Black Widow #6 Preview

Secret Avenger and beautiful Russian soldier, Black Widow has a new series, and now she also has a new creative team. Text-free preview of her 6th issue below. Thanks Marvel!

Your First Look At Black Widow #6!

Marvel is pleased to present you first look at Black Widow #6, featuring the all-new red hot creative team of Duane Swiercynski and Manuel Garcia. Trouble is brewing for Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. the Black Widow! Things are not as they seem when Nick Crane, a resourceful journalist, believes he has discovered his senator father’s assassin. When all clues point to the Black Widow, the Secret Avenger will either have to come clean or clear her name. With international intrigue, insane espionage action and a whole new creative team, Black Widow #6 is the perfect jumping on point for readers!

BLACK WIDOW #6 (JUL100559)

BLACK WIDOW #6 CAMPBELL VARIANT (JUL100560)

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Penciled by MANUEL GARCIA

Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC – 9/2/10, On-Sale -9/22/10

Frank Miller’s Gucci Ad

As we mentioned in the second episode of the new Extra Sequential podcast, comic book legend (300, Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns) and film director (The Spirit) Frank Miller is behind a new TV ad for Gucci. See it below. It stars Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans.

Yeah, not mind blowing and similar to the cinematography seen in 300 and Sin City, but hopefully he can learn and then give us an awesome film sometime to make up for The Spirit.

Extra Sequential Podcast Episode Three

While people were escaping their suburban existence and voting for the future of our country (Australia), my mate Mladen and I were recording the latest episode of our Extra Sequential podcast. In episode three, we talk about The Phantom (both old and new), everything Scott Pilgrim, our Top Ten political moments in comics, recent Eisner Award winners and more outlandish geeky indulgences.

Listen to it below, or download it right here.

2:17 NEWS

Batman Beyond DVD boxset, Mark Millar’s new magazine.

5:30 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING/WATCHING

Cop Out,  “Aquaman’s” appearance in Clash of the Titans, Alan Moore’s underground mag Dodgem Logic, Lucky Luke: The Dashing White Cowboy, sci-fi novel Eifelheim, Image’s The Light. Also – a Nicolas Cage impersonation.

20:11 The Phantom

Reminiscing about Lee Falk’s classic character during our youth and its brand new series from Dynamite Entertainment. Billy Zane, the origin of The Ghost Who Walks, Larry Walker: The Almost Phantom, Seth Rogen and more.

28:23 SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

The film, the Oni Press series, the game and even the soundtrack. Full of Pilgrim-y goodness. The great TV series Spaced, including slow-mo gun fights, Princess Peach from the Mario games, Seinfeld, and yes, lots of Canadian hero Scott Pilgrim.

46:48 THEME OF THE WEEK – POLITICS

Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Black, voting and our Top Ten Comics/Politics X-Overs.

10. Lex Luthor as U.S President

9. Cerebus: Church and State

8. Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard

7. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers

6. J. Jonah Jameson as New York Mayor

5. Everyman: Be The People

4. Asterix and the Caesar’s Gift

3. Ex Machina

2. DMZ: Blood in the Game

1. Voting for the death of Robin!


69:30 EISNER AWARDS AND HARVEY NOMINEES

See the full list of Eisner winners here and Harvey nods here.The comic book equivalent of the Oscars. We talk about David Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp, the black, white and blue of Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter (based on the crime novel by Donald Westlake aka Richard Stark), and David Small’s Stitches.

84:45 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

www.thecurfewgame.com an on-line game set in a future London.


Nathan Edmondson Talks About The Light Ending

Over at Broken Frontier is my interview with writer Nathan Edmondson about his series The Light, which is one of my fave new series of the year. The 5th and final issue of the mini is out now from Image and the TPB comes out in December.

Walter Koenig At Bluewater

Joining Star Trek veteran William Shatner as a comic creator at Bluewater is Walter Koenig. Lowdown below.

