Wonton Fusion

Wonton Soup 2 from the delightful Oni Press is out now. For a huge preview, go here or for a mere random taste, see below. The 192 page black and white digest comes from the mind of  James Stokoe and follows intergalactic chef Johnny Boyo and his desire to become intergalactic trucker Johnny Boyo. Looks unique, as does Fusion #2, which is an entirely different broth. It’s a Top Cow/Marvel x-over with a gaggle of costumed characters such as the Mighty Avengers and Cyberforce. It’s written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with glossy art by Tyler Kirkham, and arrives next week.

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Prototype Gamer

I bought Prototype this week. I rarely play my XBOX, let alone buy new games, yet this drew me in. It’s been much hyped, as has it’s PS3 competitor, inFamous, but deservedly so. Almost as soon as I put the disc in I was right in the thick of action, dispatching well armed military men with my lobster-like mutant claws. It serves splendidly as a tutorial and thankfully it’s pretty simple. The first problem I noticed however, is the rather annoying tendency for modern games to make the instructional text on the screen squint inducing. It’s tiny! Is the games industry trying to sell us all big screens perhaps? The game itself is made up of swift levels, with a lot of replay potential. I’ve only played it for less than an hour so far, and it’s tale of Alex Mercer (mutated man on the run attacking the government and searching for answers) isn’t exactly original, but it makes up for it with grin worthy tactics. Bowling over pedestrians while you run and jump down the city streets is fun. There’s elements of the parkour and freedom of movement found in the few good Spidey games, plus Mirror’s Edge, and the environment smashing/vehicle throwing, etc shenanigans of the excellent Hulk: Ultimate Destruction from a few years ago. Even the NPCs in the bustling metropolis seem unique. I had to run around for a while before I saw any duplicates. As I play more, hopefully I’ll enjoy it more. So far, it appears to be a game tailor made for fanboys.

On that note; Gamer. It’s a September releasing film starring 300’s Gerard Butler. Think Death Race, but with gaming avatars replacing mean machines. The plot seems to take pieces from every action blockbuster from the last 10 years. Trailer below.

Whiteout Trailer

I love watching a good trailer. They’re an art form in themselves really. Showing not too much while creating anticipation isn’t easy. This reminded me of the old trailers they used to show for 70s and 80s horror films, with it’s almost monotone voice over and lots of silence. It doesn’t really give anything away, but I’m sure more revealing trailers will arrive before the film hits the screen on September 11. Whiteout is based on the Oni Press comic by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber about the first murder in the Antarctic. It stars Kate Beckinsale and The Spirit’s Gabriel Macht. Some may be reminded of 30 Days of Night, but don’t expect vampires.

Invincible #63 Might Be Awesome

If only all press releases were this amusing. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Image’s marketing team hits the internet with this little beauty, fresh from the taste of Marvel’s Captain America returns hyped mega-event still in our mouths. This is great timing and if there’s any justice, this bold PR move will pay off. 

Invincible #63PRESS RELEASE – NEW ISSUE OF INVINCIBLE TO BE SUPER POPULAR AND BELOVED FOR VAGUE, CRYPTIC REASONS!
Something might be happening in INVINCIBLE #63 and whatever it is will quite possibly be rather amazing!

In an unprecedented move, writer Robert Kirkman and illustrator Ryan Ottley have made a cryptic, semi-confident promise that INVINCIBLE #63 might be kind of a big deal for reasons they wouldn’t say and plan to back it up with a special Wednesday shipment direct to comic shops!

“All I’m saying is INVINCIBLE #63 reorders should be double or triple over all retailer’s orders combined plus fifty thousand,” Kirkman stated. “I even heard President Barack Obama might call a press conference to discuss the contents of this very special issue, because there may be something of national interest in there. Also, every newspaper ever could possibly make it a front page story. Who knows?! All I can say for sure is every single human being on the planet, regardless of whether they read comics or even know what they are, will definitely be extremely interested in this issue, maybe even enough to buy a copy!”

