Invincible Iron Man #32 Preview

One of the few Marvel series I read regularly is this series. Below is a text-free preview of next month’s issue.

Your First Look at INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #32

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Invincible Iron Man #32, from the Eisner Award-winning creative team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca! STARK: RESILIENT continues! It’s taking the combined might of War Machine and Rescue put down Detroit Steel once and for all, but will a stunned and surprised Tony Stark be able to take out a small army’s worth of murder drones on his own? Suddenly, it’s an all out war of the armored as Hammer Industries unleashes their final gambit on the one and only Iron Man — and they’re in it for scorched earth, not superiority. No one is safe as Tony Stark fights for his friends, his legacy and his very next breath this November, only in Invincible Iron Man #32!




Rated A…$3.99

FOC – 10/29/10, On-Sale – 11/24/10


Tron: Legacy Videos

The more I see of this film, the more I like what I see. Tron: Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 classic, and is directed by Joseph Kosinski. Below is a clip from the December 17-releasing film, a music video from Daft Punk and the awesome latest poster.

Daredevil #512 Preview

Say farewell to Matt Murdock, at least until his new Daredevil Reborn mini-series starts in January. He’ll be replaced in his own book by Black Panther as the series becomes Black Panther: The Man Without Fear in December’s 513th issue. Official details and preview below.

Your First Look at DAREDEVIL #512

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Daredevil #512, the landmark final issue from writer Andy Diggle and artist Roberto de la Torre! In the wake of the shocking conclusion of SHADOWLAND, Hell’s Kitchen has been thrown into disarray and Matt Murdock is among the missing.  Does the mantle of Daredevil now rest with a dead man? And are his friends, lovers and allies able to cope with what he wrought, let alone atone for his sins?  It’s the dramatic last stand of a Marvel icon as this era of Daredevil comes to a close, only in Daredevil #512.

DAREDEVIL #512 (SEP100605)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE

Pencils & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC-10/29/10, On-Sale-11/24/10

Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers #1 Preview

Based on the cartoon that ran for 65 episodes from 1989 to 1990 comes new adventures from Chip and Dale, starting in December. Being a child of the ’80s, I certainly remember the ‘toon. Now BOOM! Studios are catering to your nostalgia with a new series starring the chipmunk detectives/adventurers.

Official details and great looking preview below.

It’s the return of your favorite furry flatfoots in an all new original ongoing series! Coming on the heels of BOOM!’s bestselling DARKWING DUCK ongoing series, BOOM! continues the the Disney Afternoon Revolution with CHIP ‘N DALE RESCUE RANGERS as the diminutive detectives embark on all-new original adventures! This is the series that will have you singing that song you can never forget: ‘Sometimes some crimes go slipping through the cracks. But these two Gumshoes are picking up the slack. There’s no case too big, no case too small, when you need help just call -Ch-ch-ch-Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers!’

CHIP ‘N DALE RESCUE RANGERS #1 is currently available for pre-order from your local comic shop. To contact or find the local comic shop nearest you be sure to use the Comic Shop Locator. CHIP ‘N DALE RESCUE RANGERS is written by fan-favorite DARKWING DUCK author Ian Brill, with art by MARVEL SUPERHERO SQUAD’s Leonel Castellani and ships with two covers in a 50/50 split by Leonel Castellani and Magic Eye Studios respectively, with a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Jake Myler. CHIP ‘N DALE RESCUE RANGERS #1 carries a Diamond Code of OCT100886 and is shipping this December.

2011 Marvel Internships Now Up For Grabs

Here’s the skinny if you’re in college in America and want to become an intern at Marvel for Spring 2011:

The fine folks in charge of internships at Marvel once again asked me to pass this along:

Marvel is seeking interns for the spring 2011 semester. We will begin reviewing resumes over the next week. All internships are for course credit only through colleges or universities. All applications are only accepted via our website:… with any questions regarding internships.

Find out more here.

My Best Friend Is A Wookiee Review

If the film Fanboys left your “life revolving around Star Wars” approach to storytelling appetite wanting, then My Best Friend Is A Wookiee is the book for you.

