Coming from Daniel Corey (creator of “Moriarty”) and artist Mark Dos Santos is a noir-style detective story that takes place on Mars. The premise sounds very Phillip K. Dick-esque, as it follows Cal Talmage, a hard boiled investigator, who is hired to find the daughter of Mars’ ambassador. “Red City” #1 is slated for a June 2014 release. READ MORE
Jumping into a new series can be daunting, especially when there are years of continuity behind a title. Like some of the other publishers, Dark Horse is looking to change that this summer in an effort to bring in new readers. The Starting Points program is simple. Every month, Dark Horse will feature an issue that acts as a great jumping on point for new readers. The first two books to be featured are “Abe Sapien” #13 and “Captain Midnight”, both favorites here at Bloody-disgusting. See all the details on Starting Points below. READ MORE
Last month Image Comics launched “Undertow” from Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov. The series subverts typical conventions of fantasy by depicting Atlantis as an advanced, corrupt, capitalist society. The world is filled with fantastic creatures, and features Atlanteans who look nothing like a human, but the issues on the pages are very real.
Ukinnu Alal is a young disenfranchised Atlantean who is discontent with everything around him. In a life changing moment he meets Redum Archsrgal a known war criminal and the leader of the Atlantean rebellion. Ukinnu makes a choice for the first time in his life. He joins the rebellion. His enthusiasm defines the main narrative of the series weaving a fantastic story about your relationship to home, rebellion in its many forms, and the danger of freedom.
That’s just the first issue. It’s intoxicating in it’s allure. It’s one of the most imaginative and exciting debuts of the year and features awe-inspring art by Trakhanov. If you loved the first issue and you’re dying to know more about this incredible series, look no further. I sat down with Steve and Artyom to talk about inspiration, rebellion, creature design, social commentary, and everything in between.
Hit the jump so you can be part of the conversation when Issue #2 surfaces next week. READ MORE
One of the biggest changes to modern television is that protagonists are no longer perfect – in fact, most of them carry one major affliction that helps the audience sympathize with them.
This is why DC Comics’ “Hellblazer” lead, Constantine, was ahead of his time. The dude smoked like a chimney, almost to a fault. Ironically, while modern television loves a character who has serial mental issues or past drug addictions, they frown upon characters who smoke – especially on a network. Go figure. While I’m wholly against cigarettes, if it’s a character’s trait to smoke, so be it… READ MORE
While Monkeybrain comics may not specialize in horror, they do specialize in quality comic books. For those of you looking to expand your palette this is “Monkeybrain Monday” showcasing some of the digital titles this smaller publisher has to offer.
Ryan K Lindsay is an established authority in the comics world. He writes about comics, scripts them, and does prose too. His newest collaboration ,“Headspace” takes an unconventional trip to Carpenter Cove. A city located the mind of a killer. We follow Shane, the local sheriff as he battles isolation, loss, and insurmountable odds in a very surreal and insane place. READ MORE
Gary Reed’s grim zombie tale continues with it’s second to last issue this week. “Deadworld” is as original a zombie story you’ll find, and Gary Reed has delivered month after month with crazy undead drama, while managing to stay far away from “The Walking Dead”. There are people controlling zombies, people fighting them off, and people who can’t decide what side they’re on. We’ve got an exclusive look at “Deadworld: Restoration” #4 courtesy of IDW. READ MORE
One of the most interesting literary mashup comics around returns this June with “Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night”. This chapter will focus on a new character in the series based on Viola from Twelfth Night, and it will see a returning cast from previous arcs including Hamlet, Juliet, and Othello. For those not versed in “Kill Shakespeare”, it’s a fantasy tale that combines all the major players from Shakespeare’s timeless plays, and works to combine the best of his comedies and tragedies. There is also a board game coming out. More on that below. READ MORE
“The Walking Dead” has become a multi-media phenomenom. In addition to the best selling comic book series and #1 rated television show, “The walking Dead” has also spawned a best selling video game, three prose novels, and a role playing board game.
MegaGigaOmniCorp and Top8Magic have come together to launch a Kickstarter campaign in support of the creation of “The Walking Dead: The Prison” as a board Game. For fans of the comic book, The Prison is one of the most popular story-arcs within the series. Check it all out below. READ MORE
Toronto ComiCon took place this past weekend on March 7th-9th at the Metro Toronto Convention Center and photographer Tyler Mitchell was on hand to catch the madness. There was some fantastic cosplay in effect at the show and we caught some great shots of attendees dressed as their favorite characters including Batman, Rick Grimes, Lobo, Saruman, and lots more. READ MORE
While we still eagerly await “Frankenstein Alive, Alive” #3 from Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson, Niles has a new book kicking off this week from IDW that also features Mary Shelley’s Daemon. “Monster & Madman” tells what can only be a bizarre story as fiction and history collide when Frankenstein’s Monster has a run in with the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Damien Worm provides gorgeous interior and cover art for the three-issue series and we’ve got your exclusive look at “Monster & Madman” #1. READ MORE
‘Genesis’ is a new paperback graphic novella from Image Comics. Drawn by Alison Sampson, written by Nathan Edmondson, with colors by Jason Wordie, in shops on 16 April. The book is 64 pages centered on the act of infinite creation. The protagonist wanders through life willing anything he thinks of into existence. What follows is an existential look at surrealist creation that will have you questioning your own beliefs and give you a deeper insight into the loss that often comes with creating something.
