Bluewater Bonus

Below is the official press release from Bluewater Productions about their great bonuses in this month’s releases. It’s good to see a company realising that all this economic downturn has an affect on comic book readers too.

BLUEWATER ADDS 22 BONUS PAGES TO FEBRUARY RELEASES.

Starting in February, Bluewater is adding a bonus 22-page flipbook to some of its titles. The original $3.99 cover price will stay the same but the consumer will enjoy 48-pages of content.

Listed below are the titles coming with the FREE bonus book:

1) “10th Muse 800” #1 comes with a FREE “Judo Girl/ Venus” #1
2) “Judo Girl/ Venus” #1 comes with a FREE 10th Muse 800 #1
3) “Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops” comes with a FREE “Pit and the Pendulum”
4) “Pit and the Pendulum” comes with a FREE “Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops”
5) “Missile to the Moon” #1 comes with a FREE “Imaginaries” #2
6) “Imaginaries” #2 comes with a FREE “Missile to the Moon” #1

10thmusebonusbook1Making sure not to confuse anyone, Bluewater has made a special cover for the back of the flipbook. The original covers, UPC codes & order codes have remained the same.

“With the economy the way that it is, we realize that $3.99 is a lot to spend on a 22 page comic book,” said Bluewater Productions Publisher, Darren G. Davis. “I buy comics every week and I see how expensive they have become. With that in mind we are making sure that people that buy our books get the most for their money.”

Bluewater is also making sure to add bonus material to our other titles. “Plan 9 From Outer Space…Strikes Again”, will have 28 pages of sequential content.

Davis continued, “It is rare that you will find one of our books with only 22 pages. We want to do more than just put in a pin-up to take up space. For example with the Ray Harryhausen titles we showcased some of Harryhausen’s original artwork.”

The “Vincent Price Presents” series will not only have a 4-page back-up stories but pin-ups as well. In each issue the comic comes with an intro and outro featuring Vincent Price. This is on top of the 22-page story.

Trailers Galore

We don’t get ads like this during our cricket season or AFL Grand final! Well, those Americans sure know how to make good trailers when they want to. The internet is all a buzz about the latest which debuted today, including some great films coming out in the next few months. Below are teasers for G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and for a different pace, Year One, starring the hilarious Jack Black and Michael Cena. The first two look awesome, if not entirely accurate to their 80s portrayals, and Year One looks like it might just give us the laughs we were promised with Tropic Thunder. It’s a good year for good films.

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #1 Review

 

hotwire1_covera_pugh_lowresThis issue is so pretty it’s making all my other comics jealous. An orgy of sights from Poltergeist, Ghostbusters, Judge Dredd and grand superhero epics, Warren Ellis and Steve Pugh concoct a tidy package of bombasticity (yes, I made up that word) unlike any piece of work you’ll find on today’s shelves. The four issue mini-series from Radical is yet another attention-getter in its already impressive arsenal of hot properties. Steve Pugh’s name comes before famed writer Warren Ellis’, and there’s a good reason. Hotwire is primarily Pugh’s creation, working from Ellis’ original story, but Pugh handles both chores brilliantly. Like any good writer/artist Pugh is totally in synch with his ambitions on the page and the fact that he’s been working on this title on and off for years shows. That devotion is obvious and Pugh can be glad that he stuck with Alice Hotwire. It’s paid off very well.

So what’s it all about then? This is a typically Radical high-concept and one that is revealed naturally within the story. Alice Hotwire is a smart, sassy, techno-goth punk and a detective exorcist. In the Britain of the future, ghosts are referred to as the more comfortable “blue lights” and in some parts roam the city as loose spirits. It’s a great idea to build an intriguing world upon, and in Pugh’s gorgeously rendered pages, the world is exquisite. Those familiar with his previous work on Shark Man will like what they see, as will everyone else, really. He digitally paints all manner of easily identifiable characters, surrounding them with gizmos and vehicles. There’s a burgeoning story at work here besides the undead, and the city riots, police corruption and unpopularity of the by-the-book Hotwire amongst her fellow cops will slowly form a larger narrative.

The beauty of Ellis’ writing is that he can take the same old broad ideas (humanity’s dependency on machines, pseudo-science, female outsiders) and paint them in striking new colours and Pugh has a great base to leap from as he constructs this tale. This is a great introduction to new readers sick of traditional superheroics. There’s enough action, playful attitude and variety to entertain you. There’s also exploding bodies, electrocutions and one angry digital ghost to compel you further. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Alice Hotwire is an attractive young girl who doesn’t compromise, believe she’s ever wrong, or lose a fight. The book wisely centres on her but surely her new partner, family man, Mobey, will share the spotlight once the pair start figuring out what’s going on with all the increasingly weird paranormal activity.

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #1 is a 28 page issue, available from February 4. If you like looking at pretty things and being seduced by an equally arresting adventure, you have to pick it up.

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