Honestly though, despite the title, Tony Pacitti’s real yet captivating memoir is about so much more than George Lucas’ best creation. The subtitle of the book from Adams Media is “one boy’s journey to find his place in the galaxy” and that’s a more apt description. Using Star Wars as equal parts inspiration, consolation and (with the later prequels) frustration Pacitti weaves an honest tale of his journey from adolescence to adulthood from his love affair after seeing his mother’s VHS copy taped from the TV of The Empire Strikes Back to his orbit around all things Star Wars including the novels, trading cards, a painful tattoo and the assorted merchandise that constitutes every good childhood.

Every geek can relate to his raw anecdotes from the torment of school bullies to the frightening discovery of women to the search for identity.

Occasionally the book gets serious when dealing with typical teenaged issues and the effects of the Columbine school shootings upon himself and his circle of friends, but generally it’s a seamless narrative collecting the kinds of awkward experiences that any pop culture loving kid of the ‘80s and ‘90s can relate to. Honestly, even if you don’t love Star Wars as much as Pacitti does (and he does, for the most part) it’s still an immensely satisfying read. Pacitti is a charming underdog throughout, desperately clinging to his love of Lucas’ galactic epic during all its shifts in quality and popularity.

This really is a must read book for anyone who’s loved and lost in the worlds of reality or fiction.  Perhaps two quotes might best give an idea of the diversity of Pacitti’s understandable feelings.

“I suppose it’s because I felt like one of those midgets in teddy-bear pajamas, watching and listening with eyes and ears open wide as the amazing saga of Luke, Han, and Leia played out before me. If I hadn’t known it before, I certainly knew it then: I was in love.”


“The cheers subsided, the text scroll started, and over the next two hours and some-odd minutes, I learned the true meaning of heartbreak.”

Amongst the love and eventual hatred, (but still respect) of Star Wars Pacitti tells consistently entertaining tales of his daily life including his attempt to reveal his ESP abilities in front of his shocked classroom, the popularity of his “Indiana Skywalker and the Rectum of Doom” short story, his flirtation with drug use, the shifting relationships of his circle of friends/enemies, his charming dalliances with trying to understand himself and women and more. It’s 230 pages that seem to go by at light speed because it’s so irresistibly readable.

I remember news reports about The Sixth Sense making so much money because it had the first trailer of The Phantom Menace in front of it. I saw the film three times in its opening week and reading Pacitti’s memoir made me laugh, wince and empathise in equal amounts. After finishing it, it did make me want to see all six films again, and that’s never a bad thing.

My Best Friend is a deservedly widely praised book as a glance at the front and back covers will inform you, but it’s not a book just for geeks, and it’s not a book with a Star Wars reference on every page either. It’s a universal tale of a boy becoming a man and dealing with the stuff that we all do, while emotionally entangled by the ultimate sci-fi adventure, and despite Lucas’ constant tinkering attempts at “betterment” the memories of our childhood stay with us long after the credits.

Eye Witness Collected Edition

Writer/artist Robert Luedke’s excellent Eye Witness series is now available as a complete collection, from next month. That’s good news. Official details below.

This November, just in time for the holiday shopping season, Head Press Publishing will release a limited edition slipcase collection of the award-winning Eye Witness graphic novel series.  This will offer many fans of Christian fiction their first exposure to all four books in this highly acclaimed indy graphic novel series, since publicity surrounding it has grown with each subsequent release and many fans came on board a few years after the 2004 premier of the first book in the series.

