Dynamite is pumping out another “Vampirella” storyline. This time they’re bringing the vampire seductress to the deep American South for a tale of dark magic and demon hunting. This five-part series is written by Eisner Award nominee Nate Cosby, with illustrations from Jose Luis. I’m shocked more horror comics aren’t set in the American South, but I feel this is the beginning of a new trend.
Issue #1 of “Vampirella: Southern Gothic” Is slated for release in August from Dynamite Entertainment. READ MORE
A combination of odd and surreal, Dia De Los Muertos #3 delivers three distinct and enjoyable short stories. Taking inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, what you have here is a creative blend of storytelling and art. Riley Rossmo singlehandedly delivers the eye candy with his fantastic illustrations. This month’s issue features tales from Alex Grecian, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Joe Keatinge READ MORE
Potheads and superheroes. Why has no one combined these two before? Have you ever seen a superhero on weed? The Bounce #1 lights up and kicks off this new series from Joe Casey and David Messina. It’s almost timely as we see what Bouncing Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes would be like if he wasn’t chubby and living in the twenty-first century. Hmm, maybe this IS him seeing as the latest incarnation of LSH has recently been cancelled! Is writer Joe Casey that omniscient? He might be…but otherwise, this is a solid introductory issue. READ MORE
X-Men: Days Of Future Past director, Bryan Singer, just tweeted that Evan Peters (picture above and below) who starred in both seasons of American Horror Story has been cast as the speedy Quicksilver for the new flick. In X-Men: Days Of Future Past The X-Men must travel in time to change a major historical event that could globally impact on man and mutant kind.
The film is set for release on July 18th, 2014. READ MORE
With the digital age of comics thriving, there sure have been some issues over the past few months. It began a month ago when Apple asked French comics distributor Izneo to remove over a thousand titles from the app due to content issues. Then began the whole “Saga” fiasco, which turned out to be ComiXology trying to stay in line with Apple’s guidelines. The “Saga” ban was blown out of proportion and eventually the issue in question was put back on the device. However, Bleeding Cool reports that now some other titles have been removed from the iOS app. READ MORE
With its premise already established, House Of Gold & Bones #2 pushes the narrative forward and focuses on its central protagonist. In his musical crossover to comics, Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor offers readers an nightmarish underbelly, which is quite appealing in the artwork. This is a thrilling read about the gripping fear of the unknown. READ MORE
How many Ghostbusters does it take to bust some major ghosts? Normally, the answer is four. How many is too many? We find out in this finale to the first arc in The New Ghostbusters #4. Not surprisingly, this cartoon in comic form would benefit from being an actual cartoon series. READ MORE
Jimmy Palmoitti and Justin Gray give us the deep sea adventure we’ve all been waiting for. An interesting premise is given a great start this month in The Deep Sea. Sadly, it falls just short of greatness due to an uneven pace and too few moments of character development. The interesting protagonist does add a lot of weight to the one shot, but fails to resonate with me like any great character should. READ MORE
Coming from your gaming consol right into your hands is the video game adaptation of Akaniero, an awesome Japanese twist on “Little Red Riding Hood”. “Akaniero” drives the mythology of the story up a couple notches as we delve into Japanese folklore. This issue really gives a taste for the difference between North American and Japanese folk tales. Both Justin Aclin and Vasilis Lolos do a spectacular job bringing this story to life in their debut issue. READ MORE
Ted McKeever is back with another boldly themed and rakishly illustrated installment of Miniature Jesus, courtesy of Shadowline Comics. Dominating his roles as writer, illustrator, and letterer, McKeever writes a bizarre tale of fantastic religious weirdness all while maintaining a palpable level of intimacy. “Miniature Jesus” #2 doesn’t let down, and it’s definitely an issue worth checking out. READ MORE
It may be a little early to speculate on this, but I think it’s safe to say that Jonathan Hickman will be in the runnings for creator of the year. He’s killing it on both of his “Avengers” titles, his new series “East of West” is a hit, and Bleeding Cool has just announced that he has yet another original series called “God is Dead” from Avatar Press. Taking a page from Nietzsche, the books follows the journey of God as he returns to a modern day Earth to deal with all the crap that has gone down in his absence. Unfortunately, he’s got to deal with the people who don’t want him back. READ MORE
Timpson Films and Drafthouse Films have just released a hilarious “children’s book” based on The ABCs of Death. But you gotta move fast. There are only 666 copies of the book available to grab. Each copy of the book contains a special edition Blu-Ray of the film that includes director commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, making-of featurettes, and trailers. The book features illustrations from Stephan Britt and verses from author Zack Carlson. Copies are selling for $37.00. READ MORE
Todd McFarlane is to be a keynote speaker at the graduations ceremony this year at Eastern Washington University on June 15th. The Spawn creator will also be doing a public lecture on Friday, June 14, titled “Road Trip to Creative Autonomy, an evening with Todd McFarlane” from 7-8 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. If you live anywhere near EWU, this might be worth checking out. Todd usually has some pretty interesting things to say about the creative process. READ MORE
Joshua Williamson and Goran Sdzuka team up for a new horror/heist miniseries from Image Comics. The book follows criminal mastermind Jackson T. Winters who is hired by an eccentric collector to capture a ghost. Horror seems to be crossing into every which genre these days, and with a criminal ghost collector, “Ghosted” is one of the most intriguing of the bunch.
