Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1 Preview

Below is a preview from Top Cow for their latest mini-series spinning out of Broken Trinity which, according to the Cow, is similar in style to the globe spanning escapism of James Bond, Tomb Raider and co. Vitti’s artwork looks fantastic I gotta say and really seems to fit in line with the epic tales that Top Cow have been exploring in the last few years.

Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1 (of 6)
(W) Rob Levin & Bryan Edward Hill (A) Alessandro Vitti      (Cov) Tommy Lee Edwards

The Road to ARTIFACTS Begins Here!

Finn and Glori, the bearers of the Glacier and Ember Stones, first introduced in Broken Trinity, return this month in a pulse-pounding, world-spanning adventure series. When a fanatic cult embarks on a quest to remake the world with the mythical Pandora’s Box, Finn and Glori’s individual goals of gathering the 13 Artifacts is kicked into overdrive.

From newcomers Rob Levin (The Darkness: Butcher) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Aftermath) and artist Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (1985)!

Full Color 32 pages $3.99  limited series

5 Years of Gestalt in One Sweaty Pub

On Thursday night I decided to curb my notoriously unsocial ways and venture into a place of strangers, uncertainty and unhealthy food. Yes, I went to a pub. There was even beer involved (well, a middy at least) and a taxi ride home. The motivation for getting me out of the house was certainly cause for celebration though, as Perth publisher Gestalt celebrated 5 years in “the biz.” They have an impressive library of books, as one glance at their table at Clancy’s Fish Pub for the night would attest, and it looks like they have bold plans for the future, with greater international distribution and more OGNs spinning out from Rombies. The eery trailer for Justin Randall’s April-releasing Changing Ways left everyone impressed and the wait for signatures from Randall, and Rombies creative team of Tom Taylor and Skye Ogden was also impressive.

Grant Stone, host of long running radio show Faster Than Light officially kicked things off and enthusiastically praised Gestalt (and urged us to buy their books at the end of the evening – for the sake of our children!). Gestalt’s Managing Director Wolfgang Bylsma was up next and thanked all the attendees for their support, and also mentioned that Clancy’s was where he and Ogden (Gestalt’s Art Director) decided to form their own comics company half a decade ago. Ogden was third, and spoke a few words in Japanese (as he resides in the country) with Tom Taylor translating, with the aid of a laptop.

Taylor (writer of Star Wars: Invasion and now The Authority) rocked the mic like a rapper at a beat box competition (in enthusiasm, if not vocal gymnastics, though I’m sure the ex-juggler can probably sing too). The Melbourne scribe’s praise for Gestalt continued, and his jokes and volume had everyone’s attention, including bewildered patrons at the pub who were only there for a quiet night and were probably perplexed about what all these geeks were up to.

It was an unusual place for such an event, as the assembled comics fans had to avoid the sweaty environment and the speedy waitresses carrying paper cones filled with wedges, but it served to remind me what a fairly close knit community it is.  A few of the people I already knew, and some I knew of but had never actually met, such as Taylor and Ogden. It really was a fun night, and it’s very encouraging to see the roster of local talent in supply in our humble city, and thankfully, a vessel through which those same creatives can share their skill with the world.

Mladen and Dave (two of my mates, but I do have more).

Wolfgang Bylsma

Skye Ogden

Lean On Me: Tom Taylor and Skye Ogden

Some of Gestalt's goodies

Muscle March

It appears that the Japanese games are as crazy as The Simpsons would have us believe, as anyone who’s seen their most amusing Human Tetris show can attest. Now, in a similar vein, here’s Muscle March on the Wii. Try and make sense of the madness below.

Mesmo Delivery Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review for Broken Frontier as I’ve been rather busy these last few months with my magazine…adventures, but Mesmo Delivery from Dark Horse was too tantalising to ignore. Rafael Grampa’s OGN is definitely worth a look, if you like mad visuals and blunt but creative Tarantinoesque storytelling. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

This crazy original graphic novel has been widely praised, and deservedly so. Originally self published and distributed by AdHouse Books, this new edition from Dark Horse is complemented with a new cover, a Brian Azzarello foreword, and a juicy sketchbook section. Brazilian creator Rafael Grampa’s work of sequential art is a manic display of what is possible in this medium. It’s a dizzying joy to behold, and is filled with so many non-American approaches to presenting a story in comics form that it screams its newness after only the first few pages.

Read the rest of the review here.

A Couple of X-Men Pics

Marvel’s latest teaser image for X-Men: Second Coming (written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, with art by David Finch) is below. The promo by artist Daniel Acuna reveals a gathering of X-Men members past and present. Second Coming kicks off on March 31, and will also be available with a cover by Adi Granov.

Available now is Uncanny X-Men #521 with the nifty Greg Land cover showing everyone’s favourite Master of Magnetism, Magneto. He also seems to be a master of yoga.

New York Toy Fair’s Best

Yes I know action figures have an even geekier rep than comic books, but you gotta admire the craftsmanship in the wealth of pop culture figures, sculptures and busts produced these days. The New York Toy Fair has been running this week, with some great looking figures being unveiled. Here’s a few of my faves. Of course, Star Wars has a huge collection, including a massive 24 inch AT-AT.

Also of interest are the bevy of products from Marvel including Iron Man 2 figures. Who could resist an Iron Man version of Mr Potato Head, entitled Tony Starch? Also available are new Marvel Universe additions, and a few cute playthings for the kids as part of their Super Hero Squad line, which surprisingly includes an armed Captain America. Never too young to learn about the dangers of firearms (and motorcycles) I guess.

DC Comics put their best poseable foot forward too, with the fanboy mash-up of DC Universe and Masters of the Universe, even more Justice League Unlimited figures (4 years after the toon ended) and some awesome figures that look just like Gary Frank’s artwork from the New Krypton mini-series, with Superman’s Earth replacement Mon-El, Supes in his Kryptonian duds, the new Superwoman and Braniac looking his baddest yet. These figures won’t be available until October.

Tom Taylor on The Authority

I’ll meet Tom Taylor for the first time tomorrow night (at a pub of all places, which is a very unusual destination for me) but it’s been great to see his rise amongst the ranks of new comics scribes getting their due, especially as he’s a rare Aussie writing big-time American comics. From Star Wars: Invasion to his just announced job as new writer on The Authority from DC/Wildstorm. I didn’t see that one coming, but it makes perfect sense. As Tom tells it, following Star Wars with The Authority is like “thinking you’re getting your first car and, instead, being handed the keys to a flying battleship that runs on the fury and the sex drive of one hundred caged dragons.”

Here’s the official solicitation info for his first, May releasing ish of The Authority.

THE AUTHORITY #22
On sale MAY 5
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by MIKE MILLER
Cover by PETE WOODS

Acclaimed writer Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Invasion) takes the helm for a 4-issue arc. The Authority’s journey through space on The Carrier’s unknown mission continues. Their mysterious voyage takes an even more terrifying twist than anything they’ve experienced so far when they discover stowaways of the worst possible kind. Facing a hideous mutiny by overwhelming odds, only one person can possibly save them. But will this reluctant hero break his own vow and return to action?