Street Fighter Art Book

Earlier in the month Udon released SF20: The Art of Street Fighter. You can probably guess what it’s all about, but here’s what Udon say about it.

This is the most complete collection of Street Fighter artwork ever, and is loaded with roughs sketches, promo art, character designs, and detailed artist commentary. There’s the complete artwork of every Street Fighter game, plus never before collected art from Street Figther IV, Street Fighter EX, Capcom crossovers with Marvel, SNK and Tastunoko and lots more!

And now, here’s some drool inducing pics. The handsome tome can be ordered from your comic shop, or Amazon. If you feel like your SF needs are still not satisfied, may I suggest reading the entire first issue of Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li for free.

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Irredeemable On Your iPhone

Irredeemable 4 CvrDigital comics shop comiXology keep pulling out all the stops. Not only do they offer a free app for your iPhone, and dozens of free comics to go with it, but now they have a new “push notification,” which basically alerts subscribers to new releases of their fave comics. You can also post a Tweet from the app itself, see your purchasing history and manage your library. Phew.

If that’s not exciting enough, comiXology has just added BOOM! Studio’s best series, Irredeemable to their line-up. The first 4 issues of the dark superhero tale by Mark Waid and Peter Krause will be available for only 99c from iTunes tomorrow, October 1.

That’s a bargain for such a great series.

Dark Reign Hulk Preview

Here’s a look at a few text-free pages from Dark Reign: The List-Hulk by writer Greg Pak and artist Ben Oliver. It hit shelves on October 21, and here’s what Marvel have to say about the rather nice looking tie-in issue starring Bruce Banner and his son.

Norman Osborn knows making The Hulk angry probably wasn’t the best idea, but he never considered the ramifications of ticking off Skaar! In Dark Reign: The List – Hulk, the strength of Skaar and the brains of Banner will be put to the test as they find themselves on The List! Bruce Banner isn’t the Hulk anymore, but that’s not stopping him! Incredible Hulk scribe—and New York Times Best-Seller—Greg Pak and artist Ben Oliver join forces as the new Green Goliath and Banner go up against Osborn and his crew in Dark Reign: The List – Hulk.

The critics cannot stop buzzing about Greg Pak’s return to the Incredible Hulk:

“It’s action-packed and it features some quality characterization of Banner and Skaar.” – Jesse Schedeen, IGN.com

“I think any fan of the Hulk will be happy picking this one up.” – Brandon Borzelli – Comiclist.com

Marvel urges retailers to check all orders of Dark Reign: The List as it continues to generate buzz among fans. Will Skaar SMASH just like Dad or will Osborn get the best of The Hulk’s son? Find out in Dark Reign: The List – Hulk!

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Hero Initiative 2010 Memberships

Last year was the first time the noble charity, Hero Initiative had a membership drive. Now they’re doing it again. It’s a great chance to support creators in need and get a few goodies in the process. Details below.

It’s that time of year— to renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information and order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www. heroinitiative.org/2010members.

Proceeds benefit the Hero Initiative, the only charitable organization dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need. In addition to the great items listed below, many EXTRA excellent events and special discounts will be made available ONLY to Hero Initiative members throughout the year. Don’t miss out on the insider’s scoop and invites to very special events! As we say over here at Hero…DO IT!

Memberships are available as follows:

BRONZE $29

You get:

• Personalized membership card

• Quarterly newsletter

• A copy of the Hero Initiative Marvel Apes #1 variant

• Hero Initiative sketch card from a randomly selected artist! Artists include: Chris Bachalo, Dan Brereton, Mike Deodato, Scott Koblish, Mike Mayhew, Mike Perkins, Joe Quesada, Humberto Ramos, Tone Rodriguez, John Romita Sr., Leinil Yu and MORE!

SILVER $99

You get ALL the above, PLUS:

• A NEW 2010 Hero Initiative T-shirt

• A copy of The Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project

• “First in Line” and special members-only signings at select 2010 conventions

EXCELSIOR! $500

You get ALL the above, PLUS:

• A $50 gift card for Sideshow Collectibles

• Your flat item signed and personalized by Stan Lee!