In an literary format that has largely been overlooked in the Christian marketplace, Luedke’s time-hopping Biblical based action-adventure story truly stands out from the crowd!  Through years of research, Luedke, has effectively (in a fictional sense) filled in the gaps in the Biblical narrative from the Passion week through the Book of Acts and combined it with a compelling and nail biting modern day action-thriller.  “The storyline combines elements of Indiana Jones, a gripping New Testament story, time travel, espionage and dramatic scenes that rank among the best in American comic artistry,” stated Journalist, David Crumm, on his, website.
Luedke made the commitment to begin the Eye Witness series in 2002, as a way to share the spiritual, historical and dramatic nature of the Gospels, in a way that would draw the attention of teens and young adults…especially those who may have never read a Bible or attended church, but loved reading comics and graphic novels.  “I intentionally designed Eye Witness’ unique mixture of Biblical adaptation and modern day thriller to make the story of the New Testament exciting, attractive and fun for today’s readers, “states Luedke.  “My goal was treat the Book of Acts like Cecil B. DeMille treated the book of Exodus in his Ten Commandments film…by adding characterization, dramatization and connecting the dots for those not familiar with the original narrative.”
The series has generated coverage by major media from coast to coast and the praise of many religious leaders as well as comic veterans alike.  According to Paige Patterson (President Southwest Baptist Seminary), “I do not believe I have ever seen anything like it. This is a great way to present the Gospel.”
Eye Witness (Book Three): Rise of the Apostle (which was released in August 2008) was awarded a gold medal in the category of graphic novels at the 2009 National Best Book Awards, sponsored annually by and was named a finalist in the FOREWORD Magazine book of the year awards.
Eye Witness (Book Two): Acts of the Spirit (released, August 2006) was honored as the best comic/graphic novel at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival.  The book also took a silver medal at the 2007 Independent Publisher Magazine Awards, as well as being named a finalist in the FOREWORD Magazine book of the year awards.The Eye Witness slipcase collection will be available through book and comic stores nationwide the week of November 15th (as well as most major retailer’s online stores).  There will be a limited edition of 200 sets signed and numbered by Luedke and only be available at his personal appearances and through the Head Press website.  For more information, visit:

Do It Yourself Doodler

Want artistic inspiration or a quirky creative exercise? David Jablow’s site is a great place to begin. Using a simple template as a springboard for some wild and intricate drawings Jablow has created dozens of original sketches, and you can too. It reminds me of the classic Aussie TV show Mr. Squiggle, but it would be great to see other artists works shown, or different printable templates too.

Thanks to Abduzeedo for the heads up.

Extra Sequential Podcast Episode Twelve

As it’s Halloween this weekend (not that we even care here in Australia) we thought we’d mention our fave horror comics. Besides the below, we go through the history of Japanese and American comics (including burning comics!), I sing Cher and of course, we discuss some truly frightening things that only comics can get away with.


1:40 NEWS

A new Asterix animated film in 3D

A new film on the dark manga Pluto to be made by the studio behind Despicable Me

The new Lynd Ward comics prize

Anime characters go on the European stage and sing and dance or something

Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti set to star in a film adaptation of cult novel John Dies at the End to be helmed by the director of cult fave Bubba Ho-tep


Four Colour Fear from Fantagraphics which reprints some crazy tales from the ’50s

Senate hearings, Frederic Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent and the link between reading violent comics and juvenile delinquency

How Frankenstein inspired Stan Lee’s creation of Hulk

The Drifting Classroom

Marvel’s black and white Tomb of Terror one-shot

The once lost Batman: Hidden Treasures from DC Comics

Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Sandman and the birth of DC’s Vertigo imprint

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Eric Powell’s hilarious The Goon, Pinnochio The Vampire Slayer from Slave Labor Graphics

The creepy manga spirals of Uzumaki, the collaborative and surprising Pixu and Katsuhiro Otomo’s Domu

Strange Embrace and FVZA by David Hine

The gorgeous Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead

Justin Randall’s very moody and effective Changing Ways


Good Show Sir – only the worst sci-fi/fantasy book covers

Term Life From Image Comics

Launching in January from Image is a new original graphic novel by writer AJ Lieberman and artist Nick Thornborrow. I interviewed Thornborrow recently in the pages of the final Extra Sequential magazine for the excellent The Anthology Project, the second volume of which is now being funded by Kickstarter. Check it out here, and the official details for Term Life below.

