The Handsome Men’s Club

From TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live and featuring a bunch of Hollywood hunks mocking themselves. Must be seen.

Let’s Hear It For The Girls!

Marvel’s Girl Comics is a 3 issue mini-series created by a team of talented ladies. It’s also a good idea. Now I know every now and then a comic company will scratch their head over just how to get girls to buy comics, and from what I understand, the number is growing, particularly in manga. DC tried a noble attempt a few years ago with their Minx line, which unfortunately never took off the ground. However, there are a lot more female characters in the spotlight in the pages of both companies superhero books. In May alone Spider-Girl returns again, Dazzler gets a one-shot, as do the many loves of the Amazing Spider-Man in a book of the same name, Galacta: Daughter of Galactus hits, Black Widow’s new series continues, Emma Frost gets an origin spotlight special, and Marvel Her-oes continues with its focus on teen female Avengers. Plus let’s not forget all the female spandex wearers in the various X-Men and Avengers titles. Of course, giving more female characters series doesn’t mean more female readers, as I’m sure there’s a fair amount of appeal to both sexes with superhero stuff, but it’s a good step in the right direction.

Now, about Girl Comics. I’m a sucker for anthology books, and this appealed. Not all of the 7 short tales contained within are good, but they represent a great diversity. Most don’t feature females as leads, but are just slices of superheroes from different perspectives. Willow G. Wilson (Vertigo’s excellent Air) and Ming Doyle present a simple tale of Nightcrawler saving a perfromer in what looks like a WWII cabaret bar, Valerie D’Orazio and Nicki Cook show Punisher in a subtle, yet creepy tale of child protection and by far my favouritre – Head Space by Devin Grayson and Emma Rios (whose art I’ve loved since BOOM!’s Hexed). The other tales fall kinda flat for me, but that’s the lottery of an anthology. I’ll certainly pick up the remaining two issues, just to see what talent lies on offer. The creator biographies and and spotlights on Marvel employees Flo Steinberg and Marie Severin are a superb touch too.

Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki from Udon Comics is another new series with a female focus, though a different endeavour from the book above. Like any Gen Xer I paved my way through high school via button mashing on Capcom’s classic game, but I haven’t followed the franchise in the years since. Udon produce lovely, kinetic comics though, so this was a purchase on a whim. Written  by Jim Zubkavich with art by  Omar Dogan, who worked on the Chun-Li Legends series, this premiere ish mixes light high school drama with face kicking action. I’m unexposed to the newer Street Fighter characters, but this explains Ibuki in a very likeable fashion.

She’s a Japanese teen in a ninja school who also goes to a regular school and uses a mobile phone and has too many clothes for a stealthy fighter and this issue balances both of her lives well. There’s also a new arrogant girl at school who challenges Ibuki to a fight, a secret cabal of ninjas called Geki and a conclusion that reveals next issue’s addition of another SF character. The whole tale bounces along well, with a great touch in pacing from  Zubkavich and suitably light yet frantic action scenes from Dogan.

Since we’re talking about girls – Whiteout. I saw the Kate Becksinale starring film recently and it wasn’t as bad as the critics led me to believe. Based on the 1998 Oni Press OGN from Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, it tells of a U.S Marshall trying to solve the first murder in Antarctica before a deadly storm crashes on their doorstep. It’s a bit long and not full of surprises, and there a few changes from the book, but it was entertaining enough. Kinda like 30 Days of Night without the bloodsuckers.

78 Planets, 7 Psychopaths And 1 Duck

BOOM! Studios have got to be one of the busiest indie publishers out there. Thankfully, their quality is consistently good. Now, here’s 3 new press releases spotlighting something for everyone.

THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3, 12-ISSUE MAXI-SERIES REVEALS THE SECRETS BEHIND COHEED AND CAMBRIA’S BIGGEST-SELLING EPIC ALBUM THIS MAY FROM BOOM! STUDIOS

PETER DAVID JOINS CLAUDIO SANCHEZ FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THIS BESTSELLING SCI-FI SERIES!

GET CAUGHT UP! THE AMORY WARS: ULTIMATE EDITION HC COLLECTS FIRST TWO TRADES INCLUDING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN MATERIAL

BOTH COMIC AND TRADE COME ON THE HEELS OF COHEED AND CAMBRIA’S NEW ALBUM YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW THIS APRIL

THE AMORY WARS comic book returns this May, now from BOOM! Studios! Don’t miss the next chapter of the Coheed & Cambria mythos, straight from the band’s lead singer, Claudio Sanchez (KILL AUDIO) and now joined by legendary comic book writer Peter David (THE DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME, SHE-HULK) with THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 this May.

Fans who missed the first go round have no excuse not to get caught up, as BOOM! Studios presents THE AMORY WARS: ULTIMATE EDITION HC collecting the first two trades, including never-before-seen material.

Both the new THE AMORY WARS comic series and hardcover come on the heels of COHEED AND CAMBRIA’s new album YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW this April, co-released with a novel of the same name, also written by Sanchez and David.