 INVINCIBLE #63 might even possibly be the biggest comic book event of all time, up there with The Death of Superman, The Death of Captain America, The Entirety of the Early Nineties and Action Comics #1! The only certainty is everyone must place a ridiculously massive order for a non-returnable product they may or may not make a profit on sometime in the near future. Or never. Don’t ask – just buy it! You trust us, right?


Added Image Comics Publisher ericstephenson, “There’s a chance this could very possibly an event of undetermined importance, both for comics fans and people of all walks of life, with only the most passing familiarity with comic books, or even books, period. We can’t really say what happens in this issue, but trust, something does happen. And it might even be something interesting. Best not to jinx it, though, so let’s just go with, ‘Something happens.’ It’s somewhat likely a number of people we have yet to identify will want one. “

INVINCIBLE #63 (APR090384), a 32-page full color comic book easily worth around $500, but costing only $2.99, will be in stores June 17th, 2009.

Freebies From Studio 407

I’ve only glanced at new publisher Studio 407’s titles, but they look pretty cool. More thriller and horror than typical superhero fare, which makes sense, but this news should make readers sit up and take notice. Basically, if you sign up for their mailing list next week, they’ll send you two free comics (if you live in the States). Press release below.

 

Night and Fog #1Studio 407 Comics announced today that every person who signs up for their mailing list from June 22, 2009 through June 26, 2009 will receive two printed issues of their comics within the domestic USA.  Night and Fog #1 and Hybrid #1 will be the issues mailed to consumer.  Fans can sign up for the Studio 407 mailing list at here.  Please make sure and include your name and you physical mailing address to receive your free issues! 

 

 “We thought Night and Fog and Hybrid were a great way to get folks introduced to our line”, explained Managing Director Alex Leung.  “Both books have gotten tremendous review response and if you are a horror or sci fi fan you simply have to read these books.”  Night and Fog # 1 was originally released in March last year, while Hybrid #1 was released in May 09. The trade paperback of Hybrid is already available in comic book stores and Amazon and the Night and Fog trade will release be released this fall.

 

To see more of the products from Studio 407 you can visit www.studio-407.com.  Retailers should email info@studio-407.com to get the release information mailing list.  If you want to visit a Studio 407 comics booth make sure and visit them at Comic Con in San Diego.

 

About Studio 407: Studio 407 brings together the imagination and creative talents of writers and artists from North America and Asia to generate a flow of distinct and kinetic East-meets-West entertainment. A writer driven studio that blends innovation with tradition, Studio 407 is dedicated to publishing the highest quality in comics and manga across a wide variety of genres. From capes to kung fu, giant robots to vampires, and secret agents to mad scientists; at Studio 407, we sweat the details. http://www.Studio-407.com.

 

Offworld Signing

Novelist Robin Parrish (The Dominion Trilogy) will be signing his brand spanking new book, entitled Offworld on Saturday, June 27. We have an interview with Robin in the next issue of Extra Sequential (yes, it’s coming). Offworld has a rather intriguing set-up, as described here;

Christopher Burke and his crew of NASA astronauts are the first human beings to walk on the surface of Mars. Their return to Earth was supposed to be a momentous day. But a surprise is waiting for them there that’s beyond imagining.

Safe after a treacherous landing in Florida, the crew emerges to find the unthinkable: every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace.

If you’d like to see Robin and grab your copy off the novel, details of the signing are below.

Date:
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Time:
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:
Barnes & Noble of High Point
Street:
906 Mall Loop Road
City/Town:
High Point, NC

You can also read the entire first chapter of the novel here.

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Gotta admit – that’s a great cover.

Wednesday Comics In USA Today

DC Comics really seem to be pulling out all the stops lately. Well, not all the stops, but they’re definitely moving in the right direction. As announced on The Source, DC’s new blog USA Today will be publishing the Superman stories from their upcoming 12 part Wednesday Comics series, that has an impressive array of talent tackling diverse characters in its extra large pages. The first of the John Arcudi/Lee Bermejo strips will appear in the print edition of USA Today, while the rest will appear on its website. This is big news and will do more for mainstream exposure of comics than this week’s Captain America returns event did. The first issue of Wednesday Comics is released on July 8 and the USA Today release will be timed to coincide with all subsequent weekly releases in comic shops. With this news, plus The Source, and the two newer blogs for Vertigo and Wildstorm DC appear to be taking some great steps to making their presence felt. 