BLUEWATER SIGNS CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH STAR TREK, B5 VET WALTER KOENIG

Known to Star Trek fans everywhere as Ensign Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig has chosen his next frontier to be captured in the pages of a comic book.

The noted actor, writer and director recently completed a deal with independent comic publisher Bluewater Productions to pen a new, limited mini-series as well as redistribute an earlier comic book project into a graphic novel.

“I’m very pleased to be on board with Bluewater. I anticipate an exciting professional relationship and the opportunity to tell stories with style and artistry,” Koenig said.

According to Koenig, the mini-series will present a fresh perspective on a post-apocalyptic world in which vampires are the dominant species. Cover by GMB Chomichuk and interiors by Nathan Ooten.

“It’s quite epic,” Darren G. Davis, Bluewater Publisher said. “Fans of the genre might think they have seen this premise before, but Koenig’s vision for this is unique, creative and impactful. I am very excited to be a part of this project.”

In addition to the four-issue release, tentatively scheduled to debut next spring, Bluewater will be repackaging Koenig’s first foray into comics; a three-issue series called Raver. The comic books, originally published in the early 1990’s at Malibu Comics, should hit comic book stores and online outlets in 2011 with new material. A new cover was done by Gregg Paulsen.

Raver follows the trials of a reality-bending hero whose psychotic episodes create a nightmare world with real villains and victims. And Norman Walters (Raver) moves from one twisted reality to the next trying to return to his original safe and stable existence.

Koenig’s entertainment career has spanned more than five decades. Gaining fame as the aforementioned Chekov in the original Star Trek series, Koenig has appeared in more than 100 roles in television and movies including the recurring villain Alfred Bester on sci-fi favorite Babylon 5. He is also a respected screenwriter and stage director.

Angel Moves To Dark Horse

This is quite a surprise, but a welcome one. Angel will be moving from IDW to Dark Horse, who are also the publishers of Buffy. Details and covers below.

ANGEL RETURNS TO DARK HORSE COMICS

Joss Whedon’s vampire detective to continue his adventures in new title running alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine

Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce that Joss Whedon’s Angel will return to the Dark Horse stable in 2011. Dark Horse’s Angel will bring the beloved characters from Whedon’s longest-running shows under one roof, allowing for new and exciting explorations of the Buffyverse featuring favorites from the casts of both series.

“I’ve always regretted letting Angel go in the first place,” Dark Horse senior managing editor Scott Allie said. “So we’re really excited about getting him back, as well as all his supporting cast. It’s necessary for how Joss wants to handle season nine, details of which will start spilling out in the months to come. Right now, we’ve got to wrap up season eight, and IDW still has a good long run of books before season nine starts.”

IDW Publishing confirmed today that it will launch the company’s final Angel story arc in November. This closing six-issue arc will serve as a bridge to Dark Horse Comics, which will pick up the series in late 2011. Under the direction of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel creator Joss Whedon, all parties are working together for as seamless a transition as possible. The companies have been coordinating story lines in both Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight and IDW’s Angel, creating a greater sense of cohesion and cooperation to ensure that this transition is true to both ongoing story lines and to the faithful fans of both series.

Valkyrie #1 Preview

Thor-related character, Secret Avenger and now star of her own one-shot. Details and text-free preview below.

Your First Look At VALKYRIE #1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Valkyrie #1, spotlighting one of the most powerful Secret Avengers and her mysterious rebirth. After Ragnarok claimed her life, the world never expected to see Valkyrie again, but Harvey Award-winning writer Bryan J.L. Glass and rising-star artist Phil Winslade brings readers a new inside look at the life and trials of the misunderstood heroine.  This September, witness the heroic transformation of one of Marvel’s greatest champions as she goes from a myth, to a Defender and finally an Avenger in Valkyrie #1!

VALKYRIE #1 (JUL100508)

Written by BRYAN J.L. GLASS

Penciled by PHIL WINSLADE

Cover by JAY ANACLETO

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/9/10, On Sale – 9/29/10