With the release of Alex De Campi’s “Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight” earlier this week, Bloody-Disgusting thought it time to revisit “Smoke/Ashes.”
The collection released by Dark Horse houses both of De Campi’s adventures steeped in political intrigue and governmental issues in a world gone to shit: “Smoke” and “Ashes.”
Both series follow Reporter Katie Shah and assassin Rupert Cain as they team together to combat intricate terrorist threats. The English ruling class has thrown society into shit, and Cain and Katie find themselves the targets of very powerful men.
This week well focus on “Smoke.” Which tells the story of how these two unlikely heroes first meet in the midst of a global fuel crisis that threatens to destroy Britain. Over the course of the story they expose political corruption and diffuse a situation steeped in Cain’s past. It’s an action packed mystery brimming with social commentary that shouldn’t be missed. READ MORE
Marvel is one of the best in any entertainment business when it comes to marketing their creative material. They treat readers with respect and always stand behind their work. For the most part, with the exception of a few questionable legal debacles over the years, they manage to stay away from bad press.
With the launch of All-New Marvel NOW! set to begin in 2014, Marvel has plans to increase their promotional means as a way to harvest more potential readers. This includes incentives for retailers, digital copies with physical purchase of every first issue, and a big online marketing campaign. See all the details below. READ MORE
IDW Limited is at it again, this time they are releasing an “ultra-exclusive” limited-edition hardcover of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s “Locke & Key: Head Games”. This edition comes with a tray case an exclusive photo portfolio, a Head or Echo Key, and a secret compartment containing pages from the Locke family journal. If you’re an avid “Locke & Key” fan and you’re looking to get yourself something special this holiday season, look no further. There are a few version of the release ranging form $175 to $600, each offering something unique. READ MORE
An epic supernatural tale about past mistakes and redemption, “To Hell You Ride” HC is an ambitious masterpiece of dark imagery and nonlinear storytelling. Brilliantly put together, this is a clever hybrid of the horror and western genres. From the mind of iconic actor Lance Henriksen (Aliens), “To Hell You Ride” is an unforgettable read that will stay with you for a very long time. READ MORE
After a decent hiatus “Hellboy in Hell” is back with its fifth issue following the fallen hero on his journey through the bowels of his forsaken kingdom. It’s no surprise that Mignola has waited to release this issue. There has been a lot of action since the inception of this book and even more since its break with the two companion titles, “B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth” and “Abe Sapien”. As these other titles have come to a big events, the Hellboy story continues. READ MORE
An action-packed spy thriller, “Velvet” #2 is a rewarding read full of plot twists and tons of action. This story has a gun-toting femme fatale, high-ranking shadowy agents, and trained assassins. How can you tell there is a traitor in the group when everyone is pretending to live a double life? READ MORE
As the end of 2013 draws to a close and the holiday season goes into full swing, Image Comics has been topping the charts on many “Best of 2013” lists. As a thank you to their readers for their support, Image is offering $1 off your entire cart purcahse from 10 a.m. to midnight PST on Friday December 6. Head to www.imagecomics.com and use the promo code 1OFFDEC13. READ MORE
“Shadowman” #13 is a new beginning as Valiant slaps a fresh coat of paint on Jack Boniface with a brand new creative team taking over. Writer Peter Milligan (“Hellblazer”) and artist Roberto De La Torre (“Daredevil”) shift the book into a Vertigo-esque direction with a move towards shedding the superhero’s shortcomings. READ MORE
An enjoyable sci-fi adventure, “Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle” #1 has a decent storyline that will keep readers engaged. This is a good effort to keep the “Terminator” franchise breathing. Though the comic has some good parts in it, “Terminator Salvation: Endgame” is focusing on the wrong things, just like the recent sequels. READ MORE
There’s liberation, there’s fighting, and there’s sacrifice. When one character does all that and more in one issue, you know you’re reading something memorable. With the “The Victories” #7 the series comes to a crescendo which will have a devastating effect for readers.
Don’t forget to check out our insane contest with Dark Horse Comics! READ MORE
McFarlane Toys has just released a new “Walking Dead” action figure of Negan, the infamous Saviors leader you may remember from his rather brutal entrance in issue #100. The figure includes his deadly barbed wire baseball bat. Negan also includes a hot iron and comes in two variations: full color, and black & white with bloody accents.
The figure is available exclusively at TheWalkingDead.com for $25. READ MORE
For the first time in over five years, David Lapham will be writing and drawing a new series, “Juice Squeezers”, which is set to kick off next month. The limited series screams 80s family adventure, telling the tale of a group of adolescents who ban together to protect Weeville against a swarm of giant insects.
You can read the first #0 issue for free from now until next week at the Dark Horse web store.
Dark Horse also announced that there will be a special issue of “Juice Squeezers” for Free Comic Book Day in May of 2014. READ MORE
To celebrate the release of Michael Avon Oeming’s “The Victories” #7 this week, we have a wicked contest running with our friends at Dark Horse Comics. They have three killer prize packs to give away, including signed copies of “The Victories” trade paperbacks as well as stunning original art from Michael Avon Oeming (see full details and images below).
TO ENTER: Head to Twitter, Tweet at @DarkHorseComics with the hashtag #TheVictories and let them know your reaction to the big shocker in issue #7, which hits shops this Wednesday, December 4th. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to use the comments section below. You will then need to send your FULL NAME and ADDRESS to me once winners are chosen. No PO Boxes. U.S. only. READ MORE
This month marks the beginning of “Prison Ship Antares.” Another fantastically trashy chapter of “Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight.” The story is perfect sci fi camp brought to life once again by writer Alex De Campi. The script is sure to shock, disgust, and positively entertain with fantastic art by Simon Fraser.