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DC’s September Stuff

DC’s solicitations, for new products arriving in September, are now up. I always tend to look to the more unique stuff first, such as the statues and action figures and such and then work my way up to comics and Trades.  Below are a few novelties that caught my eye. Not that I’d buy them, but they do look cool. You can see figures of Superman in his blue electricity power costume and Aquaman during his morose amputee phase. Ah, the 90s. How I love thee! There’s also the Joker and Harley Quinn figures from the Mad Love Collector Set and new anime inspired Batman and Robin figures, from the Ame-Comi series. Hopefully Grant Morrison doesn’t get any ideas! All these bad boys go on sale in February.

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Captain America Returns?

CaptainAmerica_Reborn_01_RossCoverTwo and a half years ago Marvel killed Captain America, AKA Steve Rogers in #25 of his title, and received mainstream attention,with Marvel head honcho Joe Quesada doing his bit to promote the issue on radio and TV. Now he’s back, maybe. In Rogers’ place, his one time sidekick Bucky Barnes stepped up as the new Cap, with a new costume, and writer Ed Brubaker really made it work. So, do we really need Steve Rogers back? According to an article in the Daily News that’s exactly what we’re getting anyway. Reborn is a new 5 ish mini that Marvel have kept shrouded in secrecy, much like they did with his death, and will be the triumphant return of Captain America. But which Captain America? Steve Rogers? Joe Q doesn’t mention his name in the interview. What he does say is it will be the return of the “original Captain America.” Some may see that as Isaiah Bradley, who was introduced in 2003’s Truth: Red, White and Black mini-series as the African American test subject of the Super Soldier formula and has hardly been seen since. Also controversial is Marvel’ decision to release Captain America #600 (not the return issue BTW) today, on a Monday, instead of the usual Wednesday, without Marvel giving retailers enough info to order the issue in advance. Below are a few pages from the landmark 600th issue, courtesy of Joe Q’s new Cup O’ Joe series, which has just moved from MySpace to CBR.

UPDATED: Nope, Steve Rogers is coming back in Reborn #1, which arrives on July 1.  From Marvel’s fresh off the press, press release:

It was the shot heard ‘round the world. Following the most shocking and controversial event in comic book history – the assassination of Captain America in the pages of Captain America #25 – neither the heroes of the Marvel Universe nor the rest of the world have quite come to grips with this most traumatic of losses. From the moment he was taken from us until today, one fact has proven to be true: the world still needs Captain America . And now, the time has come! At long last, the legend, the hero, is back.  Steve Rogers makes his triumphant return from the grave in the publishing event of the year: Captain America Reborn, a five part series from Marvel Comics beginning this July.

 

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Comics on Comics #19

Comics on Comics next live episode features the guy behind Batman’s big screen adventures and the guy behind Archie’s recent proposal. Press release below.

Comics on Comics Live w/ The Dark Knight Executive Producer Michael Uslan this Tuesday June 16 @ Dream World Comics in Los Angeles!

Host Juan-Manuel Rocha welcomes Michael Uslan, the executive producer of all six Batman movies as well as the writer of the upcoming Archie # 600 which features the much anticipated wedding of Archie & Veronica! Also appearing on the show are comedians Ken Pringle(Chucklemonkey.com), Ed Greer (Comedy Meltdown) and pop culture guru Bob Peterson(CC2K.us) for another round of Comics and Comedy!