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ComicArtFans.com members will also want to take special note, as combo memberships for BOTH Hero and ComicArtFans are available. ComicArtFans is offering its members an additional $10 off their annual Premium Membership program if you are also a Hero member. “When ComicArtFans learned that the Hero Initiative would have membership opportunities we felt the need to help promote this new program to our membership as well. We’ve been a supporter of Hero for several years and feel very strongly that our members are also interested in supporting Hero,” said Bill Cox of ComicArtFans.com

Returning 2009 members will get a members-only discount off the prices listed above IF YOU RENEW BEFORE JANUARY 1st 2010. So if you haven’t signed up yet, do so today to guarantee your savings for the future!

And if you want to sign up on-site at the Long Beach Comic Con (Oct. 2-4, 2009) or Mid-Ohio Comic Con (Oct. 3-4, 2009), we encourage you to do that quickly! The first 50 signups at each of those cons will get a bonus gift card from Sideshow Collectibles worth a random amount from $10 to $50 at SideshowCollectibles.com

This Week’s Winners

Blackest Night is the best DC event since, well, ever. Infinite Crisis was too convoluted to be enjoyable but Geoff Johns excels at the kind of straight forward storytelling approach that is an unfortunate rarity in comics today. Even the few mini-series tying in to Blackest Night, such as those involving Superman and Batman are enjoyable. It is with the former that James Robinson is doing some great work. Far greater than his Cry For Justice mini-series, Blackest Night: Superman #2 (of 3) is by Robinson and artist Eddy Barrows. It begins with a few pleasant scenes in Smallville, and you just know that’s not going to last long. Soon, Superman and Superboy team up to fight another risen from the dead character – the Superman of Earth 2, Kal-L. The black power rings that reanimate and corrupt dead heroes, villains and supporting characters from DC’s storied past is a great way to get around the whole “revolving door deaths” of superhero stories, and it works well here, with a menace that has been seen in every Blackest Night tie-in. Psycho Pirate inflicts his emotions on Smallville’s helpless citizens, while the three “Supers” battle above. Then a teary Supergirl shows up and is hopeful yet horrified to see her recently killed father standing before her as a grinning skeleton. It ends with the also risen Lois Lane of Earth 2 hunting Martha Kent through a cornfield and ends on a page that is funnier than it’s supposed to be, with the elderly Martha doing her best action hero portrayal.

Robinson and Barrows work well together. Barrows in particular makes the most of the darkness in the tale and makes everyone look frightening. Well, everyone except Martha Kent. He also shows superb control of page design in the many fighting/chasing scenes, adding to the desperation for survival.

The New Avengers #57 is another pitch perfect Brian Michael Bendis tale. He’s essentially Marvel’s version of Geoff Johns – a popular writer who respects the past but is creating the future. With The New Avengers he doesn’t let himself get too talky, but gets straight to the nuts and bolts of superhero shenanigans. The handy intro page in each issue is a worthy addition, as the cast of characters grows every month, but Bendis makes it work. He gives each character their own voice (Spidey’s wit, Luke Cage’s toughness, Norman Osborn’s arrogance). There’s more spandex wearers fighting each other in the streets than Civil War but with Stuart Immonen’s grand and fluid pencils on display it all looks so elegant and dramatic. The New Avengers are powerless, as are their enemies Osborn’s Dark Avengers, all thanks to some renegade baddies with a high-tech gizmo that takes powers away. Everyone is desperate for victory and Osborn makes a deal to ensure he gets his, as does Luke Cage. Every time I read this series, I wish JLA could be this good.