AJ Lieberman takes on crime noir with TERM LIFE OGN

What would you do if you had a family to care for, but everyone from the mob to dirty cops wants you dead?
Writer AJ Lieberman (COWBOY NINJA VIKING) and artist Nick Thornborrow (The Anthology Project) ask just this question of the hero of their new graphic novel TERM LIFE, coming in January 2011 from Image Comics.
“Coming off COWBOY NINJA VIKING, I wanted to write something a little less… insane,” says Lieberman. “And I wanted it to have a lot less Vikings. I’m a huge fan of crime fiction. TERM LIFE is a puzzle — a bloody, violent puzzle! Our hero is trying to do one very simple thing: stay alive for the next 21 days. But the great thing about crime fiction is that the hero rarely gets what he wants.”
“I’d say if you’re into Brubaker or Cooke or Lapham, this is right in your wheelhouse. If, on the other hand, you buy your comics for the stunning art, you’re in luck. TERM LIFE has that in spades!” Lieberman adds.
TERM LIFE: If Nick Barrow can stay alive for 21 days, he’ll die happy. Everyone Nick knows wants him dead: mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops. Performing the last act of a desperate man, Nick takes out a million dollar insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter. The problem? The policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days. 21 days? Nick knows he’ll be lucky to be alive for 21 hours…
TERM LIFE (NOV100427), a 144-page full-color graphic novel written by AJ Lieberman and drawn by Nick Thornborrow, will be on sale January 12, 2011, for $16.99.

Who Is Jake Ellis Launches In January

One of my fave mini-series this year has been The Light from writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Brett Weldele. Edmondson is definitely a writer on the rise, proving that his comics debut Olympus was no fluke. His next series hits shelves next year. I’m so there. Official details below.
Writer Nathan Edmondson made people afraid to look into the light with THE LIGHT, a sell-out five-issue miniseries drawn by Brett Weldele (The Surrogates). Now, he brings new life to the spy genre with WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?, an all-new series from Image Comics.
The first issue of JAKE ELLIS will be in stores in January 2011. Tonci Zonjic (POPGUN, The Immortal Iron Fist, Daredevil) joins Edmondson on the book, producing action-packed art and covers for the series.
“Tonci and I are bringing the idea of psychological thriller to a whole new arena,” says Edmondson. “One part mystery, one part friendship, one part James Bond and Jason Bourne lovechild, and one other part sci-fi spy. You’ll be asking yourself the whole ride through — just who is Jake Ellis?”
Jon Moore is the most sought after spy-for-hire in Europe’s criminal world. This is because of Jake Ellis, a man who is invisible to everyone except Moore. When a deal goes bad, the only one who can protect Moore from Europe’s most dangerous criminals is Jake Ellis. No one but Moore can see Jake Ellis. But Jake Ellis can see everything.
WHO IS JAKE ELLIS? #1 (NOV100403), a 32-page, full-color comic book from Image Comics, will be in stores January 5, 2011, for $2.99. THE LIGHT VOL. 1 TP (OCT100471), a 140-page full-color graphic novel for $16.99, will be in stores December 15, 2010.
For the latest updates, follow Nathan Edmondson on Twitter,, and check out the Jake Ellis website at

Get Published With Radical

All you budding artists take note of this awesome opportunity from one of the best comics publishers around. Here’s the press release telling you all you need to know.


Looking to have your artwork published in a Radical comic? Well, now is your chance! Radical Publishing is pleased to announce a new contest to test your illustration skills. Simply draw your best version of the villainous Jebediah Crone, based on a scene from Radical’s newest horror miniseries, ABATTOIR. For each of the first five issues, Radical will select a winner to be featured on a per issue basis, with 5 winners in total. For a chance to be featured in Abattoir #2, upload and email a link of your Jebediah Crone artwork to no later than November 10th, 2010. Your illustration MUST be based on a scene of Jebediah Crone as seen in the pages of ABATTOIR #1.

Winner #1 will be announced on November 17th with runner ups featured on Radical Publishing’s Facebook page. Each artist is limited to one illustration and all illustrations are judged exclusively by Radical Publishing’s Art Director, Jeremy Berger.

