuck this Christmas season!  It’s the perfect present! BOOM! Kids has raided the Disney publishing archives and searched every nook and cranny this Christmas season to find the best and the greatest stories from Disney’s vast comic book publishing history for this “best of” compilation. A timeless classic from the world’s most iconic characters that should be on every shelf, Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics are an essential this holiday season for family fun!  Featuring artists such as Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Daan Jippes, Floyd Gottfredson, and legions more!
HC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $24.99

(W) Riccardo Secchi (A) Stefano Turconi
The third longest-running comic book series in Direct Market history hits its 700th issue! Right behind Detective and Action Comics, and logging more issues than Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, or Thor, Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories enters a bold new era at BOOM! Kids with a bang! Featuring a brand new team of super-heroes culled from Disney’s Mickey and Donald universe come adventure with The Duck Avenger, Super Goofy, and the man Mickey himself! (C: 0-0-1)
24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

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I was out of town for the majority of the announcements that came out of San Diego this weekend and while most of you have probably already heard, the announcement that Jim Shooter would be writing Gold Key properties like Magnus, Solar, and Turok at Dark Horse (who obtained the Gold Key license at least as early as last year this time) about floored me when I ran across it this afternoon at Comic Book Resources:

Magnus_1Dark Horse announced Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego that it will be publishing new series based on classic Gold Key characters like Turok, Doctor Solar, and Magnus: Robot Fighter. Jim Shooter, who previously helmed a relaunch of these characters as Editor-in-Chief of Valiant Comics, will be writing at least some of the titles, though details have not been finalized. Shooter will be overseeing all of the new Gold Key titles developed for Dark Horse. CBR News caught up with Shooter for a brief chat about the new initiative.

‘The point is that I’m going to write as much as I possibly can,’ Shooter told CBR. Though the new series will feature interpretations of these characters different from both the classic and Valiant versions, Shooter’s process for reinvention will be similar to what he did in the ’90s. ‘I think in situations like this, you always need to think about the essence of the character and keep that,” he said. “So for Superman, you ask a thousand people what they know about Superman and they’ll tell you Daily Planet, Kryptonite, Lois Lane. Whatever most of the thousand people say, that’s what you keep. If no one mentions the Fortress of Solitude, you don’t need it. Half the stuff you can change. It’s the same with these characters. I’m going to try to stay true to the original concept of the character, which is what I tried to do the first time through. I’m going to try to bring something new to it. I have a chance to do it again and do it better.’

This is just great, great news, and I can’t wait for more details in the months to come but the question I’ve got to ask is — following the conclusion of the Nexus: Space Opera storyline, has anyone called Steve Rude about this!? Shooter.  Rude. Magnus, Robot Fighter! But whatever they do, I hope there’s a great visual team behind these titles because they have the potential to really be something special.

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Yes, yes — I’m definitely on board for this.

Written by Chris Roberson and with art by Michael Allred, I, ZOMBIE is the story of Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a week she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next one. With a posse of vampires who play paintball, a smitten weredog, a swinging 60s ghost and a sexy but demented mummy, Gwen ‘zombie girl detective’ sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime, or right a wrong.

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Tall Tales Cover smYea, I can already tell that this year’s SDCC is going to be chock full of announcements that are going to knock my socks off. One of the first is that Jeff Smith is teaming up with Scholastic once more to release several new adventures in Bone: Tall Tales, as well as a 3-part story entitled “The Quest for the Spark Trilogy!”

For more information on when we can expect them, here’s an excerpt from the
official press release:

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of US, Canada, Philippines, and English Language rights to new titles by Jeff Smith featuring characters from his bestselling BONE series of graphic novels. First to be published will be “BONE: Tall Tales,” coming in Summer 2010, written by Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski, and illustrated by Jeff Smith, featuring new art and stories with favorite BONE characters. In addition, Scholastic will publish a highly-anticipated expansion of the BONE world—the Quest for the Spark Trilogy. Overseen by Smith, the trilogy will be written by Tom Sniegoski and illustrated by Jeff Smith. “BONE Quest for the Spark: Book One” (Fall 2010), “BONE Quest for the Spark: Book Two” (Spring 2011), and “BONE Quest for the Spark: Book Three” (Summer 2011) represent the first time Smith has continued the adventures set in the valley since the publication of Rose, the prequel to the BONE series—to be released by Scholastic/Graphix in August 2009.

I really look forward to seeing what Smith & Sniegoski have in store for us with these new adventures, and am awful glad that there’s more from the Bone brothers to come! Wasn’t feeling to great today, but this done makes my day.

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Bart 50 Cover-3I’m always happy to relay good news and it’s that much more fun when it concerns a favorite creator. So, in case you hadn’t heard, comics and cartooning legend Sergio Aragonés will be joining the crew at Bongo Comics, lending his considerable artistic talents as a regular contributor to Bart Simpson, as well as an ongoing project entitled “Maggie’s Crib”. I love the Simpsons and I love Aragonés art and storytelling so this is pretty much a match made in heav…uh Springfield!

Here’s a snippet from the press release:

Bart Simpson teams up with Sergio Aragonés beginning in Bart Simpson #50. Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” has announced that Sergio Aragonés (MAD Magazine, Groo the Wanderer) will become a regular featured artist and writer in Bart Simpson comics beginning with issue #50. Sergio Aragonés will provide the entire contents of Bart Simpson #50 as well as the cover art. The issue will include an eleven-page main story entitled “The Simpson Project.” Mr. Aragonés will also contribute a new and ongoing feature entitled “Maggie’s Crib,” a series of pantomime stories much in the vein of his classic three-page “A Mad Look At…” feature found in MAD Magazine. Sergio will also be a contributor of stories to the Bart Simpson title as well as other Bongo Comics Group titles on a regular basis.

Bart Simpson #50 will be released on October 28, 2009 in direct market comic book stores and at newsstands. Bart Simpson is a bimonthly comic book aimed at younger comic book readers and was launched in 2000.

‘I have been a Simpsons fan from the very beginning,’ says Sergio Aragonés. ‘I watch the show, read the comics, and collect everything that has come out, so imagine the pleasure to now be writing and drawing my favorite family…I couldn’t be happier!’

Bill Morrison, Bongo Comics Creative Director, says, ‘We’ve put some of the funniest characters ever created in the hands of the world’s funniest cartoonist. This is unprecedented in the world of humor comics, and it may result in more comedy than the average reader can safely handle. I predict it’ll be just like that movie The Perfect Storm, only hilarious.’

‘Sergio’s the best,’ says Matt Groening, Bongo Comics founder and publisher, “and it’s an honor to work with him.”

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SMT_Strange Journey_HD1Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey (DS)
JP Release: Oct 8 2009

Apparently Atlus wants all of my money.

I’m just easing in to Atlus’ SRPG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (DS), the Persona remake (PSP) is on the way, I’m jumping back into Persona 3:FES (PS2) and I haven’t even been able to crack open Persona 4 or Devil Summoner 2 yet and now they go and announce an entirely new game in the series in which several new (and older) protagonists face a powerful demonic threat, only this time, in the dark depths of space.  The Demonica suit has a great retro design reminiscent of the classic rocket men, the game play looks as addicting as always, and one way or another (we can only hope makes it to U.S. shores) I’ll be playing this.

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