Secret Origin #1 CvrSuperman: Secret Origin #1 is the premiere ish of a new 6 part series re-telling Superman’s origin. What, again, I hear you ask. Yes, that’s what I thought to. I mean, Mark Waid’s Birthright did the same thing not that long ago, and John Byrne’s Man of Steel did it before that. However, a lot has changed in the DCU since Byrne’s bold 1986 series that reintroduced Superman after Crisis on Infinite Earths that changed everything in its wake. Geoff Johns proves me wrong in the first few pages. Where the 12 issue Birthright got it wrong was that it took too long to get to the juicy parts. Johns knows that we are all very familiar with Superman’s origin after 80 years, so he hits the ground running. This debut ish begins with young Clark Kent discovering that he’s different when he accidentally breaks his friend Pete Ross’ arm, and expels heat from his pupils after his first kiss with Lana Lang. Then his parents give him the talk and show him the rocket he arrived in. Clark’s upset when he sees it and activates a holographic message by his Kryptonian parents. Johns continues to wear his love affair with the Silver Age on his sleeve, and keeps most of what readers of Superman comics from the 1950s and 60s would be aware of, but also puts a contemporary spin on it. There’s nods to Braniac and Doomsday, and even Smallville, with Clark meeting Lex as a child, and his rescue of Lana from a tornado. Jor-El and Lara look like their versions from Johns’ recent Last Son storyline and artist Gary Frank is proving himslef to be the premiere Superman artist these days. The last page in which Clark puts on the Superboy costume for the first time truly reveals Frank’s grasp of pre-teen awkwardness and was a pleasant surprise. It appears as though Johns is going to rocket through this origin tale in only 6 issues and I’m glad.

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Robert Venditti Is Everywhere

Not surprisingly, Robert Venditti is a popular guy these days. The film based on the writer’s first work, Surrogates is out now starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. The Surrogates is a great book from Top Shelf, and the prequel, Flesh and Bone was also released recently. The Surroagtes’ future tale tells of a world where everyone lives vicariously through robotic avatars, and daily face to face interactions with actual people are rare. Yes, it explores some deep themes but in a mature, cop tale way. Venditti’s tale itself is an interesting one. You can read all about his rise from non-comics reader to mailroom worker to Hollywood visitor in these interviews with Broken Frontier, CBR and Newsarama. At the latter you can also read the first full issue of the series by Venditti and artist Brett Weldele for free.

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Hotwire Collected

Hotwire, the grand sci-fi mini-series from writer/artist Steve Pugh is now collected in Trade form. It’s by far Radical’s best series and is one of the best looking books of recent times. If you like tough, pale heroines with Blade Runner-like visuals, techno-ghosts and a superb sense of design, just grab this book. Trust me. Details below.

RADICAL COLLECTS THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HOTWIRE

Hotwire_HC_CoverIn the near future, the living and the dead share the same space. Known as “Blue Lights,” the non-living are mostly harmless, roaming the streets, hiding from city lights, scuttling in the shadows. But when they begin to appear as ghostly weapons of mass destruction, Metro Police has only one person for the job: Alice Hotwire, Detective Exorcist. Underfunded, undermanned and under investigation, her department is the only thing standing between the city and certain destruction.

Radical Publishing is proud to announce a hardcover edition of Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, available this November. Written and illustrated by Steve Pugh (Preacher: Saint of Killers) and co-created by legendary writer Warren Ellis (Planetary, Transmetropolitan), Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead tells the story of a detective exorcist who must uncover a supernatural mystery and a new form of ghostly terrorism.

Called “an all around phenomenal book,” by Ain’t It Cool News, and “one of the most entertaining bangs for your buck,” by Newsarama, the hardcover edition of Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead collects all four issues of the critically acclaimed series in a special “director’s cut” edition with additional story pages. Also included in this collection are newly remastered tales from Alice Hotwire’s past, featuring never-before-seen pages and amazing newly painted artwork, as well as newly unearthed, previously unreleased pages written by co-creator Warren Ellis; an extensive gallery showcasing the evolution of the character; a spotlight gallery of artwork from celebrated artists Steve Pugh, Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade), Jelena Djurdjevic (The Immortal Iron Fist) and Garry Leach (Judge Dredd, Marvelman); an in-depth interview with co-creator Steve Pugh as well as a dustjacket showcasing an all new cover by Steve Pugh

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead hardcover trade will be 128 full color pages for $19.95 and is available to order in the September 2009 Diamond Previews catalog (Diamond order code: SEP090956).