I was lucky enough to have an advanced look at this insane and beautiful book. ‘Genesis’ is sure you make you feel a cavalcade of emotions. So after this stunning read I sat down with Alison Sampson and Nathan Edmondson to talk about the process of creating a book about creation. READ MORE
MonkeyBrain comics has been paving the way for independent digital comics, releasing quality, affordable titles from passionate creators. Ryan K Lindsay, no stranger to indie comics, just released the first issue of his ambitious new crime/horror/sci-fi series “Headspace” through MonkeyBrain on Wednesday, and it falls right in line with the rest of MonkeyBrain’s books. The high-concept series follows Shane, the sheriff of Carpenter Cove, who discovers that his strange town is actually a construct in the mind of a killer. It only gets crazier from there.
I sat down with Lindsay to chat about the crazy idea behind “Headspace”, his love for horror and sci-fi, and getting into the mind of a serial killer. READ MORE
Matt Miner is an avid animal rights activist and he makes no attempt to hide it. He’s passionate, driven, and outspoken. He brings these traits into “Liberator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents” #1 to tell a new story in the battle against animal horror. It follows a new beginning for vigilante justice in the world of animal testing. It’s grisly, frightening, and enlightening. Miner doesn’t shy away from the real terrors of the world, and in turn gives us a comic with a powerful call to action. READ MORE
Ghost Rider has always been one of my favorite heroes. I think I gravitated toward him as a child because he stood out as the resident badass of the Marvel Universe. Yet, his stories have always been somewhat lackluster as of late and hasn’t had the series he so rightly deserves. Well in less than two weeks the Rider will be reborn. the first issue hasn’t hit yet but we’ve already got a preview of issue two. Hit the jump for the full look! READ MORE
Bethesda has been one of the biggest powerhouses in gaming of the last few years. Their games are imaginative and full of scope. Really anyone else out there can barely hold a candle to their library of AAA titles. This year they are releasing two extremely anticipated titles “Wolfenstien: The New Order” and “The Evil Within.” We here at Bloody-Disgusting are already salivating over the chance to play “The Evil Within.” Luckily we won’t have to wait much longer, and these incredible art books will help ease the pain. Hit the jump for the full release from Dark Horse! READ MORE
BOOM! Studios has started a new press initiative where they want to focus on the work of specific creators. This week they’ve decided on Ed Brisson of “Sheltered” and his new upcoming Image series “The Field.” Brisson has some exciting new titles on the way from BOOM! that are sure to be a hit with fans of biker gangs or robotic cops. Check out the release from BOOM! after the jump! READ MORE
Dynamite just announced a new dark fantasy ongoing series, “Blood Queen”, which is slated for a June release. The series comes at you from writer Troy Brownfield and artist Fritz Casas and follows a young woman with magical powers who is hired to save a princess. It is apparently inspired by the true story of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and combines elements of fairytale with the Renaissance era. Although it sounds steeped in generic fantasy tropes, there are definitely intriguing aspect to “Blood Queen”. The covers are taking a page out of the “Vampirella” tradition with plenty of cleavage and a less scantily-clad red suit. Check out all the information below as well as some preview art. READ MORE
Dynamite will be releasing a new “Vampirella” series in June to be penned by Nancy A. Collins, with art from Patrick Berkenkotter. Vampirella is in dire need of a modernization because, let’s face it, there’s not much going on other than blood sucking and thongs. Collins might be just what the character needs (though the covers haven’t changed) and I’m actually pumped to see where the series goes. Check out all the details below. READ MORE
…and nothing like Theodore Rex, I assure you…
THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, the adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.
Taking cues from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” “Rex,” published by Image Comics in 2004, “tells of a boy who, after losing is pet dog, moves in with his grandfather for the summer. Bullies just compound his already miserable existence. When he discovers a T-Rex in a cave, the boy’s life changes as he must prove to the townpeople that this new pet isn’t the harmful beast they think he is.”
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner. READ MORE
strong>”Afterlife With Archie” #4 continues to be one of the best horror titles out there. The zombie apocalypse has wreaked havoc upon the sleepy and wholesome town of Riverdale. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla know how to pour on the scares with every single panel. This one is simply a must. READ MORE
Max Bemis’ “Evil Empire” #1 accomplishes exactly what a first issue in a series should accomplish. It introduces the main players, sets up vague and mysterious connections, inexplicitly details what conflicts are to come, and drops an atomic bomb on us in the final panels. If you come away from this issue armed with a list of questions, you’re not alone. But it’s that type of enigmatic opener that makes me clamor for the next issue. READ MORE
Jonathan Maberry’s “Bad Blood” #3 continues in the same vein of the previous issues, utilizing hyperrealism, meta elements, and ordinary tropes of our daily 21st century lives (mixed with a mild fantasy bent) to make this vampire comic nauseatingly lifelike. It’s going to be the drugs floating through blood that kills off the vampire race. It’s going to be the irresponsible club kids, the partying college kids, the terminally ill who will be their ultimate demise. This concept is so brilliant, it reminds me of T.S. Eliot’s famous line: This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper. READ MORE
Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), pictured above, Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”), pictured below, and Charles Halford (“True Detective”) have joined NBC’s supernatural graphic novel pilot “Constantine” as series regulars, rounding out the cast, TheWrap reports.
Perrineau has been cast as series regular Manny. The network describes the character as an authoritative figure assigned to watch over Constantine (series star Matt Ryan). Griffiths will play the role of Liv, Constantine’s partner with supernatural abilities. True Detective’s” Charles Halford has been cast as Chas, Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion with possible supernatural survival skills.
“Constantine” is based on the DC Comics graphic novel “Hellblazer” and the character created by “Watchmen” writer Alan Moore, as well as Steve Bissette and John Totleben.
Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, based on a story by Cerone and David S. Goyer. READ MORE
“Veil” is a beautiful book soaked in mystery and subdued neon. The characters are bold with poetic and haunting dialogue it’s the type of book that pulls you into the abyss of human behavior. Centered on a enigmatic girl who wakes up in the subway with ridiculous strength and a constant rhyming ramble. Its goading is irresistible. READ MORE