This entirely new chapter is fantastically paced. The quick story is deeply rooted in grindhouse cinema taking all the rules of normal film and throwing them at wall. This series is pure tongue in cheek fun that never lets up for a moment. READ MORE
Steve Niles continues the misadventures of Ashley J Williams in ‘Ash and the Army of Darkness’ # 2. The issue is ripe with action and the exposition is communicated through fluid panels that never stagger. The result is an issue that launches from a clunky beginning into a finish that is sure to please. READ MORE
It’s been a few years since our last dosage of undead from the Godfather of Zombies. While his past few films have been hit or miss with fans, Romero now turns to comics with the help of Marvel and artist Alex Maleev to tell the latest instalment in his zombie universe. “Empire of the Dead” will be a five-issue limited that sees New York City infested, not only with zombies, but vampires as well.
Take your first look at “Empire of the Dead” #1 below. The issue is slated for a January release. READ MORE
When it comes to comic book super teams, everyone has their favorite. The one that should be on everyone’s radar these days is Michael Avon Oeming’s “The Victories”. The prolific artist of “Powers” and “Abe Sapien” has revitalized the team dynamic in his creation of flawed, but utterly fascinating assembly of heroes, villains, shadowy councils and what motivates and shapes them all.
Oeming sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to chat about his series, where it all came from, and where it’s going. Also be sure to check out the insane contest we have going on right now with Dark Horse Comics in which you can win the first two trades of “The Victories” as well as original artwork. READ MORE
Joshua Williamson has worked for a variety of publishers over the last few years giving us fast talking fun adventures in a multitude of genres. However, earlier this year he released a creator owned series “Ghosted” through Image Shadowline with artist Goran Sudzuka.
“Ghosted” is an impressive blend of the horror and crime genres and has been selling out with each successive issue. The first arc is releasing as a trade this Wednesday December 4th.
To celebrate Williamson sat down with Bloody-disgusting to talk about the series, his love for horror, and the future of the book. READ MORE
ComiXology’s Cyber Monday Sale is going on right now, featuring DC’s The New 52 trade collections for $4.99 a piece. That’s a steal! There are also still some Black Friday sales going on in case you missed those. Complete details below… READ MORE
2000 AD is releasing a comic book sequel tie-in to the under-appreciated Dredd, which is now available to order as a one-shot through Diamond Distribution. Aside from being the only official comic book tie-in to the movie, this is also the first ever US-format comic book direct from 2000 AD.
“Dredd: Underbelly” comes from writer Arthur Wyatt and artist Henry Flint, and the book picks up a year after the movie with Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson investigating a gruesome mass grave.
“Dredd: Underbelly” is slated for a January release. Here’s to hoping that we still may see a film sequel. READ MORE
While most of the hype these days surrounds superhero flicks like Batman/Superman or Guardians of the Galaxy, the “indie” publishers are also gearing up for their big screen treatments. As announced this summer, Top Cow/Image Comics are planning to release a film based on “The Darkness”. Marc Silvestri, co-creator and CEO of Top Cow Productions, just spoke with Unleash the Fanboy and offered an update on the current status of the film, which includes the news that Witchblade will in fact be a part of the movie. READ MORE
With the release of Rick Remender’s “Black Science” earlier this week, Bloody-Disgusting thought it time to revisit “Fear Agent.”
The series is the spiritual prequel to “Black Science” featuring alcoholic Texan roughneck Heath Houston as the last remaining Fear Agent. The series is notable for its emphasis on balls to the wall action, insane creatures, and complete disregard for actual science. It was designed to be a tribute to the medium, break all the rules, and even make a few of its own.
It’s a tremendously fun read that rockets through a quick bout of world building while continually throwing Heath into the deep end of the galaxy pool. Throughout these hellish ordeals Heath provides ample amounts of laughs with his infinite charisma and haphazard problem solving skills.
Tony Moore brings the entire thing to life. Razor sharp lines an incredible attention to detail permeate every page. The rougher edges of the space are depicted with a certain Moore sheen that makes them feel weathered and decrepit. This is a galaxy that has seen some shit.
If you’re a fan of excellent, fun science fiction, or you’ve just read “Black Science” and are eager for more then “Fear Agent” is the book for you. Plus it serves as a fantastic gateway drug to Remender’s body of work. READ MORE
It’s Thanksgiving weekend and everyone is blurting out their appreciation for friends and family members. Well, we’re thankful for Jae Lee. Without Lee’s unique art style, I (Lonnie) probably wouldn’t have this job. Jae Lee’s work on “The Dark Tower” is what got me back into comics, and I haven’t looked back since. His style is glossy, smooth, and full of glorious shadows that bring out the horror elements in everything he works on. His art is both meticulously detailed and minimalist making it one of the most recognizable styles in comics today.
While he is most well known for his cover art for the Big Two companies, one of his most highly praised works has been “The Illustrated Dracula”. Lee created a series of chilling portraits to accompany Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, adding a whole new element to the story. Quite simply, he’s one of the best, so it’s no surprise that his talents should be recognized in this week’s Visions of Horror. READ MORE
Since 1999, Eric Powell’s creation has done all sorts of monster smashing. Why not smash some south of the border in Spanish? “The Goon” #44 becomes El Bruto this month and takes on El Hombre Lagarto. Throw in random celebrities, roosters and goats as weapons for good measure. Even if your Spanish isn’t perfecto, this issue is all kinds of madcap and satirical fun. READ MORE