“Ghosted” #1 hits shops on July 10th, 2013 READ MORE
While bumming around in the interwebs I came across this stellar piece of street art from Fintan Magee. The street art shows four children dressed up as their favorite DC heroes. Three of which are dressed as Batman, and a lone Robin sits in the middle. Check it out. READ MORE
Antonio Garrido’s award-winning novel, The Corpse Reader, is set for release on May 28th in both print and ebook format. The novel is inspired by Song Cí, who was considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, and is set in thirteenth-century China. In the novel, Cí Song and his family have left the city, where his father was a comfortable bureaucrat, in order to mourn for his grandfather. Song Dynasty China has many opportunities for an intelligent student to succeed in the exams and have a successful career in the government, but Cí has to leave his law studies for the hard manual labor of his brother’s farm. However, Cí’s life takes an unexpected turn in the following excerpt, leading to his tumultuous career as a “corpse reader,” an early forensic scientist. READ MORE
Five Ghosts continues to be an excellent tribute to the pulp stories of old. Barbiere picks up where we left off last month. We are locked into the aftermath of Fabian’s outburst into vampire form, and given some great exposition about the mysterious dreamstone. The creators take a massive step in the right direction this month and prove why “Five Ghosts” is one of the best books on the shelves. READ MORE
On Free Comic Book Day, Arcana Comics released a teaser for their updated Oz tale, “The Steam Engines of Oz”. Jumping on the bandwagon to bring a modern twist to the classic magical world, Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Erik Hendrix show us a steam-punked version of Oz where Victoria Wright and her pals try to escape the great and powerful land.
The tale continues in a new series from Arcana this June, despite the fact that it’s still being Kickstarted. How is it being solicited when it’s still seeking crowd funding? Your guess is as good as mine. You can read the FCBD teaser on ComiXology for free.
UPDATE: I spoke with series Erik Hendrix Re: the whole Kickstarter thing. Apparently the first three-issue arc is set for release and the Kickstarter campaign is to determine whether the series will continue after that. They are hoping to put the fate of the book in the hands’ of the readers rather than the retailers.
The first issue hits shops in June, 2013 READ MORE
Many of you were saddened by the news that My Chemical Romance decided to call the quits this March. Though I listen to My Chemical Romance from time to time, I am quite stoked about the break up because it means Gerard Way will have more time to write comics. Back in 2008, Way penned “Umbrella Academy”, which received praise across the board. Now, Way is back at Dark Horse with Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan for “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”.
The first issue hits on June 6th, 2013. READ MORE
Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas are teaming up to bring you a pre-end-of-the-world senario like you’ve never seen before. Rather than focusing on an alien menace, “Sheltered” shows that sometimes the biggest threat lies right in our midst. The series takes place in a survivalist community where a group of teens decide to revolt and take matters into their own hands.
“Sheltered” is a five-issue first arc. Issue # drops July 10th, 2013 (preview here). READ MORE
Doomsday.1 tells the post-apocalyptic tale of seven venturesome astronauts in the International Space Station who are forced to watch as a massive solar flare annihilates most of the Earth. Inspired by Joe Gill’s “Doomsday + 1” which was released nearly four decades ago, this four issue miniseries is brought to life by IDW Publishing and original series illustrator, John Byrne; but without the fantasy elements of the original series. Taking the reigns as both writer and artist this time around, Byrne delivers an honorable, though inordinately exhaustive, opener to the series. READ MORE
Fanboys Vs. Zombies has been consistently been filled with hilarious, action-packed zombie killing month after month. Writer Shane Houghton and artist Jerry Gaylord found a clever way to explore geek culture inside the confines of the zombie apocalypse. ‘Fanboys Vs. Zombies’ is a lighthearted gore-fest that will delight horror lovers who can appreciate the dark comedic sensibilities of films like Army of Darkness, where the hero can throw a punch, tell a joke, and kiss the girl all in the same scene.
Digital comics distributor ComiXology has a giant sale on ‘Fanboys Vs. Zombies’ this weekend, with every issue of the series available for 0.99 cents. To celebrate the sale, BOOM Studios gave Bloody-Disgusting readers an exclusive free digital copy issue #1 as a gateway drug into the series.
Writer Shane Houghton caught up with Bloody-Disgusting to talk about where the book is headed, and why horror hounds should give this series a chance. Check out the interview with Shane and then read issue #1 for free after the jump. READ MORE
With events in Russia being relatively wrapped up for the Bureau and their Russian counter parts, the story moves back to North America with its newest arc B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Wasteland, where the always lovable Johann takes center stage. The role of Laurence Campbell as illustrator for this book gives it a very different look and feel to it than most B.P.R.D. issues. The story line for “Hell on Earth” is really heating up and this arc looks to be one of the best of the bunch. READ MORE
Titan Comics is releasing a new collection from John Higgins (colorist of “Watchmen”, “Batman: The Killing Joke”) titled Razorjack. The story follows three college students who inadvertently create an opening into an alternate universe known as “The Twist Dimension”. Garth Ennis calles the series “Razorjack is one of Higgins’ best-kept secrets”.
Razorjack hits stores on September 18th, 2013. READ MORE