That’s not all. After the release of ABATTOIR #6, Radical will hold a contest for fans to pick the best entry amongst the five individual winners. The winning illustration will then be featured in the ABATTOIR trade paperback collection.

Created by director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw Franchise, Mother’s Day), written by Rob Levinand Troy Peteri and illustrated by Bing Cansino, ABATTOIR #1 goes on sale October 27th, 2010. Taking place shortly after a brutal massacre occurs in a gorgeous house, Real estate agent and family man Richard Ashwalt is assigned the impossible task of picking up the pieces and selling the property. As Richard inspects the blood-soaked grounds, a twisted old man journeys to the house with a sinister and terrifying purpose. Richard is about to be drawn into a web of shadows, murders and massacres that will shatter him to his very core!


Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #1 Review

Everyone knows who Stan Lee is. Of course, most non-comics readers probably think he created Superman and draws for Marvel now or something, but his reach is deservedly wide. Since he left the writing desk long ago he’s now more known for his appearances on TV shows about “real” superheroes and cameos in Marvel films.

No-one expects Lee’s writing to be as revolutionary as the days in the early ‘60s when he gave the world Spider-Man, X-Men, etc but he has nothing to prove anymore and it’s great to see that even as he approaches his 90th birthday he’s still active. BOOM! Studios surprised everyone with their “Stan’s Back” teaser earlier in the year and now we know what it’s all about. Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero is the first cab off the rank, with two more ongoing series (November’s The Traveler and December’s Starborn) to follow, all overseen by Lee and created by others. Paul Cornell is the scribe behind Soldier Zero, with Javier Pina supplying art and Dave Johnson as the designer of the main character. That’s an impressive line-up.

Captain Stewart Trautmann meets a fellow wheelchair bound citizen Shannon in the first few pages of this tale before catching up with his brother James and letting the exposition flow freely. That includes the fact that Trautmann was wounded in the Afghanistan war and is hoping for a relationship with Lily, a woman he works with at the Astrophysics department of Caldon University.

Waiting for a meteor shower with fellow staff members, and students, Trautmann reveals to Lily how he ended up in the wheelchair in an effective flashback to his war service and the pair share in a few awkward moments.

Throughout this issue short scenes of a suited alien attempting to escape a laser firing spaceship show up and in the last third the alien’s world and Trautmann’s collide. Elements of Green Lantern and Firestorm reveal themselves in the use of a human in an intergalactic war and two beings sharing the same body, but Pina’s expressive visuals and likeable lead may just pull this one ahead of the feeling that we’ve seen all this before. So far it’s too early to tell but with the talents involved and deeper themes at work it may just be more than a simple idea given life because of the selling power of Stan Lee’s name on the cover.

Lee has made a very impressive career out of “ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances” scenarios and Soldier Zero looks set to be another one. It’s not something we haven’t seen before, with even Mark Millar’s recent Superior just beating this book to the punch, with a wheelchair bound human becoming host to a powerful being, but the dialogue hear rings true and Trautmann’s doubt about his soldier’s past, coupled with the frustrations of his limited maneuverability and how the world sees him, should make for an interesting mix now that he has a powerful alien suit giving him all sorts of freedoms, and scary powers.

There’s a 6 page preview of the November launching The Traveler, another Stan Lee series by Mark Waid and Chad Hardin. It looks to be another simple tale (bad guy from the future chases a woman while a good guy shows up to protect her) but in Waid’s hands it could be as awesome as Irredeemable.

I’m surprised all 3 of these series are ongoing, I must say. I would’ve thought a mini-series would’ve been the safer bet, but then again, BOOM! (and Stan Lee of course) have a habit of surprising readers. Soldier Zero is a great place to get in on the ground floor of a new superhero series with an accessible feel and attractive art. If you’re sick of convoluted epics and want something more streamlined yet still entertaining, this isn’t a bad place to begin.