The taping begins at 8pm and admission is FREE! Be sure to show up early to grab a good seat!
You can RSVP for this event on facebook:

Or you can find us online at ComicsOnComics.com
Dream World Comics is located at 12400 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.
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Ultimate Star Wars

This is why games are creeping up in Hollywood’s dominance over geeks incomes. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a MMO (Massive Multiplayer On-line) game that allows you to choose the path of the Jedi (yay!) or Sith (boo!). The first two Knights of the Old Republic games were okay, but I prefer my FPSs rather than mid-battle strategizing. BiowWare is releasing the game sometime, and Dark Horse are providing a tie-in web comic called Threat of Peace. The game is only being released on Windows PCs which seems strange, and is set about 3, 700 years before the era depicted in the Star Wars films. Watch the awesome trailer below. Lightsabres and slow-mo – what a great combo.

Another great game, coming to consoles thankfully, is a sequel to 2006’s Ultimate Alliance. That was an action packed nerd fest with Marvel cameos galore, and the cut scenes were drool inducing. Like it’s predecessor, and the Old Republic games, players choices effect the game’s outcome. It follows the recent events in the Marvel comics, particularly Secret War and Civil War. The latter event set the stage for the current state of the Marvel Universe, thanks to the Super Hero Registration Act and players must choose between the Pro-Rego side led by Iron Man, and the Anti-Rego side led by Captain America.

Olympus #2 Preview

I was pretty impressed by Image’s debut of Olympus, a new series by Nathan Edmondson and Christian Ward. The second issue hits stands on June 17. Below are 5 pages from that issue of the unique Greek mythology/action blend.

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Amber Benson Signing

Benson is the actress who played Tara on the awesome Buffy TV series. She’s quite the all-round geek package really, as she’s also written comics and novels and directed films. She’ll be doing a signing for her new book at Challenger’s Comics in Chicago. Press release below.

 

Actress, Author, Director, Singer Amber Benson signing in Chicago

Amber Benson signing to promote her new book “Death’s Daughter”

  Challengers Comics + Conversation will be holding a signing and reading with renowned actress Amber Benson to promote her new novel “Death’s Daughter” on June 22, 2009 at 4:30pm.  The award winning actress is best known for her role as “Tara” in the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and she has recently been seen in multiple shows including Supernatural and Private Practice.  “Death’s Daughter” ( ISBN-9780441016945) is available through bookstores nationwide  and can be purchased at the event at Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western #2R, Chicago IL 60647.  A Limited edition “Death’s Daughter” art print will be on hand for purchase as well as other Benson written graphic novels.

            To rev up the festivities, Challengers is holding a special session of their Chattingers Book Club with Amber to discuss her book.  A drawing will be held to determine 20 people selected to attend the private meeting with Ms. Benson after the signing. To be eligible, you must purchase a copy of Death’s Daughter from Challengers before June 22, 2009 and of course read it!  All winners will be notified via before June 22, 2009.  The Chattingers Book Club is a monthly occurrence and all comic book fans are invited to attend the regular sessions.

            To see more about Challengers Comics visit www.challengerscomics.com. To be added to their mailing list for events and news, emailpatrick@challengerscomics.com.  As always Challengers encourages frequent and lively conversation on comics as entertainment and as an art form and they would love to hear your opinions.

 

About Challengers Comics + Conversation:

Challengers Comics + Conversation opened their doors in April 2008 with the goal to open a store that embodied everything that W. Dal Bush and Patrick Brower had learned in their decades of experience working in comic book retail.  Patrick and Dal have been life long friends and comic book fans.  Challengers is a place to gather, to communicate and to enjoy to comic books as an art form. 

Challengers Comics + Conversation – Be Challenged! – www.challengerscomics.com

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Futurama’s Back

Though it hasn’t been officially announced from Fox yet, as far as I know, it appears Matt Groening’s other animated series is due for a Family Guy style comeback, after being axed in 2003. The 4 direct to DVD films have done pretty good business, meaning that the cartoon will hit the TV screens once more. It’s been mentioned at Entertainment Weekly and at Dark Horizons, but basically Comedy Central have ordered 26 more episodes, ie 2 seasons, with the original voice cast and writing team coming back for more sci-fi zaniness. The first new eps should start airing halfway through next year. Good news indeed.

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