Who Is Jake Ellis? Preview

From writer Nathan Edmondson (Olympus, The Light) and artist Tonci Zonjic comes this intriguing new spy series from Image Comics. Now there’s a great 12 page preview of Who Is Jake Ellis? at Publishers Weekly right here. The first issue lands on Jan 5 and below is the official description.

Jon Moore is the most sought after spy-for-hire in Europe’s criminal world. This is because of Jake Ellis, a psychic 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.

The Alchemist Review

Could this be the harshest review I’ve ever written? I think so. Here’s a snippet.

One of the best selling books of all time, the 1988 novel The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has been translated into 71 different languages and has so far sold 40 million copies, or 65 million according to Wikipedia. There have been talks in the last few years of big budget movie adaptations, and Coelho himself has encouraged readers to download it, which has only helped generate even more sales.

All that however doesn’t mean much when this adaptation has too many flaws to make it as widely loved as the book, which I confess I have never read.

Read the rest of the review at Broken Frontier here.

The Light TPB Out Now

Now out, just in time for Christmas, is the excellent The Light collection of the 5 ish mini-series from Image Comics. I also read the original mini-series and it really is stylish and intelligent. Created by writer Nathan Edmondson (Olympus, the upcoming Who Is Jake Ellis?) and artist Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) it’s described as follows, and you can see a generous 24 page preview right here. Great for thriller fans and comic newbies, it’s a moody and intriguing tale.

It is as sudden as it is deadly. Its origins are unknown. When it strikes, a father must risk all to protect his daughter and escape across the Oregon countryside-before they are infected by THE LIGHT. This December, prepare for the wildly acclaimed horror-thriller from writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Brett Weldele. Learn to love the darkness; learn to fear THE LIGHT.

Ibuki TPB Out Now

From writer Jim Zubkavich and artist Omar Dogan comes the collection of the 4 ish mini-series focused on the character Ibuki (and others) from the Street Fighter franchise. It’d be a great Christmas present to comic newbies, or those who want something accessible, light hearted and simply fun. I read all 4 issues when they came out and apart from looking gorgeous it zips along at a great pace. Zubkavich is the writer of the hit Image series Skullkickers, and while it took me 2 issues to warm up to that great series, fans of that book will love Ibuki too.

All Ibuki wants is a normal Japanese high school experience, but her secret ninja life follows her everywhere she goes! With deadly ninja assassins, a crazy karate girl named Makoto, and the mysterious hermit Oro all on her case, she’ll be lucky if she even makes it to lunch hour in one piece! Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki is one part ninja action, one part high school antics, and 100% non-stop excitement! Collects Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1-4, plus other related bonus stories.

On a related Street Fighter note, I just ran across this great fan made SF film featuring Ken and Ryu. Definitely worth watching.

Paul Trailer and Posters

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost teamed up in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Now they’re bringing a CG alien, voiced by Seth Rogen, along for the ride. Paul opens next year.