Skullkickers #2 Review

I’ll admit, I was perhaps a tad harsh of my examination of Image’s new Skullkickers series. Last month saw the title debut from writer Jim Zubkavich and artists Chris Stevens and Edwin Huang. Even before it had premiered the net was all abuzz (well, the comic sites at least) about the impending awesomeness and popularity of the series. However apart from a cool name and a Dungeons and Dragons-like vibe, not much was known about it.

So, when I read Skullkickers #1 last month I was somewhat disappointed, but now that I’ve read the follow-up I can appreciate it for what it is. In age of similarly hyped Image series such as Chew and Morning Glories the lack of complexity and “big ideas” in Skullkickers was…unexpected and really, quite a brave move in this age of long reaching epics that require dedicated minds and wallets. To go against the grain is rather brave and honestly, Skullkickers, like all the other hyped titles before it was always going to leave some lack of satisfaction. It’s not Skullkicker’s fault though. It’s actually quite enjoyable, especially now that I’ve read the second issue and had time to let the hype die down.

The first issue was a simple story, but with enough charm and action and light, impressive visuals to make it worthy of a look. This second issue begins in the same manner, with the un-named pair of main characters (a grouchy dwarf with an axe and a hulking bald man with a pistol) battling ugly monsters. After the fight, there’s a great page in which the duo do their best to casually walk away from the fire they’ve just unwittingly caused, with an unconscious victim as a captive. The townspeople gather and watch in horror and react in different ways. This well constructed scene sums up the series rather nicely, with a deft mix of cheeky and likeable leads causing mayhem in their adventurous wake. It’s like a long lost cartoon from the wonderful ‘80s re-imagined for today’s audience.

Zubkavich has described the series in interviews as an unapologetic “beer and pizza” tale that doesn’t demand much and admittedly that didn’t jive with this fanboy’s expectations as a devoted weekly comics buyer who expects his sequential art stories to build layer upon layer until they become a maze of confusing backstories with a cast of thousands. I do enjoy films that I can switch my brain off too, so really, why should my comics be any different? Skullkickers is like that; a Steven Seagal or Jean Claude Van Damme film, but which looks like a Michael Bay production, and that’s the other charming quality about this series. It looks great. Edwin Huang and Misty Coats concoct an unusual take for fantasy comics, with a light, fun and energetic approach, but one which suits the fast moving plot. Every page is bristling with energy and filled with the warm glow of some gnarled witch’s smoking cauldron. The colourful palette aids the loose manga-like pencils superbly and makes sure that even in potentially darker moments, like an interrogation and stick-up scene, the pages are still warm and fuzzy and as likeable as our mercenary duo.

Skullkickers seems almost cut from the same cloth as Scott Pilgrim, with an appreciation of what us big kids love, with a healthy dose of wide-eyed wonder and nostalgia for pop culture tropes. With goblins (“Humans suck!”) lots of action, wise cracking tough guys and great looking pages, it’s that rare beast in comics –something that’s rather fun and funny. Comedy can be hard to pull off on the printed page, but with great pacing and expression and effective visual gags such as the just-visible top of the dwarf’s head at the bottom of a panel as he speaks,  Skullkickers is a book that we can breeze through and not take too seriously.

The second printing of #1 is now available and along with #2 it’s a good buy for a newbie. You don’t have to wait until the Trade is out, as the story is so accessible you can jump right in now.

The dialogue is modern, but not jarringly so and like the rest of the book is a great mix of elements that could easily be annoying or try-hard. Zubkavich weaves a deft balancing act though, and an entertaining one to boot. I’d still like to see something happen, rather than a series of encounters but that looks set to change next issue with the pair perhaps gaining a nasty surprise from their robbery victims.

Not more is revealed about the characters or their fantasy world (shorty and baldy seem to be nick-names, but that doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know) but as Zubkavich explains in his afterword, it’s an intentional choice and their real names will appear in a future issue.

I rarely pick up a second issue from all the new series I give the benefit of the doubt too, but Skullkickers looks set to be worthy of my dedication, despite my initial hesitation. I’m glad it proved me wrong.