“Working with Claudio has been an absolute revelation in terms of Coheed and Cambria’s popularity,” said AMORY WARS co-writer Peter David. “I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve encountered people who don’t read “X-Factor,” never heard of “Fallen Angel,” but I mention that I’m working with Claudio and they instantly declare their undying love for all things C&C. They start rattling off titles, song lyrics, and they absolutely cannot wait to get their hands on the next installment of Claudio’s epic science fiction vision. For those fans who have been waiting years for this new comic series, the wait is over. For anyone who’s going to be entering Claudio’s world for the first time, welcome to Heaven’s Fence.”

“I know fans have been waiting for this story for years,” said Coheed and Cambria lead singer and AMORY WARS writer Claudio Sanchez. “I’m excited about partnering with Peter David and BOOM! Studios to finally get this story out of my head and into your hands.”

THE AMORY WARS tells the story of Claudio Kilgannon, son of Coheed and Cambria, the subjects of a privately developed anti-terrorist unit. The insidious Supreme Tri-mage Wilhelm Ryan, self-proclaimed ruler of Heaven’s Fence a network of 78 planets, sets forth to decimate those that could stand in his way, which include Coheed, Cambria and their children. Claudio must discover his role in this galactic turmoil and come to terms with his own growth in worlds that are always changing. THE AMORY WARS is the story behind the band Coheed and Cambria’s music, and fans have tried to unlock the true course of events encrypted in the lyrics since the band first debuted.

The complete SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE saga will be collected in THE AMORY WARS ULTIMATE EDITION, also released in May, and is perfect for fans to get caught up on the story behind the band’s music. This release is also timed to coincide with the April release of Coheed and Cambria’s newest album, YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW. THE AMORY WARS ULTIMATE EDITION HC is priced at $29.99.

THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 hits shelves in May, featuring covers by Tim Bradstreet and Scott Keating, a 1-in-10 incentive cover, and interior art by Chris Burnham. THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 is $3.99.

A NEW MINI-SERIES  FROM CRIMINAL CO-CONSPIRATOR SEAN PHILLIPS!

7 MEN. 1 IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. ASSASSINATE HITLER!

This May BOOM! Studios brings you a World War II epic like no other with 7 PSYCHOPATHS, written by Fabien Vehlmann and interior art by CRIMINAL co-conspirator Sean Phillips.

With World War II in full swing, there’s only one way to draw the war to a quick end: kill Hitler. But who would be insane enough to try? One person knows just the men to do it. Insane? Psychotic? Mad? Call them what you will, but the 7 PSYCHOPATHS are now the only hope the world has!

7 PSYCHOPATHS is probably the most difficult story I’ve ever drawn,” said 7 PSYCHOPATHS artist Sean Phillips. “Nine or ten panel pages, having to find reference for everything I had to draw, drawing a type of story I’d never tackled before, it was hard work. Many times I wondered if it was worth the effort. Then I started to receive jpegs of Hubert’s coloured pages, and it was definitely worth it. He’s made it look like a book drawn by someone who knew what he was doing! It seemed as if I could do Fabien’s great story justice after all.”

7 PSYCHOPATHS #1 hits shelves in May, is written by Fabien Vehlmann and features cover and interior art by Sean Phillips. Cover price for 7 PSYCHOPATHS #1 is $3.99.

BOOM! STUDIOS GETS DANGEROUS WITH DARKWING DUCK

A BRAND-NEW MINI-SERIES FROM DISNEY AND BOOM! STUDIOS COMING THIS JUNE!

YOU DEMANDED IT! WE DELIVER!

He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is the super-hero that is about to make his return. He is…DARKWING DUCK! This June, Disney and BOOM! Studios herald the triumphant comeback of the beloved Disney Afternoon star with DARKWING DUCK: THE DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS. Lanchpad McQuack, Gosalyn Mallard, and the fiercest of Darkwing’s rogue gallery all join the daring duck of mystery in an all-new, completely original four-issue mini-series: DARKWING DUCK: THE DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS!

Whether you’re a Darkwing fan from the hit TV show or want to discover this cherished character for the first time, this new mini-series delivers all the madcap adventurous spirit that made a fan out of millions!

Written by Ian Brill (ZOMBIE TALES) and James Silvani (MUPPET KING ARTHUR), the mini-series sees Darkwing’s city of St. Canard under the control of a mysterious corporation. Darkwing’s been out of commission for a while but when his friends and family are under attack…you better watch out you bad boys! Darkwing fights new villains as well as old, for Megavolt, Quackerjack, Liquidator and Bushroot are on the loose!

“It’s such a dream to bring back Darkwing, a favorite of mine and millions of other’s,” says series writer Brill. “Everyone involved in this book are working tirelessly to make sure this comic has the same feel of anarchic fun of the TV series, while still presenting a whole new adventure in the life of Darkwing.”

Debuting in 1991 as a spin-off of the hugely popular DUCK TALES, DARKWING DUCK brought super-hero action and excitement to the Disney Afternoon animation block, captivating viewers for years. Shown around the world, DARKWING DUCK is still a fan-favorite of pop culture fans everywhere.

DARKWING DUCK: THE DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS #1 is written by Ian Brill with interior art by James Silvani. The debut issues features two covers in a 50/50 split by Magic Eye Studios and Silvani respectively and a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Silvani and Jake Myler.